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Monday February 5

18:01
Apple’s health team loses veteran researcher after...

As Apple works to grow and expand its health-related projects and the teams working on those efforts, there’s sure to be some turnover in the process. CNBC reports today that Stephen Friend, a top health researcher, departed Apple late in 2017… more…

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17:46
NYPD begins rolling out 36,000 iPhone 7, 7 Plus...




As part of a planned switch away from Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, the New York Police Department recently began issuing officers their choice of iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus handsets, devices some cops are already lauding as the "ultimate tool" to fight crime.

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16:39
How iCloud helped investigators track down one of...

Apple played a surprisingly big role in helping track down one the world’s worst spammers, according to an affidavit unsealed today and picked up by The Verge. According to the document, Russian spam king Peter Levashov was tracked down in large part due to his iCloud usage…

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15:21
Report suggests Apple could begin 2018 product...

Supply chain source Digitimes is out with a new report today highlighting Apple’s suppliers involvement in upcoming product launches. The site claims that Apple could begin upgrading its various product lines as early as next month, but fails to offer specific information about what products are potentially on the docket…

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15:09
How to get Windows 10 up and running on Mac using...




Choosing between a Windows computer and a Mac can be a tough decision. Some users think they'll be giving up features or apps they enjoyed on Windows when making the switch to Mac. Luckily, you can have the best of both worlds by running Windows on a Mac using Apple's Boot Camp.

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15:03
Lifeprint’s ‘hyperphoto’ printer lets you instantly...

Good review of the pros and cons. I’d love to have a “quickie” printer for on the go prints but the downsides of the low picture quality and hugely expensive paper make these kinds of printers a no buy for me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:54
Apple was right to throttle iPhones, but some things...

Good explanation of what happened and why. There’s good and bad in Apple’s reasoning for doing it but, as I’ve often said, their lack of explanation and “full disclosure” can sometimes bite them in the ass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:31
Apple Daily Report for Feb. 5, 2018

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

The Financial Times reports a limited number of reports are coming from iPhone X users experiencing delays with incoming phone calls.

The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

Pegatron, Apple’s secondary iPhone assembler,...

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14:27
Veteran music journalist, Alex Gale, to Apple Music’...

Veteran music journalist Alex Gale has been named head of editorial for Apple Music, reports Variety. Apple’s music streaming service now has over 36 million subscribers.

Photo courtesy of Alex Gale

An alumnus of Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe publications, Gale will be based out of Apple’s Los Angeles outpost. He’ll report to Jen Robbins, director of project management and editorial for Apple.

Vareity says Gale will head up the team responsible for all written content on Apple’s music platforms, including and iTunes, as well as Apple Music, with some crossover into video projects and global radio network Beats 1.

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14:23
021: iPhone 7 replacement program, why Telegram was...

Today we’ve got a new replacement program for iPhone 7, the explanation behind Telegram being abruptly pulled from the App Store last week, and a few updates on HomePod and Apple Music.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-05-2018.mp3

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14:23
Music journalist Alex Gale named head of Apple Music...

Previously working at Billboard, Complex, XXL and Vibe, music journalist Alex Gale will be leading Apple’s editorial group for Apple Music, according to Variety. Gale will be working out of Apple’s Los Angeles offices.

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14:21
Some 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to...

Apple and Apple Authorized Service Providers will offer some customers who own a 16GB iPhone 5c that's in need of replacement a 32GB model instead, reports MacRumors.

"Orders for whole unit service inventory of iPhone 5c (16GB) models may be substituted to iPhone 5c (32GB) models until further notice," Apple said in a new to service to service providers today.

Not all 16GB iPhone 5c replacements will be upgraded to 32GB devices. However, some folks who take their iPhone 5c models in for repair for a manufacturing issue or other problem may see an upgrade to a 32GB unit. MacRumors says Apple hasn’t offered a reason why some 16GB iPhone 5c models are being replaced with 32GB models, “but it's often due to available supply at any given time.”

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14:20
Apple Music recruits journalist Alex Gale to lead...




As of Monday, Apple Music is reportedly taking on long-time music journalist Alex Gale as its new head of editorial.

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14:18
Review: Bowers & Wilkins PX offer superb sound...

I’m a hard sell when it comes to headphones. Sound quality comes before anything else, even though I haven’t ventured into the 4-figure headphone territory. As reference, I’ve owned AirPods, Oppo PM-3s, Sennheiser HD600s, and Audio-Technica M50x’s in the past.

A trend you’ll see in my headphone selections are that I try to be as close to neutral frequency as possible – aside from the M50x’s which were a mistake as my first pair of headphones, but I’d rather not get into that. And AirPods make the list for their convenience features.

Then enter the Bowers & Wilkins PX, beautifully designed headphones that happen to compare closely to AirPods, but deliver on sound quality.

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13:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 5...

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 6.3, SpamSieve 2.9.30, and Keyboard Maestro 8.0.5.

 

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13:37
ExtraBITS for 5 February 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, a former Apple employee speaks out about how things changed inside Apple between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard’s continuing popularity, and the Strava fitness network has accidentally revealed military secrets.

 

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13:31
Review: August Smart Lock Pro works with HomeKit and...

August unveiled its latest generation of smart locks and doorbells last fall with its improved Pro lineup, and we’ve had a chance to test out some of the new features. Smart Lock Pro includes upgraded internals and Z-Wave Plus support, while Doorbell Cam Pro adds a useful floodlight for scaring off intruders and seeing visitors in the dark. Check out our hands-on below:

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12:16
iPhone growth becoming less predictable, analyst...

UBS has shared a new analyst note today describing some of the challenges and opportunities Apple faces as the iPhone hits maturity. In addition to a greater dependency on services for revenue, UBS believes the predictability of Apple’s quarterly performance is noticeably decreasing.

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12:15
Canary firmware adds support for Person Detection

Canary will be rolling out Person Detection to all of its customers over the next two weeks, as promised. The company claims that the update is automatic and nothing needs to be done on the user’s end.

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12:08
Apple Southlake Town Square in Dallas-Fort Worth...




Apple's Southlake Town Square outlet -- located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area -- will close for renovations on Sunday, March 4.

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11:47
Future Apple Pencil could be used to draw on any...




Three Apple engineers have applied for a patent that suggests that the company is at least considering working on a new Apple Pencil, capable of being used outside the confines of an iPad, on any flat surface or in the air.

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11:38
NYPD arms Manhattan cops with the newest tool in...

It would be really interesting to see how this works in the hands of the police and the backend data management would be an immense challenge.

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11:36
Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet is $60

Amazon has a bunch of devices on sale right now, including the Fire HD 8 tablet for $60.

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11:22
Bargain pricing on the Rain Design iLap Laptop Stand

Have a MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? You can keep both your lap and your MacBook cool when you're working without a desk with Rain Design's versatile iLap Laptop Stand ($36.99).

The iLap is made up of a hinged cushion that offers the flexibility to use your laptop in different positions comfortably. You can even use it at a desk to raise the screen for better ergonomics. The soft foam cushion provides hours of comfort and can be removed for easier carrying, while the aluminum base cools your MacBook by acting as a heat sink. There's even a handy cable outlet to organize all of the cables coming from your device to keep your desktop organized.

The usual...

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11:15
∞ “Three Minutes”

The annual Chinese New Year migration is the largest in the world. This story of just one small piece of it is lovely and poignant.

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10:57
Apple Music Was Always Going To Win

Apple Music is about to overtake Spotify as the most popular streaming music service in the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend. Gizmodo: [...] Here's where the inevitability comes into play. Because all Apple devices come preloaded with Apple Music, countless consumers start using Apple Music without knowing any better. It's effectively become the streaming music analogue of Microsoft pushing people to surf the web with Internet Explorer. The big difference is that people eventually have to pay for Apple Music, which is the same price as Spotify. As many suspected when it launched three years ago, Apple Music was bound to succeed simply because Apple is big enough and rich enough to will it so. Think about it this way: Spotify gained traction quickly after its 2011 launch, largely because music enthusiasts had seen its streaming model succeed globally and wanted to try this neat new thing. After all, there wasn't anything quite like it at the time, and...

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10:56
Apple’s Southlake, Texas store set to close on March...

Apple has announced on their retail website that the company’s Southlake Town Square location in Southlake, Texas will close for renovations on March 4th.

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10:39
Apple Watch knockoff promises 45-day battery life,...

The latest Apple Watch clone is now available and offers an interesting amount of features for a sub $100, iOS-compatible wearable.

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10:14
Telegram was pulled because of child pornography,...




The "inappropriate content" that saw Telegram briefly disappear from the App Store last week was child pornography, Apple's marketing chief explained in response to a customer question.

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10:10
iPhone X Bug Leaves Some Users Unable To Answer Calls

Mark Wilson writes: A number of iPhone X users are complaining about a bug that leaves them unable to answer incoming calls. Reports of the bug are spreading through Apple's support forums, and the company says it is looking into the problem. People who are experiencing the bug say that when they receive a call, their iPhone X rings, but the screen does not wake up. While the problem has been around for a couple of months, complaints seem to be growing in number at the moment.


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09:48
Child porn behind Telegram’s recent removal from...

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The encrypted messaging app Telegram was mysteriously removed from Apple's App Store last week for a number of hours. At the time, little was known about the reason why, except that it had to do with "inappropriate content." According to a 9to5Mac report, Apple removed Telegram after the app was found serving up child pornography to users.

A verified email from Phil Schiller details that Apple was alerted to child pornography in the Telegram app, immediately verified the existence of the content, and removed the app from its online stores. Apple then notified Telegram and the authorities,...

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1 $180,...

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09:08
External Link: Former Apple Employee Discusses What...

On the rebooted Menu Bar podcast, which focuses on Apple and related subjects, former Apple employee Bob Burrough stopped by to discuss his experiences working on the original iPhone, including how he smuggled the first production models out of China. Burrough also talks about the transition from Steve Jobs to Tim Cook and the resulting changes in company culture. Burrough says that under Jobs, employees were allowed to call out faults anywhere they saw them, regardless of whether it was in their wheelhouse or not, but under Cook, Apple employees are very much encouraged to stay in their own lanes.

 

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08:54
New NikePlus rewards include free Apple Music,...

From 9to5Toys:

Nike has announced the official rollout of its latest NikePlus rewards for members. The new benefits include exclusive Nike playlists on Apple Music, a deal for four months free of the music service, personalized promotions, and more.

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08:43
First look: Occipital Structure sensor iPad...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Occipital showed off its Structure mobile depth sensor that attaches to the back of an iPad to capture a 3D model of whatever is in front of it, including small and large objects, and the overall layout of a room -- and AppleInsider just got one to try out.

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08:42
Apple abruptly pulled Telegram last week when it...

We now have the answer for why the popular messaging app Telegram was pulled from the App Store last week. Telegram for iOS notably disappeared from the App Store for several hours without an explanation before the service’s CEO blamed the problem on Apple pulling the app due to ‘inappropriate content’ appearing in the app.

According to an email shared by a reader that includes a response from Phil Schiller who manages the App Store, Telegram was abruptly pulled when Apple learned that the app was serving child pornography to users.

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08:26
Deals: 13" MacBook Pros as low as $1,289 ($210...




Shopping for the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Apple authorized resellers are knocking hundreds off 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros this week with prices starting at $1,289. Many configurations also qualify for 0% financing with no tax outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest prices of the year.

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08:17
Nike adds Apple Music to perks for active NikePlus...




People signed up to NikePlus can now earn extra Apple Music content and subscription extensions as perks, Nike has announced.

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07:23
Lesser-known Android phone makers copy look of Apple...




A pair of relatively unknown Android phone makers are reportedly copying the look of Apple's iPhone X without actually offering identical features.

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07:03
Apple should mix hardware & services into '...




To keep growing services revenues, Apple may want or need to bundle hardware and services into a single subscription, according to one analyst.

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06:37
IDC: there’s potential for iPad Pro growth in the...

Good news for the iPad Pro: the worldwide detachable tablet market (those with attachable/detachable keyboards) grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), an increase of 10.3% from the previous holiday season, according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Apple maintained a solid lead in the holiday quarter driving growth both through its lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad as well as its newly refreshed iPad Pro products, notes the research group.

While the lower-price iPad has continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle, the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial and education segments. With the only expected tablet growth to come from these segments, Apple's recent launch of "Apple at Work" shows their commitment to maintain its leader position, according to IDC.

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06:30
Apple, Cisco partnering for enterprise cybersecurity...




A new "industry-first offering" from Cisco, Apple, Aon, and Allianz has been launched, allowing businesses small and large to utilize Apple devices, and Cisco security hardware, and in doing so, qualify for a "enhanced cyber insurance" program protecting the company from the financial impact of a cyber attack.

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06:30
Apple Launches Repair Program for iPhone 7 “No...

Some iPhone 7 models are showing “No Service” messages even when cellular coverage is available due to a failed logic board component. Apple has announced a repair program to fix the problem for free.

 

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06:22
Rumor: new versions of Apple devices will debut in...

DigiTimes says some Apple suppliers are poised to benefit from new or increased orders from the tech giant to help produce next-generation iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch models this year. The article than says that new versions of the devices will debut starting in March.

Let the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) clarify. Based on my crystal ball, we’ll indeed see new 12-inch MacBooks in March. There’s also a chance we’ll see updated iPads at that point in time. At least a rev of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” version. Updated iPad Pros might now launch until May or even June.

However, don’t expect new MacBook Pros and new iMacs to be announced until this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference. The next generation of iPhones will arrive, as usual, in the fall (probably September), along with the Apple Watch Series 4.

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06:19
Free Webinar for Readers of “Take Control of Mac...

Do you sometimes struggle with things on your Mac that seem like they should be easy? Or do you help people who have such issues? TidBITS editor in chief and Take Control author Tonya Engst is giving a webinar this week for readers of her “Take Control of Mac Basics” book to explain some of those problems.

 

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06:14
Apple the only US tech giant to announce plans to...

Apple is the only large US tech company to announce plans to repatriate and spend the cash currently held overseas …

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06:08
∞ iOS 11, HomePod, and trust

Last night, we had a nice little gathering to watch the Super Bowl. As everyone got settled in to watch the game, they pulled out their phones, as one does.

Suddenly, an alert appeared on my phone, one I’ve never seen before, asking me if it was OK to share my WiFi password with one of our guests. I tapped OK and they were logged on to our WiFi.

I’d heard about this behavior (I believe it shipped with the very first version of iOS 11), but never encountered it before. It felt a bit like opening an AirPods case near my iPhone. The alert just popped up, took over the screen.

Benjamin Mayo did a writeup of this behavior back in June 2017. If you follow the link, you can see what the alert looks like.

So what does this have to do with HomePod? Fair question.

Imagine that you lived next door to a big guy, a big guy with a beard who loved Heineken and...

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06:04
Apple Music may overtake Spotify this summer

Competition seems to be heating up among the two of the biggest music streaming services: Apple Music and Spotify. Citing unnamed"people in the record business," the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been adding 5% to its U.S. subscriber base every month versus "just" 2% for Spotify. 

Assuming that pace continues, Apple would overtake Spotify in the world's biggest music market this summer. Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service that was officially launched on Oct. 7, 2008. Apple’s streaming music service was launched in June 2015.

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05:58
All models of iMac Pro shipping to customers, 14-...




The last configuration of iMac Pro is starting to ship to consumers worldwide, with readers informing AppleInsider that they have custody of the machine now.

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05:55
Apple, Cisco, Aon, Allianz team up for cyber risk...

Apple, Cisco, Aon and Allianz have  announced a new cyber risk management solution for businesses, comprised of cyber resilience evaluation services from Aon, secure technology from Cisco and Apple, and options for enhanced cyber insurance coverage from Allianz. 

The new solution is designed to help a wider range of organizations better manage and protect themselves from cyber risk associated with ransomware and other malware-related threats, which are the most common threats faced by organizations today.

Cyber security risk is growing. Losses from cyber threats are outpacing investment in IT security, according to Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco. This fact, combined with low adoption of cyber insurance, an active adversary, a fragmented security technology market and a security skills shortage, means it’s difficult for many organizations to understand and manage this risk effectively, he adds. The new solution covers the primary dimensions of cyber protection...

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05:38
David Pogue’s glowing HomePod review

David Pogue, Yahoo:

In a devastatingly effective demo, Apple lines up four of these things: The Google Home Max ($400), Sonos One ($200), Amazon Echo ($100), and the HomePod. They’re volume-matched and rigged to an A/B/C/D switch, so a single song can hop from one to the other. (Apple even installed a halo backlight behind each speaker that illuminated to show you which one was playing.)

The HomePod sounded the best. Its bass, in particular, was amazing: full and deep, but also distinct and never muddy — you could hear the actual pitch of the bass notes, not just the thud. That, unsurprisingly, is where other small speakers have trouble.

And:

The real shock was the Google Home Max, a massive, 12-pound machine that’s supposed to be all about the sound; it sounded like cardboard compared with the HomePod and Sonos.

Heh. Like cardboard. Nice.

I’ve yet to read a review that didn’t place HomePod on top of the heap. David Pogue’s comments about...

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05:28
How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to...

I think it’s incredibly important to backup your photos onto some form of removable media, tuck it away somewhere safe. This is in addition to your Time Machine or cloud backup.

Personally, I periodically backup all my photos to a single removable drive and store the drive in a safe deposit box.

All that said, this is a terrific article, with detail on prepping for backup, locating all relevant files, importing/moving as needed, and more. Worth reading and passing along.

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05:22
∞ What Google Assistant thinks about HomePod

Here ya go:

Google Assistant offering up some HomePod love. pic.twitter.com/9lUEiRjDBZ

— Dave Hamilton (@DaveHamilton) February 4, 2018

I asked Siri what she thought about Google Max and Amazon Echo and got a lot of generic responses. Interesting that Google created such a specific, tailored response to HomePod.

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05:17
Broadcom upping Qualcomm hostile takeover bid to $...




The hostile takeover of Qualcomm continues, with Broadcom offering not just $60 per share of Qualcomm, but more than double the amount of stock for the combined entity that current shareholders will reap, should the deal conclude.

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05:15
Apple looking into limited reports of incoming call...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

The Financial Times today highlighted a limited number of reports from users experiencing delays with incoming phone calls on the iPhone X. Apple later confirmed to MacRumors that it is “looking into these reports.”

And:

The report, which links to a few discussions on the Apple Support Communities, notes that hundreds of customers have complained that the iPhone X’s display experiences delays in turning on for up to 10 seconds during incoming phone calls, preventing these users from tapping the Accept or Decline buttons.

Sounds like a very small pool of people have this issue, but it also sounds like this has been around a while (here’s a Reddit comment on this from two months ago) and is still not solved.

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05:10
Apple and Cisco partner with insurance companies to...

Businesses that predominantly use hardware, software and services from Apple and Cisco may be able to qualify for ‘enhanced’ cyber crime insurance from insurance company Allianz SE. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple is thrilled that ‘insurance industry leaders recognize that Apple products provide superior cyber protection’.

The companies will provide guidance on improving digital security and allow firms to claim ‘enhanced’ cyber insurance if certified Apple and Cisco products are used, including potential discounts on deductibles.

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05:00
Apple patent involves Apple Watch bands with ‘...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180027931) for “dynamic fit adjustment for wearable electronic devices.” It refers to current, and future, versions of its Apple Watch bands. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, in many cases, watch bands may have limited fit adjustment increments available. For example, some bands have an incrementally user-adjustable size (e.g., a buckling clasp, pin and eyelet, etc.) whereas other bands have a substantially fixed size, adjustable only with specialized tools and/or expertise (e.g., folding clasp, deployment clasp, snap-fit clasp, etc.). Still other bands may be elasticated expansion-type bands that stretch to fit around a user's wrist. 

In other cases, Apple says conventional watch bands may catch, pinch, or pull a user's hair or skin during use if the band is overly tight. Watch bands may also slide along a user's wrist, turn about a user's wrist, or may be otherwise uncomfortable or bothersome to a user if the band is...

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04:59
iPhone assembler Pegatron optimistic about demand...

Pegatron – Apple’s secondary iPhone assembler alongside Foxconn – has said that it is optimistic about demand for high-end phones this year.

We are rather positive about the premium phone segment for all of 2018. We will also be benefiting from expanding adoptions of new artificial intelligence and augmented reality features to go into those high-end phones …

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04:52
Samsung's vice chairman pardoned in time for...




A South Korean corruption scandal involving millions of dollars in bribes made by Samsung's de facto leader Lee Jae-yong in exchange for government favors has been conveniently pardoned just in time for Samsung to sponsor the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

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04:51
∞ HomePod inventory tightening

While HomePod is still available for delivery this Friday, supply for in-store pickup is disappearing.

I logged in to the Apple Store HomePod page to check stock this morning and found this message on every zip code I checked:

I checked both Space Gray and White. Add to that this post by Benjamin Mayo for 9to5Mac, who notes that shipping estimates have slipped to February 13th in the UK. This is the first sign we’ve seen of tightening HomePod supply.

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04:30
Pro Pinball on iOS: great pinball with no quarters...

If you fancy yourself a pinball wizard, you can give the game a whirl on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Pro Pinball, which is based on the classic pinball series from the ‘90s.

The game — available in $2.99 and $6.99 versions at the Apple App Store — has been completely redeveloped for iOS by the original developers. Whether you're new to Pro Pinball or fondly remember the originals (which were were available on the Mac, PC, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast), you'll have a blast manipulating the virtual steel balls in this pinball machine game.

Pro Pinball  boasts gorgeous, photo realistic graphics. You can control the ambient light level to play in the dark with "ultra dynamic" lighting effects. Gameplay is also varied with options such as Multiballs, Wizard Modes, Video Modes, Spinners, Jet Bumpers, Magnets, Drop Targets and more.

The $6.99 "...

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04:27
US & UK banks ban Bitcoin credit card purchases...

A growing number of banks in the USA and UK are banning the use of credit cards to purchase Bitcoin over fears that this could end in trouble for customers and banks alike …

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04:02
Analyst envisions an Apple subscription combining...

Would you pay an all-in-one monthly subscription to get access to services like Apple Music and extra iCloud storage alongside regular hardware updates? A new iPhone every year, a new iPad every other year, a new Mac every three years, say?

That’s the type of business model one noted analyst thinks Apple could adopt, and one that could have a number of things going for it …

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04:00
How to change iCloud account information in macOS...

You can change your iCloud name and photo, and your iCloud contact, security, devices, and payment information in iCloud preferences in macOS High Sierra.

You can change your iCloud name and photo, and your iCloud contact, security, devices, and payment information in iCloud preferences in macOS Sierra.

To change the general info:

    •    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then click Account Details.

    •    Click General, then view or change the following:

    •    First and last name: Enter the name you want associated with your iCloud account.

    •    Apple ID: Identifies this iCloud account.

    •    Picture: Click your picture, or drag an image file from the Finder onto the picture, then do any of the following:

    •    Use a picture included with macOS: Click Defaults, then select a picture.

    •    Take your picture using your Mac: Click Camera; when you’re ready, click...

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04:00
Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple...

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

There’s also WWDC, Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, a multi-day event in the middle of the year focused on sessions for developers, helping them make the most out of the latest Apple tools and products. It kicks off with a big keynote that serves to announce new products (typically the latest versions of iOS and macOS, as well as a few hardware products).

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 5, 2018

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.

macOS Apps/Updates

RE:Vision Effects has released RE:Match 2 for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. The upgrade addresses common color problems when using multiple shots and/or multiple cameras. 

For general multicam shoots RE:Match matches, as best it can, one sequence's color appearance to match that of another. For stereo pairs, the software can further refine the overall color match by taking into account that the two views are captured at the same time with a relatively small distance between the views. 

In addition, RE:Match is also able to propagate color changes into areas that are present in only one view. It can also make other details, such...

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03:15
Apple launches repair program for iPhone 7 units...

This might help you out.

Apple on Friday launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that are impacted by an ongoing bug that causes them to have no available service even when cellular coverage is available. Apple says the problem is caused by a component that has failed on the main logic board.

The company has stated that the issue affects “a small percentage” of iPhone 7 devices and causes them to display a “No Service” message instead of properly connecting to an available cellular network.

iPhone 7 owners experiencing this issue can receive a free device repair from Apple. If you’ve already paid for repairs, you’re eligible for reimbursement. Apple will be emailing customers who may have previously paid for a repair related to this problem to offer a refund.

Apple has stated that affected units were manufactured between September 2016 and February 2018 and were sold in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, and the United States. Model numbers that...

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03:00
Some iPhone X users report difficulty accepting,...

The iPhone X may be having trouble answering phone calls.

A recent report states that a growing number of users are unable to answer phone calls with their iPhone X because the display does not wake up while the phone is ringing, thus meaning they can’t access the accept and decline buttons.

Since December, the issue has been a hot topic on Apple’s support forums. At this point, it’s unclear if the issue is software or hardware related. One user stated that restoring iOS fixed the issue for a few days, but it later surfaced again. Another user stated that Apple replaced their iPhone X, but the problem also emerged on the replacement unit.

The user offered the following comment:

Man I am facing exactly the same problem. I thought there was a problem with the device so I went to Apple service support in my country and gave to me a brand new replacement which has the same problem. It is definitely a software issue. Apple should do something about it as it...

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02:22
HomePod shipping estimates slip to 13 February in UK...

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker (Apple, Best Buy) launches this Friday in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Preorders have been available on Apple’s Online Store for more than a week and we are now starting to see launch stock twinkle.

In the UK, Apple has now sold out of launch-day deliveries of HomePod in Space Gray and White, with new orders estimated to be shipped by the 13th. US and Australia stores are still reporting 9 Feb availability as of this morning.

more…

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Sunday February 4

21:54
Studies suggest cellphone radiation doesn't...

No, the debate over the risks of cellphone radiation isn't over yet. The US National Institutes of Health's National Toxicology Program has published details of draft studies which suggest that normal cellphone radiation levels aren't harmful to hum...

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20:16
Small number of iPhone X users screens not waking...




A small number of new #iPhoneX owners have been reporting that a call will sometimes come in to the device, the phone's screen will not wake and respond to a touch quick enough to answer.

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20:04
Broadcom hopes to woo Qualcomm with a higher...

Broadcom clearly isn't taking Qualcomm's "no" for an answer. Reuters sources have claimed that the wireless chip giant is about to raise its takeover bid for Qualcomm from $70 per share to between $80 and $82 per share -- a huge increase for a deal t...

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18:44
Apple Music poised to overtake Spotify in US,...




Assuming current subscriber growth rates hold steady, Apple Music should surpass Spotify -- if only in the U.S. -- sometime this summer, a report claimed on Sunday.

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18:31
Drone catchers and face-detecting planes will guard...

South Korean authorities are adopting some pretty high-tech security measures for the upcoming Winter Olympics, including the deployment of drone-catching-drones and a tactical plane with facial recognition. The drones they're using to patrol the eve...

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18:11
'Westworld' season two trailer shows us...

While Netflix dropped a day-and-date trailer for its Cloverfield flick, HBO has a more traditional reveal for season two of Westworld. Its Super Bowl spot (the first one HBO has ever aired for a specific series) showed off the network's "most-watched...

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17:03
iPhone X owners report trouble answering phone calls

The iPhone X's early teething troubles have largely gone away, but there's a lingering problem for some owners... and it's a fairly serious one. Users have reported that the iPhone X's touchscreen won't turn on for several seconds when there's an in...

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16:40
Netflix's 'Cloverfield' sequel starts...

Last year Netflix's Super Bowl ad focused on a season of Stranger Things we still had months to wait for, but this year things are different. The streaming company dropped a surprise 30-second teaser for The Cloverfield Paradox, a sequel to the 2008...

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

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

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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12:33
Banktivity 6.3

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

 

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12:30
The best robot vacuums

By Liam McCabe

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

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

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

more…

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

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

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




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

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Saturday February 3

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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