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Monday October 2

07:37
Why Apple should buy Sony

Frederic Filloux, Monday Note:

Access to superior image sensors, a giant entertainment library and the PlayStation ecosystem… By any measure, Apple acquiring Sony makes a lot of sense.

I’ve heard this argument floated before, but without the “access to superior image sensors” logic. Camera hardware is only becoming more important to Apple and iPhone over time. Interesting post.

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07:24
∞ Two great new features found in iOS 11 search

Hat tip to Fabrice Dubois for uncovering these two gems in iOS 11’s search. To bring up the search field, as always, press the home button to return to Springboard (the iOS equivalent of the Finder), then pull down to reveal the search field.

With search open, type in a word and search results will show its definition, like so:

And, even better, the search field is now open to catching spelling errors.

To see this one for yourself, open search and start typing fadebook (note the “d” instead of the “c”) or protos instead of photos.

Not sure when typo handling and definition suggestion first shipped, but they’re both nice to see.

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07:13
Federal judge rules FBI not obligated to reveal...




More than a year after the original filing, a judge has ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose any information on how it entered the iPhone 5c gathered as potential evidence in the San Bernardino shooting incident.

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07:01
∞ Thoughts on Joshua Topolsky’s “Apple is really bad...

I find it remarkable when people write with judgment, with venom. Joshua Topolsky’s “Apple is really bad at design” post is full of both.

Some thoughts on his […]

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06:44
Facebook testing face recognition as a way to let...

If you’ve ever found yourself locked out of your Facebook account while traveling, you’ll know what a pain it can be. The normal two-factor method of confirming your identity is by text message, and if you don’t have roaming on your phone then you’re out of luck.

The company has tried a number of alternatives over the years, and is now adding another – perhaps inspired by Apple’s use of Face ID on the upcoming iPhone X

more…

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06:37
iPhone 8 Plus handset reportedly cracks open while...

Enlarge / The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. (credit: Samuel Axon)

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models haven't been available long, but a couple of users have reportedly experienced major problems. According to a 9to5Mac report, a Taiwanese iPhone 8 Plus owner claims her device split open while charging, and a Japanese owner of an iPhone 8 Plus claims the handset arrived already cracked open. The tech outlet ifeng includes images of the Taiwanese owner's device in its report.

In the case of the Taiwanese owner, the iPhone 8 Plus was...

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06:33
Apple posts ARM-compatible source code for XNU...




Apple has silently released ARM-ready source code for the XNU kernels found in iOS and macOS, marking a first for iOS, and possibly showing off some of the groundwork for Macs with ARM-based processors.

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06:17
Apple wins head-to-head test of video shooting with...

With more and more people relying on their smartphone as both their camera and camcorder, the performance of the cameras is ever more important. A video shootout between the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 found a number of interesting differences between them.

The test found that there were areas where Samsung has an edge, but overall it’s clear that the iPhone emerged the winner …

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06:12
Apple TV 4K review

Solid review from Apple Insider. My concerns are about functionality and price. Read on for details. […]

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05:57
Samsung manufacturing arms poised to make $4 billion...




If estimates and supplier predictions are correct, Samsung is poised to reap $14.3 billion in parts delivery alone from just the iPhone X through 2019, with the Galaxy S8 gathering only $10.1 billion.

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05:46
Samsung will make $110 on each iPhone X

Samsung will make $4 billion more from making parts for Apple’s iPhone than for its own Galaxy S8 handset, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research— as noted by The Wall Street Journal.

Counterpoint estimates that Samsung will make $110 on each of the 130 million iPhone X units sold until the end of next summer, which represents the strongest sales period for new iPhone models. The firm estimates Galaxy S8 sales to total 50 million in that period with Samsung earning $202 from the parts in each unit. 

The iPhone accounted for two-thirds of Apple’s revenue last year. Supplying Apple accounted for one-third of Samsung’s revenue.

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05:22
Blockbuster AirPod and Apple Watch Series 3 sales...

As we move into the holiday quarter, it’s no surprise that supply-chain reports predict very strong sales for two Apple products in particular: AirPods, and the Apple Watch Series 3

more…

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05:15
Apple releases first macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS...

If you’re feeling curious or brave this week, Apple has released the first public betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, iOS 11.1, and tvOS 11.1.

It doesn’t look like there are major changes in these beta releases and instead seem to be bug fixes and minor refinements. Apple released the developer betas on Wednesday and followed up with the public betas on Thursday.

As always, this is pre-release software and there’s a chance that something unexpected could happen. Be sure to back your data up and have at it.

If you wish to sign up for Apple’s public betas, check out the company’s web site link below. It’s free, it allows you to provide feedback upon testing the software

If you want to participate in the public betas, point your browser to Apple’s public beta website and sign up. It’s free and gives you a voice in shaping Apple’s operating systems.

Alternately, you could go outside and enjoy this weekend’s fall weather.

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05:00
Apple reportedly investigating two incidents of...

In the annals of swollen device batteries, this is pretty impressive.

Following reports on social media of two iPhone 8 Plus exhibiting a swollen battery out of the millions shipped, Apple is reportedly looking into the situation surrounding the accounts and the phones themselves.

The reports clearly depict a swollen battery pushing the iPhone 8 Plus screen out of its housing. One user reported that the incident occurred while charging with Apple’s official cable and power adapter. The other account noted that it was received from Apple directly with the screen already popped out.

It’s unknown as to how prevalent this issue might be, although it follows last year’s Galaxy 7 Note battery debacle in which several device batteries exhibited swelling behaviors, the devices themselves being forbidden from some flights for a period of time.

For reference, the reported failure rate on the Galaxy Note 7 exceeded 1 in 20,000 —and linked to both battery...

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05:00
Apple patent is for remotely controlling a hearing...

Apple wants the iPhone to be able to “remotely control” a hearing aid, as evidenced by a new patent filing (number 20170280225). In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern hearing devices are high tech computing devices equipped with multiple speakers and types of speakers and are capable of receiving sound data from multiple audio data sources such as microphones attached to the hearing device as well as being able to stream audio data directly to the hearing device. 

With this advancement in technology comes an increase in the control and flexibility of hearing devices. For example, hearing devices can be adjusted to perform optimally in multiple environments. In addition, modern hearing devices can be very small and placed discreetly inside the ear, almost unnoticeable to others. 

While creating smaller, more powerful and more flexible hearing devices has plenty of benefits over older styles, one problem that has arisen is the ability to easily and quickly...

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04:37
Many UK Apple Watch Series 3 owners report unable to...

Many UK owners of the Apple Watch Series 3 are reporting that they are unable to activate the LTE functionality on the only British carrier to support it so far, EE.

EE says it is aware of the problems, and in most cases owners will need to call the company to get the problem resolved …

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04:30
How to block calls on your iPhone or iPad

With iOS, you can block contacts and phone numbers on your device. You can also filter iMessages from unknown senders and report iMessages that look like spam or junk.

If you're in the Phone app under Recents, tap the “i” next to the phone number or contact that you want to block. Scroll to the bottom of your screen, then tap Block this Caller.

If you're in the FaceTime app, tap the “i” next to the phone number or contact that you want to block. Scroll to the bottom of your screen, then tap Block this Caller.

If you're in Messages, open the conversation, tap the “i,” then tap the name or phone number. Scroll to the bottom of the Info screen, then tap Block this Caller.

When you block a phone number or contact, they can still leave a voicemail, but you won't get a notification. Messages won't be delivered. Also, the contact won't get a notification that the call or message was blocked.

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

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04:04
Samsung will earn around $110 for each iPhone X sold...

Totting up the cost of the Samsung-made components believed to be used in the iPhone X suggests that the Korean company will earn around $110 for each one sold.

The highest-profile Samsung component in the iPhone X is also the most expensive: the new OLED screen. This is a custom-made display built to Apple’s specifications. But the company also makes a range of other components for use in iPhones …

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04:00
Print Window is a useful (as the name implies)...

By Aaron Lee

Searchware Solutions' Print Window is a useful window printing utility for macOS. Integrated with the Finder, it allows users to print a file listing of folders with a simple key command (or other methods of triggering a file listing).

It offers the ability to export File Listings as a CSV file and sports an updated application icon. Users have complete control over what gets included in the file listings and what does not. Print Window can also print subfolder contents of a specified folder manually selected by the user.

The utility also allows complete autonomy in the sorting process. Users can sort file listings by a variety of different criteria (including ascending and descending order) and even determine the files' icons and size.

Print Window provides a wide range of options for configuring file listings. Users of Print Window Advanced have the option to save multiple different file listing settings for quick recall....

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 2, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Vito Technology has launched Satellite Tracker 1.0, which allows you to find out where satellites can be seen from different locations in the world, as well as get predictions for the passes. Satellite Tracker is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Practising Law Institute (PLI), a nonprofit learning organization dedicated “to keeping attorneys and other professionals at the forefront of knowledge and expertise,” has unveiled PLI Mobile. The free app provides access to PLI's audio and video content and enables customers to select from programs led...

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01:20
Sony’s updated PlayStation VR won’t block HDR

It's been almost a year since Sony formally entered the virtual reality arena with the launch of the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. In that time, the unit has remained unchanged, but its pricing has slipped slightly, allowing gamers to enjoy popular...

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00:02
Google Photos eases video sharing on slow connections

With Google pre-loading Google Photos on a range ofAndroid devices, it's no wonder the app has racked up 500 million users. The search giant is already capitalizing on its success using AI-assisted tools that pester you to share more visuals. Now, it...

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Sunday October 1

22:51
iFinance 4.3.1

Brings a number of new features and improvements to the financial management app. ($35.99 new, free update, 24.6 MB)

 

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22:16
World View successfully launches near-space balloon...

World View's dreams of replacing satellites with edge-of-space balloons have been long in the making, and not without some hiccups: its initial flight, which included KFC chicken in a publicity stunt,ended prematurely thanks to a leak. Things are go...

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20:46
FileMaker Pro 16.0.2

Resolves a Script Debugger and improves performance of the SortValues and UniqueValues functions. ($329 new, free update, 4.4 MB)

 

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20:11
Rosetta probe's last surprise: a photo of its...

Since it's been a year since Rosetta landed on the comet it orbited for a couple of years, you'd think the ESA had already decoded everything the vessel sent back before its demise. Apparently, the probe has one last surprise for all of us: a close-u...

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19:28
FBI may keep secret the name of vendor that cracked...

Enlarge (credit: Kārlis Dambrāns)

A federal judge ruled Saturday that the FBI does not have to disclose the name of the vendor, and how much it was paid by the government for a hacking tool that unlocked the iPhone of a terrorist behind the San Bernardino, California attacks that left 14 people dead.

The development of the unlocking...

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18:55
VMware Fusion 10.0.1

Major update for the virtualization offers support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and Microsoft Windows 10. ($79.99/$159.99 new, $49/$119 upgrade, 470 MB)

 

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18:40
Smart tattoos turn your skin into a health tracker

There's a common problem with health-tracking devices like smartwatches: they're not really attached to you, which leaves you relying on a short-lived battery and a wireless connection. Even a self-powered patch has its limits. That's where Harvard...

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17:48
Video - iPhone 8 Plus A11 Bionic versus iPhone 7...




The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come loaded with Apple's new A11 Bionic processor. AppleInsider takes a look at everything it brings to the table, and how it compares to the A10 Fusion from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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17:10
Apple releases kernel source code tuned for mobile...

Ever since the first version of OS X, Apple has regularly released the kernel source code for Macs. In theory, you could learn from it or even build your own projects from it. For iOS, though? Not so simple. Even if you had source code, it wouldn't m...

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16:53
BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2

Corrects several issues on macOS 10.13 High Sierra for both apps. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.6/5.5 MB)

 

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15:38
Game gifting comes to the Xbox One's online...

If you've ever wanted to gift an Xbox One game but didn't want to saddle the recipient with a physical copy (or an impersonal gift card), you're in luck. So long as you're part of the Xbox Insider Program, Microsoft's promised game gifting feature i...

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14:52
Piezo 1.5.5

Gains full compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($19 new, free update, 8.3 MB)

 

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14:07
US pressured North Korea by overwhelming hackers...

The US is no stranger to hacking North Korea, but it's usually in a bid to directly thwart the country's military ambitions. Now, however, those attacks are being used as a diplomatic strategy. The Washington Post has learned that President Trump o...

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12:40
Hands On: OmniGraffle gains drag and drop for iOS 11...




A refresh of the long-time Mac drawing app from the Omni Group now pulls in images and text from other apps.

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12:39
Paris holds a city-wide 'car-free' day

Cities have dabbled with temporary bans on cars before, but rarely (if ever) on this scale. Paris just held a third "Day Without Cars" that forbade nearly all private transport across the complete core of the city -- about 40 square miles of it. If y...

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11:11
FBI won't be forced to reveal San Bernardino...

The Associated Press, USA Today and Vice News have failed in their attempt to reveal the hacking tool the FBI used to access San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook's iPhone. Judge Tanya Chutkan denied their request in a summary judgment ruling issued l...

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09:30
The best foam mattresses you can buy online

By Kevin Purdy

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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08:58
Court says the FBI will be allowed to keep San...

As detailed in a new report from ZDNet, the FBI will not be required to disclose how it unlocked the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone early last year. The decision comes after several major news organizations filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit to reveal the tool and its price.

more…

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08:00
After Math: Fly me to the Moon (and then on to Mars)

This was a stellar week for space exploration. Elon Musk showed off a new rocket and announced plans to colonize Mars by 2022. Lockheed Martin showed of its prototype all-in-one rocket-spacecraft design. And the US and Russia agreed to go live on the...

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07:00
It took six months for my Nintendo Switch to run out...

When Nintendo announced that its next game console was going to come with just 32GB of internal storage, my heart sank. I'd been planning to go all digital for the Nintendo Switch -- making it a portable console that always had my favorite games on t...

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05:30
Ben Heck's 'The Number Games'

Ben and Felix mourn the loss of the logic gate board game, but they've decided that its demise won't stop them from putting their own spin on electronic number games. Felix begins with digitizing an abacus -- sure, there are calculators these d...

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03:32
External Link: Twitter’s Apple Watch App Disappears

With a recent update to Twitter’s iOS app, the company seems to have eliminated its associated Apple Watch app. In a statement, Twitter said that it is “focusing on supporting more robust, media-rich notifications” and is “committed to providing the very best Twitter experience on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch.” The company never acknowledged removing the Apple Watch app or suggested that it might return. Twitter is the latest major tech company to abandon its Apple Watch app, following Amazon, eBay, and Google. Perhaps the lesson here is that users see many Apple Watch apps as largely gratuitous. Just because you can build it doesn’t mean you should.

 

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03:27
Google hints Assistant is nearly ready for...

Google's October 4th event might include more for Chrome OS fans than the rumored Pixelbook. David Cannon and 9to5Google have spotted multiple app references to Google Assistant coming to Chromebooks. Google's Home app notes that some Assistant app...

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Saturday September 30

22:24
SEC accuses two digital coin creators of ripping off...

While initial coin offerings aren't prohibited in the US like they are in China and South Korea, authorities are still keeping a close eye on them. Case in point: the US Securities and Exchange Commission's first ICO-related charges brought against a...

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20:02
Samsung is the latest tech titan to open an AI lab...

If it wasn't already clear that Canada is becoming a hotbed for AI research, it is now: Samsung has opened an AI lab (shown below) at the Université de Montréal. The school's faculty and students (including long-time Samsung partner Pro...

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18:33
Amazon's new Fire TV supports picture-in-...

Amazon is mainly selling the new Fire TV's hardware-dependent features, such as 4K HDR video and Dolby Atmos sound, but there are some key software improvements, too. The online shopping giant has revealed that the device's Fire OS 6 underpinnings r...

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17:03
South Korea cracks down on use of digital cash for...

South Koreans who were planning to raise funds using cryptocurrency will have to find an alternative method. The country has decided to follow in China's footsteps and has banned raising money through all forms of virtual currency, according to Reute...

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16:12
Portraits of the Presidents Cup shot on iPhone 8 Plus

The PGA TOUR hired Brad Mangin to shoot the Presidents Cup with his new iPhone 8 Plus. Using the 12MP dual cameras on the new iPhone while taking advantage of the intimacy of such a pocketable device, Brad is able to capture stunning professional photos that would be tough with larger, traditional cameras. At the 2017 Presidents Cup, Brad is taking advantage of the new Portrait Lighting feature on iPhone 8 Plus to put a sharp focus on faces around Liberty National. The photos provide a unique look at the PGA TOUR through the eyes of a photographer who has been covering sports for 30 years.

Incredible.

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16:10
iStat Menus updated to 6.00, offers massive number...

If you enjoy monitoring all aspects of your Mac, you’re going to like this.

On Monday, Bjango released version 6.00 of iStat Menus, its popular system monitoring software. The new version offers tools to keep track of CPU, memory, disk, network, temperature, fan, Bluetooth, date and time and weather functions.

The update offers extensive new tools to each category, allowing you to keep track of just about everything that happens on your computer.

The full (and fairly massive) change log for version 6.00 is linked below, complete with new features as well as bug fixes and improvements.

iStat Menus 6.00 requires OS X 10.11 or later to install and run and retails for $8.00.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

Via Bjango change log

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15:31
Equifax breach shows signs of a possible state-...

Ever since word of the Equifax hack got out, there's been one lingering question: was it a state-sponsored attack, or just criminals who took advantage of a security hole? At the moment, it looks like it might be the former. Bloomberg sources have sh...

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14:08
New Apple video ad shows the effects of Portrait...




Apple is promoting the photographic capabilities of the iPhone 8 Plus in a new advertisement released on Saturday morning, with the ad highlighting the new Portrait Lighting mode included with the iPhone by showing the effects users can produce using the feature.

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14:02
YouTube Live playthroughs are now a no-no for...

Nintendo has updated its Creators Program's rules to add a new entry: members can no longer broadcast on YouTube Live. The gaming titan has long been extra protective of its properties and regularly issues takedown notices for videos that use its gam...

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13:46
∞ Apple’s new iPhone 8 ad focuses on Portrait...

Portrait Lighting is pretty amazing.

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12:29
Ask Engadget returns (and you should send us your...

A long time ago in a far-away land called 2013, we used to run a feature called "Ask Engadget" where you -- our readers, fans, followers and critics -- could ask us for our advice, opinions and recommendations on everything from cheap laptops and sta...

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11:00
Apple Watch Series 3 review: A good watch, a so-so...

With each generation, the Apple Watch's purpose has seemed to shift. The first one demonstrated what Apple thought a wearable should be, and the second tried to be the perfect workout companion. When it came time to build the Series 3, though, Apple...

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10:35
GoPro turns to HEVC compression for Hero 6 Black,...




Briefly mentioned during Thursday's GoPro launch event, the new Hero 6 Black with GP1 chip compresses ultra high-resolution video into manageable chunks of data using High Efficiency Video Coding, the same standard adopted by Apple in its latest operating systems.

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09:47
Apple shows off Portrait Lighting feature in new...

Apple today has shared a new advertisement for the iPhone 8 Plus touting the new Portrait Lighting feature. The video was uploaded to Apple’s YouTube channel and comes in at 38 seconds, showcasing the various new effects that Portrait Lighting offers.

more…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Streaming is changing the sound...

Uncovering How Streaming Is Changing the Sound of Pop
Marc Hogan,
Pitchfork

You don't have to look far to find evidence of how streaming services have dramatically changed the way we listen to music. But it's not just the consumption that's been a...

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08:00
Elgato's Cam Link turns your DSLR into a souped...

Most of the time, I buy cameras for specific purposes. My DSLR exists to capture vacation photos and product shots for Engadget reviews. When I go on hikes or long bike rides, I pull out a GoPro Hero4. For some reason, however, I just can't bring mys...

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07:53
Apple reportedly 'looking into' pair of...




After reports circulated on social media about two iPhone 8 Plus exhibiting a swollen battery out of the millions shipped, Apple is reportedly looking into the situation surrounding the accounts and the phones themselves -- as it nearly always does.

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07:30
Steve Wozniak: Net Neutrality Rollback 'Will...

An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak penned an op-ed on Friday with a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, urging the current FCC to stop its proposed rollback of Obama-era net neutrality regulations. In the op-ed published by USA Today, Wozniak and Michael Copps, who led the FCC from 2001 to 2011, argued the rollback will threaten freedom for internet users and may corrode democracy... "Sometimes there's a nugget of truth to the adage that Washington policymakers are disconnected from the people they purport to represent," they wrote. "It is a stirring example of democracy in action. With the Internet's future as a platform for innovation and democratic discourse on the line, a coalition of grassroots and diverse groups joined with technology firms to insist that the FCC maintain its 2015 open internet (or 'net neutrality') rules."

In the joint letter, Wozniak and Copps write that "We come from different walks of life...

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07:26
This week’s top stories: Apple release iOS 11.1 +...

In this week’s top stories: Apple release iOS 11.0.1 as well as its next round of beta updates, we discuss iOS 11 battery life concerns, Apple faces off with the FCC, and much more. Read it all below… more…

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07:08
Video: iPhone 8 Plus versus iPhone 7 Plus speaker...




With a new iPhone comes new speaker hardware -- AppleInsider takes a listen to the iPhone 8 Plus, and compares it to the 2016 iPhone 7 Plus.

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06:31
Weibo to increase censorship as it faces pressure...

After facing intensifying pressure from Chinese regulators, Weibo announced this week that it has hired 1,000 “supervisors” whose primary responsibility will be to censor content on the social media platform. The move marks a new turn of censorship for Weibo, one of the most popular social media networks in China…

more…

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06:30
How Puerto Rico's power crisis ends

When Hurricane Maria crashed into Puerto Rico on September 20th, it found a vulnerable target. The island is facing an extreme financial crisis that's been building steam for decades; roughly 43 percent of its residents live in poverty. Its sole elec...

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06:00
Super Mario Run is available for $5 on the App Store...

Today's a great day to get addicted to Super Mario Run, Nintendo's first real mobile game. The company just dropped this popular app to $5 on the App Store and Google Play—or 50 percent off of the normal $10 price. 

This deal includes the game plus 20 rally tickets, 3,000 coins, and one question mark block decoration. The sale lasts until October 12.

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

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. After Apple and Amazon, it's Google's turn to reveal some new hardware next week. We have all the information you'll need to prepare, plus some of the big stories from this past week like...

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

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Sept. 25-29.

Mac users who are feeling brave can now upgrade to macOS 10.13 “High Sierra”, as the upgrade has just become available on the Mac App Store.

Apple has sold 33 million Apple Watches since the launch of the line over two years ago — and 15 million in the past year, according to estimates from Asymco’s Horace Dediu. The analyst says the unit sales in the past year add up to $4.9 billion in revenue.

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Irma swept across the Florida Keys and along the Gulf Coast, earthquakes struck Mexico and most recently in response to Hurricane Maria’s devastation throughout Puerto Rico, the Apple community has generated...

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Friday September 29

23:34
Apple acquires AI tech that seeks to understand your...

At WWDC this year, Apple announced that iOS11 would have a new and improved Photos app, thanks in part to machine learning and AI. Apparently some of the advancements in this technology could be due to the acquisition of Regaind, a French startup tha...

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22:45
Apple is Really Bad At Design

Joshua Topolsky, writing for the Outline: Once upon a time, Apple could do little wrong. As one of the first mainstream computer companies to equally value design and technical simplicity, it upended our expectations about what PCs could be. "Macintosh works the way people work," read one 1992 ad. Rather than requiring downloads and installations and extra memory to get things right (as often required by Windows machines), Apple made it so you could just plug in a mouse or start up a program and it would just... work. Marrying that functionality with the groundbreaking design the company has embodied since the early Macs, it's easy to see how Apple became the darling of designers, artists, and the rest of the creative class. The work was downright elegant; unheard of for an electronics company. [...] But things changed. In 2013 I wrote about the confusing and visually abrasive turn Apple had made with the introduction of iOS 7, the operating system refresh that would set the stage...

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21:33
This week on AI: iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K & Apple...




With the iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 finally out in the wild, AppleInsider decided to give them a thorough review. The week also saw the release of macOS High Sierra, and rumors about next year's iPhones, as well as why the iPhone X might be in short supply.

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19:25
Uber's ex-CEO surprisingly appoints two new...

When Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down in June, he retained his ownership stake in the company and seat on its board of directors. That made things awkward throughout the company's search for a new CEO, and has initiated a lawsuit fro...

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18:21
ZTE may unveil a dual-screen folding phone in October

Weeks ago, sources told Venturebeat's Evan Blass that ZTE and AT&T had teamed up to release a dual-screen, unfoldable smartphone codenamed the Axon Multy. Today, Android Authority followed up with leaked screenshots of a similarly-designed phone,...

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18:11
Google rumored to replace 2-factor with '...

According to Bloomberg, Google is close to rolling out a hardware replacement for current 2-factor authentication setups. Right now, adding the need for a constantly changing code is one of the best ways to protect your account beyond just a password...

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18:01
Super-thin edible sensors can monitor food...

Biomaterials that are rigid in form but able to degrade safely are everywhere. You can find tech like this in medical implants, environmental sensors and wearable, disposable devices. What's harder to do, though, is to make sensors that you can diges...

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17:54
Sphero launches iPhone-controlled & programmable...




Robot maker Sphero on Friday released the Mini, a smaller version of its signature robot that can be controlled via a Bluetooth-connected iPhone or iPad.

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17:45
Apple Investigating Reports of iPhone 8 Plus Devices...

Apple is currently investigating reports of the iPhone 8 Plus splitting open while being charged with the included cable and plug adapter. The first claim comes from a Taiwanese iPhone 8 Plus owner, who posted photos which show damage consistent with a swollen battery. The second claim is from a Japanese owner who posted similar photos of his device, which he says arrived in this state. The Next Web reports: The phone belonged to a Ms. Wu, who recently renewed her phone contract and purchased a 64GB rose gold iPhone 8 Plus. The issue emerged five days after purchasing the phone. Wu placed her phone on charge, using the supplied cable and adaptor. After three minutes, she reported seeing the front panel bulge, and eventually lift completely from the device. According to multiple Taiwanese outlets, the phone was later recovered by the carrier, and has since been shipped to Apple for analysis. 9to5Mac adds: While any incident affecting a new iPhone model is bound to attract media...

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16:26
Disney merges its kid-friendly streaming options...

Disney has combined four of its kid-friendly streaming apps into one all-encompassing one called DisneyNOW. It has everything that the separate Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney apps had, but all of the content is now consolid...

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16:20
Apple Reports 400 Percent Rise In National Security...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Next Web: Apple received a record number of national security orders this year, according to its bi-annual report published this week. The company stated it received more than 13,250 national security requests affecting over 9,000 accounts in the first half of 2017. Compared to the same period in 2015, this represents a threefold increase. National Security Requests are subpoenas by the government which oblige companies or individuals to share their data for national security purposes. The requests are usually made in the form of National Security Letters and are demanded only when it's indispensable to an investigation. The reason for this rise in numbers is still unclear. The company also revealed it provided data in 44 non-civil governmental cases, information which hadn't been revealed in its previous reports.

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15:31
Walmart's Jet.com has its own grocery brand...

Walmart has been battling it out with Amazon for some time now and last year it purchased Jet.com to give it an online edge. At the time, Walmart said that the acquisition would bring "fresh ideas and expertise, as well as an attractive brand with pr...

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15:27
Friday 5: Awesome Apple Watch apps to try this...

My hands-on look at the Apple Watch Series 3 is still forthcoming, but I have to say that I’ve been extremely impressed by the potential and speed of this device. The Series 3 is, in my opinion, what the original Apple Watch aspired to be. The hardware has not only increased in efficiency and speed, but the connectivity — with LTE finally in tow — provides it with a measure of independence that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.

The addition of watchOS 4, an operating system update that brings several fundamental changes and enhancements to the Apple Watch as a whole, is just icing on the cake. In this week’s Friday 5 we take a look at several apps that work great on the Apple Watch Series 3. One such app even works solely on LTE, independent of a paired iPhone or Wi-Fi....

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15:11
Hands-on: GoPro Hero 6 Black




GoPro released its latest action camera product, the Hero 6 Black, on Thursday with a number of incremental upgrades over the year-old Hero 5 Black, most of which are powered by the firm's first in-house designed GP1 chip. AppleInsider was at the launch event in San Francisco to go hands-on with the device.

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15:07
Samsung still waiting on App Store approval to make...




Although the Gear Fit2 Pro went on sale Sept. 15, Samsung is still waiting for Apple to publish a companion iOS app before the fitness tracker can gain promised iPhone compatibility.

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14:40
Tesla is shipping hundreds of Powerwall batteries to...

Tesla is sending hundreds of its Powerwall battery systems to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. The commonwealth has been almost entirely without power since after Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20th and tore up its energy infrastructure. Once t...

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14:36
AWT News Update: September 29, 2017

A poppin'-open iPhone 8, anyone?

Friday is usually a quiet day in the tech news business, and today -- the last weekday of September -- is no exception. We have a few short stories to end your week:

  • We've had antenna-gate and bend-gate in the past, could the iPhone 8 be introducing "split-gate" to the vernacular?
  • Thousands of Macs in a study sample were found to have the wrong EFI code, something that's troubling security researchers
  • Requests for information on Apple users by the US Government have doubled since last year
  • Be sure to check out AWT's reviews of the Apple TV 4K and Apple Watch Series 3 today

The text version of the...

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14:30
Americans are horrified by DHS plan to track...

Starting October 18th, the Department of Homeland Security will collect and store "social-media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results" in the permanent files of all immigrants. This will include new immigrants, in a...

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14:16
Facebook reportedly tests facial recognition to...

Your face is getting a lot of attention lately. The iPhone X's Face ID is a recent example, as is Android Pay's reportedly upcoming facial authentication for loyalty programs. Airports may soon use the tech to help streamline boarding and security li...

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14:03
Universal Audio: KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay plug-in

Introduced in 1982, the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay was popularized by U2 guitarist, The Edge, to forge one of the most identifiable guitar sounds in the history of rock. Far from a one-instrument-pony, however, the SDD-3000 also found a home in early new wave and 80’s synth music. Fully endorsed by KORG, the KORG SDD-3000 Digital Delay plug-in for UAD and Apollo interfaces exactly captures the original unit’s colorful analog circuitry, and burnished-sounding 13-bit delays.

There is no company that does better emulations than Universal Audio. Take a listen to the sounds on the company’s page.

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13:58
Apple pairs with artists on song & decorations...




In advance of an Oct. 20 opening, Apple has commissioned a song and matching artwork to promote the new store coming to Chicago's Michigan Avenue.

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13:52
Google Drive for iOS updated to make stored...




Google has updated its Google Drive app for iOS to fully integrate the cloud storage service with the Files app introduced in iOS 11, with the latest version of Google's app making it possible to access and manage documents and photos stored on Google's servers.

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13:42
Uber offers basic sign language tips so you can talk...

Back in 2015, Uber added some features for drivers who were deaf and hard of hearing, including visual notifications of impending rides. Today, as a wrap-up for National Deaf Awareness Month, Uber has updated its main app to teach riders how to sign...

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13:19
9to5Rewards: Win an Apple Park tote bag from the new...

This week for 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away an Apple Park tote bag, the same one that Apple will sell at its new Apple Park Visitor Center retail store when it officially opens in the coming months.

The exclusive Apple Park swag at the Visitor Center store isn’t available to the public just yet, but the store was open for one day to press during Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X event earlier this month at the new campus.

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13:11
‘Mario Bros.’ is The Switch's first classic game

Nintendo has added the first classic game you can buy on the Switch Eshop: The original Mario Bros (the arcade game, not the NES platformer). The title was announced during Nintendo Direct earlier this month as the first of several quarter crunchers...

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13:00
Why buy the cow when you can biofabricate the milk...

Thought to have been Lord Krishna's favorite animal, the cow has achieved a uniquely sacred status in India. Their slaughter is prohibited through most of the country, beef consumption is largely outlawed as well and woe be the unlucky soul accused o...

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12:57
New Michigan Avenue Apple Store in Chicago featuring...

Apple’s latest retail flagship to receive a new store is its Michigan Avenue, Chicago location. Set for a grand opening on October 20, the company has a new webpage dedicated to the store. Continuing a trend seen used at its Dubai store, the soon-to-open Michigan Avenue location is already featuring local artists.

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12:35
Apple Watch Series 3 review: A solid improvement...

The Apple Watch Series 3 with Cellular, showing the Explorer watch face and the Dark Olive Sport Loop Band

Last Friday, I received a nice self-purchased present for my 60th birthday -- an Apple Watch Series 3 with the Dark Olive Sport Loop Band. Prior to the arrival of the Series 3, I hadn't updated my Watch since the original came out in April of 2015. Combined with watchOS 4, the newest Apple smartwatch is an impressively powerful update when compared to the original device. In this post, I'll take you on a detailed tour of the new Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular.

Design

The Series 3 is almost identical to the original Apple Watch, with Apple noting during the September 12 keynote that the thickness of the Series 3 has increased by the thickness of two sheets of paper -- about .05mm. The biggest change is the red dot on the end of the Digital Crown that shows that it has LTE...

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11:05
Critical EFI Code in Millions of Macs Isn't...

Andy Greenberg, writing for Wired:At today's Ekoparty security conference, security firm Duo plans to present research on how it delved into the guts of tens of thousands of computers to measure the real-world state of Apple's so-called extensible firmware interface, or EFI. This is the firmware that runs before your PC's operating system boots and has the potential to corrupt practically everything else that happens on your machine. Duo found that even Macs with perfectly updated operating systems often have much older EFI code, due to either Apple's neglecting to push out EFI updates to those machines or failing to warn users when their firmware update hits a technical glitch and silently fails. For certain models of Apple laptops and desktop computers, close to a third or half of machines have EFI versions that haven't kept pace with their operating system system updates. And for many models, Apple hasn't released new firmware updates at all, leaving a subset of Apple machines...

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10:09
APFS in High Sierra causing problems for Unity...




Game development engine producers Unity has strongly recommended to its users to avoid the upgrade to macOS 10.13 for the moment, as despite the firm fixing a number of issues that plagued developers using the tool with High Sierra's beta releases, there are still some faults that need to be rectified to make the game engine stable on Apple's latest operating system -- and APFS is inducing problems in other game titles as well.

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