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Tuesday July 11

08:30
Siri has commanding lead in users over Google Voice...




A new study of voice recognition assistants on smartphones shows Apple's Siri to be in the lead of all other comers -- but usage industry-wide appears to be dropping.

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08:16
AWT TV Episode 14: July 10, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software. Be sure to subscribe to the Apple World Today video channel on YouTube.

This week, it's just Steve and Marty, but we have a lot to talk about as usual. 

Steve has had some gradually worsening issues with his late 2015 27-inch 5K iMac, so he finally (before just wiping the machine) called Apple Support. He was impressed with the support tech and all she tried to do, although he was able to get the machine back to normal condition by doing a clean install of macOS Sierra. 

We then talked about the need for a remote...

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08:16
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07:39
Toshiba in talks with Western Digital, Apple-backed...




Despite having picked another group as the preferred bidder for its memory business, Toshiba is reportedly talking to two other interested parties as well -- Western Digital, and a Foxconn consortium including Apple, Dell, and Kingston.

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07:15
Apple extends free repairs on 1st-gen Apple Watches...

Problems with the back cover detaching from first-generation Apple Watches led Apple to offer a second year of free repairs for the issue – and a service document seen by us shows that this was last month extended to three years …

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07:01
Analyst sees 'iPhone 8' super cycle...




One analyst firm has broken from the pack, and is cautioning investors that it fears that the "iPhone 8" so-called "supercycle" may be overblown, and that the sales for fiscal year 2018 will fall just short of those lofty heights.

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06:30
Unlikely report claims Touch ID still not finalized...

Barron’s is claiming that Apple still hasn’t finalized its authentication plans for the iPhone 8, and has ‘just weeks’ to decide whether or not to include a Touch ID module embedded into the display.

“Apple continues to struggle with the workaround for the fingerprint sensor,” writes Hargreaves, “This increases the potential that the new OLED iPhone could be delayed, or ship without a fingerprint sensor, either of which could increase risk to unit sales and mix for the cycle.”

The report even suggests that the flagship phone could launch without support for Apple Pay …

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06:25
Study: Siri remans the most popular digital...

Verto, an app analytics company, saysthat while Apple’s Siri remains the most popular intelligent assistant, fewer people are using it.

Verto’s research found that while Siri is still the top-ranking personal assistant app based on number of unique monthly users, between May 2016 and May 2017, Siri’s active user base declined with 7.3 million monthly users (nearly 15% of its total).

According to the research group, user engagement with Siri has also dropped significantly over the same time period. The digital assistant’s “Stickiness Index” (a metric that quantifies engagement by comparing daily users to monthly users) dropped by nearly half – from 21% to 11%.  According to Verto, phone-based personal assistant apps, such as Siri and S-Voice, are slowly falling in popularity, with one exception: navigation and maps.

“Despite all the hype, AI-driven personal assistant apps have yet to gain a...

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06:17
First gen Apple Watch have a separated back cover?...

If you have a first generation Apple Watch with a separated back cover, Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider will repair it free of charge, according to an internal service policy obtained by MacRumors. 

The company says: “Apple has determined that under certain conditions on some first-generation Apple Watch devices the back cover may separate from the watch case. Apple will service eligible devices free of charge. Apple will authorize coverage for three years from the date of purchase.”

The service policy is applicable to Sport, Edition, and Hermès models of the first gen Apple smartwatch, even if the device's limited one-year warranty or extended AppleCare coverage has elapsed, notes MacRumors

Affected customers can call an Apple Store and schedule a Genius Bar appointment, or visit an...

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06:09
GoPro trials Fusion 360-degree VR camera with Fox...




GoPro announced on Tuesday that its spherical, 5.2K virtual reality Fusion camera is shipping to participants in an early pilot program, some prominent examples being Digital Domain, Fox Sports, Getty Images, the Golden State Warriors, and USA Today.

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06:00
SureCall releases the Fusion2Go 2.0 in-vehicle...

SureCall, a cell phone signal booster manufacturer, has introduced its Fusion2Go 2.0 in-vehicle cellular signal booster. It boosts voice and 4G LTE data signals for all North American cell carriers to reduce dropped and missed calls, and increase data speeds while on the road, according to Hongtao Zhan, CEO of SureCall. 

The bi-directional amplifier system rebroadcasts cellular signal throughout the vehicle, and its built-in safeguards eliminate interference to cell towers. Setup has been simplified with its smaller footprint (no cradle or docking station required), and the removal of the attenuation dials. 

A new low-profile high-gain external antenna with a magnetic base is included. Covered by a three-year warranty, the Fusion2Go 2.0 is available at a manufacturer’s retail price of $379.

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06:00
How to use a Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch with an...

Samsung has its fingers in nearly every segment of the tech industry you can think of, so it’s hardly shocking that the company has its own line of smartwatches. But this might surprise you: some of them are compatible with your iPhone. 

It’s true! Just like Android Wear before it, Samsung’s Gear S3 and S2 smartwatches eventually gained iPhone compatibility, giving Apple phone users another wearable option that isn’t the Apple Watch. And Samsung’s watches are pretty impressive, too, with bright, rounded touchscreen faces wrapped by a rotating bezel that you can use to navigate the UI.

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05:45
Siri still the most popular intelligent assistant,...

App analytics company Verto reports that while Siri remains the most popular intelligent assistant, fewer people are using it.

The company measures usage and popularity of voice-based IAs based on six different criteria, and says that five out of the six numbers are down year-on-year …

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05:32
The man who built a $1 billion firm in his basement

Will Smale, BBC News:

After a month of working “crazy hours”, Mr. Rodrigues had come up with his first fully formed idea – a software system that allowed the user to control his or her mobile phone from their laptop.

Naming his company Soti, sales of the system started to grow slowly, until 12 months later Mr Rodrigues got a phone call out of the blue from one of the UK’s largest supermarket groups.

And:

“I don’t think they realised that they were talking to just one guy in a basement, so when the person asked to speak to someone in sales I came back on the phone with a slightly different tone.”

The little ruse worked, and the UK firm placed a “huge order” for 20,000 units.

This story is amazing to me, in how he got his start, in the fact that he built this mom and pop operation into a billion dollar enterprise, and in the stealth manner in which he did it. Impressive.

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05:30
What’s new in iOS 11 beta 3? Hands-on with 20+...

iOS 11 beta 3 just landed yesterday, and we’ve got a hands-on look at the highly-anticipated release. The update brings a variety of changes and improvements, including the ability to force close apps on iPad using a swipe up gesture, folder support in the Dock, and more. Have a look at our hands-on walkthrough video inside as we step through some of the latest changes and features. more…

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05:30
FileMaker Cloud comes to Japan and Australia

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that FileMaker Cloud is now available in Japan and Australia. 

Bill Epling, chief administrative officer and president, FileMaker Japan, says FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server. The expanded international availability of FileMaker Cloud comes with support for three additional Amazon Web Services (AWS) regional data centers in Tokyo, Sydney and Canada. 

The service empowers organizations of all sizes, around the world, to improve business operations and streamline budgets by managing custom apps in the cloud, says Epling. He adds that FileMaker Cloud customers enjoy numerous benefits, including:

  • Low up-front costs: No hardware expenditure is necessary; supported AWS servers are located in Australia,...
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05:26
The iPhone killed my inner nerd

Tom Warren, The Verge, on being a teenage IT manager for his family:

All of our email went through my Exchange server, and I had a custom app that pulled mail from ISP and Hotmail POP3 accounts and filtered it through an assortment of anti-spam tools before it was allowed to hit an Exchange inbox. All of my family’s important documents were stored on a file server, backed up in a RAID array. I even used Zip drives for the really important stuff. I was a true IT administrator, and I was only 15.

All of these PCs were built by hand, with custom cases, cooling configurations, and my own selection of processors or RAM. I laughed at the thought of having to buy a Toshiba or Packard Bell PC, and opted for AMD’s Athlon 64 processors. I’d build powerful gaming rigs and spend hours writing scripts to get a better field of view in games, or a slight advantage by squeezing out every single drop of performance by altering textures per map. I would enter contests and win better...

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05:18
A new Apple patent involves ‘place cards’ to...

Tired of having to open multiple iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch apps to get all the data you need for a planned event? Apple wants to change this, and has been granted a patent (number 9,706,346) for a “mobile device with applications that use a common place card to display data relating to a location.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that he mobile device industry has been growing for a number of years, as has the number of apps. One of the problems with such increasing number is that different applications are displaying data relating to a same entity, such a location. 

As an example, if a person wishes to go to a movie theatre to catch a movie, then the person may have to open up multiple different apps to view different pieces of data relating to the same movie theatre. The person may have to open up a movie showtime app to check what movies are playing at the movie theatre. 

If the person needs driving directions to the movie theatre, he or she may have to...

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05:15
Apple sets up offices near Imagination Technologies...

Apple seems to be making moves to poach additional staff from Imagination Technologies, the British chip designer behind the GPUs used in iOS devices. Per the Telegraph, Apple has established its own GPU design team in offices just a few miles from Imagination’s offices in St. Albans.

The report states that Apple has already hired individuals such as COO John Metcalfe and that in setting up the localized office, they’ll be able to recruit Imagination staff members without requiring them to move or relocate.

Apple gave Imagination notice that it would be designing its own GPU chips in future, and that it expected to achieve this within two years, at which point it would cease license payments. Imagination responded by invoking the dispute-resolution clause in its contract, and claimed that Apple would not be able to design a graphic chip without using its patented technology.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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05:13
Evolution of the LEGO logo

A trip through time. Fascinating to watch the small changes with each generation.

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05:09
Apple ARKit in action

Nice collection of ARKit videos, most farmed from @madewithARKit.

My favorite:

this just getting silly now! @normalvr made an ARKit/Unity rig driven beautifully in real-time with an HTC Vive! https://t.co/HwIVddadyn pic.twitter.com/JGLen6EKTD

— Made With ARKit (@madewithARKit) July 10, 2017

I love the T-shirt. Reminds me of the earliest CodeWarrior black shirts...

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05:03
Amazon is quietly rolling out its own Alexa Geek...

Jason Del Rey, Recode:

Amazon has quietly been hiring an army of in-house gadget experts to offer free Alexa consultations as well as product installations for a fee inside customer homes, multiple sources told Recode, and job postings confirm.

The new offering, which has already rolled out in seven markets without much fanfare, is aimed at helping customers set up a “smart home” — the industry term used to describe household systems like heating and lighting that can be controlled via apps, and increasingly by voice.

While Amazon has a marketplace for third parties to offer home services like TV mounting and plumbing, these new smart-home-related services seem important enough to Amazon that it is hiring its own in-house experts.

Amazon is focused on expanding Alexa’s position as the number one home assistant, building out their ecosystem as much as possible before Google builds up any traction and before the real threat, Apple and HomePod, start their...

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05:00
Apple Maps now includes public transit data for Las...

Apple Maps now covers the public transit systems for Vegas and its surrounding areas.

On Monday, Apple added Las Vegas and surrounding areas to its Apple Maps data list, allowing users to snag times, stops, and routes for options like the Las Vegas Monorail and RTC Transit buses as needed. These include the special Deuce and SDX shuttles, which cater to people touring the Strip and downtown landmarks like the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Other newly-added regions include Reno, Sparks and Carson City, complete with bus directions for RTC Wash and Jump Around Carson. On a state level people can get around using Silverado Mainline buses, or existing options like Amtrak trains.

Apple has gradually added to its Apple Maps data list, posting expanding public transit coverage upon restoring it in iOS 9. The company had stripped this data out following a controversy in iOS 6, where the Apple Maps program had been dependent on data provided by Google.

Most of...

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05:00
The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard Shows Which Bits...


If you've ever been curious enough to look through your system's root directory, you may have found yourself a little overwhelmed. Most of the three-letter directory names don't tell you much about what they do, and if you ever needed to make important modifications, it would be tough to know where to look. I'd like to take those of you who haven't ventured much into your root directory on a brief tour. Before we embark, here are a couple of tools that will allow you to dig through anything interesting you find on your own later.

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05:00
Twelve tech companies to protest to save Net...

On July 12, major web companies and online communities will come together to protest against the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. Companies that participate in the protest include Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Dropbox, and Spotify.

Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. "Title II" of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

The FCC wants to give big cable companies an opportunity to prioritize certain websites over others – basically, a control over what users see and do online. This will potentially result in widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees.

 “Revoking net...

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04:30
How to partition a physical disk using Disk Utility...

You can use macOS Sierra Disk Utility tool to partition a physical disk — though you should be careful when you do this. Partitioning a storage device divides it into individual partitions, which are listed as separate volumes under the Devices section in the Finder sidebar. 

You may need to partition a disk if you want to install multiple operating systems or if you need to change the device’s format. If you’re partitioning your internal physical disk because you want to install Windows, use the Boot Camp Assistant.

You can create new partitions on a device with at least one volume that contains data, if it has space available. But you should back up your data before creating new partitions on your device.

To add a volume to a device without erasing existing data, select the device in the sidebar, then click the Partition button. Internal storage devices appear under the Internal section in the sidebar. External devices appear under the External section in the...

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04:16
Deutsche Bank says Wall Street over-optimistic about...

While most analysts are confidently predicting that the launch of the iPhone 8 will trigger a so-called ‘supercycle,’ generating record sales for Apple, Deutsche Bank analysts think this is an overly optimistic view.

They believe that the new iPhone won’t beat the sales surge seen for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus …

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04:00
Desktop Repainter 1.0 for macOS is frilly, but fun

By Aaron Lee

Park Bench Software’s Desktop Repainter is a frilly-but-fun app that lets you change your macOS desktop/background with customizable settings for variably changing colors.

The colors can stand alone, or transparently overlay any other background picture you choose. Black and white drawings and photos work particularly well, and are nicely augmented with a splash of color.

Features include the ability to: control when and how the colors change; transition between colors; adjust the opacity level of the color; create, store and switch between customized sets of colors; import/export color sets to share with others; and share your currently active color via Twitter, and have your color change when friends Tweet theirs. 

Desktop Painter requires macOS 10.6.6 or higher. It costs $0.99 and is available at the Mac App...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 11, 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.

James Hollender has launched Warfarin Assist - for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin 1.0. The $4.99 medical app is designed to aid patients on blood thinners in keeping track of their Vitamin K intake, which can affect INR/PT results. The app provides fast access to nutritional data for foods and food servings, based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference for Calories and Vitamins K1, K1D, and K2.

New home shoppers can now use augmented reality to visualize what their potential new home may look like on their land before they break ground thanks to the release of a new app.  Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of America's largest homebuilders, has...

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00:00
Would You Buy the iPhone 8 If It Cost $1,200?

As we near the launch of the next iPhone, rumors are swirling about what it may feature. One of the most recent reports comes from developer and blogger John Gruber, who claims the iPhone 8 will have a starting price of around $1200. 9to5Mac reports: He last week said that he believed that what we've been referring to as the iPhone 8 would be called the iPhone Pro and that he actually hoped it would be really expensive: "I hope the iPhone Pro starts at $1500 or higher. I'd like to see what Apple can do in a phone with a higher price." As you might imagine, that generated quite a bit of discussion. Gruber has backed down somewhat from this position, and is now suggesting a starting point of around $1200: "$1,500 as a starting price is probably way too high. But I think $1,200 is quite likely as the starting price, with the high-end model at $1,300 or $1,400." His argument is effectively that Apple is constrained in what it can do in a phone because any technology included in the...

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Monday July 10

22:58
Supposed 'iPhone 8' back panel without...




A photograph posted to Chinese microblogging service Weibo claims to show a production glass panel back bound for Apple's rumored "iPhone 8," with the alleged part lacking a cutout for a Touch ID fingerprint reader.

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18:50
The Wirecutter's Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

The Wirecutter's Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

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

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17:37
What's on TV: 'Game of Thrones'

It's been more than a year since the last time Game of Thrones aired a new episode, but finally, it's back. HBO's flagship series kicks off its seven-episode penultimate season Sunday night with Dragonstone, so hopefully you're ready. Other shows mak...

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16:55
The best iOS apps for drawing with Apple Pencil +...

Since its unveil nearly two years ago, the Apple Pencil has improved dramatically. Even though its hardware has remained the same, Apple has expanded Apple Pencil support throughout iOS, while developers have also released amazing applications that take advantage of it.

Last year, I rounded up the best iOS apps for taking notes with the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, but as the device and App Store have matured, the selection of drawing apps has increased dramatically. There are now a variety of drawing apps on available that turn the Apple Pencil and iPad Pro into the digital sketchbook for which...

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16:54
NASA seeks Jupiter's secrets with historic...

Every planet in our solar system is famous for something. Saturn has its rings, Mars has its soil, Uranus that unfortunate name, and Jupiter has the Great Red Spot: a titanic storm that has been spinning for over 350 years. And though we've peered at...

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16:17
Feeling nostalgic? You can now download every macOS...

Often one of the best things about a new version of macOS is the new wallpaper options. Over the years though, some of the most iconic wallpapers have gradually disappeared from the operating system as screen resolution has improved. Fear not, as Stephen Hackett of 512 Pixels has rounded up every new Mac OS X wallpaper since Cheetah…

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15:56
An iOS app can help you create an ambient music...

Getting into electronic music is a breeze these days with all the great iOS apps out there. Ripplemaker, for example, is a fantastic modular synth app that even newbies can use, while veteran synthesizer manufacturers like Korg, Electro-Harmonics and...

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15:53
∞ Fails at rock concerts

I will tell you this: Dave Grohl is a beast.

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15:30
∞ Dolby Atmos for Music debuts in the U.S.

Dolby announced today that its new technology, Dolby Atmos for Music will debut later this month at Sound-Bar, an upscale nightclub in Chicago. […]

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15:06
AWT News Update: July 10, 2017

Image via Vegas Insider Tours.

Happy Monday! We start off this week with a new sponsor, a new region with Apple Maps transit directions, a deal on Oculus Rift, and a new rumor about the iPhone 8:

  • A big welcome to AWT sponsor of the week EverWeb
  • Vegas, Baby! And Reno, Sparks and Carson City, too! They're all covered by transit directions in Apple Maps now
  • There's a sale on Oculus Rift VR headsets and Oculus Touch controllers this week, $200 off the regular price. Get it now, because it will probably work with Mac soon
  • Bloomberg says the iPhone 8 might come with advanced facial recognition to replace Touch ID

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News...

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15:02
Researchers are closer to working capillaries in 3D-...

Researchers have brought 3D-printed organ and tissue capabilities a long way, but the technology still faces a few challenges. A major one is how to incorporate blood vessels into bioprinted tissue. Living tissue needs a blood supply nearby because w...

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14:43
Ubuntu Linux is available in the Windows Store

Here's a statement that would have been unimaginable in previous years: Ubuntu has arrived in the Windows Store. As promised back in May, you can now download a flavor of the popular Linux distribution to run inside Windows 10. It won't compare to...

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14:20
Faraday abandons its proposed $1 billion Nevada...

It's starting to seem like Faraday Future is capable of just about anything that isn't related to the business side of being an automaker. The company's plans for a $1-billion Las Vegas production facility had been delayed before, but now the plant h...

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14:10
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 10...

Notable software releases this week include BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9, Parallels Desktop 12.2.1, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.13, and Bookends 12.8.2.

 

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14:03
Spotify denies allegations it uses 'fake'...

Last August, Music Business Worldwide reported that Spotify placed its own music tracks into curated playlists as a way to avoid paying royalty fees on tracks the streaming company does not own. The site's sources claimed that the tracks — typi...

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13:46
Valve bans 40,000 cheating accounts after the Steam...

More than 40,000 disingenuous gamers lost access to their games, items -- and in some cases, their entire accounts -- last weekend after the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system flagged them for violations. No, that's not a typo, 40,411 players have been ni...

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13:23
Watch Lucid Air's EV reach 235MPH on the track

Electric cars are quick off the line by their very nature (they have gobs of torque available at all times), but what about top speed -- how are you supposed to know how quickly they can go when they're usually capped at an artificial 155MPH ceiling?...

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13:17
Apple Maps gains public transit directions for Las...




Apple has expanded public transit directions for Maps to several major urban areas in Nevada, most notably Las Vegas and its surroundings.

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13:04
In astronomy, women of color face the most...

There's tons of evidence that women face a gender bias in the STEM fields. Last May, one report found that Facebook rejects female-authored code more often than code written by men. A female engineer who featured prominently in a recruiting advertise...

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12:45
Starz pads its streaming library with more kids...

Starz is turning its attention to "underserved audiences" in the world of streaming video, adding a raft of children's shows and Spanish-language programs to its $9-a-month library and on-demand platforms. Bob the Builder and Thomas and Friends are a...

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12:42
iOS 11: How to turn on Type to Siri

While Google beat Apple to the punch as it released the ability to type to Google Assistant back in May, the same functionality arrived for Siri with the iOS 11 beta. Follow along after the jump for how to turn this feature on.

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12:22
China orders telecoms to block personal VPNs by...

China declared that virtual private networks were illegal back at the start of the year, and now it's giving telecoms no choice but to fall in line. Bloomberg sources understand that the government has told carriers to block individual access to VPNs...

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12:18
Easily Manage and Protect Your Apple Devices at Work...

Jamf Now is an on-demand mobile device management solution for your iPad, iPhone and Mac devices at work. We make management tasks like deploying Wi-Fi passwords, securing company data and enforcing passcodes, simple and affordable, so businesses can support their users; no IT required. Get started for free today!

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12:12
Will the 'iPhone 8' cost $1200+? Apple has...




This fall's redesigned flagship iPhone is expected to be the most expensive handset Apple has ever produced. But that shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the company push even further into premium pricing for some time.

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12:00
Experimental drug could restore memories after brain...

An experimental drug could have major implications for patients suffering from memory disabilities caused by traumatic brain injury (TBI). In tests, the drug known as ISRIB completely restored the ability to learn and remember in brain-injured mice -...

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12:00
Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain: The...

The Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain

I usually don't get very excited about reviewing charging cables, but I made an exception for Belkin's MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain (available for as little as $22.47 through Amazon -- affiliate link). This durable Lightning to USB cable is now on my crowded keychain and has come in handy more than once, and I think Apple World Today readers will like it, too!

The design of the MIXIT Lightning to USB Keychain is brilliant -- a durable and lightweight aluminum casing connected to a keychain ring holds a pivoting 3-inch (7.62 cm) Lightning to USB cable. When the cable is parallel to the aluminum casing, both ends are protected from damage from your keys or other objects in your pockets. 

When you need a cable, just reach into your pocket and grab the keychain, flip to the MIXIT, and swivel the cable 90 degrees. It's a...

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11:26
Use your own voice for Waze navigation prompts on iOS

You can see a lot of people will set up, “Turn left, dummy!” as their voice prompts.

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10:45
Torching the modern day “Library of Alexandria”

This is such a sad story and a loss for all of us here and now but it will eventually happen.

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10:30
∞ Man falls off motorcycle

Most experienced motorcyclists know about “speed wobble”. It often happens with poorly balanced tires or some mechanical misalignment.

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10:19
Could Tech Nerf North Korea?


When a hostile country regularly lobs missiles into the ocean with the stated objective of transforming a U.S. state into a radioactive cloud, we have a problem. One "oops" and we could suddenly become a 49-state nation again. However, approaches to North Korea largely have been in-the-box thinking: economic sanctions that require China's cooperation; military and assassination options that would trigger retaliation that likely would result in a lot of us glowing at night; and revolution efforts that have little or no chance of succeeding.

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10:14
Apple releases third developer betas of iOS 11, High...




Apple has updated three of its developer betas including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and tvOS 11, but left WatchOS 4 behind on beta 2, for now.

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10:11
Amazon’s Smart Home Consultations offer in-home...

Over recent months, Amazon has quietly started rolling out a new in-house installation service that aims to offer installation of Alexa products, as well as other devices. The effort is detailed in a new report from Recode, drawing similarities to Best Buy’s Geek Squad installation and repair service…

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10:04
Waze for iOS adds Voice Recorder feature for custom...

The Google-owned ‘Waze’ navigation app for iOS today gets an update that introduces a new Voice Recorder feature previously only available to Android users.

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10:00
What I learned hanging out with corpses around the...

For many of us “in the West”, we are definitely weirded out by death in general and dead bodies specifically. This is a fascinating interview and I’m looking forward to checking out the book.

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10:00
tvOS 11 developer beta 3 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the third tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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10:00
Apple releases macOS High Sierra beta 3 to developers

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 3 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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09:58
Apple releases iOS 11 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released iOS 11 developer beta 3 for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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09:51
Amazon has unveiled an early peek of Prime Day deals

Amazon’s Prime Day is just hours away, and the online retailer wants to keep anticipation high. To that end, the company has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the deals you can expect throughout the 30-hour extravaganza.

As is typical for Amazon, the company’s preview includes some generic promises, such as up to 40 percent off gaming laptops—but a handful are truly excellent deals. We’ve picked the top three that jumped out to us. Keep these on your radar, and when Prime Day sales truly kick off at 6 P.M Pacific / 9 P.M. Eastern on Monday evening, we’ll be tracking the best of the Prime Day tech deals on PCWorld.com.

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09:33
EverWeb: The Leading Website Builder for Mac and...

Once upon a time, there was a Mac app developed by Apple that made creating beautiful and functional websites easy. Sadly, Apple dropped iWeb in 2011, leaving a lot of customers high and dry without an easy way to create and maintain their websites. Fortunately there was a Canadian company called RAGE Software that stepped in with an app called EverWeb that not only provided the same ease of use as iWeb, but went far beyond iWeb in terms of capability. EverWeb is this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today, and we can’t wait to tell you about the features available in this powerful application.

If you’re a former iWeb user who is ready to move on and update your old website, you’ve come to the right place. The app is similar in look and feel to iWeb, and you can either follow simple instructions to rebuild your iWeb site with EverWeb or get a quote on having your existing site converted.

For most people, simple online...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $150 off,...

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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09:24
Vote for Your Favorite Mac Word Processor

What Mac app do you rely on for word processing? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.

 

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09:21
iPhone owners more excited about HomePod or Beats...




Interest among iPhone users in the upcoming HomePod speaker is greater than that of the Apple Watch prior to its launch, and more users are planning on buying Apple-produced speakers than Amazon Echo devices.

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09:18
First Tesla Model 3 rolls off assembly line

Elon Musk was there to snap a pic of the first one.

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09:14
Twelve South has some great deals coming up on...

In all the years that I've been writing about design shop Twelve South, I'm not sure that I've ever given any of their products less than a stellar review. The products are beautiful, well-made and designed with Apple fans in mind. Well, Twelve South is taking advantage of tomorrow's Amazon Prime Day to give you up to 25 percent off on some of their products.

Amazon usually doesn't let vendors know exactly when their deals will go live, so keep an eye on the links below during the day to get the best pricing. Here are the links, which are all Amazon Affiliate Links (your purchase also provides Apple World Today with a small amount of income):

Twelve South ActionSleeve for Apple Watch

ActionSleeve in all colors and sizes

Twelve South HiRise 2 in black

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08:33
Desktop, Screensaver, and Browser Tab Eye Candy for...

Apple provides some fantastic images for use as Desktop backgrounds and screensavers, but if you like seeing pretty pictures regularly, you’ll get bored with Apple’s tiny collection. Happily, Mac developers have tapped massive Internet photo sites to give you an inexhaustible set of beautiful photos to dress up your Desktop, screensaver, and browser windows.

 

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08:07
As Apple preps VR support in High Sierra, Facebook...




Facebook has launched a six-week summer sale on the Oculus Rift headset -- and while there is no official support for it from the company, it can be used in conjunction with High Sierra and the SteamVR beta.

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08:00
iPhone 8 rumors: Wireless charging may be delayed...

Updated July 10, 2017 with some speculation from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. He thinks wireless charging will be delayed and the new iPhone will start at—wait for it...$1,200! Go to the “What’s the latest?” section just below for more details. 

Poor iPhone 7—we’re only halfway through its first year and it’s already totally overshadowed by whatever is coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

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07:57
Eddy Cue offers new Apple Park lunch auction after...




Apple's head of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, is participating in a new charity auction for a lunch meeting at Apple Park -- less than a month after another fetched over $200,000.

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07:47
Charitybuzz offering a fundraising auction for lunch...

Charitybuzz, an organizations that benefits charities, has launched an auction in which the winning bidder will have lunch with Eddy Cue, vice president of Internet Software and Services, at the company's new Apple Park (the “spaceship” headquarters) in Cupertino, California. 

The fundraiser supports Autism Movement Therapy. It’s a nonprofit organization focused on serving the autism and special needs community through providing a structured movement and music program as well as providing advocacy and community outreach to create understanding and bring dignity to the spectrum community across the globe.

The folks at Charitybuzz say that “this is a rare opportunity to see “Apple Park” and engage in a one-on-one, in-depth conversation with one of the most innovative...

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07:39
Apple’s retail stores in India may not open until...

Apple may not open retail stores in India before 2020 even though it’s currently scouting for locations, according to The Economic Times. Why? The Cupertino, California-based company has yet to receive approval from the government for its retail foreign direct investment (FDI) plans, though such approval is expected, the article adds. 

Apple wants to open premium retail stores at prime locations either in a mall or high street in New Delhi and Mumbai. The Indian stores will be nearly double than that of its average global store size of 8,500 square feet and will be the biggest single brand electronics store in the country, nearly 7-10 times that of rival Samsung, according to The Economic Times

The desired size of the stores may also be contributing to the delay. 10,000-15,000 square feet of prime...

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07:37
Lunch with Eddy Cue being auctioned a third time,...

There have been two previous opportunities to have an expensive charity lunch with Eddy Cue: once back in 2014, and against just a few weeks ago. The most recent auction raised $225k for the National Association of Basketball Coaches Foundation, and the new one is currently estimating a conservative $50k, with bidding starting at just $5k …

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07:28
Analyst: HomePods, AirPods, Apple Watches to be...

Last week, analysts at Raymond James — an American diversified holding company providing financial services to individuals, corporations and municipalities — conducted a survey of 500 consumers in June that showed that 14% of those surveyed fully intend to buy Apple’s HomePod wireless speaker system when it becomes available in December.

In their report — as noted by Forbes — the analysts found that there was high demand for the Apple Watch and AirPods.

 Finally, the analysts at the firm conclude that despite their expectations of flat iPhone sales in the June quarter, other Apple products like the Watch and AirPods could make up for the slack in the June quarter. Incidentally, AirPod demand is said to be exceeding supply by six months, according to Raymond James.

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07:00
Cat simulator

Now you can have customizable cat audio purring nicely, with the occasional meow, all on your phone or desktop.

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06:57
Amazon Prime Day starts tonight, 9p ET

Amazon has started its own take on copying Black Friday to July with its third annual Prime Day sale, which kicks off tonight at 9p ET.

Read more on Amazon’s official Prime Day site.

As is, this model is not compelling for me, but could be I’m really missing out on some great bargains. Just seems like a yard sale, pawing through endless pages looking for buried treasure.

But perhaps I’m missing the value. Anyone out there excited by this? Tweet at me, let me know what I’m missing.

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06:44
Gruber: Speculation regarding the pricing of and...

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:

I created a bit of a stir the other day when I suggested the OLED iPhone “Pro” could start at $1,500.

Let’s take a serious look at this. $1,500 as a starting price is probably way too high. But I think $1,200 is quite likely as the starting price, with the high-end model at $1,300 or $1,400.

And:

You can’t talk about iPhone specs and pricing without considering scale. It’s not enough for Apple to create a phone that can be sold for $649/749/849 with 35 percent profit margins. They have to create a phone that can be sold at those prices, with those margins, and which can be manufactured at scale. And for Apple that scale is massive: anything less than 60–70 million in the first quarter in which it goes on sale is a failure — possibly a catastrophic failure.

In short, new iPhones aren’t defined by what Apple can make for a certain price, but by what Apple can make for a certain price at a certain incredibly high...

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06:35
Shocked commuters gawp as woman brings iMac and...

A picture is worth a thousand words:

A lady has brought her iMac onto the train! Has she not heard of a laptop?? wtf!!! pic.twitter.com/zC3wNw7Yhv

— David Hill (@davidhill_co) July 4, 2017

I do find the whole thing entertaining, but not too hard to see this happening. Could be she needed the larger screen or, perhaps, this might be the only computer to which she had access and a project deadline that forced her hand.

They had me at gawp.

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06:29
Apple sets up office near HQ of outgoing graphics...




Apple has reportedly opened an office in St. Albans in the U.K., just a few miles away from the Kings Langley headquarters of its outgoing mobile graphics partner, Imagination Technologies.

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06:18
Who would Tim Cook pick as a successor?

John Martellaro, Mac Observer:

There might come a day when, heaven forbid, Apple CEO Tim Cook cannot perform his duties for some reason. As a result, like every corporation, Apple has a succession plan for its CEO. What might Apple’s look like?

Interesting speculation.

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06:16
Antihero, a strategic digital board game, comes to...

Video game publisher, Versus Evil, in partnership with independent developer Tim Conkling, have made the strategic digital board game, Antihero, available on macOS and Windows systems.

Set against the backdrop of a gas-lit Victorian underworld, players assume the role of a Master Thief, and employ underhanded and ruthless tactics to dominate the city and outwit their opponents. The game includes a story-driven single player campaign and a Skirmish-vs-AI mode to help would-be thieves practice their skullduggery skills before going face to face with online opponents.

Antihero also includes two online game modes. Casual Matches are asynchronous affairs; players can take their time to their next move, and have multiple games running simultaneously. In Live Match, players face their opponents in real-time, with a turn-timer upping the pressure dramatically! Experienced thieves can set up custom “House Rules” to tailor matches to their tastes.

A 10% launch discount...

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06:13
Comment: Could the iPhone 8 really cost $1200-1400?

There’s been much speculation about the price of the iPhone 8. There have long been reports that the price may exceed $1000 – and even those who think it won’t quite reach this level do expect it to be very close.

When we wondered whether a thousand dollars might be a psychological barrier, there were mixed views. Fewer than 15% of you said you’d ‘happily’ pay a 4-figure sum. Around 30% of you said you’d reluctantly pay it, and almost half said that was just too much.

But John Gruber has been stirring up speculation that the price may be even higher …

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06:06
BusyCal 3.1.9 and BusyContacts 1.1.9

Both apps fix a crash related to Exchange Delegate Access, and BusyCal improves syncing of iCloud events with attachments. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)

 

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06:01
Hey, Imagination, welcome Apple to the neighborhood

Apple is renting a 22,500 square-foot office in St Albans, a “stone’s throw” from Imagination’s headquarters, where it plans to use the office to develop its own graphics technology as it ditches Imagination, reports the Telegraph

This has led to fears that it will poach talent from the British company. And it will certainly increase tensions between the feuding firms.

Imagination disclosed in April a warning from Apple that it would cease to be a customer within two years, ending its royalty payments. However, the Cupertino, California-based company tells Bloomberg that it first issued a warning in 2015.

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06:00
Daily Deal: Get the minimalist Neutron C Magnetic...

Mounting your iPhone in your car can be an easy affair with the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount. Attach the mount to your car's dashboard, and your iPhone connects in a flash. The Neutron C keeps your iPhone at hand with the ability to spin it a full 360° to the best possible angle. The best part? You can get the Neutron C Magnetic Car Mount for just $16.99 in one of our Apple World Today daily deals.

The Neutron C has these great features:

  • Allows for quick & exact attachment & detachment of devices
  • Offers full rotational viewing
  • Incorporates magnetic shielding which protects magnetically sensitive electronics
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05:54
HBO’s The Defiant Ones. Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre,...

HBO’s The Defiant Ones is a four-part series about the background and intertwined lives that led Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre to Beats and then Apple’s doorstep.

Episode One is in heavy rotation on HBO, with Episode Two airing tonight. Or, you can binge all four episodes on HBO Go.

There’s a lot to enjoy here, especially if you are a fan of the music industry. Pairs nicely with the excellent Straight Outta Compton.

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05:53
Apple investing $921 million in a second Denmark...

Apple will invest $921 million in a data center located in Denmark that will power the company’s online services for European customers, reports Reuters. Due to become operational in the second quarter of 2019, it will be the tech giant’s second data center in the Nordic country to run entirely on renewable energy.

It will power Apple's online services, including the iTunes Store, App Stores, Messages, Maps and Siri for customers across Europe.

"We're thrilled to be expanding our data center operations in Denmark, and investing in new sources of clean power," Erik Stannow, Nordic manager for Apple, told Reuters. ”The planned facility in Aabenraa, like all of our data centers, will run on 100 percent...

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05:37
Federico and John and the app used by celebs to...

Federico Viticci and John Voorhees have a podcast called AppStories which I quite like. This particular episode is an interview with David Lawrence, the mastermind behind Rehearsal, an app that is used by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (like Kevin Bacon, Clark Gregg – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers, etc.) to learn their lines.

This is a fascinating listen. One takeaway is that the acting community has settled on iOS as an unofficial standard, enough of one that Rehearsal has never been ported to Android.

Side note, David Lawrence played the Puppetmaster for three seasons on the original Heroes series. Here’s a link to the interview . Enjoy.

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05:24
Apple announces location of new $921 million iCloud...




Apple has announced plans to build a new $921 million data center in Denmark near the German border, its second in the country.

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhones may not feature inductive...

Apple’s 2017 iPhone models might not feature inductive charging after all.

Per a tweet by Mac guru John Gruber, a tipster has indicated that that the new charging technology “might be late” and not launch until iOS 11.1 is released.

Gruber has likened the delay of wireless charging to the delay of Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 plus. While Apple demonstrated Portrait Mode when the handset was being unveiled, the feature wasn’t made available to the public until iOS 10.1, a month after the device’s release.

It’s also been rumored that the next-gen iPhone could include a form of “long-range” wireless charging, although recent reports have stated this might be an inductive charging feature. Leaked schematics have hinted that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging capabilities based on the Qi technology.

CEO Robert Hwang of Wistron, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, let it slip last month that the iPhone 8 will include wireless charging,...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone could also arrive in new...

Apple’s next-gen iPhone handset is now rumored to arrive in four difference colors, including a new reflective “mirror” version that’s never been seen before.

The rumor comes from a tweet posted by Benjamin Geskin, who said the handset will come in four total colors, one of them new. He also posted an iPhone 6s mirror-like case to to offer an idea of what the reflective design might look like.

Since Geskin only identified one color as new, it’s thought that the other colors might be similar to the six different shades currently offered on the iPhone 7 handset.

Currently, the iPhone 7 comes in jet black, black, silver, gold, rose gold, or (Product)Red. The red version launched earlier this year as a special edition, while the jet black shade was new for the iPhone 7 series.

Apple previously offered a space grey model of iPhone, but replaced it with matte black starting with the iPhone 7.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become...

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05:00
How to select your startup disk and start from it in...

If you install macOS Sierra on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or other storage device, your Mac can start up from that device instead of your built-in startup disk. fter installing the operating system on a properly formatted storage device, choose one of the following methods to use that device as the startup disk for your Mac. 

Use Startup Disk preferences

When you use Startup Disk preferences to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk until you choose a different one.

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Startup Disk.
  • Select your startup disk, then restart your Mac.

Use Startup Manager

When you use Startup Manager to select a startup disk, your Mac starts up from that disk once, then returns to using the disk selected in Startup Disk preferences.

  • Hold down the Option key immediately after turning on or restarting your Mac.
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