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Apple crushes Samsung in China as iPhone attracts...

Young smartphone buyers in China are preferring to buy low-priced domestic brands over phones from Samsung, but the loyalty rate in buying another Oppo or Vivo phone is half that of buyers getting another iPhone-- which remains the largest installed smartphone base in China.

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This pen can determine whether tissue is cancerous...

When surgeons are removing a tumor from a patient, determining whether they have taken out all of the cancerous cells or if they should extract more tissue is a problem they all face. Typically, the margins of a tumor are assessed after the surgery i...

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HomeKitty is a crowdsourced HomeKit shopping guide...

HomeKit-compatible accessories have been slowly increasing since Apple debuted the platform. One of the glaring issues that remain to this day is that finding these accessories can be cumbersome. Although Apple has its own official list, it’s not without delays in showing updates. In comes HomeKitty: a crowdsourced list of HomeKit-compatible accessories.


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Squeezing your HTC U11 will do a lot more soon

One of my biggest gripes about HTC's U11 is that its Edge Sense gimmick -- which lets you squeeze the phone to activate shortcuts -- didn't actually let you do very much. Well, that's about to change. The company is going to push a software update to...

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The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $20 on a...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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ElevationDock 4 is first Apple MFi-certified...

Five years after its highly successful Kickstarter campaign launched the first ElevationDock, Elevation Labs is back with a new model featuring an integrated Lightning plug, braided cable, and one-handed use that ensures it will stay in place when an iPhone -- ?with or without a case -- is removed.

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BMW is reportedly making an all-electric four-door...

Like most car companies, BMW has been dabbling in electric vehicles lately, with models like the all-electric Mini and a longer-ranged version of its electric i3 model. The car company has to keep up with its competitors, like Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz a...

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Indiegogo requires campaigns to disclose product...

Crowdfunding has brought a lot of great projects to life, but fundraising on the frontier brings risk -- like unexpected issues delaying product deliveries for years or cancelling campaigns outright. Indiegogo wants to shore up trust in its platform,...

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Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch will help diabetics track...

Fitbit is pairing up with Dexcom, a company that creates continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices for people with diabetes. In an announcement today, the companies say that their first initiative is to bring Dexcom's monitoring device data to Fitb...

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Google said to be eyeing purchase of 'Pixel 2...

Reports are emerging from China that a deal that would result in Google taking a controlling interest in -- or buying out completely -- HTC's struggling smartphone business.

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The Quill Apple Pencil Case from Pad & Quill

The Apple Pencil is an odd little beast. With no built-in way for it to nestle with its natural partner — the iPad Pro — the Pencil has a tendency to wander. The accessory artisans at Pad & Quill have come up with The Quill Apple Pencil Case (US$39.95), a very chic way to keep your Apple Pencil nearby and looking good. Here’s “Mr. P” (Brian Holmes) talking about The Quill:


Brian just told you all about the design features of The Quill Apple Pencil Case, but in case you didn’t want to watch the video, we’ll reiterate them. First, it’s made of 100% American full-grain leather. Let’s Make American Cows Great Again! The leather is put together with marine grade stitching. 

Available in Galloper Black, Whiskey and Chestnut finishes, The Quill is just 7-1/8 x 3/4 inches in size. Magnets are hidden in one side of...

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Intel installed its 3D camera system in eight more...

Intel's 360-degree replay system is already in place for Major League Baseball and has been available for the National Football League in Baltimore, Houston and San Francisco for some time. The technology company has just announced that it will expan...

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'L.A. Noire' is coming to HTC Vive and...

Red Dead Redemption 2's release might've gotten pushed into next spring, but Rockstar Games has something else to fill that gap: an unexpected HD (and UHD) remaster of its 2011 detective simulator L.A. Noire. This goes beyond the expected gussied up...

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Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears

The hacker group known as "Dragonfly" is behind sophisticated wave of recent cyberattacks on the energy sectors of Europe and North America, Symantec reported Wednesday. The attacks could provide the group with the means to severely disrupt energy operations on both continents. Dragonfly launched a simililar campaign from 2011 to 2014, but it entered a quiet period in 2014 after Symantec and others exposed its activities. The current campaign began in December 2015, Symantec noted.

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Facebook’s fact-checkers say the company is...

Facebook has been plucking away at its big fake news problem over the last few months. So far, it has cut off fake news sites from ad revenue and blocked advertisements from Pages that spread fake news. It has also deprioritized false reports and pos...

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iPhone's Summer Production Glitches Create...

Yoko Kubota, Tripp Mickle, and Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for WSJ: Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled Tuesday, was plagued by production glitches early in the manufacturing process this summer, according to people familiar with the situation, which could result in extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays when customers start ordering the device later this month (alternative source). New iPhones are typically in short supply when first released. But if shortfalls of the new phone extend beyond the initial sales period, which is expected to begin September 22, they could weaken analysts' and investors' projections for sales in the crucial holiday period. The production glitches led to a setback of about a month in the manufacturing timetable. Foxconn, the Apple contractor that assembles iPhones, has been ramping up production at its manufacturing complex in Zhengzhou, China. The company is paying bonuses to employees who can help bring new hires on board at...

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Latest drone video from Duncan Sinfield shows...

On Tuesday, we'll be treated to the first interior views of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, which will be the likely location of many future product reveals by Apple. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been treating folks to wonderful videos of the construction of Apple Park, and in this latest video you can see a group of people -- Apple execs, perhaps? -- standing inside the completed facility.

Be sure to watch this in 4K if you can!

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Ditching Touch ID in 'iPhone 8' wasn'...

A new report claims that Apple clung on to hope that it could retain Touch ID in the "iPhone 8," and any delays in shipping the new unit are apparently related to last-minute changes waiting on a breakthrough in the sensor being embedded in the screen.

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The makers of HipChat are launching their Slack...

The Slack competitor space is a little crowded these days. There's Facebook's Workplace, Microsoft's Teams, Google Hangouts and Doist's Twist. Now, Atlassian, the makers of HipChat, are introducing another option -- Stride.

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Comment: How a Twitter hack taught me to take online...

Ask anybody about the importance of online security and data management, and you’ll probably hear similar advice. Back up your files regularly. Don’t use the same weak password everywhere. Enable two-factor authentication. A digital life necessitates a layer of precautions that can be repetitive and even exhausting to maintain. It’s easy to brush off the warnings we’ve all heard hundreds of times because “that’ll never happen to me.” Until it does.

When I went to sleep last Monday night, I had no idea that I’d open my eyes to dozens of confusing notifications and my Twitter account taken over by a security hacker group. It caught me completely off guard, but it didn’t have to be that way. Hopefully by relaying my story and some hard lessons I learned along the way, I can help you avoid the same situation as you manage the safety and security of your online accounts and data.


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Google Drive's Backup & Sync app adds...

Google has made a small but crucial update to the Google Drive Backup and Sync client for the Mac, introducing Apple File System compatibility for systems running macOS High Sierra.

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Hobbyist gives iPhone 7 the headphone jack we'...

For those of you who miss the iPhone headphone jack, you're definitely not alone. But Strange Parts creator Scotty Allen missed it so much that he decided to add one to his iPhone 7. He just posted a video of the project's entire saga, with all of it...

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Ireland searches for firm to manage Apple’s 15...

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) launched a search on Wednesday for asset managers to take care of the money as it is held in escrow while the Government and Apple appeal a 2016 European Commission decision that Apple received €13 billion in illegal state aid in the decade to 2014.

This is going to be an incredibly long process, so the money needs to be managed wisely.

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How we created Time magazine’s first iPhone portfolio

These are wonderful photos of amazing women. That they were shot so quickly on something as “simple” as an iPhone (and three different models at that) shows the power of the device in the hands of an accomplished photographer.

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iPhone 8 rumors: Production delays may mean the new...

Update September 7, 2017: Those new iPhones that will be introduced next week? Reports say that that you could be in for a longer wait before you actually get your hands on one. Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.


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External Link: Tim Cook Promises Support for Apple’s...

After President Trump announced that he is ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Tim Cook penned an email to Apple employees voicing his disapproval. Cook added that Apple would be working on behalf of its 250 DACA employees both in Congress and the courts to keep them from being deported. Trump is waiting six months before ending the program and has called on Congress to legislate a replacement.


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Report: the UK averages one iPhone for every two..., a personal finance comparison website with over three million users worldwide, has shared research with Apple World Today with some interesting stats about iPhones to celebrate the upcoming release of the “iPhone 8.” 

Apple doesn't release UK sales numbers, estimates 32 million iPhones have been bought in the UK since 2011. That's one Apple smartphone for every two people in the UK. 

However, as much as the UK loves Apple, also finds that iPhones, on average, cost £36.40 more in the UK than the U.S. The website estimates that British buyers have spent £1.2 billion more than U.S. customers in total. (Apple has offered no concrete explanation for these pricing differences that I know of).

The number of iPhones purchased was estimated by finding the number of new iPhone users, and adding that to the number of existing iPhone users who would want an upgrade. You can find the...

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How Apple finally made Siri sound more human

Anything Apple can do to make Siri better is a welcome thing. I’ve heard comments from iOS 11 beta testers that Siri sounds different. I just want “her” to work better.

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WSJ: iPhone 8 production month behind, Foxconn...

The Wall Street Journal has published a new report on iPhone 8 production ahead of Apple’s major unveiling next week. While the lead suggests Apple is having trouble making the redesigned iPhone altogether — which is hitting stock — the story as a whole largely echoes what regular readers have been following this summer. The WSJ describes iPhone 8 production as about a month behind schedule, but claims iPhone maker Foxconn is offering bonuses to employees who can bring in new hires.


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Hands-on: Propel Star Wars iPhone-connected high...

Through a mix of attention to detail, fan service, and miniaturized technology, Propel has made a flying toy that intends to delight both children and longtime Star Wars fanatics. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new high-performance battling drones in our initial hands-on.

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Homekit support is coming to Netatmo's Welcome...

The indoor and outdoor home security cameras will be compatible with HomeKit by the end of 2017.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Bands $5, Twelve...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Latest ARKit demos show hand-tracking beer pong,...

New demonstrations using Apple's ARKit may suggest some of the possibilities of the augmented reality platform, including the integration of hand tracking.

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Pebble watch creator wants your iPhone to charge...

Okay, I’m not sure this is what people had in mind when they suggested bundling AirPods with the iPhone. Pebble smartwatch founder Eric Migicovsky and friends are back with a new Kickstarter campaign for the PodCase, an iPhone battery case that also stores and charges your AirPods.


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Google Drive/Backup and Sync app now compatible with...

For the past several months, users running the beta version of macOS High Sierra have been out of luck when it comes to support for the Google Drive Mac app. Now, shortly before we’re likely to see the official release of macOS 10.13, Google has updated its software to work with the new Apple File System.


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iZotope Spire Studio portable multi-track recorder...

The new iOS-exclusive iZotope Spire Studio connects to an iPhone through wi-fi to control a multi-track recorder, allowing for nearly any space to be used as a convenient recording studio.

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Video: Apple Watch loads Frogger onto an Atari 2600

Our buddy Niles Mitchell (AKA napabar on YouTube) is back with another one of his fun videos. This time, Niles is using a Starpath Supercharger plugged into an Atari 2600 game console, connected to a small Bluetooth receiver that's linked to his Apple Watch. With a tap on the Apple Watch, he quickly loads Frogger onto the Atari console and away we go!

By the way, it's always somewhat nice to know that the Atari 2600 is really an ancient piece of technology -- it was released on September 11, 1977, before I graduated from engineering school! I was just 19 years old at the time. 

The Supercharger added a whopping 6KB of RAM to the 128 bytes of storage built into the Atari 2600. 128 bytes...

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Lyft to deploy self-driving cars in San Francisco...

Lyft will soon begin a limited test of self-driving cars for passengers in the San Francisco Bay Area, targeting one of the most important ridesharing markets.

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12 yoga poses for people who aren’t flexible

I’ve always been about as flexible as a plank but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really noticed a significant additional stiffening. My SO is an accomplished yoga practitioner and has encouraged me to start off slow doing these kinds of poses.

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Crowdfunding: Won’t Get Fooled Again

My love affair with crowdfunding is officially over.

For a long time, I’ve been a huge fan of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, having backed a number of successful campaigns. I was even such a proponent of crowdfunding that Ross Rubin invited me to be his co-host on his Backerjack podcast. But now, you can count me out on spending a dime on any future campaigns.

Many of the Indiegogo campaigns I backed over the years worked out quite well, at least initially. In 2014 I backed a movie that still hasn’t been released, but it’s completed and now well on its way to limited distribution. In early 2015 I happily supported Typed, a blogging platform from Dan Counsell and the crew at Realmac Software. Sadly, Typed appears to have gone the way of the Dodo and Edsel, but it was a great idea and worth the cost of the experiment -- plus, the folks at Realmac Software have been...

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Amazon looking to spend Apple Park-like $5 billion...

Following in the footsteps of Apple and Google, Amazon appears ready to start the process to build a massive headquarters in the United States -- but for Amazon it will serve as a second base of operations.

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While Apple Music is the least popular streaming...

Apple Music is the least popular streaming music service across the U.S. population as a whole, according to a new Fluent report seen by us, coming behind YouTube, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, Spotify and Amazon Prime Music. But that’s not surprising, for two reasons …


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Review: OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock is the only game in...

Vendor OWC has been supplying Mac users with upgrades for more than two decades, and the company continues that commitment with its own Thunderbolt 3 dock -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

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Avira debuts the Free Security Suite for macOS

Avira has introduced the new Free Security Suite for Mac. It’s “the world’s first free security package for Mac users that combines security and privacy features into a single suite at no cost,” according to Alexander Vukcevic, director of Avira Protection Services.

It combines the Avira Free Antivirus for Mac together with the Avira Phantom VPN. As an additional protection layer, the browser extension Avira SafeSearch Plus is also part of the suite. This combo is designed to protect Mac users against incoming malware, secures their privacy anywhere against online spying, unlocks geo-restricted content and delivers secure search results, Vukcevic says.

The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is free to install and use. Functionality on Phantom VPN is limited by a monthly bandwidth ceiling. The Avira Free Security Suite for Mac is available for download and requires macOS 10.11 or higher. 

Avira has also released...

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Logitech announces HomeKit availability on Circle 2...

Logitech has announced Circle 2 Wired home security cameras and mounts now work with Apple’s HomeKit. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

You can set up your Circle 2 Wired camera with the Apple Home app and enjoy access to live camera video on your iPhone and iPad, notifications to your lock screen on iPhone or iPad or right on your Apple Watch, and home automation such as turning on the lights automatically when motion is detected by the camera.

The Circle 2 Wired camera, and the camera when attached to the Plug Mount or Window Mount all work with Apple HomeKit. New and existing Circle 2 Wired owners can all take advantage of...

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Apple hedges bets on Toshiba, getting 20% stake in...

In what’s beginning to feel like the world’s longest-running takeover battle, Foxconn has been pressing the case for its own bid for Toshiba’s chip division. It faces competition from two rival bids, from KKR and Bain Capital …


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Logitech adds HomeKit to Circle 2 Wired, says Apple...

Logitech on Thursday released a firmware update for the $180 Circle 2 Wired, making it just the second security camera currently available on the market to support Apple's HomeKit platform.

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Foxconn wants to buy Toshiba’s memory chips unit...

Taiwan-based Apple supplier Foxconn is pressing for a deal that would give it 25% of Toshiba's chip manufacturing business with Apple controlling 20% of the equity, according to Bloomberg.

Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and seeking outside investors in it. Apple could be interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

Foxconn has broad support for its offer from Apple, Sharp, and SoftBank and is ready to proceed right away, Louis Woo, a spokesman for the company, told Bloomberg. He didn’t specify how much Foxconn is offering for the business, but “people familiar with the matter” say it’s bidding more than the two rival groups led by KKR & Co. and Bain Capital, the article adds.

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Spotify and Hulu now offer an incredible $5 bundle...

This morning, Spotify and Hulu announced that the two services will now be bundled together for students for $4.99 per month. Considering the streaming music already offers an education-focused plan for the same price, this essentially delivers Hulu for free.


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Apple strikes deal with Warner Music, looks to pay...

(credit: Steve Rhodes)

A catalog of music from high-profile artists including Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others will populate Apple Music. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple has struck a deal...

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Proposed deal would give Foxconn 25%, Apple 20% of...

Foxconn is pressing hard for a deal that would give it 25 percent of Toshiba's chip manufacturing business -- an arrangement that would end up with Apple controlling 20 percent of the equity as well.

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Hacking Siri

[VIDEO] FastCoDesign:

Chinese researchers have discovered a terrifying vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, any PC running Windows 10, and even Amazon’s Alexa assistant.

Using a technique called the DolphinAttack, a team from Zhejiang University translated typical vocal commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are too high for the human ear to hear, but perfectly decipherable by the microphones and software powering our always-on voice assistants. This relatively simple translation process lets them take control of gadgets with just a few words uttered in frequencies none of us can hear.

First things first, this is not terrifying. But it is interesting.

You can watch a demo in the video embedded in the main Loop post. Not sure there’s a software fix to prevent this. Seems to me the audio in processor would have to have access to...

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An Apple patent hints at an iPhone with strobe...

Do you run with your iPhone? If so, at some point, the Apple smartphone may serve as as strobe light to alert others of your presence, especially if you’re exercising in conditions with little lighting.

According to the filing of patent 20170255351 for “handheld devices as visual indicators,” a computing device (that would be the iPhone) is configured with a multifunctional backlit display. The backlighting can be operated in at least a first mode and a second mode. In a first mode, the backlighting provides luminance to the display so that images on the display can be easily seen. In a second mode, the backlighting provides visual stimulus for relaying information to a user or a user's surroundings.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that handheld electronic devices usually include backlighting, which illuminates the LCD from behind so that the text and graphics can be easily seen in low light conditions. The backlighting is typically user selected, i.e., the user can...

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How to use the People album in Photos for Mac

Use Photos on the Mac? Spend a few minutes going through this writeup by Lory Gil. Terrific walkthrough of the People naming process/options.

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Hacking an iPhone 7 to add a fully functioning...

[VIDEO] Scotty Allen:

I’ve spent the past four months in Shenzhen, China, modifying an iPhone 7 to add a fully functional headphone jack. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time anyone has done anything like this.

In April, I decided to finally upgrade my iPhone 6s to an iPhone7 to get better camera quality for the videos I was shooting when I was out on adventures in the industrial markets and manufacturing world. But I was super annoyed that it doesn’t have a headphone jack! I already have headphones I really liked, and I didn’t like the idea of having to keep track of an adapter just to use them.

So I figured I’d add my own – after all, how hard could it be?

It turns out, really really hard. But possible.

Great self-interview. This is the guy who made his own iPhone 6s from scrounged parts. He’s open-sourced his design, if you are of a mind to do this yourself.

My favorite question:

Q: How much did it...

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New ARKit demo apps preview hair coloring, and a fun...

Augmented reality looks set to have quite an impact on the beauty sector. After recently looking at a demo app for lipstick and other make-up, AR specialist ModiFace is back with a new demo app – this one allowing you to see how different hair colors would look before you take the plunge.

Using AI powered by analysing a staggering 220,000 hair color photos, the app shows in real-time video how your hair would look in any color of your choice …


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Apple: Developer Center issue due to a bug, not...

Apple’s Developer Center down for a while on Wednesday, and many feared it was due to a hacker attack. Many accounts had profile information changed to a Russian address.

However, Apple has issued a statement — as noted by 9to5Mac -- the issue – suspicious as it appeared – was in fact due to a bug.

Here’s Apple’s statement: “Due to a bug in our account management application, your address information was temporarily displayed incorrectly in your account details on the Apple Developer website. The same incorrect address was displayed to all affected developers. The underlying code-level bug was quickly resolved and your address information now shows correctly.

“There was no security breach and at no time were the Apple Developer website, applications, or services compromised; nor were any of your Apple...

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Listen to music in VR, turn individual instruments...

This interesting experiment from Song Exploder uses WebVR to play tracks that surround you with instruments which you can switch on and off, live.

So far, there are only 6 tracks in the library, hoping that number grows over time. But cool to play with. It works in a regular browser, though not as effective as with a real VR setup. Be sure to use headphones.

If this interests you, check out the Song Exploder podcast, which brings on artists who walk through a specific song, layer by layer.

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Rumor: no ‘iPhone 8’ until October due to OLED...

Following reports that Samsung could be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the upcoming “iPhone 8,” Bloomberg reports that Apple will have to wait until at least 2019 to have another source for the displays.

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” the article says LG has been in discussions with Apple to supply OLED technology as quickly as possible, but it’s come across multiple challenges. Among those: securing enough evaporation machines, a key tool in churning out the displays. Though LG finally managed to secure these machines this year for installation, it has to scramble to get the production yield sufficiently up to meet Apple’s requirements, so the...

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Apple reaches music deal with Warner, eyes Sony pact


Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Warner will provide Apple a catalog spanning Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars for both iTunes, the online store, and Apple Music, the streaming service. Apple plans to pay record labels a smaller percentage of sales from Apple Music subscribers than it did under its first deal for the streaming service, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information.


Sony Music Entertainment, owner of the second-largest record label, is also on the verge of a deal with Apple, one of the people said. A deal between Apple and Universal Music Group, owner of the top label, is further off.

This is a renegotiation of an expiring deal to a lower rate.


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Apple makes a deal for songs with Warner Music Group

Apple has made a deal for songs from Warner Music Group (WMG), the company’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

WMG is is an American multinational entertainment and record label conglomerate headquartered in New York City. It’s one of the "big three" recording companies and the third largest in the global music industry, next to Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sony Music Entertainment.

The company owns and operates some of the largest and most successful record labels in the world, including its flagship labels Warner Bros. Records, Parlophone and Atlantic Records. Its roster of artists includes Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars.

Warner will make its catalog...

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Apple patent describes using backlight to strobe to...

An Apple patent filed back in May and published today describes how an iDevice backlight could serve as a strobe light. Apple gives a couple of examples of how this might be used …


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Second report suggets Sept. 15 OLED 'iPhone 8...

Citing a late production start, a new report claims that while the "iPhone 8" will be up for pre-order on Sept. 15, it will not start shipping to customers until some point in October.

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Newly-released drone footage shows final touches to...

Apple Park is almost complete.

With construction on Apple Park nearing completion, a new drone video shot and shared by pilot Duncan Sinfield offers up a close look at the now-finished Steve Jobs Theater and it depicts landscaping progress at the campus, both inside and outside of the ring-shaped main building.

The theater features a 20-foot tall glass cylinder that overlooks the main campus building and is surrounded by greenery. It boasts the world’s largest freestanding carbon fiber roof and spans 120,000 square feet with an underground auditorium area that seats 1,000 people.


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Apple Events app for Apple TV updated, ready for...

The Apple Events app for the Apple TV is primed and ready for the September 12th media event. The app now uses the same graphic that Apple placed on its media invitations and also lists the start time so users will know when to tune in and watch.

The event will take place at the newly-completed Steve Jobs Theater on Apple’s new campus on September 12th at 10 AM pacific time. Apple has yet to say what will be announced, albeit the rumor mill is eagerly anticipating an updated iPhone 7, a new OLED screen iPhone, a 4K Apple TV, and likely an LTE-capable Apple Watch.

If you miss the initial broadcast, the replay will be available via the app.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer


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The iPhone will see massive growth in 2018, predicts...

Last year wasn’t the greatest one for Apple, with all of its hardware lines – iPhone, iPad and Mac – experiencing year-on-year declining sales. Guggenheim Securities believes that there’s both good news and bad ahead.

The good news, it says, is that the iPhone 8/Edition/X will see massive iPhone revenue growth in 2018 …


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Here’s a job for Apple: revive and continue Walt...

CNBC recently aired a documentary on Walt Disney, Walt: The Man Behind The Myth, and it gave me an idea on how Apple can spend a big hunk of its $256.8 billion cash hoard: realize Walt Disney’s original vision for the Epcot Center.

Epcot is a theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. It’s divided into two sections: Future World (East and West) and World Showcase. As cool as it is, it was original envisioned as something much grander.

Instead of merely another attraction in an amusement park, Walt Disney wanted to build a “city of the future.” It was to have included a prototype community, an industrial park, an airport of the future, and more.

All these elements were imagined by Disney and his staff. The project was conceived and worked on between 1962 and 1966 (when Walt Disney died). Without...

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Video: The same person who built an iPhone from...

Scotty Allen who became famous earlier this year for building an iPhone entirely out of spare parts sourced from China is back again with another amazing project; adding a working headphone jack to an iPhone 7. Watch the video below …


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How to open Microsoft Office docs in macOS Sierra (...

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

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

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

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Apple says Russian addresses displayed in developer...

Downtime on Apple’s Developer Center led to concern that it may have been hacked after a number of developers noted that their mailing address had been changed to one in Russia.

Apple has now issued a statement saying that this is not the case, and the issue – suspicious as it appeared – was in fact due to a bug …


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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 7, 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

NPM Properties has launched TornadoFree. Not only does the free app give an alert for a tornado, it provides a map to safety. TornadoFree runs in the background, receiving regular weather updates. If a tornado forms nearby, and you are in its destructive path, the app immediately alerts you. Simply press “Map Me Out!” and the application maps you to safety.

macOS Apps/Updates

Pixeleyes has announced AutoMounter 1.5, an update to their menu item designed to automatically mount your network shares on macOS. 

The utility will mount your shares from an available server or network-attached storage appliance,...

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The Morning After: Thursday, September 7th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Good morning! T-Mobile is willing to pick up the tab for your Netflix habit, and trackball mice are back. Really.

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What's in the new iPhone? Just look at iOS 10...

Apple’s a company with a long-term product vision. Next week we’ll see the 2017 iPhones unveiled at the Steve Jobs Theater, but people inside Apple are already working hard on the 2018 model... and probably on the new features that will populate the 2019 and 2020 versions, too.

While the most interesting things to come out of any Apple event are the new product announcements, one of my favorite things about any Apple announcement is how it makes some of Apple’s previous decisions more understandable in hindsight. As outside observers who can’t peer into Apple’s inner workings, we don’t always have the necessary context to understand where the company is going.

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Build the ultimate Chromecast remote with an old...

Chromecast doesn’t come with a dedicated remote control, but you can easily make your own with these tips.

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The Nokia 8 flagship is available to pre-order in...

There's a new Nokia flagship in town. Okay, so the "Nokia" name is a bit of a red herring, given it's now HMD Global, a young Finnish startup, using the brand for a fresh suite of Android phones. (Oh, and a reborn Nokia 3310.) Still, the Nokia 8 is a...

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Fujifilm's X-E3 overhauled with 4K video and a...

Fujifilm fans have waited a long time for an X-E2 replacement, but it appears to have been worth it. The X-E3 rangefinder-style mirrorless has arrived with thoroughly modern features and is now Fujifilm's smallest viewfinder-equipped camera. It got a...

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Google's personalized Feed is now available...

Having spent many years honing its algorithms, Google has become the dominant search provider across the world. It'll almost always deliver what you're looking for, but in recent years the company has experimented with ways to bring content to you, r...

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All Jaguars will have electric drivetrains in 2020

The electric car is the future. While sales of EVs are still dwarfed by traditional gas-powered vehicles, automakers are moving forward with plans to inject electric drivetrain elements into their product lines. The latest is Jaguar which announced t...

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Logitech Circle 2 camera firmware update brings...

Logitech has today announced that HomeKit support for its Circle 2 security cameras is now available. The Circle 2 follows D-Link in being the only other HomeKit-compatible security camera on the market.


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Huawei Surpasses Apple As the World's Second...

According to analysis by consulting firm Counterpoint Research, China's leading smartphone marker, Huawei, surpassed Apple's global smartphone sales for the first time in June and July. The company is only behind Samsung in sales. The Verge reports: Figures haven't been released yet for August, though Counterpoint indicates sales for that month also look strong. However, it's worth noting that with Apple's new iPhone releases just around the corner, the iPhone maker is almost certain to get back on top in September. Researchers at Counterpoint also point out that Huawei has a weak presence in the South Asian, Indian, and North American markets, which "limits Huawei's potential to the near-to-mid-term to take a sustainable second place position behind Samsung." Its strongest market is China, and it's also popular in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Still, Apple doesn't have much to worry about; Counterpoint says the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus remain the world's best-selling...

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Wednesday September 6

Apple reportedly strikes new licensing deal with...

Apple Music users will be able to enjoy tunes from Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars for the foreseeable future. Fresh off its recent deal with Spotify, Warner Music has signed off on an agreement with the tech giant, according to sources that spoke to Bloom...

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LG unlikely to enter iPhone OLED supply chain before...

Following revelations that Samsung could be the sole supplier of OLED displays for a next-generation "iPhone 8" handset, a report late Wednesday reaffirms previous claims that Apple's effort to diversify its supply chain with panels from LG is unlikely to bear fruit before 2019.

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∞ Apple says there was no security breach on...

After fears that Apple’s developer site may have been hacked earlier today, the company said tonight that there was no security breach. Apple emailed the following statement to The Loop: […]

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IBM is installing a Watson AI lab at MIT

Both MIT and IBM are leaders in the field of Artificial Intelligence and now they're teaming up. IBM announced on Thursday that it had reached a 10-year research partnership agreement with the university worth nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. T...

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Twitch extensions are live and ready to customize...

Your favorite Twitch stream might look a bit busier and more colorful than usual now that the platform has switched on the extensions it announced at PAX West. Streamers can now customize their pages with interactive experiences they can display over...

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Report: Apple and LG aiming for 2019 to reach deal...

Just after a note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this afternoon said Samsung was part of the reason for the iPhone 8’s high price, a new report from Bloomberg says LG’s OLED efforts aren’t going as well as planned. Thus, Apple may be forced to stick with Samsung for longer than it originally had hoped…


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It's football season! These second-screen apps...

Bringing you everything from stats to game-time snacks, these apps are as indispensable as your TV remote.

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Apple secures lower streaming rate in new deal with...

Apple has reached a new agreement with Warner Music Group that will see the tech giant pay out a smaller percentage of Apple Music revenue than it did when the service launched in 2015.

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John Deere bought an AI company to optimize crop...

Want to know how pervasive AI is becoming in seemingly all facets of daily life? Just ask Deere & Company. The John Deere brand owner just acquired Blue River Technology, which uses machine learning and computer vision to target herbicide spray...

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Hackers Can Take Control of Siri and Alexa By...

Chinese researchers have discovered a vulnerability in voice assistants from Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, and Huawei. It affects every iPhone and Macbook running Siri, any Galaxy phone, any PC running Windows 10, and even Amazon's Alexa assistant. From a report: Using a technique called the DolphinAttack, a team from Zhejiang University translated typical vocal commands into ultrasonic frequencies that are too high for the human ear to hear, but perfectly decipherable by the microphones and software powering our always-on voice assistants. This relatively simple translation process lets them take control of gadgets with just a few words uttered in frequencies none of us can hear. The researchers didn't just activate basic commands like "Hey Siri" or "Okay Google," though. They could also tell an iPhone to "call 1234567890" or tell an iPad to FaceTime the number. They could force a Macbook or a Nexus 7 to open a malicious website. They could order an Amazon Echo to "...

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Apple reaches agreement w/ Warner Music for new,...

Bloomberg reports this evening that Apple has secured a new deal with Warner Music Group for Apple Music. The deal is Apple’s first since introducing Apple Music two years ago, while the company hopes it will set precedent for future negotiations with other labels.


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Apple recruits four TV executives to growing video...

Apple recently hired four veteran television executives to join its quickly growing video content team, with the new recruits tasked to head up original programming initiatives including documentary series.

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Apple developer site may have been hacked

Apple’s Developer site has been down for a couple of hours now, and while it originally seemed like the outage was related to maintenance, a few reports trickling in from developers suggests there could potentially be another cause.

Several developers are reporting that all of their developer account addresses have been updated with an address in Russia, perhaps indicating some kind of breach or serious internal error. According to multiple developer reports, their accounts list a Russian address instead of their correct address.

We’ve reached out to Apple for comment.

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Bodhi Linux With Moksha Is Truly Enlightening

Bodhi Linux 4.3.1's implementation of the Enlightenment desktop, released late last month, continues this distro's tradition of providing an awesome desktop computing platform for office or home. When I last reviewed Bodhi Linux, I was attracted to the relatively new desktop environment. When the backup computer that hosted that earlier version of Bodhi finally needed replacement, I installed the latest version on the new hardware, mostly out of curiosity about the current progress of Enlightenment computing. Bodhi Linux did not disappoint.

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Apple hires four more veteran video executives to...

On the heels of reports highlighting specific content efforts, Apple has hired four more veteran television executives to join its video teams. According to Variety, Apple has snatched up a trio of Sony veterans, as well as a former WGN executive…


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Delta flight beats Hurricane Irma

I won’t lie – I wouldn’t have wanted to be on either leg of this flight.

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Apple issues $5B bond sale to fund capital return...

Following initial notice of a pending bond sale, Apple on Wednesday launched a $5 billion U.S. dollar-denominated debt offering to fund its capital return program, outstanding debt, acquisitions and other operational expenses.

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Water-based electrolytes promise safer phone...

It's hard to completely escape safety issues with lithium-ion batteries, in part due to the nature of the electrolytes that charge and release energy when ions shuttle between electrodes. They usually have to be made of easily combustible chemicals...

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AWT News Update: September 6, 2017

Apple's developer portal appears to have been hacked, self-driving cars get a legislative boost, we know what you'll be doing a week from Friday, and another beta is delivered by Apple:

  • has been down for a while today, and many think it's due to a hacker attack. Many accounts had profile information changed to a Russian address
  • The US House of Representatives unanimously voted in approval of a proposal to accelerate autonomous vehicle testing and research
  • September 15 at midnight Pacific Time appears to be when pre-orders for new Apple products will be available
  • iOS 11 beta 10 makes it to developer devices less than a week before the golden master may be released

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The CW's free Seed app is now streaming on...

The CW has just launched its CW Seed app for Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Edition television. The app doesn't require a subscription, there are no added fees and you don't need a cable service provider in order to access its shows. Howev...

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