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Friday February 3

18:05
Lawsuit Claims Apple Forced Users To iOS 7 By...

According to Apple Insider, a class-action lawsuit has been filed in California that claims Apple broke FaceTime in iOS 6 to force users to upgrade to iOS 7. The lawsuit says Apple forced users to upgrade so it could avoid payments on a data deal with Akamai. From the report: When FaceTime launched in 2010, Apple included two methods of connecting one iPhone to another. The first, a peer-to-peer technology, transferred audio and video data over a direct connection, while a second "relay method" used third-party servers run by Akamai to shuttle data back and forth. Initially, calls routed through Akamai's relay servers only accounted for only 5 to 10 percent of FaceTime traffic, but usage quickly spiked. On Nov. 7, 2012, a jury found Apple's peer-to-peer FaceTime call technology in infringement of patents owned by VirnetX. Along with a $368 million fine, the ruling meant Apple would have to shift away from peer-to-peer to avoid further infringement. Apple began to incur multi-...

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18:02
ESPN strikes deal with EA to broadcast 'FIFA...

ESPN isn't slowing down its plans to make eSports mainstream. The network has now teamed up with EA to broadcast FIFA tournaments on most of its channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and the internet-based ESPN3. Last year, ESPN embraced com...

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17:03
FCC halts nine companies from participating in the...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Friday that the FCC will not let nine companies participate in the federal Lifeline program, which provides low-cost internet connectivity for some of America's lowest-income households. This decision comes just wee...

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16:04
Facebook users pretend the 'Bowling Green...

Some of Facebook's users are using the Safety Check feature to mock outright falsehoods made by Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway. In a recent interview with MSNBC's Hardball, Conway fabricated a terrorist attack called the "Bowling Green massacre" as a...

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15:41
Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem: Heroes'...




Japanese gaming giant Nintendo's second mobile effort, Fire Emblem Heroes, raked in $2.9 million in worldwide gross revenue after just 24 hours on sale, according to statistics released on Friday.

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15:03
That was fast: Nazi punching now a game

It's only been a couple of weeks since a very public incident of face meeting fist, and already there's a proverbial app for that. Punch A Nazi, as the name suggests, lets you smack virtual members of the alt-right without the inconvenience of headin...

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14:45
Should Apple continue including adapters/cables with...

Last December Ben wrote a thorough opinion piece on the topic of what port we may see in future iPhones and also asked for readers’ feedback. The majority of pollsters shared they believe Apple won’t incorporate USB-C in the iPhone this year, with 30% thinking 2018 could be the year, 19% saying ‘Never,’ and 18% ‘Later.’ However, there was still almost 30% of respondents who voted that the change will happen this year.

Whether Apple decides to stick with Lightning for this year’s devices or not, it will be interesting to see if they include more adapters in the box or expect customers to pay extra to retain compatibility with their computers and accessories. What do you think?

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14:37
AWT News Update: February 3, 2017

Slow News Friday™ returns to the world of Apple, so it's a quick podcast today. We do have some good stories for you, however:

  • BeatsX earbuds may finally make it to stores near you as soon as next week
  • The second big franchise game from Nintendo is now available in several regions
  • Tim Cook goes to Scotland next week to receive an honorary degree

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

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for February 3, 2017. As usual on Friday, it’s a slow Apple news day so this will be a...

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13:50
Hands-on with Elago’s $15 Macintosh-inspired W3...

Since the Apple Watch was first unveiled, accessory makers flooded the market with third-party add-ons. From watch bands to docks, the options are nearly endless, yet Elago has managed to standout from the competition with its W3 Stand that looks like a vintage Macintosh 128K.

By leveraging Nightstand Mode on your Apple Watch, Elago is bringing back memories of the iconic Mac. And at $15, it’s affordable too…

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13:39
The making of Apple’s HAL

I don’t know how “successful” the ad was for Apple but, re-watching it again after all these years certainly brought back the creepy factor of the ad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:32
South Korean policy forces smartphone makers to...




Smartphone producers will have to advise the South Korean government of incidents where devices explode or catch fire as immediately as possible, according to new safety regulations expected to be announced in the country next week.

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13:20
Apple To Start Making iPhones In India, Says State...

vasanth quotes a report from BBC: Apple is to start making iPhones in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, the state's government has said. Ministers said Apple would start an initial manufacturing operation in the state, whose capital is the tech hub Bangalore, in April. The tech giant has a 2% share of India's mobile phone market, well behind South Korean rival Samsung. Apple has yet to officially confirm the plan, saying only that it is keen to "invest significantly" in India. But Priyank Kharge, minister of information technology and biotechnology in Karnataka, told the AFP news agency: "We have an understanding with Apple and we expect them to start manufacturing in Karnataka by the end of April." Reports said the plant is being set up by Taiwanese manufacturing company Wistron Corp. Apple has held a series of meetings with government representatives at both state and national level and is understood to be pressing for concessions before going ahead with such a move. Apple...

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13:12
Google sells off Terra Bella satellite unit to...




Alphabet's Google on Friday confirmed a deal to sell off its satellite mapping business, Terra Bella, to Planet Labs -- which despite earlier speculation is unlikely to affect Google Maps or by extension its main competition, Apple Maps.

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13:00
Hands-on (literally) with the Twelve South...

Twelve South MagicBridge. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

Twelve South has done it again -- earlier this week, the Charleston-based design house that creates accessories just for Apple products announced the MagicBridge ($34.99). Like an earlier product called the MagicWand, the MagicBridge is designed to hold both an Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 side by side. The result? Your trackpad doesn't "wander" the desktop when you're using it and the two accessories look like one big keyboard. 

Design

As with all Twelve South products, a lot of thought went into the design of the MagicBridge. It's set up in such a way that the trackpad can be placed either on the left or right side depending on personal preference. A thin silicone pad sits under the keyboard to keep your typing quiet, and that pad can be moved to the other side of the MagicBridge for left-handed...

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12:48
Friday 5: A new Apple Pencil-enabled sketch app,...

Looking for a few apps to keep you entertained this weekend? Then have a look at the latest edition of Friday 5. Inside, we discuss Linea — a brand new sketch app with Apple Pencil support. We also talk about Moonlight, an app that lets you stream NVIDIA GameSteam-compatible games to an iOS device. Those, and three additional apps are on the docket for this week’s edition of Friday 5. Have a look at our brief hands-on video inside for the full rundown. more…

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12:37
iMac Deals: Save $170 to $370 on 27-inch iMac 5K...




In the market for a new iMac? Readers this week can save $170 to $370 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans. Or take $170 to $270 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks bundled with AppleCare. Apple's 21" iMac HD line is also up to $170 off with our exclusive coupon -- all with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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12:00
LG Confirms 5K Mac Monitor Has Issue When Placed...

Late last month, we learned that LG's UltraFine 5K Display, which was designed in part by Apple to work with the new MacBook Pro and as a replacement for the Thunderbolt Display, would flicker, disconnect, or freeze computers if placed within two meters of a router. The company has acknowledged the issue, and says it will add enhanced shielding to its 5K monitors to prevent interferences with nearby wireless routers in the upcoming batch. From a report: "LG apologizes for this inconvenience and is committed to delivering the best quality products possible, so all LG UltraFine 27-inch 5K displays manufactured after February 2017 will be fitted with enhanced shielding," the company said in an email. Existing models will be able to be retrofitted with the enhanced shielding, which will allow the monitor to be placed near a router.

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11:45
Fire Emblem Heroes brings Nintendo's tactical...

For its first branded mobile game, Nintendo went with the most obvious choice: Super Mario Run, a smartly streamlined take on the classic formula—and thankfully one with a single price tag. Nintendo’s next smartphone and tablet game is quite different in nearly every respect, however, as it’s based on a less prominent franchise, offers a more complex and story-driven experience, and embraces the platform’s tendency for free-to-play gaming. 

It’s Fire Emblem Heroes, and it’s available now on both iOS and Android. The Fire Emblem series has thrived on Nintendo’s own platforms for more than 25 years now, and is best known for its brilliantly captivating and seriously...

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11:36
The Public Access Weekly: Working man blues

Y'all, it has been a busy week here in the Engadget community. There is just a ton of stuff happening behind the scenes (more on that next week), and there are a few dozen articles in the queue, and over a hundred registrations awaiting approval, an...

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11:33
The Week in iOS Apps: Make your pictures and videos...

New apps of the week

This week’s roundup features a couple of apps that add artistic flair to your pictures and videos. Read on!

BeCasso

Image by BeCasso

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:30
Apple will sell students $630 of professional...

Enlarge / Final Cut Pro. (credit: Apple)

If you're a student, teacher, or staff member at a K-12 institution or college who is eligible for Apple's education pricing, the company is announcing a bundle that provides a substantial discount for its pro apps. Together, those apps would run you $630—$300 for Final Cut Pro, $200 for Logic Pro X, $50 for Motion, $50 for Compressor, and $30 for MainStage 3—but the bundled cost is just $200.

Interested buyers can purchase the bundle here. Mac App Store redemption codes will be e-mailed after checkout.

Apple doesn't charge for most of its consumer software these days—operating system updates...

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11:22
Lawsuit claims Apple broke FaceTime to force iOS 6...

Did Apple purposefully break iOS 6, rendering old iPhones unusable before their time? That’s the question at the heart of a new class-action lawsuit against the Cupertino company, which claims that Apple killed FaceTime in iOS 6 to avoid paying hefty licensing fees.

The basis of the lawsuit, first reported by AppleInsider, comes from details that emerged last year in VirnetX’s patent infringement suit against the company. VirnetX licenses patents to technology companies, and one of those patents covers peer-to-peer audio and video transfer; Apple used peer-to-peer transfer to power FaceTime. When VirnetX, which has been described as a “patent troll,” came after Apple, the company switched to another relay method for FaceTime, using...

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10:51
9to5Rewards: ColorWare’s customized MacBook &...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is ColorWare, who make some of our favorite customized skins (and also do custom paint jobs) for Apple accessories.

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10:30
A good deal: Apple offers special Pro Apps Bundle...

Apple’s iMovie and GarageBand are great apps for the general consumer to edit video and audio recordings on a Mac. However, if you want to take your production to the next level—we’re talking professional level—you need the tools found in Apple’s Pro Apps: Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion, Compressor, and MainStage. Those apps also have prices that reflect the professional-level tools they provide (in other words, they’re expensive).

To read this article in full or to...

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10:22
Happy Hour Podcast 105 | Latest LG UltraFine 5K woes...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss an update with LG’s UltraFine 5K Display problems, Apple Watch’s new Theater Mode, how dropping 32-bit app support could affect iOS, Apple’s record breaking quarter, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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10:05
Apple display supplier Sharp turns first profits in...




Japan's beleaguered Sharp, a regular Apple LCD supplier, generated its first quarterly net profits in two years during the December quarter -- its first under the management of Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn.

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09:45
Apple introduces $199 Pro Apps Bundle for educators...

Apple has introduced a $199 Pro Apps Bundle for educators and students that includes versions of Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3, downloadable at the Mac App Store. 

All total, the software titles would cost $630 if purchased separately. The bundle is available for all faculty and staff at U.S educational institutions all the way from kindergarten through college.

Final Cut Pro X is Apple’s professional video editing software. Logic X is a music production app. Motion is a graphics tool for creating animated 3D titles, fluid transitions, and realistic effects for Final Cut Pro X. Compressor is an encoding companion app for Final Cut Pro X. MainStage is a live performance app that lets you take any sound from Logic Pro X to the concert stage.

After purchasing the Pro Apps Bundle, you’ll receive an email with content...

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09:43
'RunGunJumpGun' is currently free for...

If you're a fan of the weirdly fantastic indie game RunGunJumpGun, you'll be excited to hear that Amazon is offering a free download of the PC version for a limited time. The only catch is you need to have a Twitch Prime account, which you can access...

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09:42
2017 MacTech Pro dates and topics announced

Every year, MacTech produces live events for consultants, techs and IT pros who support those who use Apple technologies. The main event is always the MacTech Conference, but those who can't attend may have a better chance attending one of the nine regional MacTech Pro events that are planned for 2017. 

This year's events will be held in:

  • Seattle - March 15, 2017
  • Boston - April 5, 2017
  • Atlanta - May 3, 2017
  • Washington DC - May 24, 2017
  • Denver - June 28, 2017
  • New York - July 26, 2017
  • Orlando - August 9, 2017
  • Chicago - August 30, 2017
  • San Francisco - September 27, 2017

The topics chosen for the MacTech Pro events are designed to be both timely and useful for Apple IT professionals and include:

  • Creating a Storage Strategy: Integrating solutions for Cloud,...
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09:40
Daylite: Get organized. Get more done.

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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Daylite organizes you and your team’s contacts, tasks, calendars, emails, notes, projects, and new business opportunities – in one app.

Small businesses that use Daylite feel more organized, save time, and accomplish more. Remember every detail about a client. Track projects and sales. Share tasks. Search for anything.

Daylite also supports Multitasking on iPad so you can work in Daylite and another app at the same time.

Try Daylite free for 30 days!

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 21″ Retina 4K iMac (refurb) $1...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 21-inch Retina 4K iMac is marked down to...

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09:19
Tech Industry Reacts to Trump's Immigration...


Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from President Trump's business advisory council amid fierce blowback against the recent executive order on immigration, and in the wake of reports that several major Silicon Valley firms, including Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google, have been circulating a draft letter opposing Trump's action. Kalanick said he no longer would participate in the council after consumers railed against Uber for continuing to operate at JFK International Airport over the weekend in spite of a strike by taxi drivers.

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09:15
The best USB microphone

By Kevin Purdy and Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that...

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09:03
Vodafone abandons its pay-TV plans

In a fairly predictable move, Vodafone has said it's all but deserted plans to launch a pay-TV service in the UK. The company has barely touched on its televisual ambitions since announcing in spring 2015 that it expected to have something ready befo...

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09:02
Apple offers $199.99 Pro Apps Bundle for Education,...




On Friday, Apple rolled out a Pro Apps bundle for educators and students, giving purchasers of the $199 bundle download codes from the Mac App Store for Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3.

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08:52
Apple refuses Irish finance committee meeting for...




Apple has declined a second invitation to a meeting with a finance committee in Ireland over the European Commission's $14 billion tax ruling, while Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has accused the regulator of making a politically motivated decision.

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08:50
Apple now offers Final Cut, Logic, and other pro...

Apple is introducing a new education bundle for its professional creative apps that significantly discounts the entire collection. Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, and their companion apps can be purchased together through the bundle for $199…

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08:50
PS4 Pro might have a 'boost mode' to...

Sony's new PS4 Pro provides a noticeable visual upgrade to games that have been patched to take advantage of the console's extra horsepower. But what about all the rest of your games that developers haven't updated yet? Well, a thread over at the Neo...

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08:45
Nintendo is taking the Switch on a UK tour this month

Are the Joy-Cons too small? What is ARMS really like to play? If you have these or any other Switch-related questions, there's only way to get some definitive answers: Try the system yourself. Following its US preview tour, Nintendo is taking its lat...

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08:34
LG's fixing its 5K monitor to work near Wi-Fi...

LG has ended its silence on the router proximity problems for its 5K Mac monitor that rolled out in late 2016. The company recently told Recode that 5K monitors manufactured after February 2017 would add extra shielding to prevent them from freaking out near Wi-Fi routers.

As for existing monitors, it appears those can also be retrofitted against signal interference, as well. The report didn’t mention how existing monitor owners can have their displays repaired if necessary. LG's 5K monitor comes with a one year warranty that covers labor and parts, so it may be as simple as submitting a repair request on LG’s site. We’ve reached out to the company for clarification.

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08:33
∞ Apple introduces Pro Apps Bundle for Education

Apple on Friday released a new bundle of apps specifically for education customers. The apps include Final Cut Pro X ($299.99), Logic Pro X ($199.99), Motion 5 ($49.99), Compressor 4 ($49.99), and MainStage 3 ($29.99). Apple is selling the bundle for $199, which is quite a discount when you look at the regular price for the apps if purchased individually. […]

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08:30
Smart Home Diary: 16 HomeKit devices, and I’m...

I said last time that I was waiting for a grown-up to install my new light fittings for the Philips Hue lights, and this has now been done. This added a total of ten color & white spotlights across three rooms (living-room, office, and bedroom) and two white bulbs for the landing and hall.

The result is that all the lights bar the kitchen, bathroom and spare room are now HomeKit controlled.

Zac talked earlier about his HomeKit setup. In this piece, I’ll share my thoughts on the Philips Hue bulbs, from setup to use; describe how my revised setup works; show the kind of fun you can have with Hue lights; and explain why I now want even more …

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08:28
Boeing's Starliner space taxi will have over...

Boeing may have pushed the Starliner's first trip to the ISS back to 2018, but we're sure to get more details about the space taxi between now and then. Reuters reports the spacecraft will pack more than 600 3D-printed parts thanks to Boeing's recent...

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08:16
Apple CEO Tim Cook to receive honorary degree, give...




The University of Glasgow will award Apple CEO Tim Cook next Wednesday with an honorary doctorate of science, as well as host a "fireside chat" open to students, staff, and alumni, the Scottish institution announced on Friday.

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08:04
'Hearthstone' tournament has 48 teams...

Blizzard has revealed more details about the Global Games, its new Hearthstone eSports competition format that pits teams, rather than individual players, against each other. The tournament will feature 48 teams, each from a different country, compet...

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07:55
Facebook looks to build friend lists with '...




In a bid to encourage new connections between users and keep them engaged with the social network, Facebook is now gradually rolling out a "Discover People" feature across its apps for iOS and Android.

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07:55
How to watch Super Bowl LI live on iPhone, iPad, Mac...

This Sunday we’ll celebrate one of the biggest U.S. traditions of the year, the Super Bowl. This year’s game marks Super Bowl LI and sees the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, TX.

As has been the case for the past few years, you have a few options for live streaming the game on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV…

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07:41
LG is fixing its 5K monitor so it'll work near...

It's not a good sign when your pricey new 5K monitor is affected by proximity to your wireless router. After reports of the monitor becoming unstable, if not unusable, when in close company -- under two meters away -- to WiFi routers. It's a difficul...

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07:36
Tim Cook to receive honorary degree from the...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will make an appearance at the University of Glasgow next week, on February 8th from 6PM to 7PM GMT. Cook will receive an honorary degree from the school followed by a ‘fireside chat’ and Q&A session. The event is only open to students and staff of the university — and sold out within an hour of being announced.

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07:20
The PS4 will soon support external drives and 3D...

It's been a little while since we last saw an update for the PlayStation 4, but that doesn't mean Sony hasn't been hammering away on new tweaks for the console. Today, the company unveiled plans for its version 4.50 (codenamed Sasuke) system update,...

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07:08
In filing for $3 billion IPO, Snapchat identifies...




Snap Inc, the company behind the Snapchat iOS app, is preparing an initial public offering which it hopes can raise $3 billion, with the Securities and Exchange Commission filing identifying Apple and its iMessage platform as one of its main competitors.

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07:00
The Engadget Podcast Ep 27: American Tune

Managing editor Dana Wollman and reviews editor Cherlynn Low join host Terrence O'Brien to discuss the biggest tech news of the week. First they'll debate OnePlus' benchmark scandal, then try to sort out why the ACLU is partnering with startup incuba...

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07:00
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a provocative and...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Video games have evolved and matured dramatically—particularly over the last decade—opening up new kinds of experiences that deliver far more personal and risqué stories than we could’ve imagined years back. It’s a marvel that something as raw and excruciatingly beautiful as That Dragon, Cancer can coexist on the App Store with a game as...

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06:54
HomeKit in iOS 10: Tim Cook’s routines, helpful...

During Apple’s Q1 earnings call this week, Tim Cook used HomeKit as an example of how the iPhone is expanding Apple’s ecosystem into new areas where it can innovate:

Our ecosystem is broadening to more and more of the areas where people spend their time. At the gym, on the go, in the home, and on the job. […]

And we are leading the industry by being the first to integrate home automation into a major platform with iOS 10.

As our resident HomeKit enthusiast, Cook discussing the feature during Apple’s earnings call caught my attention. Cook even describes how he’s personally using HomeKit. Below I’ll unpack exactly what Cook said about HomeKit, a bit about how I’m using it as well, and some helpful HomeKit resources.

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06:41
Fukushima radiation skyrockets after possible fuel...

Radiation levels inside the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactor are over 100 times fatal levels, the highest they've been since the triple meltdown in March, 2011, according to operator Tepco. The company recently sent a camera-equipped robot into the...

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06:37
LG announces a fix for the UltraFine display/router...

Earlier in the week, 9to5Mac reported that the LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a Wi-Fi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang the connected MacBook Pro.

LG says it has identified the hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within two feet of the display may result in signal interference issues — although, as I reported yesterday -- so far I’ve not encountered the problem. All new UltraFine units produced after February won’t affected as they will be fitted with “enhanced shielding.” Existing owners of the UltraFine 5K Display, recommended by Apple as the best companion to the 2016 MacBook Pro, will need to contact...

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06:20
Apple sued for ‘forcing’ iPhone users to upgrade to...

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in California, alleging that Apple schemed to force iPhone users to upgrade to iOS 7 in a bid to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, a move that rendered older hardware like iPhone 4 and 4S unusable, reports AppleInsider

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...

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06:16
Government watchdog says SpaceX Falcon 9s are prone...

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets apparently have a serious issue that could delay the company's manned missions. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Government Accountability Office investigated both Boeing and SpaceX -- the corporations that won NASA...

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06:11
Apple (again) declines invitation to appear before...

Apple has again rejected an invitation to attend an Oireachtas committee and answer questions over an alleged €13bn in unpaid taxes owed to Ireland, reports the Irish Examiner. Oireachtas is the legislature of Ireland.

Criticising Brussels, which ruled Apple owes the money, the company told the Oireachtas finance committee the EU had got it wrong and its attack on Irish sovereignty was “dangerous.” While the finance committee previously Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear before TDs and senators, it agreed to once more ask the company to come before members. The second refusal was received this week.

In a letter to the committee, Apple senior director for government, Claire Thwaites defended its tax arrangements, attacked the European Commission, and outlined its commitment to Ireland, notes the Irish Examiner

“Apple...

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06:09
Apple exceeds targets in latest bond sale, raises $...




Looking to generate more money for its shareholder return program without repatriating foreign cash, Apple has completed a sale of $10 billion in bonds, with underwriters including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and others.

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06:00
∞ Tina Fey, Steve Carell and more bring their old...

[VIDEO] I do love this spot. I’d love to see details on how it was made. What technology was used to bring the faces to life? See the main loop post for the video and a link to another spot I love.

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05:58
Apple will assemble iPhones in India starting in...

Apple will begin assembling iPhones in India by the end of April, heightening its focus on the world's fastest-growing major smartphone market. The Cupertino, California-based company has tapped Taiwan's Wistron Corp.) to put together the smartphones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state's IT minister.

“Apple’s iPhones will be made in Bangalore and all devices will be targeted at the domestic market,” said Kharge, IT minister for Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital. Kharge said the state will help Apple if it decides to turn to other contract manufacturers in the region. “We did not discuss any other incentives,” he said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on an earnings call this week that India is "the place to be.”

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has...

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05:55
LG redesigned its 5K Mac display so it can be placed...

Recode:

LG has found a fix for a problem that left its high-end Mac monitor unable to work properly when placed within a few feet of a router.

An LG spokesman told Recode that the company is adding additional shielding to newly manufactured models.

And if you already own one:

Existing models will be able to be retrofitted with the enhanced shielding, which will allow the monitor to be placed near a router.

If you already bought one of these displays, be sure you register it, and check the LG web site for details.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:49
New batch of LG UltraFine 5K displays will have...




After delving into the cause of wi-fi router interference, LG has redesigned the shielding on future production batches of the Thunderbolt 3 UltraFine 5K display -- but not only may this not directly address other user's connectivity complaints, how existing monitor owners will get the problem fixed is not yet clear.

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05:47
Apple, India, and the benefit of building locally

Indian Express:

India is a crucial market for Apple in terms of future growth, especially with the US, Europe and China markets pretty much saturated by now. It would not have been an easy decision for Apple, given that it will have to source about 30 per cent or inputs, locally. How they cross this hurdle will be interesting, especially since the company has sought exemption from this norm. There is a possibility that the government might actually grant a concession given that getting Apple to make in India will be a badge the Modi government can wear proudly on its sleeve.

Apple manufacturing in India is a win for Apple, a win for the Modi government. Apple expands their market, India gets a prestige brand to manufacture locally.

Actual manufacturing is much easier, given that both Foxconn and Wistron Corp are already in India. In fact, Apple seems to have decided that Wistron Corp will be the first to make the iPhone in India, most probably the iPhone SE if...

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05:36
Apple set to begin making iPhones in India by end of...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. will begin assembling iPhones in India by the end of April, a regional minister says, heightening its focus on the world’s fastest-growing major smartphone market as growth slows elsewhere.

The U.S. company has tapped Taiwan’s Wistron Corp. to put together its phones in the tech capital of Bangalore in Karnataka, said Priyank Kharge, the state’s information technology minister. Apple executives met with him in January and confirmed the timeline, he said in an interview.

And:

It signals a renewed focus on the country, where it just scrapes into the top 10, as growth begins to slow in China and other more mature markets. The Cupertino, California-based company is said to have put forward a long list of demands in negotiations with India’s federal government, including a 15-year tax holiday to import components and equipment.

This is a big step for Apple, both in expanding the market for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, etc.,...

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Happy Birthday! AWT Turns Two Today

Happy Birthday to Us!

It's hard to believe, but Apple World Today has been up and running for two years today. We want to thank our readers for their continued support of the website, and we'll continue to bring you news, reviews and more every day as long as we can.

As you may know, Apple World Today (AWT) rose from the ashes of The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), a popular site that apparently didn't get enough monthly views (over 6 million, if I remember correctly) for owner AOL to justify continue running the site. All of the content that had been written was transferred over to Engadget, but all of the writers were literally out on the street. 

I had the idea of starting up a new site to carry on some of the traditions of TUAW, and bloggers Dave Caolo and Kelly Hodgkins joined me to launch the new site. Our first month was great with excellent revenues, but then reality set in and we began to see our dreams of an ad-free site going downhill...quickly. ...

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05:13
Apple accused of intentionally breaking FaceTime on...

We don't normally cover individual lawsuits against corporations because, hey, they make a lot of money, and everyone wants a slice. But the circumstances around this one are sufficiently controversial that we've made an exception. A woman from Calif...

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05:11
Apple to start assembling iPhones in Bangalore by...

Apple plans to start assembling the iPhone in Bangalore by end April under a contract manufacturing arrangement with Taiwan's Wistron.

The move by the company comes even as it awaits approval from the federal government for some of its proposals for lowering the import duties on components and for creating an ecosystem of local manufacturers who can supply components for the smartphones, according to sources close to the situation.

The Karnataka state, of which Bangalore is the capital, has announced Apple’s intentions to make the iPhone in the city.

Priyank Kharge, state minister for information technology, confirmed on telephone that the company had been cleared to make the phones in Bangalore and said it was a validation of the state's industry-friendly policies. Having a leading tech company making its products in the state could also have spin-off benefits in terms of app development and work in the area of artificial intelligence by the state's highly-...

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05:00
LG UltraFine 5K monitors experiencing errors within...

Well, this is kind of a mess.

LG’s UltraFine 5K monitor, which has become something of a spiritual successor to Apple’s Thunderbolt display and began shipping out from the Apple online store this week, appears to be suffering from a major fault wherein it will begin flickering when places within two meters (6.5 feet) of a wireless router. Once the flickering has begun, the monitor will go black and become unusable.

An LG Electronics support person confirmed the issue, saying it “only happens for the 5K monitors we have, not other LG monitors.”

It’s also been noted that, if plugged into a MacBook Pro, the failure can lead to being forced to reboot the notebook to bring it back. The failure does not occur when the monitor is out of a two meter range of a wireless router.

Following the release of the monitor, a few positive reviews came in, while a number of negative reviews have piled up. Some of them explicitly call out the router-proximity issue, but...

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05:00
Apple, other tech firms pen open letter to Trump...

On Wednesday night, a story broke that the heads of several major technology firms, including Apple, were prepping an open letter to United States President Donald Trump as a means to voice opposition to the immigration executive order that he signed last Friday.

On Thursday, a draft of the full letter was shared online. The letter detailed the importance of immigrants in the U.S., shared concerns as to how the Trump administration’s immigration ban will affect employees with visas and explains that the companies are prepared to lend a hand to help the Trump administration make logical and necessary changes if and when it is ready to accept the help.

The companies involved with the creation of the open letter are said to include Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Stripe, and more. The technology companies drafting the letter are reportedly working to include non-tech companies as well, but as yet none have joined.

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04:30
Perhaps the Mac is the real ‘future of personal...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that the iPad is the “clearest expression of our vision of the future of personal computing.” However, I’m thinking that the Mac may fill that role with the iPad thriving as a complementary device.

On Tuesday Apple reported that its Mac line generated record single-quarter revenue of $7.2 billion, beating the previous mark set three years earlier by $300 million. The Mac not only returned to growth, but generated its highest quarterly revenue ever. 

Apple sold approximately 5.37 million Macs during the December quarter, a 1.2% gain over the same period the year before and the fourth-largest number ever. Macs accounted for 9.2% of Apple's total revenue of $78.4 billion, and the computer group slipped into the No. 2 spot on the company's list, ahead of the Services category. It was the first time in four quarters that Mac revenue topped that of Services (which includes Apple Music, iCloud, its online stores, etc.).

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Google blurs the line between websites and Android...

With its latest Chrome Beta release, Google has given app-like websites called "Progressive Web Apps" a higher status on Android. If you launch a site like Flipkart Lite in the latest Android Chrome beta, you'll now get the option "add to home screen...

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04:02
Spotify’s former VP of Content hired by Apple Music...

Spotify’s former VP of Content – and one of the company’s first U.S. hires – has moved to Apple Music. Apple confirmed to Business Insider that Steve Savoca joined the company this month.

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Room Lighting Calc simplifies the generation of...

By Aaron Lee

If you need to generate morphologically defined parametric objects (vaults, quadric, domes, etc..) or generate primitive objects, (cubes, spheres, cones, etc.), you may find Brotens' Room Lighting Calc for macOS handy.

The light sources, calculated as volumetric sources, are managed entirely by Room Lighting Calc, which allows you to import, display, edit and format: IESNA LM-63 (ASCII text files normally used by manufacturers of lighting fixtures in North America); EULUMDAT (formed by European standards); and DXF drawings and data files.

Photometric solids are summarized in 36 azimuthal C-curves and 180 zenithal gamma-angles, while the color of the lamps is given by the color temperature or real color. Room Lighting Calc can export to RTF a complete list, formatted according to user needs, of the installed products and special items, full of economic computing and electrical power in order to simplify the design procedures that...

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LG fixes WiFi interference problems with UltraFine...

Earlier in the week, we reported that the LG UltraFine 5K display can be effectively unusable if placed near a WiFi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang the connected MacBook Pro.

LG has now said that it has identified the issue as a hardware problem and that all new units made after February will be unaffected by proximity to home routers. Existing owners of the UltraFine display, recommended by Apple as the best companion to the 2016 MacBook Pro, will need servicing to add ‘enhanced shielding’ (via Recode).

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, February 03 2017

Welcome to Friday. Snapchat makes a move to become an even bigger business, Uber's CEO bows out from President Donald Trump's advisory council and hey! There's the long-awaited, brand new Engadget app!

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01:30
NASA's gliders could deliver more accurate...

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GoPro is planning to release a Hero 6 camera in 2017

If you've been following GoPro for the last few months through its Hero 5 production issues and Karma drone recall (now back on shelves), you're probably not surprised by a disappointing earnings report showing a net loss of $116 million. Now, the co...

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Thursday February 2

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Hacker Dumps iOS Cracking Tools Allegedly Stolen...

Last year, when Apple refused to unlock the security on an iPhone 5c belonging to the San Bernardino shooter, the FBI turned to an Israeli mobile forensics firm called Cellebrite to find another way into the encrypted iPhone. Now Motherboard reports that a hacker has released files allegedly from Cellebrite that demonstrate how cracking tools couldn't be kept private. From a report: Now the hacker responsible has publicly released a cache of files allegedly stolen from Cellebrite relating to Android and BlackBerry devices, and older iPhones, some of which may have been copied from publicly available phone cracking tools." The ripped, decrypted and fully functioning Python script set to utilize the exploits is also included within," the hacker wrote in a README file accompanying the data dump. The hacker posted links to the data on Pastebin. It's not clear when any of this code was used in the UFED. Many of the directory names start with "ufed" followed by a different type of phone...

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21:52
John Carmack airs grievances over ZeniMax lawsuit on...

ZeniMax might have only won a small fraction of the $4 billion it wanted to get from its Oculus lawsuit, but John Carmack was still definitely unhappy with the court's decision. The Oculus CTO has posted on Facebook to publicly disagree "with [ZeniMa...

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20:50
Class action lawsuit claims Apple intentionally...

Apple has been hit with another class action lawsuit in California. This one alleges that the company forced users to upgrade to iOS 7 by essentially breaking FaceTime in iOS 6. The move to render FaceTime useless in iOS 6, according to the lawsuit, was primarily driven by Apple wanting to avoid paying increasingly high data costs to Akamai.

Today’s suit alleges, however, that the forced upgrade to use FaceTime rendered older devices like iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S unusable.

more…

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19:44
Plex for Alexa will get the party started with your...

It seems like Amazon has been adding new Alexa skills nearly every day lately. The latest trick is voice control for the popular home media streaming server Plex. Just use your voice to ask Plex to bring up any movies or music you have stored on your...

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18:51
Tesla CEO Elon Musk won't quit Trump's...

While a boycott movement that registered over 200,000 account deletions and messages from employees convinced Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to end his tenure on the president's economic advisory council, Elon Musk will not be moved. The Tesla and SpaceX C...

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18:42
BeatsX reportedly launching as soon as this week...

Despite the launch of the similar Powerbeats 3 and subsequent release of AirPods, the BeatsX have suffered from a prolonged delay. The wireless earbuds were originally announced alongside the iPhone 7 last September and given a release date of sometime in the fall. Following the release of AirPods, however, BeatsX were delayed until February.

As that launch nears, however, iStockNow reports that BeatsX could launch as soon as sometime this week…

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18:31
Lawsuit claims Apple forced users to iOS 7 by...




A class-action lawsuit filed in California on Thursday alleges Apple schemed to force iPhone users to upgrade to iOS 7 in a bid to save money on a data services deal with Akamai, a move that rendered older hardware like iPhone 4 and 4S unusable.

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18:19
Outlook for iOS gets better with third party app...

Outlook mobile turns 2 years old today. To celebrate, Microsoft is introducing an add-in feature on iOS (Android is "coming soon") that promises to reduce the time you spend switching between apps.

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17:56
YouTube for iOS updated with expanded playback...

YouTube has quietly updated its iOS app today with several enhancements. Bringing the app to version 12.03, the update includes expanded support for lock screen Control Center playback controls, as well as Apple Watch enhancements.

more…

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16:59
Target shuts down its 'Store of the Future...

An effort to bring Target stores into future has reportedly been nixed before it could ever see the light of day. As Recode reports, Target's aptly named "Store of the Future" project, which would have put the retailer in direct competition with Amaz...

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16:35
Indian IT minister welcomes Apple proposal to build...




Continuing the political shell game that is Apple manufacturing in India, a local IT minister issued a statement on Thursday welcoming the company's proposal to manufacture iPhone hardware in Bengaluru.

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16:24
Reports of LG UltraFine 5K Display problems persist...




Apple's issues with the LG Ultrafine 5K Display may reach further than problems associated with nearby Wi-Fi routers, as users are now reporting worrying hardware troubles unrelated to networking hardware.

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16:14
Pornhub just launched a sex ed portal for its users

Pornhub is now offering a new kind of education-based entertainment and no, it's not just more pigtails and plaid skirts. The porn hosting site announced on Wednesday that it has teamed with famed sex therapist, Dr. Laurie Betito, to create the Sexua...

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15:37
Faraday Future is scaling back its EV production...

The troubles for Faraday Future don't seem to have an end in sight. According to Reuters, the company's making drastic changes to its production roadmap: Rather than building seven electric vehicles in the foreseeable future, as was originally planne...

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15:07
If you could add one connection back to the 2016...

After what felt like an incredibly long wait, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup last fall, bringing a new design, improved specifications, and the new Touch Bar. The biggest change to some users, however, has been the switch to USB-C. Following suit from the 12-inch MacBook, the new MacBook Pros switched entirely to USB-C with the refresh.

While the switch to USB-C brings a handful of benefits, there are some users who are still longing for legacy ports.

If you could add one port back to the new MacBook Pro, what would it be?

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Snap Inc. quietly created a foundation to support...

We've known for a while that Snap Inc. confidentially filed for an IPO, but the official paperwork (also known as the S-1) is out and full of juicy new details. In addition to insight on how many people use Snapchat on the daily and how much ad reven...

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14:44
Apple hires former Spotify exec

Apple hired former Spotify VP of Content Steve Savoca in January, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

He’ll be doing the same thing for Apple that he did for Spotify — heading up label relations based out of New York, focusing on relationships with smaller, independent labels, especially internationally, Business Insider has learned.

Sounds like a good choice. Clearly Spotify did well with him doing that job.

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14:41
Tim Cook to receive Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression...

The Newseum announced today that Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive the Newseum’s 2017 Free Expression Award in the Free Speech category. Cook, who has led Apple since August 2011, will be recognized for his leadership in creating technology that has had a profound impact on how we communicate. Further, he has used his spotlight to take a public stand on major societal issues, including racial equality, privacy, protecting the environment, access to education and LGBT rights. Cook will accept the award during a special event to be held at the Newseum on April 18, 2017.

Much respect, Tim.

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14:41
AWT News Update: February 2, 2017

The new Scan QR Code 3D Touch item in Google's Chrome browser for iPhone

It's Groundhog Day, and if we get stuck in this day over and over and over...as in the classic Bill Murray comedy...at least there was some good Apple News to report:

  • An official in the Indian state of Karnataka reports that Apple will be manufacturing iPhones soon in Bengaluru
  • A new update to Google's Chrome browser for iPhone has built in the capability to use 3D Touch to scan QR codes
  • Google's YouTube app also received an update that makes control of video streaming to other devices a lot more convenient
  • It appears that Taiwan will be the next country to get Apple Pay

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

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