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Thursday November 23

13:54
Apple handing out gift cards for Black Friday...




As expected, Apple's annual Black Friday shopping event went live in the US early Friday, offering holiday gift buyers gift cards worth up to $150 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

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13:54
Apple handing out gift cards for Black Friday...




As expected, Apple's annual Black Friday shopping event went live in the US early Friday, offering holiday gift buyers gift cards worth up to $150 with the purchase of a new Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.

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13:53
Surviving Thanksgiving: Fight to keep those extra...




Gorging on turkey and pie may feel good at the time, but overindulgence may turn the traditional Thanksgiving dinner into the traditional Thanksgiving pounds. Instead of waiting until January and making a new year's resolution that will inevitably be forgotten about within weeks, fight the weight gain now with the App Store's plethora of fitness apps.

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13:22
Ulysses writing app gets a makeover for iPhone X

The subscription-based cross-platform writing app Ulysses received a big update today. Version 12.1 brings a redesign that works with the bezel-free display of the iPhone X, supports Face ID authentication, and more...

In fact, the "more" is what's really different and important. The developers redesigned the object editors that are used to display links, images and footnotes in the text editor. A tap opens corresponding views, making it much faster to see what you've added in terms of photos. On iPhone, images and other items show up in a slideover that comes up from the bottom of the display, while on iPad objects are presented in a popover screen. With images, a tap lets you QuickLook and a swipe sets up deletion or replacement of the image.

Ulysses also comes with another theme called D12. This is a very streamlined theme designed with high contrast and a focus on typography. The...

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13:15
AppleInsider podcast talks rumored 'iPhone X...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about what's up with the HomePod delay, the possible 2018 iPhones, and what it means to have an ARM chip in the iMac Pro.

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13:05
Google will downrank Russian state news agencies

The extent to which fake news is propagating the internet has become increasingly clear in recent months. In October Facebook revealed some 3,000 politically-charged adverts had been placed in crucial swing states in the US, while Freedom House this...

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12:01
The FTC is looking into Uber's latest data...

This week, Uber revealed that a security breach that happened in October of 2016 exposed personal data from around 57 million customers and drivers. But rather than inform the affected individuals, the company instead chose to pay off the hackers tha...

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11:31
Apple Black Friday 2017: Find the best deals and...




Black Friday deals are here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states on many items, as well as no interest financing incentives on popular products.

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11:17
How to score the best Apple deals on Black Friday




With Black Friday on the horizon, we're rounding up the best deals and lowest prices on Apple devices, and this year shoppers can save up to $1,000 on Macs from top Apple authorized resellers.

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11:00
The best PlayStation 4 games

There's a big reason why the PlayStation 4 is the best-selling console: It has a smattering of games that you can't play anywhere else. Think: blockbusters like Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Bloodborne. But even if Indiana Jones...

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10:01
Firefox will soon flag sites that have been hacked

Firefox is having a good run right now, having just released its much speedier and better-looking Quantum browser. It's now working on a new feature that security fans are bound to like: It will warn you if you're visiting a site that has suffered a...

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09:37
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Amazon Echo deals from $30,...

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

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09:08
Apple's South Korean offices raided by...




South Korean authorities have reportedly conducted a raid of Apple's offices in the country earlier this week, with investigators said to have questioned the company about its business affairs just days before the launch of the iPhone X in the country, which could raise questions concerning the government's animosity for competitors of local manufacturers, such as main rival Samsung.

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09:05
Logic Pros: Grab Apple’s Logic Pro X audio suite at...

As we have mentioned in the past, Apple’s Logic Pro X flagship music production software basically never goes on sale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get it for less than the already rock-bottom price (considering what you get here). more…

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07:08
Apple offices raided in South Korea ahead of iPhone...

South Korean authorities have reportedly raided Apple’s offices in Seoul, South Korea, just ahead of the iPhone X launch in the country.

The iPhone X goes on sale in South Korea and a dozen more countries tomorrow …

more…

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06:42
Apple offers gift cards with iPhone, Mac purchases...




Apple has commenced its Black Friday shopping deals in Australia and New Zealand, providing customers with gift cards if they purchase Apple products through the online and retail Apple Stores during November 24, with similar deals likely to be offered in a number of other regions when each country reaches midnight.

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06:30
EFF provides tool to allow you to instantly lobby...

Although the Trump administration is pressing ahead with plans to remove net neutrality, there’s still time for you to play your part in preventing it.

The proposal still needs to pass a vote in Congress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation has provided a webpage allowing you to instantly lobby your representative …

more…

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06:00
'Untrained Eyes' explores how computers...

If you search for "man" on Google, most of the image results you'll get are of white males looking confidently at the camera. "Woman," meanwhile, brings up pictures of women that appear to have been taken from a male gaze -- and yes, you guessed it,...

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05:51
Apple’s Black Friday shopping deal hits Australia,...

It’s already Friday in Australia, and Apple’s Black Friday deals – aka ‘one day shopping event’ – have just gone live in the country.

Apple is offering a Apple Store gift card worth up to A$210 (US$160) with the purchase of selected iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches …

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05:06
Apple applies for patent on foldable display...

The US Patent & Trademark Office has today published an Apple patent application for a foldable display. This follows earlier rumors that the company was working with LG on a future foldable iPhone.

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.

The patent describes a display that can be ‘opened and closed like a book’ …

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04:27
iPhone maintains lead in UK market share, but just 0...

Counterpoint research says that the iPhone maintained its lead in UK smartphone market share in Q3, but is just 0.4% ahead of second-placed Samsung. The firm puts Apple’s share at 34.4% against Samsung at 34.0% …

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04:04
Foxconn says it ‘immediately’ ended illegal overtime...

Foxconn said it took ‘immediate action’ to end the illegal hours being worked by high school students on the iPhone X production line.

The statement follows confirmation by Apple that students aged 17-19 were allowed to work more than 40 hours per week despite this being in breach of both the law and the company’s own policies …

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03:30
Have a MacBook Pro? Check out these insane deals on...

As much as we love our MacBook Pros, they're missing a lot. Want to plug in a regular USB cable or flash drive? Nope, can't do it without an adapter. How about reading SD or micro-SD cards? Not going to happen without another adapter. We've got the solution for you! These HomeSpot USB-C Hubs for MacBook Pro add all of the missing ports to your laptop, and you can get one for as low as $54.99. Add coupon code BFRIDAY20 when checking out, and you take another 20% off of that price, bringing the total to only $43.99!

We have two models of the USB-C hubs. The first ($54.99, $43.99 with coupon code, see image above) provides Dual USB-C in Thunderbolt 3, 40 Gbps...

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03:00
Happy Thanksgiving from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

It’s that time of year again and in honor of Thanksgiving in the United States, the O’Grady’s PowerPage staff will be taking the day off to spend time with tasty food, friends, family and football.

We encourage you to do the same.

So, enjoy the day, enjoy the food and we’ll be back on Friday with Mac and iOS-related mobile news for all.

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03:00
Happy Thanksgiving from Apple World Today

It's Thanksgiving Day in the USA, which means that the Apple World Today staff will be enjoying time with family and friends. We're sure you'll be doing the same, which is why we'll be on a vacation schedule for the next two days except for many pre-scheduled posts that are coming your way today and tomorrow. 

We know that it's important to many of you to see get news about the best possible deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so if there are any deals that just can't be missed, we'll be sure to let you know about them.

Have a great holiday!

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03:00
Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

Next-gen TV (the ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard) could cripple over-the-air DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

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03:00
More great holiday movies to stream and give thanks...

You’ll encounter some odd dishes on our list, plus a couple of turkeys that are still fun to watch.

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Wednesday November 22

22:00
Happy Hour Podcast 148 | HomePod misses holidays and...

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack the HomePod delay a week later, detail the competition going in to the holiday season, discuss expectations and potential challenges for Apple’s upcoming smart speaker, fresh iMac Pro rumors including Hey Siri support and much more.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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21:18
Foxconn puts halt to illegal overtime at iPhone X...




Apple supplier Foxconn in a statement on Thursday said it has stopped high school interns from working overtime at an iPhone plant in China, a practice that violates the country's labor laws.

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21:05
Black Friday Amazon deals: Price drops for Echos,...

When the cheapest Kindle e-reader drops to $50, it’s difficult to resist snagging one on an impulse buy. Appealing to our most reptilian consumer instincts is just how Amazon rolls, and—right on schedule—the retail behemoth-cum-hardware manufacturer is dropping prices across its product lines.

Here are all the Black Friday deals for the Amazon Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet lines. We’re also including links to our own coverage of the price-dropped devices (many of which are best in their categories, the Amazon pedigree notwithstanding). Amazon says these deals will end at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Nov. 27.

To read this article in full, please click here

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21:04
Lowest price anywhere: Apple's 13" MacBook...




This Thanksgiving, AppleInsider readers can save $450 on Apple's Early 2015 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage. This is the lowest price point available for a MacBook Pro with 16GB of RAM. Plus, enjoy free expedited delivery with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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21:00
Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa...

The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

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21:00
Amazon Black Friday deals: The best tech at killer...

Amazon is ground zero for Black Friday shopping, but not all of its deals are worth your attention. That's where we come in: We've sifted through Amazon's staggering amount of Black Friday deals, and cherry-picked the very best deals in the tech categories you care about most.

A note about Amazon Prime deals: You can sign up for a 30-day Prime membership if you're not already a member. This also gives you earlier access to some of Amazon's limited-time Lightning deals—which we won't be covering in this article. We'll be eating turkey instead.

To read this article in full, please click...

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18:10
UK government to initiate tax crackdown on tech...




The UK Treasury on Wednesday said it will begin cracking down on large corporations that shift British earnings overseas in a bid to avoid the country's high taxes, a move that follows a wider European Union strategy seeking much the same.

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16:17
How to score the best Apple deals on Black Friday




With Black Friday on the horizon, we're rounding up the best deals and lowest prices on Apple devices, and this year shoppers can save up to $1,000 on Macs from top Apple authorized resellers.

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15:10
iPhone X shipment times improve to 1-2 weeks ahead...




Just in time for the lucrative holiday shopping season, Apple on Wednesday updated iPhone X ship-by times to one to two weeks, a one-week improvement over previous delivery estimates offered earlier this month.

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15:02
UK Treasury to get tough on tech firms like Apple...

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a Treasury crackdown on big tech firms which use complex, offshore tax structures to minimize their UK tax bill. He said the government would tax British royalties held in offshore accounts starting next year.

Hammond didn't name names, but a Treasury source said the rule change would feasibly apply to big tech firms like Apple, Amazon, and Uber, which use complex offshore arrangements to minimize their taxable income in the UK, according to Business Insider.

Since the UK's tax authority can't tax an overseas subsidiary, it will charge a "withholding tax", meaning the money will be deducted at source. According to Hammond, the changes will raise £200 million a year for the UK government.

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14:46
UK Treasury announces tax reform affecting Apple and...

As the United States details tax reform that could affect Apple’s overseas business, the UK is doing just the same. As reported by Business Insider, UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a series of changes in an effort to curtail the efforts of tech companies trying to minimize their tax bills…

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14:31
AWT News Update: November 22, 2017

Test flight of Frozen's Olaf balloon, via Macy's, Inc

A short podcast today, the day before a national holiday in the USA. We talk about where to watch huge balloons careening around the streets of Manhattan online, iPhones made in India, and a Jony Ive talk that you can't attend:

  • Want to watch a mammoth balloon of Olaf from Frozen online instead of standing in the streets of NYC? We tell you who will probably have the parade available on your Mac, iOS devices or Apple TV
  • A new iPhone SE could be out in the next three to four months, and this one will be manufactured in India
  • Jony Ive will be speaking at Washington, DC's Hirshorn Museum, but tickets to the talk will be harder to come by than an iPhone X

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

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14:22
Analyst: 2018 iPhones will feature updated antenna...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says 2018 iPhones will feature upgraded liquid crystal polymer (LCP) antenna modules that will result in faster LTE transmission speeds. His note says:

Antenna design upgrade a key factor in anticipated boost to LTE transmission speed in new 2H18F iPhone models. As a LTE antenna FPCB material, LCP is superior to PI in properties related to high-frequency, thermal performance and moisture resistance. We predict 2H18 new iPhones will be equipped with two LCP LTE antenna modules same as iPhone X or more, but with higher specs to support 4x4 MIMO standards.

Previously Kuo has said Apple is expected to use Intel XMM 7560 and Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 modems in its next-generation iOS devices. This would enable faster LTE transmission speeds. Both of those chips support the...

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14:13
Apple posts research paper about self-driving cars

Apple has posted research on how self-driving cars can better spot objects while using fewer sensors. It appears to be the company's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

The approach called "VoxelNet" is significant because Apple’s corporate secrecy around future products has been seen as a drawback among AI and machine learning researchers. Here’s the summary of Apple’s research paper:

Accurate detection of objects in 3D point clouds is a central problem in many applications, such as autonomous navigation, housekeeping robots, and augmented/virtual reality. To interface a highly sparse LiDAR point cloud with a region proposal network (RPN), most existing efforts have focused on hand-crafted feature representations, for example, a bird's eye view projection. In this work, we remove the need of manual...

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14:09
iPhone X ship times improve to 1-2 weeks just in...

As the busiest shopping time of the year quickly approaches, iPhone X shipping times in the United States and Canada have fallen to 1-2 weeks on the Apple Online Store. This comes following last week’s improvement to 2-3 weeks.

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14:06
Rumor: Apple to launch a second gen iPhone SE in the...

Apple will launch a cheaper smartphone — a second generation iPhone SE — in the first half of 2018, according to the Chinese publication, Economic Daily News, as noted by Seeking Alpha.

The updated smartphone will purportedly have a $450 price tag and be designed to better appeal to customers in emerging markets than models such as the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone SE. The SE 2 will have a four-inch screen (the iPhones 7 and 8 have a 4.7-inch display) and will likely pack a more powerful processor, according to Economic Daily News

In the U.S., Apple currently offers the iPhone SE with 32GB of storage for $399 and 128GB for $499. It packs an A9 processor, rear facing 12-megapixel camera and comes in color options of silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold. However, it doesn’t have a 3D...

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14:00
Early Black Friday deals from Macphun, Smile and Pad...

We've got a few really good Black Friday deals for you, and they're live today so you can get an early start on your holiday shopping. 

Luminar 2018 in action

Luminar 2018

The amazing Macphun photography app that makes turning mediocre photos into prize-winners has been updated, and we've got it on sale for you. Luminar 2018 is now on sale for just $69, and this price includes $130 worth of bonuses for free. 

The bonuses include the Urban preset collection by Contrastly, a Creative Look LUTs collection, The Ultra-Wide Landscape eBook by Ian Plant, and Aerial Photo & Video training by Matt Granger.  If you're already a Luminar user, be sure to click the link above to verify your license and get a deal on an upgrade for just $49. 

Aurora HDR 2018

Macphun's other great app is Aurora HDR, which provides a way for...

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14:00
Apple Scientists Disclose Self-Driving Car Research

Apple's first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles has been posted online by the company's computer scientists. The research describes a new software approach called "VoxelNet" that helps computers detect three-dimensional objects like cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors. Reuters reports: The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel, submitted on Nov. 17 to independent online journal arXiv, is significant because Apple's famed corporate secrecy around future products has been seen as a drawback among artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers. The scientists proposed a new software approach called "VoxelNet" for helping computers detect three-dimensional objects.

Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing "LiDAR" units to recognize the world around them. While the units supply depth information, their low resolution makes it hard to detect small, faraway objects without help from a normal...

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14:00
The best classic movies to stream for Thanksgiving...

Who needs football? Gather the family around the big screen to watch these 14 films, before and after your feast.

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13:55
Broadcom weighs offering more stock in attempt at...




Having talked with some of Qualcomm's biggest shareholders, Broadcom is allegedly considering offering more of its own stock to make an acquisition offer more palatable -- which, if successful, could radically change up Apple's legal and technological outlooks.

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13:18
Apple says illegal student labor discovered at...

Smartphone maker Apple Inc and its biggest manufacturing partner on Wednesday said that a small number of students were discovered working overtime in its Chinese factory, violating local labor laws.

Many of the headlines surrounding this story seem to indicate that Apple was caught forcing students to work like slaves. The truth is, Apple has held the companies it works with to a higher standard than anyone else when it comes to helping the workers.

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13:04
∞ Apple’s new holiday ad

The ad is called “Sway.”

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12:51
Apple celebrates Thanksgiving, Christmas with '...




Apple has started its holiday advertising blitz, with a new music-centric video featuring the AirPods, and the iPhone X and an enraptured couple dancing in the snow.

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12:33
Apple’s holiday ad shows off wireless AirPods and a...

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States and as has become tradition, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad for the year. The new ad called “Sway” features a brief appearance by the new iPhone X, but mostly revolves around AirPods and sharing an experience with music with someone special.

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12:14
Best Apple Black Friday Deals: 9.7-inch iPad $249, $...

Black Friday is upon us, and despite the name, we’re expecting the deals to starting flying tonight at 12:01am. The team at 9to5Toys have been working around the clock compiling and sorting through all of this week’s best price drops.

For Black Friday 2017, this hub will serve as our main landing page for all of the hottest Apple deals. We’ve put together a list of what we know is coming down the line over the next 72 hours, and we’ll be updating it regularly in the meantime.

Before we jump to the deals, be sure to follow 9to5Toys on Twitter, RSS and Facebook now so as deals pop up you’ll be sure to see them. Sometimes offers only last a few minutes, so having our social feeds on-hand will ensure you’re prepared. We’ve rounded up all...

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11:43
External Link: Why the HomePod Faces an Uphill Battle

Apple has officially delayed the HomePod until next year, and many reports indicate that, unlike the standalone Amazon Echo, it will depend on a connected iPhone for most of its smarts. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has gathered the inside story: the HomePod has been in development for over five years, was originally conceived of as a modern iPod Hi-Fi, and its designers were blindsided by the Amazon Echo. But despite the Echo’s success, Apple focused on sound quality and not voice assistant capabilities, which may prove problematic in the market. Regardless, the HomePod will have a hard time competing on audio quality alone, since you can buy several Amazon Echoes for the price of one HomePod.

 

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11:23
Surviving Thanksgiving: Feed the family with recipes...




Thanksgiving can be a busy time, especially for those hosting family and friends, and making sure there's enough food for everyone is arguably the toughest task of of all. AppleInsider offers up some suggestions for how you can prepare for the long day of cooking by looking up recipes on your iPhone or iPad, or failing that, to acquire good food by other means.

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10:40
Black Friday 2017: The best tech deals

Most Black Friday 'deals' aren't really deals at all. These tech deals truly are.

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10:39
∞ Inside The Museum of Modern Art

I’m not a huge fan of modern art but I visited the MoMA every time I was in New York City. I love the “quietness” of these videos – there’s no narration or voiceover. Just the sounds of the city and the MoMA staff going about their jobs.

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09:53
Amazon’s Black Friday deals

As you would expect, Amazon has Black Friday deals on a ton of items. This page will help get you started.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
What Face ID means for accessibility

This is a great article by Steven Aquino on how Face ID stacks up in his uses on the iPhone X.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Text of FCC 'Proposal to Restore Internet...




As promised, the U.S. Federal Communcations Commission has released the full text of the "Proposal to Restore Internet Freedom" which completely removes restrictions on throttling or prioritizing content, and explicitly allows paid prioritization of content.

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09:40
Apple scientists disclose self-driving car research

Research by Apple Inc computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles.

So interesting that Apple would do this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 1 $179,...

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

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09:25
Apple Only Wants To Put Its Stores Where White...

Brian Josephs, writing for The Outline: New York's northernmost borough is the city's most diverse, has the lowest income per household, and is the only borough without an Apple Store after one opened up in Brooklyn's predominantly white neighborhood of Williamsburg last year. This trend holds true on a national scale. That means 251 of the 270 stores, or 93 percent, are located in majority-white ZIP codes. Of the 19 that are not located in majority-white ZIP codes, eight are in ZIP codes where whites are still the largest racial bloc. For context, Garden City, New York, a city with a population of around 22,000 that is 94 percent white, has an Apple Store. Lake Grove, New York, which has a population of around 11,000 and is 89 percent white, has an Apple Store. By comparison, nearly 1.5 million people live in the densely-packed Bronx, which is only 21 percent white. Bronx residents must travel either north to Ridge Hill or down to the Upper East Side to get to an Apple store....

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08:21
OtterBox releases official Star Wars iPhone case...

OtterBox today has released a new Star Wars collection for its Symmetry Series cases for iPhone. There are five different designs that are sure to please any Star Wars fan while protecting your iPhone 7/8 or 7/8 Plus.

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08:07
How to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade...




One of the traditions of Thanksgiving is to watch Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, which features a variety of floats and giant balloons floating through New York for the entertainment of everyone watching from the street. The 91st parade features 26 floats and 45 balloons, with new additions including Olaf from Frozen, characters from PAW Patrol, and Dr. Seuss' The Grinch.

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07:44
249 coding lessons for $10? Get The Complete iOS 11...

One of our most popular deals is back for the week of Black Friday, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $10. 

That's even less expensive than our last deals on this course! Get through this set of 249 lessons and you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and...

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07:36
Fresh report supports launch of iPhone SE refresh...

We first heard talk of a new iPhone SE model back in August, and a new report today echoes this. Labelling it the iPhone SE 2, the Chinese report suggests that it will be exclusively manufactured by Wistron in India, though for worldwide sale …

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07:25
Apple's 'iPhone SE 2' rumored to ship...




Apple is reportedly planning to ship a second-generation iPhone SE in the first of half of next year, assembled by Wistron at facilities in Bangalore, India.

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07:15
Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards

There’s approximately a million “photo contests/awards” nowadays and I avoid posting about most of them but these images are spectacular and I had to share.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:56
∞ Big picture of the iPhone X projected IR dot...

Fascinating project from Oliver Thomas. He bought a high resolution camera that can capture infrared images. He set the camera up on a tripod and shot the IR dot pattern projected by the iPhone X. […]

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06:34
Putting the iPhone X camera to the test

This is a terrific piece from Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac, a realistic look at the experience of shooting with the iPhone X camera.

I’ve been using the iPhone 8 Plus (similar cameras, but the iPhone X has a slightly faster telephoto f/2.4 vs. f/2.8 – and the X has OIS in both lenses) for the past few days and my experience has been similar to Ben’s.

I will say, I find the iPhone 8 Plus camera to be astonishing.

Take a moment to compare the two images in this tweet. One was taken at the base of Philadelphia City Hall, looking up to the top of a tall tower. Without moving, I took a second shot, pinching out to zoom in on a statue at the top of the tower.

I was floored by the amount of detail in that second shot. Amazing to get this kind of result from a phone that fits in my pocket.

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06:21
Mark Gurman’s bet: Why Apple’s HomePod is 3 years...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

When the $350 gadget debuts early next year (on Friday Apple delayed the launch from December), the HomePod won’t be able to do many of the things the Echo can. Amazon offers thousands of “skills” (voice-activated apps) that let users do a range of things (including buy stuff from Amazon). The Google Home Mini, which debuted earlier this year, is similarly endowed. The HomePod will be mostly limited to playing tunes from Apple Music, controlling Apple-optimized smart home appliances and sending messages through an iPhone.

“This is a huge missed opportunity,” said one of the people, who requested anonymity to discuss an internal matter. Apple declined to comment.

I’m just going to quote this Daring Fireball piece from 2006, which itself quotes a post from the San Jose Mercury News, but Gruber really brought this to fame:

Responding...

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06:16
Jony Ive to speak on future of design at Smithsonian...




Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will be making an appearance in Washington D.C. and is helming a talk titled "The Future of Design" with Steve Jobs biography author Rick Tetzeli.

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06:09
Jony Ive at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum next...

From the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum event invitation:

Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple, is widely considered the world’s most influential industrial designer and plays a key role in Apple’s status as one of the most recognized and innovative brands in history. As CDO, he is behind all aspects of the look and feel of the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and Apple watch—as well as major architectural projects like Apple Park—and new ideas and initiatives in development.

He has been described as one of the most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company and is a 2017 honoree of the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Awards (the “Golden Globes of intellect”), which honor revolutionary breakthroughs in the arts and sciences, education and social progress. Ive will be joined in conversation by Rick Tetzeli, Editor At Large of Fast Company and author of the bestselling biography Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader....

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Comment: Musing on what HomePod might have been –...

We learned yesterday that the HomePod project has something of an interesting history. In particular, it appears to have been originally envisaged less as a gadget and more as HiFi.

The HomePod was originally a side project cooked up about five years ago by a group of Mac audio engineers, who wanted to create a speaker that sounded better than the ones sold by the likes of Bose, JBL and Harman Kardon […]

The engineers wanted a product that would past muster with audiophiles. Several members of the impromptu team hailed from big-name speaker makers

Reading this, I found myself wishing for what HomePod might have been rather than what it actually appears to be …

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05:34
Grindr adds more transgender-inclusive features

Grindr is rolling out new features to be more inclusive of transgender members. User profiles now include a new "identity" feature that includes options for listing gender and preferred pronouns. Members can pick from a list of common gender identiti...

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05:15
NHS trials smart plaster that can detect blood...

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is backing a slew of apps and wireless sensors that could help save lives and diagnose patients remotely. RespiraSense, for instance, is a small device that sticks to the side of the user's rib cage. A plaster-s...

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05:01
Microsoft sued over HoloLens patent infringements

Microsoft's HoloLens has hit a legal speed bump. The mixed-reality device, which is gaining traction with businesses, is at the center of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by HoloTouch. The Connecticut-based company alleges that HoloLens infringes...

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05:00
Apple patent is for an AirPod case with an inductive...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,826,301) for an AirPod case with an inductive charging system that includes a rechargeable battery and a first and a second charging system. It involves Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat that’s due in 2018.

An updated version of the AirPods case will include wireless charging. It's rumored that Apple will sell the case separately for $69 by the end of 2017.

Per the Apple patent, the first charging system is configured to charge the smartphone. The second charging system is configured to wirelessly charge the iPhone positioned outside of the case adjacent to an exterior charging surface.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, while wireless portable listening devices have many advantages over wired devices, they also have some potential drawbacks. For example, wireless portable listening devices, typically require one or more batteries, such as a rechargeable battery, that provides power to the wireless...

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Apple’s leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook has a...

Apple’s $149.99 leather sleeve for MacBook is, as far as I can tell, the first case the tech giant has ever released for one of its laptops. And it’s as classy, and pricey, as you’d expect. 

Available in saddle brown or midnight blue, the case for the 12-inch MacBook is, per Apple, is crafted from “high-quality European leather with a soft microfiber lining.” Its design allows you to charge your laptop while keeping it protected.

There are four slits along the horizontal edge of the sleeve, which makes it easy to to insert or remove the MacBook. Four feet indentions on the back of the case accommodate the feet on the bottom of the laptop.

The leather sleeve for the MacBook is flawlessly designed. If you can pony up the moolah to buy it, you can order it at Apple’s online store, and it ships in one business day.

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04:01
Apple research gives a peek at its self-driving car...

Apply, which has been famously tight-lipped on its self-driving vehicle research, has posted what looks like its first public research on the subject, notes Reuters. The paper is listed on the public site Arxiv, often used by researchers to get preli...

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How to enable apps at log-in on macOS High Sierra

If there are certain apps that you'll always use the moment you start up your Mac, you can set ‘em up to automatically log-in via System Preferences in macOS High Sierra. 

Go to Users, make sure your user account is highlighted, then click Login Items. Click the + and you can choose an app, file server or pretty much anything else that should open when you log in. Once you've added something, you can use the checkboxes to opt to hide it, though it will still be running in the background.

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Jony Ive speaking at DC’s Hirshorn Museum, free...

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive will be speaking on ‘the future of design’ at the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, DC, later this month – and free places are available on a first-come, first-served basis …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 22, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Dennis Chambers' drum loops are now available for Sonoma Wire Works' DrumCore 4 AAX/VST3/AU plug-in. The first in a series, the Rosanna-ish set includes 62 audio loops and fills for $4.99.

DrumCore 4 is available in three editions that contain the same plug-in. The differences are how it is delivered (download, USB Flash drive, or Solid State drive) and how much content is included by famous drummers who have played with the bands listed below. All editions can be expanded with content by more than 25 drummers in DrumCore 4's built-in store.

Cisdem has updated...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to incorporate improved LTE...

The next-gen iPhone could see an even faster LTE function.

Per a recently published note released by Apple analyst and guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the 2018 iPhone will build on LTE antenna technology introduced with iPhone X to support ultra-fast transmissions speeds designated by 4×4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.

Kuo stated that Apple is likely to upgrade its current antenna design to include flexible circuit boards created from liquid crystal polymer. The LCP boards, compared to current flexible circuit boards made from polyamide, will offer better frequency attenuation, thermal performance and moisture resistance.

Apple incorporates two LCP FCPBs in the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 utilizing a single LCP module. Apple is expected to include two LCP LTE antenna modules per handset, if not more. The forthcoming hardware is said to feature higher end specifications that will support 4×4 MIMO standards according to Kuo.

Though...

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03:10
UK data watchdog opens its own investigation into...

After reports emerged that Uber had suffered a massive data breach, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has said it has "huge concerns" about the company's data protection policies and has confirmed it has launched its own investigation...

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03:00
November 2017 Apple Park 4K drone surfaces, focuses...

Apple Park has opened and the new drone footage of the campus is in.

The current view from above captured in 4K video by Maverick Solutions shows the new Apple Park Visitor Center since it opened to the public.

The drone footage features the on-site Apple Store, complete with official Apple Merchandise that’s not available in regular Apple Store locations.

The aerial footage also highlights more completed landscaping and a newly filled fountain pond within the giant ring.

There’s still some final landscaping work to be done, especially around the fitness center, but the project is just about complete.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via 9to5Mac

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, November 22nd 2017

Hey, good morning!

The plan for the end of net neutrality is coming. We'll hear all the details later today, but let us distract you with cigar-shaped asteroids, and ooh, Animal Crossing on your smartphone.

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01:40
Belgium moves to ban 'Star Wars Battlefront 2...

We learned last week that Belgium's gambling authority was investigating loot crates in Star Wars Battlefront II over concerns that they constitute gambling. Now, the decision is in, and the answer is a resounding yes, according to Dutch-language pub...

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00:23
ProtonMail will use encryption to lock down your...

About a year and a half ago, ProtonMail opened up its previously invite-only beta encrypted email service to the public, along with a couple of mobile apps. A couple of months ago, ProtonMail created a free tier for its VPN service, too. Now the comp...

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23:02
Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor...

Doctors work long hours, and a disturbingly large part of that is documenting patient visits -- one study indicates that they spend 6 hours of an 11-hour day making sure their records are up to snuff. But how do you streamline that work without hiri...

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21:06
Apple research paper details LiDAR-based 3D object...




Apple researchers are pushing forward with efforts to bring autonomous vehicle systems to public roads, and last week published an academic paper outlining a method of detecting objects in 3D point clouds using trainable neural networks. While still in its early stages, the technology could mature to improve accuracy in LiDAR navigation solutions.

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20:51
Live-action Pokémon movie lands its lead actor

We're one step closer to finding out what a live-action Pokémon film looks like. Legendary Pictures has already nabbed writers for its Detective Pikachu movie (in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls penm...

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19:49
Google Shopping is becoming a lot like browsing on...

Google Shopping is getting some new tricks ahead of the busiest retail season of the year. Specifically, when you're looking for a coffee grinder or pair of headphones, now Google will populate search results with buying guides from editorial publica...

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19:02
Dark streaks on Mars may not be caused by flowing...

In 2015, scientists analyzing mysterious dark streaks on the surface of Mars found evidence that they were formed by liquid water -- an exciting discovery that meant microbial life might be supported on the planet. But new findings published this wee...

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18:26
FTC may investigate TripAdvisor over deleted posts,...

Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that TripAdvisor had deleted multiple posts from users warning others about incidents of assault and rape that had taken place at a certain resorts in Mexico. Since then, the journal says th...

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18:20
Hands-on: Akitio Thunder3 Quad X – a four bay drive...

When it comes to Thunderbolt 3 support, there are a handful of companies that immediately come to mind. Akitio, a California-based innovator, is definitely one of those companies.

One of its first big Thunderbolt 3-equipped products, the Akitio Node, made headlines for its inclusion of a macOS-compatible Thunderbolt 3 chipset. Since then, it has released a variety of products that support the high-bandwidth interface.

The latest such release is the Akitio Thunder3 Quad X. Featuring a similar naming convention as earlier releases, the Thunder3 Quad X is notable for a design that pays homage to the classic Mac Pro “cheese grater” design.

Similar to the...

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18:02
KGI again says 2018 iPhones will feature gigabit LTE...

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is out with what he refers to as “part two” of his analysis into Apple’s work on creating a 5G iPhone and what the near future holds.

This investors note says that Apple may adopt faster antenna modules in all of its 2018 iPhones, and offers more information about suppliers for next year’s iPhone antenna modules. Much of the report reiterates a note from KGI last week.

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17:57
2018 iPhone models to boast enhanced LTE...




Apple's next-generation iPhone lineup, due for debut in 2018, will build on LTE antenna technology introduced with iPhone X to support ultra-fast transmissions speeds designated by 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) standards.

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17:48
Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless'...

Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more fuel. TechCrunch sources say that Apple has acquired VRvana, a startup that crowdfunded (but hasn't shipped) a unique camera-based AR and VR headset, the Totem. Unlike...

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17:09
New paper from Apple research scientists dives...

Tim Cook has publicly commented on Apple’s work in autonomous systems before, and a new research paper from two Apple research scientists dives deeper into the company’s efforts. The paper explains how Apple is using a combination of LiDAR with other technologies for 3D object detection that represents the future.

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