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Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five series is...

Ava DuVernay, the director and co-writer of Selma and director of the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time, is teaming up with Netflix for a limited series about the Central Park Five case. DuVernay, who worked with Netflix on her Oscar-nominated documentary 1...

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Qualcomm asks ITC to block import and sale of Apple...

As its legal fight with Apple intensifies, Qualcomm on Thursday said it plans to file a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission seeking an import and sales ban on iPhone and iPad models that allegedly infringe on six patents.

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Scientists want to use satellites to predict...

Small satellites have countless uses, including when it comes to monitoring the planet for natural disasters. Now, scientists think they've made a breakthrough on this front: They're using satellite data to map the Earth's movement. Their end goal is...

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Bixby, where are you?

There's plenty to love about the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung's latest mobile darlings. The near edge-to-edge displays and luscious design give them a fit and finish few other flagships can match. And the performance and battery-life are nothing to...

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‘The Third Thumb’ is for all the times two just aren...

How many times have you wished for a third hand while trying to carry too many things? Well, you can't have that yet because it's not a thing (at least not an available thing), but maybe you can get yourself another thumb, which is almost as good. Da...

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T-Mobile's unlimited data plan loses edge after...

The cost of T-Mobile's One Plus unlimited data plan just went up $5. The add-on to the company's basic unlimited plan is now $10 per month bringing the total monthly cost for a single line to $80.

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Apple releases fifth tvOS 10.2.2 developer beta to...

On Thursday, much later than Apple's normal 10:00 a.m. Pacific time rollout, Apple made available its fifth beta of tvOS 10.2.2.

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iFixit kit helps with that tricky Retina MacBook Pro...

Gadget repairability is an ongoing issue, one that iFixit has taken on by providing spare parts and manuals for those who want to fix their gear. The company is now offering battery replacement kits for MacBook Pros with Retina Display.

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Sony streams PS4 games on PlayStation Now for the...

Sony's game-streaming service, PlayStation Now, is getting a huge boost today thanks to the addition of 20 PS4 titles. The company announced that, for the first time, subscribers can use its offering to play games like God of War III Remastered, Kill...

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Softorino YouTube Converter 2 makes quick work of...

It's great to watch videos on services like YouTube and Vimeo, or listen to music online...but what if you want to either keep some of that content locally or download it to your favorite Mac or iOS device for travel? That's the idea behind Softorino YouTube Converter 2 (SYC 2 - US$19.95 for lifetime single license), a new version of the classic YouTube downloader that is even easier and faster to use.

Once installed, the app is drop-dead simple to use. You can either search YouTube or other video services with search terms like "Intelsat launch" (see screenshot below) or if you see something on a service that you want to download, just use Command-C to copy the highlighted URL and it is automatically copied into SYC 2. Next, select the type of media you wish to convert to (video, audio or ringtone), the video resolution or audio format, or -- for ringtones -- the length of the ringtone...

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Fifth tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out

Apple has released the fifth tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV. The new tvOS beta allows developers who are registered with Apple’s developer program to test their apps on the upcoming software update for Apple TV.


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Samsung's Smart TVs stream your Steam games...

You can now play PC games on your 4K Samsung Smart TV without having to buy a Steam Link device. Instead, just install the Steam Link app from the Samsung App Store and you're good to go.

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Baidu's latest autonomous car road test may...

China's largest search engine provider, Baidu, has gotten itself into some trouble. The company has been developing self-driving vehicles and during a conference this week, it aired a live video chat of its product in action. During the video chat, B...

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Microsoft cutting about 10 percent of its sales...

Confirming earlier rumors, Microsoft has declared that it is cutting about 10 percent of its sales workforce in a refocus on how it sellsAzure and other related cloud services.

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Red announces $1200 Hydrogen One smartphone with...

A new device from from high-end video camera producer Red has been announced, that if promises are kept, will be the first holographic display-equipped smartphone not requiring users to wear glasses or headsets for fill three-dimensional content viewing.

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You can now tip your Uber driver in select cities

Uber has been trying to win back the hearts and minds of its drivers and riders lately. With board members resigning, the CEO stepping down, and apology emails to drivers in NYC, the beleaguered ride-sharing company needs a couple of wins. Last month...

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‘Nintendo Switch Online’ iOS app w/ invites &...

Nintendo will launch a new “Nintendo Switch Online” companion app for its latest console that will arrive on July 21 alongside the release of its new Splatoon 2 game.


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Just in time for 'Game of Thrones,' Hulu...

Streaming video service Hulu is giving its cord-cutting users more options of what to watch thanks to an agreement with Home Box Office, one which allows Hulu viewers to add the premium channels HBO and Cinemax to their subscriptions for an extra monthly fee.

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Healbe's GoBe 2 calorie tracker teases the...

Shortly before Apple's most recent developer conference, rumors began to circulate about the next generation of its watch. Sources suggested that the device would demonstrate a form of noninvasive glucose monitoring -- a way to check blood sugar leve...

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Camera maker RED is building a phone with a '...

We've seen the venerable Kodak and Polaroid brands slapped onto smartphones before, but RED — makers of those pricey digital cinema cameras — is trying something a little different. The company just revealed its plans to release the Hydro...

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Spanish media claims iPhone 6 with Secure Enclave...

Media reports are claiming that an iPhone 6 that was dredged out of the water in Spain has been unlocked by Cellebrite, and if accurate would be the first publicized report of Apple's Secure Enclave having been penetrated by third party hacking tools.

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Fender Play is new iOS compatible digital learning...

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) has launched Fender Play, a video-based learning platform that’s iOS compatible. It’s designed to change the way beginning players learn how to play guitar through hundreds of easy-to-follow, instructor-guided video lessons utilizing a song-driven, personalized learning path that enables even brand-new players to master chords and riffs in minutes, says Ethan Kaplan, general manager, Fender Digital.

He says Fender Play allows users to:

  • Choose the instruments, songs and genre they want to learn.
  • Track progress, evolution and development in real-time through a dashboard.
  • Study with a proprietary custom video player that shows chord diagrams on the lesson screen.
  • Automatically bookmark at their convenience to learn at their own pace, while following a clear and unified curriculum.
  • Learn at their own pace on the go and at their convenience with the portability of program via laptop or mobile...
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C Spire TV is Apple TV compatible

C Spire has introduced C Spire TV, a new, in-home streaming TV service that eliminates the need for set-top boxes. It’s compatible with the Apple TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV (Roku support is in the works).

C Spire TV delivers cable TV features in an app while reducing installation time, monthly costs and the need for replacement of outdated hardware, according to Ashley Phillips, general manager of C Spire Home Services, a unit of the Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology services firm. Because it's app-based, C Spire TV allows customers to watch their favorite content on virtually any screen in the home, he adds.

This app-based flexibility is designed to support different ways younger customers are consuming content, Phillips said, noting that new research by S&P Global Market Intelligence's Kagan unit estimates that 44 million consumers will have non-traditional TV services by 2021, roughly one third of all TV homes.  

In recognition...

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Twenty-one more institutions add Apple Pay support

Apple has added 21 new institutions to the banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay in the U.S. You can view the full list on Apple’s website here.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. 

Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, according to research from Juniper Research.

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You can now subscribe to HBO through Hulu for $14.99...

Hulu is gaining HBO as a new channel add-on for $14.99/month for subscribers starting today. The new HBO add-on is available for Hulu subscribers with any subscription plan and will unlock live and on-demand movies and TV shows.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro 512GB $249 off...

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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Nintendo Switch Online app coming to Apple's...

Rather than handling voice chat native on the Nintendo Switch game console, players will need to install a separate app on iOS or Android to chat with friends while playing team-based shooter "Splatoon 2."

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iPhone Bugs Are Too Valuable To Report To Apple

An anonymous reader writes: Last year, Apple launched a long-awaited bug bounty program to reward friendly hackers who report flaws in the iPhone to the company. Despite inviting some of the best hackers in the world to join, it's a bit of a flop so far. The iPhone's security is so tight that it's hard to find any flaws at all, which leads to sky-high prices for bugs on the grey market. Researchers I spoke to are reluctant to report bugs both because they are so valuable and because reporting some bugs may actually prevent them from doing more research. "People can get more cash if they sell their bugs to others," said Nikias Bassen, a security researcher for the company Zimperium, and who joined Apple's program last year. "If you're just doing it for the money, you're not going to give [bugs] to Apple directly." Patrick Wardle, a former NSA hacker who now specializes in MacOS research and was invited to the Apple bug bounty program, agreed. He said that iOS bugs are "too valuable...

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tvOS 11: How to join the new Apple TV public beta

This year tvOS joined macOS and iOS in offering a free public beta version of upcoming software updates, and Apple released the first tvOS 11 public beta for testing early last week. There aren’t a ton of flashy new features in tvOS 11, but there are a few nice improvements that you can start using now. Here’s how to start using the tvOS 11 public beta on your Apple TV and what you can expect:


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Pokémon GO anniversary celebration continues with...

Pokémon GO has been updated today with new features including a special Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat, a limited time Anniversary box, and more as Niantic and The Pokémon Company continue to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary.


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Instagram introduces photo and video replies for...

Instagram is today adding new functionality to its Stories feature that will allow users to reply with photos and videos. Head below to learn how to use the new feature.


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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Refurbished...

Apple Pencils—used, but like new!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

We’re big fans of Apple’s refurbished products—it’s like buying new, only not quite. Now a new product joins their ranks. Read on!


Image by Apple

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'Shadow Warrior Classic Complete' for...

A pair of games have been made available on iOS and macOS for free, with the first episode of 'Steve Jackson's Sorcery!' downloadable to iPhones and iPads at no charge, while Mac users can acquire early first person shooter 'Shadow Warrior Classic Complete' from GOG's online store.

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DRAM, NAND supplies for 'iPhone 8' tight...

Apple's 2017 iPhone production may be impacted by an industry-wide shortage of DRAM has been compounded by a production problem at a Micron plant, and aggravated by low yields of 3D NAND production from Apple suppliers SK Hynix and Toshiba.

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Fender claims its web and iOS guitar apps can teach...

There’s no shortage of guitar tutor apps out there, but if there’s one company that ought to know a bit about what it takes to play guitar, it’s Fender …


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Apple Pay comes to 20+ more banks in the US

New banks and credit unions across the United States are continuing to adopt Apple Pay, and 21 additional institutions have joined Apple’s list of participating partners since the last refresh a few weeks ago. Check out the latest Apple Pay banks below:


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Apple number eight among the 50 best companies to...

The Indeed job site has debuted the 50 best companies to work for in 2017, curated from the site’s millions of company reviews from employees. Apple tied with Nike to place number eight on the list.

Salesforce, the world’s #1 customer relationship management software, took the top spot on Indeed’s list for the second consecutive year. Airline innovator Southwest Airlines reclaimed the second place ranking.

New to the top ten, JetBlue Airways — ranked #21 on last year’s list curated by Indeed — skyrocketed to take the #3 spot this year. Similarly, CenterPoint Energy moved up from last year’s #37 ranking to #6 for 2017. Newcomers make up half of this year’s list, with companies like Estee Lauder (#21), Stryker (#26), Capital One...

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iFixit introduces battery replacement kit for Apple...

Apple's notoriously difficult-to-repair unibody MacBook design has been a sore subject for repair enthusiasts for years, prompting solutions provider iFixit to create a new battery replacement kit that will make it easier for at-home repairs.

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4 ways iOS 11 will improve how you listen to podcasts

Owing to its embrace of the format back in 2005, Apple owns the most prominent position in the podcast market. Between iTunes on iOS and Windows and the Podcasts app on iOS, Apple owns the most popular podcast players in existence. And Apple Podcasts is by far the largest and most comprehensive—some would say definitive—directory for podcasts in the world.

That position gives Apple power and influence in the podcast world, even if you don’t use Apple’s apps to listen to your favorite podcasts. And with iOS 11, Apple’s making changes to the way podcasts organize and describe themselves that should make it easier to choose which podcast episodes to listen to, while giving podcasters more insight into just how people listen to podcasts.


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Steve Jobs and the missing “Intel Inside” sticker

Ken Segall:

I get that Intel Inside is one of the most successful marketing campaigns in business history. It’s just that after 36 years, that logo starts to feel more like a pollutant than an advertising device.

Thankfully, Macs have remained 100% free of Intel branding since Apple adopted its processors way back in 2006.

We have Steve Jobs’s sensibilities to thank for this. But how it all happened is a fun little story.

No spoilers, a fun read, another great little Steve Jobs anecdote.

UPDATE: Jump to the main Loop post to see video of the “Stickers” quote.

[H/T John Kordyback]


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Want a set of black AirPods? Can have!

Check the pictures. These look pretty well done. You can send in your AirPods, they’ll paint them for $99, or buy them direct from the site for $279/$299 depending on the finish.

Pricey, but interesting.

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iFixit launches battery replacement kits for MacBook...

Recent MacBooks aren’t exactly noted for their repairability, a change that started in 2012 with the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. Among the many changes introduced was a battery very firmly glued to the chassis, making it next to impossible to replace.

But iFixit likes a challenge, and has now come up with a DIY battery replacement kit which it reckons allows the job to be tackled by mere mortals …


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The world’s oldest websites that are still around...

Space Jam website, still up and running. Wow!

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iFixIt introduces battery fix kits for the MacBook...

iFixIt has introduced battery fix kits for the MacBook Prow with Retina Display. In 2012 Apple introduced its sleek, non-upgradable laptop with a battery stubbornly glued to the frame. 

iFixIt has been working on a do-it-yourself repair solution for folks who want to replace the battery in their MacBook Pro Retina for a long time. The new “glue-busting” battery kits reportedly have all the tools and instructions you need to replace your own battery. Pricing ranges from $89.95 to $119.95, depending on your MacBook Pro model.

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New Jay Z music video lands on Apple Music, but...

After debuting his new album exclusively on his own Tidal music streaming service last week, today Apple Music is premiering the first music video from the release despite still not offering the actual album.


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Following 'iPhone 8,' Apple plans to go...

While this year's iPhone lineup is expected to feature just one model with an OLED display -- the flagship "iPhone 8" -- the company is rumored to embrace the display technology in a big way a year later, when it could offer three OLED iPhones.

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Fender partners with Apple Music with curated guitar...

I’ve always been a Strat fan, love these playlists. Here’s a link to the Fender playlist page. Enjoy.

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Future Macs may detect your presence and react...

Future Macs may “wake up” when they detect your presence and take action based on exactly where you are. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170193282) for “presence sensing.”

The “presence-based functionality” method may include operating the Mac in a reduced power state and collecting a first set of data from a first sensor. Based on the first set of data, the computer determines if an object is within a threshold distance of the Mac. 

If so, the device activates a secondary sensor (a microphone or camera) to collect a second set of data. Based on the second set of data, the Mac determines if the object is a person. If the object is a person, the computer determines a position of the person relative to the computing device and executes a change of state in the computing device based on the position of the person relative to the computing device. 

For example, movement toward the Mac may activate more features, such as providing more options/menus in a user...

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Samsung’s Bixby rollout delayed as it struggles to...

Korea Herald:

The English version of Samsung Electronics’ voice-assistant service Bixby has been delayed because the firm lacks the accumulation of big data, which is key to deep learning technology, according to the company Tuesday.


Bixby is now available only in Korean, although Samsung’s mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, said in April, “Bixby’s English version and Chinese version will be unveiled in May and in June, respectively.”

Didn’t happen.

“Many engineers in the US are making full efforts to develop the English version. But, (due to geographical and language barriers) their frequent reports to and communication with the management located in Korea makes the progress much slower than developing the Korean version here,” said a source on the condition of anonymity.

I was wondering what had become of Bixby.


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As iPhone 8 facial recognition expected, Apple...

We’ve been hearing a lot about the 3D camera system in the iPhone 8 being capable of facial recognition to allow automatic login without Touch ID or passcode. A new patent application published today suggests that Apple also wants to bring this capability to future Macs.

But Apple has more in mind that just a simple unlock function …


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Rumor: all 2018 iPhones will sport OLED screens

Nikkei sources suggest that Apple will use OLED screens in all 2018 iPhones. Those sources say that the tech giant has tentative plans to release three phone models next year and that all will feature OLED.

Only the premium model of this year’s upcoming “iPhone 8” is believe to sport this type of display. OLED provides a sharper color contrast than LCDs and is bendable. OLED technology is used in many high-end smartphones today

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Group (that’s me): 100%. It’s going to happen, folks.

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Apple to announce latest fiscal report on Aug. 1

Apple will announce its 2017 third fiscal quarter earnings on Tuesday, Aug. 1, after the market closes. The earnings conference call will start after the market closes (about 2 p.m. Pacific Time). 

Apple has offered guidance for the quarter. The company expects to report between US$43.5 billion and $45.5 billion in revenue, and a gross margin between 37.5% and 38.5%. Operating expenses are expected between $6.6 billion and $6.7 billion.

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Three Apple developers join the WebVR Community Group

Three Apple developers are now listed on the WebVR Community Group's participants webpage, UploadVR reports — as noted by AppleInsider.

Brandel Zachernuk, David Singer and Dean Jackson have joined web developers representing Internet services and like Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, and Mozilla's Firefox. Developers from Intel, Facebook, Samsung and other top technology companies are also part of the working group.

WebVR is an open standard that makes it possible to experience VR in your browser. The goal is to make it easier for everyone to get into VR experiences, no matter what device you have.

At June’s Worldwide Developer Conference...

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Airline cabin ban on notebooks and tablets eased,...

This is a bit more encouraging.

According to the BBC, flights from the Abu Dhabi airport are now being exempted from the ban imposed on notebooks and tablets in cabin baggage on certain US-bound flights, and the same now applies to two airlines flying from different airports …

Per the article:

Emirates has said the cabin ban on laptops no longer applies on its flights to the United States. Emirates, which flies to the US from its Dubai hub, said it worked with US authorities to meet new security rules.

Turkish Airlines has also announced that it’s easing its notebook ban as well:

Permission was granted by the Department of Homeland Security after verifying that enhanced screening measures were in place for both passengers and their hand-baggage. Exact details are not being disclosed, but it’s been reported that increased use of explosives-sniffing dogs is one of the measures adopted. The BBC notes that higher-tech screening has recently been...

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Apple reportedly preparing three new iPhone models...

Once the iPhone 8 debuts this fall, attention will naturally start to turn the 2018 iPhone lineup. It is well known that Apple begins designing iPhones many years ahead, which means preparations for the model after the 2017 iPhones are already underway. Nikkei’s sources suggest that Apple will launch three new iPhone models in 2018, all featuring OLED displays …


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Apple to announce Q3 2017 financial returns on...

If you want to know how Apple’s doing financially, check in on August 1st.

Apple on Wednesday announced that it will reveal quarterly earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2017, traditionally the slowest sales period of the year for the company.

The upcoming earnings report is to be followed by a live-streamed conference call Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. Pacific, 5 p.m. Eastern. As usual, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri are expected to provide commentary on the performance metrics and field questions from investment analysts.

Apple is said to be looking to return to year-over-year growth for the iPhone following a string of quarterly dips. The lucrative holiday shopping season saw iPhone sales return to growth at the end of 2016, but the progress was short lived as sales slumped in the second quarter of 2017.

The company is also expected to announce income from other revenue streams, including Apple Music, iCloud, iTunes and the App Stores....

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How to use macOS Recovery in macOS Sierra

The utilities in macOS Sierra’s macOS Recovery can help you restore from Time Machine, reinstall macOS, get help online, repair or erase a hard disk, and more.

macOS Recovery is part of the built-in recovery system of your Mac. You can start up from macOS Recovery and use its utilities to recover from certain software issues or take other actions on your Mac.

To use macOS Recovery, hold down Command-Ron your keyboard immediately after restarting your Mac or immediately after your Mac begins to restart. Continue holding until you see the Apple logo or a spinning globe. Startup is complete when you see the utilities window (pictured).

After starting up from macOS Recovery, select from these utilities, then click Continue:

  • Restore From Time Machine Backup: Restore your Mac from an external hard drive or Time Capsule that contains a Time Machine backup of your Mac.
  • Reinstall macOS: Download and reinstall the Mac operating system.
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Poll: If the iPhone 8 is available only in black,...

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been making some interesting predictions about the iPhone 8 of late. The most surprising one of these is that it won’t offer any form of Touch ID.

While some have reported him as simply saying that it wouldn’t be embedded in the screen, this appears to be based on missing the significance of the word ‘model’ in what he said.

We predict the OLED model won’t support fingerprint recognition

I’m not sure he’s correct about that, but he made one other prediction which seems plausible: that the iPhone 8 will be available in fewer colors than usual, to...

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Don’t be fooled by the ‘working’ iPhone 8 clones [...

The official unveiling of the iPhone 8 is still several months away but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese manufacturers from producing their usual clone hardware in advance.

EverythingApplePro got his hands on one of the ‘working’ clones which have surfaced online in the last couple of weeks, and it really doesn’t take much to notice how bad they really are. Video of the device in action after the jump …


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Art View for macOS a convenient tool for Creative...

By Aaron Lee

If you're a Creative Cloud or Creative Suite user, you should check out Code Line's Art View 2, a Quick Look enhancement that offers "quick answers to common questions."

It allows graphic designers to preview, inspect, and reveal dependent font and image files from within Apple's Quick Look preview feature. Art View works independent of other applications, so users who don't have graphics applications installed are still able to take advantage of its features.

The tool provides users with previews of design files that normally aren't compatible with Quick Look. It also provides info like what fonts, images and colors were used, and reveals dependent files. 

Graphics files are visual by nature. By expanding the types of files that can be seen in Finder windows, dialog boxes and other applications, Art View helps improve the workflow of designers and people that work with them. 

Art View is available as a free, 15-day...

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Cabin baggage ban on laptops & tablets over in...

The ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on certain flights into the USA is over in all but name as a fourth airline is exempted. It’s clear by this stage that the ban was simply an aggressive way to force airports and airlines to adopt tougher security screening measures.


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Notable apps and app updates for July 6, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Abson Developments has introduced Sleep like a Baby 1.0. This free app is designed to help babies feel as if they're still in the safety and comfort of an enclosed space by replicating those sounds and noises.

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Graphic Inspector 2.3, a feature update to company's quality control solution for images and vector files. 

The utility is deigned to solve the problem of quickly finding files with specific resolution, color, spot channels, fonts and other attributes. The app can also search metadata, report image compression, and save search criteria in workflow...

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Apple invention appears to detail HomePod's...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application seemingly related to the company's upcoming HomePod speaker. In particular, the invention covers a method of equalizing and optimizing loudspeaker output through the use of microphones, digital signal processing and advanced computational algorithms.

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Linear TV is falling apart

Fox and AMC begin tampering with linear TV in response to cord cutting.

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Report: Apple suppliers failing to produce enough 3D...

Apple suppliers are apparently facing issues with production of the new storage chips destined for the 2017 iPhone series, the all-new-design iPhone 8 and the iterative iPhone 7s devices (which will look similar to the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but with glass backs).

The Digitimes report claims that SK Hynix and Toshiba have fallen short of production by as much as 30% due to poor yields of the 3D NAND chips. Apple has apparently turned to Samsung to pick up the shortfall …


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Wednesday July 5

Apple software engineers join WebVR virtual reality...

A trio of Apple developers have officially joined the WebVR Community Group, a W3C-hosted community initiative that strives to deliver virtual reality experiences through basic web browsers.

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Watch: 2017 13" MacBook Pro vs. 2017 12"...

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar and 12-inch Retina MacBook were recently updated with Intel's latest-generation Kaby Lake processors. They both start at a base price of $1,299, but what are the differences, and which one is right for you?

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Apple developers join WebVR Community Group ahead of...

As Apple continues to increase its focused on mixed reality experiences, the company has recently joined the WebVR Community Group. WebVR is an initiative that aims to make virtual reality content viewable by everyone, regardless of browser or device…


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Apple to report Q3 2017 earnings on Aug. 1

Apple on Wednesday announced it will on Aug. 1 reveal quarterly earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2017, traditionally the slowest sales period of the year for the tech giant.

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Glif review: Tripod adapter should be part of every...

I’ve been a Glif user and supporter since their first Kickstarter campaign and this is the best Glif yet.

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Apple schedules Q3 2017 earnings release for August 1

As it always does ahead of earnings season, Apple today updated its Investor Relations webpage to announce that it will hold its Q3 2017 earnings call on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. The call will be held at 2PM PT/5PM ET with the earnings release dropping 30 minutes before that…


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AWT News Update: July 5, 2017

A few Apple news items to make your first day of work after the Independence Day weekend a bit nicer!

  • Users of Skype on Macs running older versions of OS X (pre - 10.9) can no longer use the business communications tool. Microsoft now requires users to be running Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) if they wish to use Skype.
  • A pair of Apple stores in the northeastern US will reopen this weekend after major refurbishments that doubled their size
  • Apple News may soon be gaining ads, with publishers able to use major advertising platforms in their content

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.

Text Version

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Latest Snapchat update adds Voice Filters, Backdrops...

Snapchat just got a pretty noteworthy update. And while the first bullet point in this update’s change log — on-demand geofilters — was introduced at the end of last month, a few of these features are entirely new. Among them are the ability to add links to your snaps, Backdrops, and Voice Filters.


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Privacy watchdog sues Trump's election...

When the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states seeking personal, identifying information on all voters in the US, at least 44 states refused in some part. Trump signed an executive order last May to cre...

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Affinity Photo gets big update headlined by...

Serif’s Affinity Photo for iPad received its first big update today, headlined by its support for native resolution on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The iPad-only release, which now clocks in at version 1.6.3, brings many new changes and features to the popular image editing app. Have a look at the full change log inside for the entire summation of the updates. more…

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US exempts Emirates and Turkish Airlines from laptop...

As of today, Emirates Airline and Turkish Airlines no longer have to abide by the "laptop ban" that prevented passengers from carrying on devices larger than smartphones on flights from Middle East airports to the US. The ban, which was originally en...

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U.S. may intervene in Apple’s EU tax appeal

iPhone maker Apple took its case to the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe’s second-highest, in December after the European Commission issued the record tax demand saying the U.S. company won sweetheart tax deals from the Irish government which amounted to illegal subsidies.

I think the EU overstepped and chose the case against Apple because they saw deep pockets. Even Ireland said Apple owes nothing in back taxes.

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Facebook's original TV lineup includes LaVar...

Facebook has greenlit two more shows for its expanding original programming lineup. They join a reality competition series as well as a cancelled MTV comedy series that the company picked up last month.

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Fender partners with Apple for Apple Music curated...

Guitar manufacturer Fender has become the latest major brand to become an official playlist curator for Apple's services, with five unique playlists accessible via Apple Music featuring notable artists and songs spanning more than seven decades that showcase the firm's instruments.

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CNN will expose Reddit user if he ever trolls again

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted out a gif (that his staff found on Reddit) depicting an archive clip of him wrestling with WWE CEO Vince McMahon, whose face was overlaid with the CNN logo. The stunt quickly drew condemnation from both sides of the ai...

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Snapchat warps reality with backdrops and mask-free...

Snapchat users today have three more tools designed to make their lives look (and sound) magical -- backdrops, a discrete voice-filter option, and paperclip, a way to add links to images and videos.

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Tesla's diversity panel uncovers more tales of...

When former Tesla employee AJ Vandermeyden sued the company for ignoring complaints of discrimination and "pervasive harassment," the self-driving vehicle maker downplayed her claims. Tesla told The Guardian at the time that it believes in "fostering...

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'Rocket League' packs tons of freebies in...

No, cross-console multiplayer isn't in today's Anniversary update for Rocket League. But thankfully there's enough (free!) stuff on offer here to take some of the sting off of Sony's sustained stubbornness. We're talking Rick and Morty customization...

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New England's Danbury Fair Mall, CambridgeSide...

Apple a pair of north eastern U.S. Apple Stores reopening on July 8, with both the Danbury Fair Mall location in Conn. and the CambridgeSide Galleria store in Mass. showing off a new remodel that day.

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ will be biggest 70mm...

Christopher Nolan's WWII flick Dunkirk is getting the 70mm treatment and reportedly, it will have the widest release of any recent film using the format. According to Deadline, 125 theaters will show the film in 70mm, more locations than both Quentin...

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NVIDIA will power self-driving cars in China

NVIDIA has already forged self-driving alliances with big car manufacturers like Audi, Toyota and Volvo, but its latest is a particularly big deal -- at least if you live in China. The chip designer has unveiled a partnership with Chinese internet gi...

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InkCase i7 Plus brings a second screen to Apple...

What's better than the screen on an 7 Plus? Two screens! The idea behind the InkCase i7 Plus from Oaxis is to provide your phone with protection and a second screen on the back of the case. That screen uses e-ink technology to provide a beautiful grayscale image without the need for backlighting, so it can display photos, ebooks, your favorite RSS fees, or even information widgets. The InkCase i7 Plus is currently on Kickstarter and has already more than doubled its funding goal, so you can expect to get one in August of 2017 if you support the campaign. 


I tested a prototype InkCase i7 Plus and was impressed with the design. The case is quite protective, using Bubble Pro shock protection. The great thing about the i7 Plus case? It's IP67 waterproof, so although it contains electronics to...

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IoT Fuels Growth of Linux Malware

Malware targeting Linux systems is growing, largely due to a proliferation of devices created to connect to the Internet of Things. That is one of the findings in a report WatchGuard Technologies released last week. The report, which analyzes data gathered from more than 26,000 appliances worldwide, found three Linux malware programs in the top 10 for the first quarter of the year, compared with only one during the previous period. "Linux attacks and malware are on the rise," wrote the coauthors of the report.

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Play the lost 'Rayman' prototype if you...

While the dream of playing a lost version of Rayman for Super NES on Nintendo's Switch console hasn't come true (yet), we have a bit of an update about the game itself. Archivist and game developer Omar Cornut recently borrowed the ROM original devel...

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Apple releases new iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 betas

Apple has released the sixth iOS 10.3.3 beta and the sixth macOS 10.12.6 beta. They’re available in both developer and public betas. 

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

The developer version can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

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Chinese tech giant Alibaba has a smart speaker, too

Just days after news emerged that Samsung is working on its own AI-equipped speaker, Chinese giant Alibaba is also entering the fray. The Tmall Genie, which does a similar job to Amazon's Alexa, lets you control your home and offers news, music playb...

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Apple launches sixth betas of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS...

One week after the last set of releases, Apple has made available the sixth beta of iOS 10.3.3 and macOS 10.12.6 to developers for testing.

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Apple News may soon let publishers use their own...

Apple is working on a solution for publishers that send their articles and content to its News app but so far have gotten very little in return, according to AdAge, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

Apple News will let top media partners use their own technology to fill the ad space in their content, becoming more of an extension of the publishers' own websites than the walled-off island it is now, the people said. News is a mobile app and news aggregator for iOS devices (and, I hope, someday for the Mac).

According to AdAge, Apple plans to allow publishers to use the ad tech they already employ on their sites, such as Google's DoubleClick for Publishers, to deliver ads into the news service. That would potentially let media partners make as much money from views in Apple News as they do on their own sites, without as much...

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Apple releases sixth iOS 10.3.3 + macOS 10.12.6 betas

Apple has released the sixth iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple has also released the sixth macOS 10.12.6 beta. The beta version only includes new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes, although the release may be the last bug fix update for devices not able to run iOS 11.


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Jay-Z’s Tidal-exclusive ‘4:44’ went platinum in less...

Jay-Z's latest album 4:44 had a very exclusive release. It was available only on Tidal and new customers signing up to the streaming service days before the album dropped were also required to be Sprint customers in order to get access to 4:44. But d...

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Little Snitch 4 update brings Touch Bar support,...

The popular Little Snitch utility for the Mac is out with a new version that includes Touch Bar support on new MacBook Pros, a redesigned Network Monitor, and much more.


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Curve's smart card switches between credit and...

Have you ever bought something only to regret it later as you run into a spending limit on the card you used? If you live in in the right country, you might have a way to overcome this particular strain of buyer's remorse. Curve is giving its British...

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Apple News may soon let publishers use Google ads to...

Apple is reportedly considering overhauling how it lets publishers use advertising as revenue for content in its News app, according to AdAge. The shift would allow publishers to use the same proven ad technology that they already use on the web rather than the Apple-controlled system used now.


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Europe wants iFixit-style product repairability...

The European Parliament has approved recommendations for companies to make devices easier to repair and even add labels showing an iFixit-like "score." They also want batteries, LEDs and other critical parts to be removable and not glued in, "so that...

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