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Sunday February 4

15:32
LiDAR reveals Mayan mega city hidden in Guatemalan...

A vast Mayan megalopolis apparently lies hidden underneath all the trees, creepers and centuries of growth and soil in the Guatemalan forest -- and we might never have found it if not for the wonders of laser technology. The PACUNAM Foundation, which...

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13:59
Chinese man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit...

Fake Apple devices have been making the rounds for years, but it's rare that they have much sway in the US -- although it looks like one team of bootleggers had a surprising amount of success. Jianhua Li, a Chinese man living in the US on a student v...

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13:26
Growing number of iPhone X users unable to accept...

The Financial Times today highlights an issue purportedly plaguing a growing number of iPhone X users. The report explains that some users are unable to answer phone calls with their iPhone X because the display does not wake up while the phone is ringing, thus meaning they can’t access the accept and decline buttons…

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12:35
Logic Pros: Hands-on w/ Apple’s new Logic Pro X...

This week on Logic Pros, we are continuing our deep dive into all the latest new features in Logic Pro X v10.4. Apple’s flagship music production software was the recipient of a massive new (and completely free) update a couple weeks back with loads of new features and gear. Last time we took an in-depth look at the new multi-effects units built-in to Logic (Step FX and Phat FX), and now it’s time for the new ChromaVerb. more…

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12:33
Banktivity 6.3

Adds an Uncategorized filter when viewing account transactions and fixes several bugs. ($64.99 new, free update, 29.3 MB)

 

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12:30
The best robot vacuums

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, where you can find reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work....

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11:03
Tesla will create 'virtual power plant'...

Tesla isn't done bolstering Australia's power grid just because its giant battery farm is up and running. South Australia premier Jay Weatherill has unveiled a partnership that will provide 5kW solar panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries to "at lea...

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10:02
What form factor do you want HomePod functionality...

The HomePod will officially start arriving to customers and Apple Stores around the world this Friday, February 9th. The cylinder-shaped device is Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker, but the company faces stiff competition from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Sonos.

Last week, we shared renders that imagine how Apple might expand its smart speaker lineup in the years to come, and now we’re curious. What form factor do you want HomePod functionality to come to next?

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09:28
Apple Music could overtake Spotify in the US this...

Spotify's lead in paid music streaming might not be as impregnable as it looks. The Wall Street Journal has obtained industry figures suggesting that Apple Music is growing faster than Spotify in the US, adding 5 percent to its base every month vers...

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08:24
Apple Music to overtake Spotify in US subscribers...

While Spotify has long-held a lead over Apple in streaming music subscribers, the gap between the two is slowly narrowing, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The report, citing “people in the record business,” explains that Apple Music is adding subscribers in the United States at a faster rate than Spotify…

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08:00
After Math: The state of the 'uniom'

It was a week of taking stock as the President meandered his way through the State of the Union address and a number of tech firms reviewed their Q4 earnings. Alphabet and Amazon both had something to crow about, while Apple and GoPro both posted les...

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07:23
Hands On: Self publish the next great novel with...




The latest version of the eBook creator application Vellum does just about everything to streamline book creation for iBooks, Kindle and paperback, other than write the text itself.

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06:30
Ben Heck's Alexa-powered workbench, part 2

Bob and Ben are back to automate their workbench, with the help of Raspberry Pi and Amazon's Alexa. The idea, ultimately, is to help you to work hands free using only your voice, whether that means taking readings from a multimeter or controlli...

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03:37
KGI: 2018 iPhones to use Intel baseband chips...

Since iPhone 7, Apple has shared baseband chip orders for iPhones with Qualcomm and Intel. For the 2018 iPhones, KGI reports that Apple is set to rely on Intel as the exclusive supplier, amidst Apple’s ongoing legal battles with Qualcomm.

KGI says Intel can meet Apple’s technical requirements and offers more competitive prices.

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03:33
Hyundai's self-driving fuel cell cars complete...

Future self-driving cars don't have to be pure electric vehicles, and Hyundai is determined to prove it. The automaker just had a five-strong fleet of Level 4 autonomous hydrogen fuel cars drive themselves 118 miles from Seoul to the Winter Olympics...

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01:03
Next-gen 6.1-inch LCD iPhone again predicted to...




KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes consumer demand for a next-generation 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will outpace that of two OLED models rumored to debut during this fall's refresh cycle, buoying suppliers of LCD panels, aluminum chassis and other related components.

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Saturday February 3

22:53
KGI: Intel might be exclusive modem supplier for...




According to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Intel's baseband chips are expected to power communications across Apple's entire 2018 iPhone lineup, a supplier switch that, if true, would deal a major blow to market leader Qualcomm.

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21:27
Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a...

Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality... in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed Automobilwoche that the two companies will put test vehicl...

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19:28
Apple's iOS 11.3 may use iCloud as a single...

You might not to log in to your favorite websites one at a time in the near future. The 9to5Mac team has found code in the iOS 11.3 beta hinting at a single sign-on option for the web based on your iCloud account. It's not certain just how it would...

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18:45
Apple aiming to open its first China data center in...

Apple hopes to be ready to open its first data center in China in 2020, Xinhua reports. The tech giant will launch the work on the 67-hectare site later this year.

The new facility, which will be entirely driven by renewable energy, will be built and run in partnership with Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data. The center is part of Apple's planned $1 billion investment the southern province of Guizhou.

Starting Feb. 28, mainland iCloud services will be operated by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co.

The tech giant is also setting up its first R&D center in China in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park. The center has a registered capital of approximately US$14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees. It will...

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18:41
Apple launches free repair program for certain...

Apple is launching a free repair program to address a component failure afflicting a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 devices. The glitch makes it appear the phone isn’t connected to cellular networks even when service is available. 

Apple said it would repair affected devices at no charge. It’s the fourth official iPhone repair program since 2015. The phones in question were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau and the U.S.

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18:01
TiVo flips 'SkipMode' around for Super...

A few years ago TiVo rolled out SkipMode for its DVRs that would allow viewers to jump past ads (on certain prime-time programs) with the press of a button. This year, for Super Bowl LII it's flipping the technology around with GameSkip that works fa...

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16:33
Banks ban credit purchase of cryptocurrency due to...

If you use your Bank of America-, JP Morgan Chase- or Citigroup-issued credit card to buy cryptocurrency, then you'll have to find an alternative ASAP. According to Bloomberg, the banks have banned crypto purchase using their cards due to the virtual...

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15:52
Apple begins wide collection of Apple Watch data for...




Apple this week began collecting heart rate data from a wide number of Apple Watch owners who signed up to participate in a heart study being conducted in cooperation with Stanford Health.

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15:09
Apple Launches Free Repair Program For 'No...

Mark Wilson writes: Apple has launched a new repair program aimed at iPhone 7 users who are experiencing a "No Service" problem. Apple says that affected models that were sold since September 2016 will be repaired free of charge. The company explains that the No Service bug only affects a "small number" of handsets, and it is caused by a failed component on the main logic board...
Apple says that the problematic iPhone 7s were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the US between September 2016 and February 2018. The specific model numbers are A1660, A1780 and A1779 and anyone whose phone is displaying a "No Service" message even when signal is available is told to contact their nearest Apple Authorized Service Provider, Apple Retail Store or Apple Technical Support.


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15:02
SpaceX confirms it will try to land all of Falcon...

SpaceX hasn't been shy about wanting to land Falcon Heavy's three booster rockets (it formally proposed its plans a year ago), but will it try now that the launch has finally been nailed down? Yes. Elon Musk's outfit has confirmed that it will atte...

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13:29
Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone...

Windows 10 S was supposed to be Microsoft's firm answer to Chrome OS, offering comparable security (by limiting you to Microsoft Store apps) while running more powerful software. However, its implementation for home users has been ham-fisted: you hav...

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12:01
Japan launches smallest rocket ever to carry...

Japan has set a new spaceflight record -- and unlike most of these feats, it's defined by what wasn't involved. The country's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched the smallest-ever rocket to carry a satellite into orbit, a m...

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10:30
Here’s what it would take to make Overwatch’s ‘...

Last week, the Overwatch team released a new map: Blizzard World. The multiplayer arena is a colorful amusement park filled with attractions and rides themed after Blizzard's stable of games. It's a delightful backdrop for the team-based shooter, fil...

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10:24
How to stream the Super Bowl for free on iPhone,...

This Sunday marks one of the biggest sports traditions of the year, the Super Bowl. This year, the Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In terms of broadcasting, the Super Bowl rotates between NBC, Fox, and CBS. This year, it’s NBC’s turn to broadcast the big game. But what options do you have for streaming? Read on to find out..

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09:36
This week’s top stories: Apple’s Q1 earnings, Woz’s...

In this week’s top stories: Steve Wozniak explains the one big problem he was with the iPhone X, Apple reports its Q1 2018 earnings amid growing concern from investors and supply partners, new Macs and iPads coming this year, Nintendo announces its next mobile game and more. Read on for all this week’s news…

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09:07
Hands On: Keymand 1.1 brings touch-screen options to...




The Keymand iPad app connects to a Mac, and acts like a beefy, user-configurable MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

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09:00
What we're playing: 'Yakuza 0' and...

Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, we spend too much time taking photos in Assassin's Creed Origins, lose ourselves in Yakuza 0's side stories, and a...

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08:00
Steadicam Volt's cinematic smartphone...

Steadicam is the company behind iconic tracking shots in films like Rocky and Return of the Jedi, so when parent Tiffen launched a smartphone stabilizer bearing its name at CES 2017, there was a ton of interest. The $195 Steadicam Volt nabbed more th...

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07:40
iOS 11.3 hints at Apple’s work on an iCloud-based...

We’ve been discovering quite a bit by digging into the first iOS 11.3 beta, released last week. We learned that parents will be able to approve purchases using Face ID and that the Apple Books overhaul is in fact happening, and now evidence has emerged showing Apple has a new single sign-on like service for the web in development…

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07:30
How the watch site Hodinkee began selling timepieces...

The site is unabashed watch porn.

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07:15
Why the drinking bird toy is actually a brilliant...

Holy crap. This is brilliant. I often wondered as a kid why this happened. I haven’t seen one of these drinking birds in years.

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07:15
Sonos CEO says competing with Apple is a ‘reward’ as...

Over the years, Sonos has become somewhat of a household name in the whole home audio market. Competition, however, has dramatically increased recently with new products from Amazon, Google, and now Apple. But if you ask Sonos CEO Patrick Spence, he sees the opportunity of competing with the tech heavyweights as a reward…

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06:48
Music duo Sofi Tukker recounts being featured on...

In a new interview with Billboard, musicians Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern shared some details about the experience of having their hit song “Best Friend” featured in Apple’s iPhone X ad that debuted this past fall.

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06:30
Open Source turns 20: Here’s how it all started

In the dead of winter 20 years ago, Netscape — inspired in part by a treatise on Linux and free software development — released the source code for its Netscape Communicator web browser. The move was unprecedented. This was a publicly tra...

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Jan....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Jan. 22-27.

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter that ended December 30, 2017. The company posted quarterly revenue of $88.3 billion, an increase of 13% from the year-ago quarter and an all-time record, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.89, up 16%, also an all-time record.

Apple is working on at least three updated Mac models with custom, company-built co-processors for release as soon as this year, including updated laptops and a new desktop, according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the plan.”

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Friday February 2

21:01
This week on AI: Apple rakes in $88.3B holiday,...




The standout news was Apple's most lucrative quarter ever, fueled by the iPhone despite an apparent decline in units. We also caught a glimpse of what's coming -- and not coming -- to this year's "iOS 12."

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19:43
Alexa will stay calm during Amazon's Super Bowl...

Given that Amazon's latest Super Bowl ad mentions Alexa no less than 10 times, that begs a question: will you have to unplug your Echo speaker to avoid Burger King levels of chaos as it responds to every single utterance? Thankfully, the answer is "...

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18:25
Apple R&D spend exceeds $3B for first time, up $...




As per usual, Apple accelerated investments in research and development operations over its first fiscal quarter of 2018, spending more than $3.4 billion on new hires and initiatives that will keep the company competitive in a fast-paced tech market.

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17:38
Apple employees can buy HomePod at half price for...




Apple employees are getting a late Christmas gift from the tech giant in the form of a 50 percent discount on the new HomePod speaker, which hits store shelves at $349 next week.

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17:22
DOJ: Chinese counterfeiter pocketed over $1M...

The United States Department of Justice announced today that a Chinese national living in the United States has pleaded guilty for his role in smuggling and distributing counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China into the United Staes…

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17:20
The ‘King of Kong’ could be stripped of his high...

Just days after video game high score champ Todd Rogers was stripped of his Dragster title for mathematically impossible times, the man who was the Donkey Kong king for almost 20 years has also come under scrutiny. Billy Mitchell's 2010 high score fo...

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17:11
Apple offering employees 50% discount on HomePod

Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman says Apple employees will be getting a 50% discount on Apple’s upcoming HomePod.

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15:39
App Review rejecting apps that use Apple emoji for...

App Review appears to be more strictly enforcing rules regarding the use of Apple intellectual property in third party apps, which now includes emoji. Developers are reporting that their apps are now getting rejected for using the Apple emoji icon set in screenshots, other marketing and parts of the user interface (such as using emoji in place of custom iconography).

As described to Sam Eckert, apps cannot use emoji outside of places where a user would have typed it in to comply with the new rules. Apps must replace usage of Apple emoji with custom icons, or nothing at all, if they want their app to be approved.

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15:38
Chinese counterfeiter made over $1.1M trafficking...




A Chinese national living in the U.S. on a student visa will be sentenced in May after pleading guilty to conspiracy and trafficking of counterfeit Apple products including iPhones and iPads, a scheme for which he earned more than $1.1 million.

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14:58
Apple activates repair program for iPhone 7 models...




Apple on Friday initiated a repair program for iPhone 7 devices affected by an issue that caused a "No Service" message to display in the status bar even when cellular network coverage is available, saying a faulty logic board component is to blame for the error.

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14:34
Apple launches repair program for iPhone 7 & 7...

Apple today has launched an official repair program for a small number of users experiencing an issue where their iPhone says “No Service”. This issue seems to be specific to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, according to Apple.

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14:16
158: iPhone SE 2 pessimism, iBooks revamp, and iOS...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the latest on HomePod before its launch including what they ordered, a new report that casts doubt on the possibility of an iPhone SE 2, rumors about an iBooks overhaul and imagining an Apple Books service, plus iOS 12 rumors and Apple’s holiday quarter results.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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14:16
Friday 5: Favorite apps for iMac Pro [Video]

We recently talked about some of our favorite hardware accessories to pair with Apple’s new iMac Pro all-in-one desktop. Today, we’ll discuss some of our favorite apps that provide benefits to iMac Pro users in various ways. Watch our latest edition of our Friday 5 video series for more details. more…

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13:58
020: YouTube TV on Apple TV and Valentine’s Day...

Today we’ve got Google’s YouTube TV service finally coming to Apple TV, but there’s a catch, and we’ve discovered a new Apple Watch Activity Challenge happening during the week of Valentine’s Day, plus the best Apple deals for this weekend from 9to5Toys.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-02-2018.mp3...

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13:36
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 2, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with a death in the family. Prayers go out to the entire Sande family. In the place of the AWT News Update, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Some folks who ordered the HomePod last week (including Yours Truly) have seen their credit cards charged for the wireless speaker purchase, so they should be shipping soon.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay is coming to Brazil soon, which means another country will be able to take advantage of the contactless payment system.

During Apple’s Q1 2018 earnings call on Thursday, Cook addressed Apple’s on-going iPhone battery replacement program and controversy concerning its practice of slowing down iPhones with aging batteries. The CEO said Apple didn’t consider what the battery...

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13:09
HomePod: Imagining a future family of smart speakers...

HomePod is finally almost here, but will one size truly fit all or could we eventually see a whole family of smart speakers from Apple? Keeping with true Apple tradition, this is naturally the moment to wonder and ask: what about HomePod 2 and new variants? Check out our concepts below:

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13:03
AAPL slides into correction territory after mixed...

AAPL stock today has dipped into what some are calling a correction as the rest of the market is down in what may be the biggest stock selloff since 2016.

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12:26
New Ways to Control Your Apple TV in iOS 11.2.5 and...

Apple quietly slipped some new remote control capabilities into iOS 11.2.5 and iTunes 12.7.3. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of them.

 

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12:24
No chill: Some Microsoft Surface Pro 4 users need to...




A growing number of Surface Pro 4 owners are experiencing display flicker, and to temporarily rectify the situation, they need to chill the device well below room temperature to get it to work properly for even a short time.

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12:18
Roundup: Comparing the 18-core iMac Pro to the 10-...

The iMac Pro is an interesting product. It’s not as modular as a Mac Pro could be, but is much more powerful than a standard 5K iMac. With that being said, the iMac Pro is getting outstanding reviews, and recently, Apple has begun shipping the 18-core iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac you can purchase today. And reception seems to be pretty good.

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12:17
Here’s why Alexa won’t light up during Amazon’s...

I can’t decide whether this is creepy or cool….maybe creepycool?

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11:52
Apple begins offering certified refurb Apple TV 4K...

From 9to5Toys:

Apple is now offering certified refurbished Apple TV 4K with prices starting at $149. Both the 32GB and 64GB models are available for 15% off.

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11:09
Video: How to permanently disable macOS High Sierra...




Every time you boot a Mac running an older version of macOS, you'll likely see at least one pop-up notification urging you to download and install the latest macOS High Sierra operating system.

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10:45
Wall Street wowed by iPhone X performance, but cools...




Apple delivered record revenue in its holiday quarter, but went about it in a way different than investors expected, leaving analysts to rethink their so-called "super cycle" predictions for iPhone X unit sales growth. But with the average selling price of new iPhones soaring to unexpected highs, analysts remain bullish on the company's prospects in the months to come.

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10:42
Apple Watch, AirPods drive wearables rev 70%,...

All those stories about “Apple Watch isn’t selling” can stop now.

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10:35
Review: Cardhop, Contact management jedi for macOS

Apple’s Contacts app (formerly Address Book) hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s pretty much a loose database of friends and family, offer the required functionality to support a centralized locations for email addresses, contacts, and phone numbers. But it feels like Apple was forced to make it, against its will.

Luckily Flexibits’ Cardhop picks up where Contacts leaves off. Cardshop organizes your contacts via an easy menu in the macOS menu bar, then adds quick actions to message, email, place a call. Other neat features include quick access to groups of contacts (for sending a group email) and the ability to send Facebook messages without having to switch over to a web browser.

Flexibits has gone bananas in its effort to both bring additional functionality to macOS with an emphasis on user experience (just like it did with Fantastical). This is a good thing. Pretty...

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10:34
How to get rid of those annoying Mac update...

Who knew it was so easy?

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10:04
The 100 most interesting sales at Las Vegas...

I don’t know enough motorcycle history to really appreciate some of these bikes but I bet some of you are old enough to have owned them and will weep silent tears when you see what they went for at auction.

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09:49
Pilot’s spectacular photos taken from an airplane...

Those of us who have struggled to take great shots out of an airplane window will be very jealous of this guy.

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09:48
Asheville School plans a Summer App Development Camp...

Asheville (N.C.) School plans to help teenagers from across the U.S. and abroad learn how to make apps this summer. The co-ed boarding and day school is offering an overnight and day camp in July that focuses on teaching kids how to write code, think critically, and make apps using Apple's programming language – Swift.

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.  Led by two experienced app developers, Technology Director Charles Long and Communications Director Bob Williams, Asheville School's Summer App Development Camp will teach young people ages 13 to 18 all about how to code apps.

App Camp instructors Charles Long and Bob Williams help teach students how to make apps using Apple's Swift programming language. The co-ed app camp, located in Asheville, NC, offers two one-week sessions in July for teens across the U.S. and abroad.

"It's a...

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09:48
Apple beat Samsung in unit sales with iPhone X...




Last year, Samsung's exploding Galaxy Note 7 created a catastrophically distracting meltdown for the company that enabled Apple to surpass it in total unit sales of smartphones during the winter quarter. This year, Apple has again surpassed sales of all Samsung smartphones in the quarter, except this time it's by virtue of trend-bucking new demand for the innovative, revolutionary iPhone X--without much apparent regard for its price.

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09:47
Super Bowl Weekend Deals: Loaded 15" MacBook...




Heading into the big weekend, shoppers can pick up a new Apple TV 4K for free when you prepay for four months of DirecTV Now. Or save $350 on Apple's 2017 15" MacBook Pro with a 3.1GHz processor, 512GB of storage and top-of-the-line Radeon 560 graphics. DJI's Phantom 4K drone is also on sale for $799 with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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09:43
The Power of RAW on iPhone, Part 2: Editing RAW

Lots of really good info here and not just specific to de With’s Halide iOS app, although it’s worth your money if you want to get more out of your iPhone shots.

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09:42
HBO beats Apple in bidding war for new J.J. Abrams’...

After a bidding war with Apple, HBO has landed the first TV series that writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams has written since 2008's Fringe. 

Demimonde is about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up being transported to another world amid a battle against a monstrous, oppressive force, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her father then follows her into this new world. HBO is only describing the series as "an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama.”

So far Apple has commissioned seven scripted series....

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09:39
Staples has 12 duster cans for $40

Normally $80, this pack of duster cans will keep your PC and other electronics clean for months.

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09:38
Report: iPhone beats out Samsung in Q4, global...

IHS Markit is out with its 2017 data on smartphone shipments. The firms’ numbers are a bit more positive than what we saw yesterday from Strategy Analytics, pointing to a smaller quarterly decline along with a greater increase in year-over-year shipments. The data also puts iPhone in first place with the highest share of holiday quarter smartphone sales.

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09:36
Two Apple retail employees hospitalized following...




Two employees at a Hong Kong Apple Store were taken to hospital on Friday following another battery-related incident, according to reports, with the pair said to have inhaled smoke generated by an iPhone battery while undertaking an in-store repair of a customer's device.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: urBeats3 Lightning Headphones...

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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07:53
HBO wins bidding war with Apple for J.J. Abrams sci-...




Proving limits to Apple's corporate clout, HBO has reportedly won the rights to a J.J. Abrams science fiction show called "Demimonde," which was being shopped around in script form.

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07:17
What a difference a week makes: Apple's $88.3...




Not only was Apple's holiday quarter of 2017 a hard compare to previous year's numbers because of three flagship models, but the year-ago quarter had an extra sales week. AppleInsider breaks down the numbers for a closer look at Apple's earnings, on a "average per week" basis.

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06:57
Review: Zephyr’s drone simulator is a great if...

One of the downsides of living in a city is that opportunities to fly your drone tend to be limited. Where I live is well inside the massive chunk of drone-free air over London. Indeed, I’m inside both controlled airspace for my nearest airport (London City, less than five miles away) and a separate Restricted Area above central London.

So if I want to reach clear airspace, it’s either a car ride or train journey away – which means I only really do it when I have a specific reason or project in mind. That makes it hard to build on, or even maintain, my flying skills.

DJI of course has its own drone simulator built into the DJI Go app, but it’s more of a conceptual implementation than an accurate simulation of real-world physics. Which is why I decided to try Zephyr, a simulator for the Mac and Windows that claims to accurately model the actual flight characteristics of the drones it covers …

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06:43
∞ A beautiful iPhone X commercial from Brazil

[Video] Beautifully filmed, commemorating Carnaval. Embedded in main Loop post.

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06:40
The best wireless chargers for iPhone X and iPhone 8

Jason Cross, Macworld:

Wireless charging isn’t always a great substitute for plugging in, but it’s a very convenient way to keep your phone topped off through most of the day. A wireless charger on your desk means no more plugging and unplugging throughout the day and a full charge when you head home from work. A wireless charger next to your bed makes it easy to grab and go in the morning, or just pick up your phone to “check one thing” without fussing with the lightning cable.

We’ve tested a big heap of wireless chargers, and these are some of our favorites.

Be sure to check out the second page, which talks about competing standards (iPhones only support Qi), 5W vs. 7.5W performance, and more.

Of course, you can wait for Apple’s announced AirPower charger. All we know about the ship date is “2018”.

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06:35
Surface Pro 4 owners are putting their tablets in...

Tom Warren, The Verge:

Hundreds of Surface Pro 4 owners have been complaining about screen flickering issues on their tablets. A thread over at Microsoft’s support forums shows that the problems have been occurring for more than a year, and most devices affected are out of warranty. Dubbed “Flickergate,” a website to report the issues claims at least 1,600 Surface Pro 4 owners have experienced the screen flickering problems.

And:

Some owners have even started freezing their tablets to stop the screen flickering temporarily. “I get about half an hour’s use out of it after ten minutes in the freezer,” says one owner. Another user posted a video showing how the flickering stops as soon as the Surface Pro 4 is placed in a freezer.

Hardware is hard.

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06:31
Apple earnings: The Six Colors charts

Apple’s results in glorious chart form. Terrific resource.

If I had to pick two charts on which to focus, check out the very first one, “Apple Q1 2018 revenue by category”, and the second from the last chart, “Services revenue (4-quarter moving average)”.

One key to Apple’s continued success is diversity. The growth of that Services pie-wedge in the first chart helps reduce Apple’s dependence on iPhone sales. And that beautiful growth curve in the Services revenue chart shows that Apple is steadily moving in the right direction.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:19
Apple offers special badge, iMessage stickers for...




To mark American Heart Month, which promotes cardiovascular health, Apple is launching a special Activity Challenge for the Apple Watch, which comes with a badge and three animated iMessage stickers for whoever completes it.

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06:15
YouTube live streaming service arrives for Apple TV

This is nifty.

In a surprise address on Wednesday, YouTube announced that its streaming live TV service is now available on Apple TV devices. In a tweet telling Apple TV owners to check the App Store, the official YouTube TV account disclosed that its app is now available on tvOS-based devices.

The launch, which had been scheduled for spring of 2017, was pushed back in December on the Roku and Apple TV platforms, the company stating it would launch in the first quarter of 2018 after failing to meet an October deadline.

YouTube TV allows users to bypass big-name cable providers to access premium channels for a flat $35 fee. The service is now available in up to 80 metro areas as of last month and now counts more than 50 networks as part of its package, with other channels available as purchasable add-ons.

If you’ve had a chance to try out YouTube’s live streaming service on your Apple TV and have any feedback to offer, let us know about your...

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06:13
Mac-Chi debuts Enact app for macOS

Mac-Chi has debuted Enact, a macOS productivity app that focuses on simplifying the movement of data. It allows users to format, save, print, or post the clipboard contents to social media. 

By dragging text onto the Enact dock icon, users can optionally include a customizable citation when dispatching the text. Users can also directly open a specific tab in Safari by clicking on a status item in the menubar.

Enact requires macOS 10.10 or later. It’s free to download from the Mac App Store. However, in-app purchases allow you to access “premium” features.

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06:09
Apple earnings call transcript

First things first, big thanks to Jason Snell and his mighty typing fingers for this transcript. A service to the community.

Way too much in the transcript to unpack it all, but here are just a few highlights:

Apple’s active installed base reached 1.3 billion devices in January, and is at an all-time high for all of our major products. One point three billion devices represents an astonishing 30 percent growth in just two years.

And:

What makes this even more remarkable is that the quarter we’re reporting today was 13 weeks long, while the year-ago quarter was 14 weeks.

Meaning, we did what we did in one less week than last year. No small thing.

The number of paid subscriptions across our services offerings passed 240 million by the end of the December quarter. That’s an increase of 30 million in the last 90 days alone, which is the largest quarterly growth ever.

And:

Apple Pay has reached an important milestone in the U.S. As...

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06:02
Apple is in first place with 19% of the global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments tumbled 9% annually to reach 400 million units in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2017 — the biggest annual fall in smartphone history — but Apple captured first place with 19% global market share.

The iPhone maker shipped 77.3 million smartphones worldwide in Q4 2017, slipping 1% annually from 78.3 million in Q4 2016. Despite robust iPhone X demand and an iPhone average selling price approaching an incredible $800, Strategy Analytics notes that global iPhone volumes have actually declined on an annual basis for five of the past eight quarters. 

“If Apple wants to expand shipment volumes in the future, it will need to launch a new wave of cheaper iPhones and start to push down, not up, the pricing curve,” opines Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

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06:00
Deal: These TAMO Forever Cables could be the last...

Aren't you tired of having to purchase Lightning charging cables all the time? Many of the bargain cables are made of plastic that tends to crack or fray after limited use, meaning that you end up throwing out cables that are no longer usable. How about a tough, steel-coiled cable that won't fray? These TAMO Forever Cables got their name because they're designed and built to last...forever. At $27.99 for each 3-foot MFi-certified cable, you'll get a lifetime of service charging your devices.

Available in silver, gold, rose gold and black, the TAMO Forever Cables charge your phone in style:

  • Steel coiled cables have reinforced soldering...
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05:52
Apple Watch, AirPods drive Wearables rev 70%,...




Apple is criticized for making much of its revenues from one hit product: iPhone. However, its newest foray into Wearables has not only become its fastest-growing revenue source behind iPhone, but is also larger and growing more rapidly than other top tech firms' hyped future growth segments, such as Amazon's ads business, Google's Cloud and Alphabet's Other Bets.

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05:49
YouTube TV now available natively on Apple TV

Peter Cao, 9to5Mac:

Less than a day after the announcement, YouTube TV is now available on Apple’s tvOS platform. The cable-cutter streaming TV service starts at $35/month, with no contracts, and allows users to stream TV from their iPhone and now, Apple TV.

I love the way YouTube TV shared the news:

Hey @AppleTV users, check the app store.

— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) February 1, 2018

Another solid option for cord cutters.

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05:45
Strategy Analytics: Apple overtakes Samsung in...

Strategy Analytics:

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments tumbled 9 percent annually to reach 400 million units in Q4 2017. It was the biggest annual fall in smartphone history. Apple captured first place with 19% global marketshare, nudging Samsung into second position. Xiaomi continued its relentless rise, almost doubling smartphone shipments from a year ago.

In a nutshell, smartphone shipments fell 9 percent year-over-year, Samsung fell with it, Apple held reasonably steady in shipments despite the industry as a whole shrinking, and Apple gained considerable global marketshare.

Here’s the report, see for yourself.

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05:39
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iOS 12'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil talk about rumored cuts to "iOS 12" and what stability means, the idea of running iPad apps on an Mac, and what we learned from Apple's earnings call and its biggest quarter ever.

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05:11
February Apple Watch Activity Challenge rewards...

Apple will soon announce a new Activity Challenge for Apple Watch users, celebrating February as Heart Month. In this latest activity challenge, users must complete their exercise ring ring for seven days in a row, from February 8th to February 14th.

In addition to the new heart-shaped medal, Apple is rewarding users who achieve the challenge with animated iMessage stickers. See them below. The challenge will go live on the 8th February.

more…

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05:10
Analysts say low Q2 guidance already baked into...

AAPL’s share price has held steady in after-hours trading despite low guidance on Q2 revenue. Analysts say that the stock had already dropped in response to reports of reduced iPhone X production targets, and the Q2 guidance was thus in line with expectations

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04:00
How to open Microsoft Office docs in macOS High...

Need to open or export Microsoft Office docs in macOS High Sierra, but don’t want to spring for Office? You can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to open and save docs created with Microsoft Office.

Open Microsoft Word documents with Pages. Open Microsoft Excel documents with Numbers. Open Microsoft PowerPoint presentations with Keynote.

That’s all there is to it. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available from the Mac App Store.

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03:32
SpamSieve 2.9.30

Now a 64-bit only app, the spam filtering utility requires OS X 10.7 Lion or later. ($30 new, free update, 13.7 MB)

 

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