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Monday May 8

06:01
Rumor: next gen iPhone to be introduced in September...

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

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

  • Touch ID will be embedded in the OLED display.
  • It will sport an A11 CPU and removable SIM.
  • The battery will be bigger.
  • There will be a 5.8-inch version.
  • The screen will be curved — unless it isn’t.
  • There will be facial...
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06:00
Lowe's smart home system can call 911 for you

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

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05:48
Apple reveals plans for D.C.’s Carnegie Library...

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

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05:30
Supply chain preps for Apple's Oct. launch of...




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

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05:15
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature improvements to...

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

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

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

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

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05:10
Voice-controlled speaker market predicted to double...

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

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

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

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05:01
Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Echo rival...

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

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05:00
Apple expands Maps van data gathering efforts to New...

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

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

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

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

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

New York

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

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05:00
Apple looks to help waterproof devices with a...

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

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

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

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04:40
Warren Buffett uses furniture to explain why...

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

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04:30
How to schedule a Calendar event in macOS Sierra

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

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

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

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

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04:28
Mother's Day 2017 Gift Guide: The best tech...




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

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04:20
After government refuses to declassify sum paid for...

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

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04:05
Facebook purges thousands of fake profiles ahead of...

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

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04:00
The top Mac games of April

By Ric Molina of MacGamer

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

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

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

Total War: Warhammer...

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03:51
PSA: If you downloaded Handbrake last week, your Mac...

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

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 8, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

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

macOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, May 8th 2017

Hey, good morning!

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

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02:51
iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s reportedly set to go on sale...

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

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

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00:28
Apple confirms reduced App Store affiliate...




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

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Sunday May 7

23:32
Konami and soccer star Maradona call truce over game...

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

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21:18
Apple clarifies iTunes affiliate changes: apps stay...

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

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21:00
Comcast's xFi app makes setting up your parents...

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

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20:09
Apple clarifies affiliate program changes affect in-...

Great news for sites and people that use the program.

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19:18
The Nintendo PlayStation can finally play CD games

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

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18:04
Self-repairing roads could also charge your electric...

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

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16:45
The TV industry just edged closer to a giant merger

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

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15:27
NASA is reviewing candidates for its next Solar...

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

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13:57
Tesla collects videos from cars to improve its self-...

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

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12:26
Netflix renews controversial '13 Reasons Why...

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

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12:12
Logic Pros Review: Sample Science brings VHS/vinyl-...

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

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11:00
The best robot vacuums

By Liam McCabe

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

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09:46
Killer Deal: 2017 9.7" iPads for $299 ($30 off...




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

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09:29
Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key...

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

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09:10
EduTech: Book Creator makes it easy for students...

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

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

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

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08:15
16 famous first photographs in history: from the...

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Video converter Handbrake compromised by malware

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
After Math: Big Business

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

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07:50
Apple expands Maps imagery collection to Connecticut...

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

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06:30
Ben Heck's Mini Pinball kit: Selecting a...

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

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05:23
Apple Maps street-level imagery vans hitting...




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

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01:42
Windows 10's upgraded mapping helps you plan...

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

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00:24
Why Apple is expected to stick with Lightning over...




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

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Saturday May 6

20:55
San Francisco train service plans to run solely on...

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

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19:42
Google explains how it's preventing future...

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

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18:15
Scientists use gene editing to eliminate HIV DNA in...

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

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16:48
Your future devices might not need wireless radios

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

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15:25
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

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

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15:20
'Guardians of the Galaxy' team says why it...

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

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13:51
YouTube and Warner extend their streaming music deal

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

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12:24
Marines' online nude photo scandal leads to 21...

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

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10:56
Seattle enacts broadband privacy rules where the FCC...

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

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10:38
BlackBerry KEYone's Success Hinges on Physical...


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

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09:41
This week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, Siri Speaker...

In this week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, Siri Speaker, iPhone 8 reports, AirPods & Apple Watch sales, and much more.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: A second act for '...

'Guardians of the
Galaxy 2:' Twice
Is (Still) the Charm
Christopher Orr,
The Atlantic

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this weekend, the sequel to the 2014 film that introduced us to Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Grax and Rocket on the big...

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08:28
Delivery.com removes Apple Pay as payment choice for...

Apple Pay has been expanding at a relatively brisk pace over recent months, with the payment platform expanding to new countries, new apps, and more. This time, however, Apple Pay has actually been removed as a payment option from popular delivery services platform Delivery.com, with the company citing issues out of its control…

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08:09
Spotify again accuses Apple of abusing its size...

Spotify and a handful of other companies are going after Apple with anticompetitive allegations in Europe. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Spotify is accusing Apple and Google of abusing their “privileged position” at the top of the market…

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08:06
Phil Schiller on App Store upgrade pricing, Amazon...

Always fun to read the tea leaves when Apple executives speak.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:29
Android Pay could use your face to authenticate...

It's not that hard to add points to your loyalty cards on Android Pay, but it looks like Google is mulling on an experimental feature to automate the process. 9to5google has torn the latest version of the app apart and found lines of code that hint a...

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Rovio's Battle Bay...

The bird is no longer the word

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new game from the makers of Angry Birds—with nary a pig or bird in sight. Plus, we have apps for budgeting, making cool photos, and more. Read on!

Battle Bay

Image by Battle Bay

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

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05:45
Analyst: iPhone 8 edge-to-edge horizontally, glass...

In a lengthy report from JPMorgan, the analyst breaks down its latest predictions about the upcoming 2017 iPhone updates.

The ‘modest upgrade’ iPhone 7s models will reportedly use glass backs in addition to the radical OLED iPhone. It says the OLED display will be edge-to-edge horizontally on the iPhone 8, not vertically (pictures after the jump). The analyst also claims that the iPhone 8 may come bundled with a free pair of wireless AirPods and predicts the total added cost to Apple of all the new technology inside the OLED iPhone …

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05:00
ABI Research: enterprise smartwatch shipments will...

Good news for the Apple Watch: ABI Research forecasts that enterprise smartwatch shipments will reach nearly 14 million in 2022, increasing from just more than two million in 2017. Yet, for these devices to infiltrate the workplace, vendors must address security device management and compliance at the design level, according to the research group.

"Today, very few wearable devices, including smartwatches, have enterprise-grade authentication integrated out of the box, which makes them incredibly susceptible to security breaches," says Stephanie Lawrence, Research Analyst at ABI Research. "This puts sensitive information, such as an individual's healthcare records or financial information, at risk."

ABI Research identifies several security solutions available to smartwatches, but with many enterprises touting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and the mix of devices entering the workplace on the rise,...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have some very familiar presidential election news, plus a leaked pic of Amazon's next big thing. Oh, and Bob Ross is about to become a playable character in Smite.

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04:30
More than 100 million U.S. households don’t have a...

Seems there’s plenty of room for the Apple HomeKit market to grow. Research from Parks Associates shows that more than 100 million U.S. households didn’t have a smart home device at the end of 2016. 

Apple's HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Analysts at Parks Research say that reaching those households with no smart phone devices will require continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences.

"The smart home market is experiencing strong growth and is preparing the transition from early adopters to the early majority," says Tom Kerber, director of IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. "Natural language control and analytics-based automation are simplifying the user experience and together act as a...

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04:00
Apple files for patent for ‘protecting software...

Apple wants to make your macOS and iOS devices even more secure. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 9,639,673) for “protecting software through a fake crytographic layer.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that software developers invest considerable resources in the development and maintenance of computer software. This investment often results in the development of proprietary algorithms that are advantageous over those used by the competition and which the developer would like to keep secret so as to leverage the superiority of the algorithm. In addition to proprietary algorithms, software may also contain embedded secrets such as cryptographic keys. Because of the plethora of important information, software is often the target of various reverse engineering efforts to dissect, analyze, and discover how it works. 

To minimize reverse engineering efforts, attackers often attempt to locate higher value code by identifying known code patterns or...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Apple Q2 2017...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 5, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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

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02:58
Phil Schiller says voice-only assistants are...

Indian news network NDTV caught up with Apple’s SVP Marketing Phil Schiller for an interview after his visit to the new App Accelerator in Bengaluru.

The discussion touches on Schiller’s management of App Store and Apple’s developer ecosystem, Swift adoption and his thoughts on voice-only assistants like the Google Home or Amazon Echo. Whilst Schiller would not gave any praise to its competitor’s products, he did say that these kind of devices are convenient in some situations …

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01:45
Facebook could launch two dozen 'TV-like'...

Facebook might be getting ready to make its video dreams a reality: According to Business Insider, the social network plans to launch two dozen original shows in June. Its no secret that the company has been looking for partners that can create uniqu...

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Friday May 5

23:26
Sonos Playbar speaker does all-in-one TV & music...




Even with a few rough edges, the Sonos Playbar may be a handy way for Apple device owners to tackle all of their living room audio needs.

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22:20
This week on AI: Apple's Siri speaker exposed,...




Apple revealed its March-quarter financial results on Tuesday, which saw profits up, but iPhone sales down. Perhaps the most interesting news of the week however was more information about Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor, based on Siri.

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22:11
Delivery.com removes Apple Pay as payment option for...




Popular on-demand delivery services platform delivery.com on Friday notified users that it no longer accepts Apple Pay for laundry orders, saying the payment option was removed for problems outside the company's control.

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20:55
Nike is livestreaming an attempt to run a sub-2 hour...

While it's Friday night here, three Nike-sponsored athletes are up early on a Saturday morning in Italy. The company has made it a quest to break the two-hour barrier for a marathon run, as Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge and Zersenay Tadese go for tha...

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20:29
Touchable BlindPad puts visual information at your...

This touchscreen tablet operates differently than your usual iPad, with 192 magnetic buttons across its 12 x 15cm surface. They can move up and down almost instantaneously to create patterns representing the layout of a room or other visual data and...

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18:54
Spotify, others file EU complaint over Apple and...




Apple and Google are being targeted by a host of European internet services firms, including streaming music leader Spotify, that are urging the European Commission to investigate the tech giants over "troubling" app store practices.

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18:14
People actually crowdfunded this smart pillow

The connected home is getting out of hand. These days your mattress can do everything from keep tabs on your cheating spouse to start your coffee each morning. But why let the surface you sleep on have all the smarts when you can pay $300 for a pillo...

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18:00
The Apple Watch Outsold Every Other Wearable Last...

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple has shipped 3.5 million wearables in the first quarter of 2017, which is 59 percent higher than the 2.2 million devices it did in the same period last year. Engadget reports: Cupertino captured 16 percent of the global marketshare and stole the wearables crown from Fitbit, which had a much less stellar quarter. Fitbit only shipped 2.9 million devices in Q1, 36 percent less than the 4.5 million units it moved in the first quarter of 2016. Even Xiaomi sold more devices, putting the beleaguered wearables-maker in third place. Those results are consistent with Apple's latest earnings report. The company said its Watch and TV sales jumped up 31 percent year-over-year, and head honcho Tim Cook said Watch sales have nearly doubled since last year. Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics executive director, said Apple's Watch Series 2 has been selling well "due to enhanced styling, intensive marketing and a good retail presence." Were you one of the 3.5...

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17:30
Facebook plans to launch its TV-like original...

It is no secret that Facebook has been attempting to get into the TV game. Now, according to a report from Business Insider, Facebook is planning to unveil its plans to enter that market next month with two different formats of video…

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17:18
Microsoft HoloLens becomes an AR assistant for...

Since the HoloLens was introduced, Microsoft has pitched it as both a gaming peripheral and a practical assistant in the workplace. Professionals have already started using its augmented reality tech to help out, from building engineers donning it to...

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16:31
Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for...




Amidst rumors of a Siri home speaker, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in an interview published this week offered his thoughts on dedicated voice assistants like Amazon's Echo, saying the lack of an onboard screen is a hindrance in many situations.

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16:31
French candidate hacked just before presidential...

Just days before the final round of the French presidential election, a large trove of emails from one candidate's campaign has allegedly been leaked online. In a statement on its website, the En Marche! campaign in support of candidate Emmanuel Macr...

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16:09
New York City plans to track every homeless person...

To assist New York City's efforts to combat homelessness, the mayor's office is planning to deploy a new tool to count every vagrant person within its bounds. In the hands of workers that reach out to the homeless every day, StreetSmart will help the...

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16:00
Friday 5: my favorite 1Password features for iOS [...

Agilebits’ 1Password is a password management app for iOS, Mac and other platforms. I’ve been using 1Password for several years, migrating over from LastPass. In my opinion, there is no better app than 1Password for password and credit card management. In this week’s Friday 5, I explain five of my favorite 1Password features.  more…

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15:20
Germany confronts Russia over election hacking

Speaking with reporters at a conference in Potsdam, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the BfV agency (Germany's domestic intelligence group) renewed claims that Russian hackers were behind the attack on his country's parliament. He also warned the oth...

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14:58
Scan Spotify Codes to play songs instantly

Sharing songs with your buddies while on the go has typically been a hassle, with weird Shazam-style workarounds to get a song from one phone to another. It looks like Spotify knows this, too, as it's rolling out a new feature to use Snapchat-style c...

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14:41
AWT News Update: May 5, 2017

TGIF! We have a few stories for you on today's podcast, including a very good close of the week for shares of AAPL, some mergers and acquisitions that could be appropriate for Apple, and some malware that's affecting a few Mac users:

  • Apple closes at $148.96 per share, and is trading above $149 in after-hours trading
  • A Citigroup analyst has seven ideas for interesting strategic mergers and acquisitions for Apple
  • The "Snake" malware that has bugged Windows users for some time is now causing some issues for Mac users, although Apple has shut down the certificate for the installer
  • Apple has raised $7 billion in a bond sale 

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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14:31
Moto focused on slimming down for the Z2 Play

If you liked the original Z Play for its low price and compatibility with Moto Mods, you'll probably dig the pending follow up, Motorola's Z2 Play. They pretty much look the same, minus the shape of one of the buttons. If you expected the original's...

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14:10
Spotify launching scannable ‘Spotify Codes’ for easy...

Spotify is launching a new feature called “Spotify Codes” that will generate a unique, QR-like code for anything on Spotify, which the company hopes will be used for sharing and discovery of new music. (via TechCrunch).

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14:07
'Smite' adds Bob Ross as a paint-throwing...

Bob Ross is about to do battle with the gods. The Joy of Painting host, known for his soft voice, permed afro and "happy little trees," is coming to Hi-Rez Studios' mythology-themed MOBA Smite later this month as a character skin for Sylvanus.

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13:41
Walmart eyes a future Dash replacement that could...

When Amazon's Dash buttons first debuted two years ago, many thought it was an April fool's joke. A device you could press just to order toilet paper? Isn't that the height of laziness? As it turned out of course, it wasn't a joke at all. From surpri...

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13:15
Kanye West just deleted his Twitter and Instagram

People are freaking out because Kanye West just deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Not surprisingly, there's no explanation as to why the producer-turned-rapper-turned-designer decided to shut down his social media pages, but don't be surpri...

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13:13
Another reason to love iOS: Over 8,400 new Android...

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Here's a frightening statistic...if you're the owner of an Android phone or tablet. Although Android is the dominant mobile operating system around the world with about a 72 percent market share, it also gets most mobile malware. Security experts at the G DATA security blog found almost 750,000 new Android malware apps in the first quarter, or about 8,400 each day -- that's about one new malware app every 10 seconds!

The culprit is that most Android users have devices which have not been updated to the much more secure Android 7 "Nougat" version, with only 4.9 percent of all Android devices worldwide running that OS. Android 7 has been available since August of 2016, so it's not as if it's a brand new operating system. 20...

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13:11
FCC and Congress Work to Roll Back Net Neutrality

Remember in 2015 when the FCC reclassified ISPs as common carriers and (sort of) made “net neutrality” the law of the land? Now the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are undoing it in the name of “freedom.”

 

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13:00
Intel positions itself as the heart of autonomous...

Intel's computer chip manufacturing and marketing is amazing. It's hard to read the company's name without hearing those iconic four tones in your head. But outside of making silicon faster and shoving it in nearly every computer on the planet, the c...

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12:59
Google Neutralizes Docs Phishing Scam


A phishing scam that surfaced earlier this week used Google Docs in an attack against at least 1 million Gmail users. However, that amounted to fewer than 0.1 percent of Gmail users were affected, according to the company. Google last year put the number of active monthly Gmail users at more than 1 billion. Google shut down the phishing scam within an hour, it said, through both automatic and manual actions. It removed the fake pages and applications, and it pushed updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail and other anti-abuse systems.

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12:55
We've gotten our first look at an Echo with a...

Alexa is poised for a major breakout. Over the past few months, Amazon’s AI assistant has expanded to the iPhone in the Amazon app, Android with the Huawei Mate 9, and gotten a camera upgrade with the fashion-minded Echo Look. But a new leak suggests Amazon has even bigger plans for Alexa.

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12:31
How to send voice messages from Apple Watch

Apple Watch lets you easily message other people using dictation for voice-to-text input, but sometimes it’s just easier to send a voice recording to quickly express yourself over iMessage. Here’s how to send voice messages from Apple Watch.

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12:29
The enduring myth of the hacker boy-band

Last week, Wired magazine published a sprawling feature on a group of young hackers the magazine claimed would "make us or break us" with their "exceptional talent." The article fawningly profiled each member of a group of Northeastern University col...

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12:27
Deals: $25 off 2017 iPad; high-end 15" MacBook...




Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up the new 128GB 9.7" iPad (Wi-Fi + LTE) for $534 ($25 off) with no tax in 48 states. Apple's Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pro is also $100 off, while the top of the line 12" MacBook is now $1,499 ($250 off). Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also up to $100 off.

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12:24
YouTube developing free original shows with Kevin...




Possibly concerned about the growing amount of original video on competiting services like Netflix, Hulu, and Apple Music, Google's YouTube has announced plans to premiere six new shows, starring people like Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Kevin Hart.

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12:08
8,400 new Android malware apps found every day

The Android operating system clearly dominates the mobile market, with a share of around 72 percent. In Germany alone, around 67 percent of smartphone owners use a device with an Android operating system (source: Statcounter). G DATA security experts discovered over 750,000 new Android malware apps in the first quarter of 2017. That represents almost 8,400 new malware instances every day.

This is an absolutely staggering number. I don’t know how anyone using an Android device feels the least bit safe.

A comprehensive security solution is becoming more and more important for smartphones and tablets.

Yes, I agree. It’s called an iPhone and iOS.

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