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AWT News Update: May 8, 2017

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It's Monday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. At least you have another episode of the AWT News Update to listen to!

  • AAPL closes at $153.00 per share, with a record market cap of $811 billion
  • Microsoft announces a Cortana-based "smart speaker" to compete with Amazon and Google products, as well as Apple's rumored device
  • Apple will present plans tonight in Washington D.C. regarding its planned renovation of the historic Carnegie Library into a retail outlet 
  • The cost to break into the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c? $900,000

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 8th, 2017.

And the hits just keep coming. Apple closed at another new high today on the stock market, with a nice even share price of exactly $153.00, up $4.04 from Friday’s close and allowing the company to attain a...

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Mac users installing popular DVD ripper get nasty...

(credit: Patrick Wardle)

Hackers compromised a download server for a popular media-encoding software named HandBrake and used it to push stealthy malware that stole victims' password keychains, password vaults, and possibly the master credentials that decrypted them, security researchers said Monday.

Over a four-day period ending Saturday, a download mirror located at delivered a version of the DVD ripping and video conversion software that contained a backdoor known as Proton, HandBrake developers warned over the weekend. At the time that the malware was being distributed to unsuspecting Mac users, none of the 55 most widely used antivirus services detected it. That's according...

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Jamf Now: Set up and protect your Apple devices [...

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Instagram now lets you post photos from its mobile...

Instagram has updated its mobile site with the ability to post photos without using the app, TechCrunch reports. While the move is intended to make sharing to Instagram easier in markets with slow network speeds by eliminating the need to download the Instagram app, the new feature also extends to the web version of Instagram on the iPad…


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T-Mobile cuts off free 200MB data plans for new 4G...

As of this week, 4G iPad buyers will no longer be able to claim a free 200-megabyte data plan with T-Mobile U.S., the carrier has announced.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include OmniFocus 2.9.1 and OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.3.


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ExtraBITS for 8 May 2017

We have just two ExtraBITS for you this week: the popular DVD-ripping app HandBrake was temporarily infected with malware, and Apple has launched an extended repair program for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard.


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Apple may buy 30K square feet in downtown Reno to...

Apple is looking to build a 30,000 square-foot building in downtown Reno, Nev. that would handle purchasing and receiving for a new data center located at the Reno Technology Park, news stations said over the weekend.

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T-Mobile kills off its ‘free data for life’ iPad...

Waaaay back in 2013, T-Mobile started offering cellular iPads for the first time with a special ‘free data for life’ promotion that included 200MB/month. Now it appears that free data for life is dying, at least for new T-Mobile iPad customers…


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Workflow 1.7.4 update restores some Google-related...

Apple's first update to the Workflow app after the initial renovation in March restores integration with Google Chrome and Pocket -- but others including Google Street View remain absent.

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AAPL market cap reaches record $800 billion as...

Apple’s market cap has reached a new record high of over $800 billion, with shares of AAPL hitting a high of 153.70 during trading today.


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DealBITS Drawing: Win a Pass to the iBooks Author...

Apple’s free iBooks Author app makes it easy for authors and educators to create media-rich ebooks, but if you want to go to the next level, the two-day iBooks Author Conference offers numerous sessions and panels about iBooks Author and ebook publishing. Enter to win a free $599.99 pass in this week’s DealBITS drawing!


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3 days left to enter our AmpliFi HD Mesh Router...

On May 4, we gave you an opportunity to "Join The Dark Side" with a giveaway of an Amplifier HD Mesh Router Black. This is a special edition of the highly-rated mesh router, which has gone from the traditional gleaming white rounded cube to a menacing flat black model. Well, you have only 3 days left to enter the giveaway, so here's another chance to make an entry. 

This is the same AmpliFi HD Mesh Router setup that our very own Dennis Sellers said was "another excellent candidate for an Apple router replacement." But it has one special difference -- it's black instead of the usual white case. 

Using advanced 802.11ac Wi-Fi, multiple self-configuring radios, and...

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Apple's market cap soars past $800 billion as...

Investors have largely moved past Apple's latest results and are focused on an anticipated iPhone redesign, as the company's stock continues to achieve new milestones, crossing the $800 billion market capitalization threshold on Monday.

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External Link: HandBrake App Infected with Malware

Developers of the HandBrake DVD-ripping app have issued a warning that attackers inserted malware into copies of the app on one of its download mirror servers. They have shut that server down, but if you downloaded HandBrake between 14:30 UTC 2 May 2017 and 11:00 UTC 6 May 2017, you may have been infected. The HandBrake forum post provides more details on how to see if your Mac is infected and how to remove the infected files if so. If HandBrake’s developers had digitally signed the app, this never would have happened. Apple has also updated XProtect to protect against future downloads of files infected with Trojan OSX.Proton.B.


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Workflow 1.7.4 update restores missing features,...

Workflow has been updated to version 1.7.4, re-introducing features that were removed when Apple acquired the software, as well as adding new Apple Music actions. For example, it restores the Google Chrome and Pocket actions.

You can add music to your Up Next queue with the Add Music to Up Next and Clear Up Next actions. Get Distance now supports getting the distance from a specified location. The order of items passed from a Dictionary action to Choose from List is now preserved. There are also other bug fixes and minor additions.

In March Apple acquired Workflow, an iOS tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. Workflow won an Apple Design Award in 2015. The app has been sold at the Apple App Store for $2.99; however, Apple is offering it for free.

Workflow allows you to automate items on your iPhone or iPad by connecting apps and actions. You can create...

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Apple’s Workflow for iOS restores Chrome actions,...

Workflow, the automation app recently acquired by Apple, has just released a new update with bug fixes and the return of Google Chrome and Pocket functionality. The actions which were originally pulled after the Apple acquisition, were added alongside the introduction of two new Apple Music features.


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The Massive Unintended Consequences of Self-Driving...

Car residual prices are collapsing, based on an alert that crossed my desk last week, and it struck me that we haven't considered much the secondary impacts of having self-driving cars, and the changes that will result from turning automobiles into four-wheeled elevators. Many industry players are treating self-driving cars much like cruise control: a nice-to-have option that will make driving much easier and safer. There are a lot of industries that will be impacted by this, though, both positively and negatively.

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Sen. Feinstein claims FBI paid $900K to crack San...

The FBI paid approximately $900,000 to a third party to help break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said recently when questioning FBI director James Comey at a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing.

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Siri Speaker Wishlist: hi-fi audio, multi-user...

As someone who enjoys testing new gadgets, I’ve been very tempted at times to purchase and try both the Amazon Echo and Google Home voice assistant speakers. Rumors of an Apple version have convinced me to hold off, however, and it’s possible once again that we may soon see Apple’s take on the category.

Amazon Echo and Google Home both offer features that I’d like, but there are things I do with Siri on my...

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Apple may buy half a city block in Reno, Nevada

Apple could purchase half of a city block in downtown Reno, Nevada for a 30,000 square-foot facility, according to MyNews 4. The Reno City Council has listed an agenda item for its Wednesday meeting to allow Apple to buy property at 6th Street and Evans Avenue.

Apple would build a purchasing and receiving facility on the property, according to the city, partly in junction with a planned data center at the Reno Technology Park, adds MyNews 4. The agreement would have Apple getting sales tax reimbursements through Urban Development for the cost of buying and adding to projects in the city's Téssera district.

This would be the tech giant’s second major project in the city. In early 2016, Apple filed permit with Washoe County to build a new cluster of facilities adjacent to its original “Project Mills” site in Reno, Nevada, that’s dubbed “Project Huckleberry.” It...

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Celebrate Mother's Day with an Apple Watch...

This Friday, a new Activity Challenge will show up in the Activity app on the iPhone for Apple Watch owners in the US. What's it for? Mother's Day, which is Sunday, May 14. Those who earn the special award get a very nice achievement medal and iMessage sticker (shown in the image above). 

All it takes to gain the award is to complete a one-mile workout on Sunday, May 14. It doesn't matter if it's a walk, a run or even a wheelchair workout, but you do need to achieve one mile in distance in one workout session. 

Record the workout in the Workout app on Apple Watch or any third-party app that integrates with the Apple Health app, and you'll get the special medal and sticker!

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Apple will fix busted iPad Pro Smart Keyboards for...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro Smart Keyboard. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's Smart Keyboards are a key selling point for both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pros, an official first-party accessory that helps to differentiate them from the cheaper tablets in the lineup. If you bought one, good news: Apple will now repair most problems with both sizes of Smart Keyboard for up to three years from the date of their release.

According to a memo obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple Stores and authorized service providers are being directed to service Smart...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch...

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Apple’s Touch Bar-enabled 13-inch 512GB MacBook...

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Apple plans half city-block purchase for new...

Reno City Council is set to discuss Apple potentially purchasing a half-city block of land for a new facility, according to KRNV. If accepted, this would follow Apple’s decisions in building out a $50 million data center in Reno.


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Apple nears $800 billion valuation

Apple’s stock is currently trading above the $150 mark for the first time ever, after factoring in a 7-for-1 split in 2014, giving the company a record-high market cap of nearly $790 billion. That means Apple is just over $200 billion away from becoming the world’s first trillion dollar company.

It’s mind boggling to think of that much money.

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Diary of an ex-Apple intern

Michael Grothaus, writing for Fast Company:

Competition for internships is intense, particularly at hot companies like Apple, Google, Tesla, and others. So how do you get an internship at these coveted companies? I spoke to Maxime Britto, who is now a software engineer and the founder of Purple Giraffe, a French online school for mobile developers. But before he founded Purple Giraffe, he got his start at Apple working as an intern. In his own words, here’s how he did it and what the experience was like.

Fascinating read, short but on point.

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Apple tops $800 billion market cap

Apple $800B

Share price over $150

This morning, shares of Apple stock hit $150 per share for the first time. AAPL also hit a record in terms of market capitalization, breaking $800 billion in value.

This could put Apple on track to become the world's first trillion-dollar company. What would it take? A price per share of $191.79. Of course, there are many obstacles that the company needs to overcome to reach that figure:

  • Continued robust sales of iPhones in all markets, including China
  • Breaking into the smartphone market in India
  • Determining how to counteract the slide in iPad sales
  • Continuing the growth in Mac sales
  • Producing a series of new, compelling products to capture the public's interest
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Microsoft & Harman Kardon take aim at Apple,...

Microsoft and Harman Kardon on Monday officially revealed the Invoke, a device that will take on the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple's rumored Siri-based device in the smartspeaker market.

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Apple named world’s largest wearables vendor


Apple became the world’s largest wearables vendor in the first quarter of 2017 with an estimated 3.5 million Apple Watch shipments, according to new research data shared this afternoon by Strategy Analytics.

Apple Watch shipments overtook Fitbit shipments during Q1 2017, allowing Apple to capture 15.9 percent global marketshare to become the top wearables vendor.

Crushing it.

If you want to dig through the data, here’s a link to the original Strategy Analytics report.


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John Oliver sounds the warning siren on net...

Yeah, he’s done it before but the issue has raised its ugly head once again.

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Apple offers first peek at plans to convert D.C.’s...

Click the link, take a look at the picture. Imagine this as an Apple Store. That’ll be an amazing store to visit.

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HandBrake for Mac warning: Server breach may expose...

Beware of Malware

HandBrake for Mac compromised 

The popular open source video transcoder HandBrake is a favorite for Mac users who use it to rip DVDs for use on iPhones or Macs, but if you've downloaded it since May 2nd, the app may have installed malware on your computer.

The mirror server was hacked, and files from that server that were downloaded between May 2 - 6 were compromised. The app was replaced with a trojan version that installed malware called OSX/Proton.A. This malware opens an infected system to such things as keystroke logging, file uploads and downloads without the knowledge of the user, taking screenshots or photos from webcams, and even SSH and VNC connectivity. If you guessed that the malware came from Russia, you're right - this malware is a variant of the Proton trojan that was being sold on Russian cybercrime forums for $50,000...

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Trojan malware infests official HandBrake for Mac...

Hackers compromised a download server for HandBrake, a popular open-source program for converting video files, and used it to distribute a macOS version of the application that contained malware.

The HandBrake development team posted a security warning on the project’s website and support forum on Saturday, alerting Mac users who downloaded and installed the program from May 2 to May 6 to check their computers for malware.

The attackers compromised only a download mirror hosted under, with the primary download server remaining unaffected. Because of this, users who downloaded HandBrake-1.0.7.dmg during the period in question have a 50/50 chance of having received a malicious version of the file, the HandBreak team said.


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New Apple Watch Activity Challenge discovered ahead...

Apple will run its next special Activity Challenge for Apple Watch owners on Mother’s Day, which takes place on Sunday, May 14. Like with Earth Day or New Years, Watch users will be able to earn a special achievement medal and iMessage sticker (shown above).

The challenge won’t be visible in the Activity app on the iPhone until Friday, although we have found backend references to it in the iOS code. Here’s what you will have to do if you want to earn the reward …


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Apple reveals plans for future Washington D.C....

Apple's plans to restore Washington D.C.'s Carnegie Library into a massive retail presence are moving forward, with the company presenting its plan to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Monday evening.

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Opinion: HomeKit is great fun for techies but not...

As regular readers may recall, I’m a long-time user of home automation technology who made the decision to go all-in on HomeKit in the new year. I only waited that long because it takes a bit of time to get UK-compatible versions of quite a lot of devices.

I’ve been documenting the process in my Smart Home Diary series. For me, as a gadget lover, it’s been a no-brainer.

But even for a techie, it hasn’t all been plain sailing. There have been some irritations, and there is definite...

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Apple offers extended three year repair program for...

Apple has launched a new extended repair program for its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, allowing customers experiencing certain issues with the product to receive repairs or replacements from Apple for three years after the device is purchased. Apple informed its retail staff and authorized service providers of the new policy in an internal memo obtained by 9to5Mac (pictured below).


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External Link: Apple Launches Repair Program for the...

Apple has created an extended repair program for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboards due to “functional issues” that include sticking and repeating keys, sensor issues, problems with the magnetic connector, connection issues, and unresponsive keys. The program covers Smart Keyboards for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and extends the warranty by an additional two years, for a total of three years. If you paid for a replacement for a Smart Keyboard that’s eligible for the new program, Apple will give you a refund — contact an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider if Apple doesn’t get in touch with you first.


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HandBrake for Mac developers warn of potential...

Mac users of HandBrake who downloaded the open source video transcoder since May 2 could have put their data at risk, after developers warned one of the mirror servers used to distribute the software had been hacked.

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Apple offers free iPad Pro Smart Keyboard repairs in...

In light of several technical problems the accessory is having, Apple is reportedly offering a free, three-year repair program for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard.

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Fender's Tone app replaces all your guitar...

The worst thing about being in a rock band is waiting for the guitarist to set up and adjust—and re-adjust, and then re-re-adjust—his interminable collection of effects boxes and pedals. But now perhaps the biggest names in guitars has an app to fix all that. The Fender Tone app for iOS and Android manages thousands of pre-set guitar effects, and delivers them via Bluetooth or WiFi to Fender’s new line of Mustang GT guitar amps.

I saw the Tone app and Mustang GT amps in action, and definitely want this set-up. No, not for me. For the guitarist I jam with. The guy who wastes 45 minutes troubleshooting his stomp box array while everyone else waits.

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Apple launches three-year service policy for the...

Apple has launched a new three-year service policy for the Smart Keyboard for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers last week, as noticed by MacRumors

Some may experience "functional issues" during use, such as the Smart Connector not working or certain keys sticking, repeating, or not responding, Apple says it will service any qualifying Smart Keyboard free of charge within three years of the date it was originally purchased.

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Build and battle deadly machines in C.A.T.S.: Crash...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Cats are often cuddly and adorable, but C.A.T.S.—that is, Crash Arena Test Stars—is destructive and intense. And yet it still stars cute, cartoonish felines.

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Report: Google is beating Amazon, Apple, and...

It's time for Apple to renew its efforts in the education market: EdWeek Market Brief today released an exclusive report that takes stock of educator perceptions of four giants in the technology world, and how they stack up against each other and versus four major education-focused companies. The report—Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft: How 4 Tech Titans Are Reshaping the Ed-Tech Landscape—finds that Google consistently earns top marks from K-12 teachers and administrators asked to rate the companies’ devices, productivity tools, and ability to improve student achievement.

Across nearly every category, the nationally-representative survey of 1,000 K-12 teachers and district administrators identifies Google as the clear winner. Google beat out fellow tech titans Apple, Amazon and Microsoft and also eclipsed four large education industry players examined in the study, Houghton-Mifflin...

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Warren Buffett deflects concerns about iPhone price...

Investor and Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett once more came out in favor of Apple in a Monday TV interview, explaining why Berkshire bought Apple stock, and amping up the iPhone despite a sales decline in the March quarter.

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Smart speaker market to boom, so bring on that Siri-...

The rumor mill says that Apple is working on a Siri-based competitor to the Amazon Echo “smart speaker,” which could debut at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference. If so, the company could have perfect timing. 

According to Parks Associates, the market for smart speakers with voice assistants will grow 60% from 2016 to 2017. The research firm also estimates that in 2020, annual sales in this product category will exceed 50 million units.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks an Apple device will sport one woofer and seven tweeters for rich sound and will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer. With these features, Kuo anticipates that Apple will sell the Siri speaker system at a...

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Rumor: next gen iPhone to be introduced in September...

Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone — probably to be dubbed the “iPhone 8” in September with it going on sale in October, according to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News — as noted by MacRumors. Which, by the way, is what the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) has been predicting.

Here’s a round-up of the iPhone 8 rumors (although there may been so many I could have missed a few):

  • Touch ID will be embedded in the OLED display.
  • It will sport an A11 CPU and removable SIM.
  • The battery will be bigger.
  • There will be a 5.8-inch version.
  • The screen will be curved — unless it isn’t.
  • There will be facial...
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Lowe's smart home system can call 911 for you

If you own a smart home system, here's the worst case scenario: You're away, something has genuinely gone wrong and you need to contact the emergency services. That involves a frantic phone call and some worrying about how swiftly your phone's notifi...

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Apple reveals plans for D.C.’s Carnegie Library...

It was in September of last year that we first heard that Apple was in talks to open an Apple Store in Washington D.C.’s famous Carnegie Library, with more details emerging later in the year. The company has now revealed more of its plans as it prepares for a presentation this evening …


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Supply chain preps for Apple's Oct. launch of...

The latest supply chain reports out of China are refuting previous observations that the "iPhone 8" would be delayed, and are claiming that manufacturers of previous low-yield products have resolved production problems.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature improvements to...

Amidst all the rumors, there’s got to be a nugget of truth in here somewhere.

Apple’s next-gen iPhone is said to feature an “enhanced receiver” with “further improvements” to stereo sound and waterproofing, according to new research shared this week by JPMorgan analysts, who track the company’s supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region.

As of now, the receiver is embedded in the slim, meshed earpiece cutout above the screen that the user holds against their ear during a phone call. Since the iPhone 7, it has doubled as a full-out speaker. With two speakers, Apple says the iPhone 7 delivers two times the audio output of an iPhone 6s with increased dynamic range.

JPMorgan analysts have yet to identify what acoustical improvements will be included in the next-gen iPhone’s speaker, but it’s thought that the device will feature higher peak volume. It’s also rumored that the unit will be more waterproof and feature an even better IP68-rated water resistance.

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Voice-controlled speaker market predicted to double...

As Apple is believed to be working on its own ‘Siri speaker‘ product, research firm eMarketer has predicted that the U.S. market for voice-controlled speakers will double this year.

The number of active U.S. users will more than double for the devices this year, to 35.6 million, eMarketer said.

Reuters reports that in the market currently dominated by Amazon and Google, there is currently a clear leader …


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Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Echo rival...

If last year was all about the rise of Alexa and Google Assistant, 2017 might be when Cortana and Siri have time to shine. Apple is reportedly due to launch its oft-rumored connected speaker at its WWDC conference next month, but Microsoft has been q...

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Apple expands Maps van data gathering efforts to New...

Apple’s data map collection efforts haver expanded from the Bay Area and gone to the east coast and to the southwest.

As noted on the company’s Apple Maps vehicles webpage, Apple is continuing its Apple Maps data collection in New England with camera and sensor-equipped vans for the first time. The expansion to Connecticut marks the 34th state in which Apple has collected Maps data.

Per Apple’s web site, Apple will be collecting data from the following Connecticut counties in the coming weeks:

Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County

The company is also expanding its Apple Maps van routes and data collection to include the following counties in New York and Arizona:

New York

Allegany County, Broome County, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Chemung County, Chenango County, Cortland County, Dutchess County, Genesee County...

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Apple looks to help waterproof devices with a...

Apple continues to look into ways to make its products waterproof. The company has been granted a patent (number 20170127163) for a hydrophobic mesh cover that would resist the entry of liquid into an acoustic module into a device and a hydrophilic portion to aid in the removal of liquid from an acoustic chamber is described. 

The screen is placed in an orifice in the acoustic module between the external environment and the internal acoustic chamber. In the patent filing, Apple notes that, in an ideal world, no liquids could enter the acoustic module of a device such as an iPhone or iPad. Of course, in the real world, the isn’t possible or practical.

There’s a need for a system and technique for facilitating the evacuation or removal of moisture that has entered or accumulated into such a module. Apple is investigating tech to both inhibit entry of liquid into the acoustic module and to facilitate the removal of any liquid that does pass through the device and enters...

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Warren Buffett uses furniture to explain why...

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has explained why Berkshire Hathaway doubled its AAPL holdings in January, stating that he used his understanding of the furniture market to appreciate the strength of the iPhone …


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How to schedule a Calendar event in macOS Sierra

The Calendar app in macOS Sierra includes maps, weather, and travel time to make setting up and sharing your events easy. You can change the calendar view by clicking the Day, Week, Month, or Year tab at the top of the window. You can schedule an event in various ways:

  • Double-click anywhere on the calendar to add an event at that time. The Inspector window that appears allows you to add invitees, set a time, location and more.
  • Drag an event to reschedule it.
  • Double-click an existing event to edit it from the Inspector.

The Quick Event field in Calendar app lets you enter events using natural language. Click the Add Event button and enter text that describes the event, such as "Lunch this Friday with Charles at Apple Café 5 p.m." Calendar app uses the words you enter to create a new event with the time, contacts and location fields filled out for you.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages —...

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Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide: The best tech...

With Mother's Day less than a week away, we're rounding up the best gifts for the Apple-loving mom, including smart kitchen gadgets, iOS devices, W1 headphones and more. Best of all, each gift can be shipped for arrival by May 14.

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After government refuses to declassify sum paid for...

The battle between the FBI and Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone may (for now) be long over, but one question remained: just how much did the FBI pay a third-party company to access the device?


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Facebook purges thousands of fake profiles ahead of...

Facebook has doubled its efforts to tackle fake news in the UK. As the nation heads towards a snap general election, the company has removed "tens of thousands" of accounts which it believes were involved in the spread of misinformation. The crack-do...

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The top Mac games of April

By Ric Molina of MacGamer

I know I said something similar last month, but nothing comes close to this past April in terms of quality Mac games released. In fact, I would go as far as to say that April 2017 is the most exciting month for Mac gaming I have ever seen.

That's quite a statement, but the games are there to back it. In April there were three highly anticipated AAA games, two remasters of beloved classics and a few indies that first killed it on Kickstarter and now are killing with great reviews.

You know how I only include the top highlights to the New Mac games page? Well, April saw 10 highlights and these are my favorites:

Total War: Warhammer...

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PSA: If you downloaded Handbrake last week, your Mac...

If you downloaded the popular video converter Handbrake last week, your Mac may be infected with a nasty trojan. The developer said over the weekend that one of the mirror sites used to download the app was hacked, with the real app replaced by a trojan that gives root access …


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Notable apps and app updates for May 8, 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.

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App Eminence has introduced 1.0. The free (for a limited time) app challenges players to tap the screen to avoid the rotating branches. The gamer can collect gems to unlock new pixel characters. 

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Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.4.1, a feature update to itsoutput automation solution for Microsoft Excel. 

The utility automates printing and exporting of multiple spreadsheets to PDF and allows users to perform professional PDF production directly from Excel. Version 2.4.1 ensures that if a default printer is selected in Mac's system preferences, BatchOutput XLS...

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The Morning After: Monday, May 8th 2017

Hey, good morning!

Monday's back. But before dealing with that, read about how Facebook may be planning its own TV-like shows, how Android Pay might use your your face, and NASA's plans of where to go next in the Solar System.

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s reportedly set to go on sale...

There have been a few reports recently about delays in the production pipeline for Apple’s next-generation iPhones. A new report from Economic Daily News claims that mass production of iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s is on track for the new iPhones to be announced by Apple in September and go on sale in October.

According to EDN, via Digitimes, one of the big issues was manufacturing of the new substrate-like circuit boards set to feature in all three new iPhones. Yields of these components have apparently now been improved.


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Apple confirms reduced App Store affiliate...

After sowing confusion by announcing, but seemingly not implementing, an iTunes Affiliate Program commission rate change in April, Apple on Sunday clarified that the updated terms only apply to in-app purchases.

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Sunday May 7

Konami and soccer star Maradona call truce over game...

That dispute between Konami and sports legend Diego Maradona didn't last long. The two have reached an out-of-court settlement over Pro Evolution Soccer 2017's alleged use of the footie star's likeness without his permission. The exact financial figu...

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Apple clarifies iTunes affiliate changes: apps stay...

Apple this weekend has clarified changes to its iTunes Affiliate Program. While it was originally stated that Apple would cut affiliate rates for apps altogether from 7 percent to 2.5 percent, the company has now confirmed that its original announcement was misinterpreted and the changes aren’t as drastic…


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Comcast's xFi app makes setting up your parents...

There are plenty of great routers on the market, but most of them have simply horrible interfaces for setting up and configuring your WiFI network. Companies like Google and Apple have built smartphone apps that make managing WiFi much easier, but it...

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Apple clarifies affiliate program changes affect in-...

Great news for sites and people that use the program.

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The Nintendo PlayStation can finally play CD games

It was no small feat when Terry and Dan Diebold got their hands on a prototype of the fabled Nintendo PlayStation, but there has always been a catch to it: its signature feature, the CD drive, couldn't actually play games. Even a load of repair work...

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Self-repairing roads could also charge your electric...

Potholes are bad enough for the jarring rides, car damage and safety hazards they create, but it's also problematic to fix them. You're looking at lane and road closures that can last for days, assuming the city can even spare the resources. Howeve...

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The TV industry just edged closer to a giant merger

All that talk of major TV media buyouts just got more substantive. Reuters tipsters claim that Sinclair Broadcast Group, not 20th Century Fox as many suspected, is close to a deal to buy TV giant Tribune Media. Negotiations are reportedly still under...

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NASA is reviewing candidates for its next Solar...

NASA might be focusing on Mars recently, but it hasn't forgotten the rest of the Solar System. The agency has begun reviewing the 12 proposals it received for the New Frontiers program, the same one that gave rise to New Horizons, Juno and other nota...

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Tesla collects videos from cars to improve its self-...

If Tesla is going to fulfill its ambitions of making practical self-driving cars, it's going to need a lot of real-world data to teach its cars what to look for -- and that includes your own car. Tesla has pushed an Autopilot update that, in additio...

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Netflix renews controversial '13 Reasons Why...

Netflix's 13 Reasons Why has drawn plenty of attention, and not necessarily for good reasons. Critics, mental health experts and politicians have attacked it for its portrayals of suicide, bullying and sexual assault. However, Netflix is apparently w...

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Logic Pros Review: Sample Science brings VHS/vinyl-...

In this week’s episode of Logic Pros, it’s time to add some serious character to our setups. While we tend to focus on the big releases from major companies when it comes to virtual instruments and the like, sometimes it’s the little guy that brings the most creativity to the picture and diversity to your sound palette. Today we are taking a closer look at Hexagon Sky, the latest from Sample Sciencemore…

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The best robot vacuums

By Liam McCabe

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

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Killer Deal: 2017 9.7" iPads for $299 ($30 off...

For one week only, shoppers can save $30 instantly on Apple's 2017 32GB iPad (Wi-Fi Only) in all three colors. Plus, each iPad qualifies for free expedited shipping, and B&H will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key...

Kennedy Space Center is slowly coming back to life, but you almost wouldn't know it by looking at the Shuttle Landing Facility. While it has seen some limited use for aircraft in recent years, it hasn't been used for an orbital mission landing since....

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EduTech: Book Creator makes it easy for students...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re taking a look at a way to easily and quickly create ebooks, right on iOS. Useful for both teachers and students, this app allows users to create content in a way that’s entertaining, while also practical or learning and engagement.

Read on as we dive deeper into Book Creator for iPad…


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16 famous first photographs in history: from the...

Without looking, guess who the subject of the “First Digital Photo of a President” was. I bet you’ll be surprised.

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Video converter Handbrake compromised by malware

If you didn’t download it during the above times, you have nothing to worry about.

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After Math: Big Business

It's been a bumper week for corporate America. Apple pledged a billion dollars to support US manufacturing jobs, Facebook announced it's closing in on two billion users and Valve let on that it receives 75,000 complaints every day. Every. Day. Number...

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Apple expands Maps imagery collection to Connecticut...

For the past two years, Apple has been using vehicles around the United States and other countries to collect data for Apple Maps. Now, the company has further expanded those efforts, deploying a fleet of vans in Connecticut for the first time…


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Ben Heck's Mini Pinball kit: Selecting a...

As the development of the Mini Pinball kit progresses, Ben and Felix split their focus between different areas of the build. Ben is finalizing the design of the flippers and how they're controlled, while solenoids are being used to give the power...

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Apple Maps street-level imagery vans hitting...

Apple has updated it's street-level vehicle-mounted photography site, and in addition to efforts continuing all over the U.S. and overseas, vehicles associated with the project are now cruising streets in Connecticut.

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Windows 10's upgraded mapping helps you plan...

You likely know that Microsoft packed a lot of improvements into the Windows 10 Creators Update, but there are still a few surprises left... particularly if you use Windows' built-in navigation app to get from A to B. Microsoft has detailed Creators'...

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Why Apple is expected to stick with Lightning over...

A new iPhone is coming and it is probably loaded with all the technology Apple can bring to bear -- but the "iPhone 8" will probably be missing USB-C when it launches. AppleInsider explains why Apple will probably stick with Lightning for at least another year.

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Saturday May 6

San Francisco train service plans to run solely on...

Commuter trains are already somewhat eco-friendly by their nature (you're less likely to need a car, after all), but the San Francisco Bay Area's train system is taking things one step further. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has unveiled a policy that...

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Google explains how it's preventing future...

That massive Google Docs phishing attack from May 3rd was more than a little disconcerting, but Google is trying to set minds at ease. It just outlined how it responds to this email trickery -- including how it intends to prevent incidents like the...

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Scientists use gene editing to eliminate HIV DNA in...

A team of scientists have snipped away HIV DNA from the genome of live mice using a CRISPR system, and the rodents lived to (kinda) tell the tale. It's still much too early to call the method a possible cure, but the fact that it worked on a living a...

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Your future devices might not need wireless radios

Seemingly every connected device has at least one wireless radio in it. However, that often requires some big compromises. Those radios often chew up a lot of power, which isn't always practical with Internet of Things gadgets that may not have muc...

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Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we have some really interesting new virtual gear for Mac including a stylophone-based sampler instrument, the GEM TapeDesk analog console emulator, a completely free Casio VL-1 for your Logic setup and more… more…

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' team says why it...

When director James Gunn revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would be the first movie shot with Red's 8K Weapon camera, he triggered a bit of speculation: what prompted the move beyond the incredibly high resolution? You might have a better...

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YouTube and Warner extend their streaming music deal

YouTube's relationships with music labels have certainly been fraught, but it just managed to reach a truce with one of them... at least, for now. The streaming service and Warner have extended licensing deals that will make sure Warner and its arti...

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Marines' online nude photo scandal leads to 21...

Feds have filed a total of 21 criminal cases after two months of investigating the nude photo scandal that rocked the US Marine Corps. According to AP, the investigation team called Task Force Purple Harbor scoured 200 websites for nude and semi-nude...

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Seattle enacts broadband privacy rules where the FCC...

Just because the FCC and White House have rolled back broadband privacy rules doesn't mean internet providers are free to sell your data without permission... if you live in Seattle, they'll still have to ask nicely. City mayor Ed Murray has impleme...

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BlackBerry KEYone's Success Hinges on Physical...

The first reviews of the new KEYone BlackBerry handset appeared this week, and the early consensus is that this device will appeal to BlackBerry fans who want its familiar physical QWERTY keyboard coupled with the functionality of Google's Android OS. This handset technically is not a true BlackBerry -- it is the first device from TCL since it entered a licensing agreement with BlackBerry Limited, formerly Research In Motion. TCL's license agreement covers the name and hardware patents, including the QWERTY keyboard.

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