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Friday March 10

16:55
WikiLeaks CIA cache: Fool me once

This week's poorly conceived distraction from Trump and Putin sittin' in a tree was brought to us by WikiLeaks, which dumped 8,761 documents of the CIA's hacking arsenal online for all to see. The leak factory didn't even bother trying to play coy --...

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16:51
1Password 6.6.2

Enables 1Password Watchtower by default and fixes a number of bugs. ($64.99 new or $2.99/$4.99 monthly subscription, free update, 47.4 MB)

 

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16:39
'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' gets new racers and...

Without any hint that a new version was in the works, it was pretty clear that Mario Kart 8, one of the best reasons to own a Wii U, would be ported to the Switch. This is good news for the record-breaking legions of folks who bought the new console...

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16:20
MAC Address Randomization Flaws Leave Android and...

New submitter cryptizard writes: Modern Android and iOS versions include a technology called MAC address randomization to prevent passive tracking of users as they move from location to location. Unfortunately, researchers have revealed that this technology is implemented sporadically by device manufacturers and is often deployed with significant flaws that allow it to be easily defeated. A research paper [published by U.S. Naval Academy researchers] highlights a number of flaws in both Android and iOS that allow an adversary to track users even when their phones are using randomized MAC addresses. Most significantly, they demonstrate that a flaw in the way wireless chipsets handle low-level control messages can be exploited to track 100% of devices, regardless of manufacturer or operating system.


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16:13
Planned Parenthood and Tumblr team up to turn the...

Social media activism is often criticized for being too passive—it’s easy to use a hashtag to support a cause or add a Facebook-provided filter to your profile photo, but it’s much harder to actually put physical effort or real money behind your words.

But Planned Parenthood has found that this so-called “slacktivism” goes a long way toward changing hearts and minds. The nonprofit organization, which provides preventative reproductive care and family planning resources to men and women of all incomes, announced at South by Southwest that it’s launching a new compaign with popular blogging platform Tumblr to raise awareness about its real-life impact. On March 29, Planned Parenthood is encouraging people to use the hashtag #TechStandsWithPP to share stories about how the nonprofit has affected their lives.

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16:04
AWT News Update: March 10, 2017

We get an unexpected visit from Alexa during today's podcast, which is rather short due to a paucity of interesting Apple-related news:

  • The Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone gets a significant upgrade
  • The Japanese government may step in and block some Apple suppliers from South Korea and Taiwan from the auction of Toshiba's memory unit
  • Familiar with the Apple Store app? It received an update today, but we just want to remind you that the app exists...

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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15:23
Community group: AT&T 'digitally redlines...

Cleveland-based community groups have issued a report accusing AT&T of engaging in a process known as "digital redlining" with regards to its broadband service in the city. The groups, Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion All...

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15:20
How to get Siri to read articles and other text on...

While Siri may not be the perfect companion some wish it was, the personal assistant’s voice can lend itself to our lives in a variety of helpful ways. For the past few months I’ve been using Siri to read all the text I want to read but don’t actually need to read. Having the personal assistant read articles to me means I can focus on other activities while essentially turning my reading lists and emails into a personalized podcast.

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15:14
How to Set Up and Use Airline Boarding Passes in...

If you’re still printing boarding passes on paper because you think that using your iPhone would be too hard, think again. Airline apps and Apple’s Wallet app have improved significantly over the years, and the process is now easier than fussing with printed boarding passes. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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15:12
Thinking about Tom Negrino

The veteran Mac writer Tom Negrino may be dead of an intentional barbiturate overdose by the time you read this, an act he has chosen after years of fighting terminal cancer. The Apple world will be poorer without Tom in it, and we will miss his humor, skill, professionalism, and courage.

 

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14:41
IBM inches toward human-like accuracy for speech...

The tech world has spent years trying to create speech recognition software that listens as well as humans. Now, IBM says it's achieved a 5.5 percent word error rate, down from its previous record of 6.9 percent -- an industry milestone that could ev...

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14:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Barbie is back!

Barbie's back!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week's roundup includes a new app from everybody's favorite supermodel doll. Read on!

Barbie Sparkle Blast

Image by Barbie Sparkle Blast

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

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14:14
JPMorgan Chase buying up MCX technology after Apple...

Remember CurrentC, the mobile payment service that kept getting in Apple’s way when Apple Pay launched a few years ago? MCX is the merchant consortium that was behind the QR code-based mobile payment service that ultimately never launched, and today JPMorgan Chase announced that it has acquired MCX’s payment technology.

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14:13
Google insists Hangouts for consumers isn't...

After announcing their new AI-powered chat platforms Allo and Duo last September, Google seems to be sunsetting the old and busted Hangouts in favor of their new hotness. Several other announcements seemed to confirm that strategy, including a Hangou...

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14:00
Would you pay more for an Apple HomeKit-equipped...

Now that Apple’s HomeKit has matured and there is a growing ecosystem of Siri-controlled products that support the platform, it’s finally looking like a good time to seriously consider investing in home automation accessories. And now it’s an option for new home buyers too, with at least two homebuilders announcing plans to offer HomeKit upgrade packages that will see various accessories from lighting to security pre-installed in new homes. Would you pay more for a HomeKit-equipped home?

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13:53
∞ “Crazy Train” isolated guitar track

Randy Rhoads was such an incredible guitarist. The guitar comes in at about 19 seconds.

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13:45
Up your photo game with the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone...

The Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone case and 0.30X Full-FRAME Fisheye lens. photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera in terms of the number of photos taken, and it's no wonder -- iPhone owners always have the camera with them, and the photo quality is usually quite good. But the iPhone isn't the easiest device to take photos with. There's no built-in tripod mount for getting long-exposure pictures, sometimes pressing the on-screen shutter button can be a pain, and holding the iPhone one-handed to take a shot is an invitation to dropping it. That's where the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone camera case (affiliate link) and accessory lenses come into play, and today we're giving it a full workout.

The case itself costs $52.99 for the iPhone 7 Plus version and $49.99 for the iPhone 7. There are a series of accessory lenses that are available:

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13:25
AT&T adds 3Mbps unlimited GoPhone tier as...




U.S. carrier AT&T on Friday debuted yet another unlimited phone plan, this time bringing the option to prepaid GoPhone customers for $60 per month -- albeit at low speeds. Verizon meanwhile fired its own salvo in the "unlimited" battle, exempting FiOS video from caps on its cellular plans.

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13:21
Next up in your News Feed: Gear VR livestreams

It looks like announcing 360-degree photos and videos for the Gear VR app was a teaser of what Oculus had in mind for this week. Now, Facebook's $2 billion baby is pulling back the curtain on the mobile VR live-streaming it teased last October. Assum...

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12:58
AT&T offers unlimited data with slow speeds for...

AT&T is upgrading two of its inexpensive pre-paid GoPhone plans today, but they come with some serious trade-offs. The first plan, with unlimited data for $60 per month, only offers 3Mbps of data, and the speed will drop even further after you've...

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12:37
Alphabet asks court to halt Uber's self-driving...

Alphabet's self-driving car division Waymo seeks to completely block Uber's autonomous vehicle operations, according to new documents filed in federal court Friday. The documents are part of Waymo's lawsuit filed against Uber last month and the compa...

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12:23
WeberHaus will offer HomeKit-enabled smart homes in...




Apple's smart home connectivity platform will be offered to more buyers of new homes in Europe, as pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus has confirmed its home control systems will include support for HomeKit, starting later this year.

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12:21
9to5Rewards: lofree typewriter-inspired mechanical...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is lofree, a typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard with full Mac and iOS support. 

The company has two of its new lofree keyboards that launched this week to give away to two 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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12:20
Feature Request: Apple should bring these features...

This week I bought and played through my first audiobook in iBooks (Shoe Dog) after realizing I have a habit of buying a lot of books then rarely making time to actually read them. I finished the 13 hour 22 minute book over the weekend and really enjoyed the experience (and the book). I listen to a lot of podcasts, so playing audio in the background while running errands is something I know I enjoy.

iBooks on the iPhone is a solid audiobook player. It works with Apple CarPlay, 3D Touch from the Home screen, and to my surprise has arguably the best Now Playing screen of any Apple app. Apple currently has three different versions of its audio Now Playing screen between its Music, Podcasts, and iBooks apps, the audiobooks version has features that every Now Playing screen should adopt.

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12:03
Hulu adds A&E, History and Viceland to its live...

Hulu's live TV streaming service, set to debut later this spring, just got an even bigger channel selection. On Friday, Hulu announced a new partnership to add the A+E Networks family of six channels, including A&E, History, Lifetime and Viceland...

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11:43
Microsoft revamps Cortana for iPhone in renewed bid...




Microsoft on Friday released a promised overhaul of its Cortana iPhone app, simplifying the way the AI assistant works on iOS and making it more practical as an alternative -- or complement -- to Apple's native Siri.

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11:42
You won't have to pay to play 'Quake...

The upcoming Quake Champions will be free-to-play. Or not. It depends on how you want to approach it. "At its core, it's a free-to-play game with the option to buy the Champion Pack and just get in and play with all the Champions," developer Bethesda...

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11:30
Daylite: Business Productivity App for Teams on Mac...

My thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop with Daylite this week.

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Integrate directly with Apple Mail to organize emails for clients, projects, and sales opportunities. Track your sales pipeline and set reminders when to follow up. Share projects, schedules, and tasks with others on your team – from your Mac or iPhone/iPad.

Whether you’re a sales team, real estate firm, or lawyer, Daylite can help you win more business and get more done.

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11:18
New US solar installations nearly doubled in 2016

Yes, the head of the EPA did display a staggering level of ignorance about climate change, but not everything is terrible. A report produced by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association says that solar power in the US had a blockbuster...

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11:00
WeberHaus to feature Apple HomeKit in new smart homes

WeberHaus, which specializes in pre-fabricated connected homes, will feature Apple HomeKit — a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri — in its smart homes this year. The company is based in Germany.

WeberHaus has been offering an intelligent home control system in its homes with WeberLogic 2.0 and MyHomeControl app from BootUp, but with HomeKit and the Apple Home app, home owners can now control everything in their home conveniently and securely using their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, or with their voice using Siri, says Klaus-Dieter Schwendemann, marketing manager at WeberHaus. It’s the first European home manufacturer to add support for HomeKit, he adds. 

WeberHaus homes featuring Apple HomeKit control will be available later this year. A demo home featuring Apple HomeKit, the PlusEnergy house generation 5.5, can be viewed at the exhibition...

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11:00
The best USB audio interface

By Al Griffin

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 support its work. R...

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10:53
A 5-year-old, is headed to the National Spelling Bee...

This might be the cutest thing you watch all weekend. She is a remarkably calm and self-assured young lady. And her skills are incredible. I’m a really good speller and yet, I couldn’t have spelled most of those words.

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10:50
A photographer edits out our smartphones to show our...

This is a really interesting photo set that might make you think about your phone use a little bit.

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10:43
Twitch desktop app aims to make streaming more social

Twitch has long been more than just a video game streaming platform. In fact, it's starting to morph into a full-fledged, gamer-centric social network and marketplace. Just a few days ago, the company unveiled Pulse, which added a Facebook-like feed...

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10:37
Nvidia's GeForce 1080 Ti Raises Graphical Chip...


The first reviews of the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti came out on Thursday, and by all accounts this card has performed beyond expectations. Nvidia's new GPU can perform 35 percent faster than its GTX 1080, the company has claimed. Based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, this flagship gaming GPU includes next-gen 11-Gbps GDDR5X memory, and an 11-GB frame buffer. The GTX 1080 Ti, which will be available soon for $699, is even faster and more powerful than the more expensive Titan X Pascal.

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10:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple EarPods w/ Lightning...

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:

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10:30
We're live from SXSW 2017!

The past few weeks have been intense for the tech world, what with MWC and GDC taking place over the past few weeks. Now it's turn for SXSW 2017. We're on the ground in Austin, Texas to check out what the festival has to offer with its interactive, m...

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10:25
1Writer 2.5.1 for iPad blurs the line between note-...




AppleInsider examines the latest update to 1Writer that brings improved keyboard functionality, plus Dropbox, and Markdown support to the iOS-exclusive writing tool.

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10:23
Pinterest launching its new Lens visual discovery...

Pinterest introduced a new point-and-shoot discovery tool in February called Lens that lets you use your iPhone camera to find design inspiration and more. Now Pinterest is officially launching its new Lens feature to all users in the United States on iOS and Android.

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10:16
New LG 5K UltraFine Display models work properly...

Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now ...

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10:14
Airbnb might soon be legal in Japan

Looks like Airbnb is faring a lot better in Japan than in its own home: it might soon be able to legally operate within the country. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has given its blessing to the proposed rules that will be imposed upon the servic...

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10:04
Hazel 4.0.9

Addresses a number of bug fixes for the file cleanup utility. ($32 new, free update, 7.9 MB)

 

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10:00
Pre-fab builder WeberHaus to offer Apple HomeKit-...

Germany-based homebuilder WeberHaus announced today that it will soon offer its pre-fabricated homes equipped with Apple’s HomeKit platform, a first for the European market. That means that new home buyers purchasing a house through the builder will be able to opt for a smart home package that consists of products like lighting, smart plugs and more, all controllable via iPhones, iPads and Siri.

The company says it’s been working with Apple to develop the HomeKit package for its customers:

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10:00
YouTube made VR gaming videos for Google Daydream...

You might have come across a few 360-degree gaming videos on YouTube since last year. Chances are, those are some of the results of the platform's partnership with creators and publishers formed in an effort to experiment with the production of VR ga...

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09:56
Viber's Secret Chats sets a time limit on...

Viber’s got a new feature that will help protect your most sensitive conversations from discovery—as long as the CIA hasn’t pwned your phone. A new feature called Secret Chats—not to be confused with Facebook’s secret conversations—is rolling out in the coming days to Viber for Android and iOS.

Secret Chats builds on some of Viber’s pre-existing privacy and security features including end-to-end encryption and self-destruct timers for photos and videos. Instead of setting a time limit on a single piece of a conversation, Secret Chats schedules the entire thread for auto-...

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09:53
Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support...




For a third consecutive year, tech publication Laptop has once again awarded the best score in its Tech Support Showdown to Apple, commending its support via phone calls, online chat, and social media accounts.

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09:34
Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone updated with...

Microsoft’s Cortana for iPhone app gets an update today that introduces a redesigned user interface and a few new features and enhancements that offer an improved experience for the Siri competitor.

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09:30
The Engadget Podcast Ep 31: Look Inside America

On this episode a trio of out-of-towners -- managing editor James Trew, senior editor Aaron Souppouris and senior editor Mat Smith -- join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the latest tech news. First they'll discuss Consumer Reports decision to st...

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09:00
'Sonic Mania' finally gives its lead...

When Sega invited me behind closed doors to get an early look of Sonic Mania at GDC last month, I wasn't expecting much. I'd seen the trailers and indeed, it looked like a grand homage to franchise, but I was surprised to find that the game is more t...

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08:54
How to enable Do Not Disturb in macOS and silence...




Notifications can be a mixed blessing -- for some they keep the chaos of communications down, and allow for rapid response to an email or a Tweet. But for others, can be a distraction that pulls away from the task at hand. AppleInsider shows you how to shut them all down for a while, or just silence a pesky app.

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08:43
Capital One launches ‘Eno’ SMS chatbot for managing...

Capital One today announced “Eno,” a new text message-based assistant that it says is the first natural language SMS chatbot from a U.S. bank.

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08:41
Facebook will stream live MLS soccer matches this...

Liga MX isn't the only pro soccer league you'll be able to watch on Facebook this season. The social network has signed another deal with Univision to stream at least 22 live Major League Soccer (MLS) matches in 2017. In addition to action on the pit...

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08:22
Verizon FiOS streaming no longer counts toward your...

Since chairman and net neutrality skeptic Ajit Pal dropped an FCC investigation into data-free "zero-rating," it's full speed ahead for carriers on unlimited video streaming. Verizon is piling on with its FiOS Mobile App, which now lets you to stream...

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08:00
Get in touch with your inner free-running assassin...

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.

Assassin’s Creed Identity isn’t the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game—but it’s the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game that really embodies the open-world, role-playing style of the franchise.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a fan of Assassin’s Creed to play Assassin’s Creed Identity—in fact, you don’t even have to really know what Assassin’s Creed is to enjoy this game. The game’s controls can be tricky, but they’re fairly easy to pick up quickly, and you don’t need to learn an entire battery of skills for sneaking about, dodging enemies, and...

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07:41
Japan's national security could block Apple...




The Japanese government is preparing to vet the security of potential bidders for a majority stake in Toshiba's memory business -- something that could give U.S. companies an edge, but stop Apple suppliers Foxconn and TSMC, a report said on Friday.

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07:35
Happy Hour Podcast 110 | iPhone ‘Edition’ naming...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new iPhone ‘Edition’ rumor and other possible names Apple could use, the latest LG UltraFine 5K Display update, iOS app caching problems and possible fixes, Apple Watch charging time and sleep tracking, Apple Watch Nike+ compared to other Series 2 models, run training with Apple Watch, audiobooks through iBooks and iOS Now Playing design, 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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07:16
PSA: Signal, WhatsApp, iMessage and others not...

Somewhat careless wording by Wikileaks has led to widespread reports than messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption – like Signal, WhatsApp and iMessages – had been compromised by the CIA. There is in fact no evidence that this is the case.

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07:08
∞ Myke Hurley’s excellent Nintendo Switch review

[VIDEO] Myke Hurley did a fantastic job pulling together this video walkthrough of the Nintendo Switch. It’s informative in the best possible way, conveying lots of detail while still being watchable and interesting.

If you are interested in the Switch, this is absolutely worth your time. As always, the video is embedded in the main Loop post.

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07:00
Get an Espionage 3 Lifetime License at 60% off and...

Apple provides a way to encrypt your Mac data with FileVault, but what if your data or company information needs even more protection. That's where Espionage 3 for Mac comes in, adding the ability to add multiple master passwords protecting isolated sets of folders while still featuring AES-256 + scrypt security. Our deal is this: Get a lifetime license (which gives you access to all major updates in the future) to Espionage for $19.99 (60% off!). 

How exactly does Espionage 3 protect your valuable information? 

  • Protect individual folders & easily access them from the menu bar
  • Use folder settings like auto-lock & encrypted data maintenance to secure individual folders & files
  • Enjoy state of the art Plausible...
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06:59
25 songs that tell us where music is going

This sort of interactive media exploration is something the New York Times does very well. Just a heads up: Some of the song lyrics are NSFW and the songs play when they scroll into view, so consider headphones before you dig in.

But do dig in.

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06:58
Apple’s Swift now among the 10 most popular...

Apple’s Swift is now among the 10 most popular programming languages, according to the Tiobe Index, which measures the popularity of programming languages on a monthly basis. This is the first time it’s made the list.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. About three years ago Apple announced that it would replace its "ancient" native mobile app development language Objective-C by its newborn language called Swift. 

“The expectations were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly. That is for good reasons by the way because the installed base of Objective-C code is quite large,” note the folks behind the Tiobe Index. “New applications are written in Swift, whereas old apps that are written in Objective-C are not actively migrated to Swift. This is also what we observe at customer...

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06:56
I worked for Steve Jobs, and this was the best...

Nice anecdote from Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist for Apple.

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06:49
∞ Conan: Introducing Apple Healthcare

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post for Conan’s take on Apple Healthcare. Some thing you just can’t unsee.

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06:43
Indie game promotion takes over the iOS and Mac App...

John Voorhees, MacStories:

The App Store looks a little different today. If you opened it and thought you accidentally landed on the Games category page, it would be understandable. But that’s not what’s happening. Instead, Apple has launched a major promotion of the finest indie games available on iOS. According to the App Store Games Twitter account, the promotion is running for the next twelve days.

Lots of great games.

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06:40
Beta of the iPad’s new floating keyboard

Back in January, developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered a new one-handed keyboard embedded in an iOS 10.3 beta. And because he’s a nice guy genius, Steve went ahead and built a Swift playground so you can play with it, too.

Here’s Steve’s tweet, with a link to the playground:

In case you wanted to check out iOS 10’s unpublished ‘floating’ iPad keyboard, here’s a Swift Playground for you: https://t.co/nuUV8XsmeO

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) March 10, 2017

And here’s a post by Ben Lovejoy, with a bit of background....

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06:39
Swift makes it into top 10 most popular programming...

The Tiobe Index – which measures the popularity of programming languages on a monthly basis – reports that Apple’s Swift has made it into the top 10 for the first time. Tiobe says that ratings are based on three factors, using search engines to carry out the research.

The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.

While a relatively new programming language making it into the top 10 is an impressive achievement, Tiobe does not believe that it will climb any higher in the rankings …

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06:19
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8' and delays, healthcare and HealthKit, and mostly-solved vulnerabilities in iOS.

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06:15
Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care...

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

As always, let us know what you think in the comment section and have a great weekend!

Via The Mac Observer

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06:00
WikiLeaks to share CIA hacking tools with Apple,...

Following WikiLeaks’ release of more than 8,000 documents from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple followed up, saying it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday he will share the code, which was withheld from the published documents, with tech companies like Apple.

Per Assange:

“We have decided to work with [tech companies] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a live-streamed press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lives. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”

According to reports, Apple jumped on the released documents following their release on Tuesday, sifting through bugs they’d patched, bugs that remained to be fixed and how the exploits were being used.

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06:00
Autonomous Delivery Robots to Hit Virginia's...


Autonomous delivery robots this summer will be able to travel on sidewalks, crosswalks and shared-use paths throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gov. Terry McAullife recently signed a law permitting the use of Starship Technologies' Personal Delivery Devices, or PDDs. The six-wheeled robots, which resemble coolers, are designed to deliver parcels, groceries and food within a two-mile radius in 15-30 minutes. The PDDs weigh about 40 pounds and can carry a workload of up to 20 pounds. They travel at 4 mph.

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05:57
How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with...

The Nintendo Switch hit stores last Friday, and the gaming world is buzzing about the convertible handheld/home console hybrid—and top launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While you may never get the chance to play the new Zelda on your computer, there is a surprising connection here: the Joy-Con controllers can pair with your Mac

That’s right: the little control nubs that bookend either side of the Switch’s screen detach from the unit, and since they pair via Bluetooth, you can use them with Mac games. We certainly wouldn’t recommend buying a Switch solely to use the Joy-Cons on Mac, but if you game across multiple devices and snagged the console, then Mac compatibility is a sweet perk. And the Switch’s beefier Pro Controller works with macOS, as well.

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05:45
French myCanal service now available on Apple TV...

French TV service myCanal came to Apple TV last year, but you needed a decoder box to view them. Apple has now announced that this is no longer needed. Subscribers can now view any myCanal channel on Apple TV without a connected decoder.

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05:31
You can now try out the hidden ‘floating’ iPad...

Back in January, developer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered a new one-handed floating keyboard for iPad hidden inside an iOS 10.3 beta. He has now created a Swift Playground that allows you to play with the feature. It works with all iPads except the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

In case you wanted to check out iOS 10’s unpublished ‘floating’ iPad keyboard, here’s a Swift Playground for you: https://t.co/nuUV8XsmeO

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) March 10, 2017

The feature works in a similar way to picture-in-picture, creating a keyboard that takes up less room than the standard one and can be moved around the screen to position it in a place where it doesn’t cover the content you’re typing …

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05:30
How to manage windows on macOS Sierra’s desktop

It’s easy to manage windows on macOS Sierra’s Desktop and the Finder. The Desktop is the space where you see file, folder, and application windows. It’s not to be confused with the Finder, the default file manager and graphical user interface on your Mac. 

When you open an app or the Finder, it opens a window on the desktop. Only one app at a time is active; the menu bar shows the name of the active app.

Some apps, such as Safari or Mail, let you open multiple windows or different types of windows at the same time. macOS provides several ways to manage open apps and windows—for example, you can merge an app’s open windows into one tabbed window.

To move a window, drag it by its title bar to where you want it. To align windows, drag a window close to another one—as the window nears the other one, it aligns without overlapping. You can position multiple windows adjacent to each other.

To make adjacent windows the same size, drag the edge you want to resize...

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05:00
CleanMyMac 3: a threequel that's better than...

CleanMyMac from MacPaw is an all-in-one macOS (10.8 and higher) solution designed to keep your Mac clean and to secure space from your Mac’s hard drive. It was a solid app with versions 1.x and 2.x; version 3.0 is even better.

Why do you need CleanMyMac since macOS does its own system upkeep. The Mac runs its own maintenance scripts once a day, a week and a month. However, there are still files like universal binaries, localization files, hidden trashes, and others that take lots of space and remain untouched by these scripts. Enter CleanMyMac, which prompts user to scan his/her Mac every month if other period is not set by the user.

Version 2 introduced a new complex solution for reclaiming extra hard drive space and keeping your Mac well-organized. The cleaning functionality of CleanMyMac 2 was enhanced by more sophisticated scanning algorithms and additional features like iPhoto Cleanup and...

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04:59
This could be our best look yet at what to expect...

A lot of the iPhone 8 renders doing the rounds are just fantasy ones – created without any reference to reported features or, indeed, to practicality. We’ve seen several recent ones, for example, where the display covers the entire front of the phone – something believed to be a long-term goal of Jony Ive, but not something we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 8.

But a set of renders posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo do a decent job of matching the actual reports we’ve been...

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04:04
Lightroom CC 2015.9 and Lightroom 6.9

Fixes a number of bugs and adds support for new cameras and lenses ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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22:04
ChronoSync 4.7.4

Improves cloud sync performance and responsiveness of the Analyze Panel. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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21:28
UBS analyst says Apple is an ‘anti-fragile monopoly...

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich today issued a new investor note in which he asks the question, “Is Apple an anti-fragile monopoly?” The note was obtained by Business Insider and focuses on Apple’s place in the smartphone market and its potentially monopolistic power…

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19:44
John Carmack sues ZeniMax for unpaid acquisition...

Oculus CTO John Carmack has personally joined the litigation war between his company and ZeniMax. He has just filed a lawsuit against the media firm for refusing to pay the rest of what it owes him for id Software's $150 million acquisition in 2009....

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19:22
Marines had swapped nude photos of female soldiers...

Last Saturday, the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that a Facebook group, Marines United, had been distributing nude photos of servicewomen for some time. US Naval authorities immediately began investigating hundreds of M...

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19:05
Apple lobbies against 'right to repair'...




As reported earlier this year, Apple has sent delegates to officially oppose the passage of a so-called "right to repair" bill in Nebraska that would require the company to provide consumers and third-party repair shops access to service manuals and parts.

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18:47
What would happen if you microwaved a non-microwave-...

Just to be on the safe side, I never microwave anything in the container it comes in.

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18:41
Lowest prices of the year! 13" MacBook Pro w/...




Shoppers can take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, at just $1,549 with no tax in 48 states. Or save $429 on Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare. A 27" iMac 5K is also $260 off with AppleCare, and Apple's Magic Trackpad 2 is $99 with our exclusive coupon.

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18:19
'Gran Turismo Sport' closed beta kicks off...

Like seemingly every Polyphony Digital game, Gran Turismo Sport has been a long time in coming... but you might not have to wait much longer to give it a spin. Polyphony has announced a Gran Turismo Sport closed beta that will start March 17th for PS...

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17:57
Caption contest: What are Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai...

While often made out to be fierce competitors, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently shared dinner and a conversation together in Sillicon Valley. Images of the meal were shared on Facebook and discovered on MacGeneration.

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17:47
Quick take video review: CalDigit TS3 Lite...




Appleinsider reviews the new CalDigit TS3 Lite, one of the first Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market that promises to solve adapter woes for 2016 MacBook Pro users.

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17:34
'Many' Android exploits in WikiLeaks CIA...

Apple isn't the only company scrambling to reassure the public that it has fixed most of the CIA exploits revealed in WikiLeaks' latest disclosure. Google tells CNET it's "confident" that security patches and safeguards already protect you against "...

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17:18
Google Chrome for iOS gaining new Safari Reading...

Earlier today, Google pushed the stable version of Chrome 57 to Mac, Windows, and Linux users. This means that Chrome 57 for iOS is next around the corner and one of the features that will arrive as part of that update is a Reading List feature similar to that of what’s currently support in Safari…

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16:59
Telltale's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'...

Telltale Games announced it's working with Marvel on a Guardians of the Galaxy game last year. Now, we're getting a sneak peek at the episodic adventure, along with details about its launch date and voice cast.

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16:38
Twitter's next anti-abuse measure cordons off...

Twitter is taking another step toward curtailing abuse on the platform. But, it seems like the microblogging service is being a tad overzealous. Now, rather than just marking certain attached media as potentially offensive, it's doing so for entire p...

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16:30
How to charge your iPhone faster

Fast charging is a feature on many Android phones, allowing them to gain as much as 50 percent battery in 30 minutes in most instances. We have yet to see Apple officially bring much innovation in this space to the iPhone (hopefully we will later this year), however there are a couple tricks you can use to charge up faster than normal…

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16:19
Apple Store app for iOS updated with performance...

Apple today has pushed a minor update to the Apple Store application on iOS. The update brings the app to version 4.2 and while it doesn’t add any major new features, Apple says it is full of under-the-hood improvements.

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16:12
'Uncharted 4' leads this year's BAFTA...

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a big Naughty Dog fan, apparently. It announced the nominees for this year's video game awards, and Uncharted 4 leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Game, Music and Narrative....

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15:44
Trippy rhythm-action game 'Thumper' is...

No matter what platform you own, you'll be able to play last year's excellent rhythm game, Thumper. Developer Drool writes on Xbox Wire that the equally trippy and violent music game will make its way to Xbox One sometime this spring, teasing that mo...

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15:41
Notable apps and app updates for March 9, 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

Kuyi Mobile has introduced Pocket Arcade 1.0.2. The free game brings the physical arcade experience to your fingertips with four mini-games to test players' arcade skills and prowess.

Endless Arcade has served up Pizza Milk 1.0. In the free game, players tap the screen when they want to dunk their pizza and “hope it hits milky heaven for the perfect pizza-milk union.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Readdle has updated its PDF Expert app for...

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15:40
Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat


The latest release of Black Lab Linux, an Ubuntu 16.04-based distribution, adds a Unity desktop option. You will not find Unity offered by any other major -- or nearly any minor -- Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu. Black Lab Linux 8.0, the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems' flagship distro, also updates several other prominent desktop options. Black Lab Linux is a general purpose community distribution for home users and SMBs. Black Lab Enterprise Linux, its commercial counterpart, targets businesses that want support services.

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15:39
AWT News Update: March 9, 2017

The new, smaller Google Charleston East campus plans

We have news from around the world of Apple today, including how a nearby neighbor has scaled back headquarters building plans and more:

  • Google's grandiose plans for a huge, glass-enclosed "city" as a corporate campus have been drastically scaled back
  • Apple retail stores in Jacksonville, FL, Nanjing, China, and Grand Rapids, Michigan are either opening soon or are in the planning loop for expansion
  • Apple Genius Bar employees will no longer get the opportunity to travel to the "mothership" for hands-on training

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15:29
Apple an 'antifragile monopoly,' more...




In spite of views by some investors and critics, Apple is an "antifragile monopoly" that can withstand competition from other giants in the high-tech sector like Amazon and Google, an analyst argued on Thursday.

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15:20
Contact your Senator with a fax-sending bot

The rallying cry to contact your member of Congress is louder than ever these days, but actually reaching them isn't very easy. Even if they accept email, they're far more likely to acknowledge a faxed message -- but who actually has a fax machine i...

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