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Tuesday August 1

Watch: HomePod firmware reveals 'iPhone 8...

Apple inadvertently released firmware for its forthcoming HomePod speaker over the weekend, and in doing so leaked loads of information related to a next-generation iPhone.

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Monday July 31

HomePod firmware points to 'iPhone 8'...

Digging deeper into HomePod firmware that was released over the weekend, developer Steven Troughton-Smith is coming up with additional details surrounding Apple's next-generation iPhone, including what could be confirmation of a split status bar user interface and a new "tap to wake" feature.

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Analysts expect AAPL to hit Q3 2017 earnings...

Apple is set to release its Q3 2017 earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, August 1st. The company’s third fiscal quarter marks an interesting one as much of the news around Apple has shifted to the iPhone 8 that won’t be unveiled until later this year. Nevertheless, analysts except Apple to report numbers in line with guidance…


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iPhone 8 tidbits from HomePod firmware: ‘Tap to wake...

Apple’s HomePod firmware has provided a lot of information about the smart speaker itself, but perhaps more interestingly, information about the upcoming iPhone 8. Developer Steven-Troughton Smith has been the source of much of that information, spending the past few days digging through the HomePod’s IPSW file.

This evening, Smith has shared additional details from the HomePod firmware, noting of how software will be affected by the iPhone 8’s “notch” along the top, new ARKit features, and Touch ID details…


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Apple slashes Beats headphone and speaker prices,...

Apple on Monday updated its online storefront to reflect minor discounts on certain Beats products, including both in-ear and over-ear headphones, as well as the Beats Pill+ portable speaker.

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Apple launches limited-time discount on select Beats...

Apple today has launched a limited-time discount on select Beats products, offering slightly lower prices on the Beats EP headphones, the Beats Pill + speaker, and the urBeats earbuds. While Apple’s discounts are better than nothing, we regularly see even lower prices from other retailers over on 9to5Toys.


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Microsoft's Windows Phone Keyboard For the...

Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for the iPhone had one unique feature when it launched more than a year ago: a one-handed mode that could be used with either your left or right thumb. Now, according to a support note spotted by Windows Central, it appears Microsoft is consolidating and removing the keyboard from the App Store, encouraging users to download SwiftKey instead. The Verge reports: Microsoft has tested out a number of iOS keyboards, and it now appears the company is focusing solely on SwiftKey after acquiring the app last year. We haven't seen any major additions to SwitftKey since Microsoft acquired it, apart from a separate Swiftmoji emoji predictor in July last year. Microsoft's SwiftKey keyboard now competes against the likes of Google's Gboard keyboard and various other iOS and Android keyboards. Have you been using Word Flow on your iPhone? If so, what has your experience been with the application? Do you plan on switching to Gboard or another third-party keyboard...

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Apple's sustainable forests now offset paper...

Apple's efforts to achieve a net-zero impact on the world's virgin fiber are paying off, as the company is now protecting or has created enough sustainable forestland to cover all paper packaging products.

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HomePod Devs Stumble Upon Next iPhone Design Clues

Developers combing through the code for the Apple HomePod have found clues to what appear to be features in the next generation of iPhones, and they tweeted their discoveries on Sunday. The firmware for HomePod, Apple's $349 smart speaker expected in December, apparently contains much of the codebase for future iPhones. One of the goodies in the HomePod's code is a new biometric method for unlocking an iPhone. The use of facial recognition to unlock a phone has been around in the Android world for more than a year, and reactions have been mixed.

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Apple expands the tester limits in TestFlight

Apple has expanded the tester limits in TestFlight, its free iOS app testing platform that’s part of iTunes Connect. Developers can now invite up to 10,000 users to beta test their apps before they’re released on the App Store. 

TestFlight lets developers distribute and test multiple builds at the same time, so testers can choose from a number of builds to test. Developers can create groups of TestFlight users, and each group can test a different build. ‘

iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on the iTunes Store, iBookStore, and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Members of the Apple Developer Program can use this tool to manage apps, agreements, tax and banking information, sales reports, and more.

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Apple now allows 10,000 people to beta test apps

Now you can gain even more valuable feedback by inviting up to 10,000 users to beta test your apps before you release them on the App Store.

That’s great.

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Apple's TestFlight beta testing platform now...

Apple on Monday announced an expansion to TestFlight that allows up to 10,000 users to beta test apps prior to release on the App Store.

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Daredevil thieves steal $590,000 of iPhones from a...

According to De Telegraaf — as noted by AppleInsider — police in the Netherlands have arrested five Romanian thieves suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euros (about $590,000).

Like something out of a Fast and Furious flick, the gang purportedly used a high-risk technique of breaking into the back door of delivery trucks while they were still rolling down the highway.

One gang member would drive the gang’s van behind the targeted vehicle, while another climbed through the sunroof of the van and stood on the hood, which was fitted with an anti-slip mat. With a third holding them still, the member on the hood would break the rear doors of the truck before entering the truck...

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Apple expands TestFlight tester limit to 10,000 users

Apple today has announced that it is expanding the tester limits in its TestFlight program. Whereas developers were previously limited to inviting 2,000 users to beta test an application, they can now invite up to 10,000 external testers.


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[Sponsor] DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. DuckDuckGo + Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention together solve the top three private browsing misconceptions:

  • 41% of users believe private browsing prevents websites tracking them.
  • 39% of users believe private browsing prevents ads from tracking them.
  • 35% of users believe private browsing prevents a search engine from knowing their searches.


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AWT News Update: July 31, 2017

The late Steve Jobs (left) and Laurene Powell Jobs (right)

The last day of August, the first day of the week, and a day full of good news and rumors:

  • Steve Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs buys a majority stake in The Atlantic
  • Log files, rumors, and now listings in the iTunes Store are all pointing towards release of a 4K HDR-capable fifth-generation Apple TV
  • Spotify announces that it has 60 million paid subscribers -- over double the number of Apple Music subscribers
  • Developers find code pointing to a small multicolor display in the top of the Apple HomePod, which will be quite the powerful smart speaker

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.


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On Apple Removing VPN Apps From the App Store in...

From the company blog of ExpressVPN, a major VPN provider serving users in China:

We received notification from Apple today, July 29, 2017, at
roughly 04:00 GMT, that the ExpressVPN iOS app was removed from
the China App Store. Our preliminary research indicates that all
major VPN apps for iOS have been removed.

Users in China accessing a different territory’s App Store (i.e.
they have indicated their billing address to be outside of China)
are not impacted; they can download the iOS app and continue to
receive updates as before. […]

Users in China can continue to stay connected to the open internet
with ExpressVPN’s apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and other

From Paul Mozur’s report for The New York Times:


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Siri’s job

Ben Bajarin:

The key behavior usages between both assistants is not a surprise since Google is, and will always be, better than Siri at searching the web. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s data and they will do that better than anyone. Therefore their AI agent will always be the best at search. The challenge we have today with consumer sentiment around Siri is with its weakness for general Internet search. If consumers do this regularly and want to use a voice assistant for searching and general information queries, Siri is not going to beat Google. Apple’s challenge is to help consumers understand the jobs where Siri is best.

I agree with Ben with everything in this article. My problem is that I tried to use Siri to schedule appointments and do some of the life duties that it’s supposedly so good at. The problem is, it didn’t work that well, and when something doesn’t work well, I stop using it. That’s what happened with Siri for me.

The new Siri...

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Google just made scheduling work meetings a little...

There's a little bit of good news for people juggling both Google G Suite tools and Microsoft Exchange for their schedule management at work. Google has released an update that will allow G Suite users to access coworkers' real-time free/busy informa...

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HBO hacked

“As most of you have probably heard by now, there has been a cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming,” HBO Chairman Richard Plepler wrote in a message to employees, which the company shared with

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Spotify crosses 60M paid subscribers as it prepares...

Spotify today announced that it has crossed the 60 million paying subscriber mark. According to a report from The Financial Times, the news comes as Spotify aims to go public later this year, likely sometime in the fourth quarter…


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‘Titanfall 2’ arrives on EA’s PC and Xbox One...

Titanfall 2, the criminally underrated man-vs.-mech multiplayer game that reliably releases new free content nearly every month, is now available for subscribers of EA's subscription services. Users on both EA Access on Xbox One and Origin Access on...

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Watchdog asks FTC to look into how Google collects...

Back in May, Google introduced a new tool, "store sales measurement," which tracks debit and credit card purchases in the real world. The company claimed it could help them prove that online ads directly lead to in-store purchases. But a privacy watc...

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Samsung hints how the Galaxy Note 8's dual...

It's no secret that the Galaxy Note 8 will likely include dual rear cameras given all the leaks, but you don't have to take the rumor mill's word for it -- Samsung appears to have dropped a not-so-subtle hint of its own. The company's electromechani...

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Tech CEOs haven’t yet agreed to attend House net...

Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee invited CEOs from Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Charter Communications to testify at an upcoming hearing about net neutrality and potential legislation regarding...

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Spotify retains clear lead over Apple Music with 60M...

Spotify on Monday announced that it has 60 million paid subscribers, keeping it well ahead of Apple Music in the on-demand music industry.

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Apple can’t end lawsuit over “breaking” FaceTime on...

Enlarge / The iPhone 4S. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Back in February 2017, two Californians sued Apple in a proposed class-action lawsuit over the fact that the company disabled an older version of iOS. Disabling the outdated iOS had the effect of making FaceTime stop working on their respective iPhone 4 devices.

According to a ruling issued last Friday by a federal judge in San Jose, California, Apple cannot get the case dismissed. US District Court Judge Lucy Koh brushed aside...

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Further Apple HomePod firmware spelunking shows 1GB...

A deeper dive into the HomePod firmware that was briefly available over the weekend shows the A8-powered device will boast 1GB of RAM available and a 272-by-340 pixel screen, suggesting that rudimentary app support will be possible for the hardware in the future.

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HP brought a trippy tech museum to a music fest

It was a blazing hot summer's day, but inside a pitch black room in HP's "The Lab" at the Panorama music festival in New York, I got the chills. I was experiencing Right Passage, one of seven art installations hosted at a gallery set up by the compan...

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HomePod display specs and RAM details found in pre-...

Since Apple pushed the firmware for its upcoming HomePod last Friday, developers have been discovering more specs for the smart speaker, along with confirming details about the iPhone 8. Today, we’re learning a few more things about HomePod’s RAM and display…


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ExtraBITS for 31 July 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is removing VPN apps from the Chinese App Store at the Chinese’s government’s request, and MacPaw has acquired the Unarchiver family of decompression apps.


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FCC says sharing DDoS attack details undermines...

Back in May, Comedy Central's John Oliver exhorted viewers to add their public comment on the FCC's website for net neutrality. While at first it seemed as if the server couldn't handle the extra load of commenters, the FCC said that the site had bee...

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Lyft's ‘Minnie Vans’ will drive guests around...

Earlier this month, Lyft teamed up with Taco Bell for a new Taco Mode service that lets riders add a stop to the fast food chain on their late night route. Now, Lyft is partnering with another brand -- Disney. As of today, guests staying in Disney Wo...

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Multiplayer VR is about to look much more realistic

Multiplayer VR is imperfect, especially on a large scale. Body tracking tends to be quite limited, so it's not uncommon to see generic animations and herky-jerky movements from your fellow players. OptiTrack hopes to fix that. It's launching body...

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What we're using: The Razer Blade and switching...

Welcome to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers play, use, watch and listen to. This week, Features Editor Aaron Souppouris explains his switched to Windows and a new laptop, after an extended stint dedicated to MacBooks and...

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The exquisite art and subculture of Def Con’s (...

A series of tweets sent me and other Def Con attendees scrambling to get to the Caesers Palace pool as quickly as possible. I cut short a conversation, shoved my gear in my bag and ran out of the press room without an explanation. I was after a piece...

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Judge rules lawsuit claiming Apple broke FaceTime...

Apple was hit with a lawsuit earlier this year that claims the company purposefully broke FaceTime on iOS 6 in order to push people to upgrade to iOS 7. And as of late last week, Apple failed to get the suit dismissed as District Judge Lucy Koh ruled...

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Romanian gang arrested for stealing $590,000 in...

Police in the Netherlands have arrested a gang of Romanian thieves suspected of stealing iPhones worth 500,000 euro ($590,000), with the gang said to have used a high-risk technique of breaking into the back door of delivery trucks while they were still in motion on a highway.

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Review: Protecting the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in style...

Now that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has been in stores for a while, we're beginning to see more accessories for the device. Since not everyone needs a keyboard case, we decided to take a look at the Moshi VersaCover for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (US$54.95). This case is not only a protective cover for your iPad Pro, but also acts as a stand for watching movies, typing on the screen, or engaging in FaceTime conversations.


Available in black or "Sakura Pink", the VersaCover features a microfiber interior and a textured polyurethane exterior -- that's the origami-like folding stand portion that covers your screen. The back side is a clear polycarbonate that protects the back of the iPad Pro while displaying the back of the device.

The iPad Pro is held securely in a polycarbonate frame with ports for the speakers, Lightning cable, and headphone...

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Unlock VR mode in 'Alien: Isolation,' if...

Alien: Isolation is a terrifying game, even before you add VR to the mix. But, for those of you dying to experience the survival horror in all its immersive (underwear-spoiling) glory, you can now play it on the current-gen Oculus Rift. An alpha vers...

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Apple is About To Do Something Their Programmers...

Last week, The Wall Street Journal had a big feature on Apple Campus, the big new beautiful office the company has spent north of $5 billion on. The profile, in which the reporter interviewed Apple's design chief Jony Ive, also mentioned about an open space where all the programmers would sit and work. Ever since the profile came out, several people have expressed their concerns about the work environment for the developers. American entrepreneur and technologist Anil Dash writes: [...] There have been countless academic studies confirming the same result: Workers in open plan offices are frustrated, distracted and generally unhappy. That's not to say there's no place for open plan in an offices -- there can be great opportunities to collaborate and connect. For teams like marketing or communications or sales, sharing a space might make a lot of sense. But for tasks that require being in a state of flow? The science is settled. The answer is clear. The door is closed on the subject...

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Tips from Amped Wireless on preparing Wi-Fi networks...

Amped Wireless RTA2600-R2 Athena Router

We liked these tips from Amped Wireless VP of Networking Jason Owen so much that we thought we'd pass them along to Apple World Today readers. Enjoy!

It is estimated by research firm IHS that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4 billion devices in 2015 to 30.7 billion devices in 2020 and 75.4 billion in 2025. Our washing machines, coffee pots, thermostats, lights, probably even the toilet and the kitchen sink will all be hooked up to our home Wi-Fi networks. While this will likely lead to more convenience when it comes to home management and maintenance it will also create bottlenecks on home networks slowing down your smart phone, tablet and laptops. 

Before you plug in and fire up those smart light bulbs, appliances or television you need to prepare your Wi-Fi network to ensure your speeds and security are not affected by the...

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Microsoft just killed Word Flow, one of the best...

It’s been a well-known secret since iOS 9 that one of the best iPhone keyboards is made by one of Apple’s oldest competitors. But if you don’t already own a copy of Microsoft’s Word Flow, your window to buy one has closed.

It was barely a year ago when Microsoft surprisingly released Word Flow, a free iOS version of its popular Windows Phone keyboard. Born out of its experimental Garage arm, Word Flow was built for one reason: speed. With swipe typing and a unique arched one-handed mode, Word Flow redefined speed typing on iOS and quickly rocketed to the top of the charts.


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Apple outs new trailer for 'Carpool Karaoke...

Apple on Monday released another trailer for "Carpool Karaoke," its exclusive Apple Music show set to premiere next week.

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Chrome ad-blocker shows up in experimental Android...

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google would soon include built-in ad blocking in Chrome for both mobile and desktop. While the feature hasn't been officially revealed yet, we're starting to see hints that it might be real. S...

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Fender Mustang GT guitar amps

I haven’t had a chance to use these amps, but it looks really nice. Fender has some of the most iconic amps ever made, so if you’re looking for a way to try out some digital models, you should take a look at these.

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Why Facebook's Willow Beats Apple's Saucer

Facebook knocked it out of the park with its financials last week, and a lot of its success comes from Zuckerberg's unique focus. Unlike other firms that jump from project to project, ranging widely from what makes them money -- like Google -- Facebook stays close to what made it successful. There is no stronger evidence than when you compare the two office projects from Apple and Facebook. The huge Apple Flying Saucer is nearing completion. Facebook recently announced it too was building a new showcase site, called "Willow."

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∞ Carpool Karaoke: On the Road Again

Some of these episodes look pretty good.

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The VR successor to 'Second Life' is now...

Sansar, the VR platform by Second Life creator Linden Lab, is now available for everyone to explore. The public "creator beta" follows a private "creator preview," which allowed developers and aspiring level designers to try Sansar's building tools....

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Apple's established 'staircase model...

A new analysis details Apple's historical pricing trends with the iPhone, and predicts that the 256-gigabyte "iPhone 7s Plus" could reach a price as high as $1100, with the "iPhone 8" at that point or even higher.

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Apple fails to end lawsuit claiming it ‘broke’...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late on Friday that iPhone 4 and 4S users can pursue nationwide class action claims that Apple intentionally “broke” FaceTime to save money from routing calls through servers owned by Akamai Technologies Inc.

This is absolutely ridiculous. Times change, technology moves forward.

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Classic action game 'Another World' is...

If you've played Éric Chahi's classic action-adventure Another World (aka Out of this World), there's a good chance you remember the soundtrack. Large chunks of the game were punctuated by silence, but you knew something special was happening...

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Gboard on iOS adds YouTube and Maps everywhere there...

Gboard might not be the fastest input method for your device, but that doesn't negate its utility. Swapping to it within a text message thread or Facebook Messenger is faster than jumping into another app to get, say, an image from Google and then co...

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Apple releases star-packed Carpool Karaoke trailer...

We’re just over a week away from the debut of the new Carpool Karaoke series on Apple Music, and Apple is ramping up promotion with a new celebrity-packed trailer.


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New Price Drops! Save $260 to $1,200 instantly on...

New, lower prices! AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $175 and $1,200 on every remaining closeout Late 2016 MacBook Pro, including 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states. Pricing updated 8/1.

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Judge gives greenlight to class action suit claiming...

A class action lawsuit charging that Apple deliberately "broke" FaceTime on older iPhones can continue, a U.S. District judge has ruled, tossing out an Apple motion to dismiss.

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External Link: Apple Removes VPN Apps from Chinese...

Under pressure from the Chinese government, Apple has removed some virtual private network (VPN) apps from the App Store in China. Chinese users use VPNs to tunnel through the so-called “Great Firewall” that censors Internet traffic there. Apple says that the Chinese government now requires a license for all VPN software, so it had no choice but to comply with the law. Apple is in an awkward position in China because it’s torn between wanting to support user privacy and needing government approval to sell to the lucrative Chinese market.


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Vintage Apples: 3 videos show top games from Mac...

"applemctom" on YouTube is fond of vintage Macs and the games that ran on them. Although these games look crude in comparison to what we're used to now, they represent some of the best games and educational apps that ran on the Macs of a bygone era. In the three short videos following, you'll see retro gaming on the Apple Macintosh Performa series (1992 - 1997), the iMac G3 (1998), and the short-lived Apple Pippin gaming console (1996-1997). Enjoy!

Retro Gaming on the Apple Macintosh Performa

Retro Gaming on the Apple iMac G3

Retro Gaming on the Apple Bandai Pippin

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.4.3, EagleFiler 1.8, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 9.1.


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Hackers leak HBO episodes, 'Game of Thrones...

Netflix isn't the only video service suffering form a hack: HBO has been breached as well. Hackers have gotten their mitts on 1.5 terabytes of data according to Entertainment Weekly, which apparently includes an episode of Ballers and Room 104 in add...

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Scientists want to create animal feed out of light...

Figuring out how to feed the Earth's population is no small feat, which is why a recent development is so exciting. Researchers at the Lappeenranta University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have figured out a way to produc...

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Hands-on: Logitech’s Slim Folio keyboard case for...

I understand that the new iPad Pro is the darling of the moment, but I wanted to take some time to provide readers with an update on one of the $329 9.7-inch iPad’s standout accessories. The Logitech Slim Folio keyboard case, which features four years of battery life, recently landed in my mailbox, affording me the opportunity to take it for a test drive. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for a brief look at one of Logitech’s latest iPad accessories. more…

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX Wireless Earphones $99...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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HomePod firmware digging affirms 'iPhone 8...

Apple's anticipated "iPhone 8" will pack more pixels than ever into a screen size slightly smaller than the iPhone 7 Plus, the latest details culled from Apple's own HomePod firmware reveal.

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Apple loses bid to have lawsuit over FaceTime on...

Earlier this year Apple was hit with a class action lawsuit over FaceTime being disabled on older iPhones that can’t run iOS 7, and this week an attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed has failed. Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh made the decision not to dismiss the lawsuit…


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Amazon's new show only exists to sell you more...

Amazon is blending commerce and entertainment again with a new show called Overhaul in which YouTube stars makeover their homes with products you can easily purchase on Amazon. The show will be on a special Amazon hub that will give viewers quick acc...

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MacGamer HQ launches Mac Gaming Deals

Mac Gamer HQ has launched Mac Gaming Deals, a service designed to “help you save money and discover gems you didn't even know existed on the Mac.”

Sign up and every Thursday, you’ll get an email with 15 featured games, all discounted (mostly between 70% and 80% off). Sometimes there will even be offers of free games.

Mac Gaming Deals subscribers (subscriptions are $4 per month) are automatically part of an exclusive giveaway with three game copies up for grabs every month. There’s also access to a private community where you can meet and share deals (or insights) with fellow Mac gamers.

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Lawsuit regarding Apple’s ‘breaking’ of FaceTime...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh ruled late on Friday that iPhone 4 and 4S users can pursue nationwide class action claims that Apple intentionally "broke" FaceTime to save money from routing calls through servers owned by Akamai Technologies, reports Reuters.

Citing internal emails and sworn testimony from a VirnetX trial, the lawsuit alleges Apple devised a plan to "break" FaceTime on iOS 6 or earlier by causing a vital digital certificate to prematurely expire. Apple supposedly implemented the "FaceTime Break" on April 16, 2014, then blamed the sudden incompatibility on a bug, the lawsuit claims. 

The complaint goes on to cite an email chain from Apple engineers as evidence that rising Akamai fees spurred the company's actions. Last year Apple ditched Akamai (which the company had used for 15 years for its content delivery system) for its own servers.

The class-...

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Gboard for iOS now supports Google Maps, YouTube,...

Gboard for iOS is today adding a few handy new features for iOS users. In its latest update, available now through the App Store, Google is adding integration with Google Maps and YouTube, along with a fun new option for “artists.”


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The best VR headsets and accessories for dorms

We'll be the first to admit that a virtual-reality session isn't terribly conducive to bonding with new friends in the dorm. But, hey, a few of us here at Engadget are introverts, so you don't need to explain to us the value of strapping on a headset...

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Deals: $600-$1,100 off Radeon 455 15" MacBook...

Back to school deals on Macs are running at a fever pitch this week with high-end 15" MacBook Pros with Radeon 455 graphics now $600 to $1,100 off exclusively for AI readers. Apple's 2015 27" iMac 5Ks are also slashed by up to $1,100 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Plus, get a free $50 prepaid Visa with the purchase of two pairs of AirPods.

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Alphabet is using salt and antifreeze to store power...

The latest from Alphabet's experimental X division? A storage solution for renewable energy. Code named "Malta," the system uses tanks of salt and antifreeze (or another hydrocarbon liquid) to create and store energy.

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Technology is failing to create transparent supply...

During the early days of globalization, it was relatively easy for corporations to either hide, or be ignorant of, human rights and environmental atrocities committed along their supply chain. Factories and producers were shifting manufacturing or so...

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Discovery acquires HGTV parent company in $14.6...

Discovery Communications is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive in a $14.6 billion deal announced today. Once finalized, Discovery will produce around 8,000 hours of original programming yearly and 7 billion short-form video streams monthly. It wi...

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Russia approves VPN ban likely to kick apps out of...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law that will ban virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies enabling anonymous access to the Web, likely signaling an impending wave of removals from Apple's regional App Store.

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Share your 'Minecraft' creations in 3D

Minecraft is all about creating 3D worlds, but sharing them outside of the game has always been a 2D experience -- you're sharing screenshots and videos like with any other game. Microsoft wants to do something better. It's releasing a beta version...

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HomePod firmware points to face detection, new bezel...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Last week, Apple released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware, allowing curious developers to unpack the code and learn a few additional details about the smart speaker. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered code that seemingly confirms that the upcoming iPhone will support face unlock…

Smith explains that the code indicates the existence of infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit, which is the framework responsible for Touch ID. The code further suggests that Apple’s face unlock feature will be able to detect partially occluded face and faces from various angles. The codename for the project Pearl ID.

Here’s the Tweet that confirms infra-red face unlock:

I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere

— Steve T-S...

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AMD Radeon Vega 56, 64 officially announced,...

AMD has officially rolled out PCI-E versions of the Vega 56 and 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro in December, with cards seeing retail in the middle of August.

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The complete history of the IBM PC

Great two part series from Ars Technica. Here’s part one. Here’s part two.

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Deal! Softorino's WALTR 2 gets media to your...

Every so often we get a deal that makes the Apple World Today staff get very excited, and that's what we have with Softorino's WALTR 2. For $19.95, it's half-price during this deal. WALTR 2 is the way to move any music, ringtone, video, PDF or ePUB file onto your device by just drag-and-dropping, and it's available for Mac and Windows.

WALTR 2 also works with old wired iPods all the way back to the original 2001 iPod Classic. Without using iTunes, unsupported files are converted on the fly to formats that will work on your device, then transferred immediately. It's easy and fast! Here's everything WALTR 2 can do for you:

  • Connects to any device from the entire lineup of Apple iPods
  • Recognizes & fills in title, genre, episode...
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‘Clarification’ of Jamaican trademark search rules...

The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and those trying to unearth upcoming product names through trademark searches just became more difficult for the cats …


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Apple's Next iPhone: Facial-Recognition, All-...

Apple may have just revealed the features you could expect in the next iPhone. Last week, the company released the firmware of the HomePod, a smart speaker which it will begin selling later this year. In the code, the company has accidentally spilled some features about at least one of the iPhone models. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith looked at the code to find that the next iPhone is going to feature facial recognition and a brand new "bezel-less" design. From a report: The near bezel-less design has long been expected, with leaks and rumours suggesting that Apple was following Samsung's design moves with the Galaxy S8 and producing a smartphone that resembles Android-creator Andy Rubin's upcoming Essential phone. Apple is not the first company to use IR-based face recognition as a means of unlocking devices and authenticating users. Microsoft's Windows Hello IR-based face recognition is found in its Surface line as well as Windows 10 computers from other manufacturers.


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iPhone 8 rumors: All-screen design, face unlock and...

Update August 1, 2017: After discovering numerous references to facial recognition biometrics and an image of an bezel-less design, developer Steven Troughton-Smith continues to dig into the HomePod's pre-release firmware. Among the new findings are a higher-res screen, tap to wake functionality, and a virtual home button. See "The rumor, part two" in the What's the latest section for all the new details.

Apple’s is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special...

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Ring announces new external security camera, in...

Ring has announced a new external security camera designed to provide a neater and cheaper alternative to the Floodlight Camera it first announced back in January and launched later in the year.

Along with more compact lighting, the Spotlight Cam is available in three versions depending on how you want it to be powered: wired, battery and solar …


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Evolving tactics, rule changes make it harder to...

While Apple is finding it increasingly hard to stop feature leaks, this year, the company has had some success preventing people from learning exact product names -- owing to the countries it's now choosing for trademarks.

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Jean-Louis Gassée’s salute to Walt Mossberg

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Weeks ago, Walt Mossberg, arguably the most influential, most respected for his integrity (not the same thing) tech columnist announced his retirement at a young 70. Today, I salute his exemplary career, and remember the “good old days” of traditional newspapers. And I also wonder what led to his decision.


Mossberg rose to the pinnacle of his profession through a deft mix of technical competence and keen understanding of business issues. His unintimidated scrutiny of tech titans and thoughtful analyses of budding entrepreneurs and their toys won him the respect (some say fear) of the technocracy…but the tech ‘players’ were never his audience. Mossberg was driven by his advocacy for the common computer user.


“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That last really sums it up well. Terrific read. Miss you, Walt.


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Apple removes VPN Apps from China App Store

ExpressVPN blog:

We received notification from Apple today, July 29, 2017, at roughly 04:00 GMT, that the ExpressVPN iOS app was removed from the China App Store. Our preliminary research indicates that all major VPN apps for iOS have been removed.

Users in China accessing a different territory’s App Store (i.e. they have indicated their billing address to be outside of China) are not impacted; they can download the iOS app and continue to receive updates as before.


We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts. ExpressVPN strongly condemns these measures, which threaten free speech and civil liberties.

Apple’s notice to VPN developers in the China App Store says, in part:

We are writing to notify you that your application will be removed from the China App Store...

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Former Google exec Vic Gundotra praises Apple iPhone...

Former chief of Android Vic Gundotra praised Apple for its camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and panned the Android ecosystem for a slow march in photography technology because of how innovations need to propagate across the entire codebase.

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Ex-Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra: “If you truly care...

From ex-Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra’s Facebook post:

The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived. I left my professional camera at home and took these shots at dinner with my iPhone 7 using computational photography (portrait mode as Apple calls it). Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning. Great job Apple.


Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?

It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that...

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Russia to follow China’s example in clamping down on...

A couple of days after Apple started pulling VPN apps from the App Store in China to comply with government restrictions on their use, Russia looks to be next in line to clamp down on the use of virtual private networks …


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Pandora shuts down in Australia and New Zealand...

Music Business Worldwide:

Pandora’s run in Australasia has come to an end.

The digital radio company, which launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2012, is officially closing down its app and website in the territories on Monday (July 31).

Approximately 5m registered customers in the region will be locked out of their accounts, having received a message from Pandora which tells them: “We’re honored to have connected so many listeners with the music they love these past few years. Thank you for your loyalty and the opportunity to serve you.”

The cost-cutting move will undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on Pandora’s global active monthly listener count, which was last officially pegged at 76.7m in Q1.

Pandora is shifting all their resources to focus on the US market.


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Everything you need to know about wireless mesh...

There are genuine benefits behind the hype.

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Wireless mesh networks: Everything you need to know

There are genuine benefits behind the hype for this Wi-Fi technology.

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Apple forced to remove all major VPN apps in China

China's crackdown on the Internet is continuing with news that Apple was forced to remove all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall."

Service providers slammed the move, calling it a "dangerous precedent.” They seem to be correct in their worries. Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law on Sunday banning VPNs that allow Russians to bypass restrictions on flagged sites.

VPNs are the most common way to bypass China’s Great Firewall, which blocks multiple global websites, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, or news sites like The New York Times. NordVPN, a VPN service provider, is still working in China. 

“We never had an Apple app in China as we were...

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Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition...

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

Other references point to infrared capture in BiometricKit, pointing toward the rumored infrared sensors on the front of the iPhone being involved in capturing images for authentication, rather than using visible light through a traditional camera.

Other references for this function as cited as “Pearl,” while the code name for the next-gen iPhone is “D22”. The...

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Former Google SVP says Android phones ‘years’ behind...

Former Google senior vice president of Social, Vic Gundotra, has said that Android phones are literally years behind the iPhone when it comes to photography – and it’s Android’s fault.

Gundotra started by praising the quality of the iPhone 7 Plus camera in a Facebook post.

The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived. I left my professional camera at home and took these shots at dinner with my iPhone 7 using computational photography (portrait mode as Apple calls it). Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning. Great job Apple.

But he went further …


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Discovery Communications merges with Scripps in $14....

The combination of Scripps and Discovery will generate over seven billion monthly streams of programming, making it the largest TV show network in the world

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GraphicConverter 10.4.3

Adds support for the HEIF file format coming in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($39.95 new, free update, 135 MB)


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Developer comments on newly-released HomePod...

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

The top surface area of the HomePod will feature a design akin to Siri’s interface and feature plus or minus symbols, as press noted when the HomePod was demoed at WWDC in June. This touch surface area will be used to optionally activate Siri with a long press or interact with music and volume control and timers.

Troughton-Smith also offer the opinion that the illuminated part of the HomePod top...

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Apple wants your iPhone and Apple Watch to serve as...

Not only does Apple want your iPhone or Apple Watch to serve as your wallet and a repository for all your health data, it also wants the devices to double as your password and home to other identification documents.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various governments are now issuing various forms of identification that are capable of storing identification information that can be used to authenticate a user. For example, modern passports (called e-passports) may include an electronic chip that stores a passport holder's name, date of birth, and other forms of information. 

When a person is passing through customs, the person may present the passport to a customs officer, who places the passport on a reader to extract information stored in the passport. Upon verifying the information printed on...

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