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Monday March 13

13:30
Drone operators outnumber any other type of Air...

While some might still think of joystick-wielding aviators as the stuff of science fiction, that's no longer the case. A top general told reporters last week that there are now more jobs for drone pilots in the US Air Force than there are for pilots...

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13:11
Study: Apple’s ResearchKit platform generates...

Health data collected entirely from smartphones can be reliable, research from Mount Sinai Hospital claims. The researchers involved found — as noted by The Verge -- that Apple’s ResearchKit platform and an app for asthma were fairly accurate when compared to existing patient studies.

ResearchKit turns an iPhone into a tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists and other researchers gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants anywhere in the world using iPhone apps. Participants enrolled in these app-based studies can review an interactive informed consent process, easily complete active tasks or submit survey responses, and choose how their health data is shared with researchers, making contributions to medical research easier than ever.

Apple has made ResearchKit “open source,” which means a developer...

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13:04
Mazda says Apple CarPlay support coming soon,...




Apple's CarPlay -- and Android Auto -- will be coming to Mazda vehicles sometime in the near future, the Japanese automaker revealed on Monday, taking it off the list of major holdouts in CarPlay support.

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13:01
Inside 'Infinity Room,' a dazzling SXSW...

Refik Anadol crafts alternate realities, not for VR headsets, but through architecture, projection and sound. His installation, Infinity Room, has been three years in the making so far. It began as a research project during Anadol's master of fine ar...

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12:50
Tweetbot designer releases new ‘Stickershift’...

Stickershift is a new iMessage sticker pack for iOS 10 from Tapbots, the makers of popular apps including Tweetbot, Calcbot, and Pastebot. Here’s how Tapbots describes the new sticker pack:

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12:47
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include 1Password 6.6.2, Hazel 4.0.9, Lightroom CC 2015.9 and Lightroom 6.9, and ChronoSync 4.7.4.

 

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12:47
ExtraBITS for 13 March 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Jamf’s enterprise survey reveals gains for macOS and iOS, Apple says that it has patched most of the vulnerabilities revealed in a recent WikiLeaks dump, a judge has ruled that you cannot be compelled to unlock your devices with Touch ID, and we learn that Steve Jobs initially thought the Genius Bar was an idiotic idea.

 

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12:42
Apple's new 'Sticker Fight' ad for...




The latest in Apple's advertising campaign for the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 brings Apple's "stickers" feature into the real world in a playful and colorful manner.

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12:35
‘Game of Thrones’ cast members are gearing up for ‘...

I hate karaoke with a blinding passion but I love these two actresses and, if nothing else, I’ll watch this episode.

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12:32
Apple brings iOS 10 sticker packs to the real world...

Apple today has shared a new advertisement on its YouTube channel. This one focuses on support for sticker packs in iMessage. While the ad is part of Apple’s iPhone 7 “Practically Magic” series, support for stickers in iMessage is an iOS 10 feature, thus meaning they’re supported on most recent devices, not just the iPhone 7.

The ad depicts the idea of bringing sticker packs to the real world…

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12:30
No, Kellyanne, microwaves cannot turn into cameras

Everyone's paranoid about cybersecurity and surveillance these days, and rightly so. Thanks to the increase in connected devices in our homes, there are more and more gadgets that can be hacked to spy on you. But though things like security cameras a...

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12:08
Google says crowdsourced data makes for better...

Google made a serious move into the health and fitness space when it introduced its Apple Health competitor, Fit, in 2014. Since then, the company has been improving its platform by adding new features to help you keep better track of your daily acti...

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11:45
PlayStation Now will bring PS4 games to your PC

You could soon play PlayStation 4 exclusives like Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered on your PC. Sony is bringing the PS4 catalog to its streaming game service PlayStation Now, the company said today in a blog post. The announcement is light o...

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11:28
How the “tech support” scam works

While the vast majority of us wouldn’t be scammed like this, it’s a good piece to pass along to those we know who may not be as technically proficient as we are.

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11:25
Four new iPad models spotted in analytics, likely...

  Analytics firm Fiksu is today reporting that they have seen four new iPad device identifiers appear in their logs. These as-yet-unannounced iPads were used to test a range of popular applications around Cupertino, running the latest iOS 10.3 beta and early builds of iOS 11. It is likely that these model identifiers represent the rumored new iPad Pro […]

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11:25
Volvo's first EV will cost less than $40,000

When Volvo revealed its intentions to make its first all-electric car, it raised at least a few questions: would the EV carry a premium over Volvo's already pricier-than-usual lineup? And would it have enough range to be more than an urban commuter c...

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11:20
∞ Pandora Premium gets ready to launch

There are just so many things to like about this new service from Pandora—first and foremost, they are focusing on the user.

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11:19
How to set up and use airline boarding passes in...

I don’t fly enough anymore to have been able to use the “new” Wallet (nee Passbook) but I remember when I did many years ago, it was a PITA. Has it gotten better, as Engst says in this article?

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11:14
Nintendo Switch ships with unpatched 6-month-old...

Enlarge / A proof-of-concept that exploits WebKit vulnerabilities on Nintendo's Switch. (credit: qwertyoruiop)

Nintendo's Switch has been out for almost two weeks, which of course means that efforts to hack it are well underway. One developer, who goes by qwertyoruiop on Twitter, has demonstrated that the console ships with months-old bugs in its WebKit browser engine. These bugs allow for arbitrary code execution within the browser. A proof-of-concept explainer video was posted here.

These bugs attracted attention last year...

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11:10
Asthma study using Apple's ResearchKit proven...




A study reports ResearchKit is an extremely effective way to conduct medical research, with patient data collected from asthma sufferers via Apple's framework found to correlate with the results of similar studies using established data collection methods.

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11:00
Your clothing could soon have stealthy heart rate...

You might not have to wear a smartwatch or a dedicated monitor to track your heart rate in the future -- you might only need the clothes on your back. Scientists have developed polymer optical fibers that are flexible enough to be woven into clothing...

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10:57
“Muppet Guys Talking” explores Jim Henson’s tech,...

I still have my child-like love of Muppets and an adoration of the work of these Muppeteers but Henson is irreplaceable and will always be missed.

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10:45
Nintendo teases three-part 'Breath of the Wild...

Need a quick fix for your Zelda-love? Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will get its very own three-part making-of documentary tomorrow, March 14th, at 9AM ET.

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10:42
Uptime is a new way to watch YouTube with iPhone-...

Last year Google launched a startup incubator called Area 120, which was designed to give its employees a place within the company to flesh out their own ideas. At South by Southwest, we got a look at the first project to come out of it, and somewhat surprisingly, it’s an invitation-only, iOS-exclusive app for watching and sharing YouTube videos.

Called Uptime, the free app is sort of like a souped-up comments section for just your friends. As you watch a video you’ll see a series of floating avatars around the border (including your own), and you can record your reactions in real time with text, emoji, stickers, or likes. It’s similar to how Facebook Live and Periscope let you respond to broadcasts in real time, but applying it to prerecorded videos is an interesting concept, and the quirky...

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10:31
New iPad models in testing near Apple's...




Ahead of a potentially imminent product unveiling, Apple is testing multiple new iPad models around the San Francisco Bay Area -- including its home in Cupertino, according to data shared by a mobile marketing firm.

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10:29
ResearchKit clinical observation study published...

A new clinical observation study published today by Nature Biotechnology (via The Verge) includes findings from an asthma test based on Apple’s ResearchKit framework. The asthma app relies on the iPhone app to voluntarily collect information, and the published study shows that such an approach can produce results.

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10:26
Spotify lands '2 Dope Queens' and other...

Last month, Spotify reaffirmed its interest in podcasting by introducing three original shows. The streaming service clearly wants to be a source for not just music, but all our listening needs. Now, it's taking another big step to establish itself a...

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10:19
Apple releases sixth developer betas of macOS 10.12....




Apple on Tuesday made available a sixth beta releases of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3 to developers, marching ever closer to a public release.

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10:02
Donald Trump Should Channel Steve Jobs on Security


We saw yet another government breach last week, and more secrets went to WikiLeaks. I'm ambivalent on this one, because the CIA tools disclosed likely were emulated by others, and WikiLeaks is helping consumer technology companies ensure they no longer work. I don't know about you, but I really don't want any organization spying on me -- not even my own government. Given how I often dress around the house, this is as much for their protection as my own. When Jobs took over, Apple also had a severe leak problem, and he was pragmatic about it.

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09:59
Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta 6 for iPhone and iPad

Apple is rolling out the sixth iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

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09:59
Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 6 for Mac

Apple is rolling out the sixth macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac.

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09:51
Survey shows increased intent to upgrade for iPhone...

Apple analyst Gene Munster, now at Loup Ventures, today published his latest survey data (via Apple 3.0), taking a look at interest in upgrading to Apple’s next-gen iPhone versus previous generation, as well as interest in new rumoured augmented reality features.

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09:50
Analyst: Apple dominates global, premium smartphone...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says that the premium smartphone market returned to growth in the December quarter at up 8% with Apple outgrowing the market with a 19% growth. 

In Europe, the premium market grew 4%, with Apple climbing 16%. Apple's market share in Japan is up to 70%. Apple’s numbers in China numbers remain impacted by Vivo, Oppo, and Huawei claiming a combined 45% of the market. While the market grew 9%, the iPhone declined 19%. However, Apple remains the largest vendor in China, with 47% of the market.

For the remainder of the 2017 calendar year, Milunovitch predicts a "bulge" of iPhone 6 owners to upgrade after the expected September "iPhone 7s" and/or "iPhone 8" releases.

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09:39
Rumor: Apple hardware updates may come next week as...

We’d likely already see invites issued if Apple was planning to hold a major event in March, although that doesn’t rule out a spring event sometime next month yet. A new rumor today, however, suggests Apple could release new hardware as early as next week which would presumably happen without an event.

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09:36
Rumor: Apple could announce new products as soon as...

Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to MacRumors.com, quoting “reputable supply chain analysts … who wish to remain anonymous.”

Those sources didn’t disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but high on the list is a trio of new iPad Pros, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. 

Of course, it’s always possible (fingers crossed) that we could see new iMacs announced. On the other hand, it’s unusual for Apple to unveil new tablets without a media event, as it has done the past four years.

Plus, my AWT compadre, Steve Sande, has predicted an...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Touch...

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09:18
Rumor: Apple's new iPad Pros could debut next...




With new iPad Pro models expected soon, a new rumor claims that Apple is set to unveil new products as soon as next week, even though no event invitations have been issued to the press.

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09:09
Nintendo’s Switch is using an outdated version of...

The just-released Nintendo Switch is proving to be quite popular among gamers, but it has also caught the attention of hackers who may be interested in exploiting vulnerabilities present in the console. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has occurred, as we think back on jailbreaks that were released for the PS3, the Nintendo Wii, and other popular game consoles.

It just so happens that a vulnerability discovered in the Nintendo Switch has a slight iOS correlation — the console uses an outdated version of WebKit, the same version of WebKit used to leverage an iOS 9.3.x jailbreak in the past. That’s not to say that a Nintendo Switch jailbreak is imminent or even in the cards at this time, but a known working exploit is available to make arbitrary code execution a possibility. more…

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09:07
Despite China weakness, Apple's '...




A new analyst report sees Apple outperforming an expanding premiums smartphone market, with the company garnering its highest market share in four years in the US, Japan, and Europe.

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09:02
Apple’s best ‘Real problems… answered’ iPad Pro ads...

Apple recently kicked off a new iPad Pro ad campaign that highlights problems real people have with PCs and how iPads can be better solutions.

So far Apple has shared seven installments in its ‘Real problems… answered’ series, but there are at least two more ads in the wild that haven’t been published on YouTube.

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08:39
Apple updates HomeKit accessories page with...




Apple this week updated its webpage for supporting HomeKit accessories with changes like new categories, and rough indications of when some future devices will ship.

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08:34
External Link: Apple Gaining Ground in the Enterprise

Apple may be slipping in the education market, but the company is doing well in the enterprise. In a survey of 300 IT professionals, managers, and executives in large commercial organizations, Apple device management firm Jamf found that 91 percent of respondents use macOS and 99 percent use iOS. Jamf says, “Apple is gaining ground in the enterprise because employees prefer devices they use in their personal lives.” It’s hard to know quite what to make of Jamf’s findings since the fact that one department in a multinational conglomerate might rely on the Mac doesn’t necessarily mean that the company “uses” macOS in a significant way. Nevertheless, given Apple’s recent partnership with IBM and other enterprise initiatives, it’s good to see indications of growth.

 

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08:27
Pandora's new Premium streaming service leans...

After what feels like an eternity of teases and rumors, Pandora is finally ready to take the wraps off its on-demand streaming service. On Monday, Pandora revealed Pandora Premium.

For $10 per month, Premium subscribers get on-demand access to Pandora’s music catalog in addition to its popular radio service. Pandora didn't announce the size or specifics of the new service’s music catalog, however.

Premium breaks from Pandora’s roots as an Internet radio service that proved unusually good at matching songs into a continuous playlist thanks to the company’s Music Genome Project. Yet Premium will still rely on the MGP technology for some of its features.

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08:00
Get a Lifetime License for iCareFone for Mac: Just $...

Have a Mac and an iPhone? iCareFone for Mac is an iPhone utility from TenorShare that's designed to protect, repair, clean, optimize and speed up your favorite phone. This lifetime license gives you all minor and major upgrades for just $19.95. What can iCareFone for Mac do for you? 

  • Transfer photos & music between iPhone and Mac w/ one click
  • Easily organize & manage contacts, photos, apps & music
  • Organize & manage 8 types of files: Contacts, Notes, Calendars, Apps, Music, Videos, Bookmarks & Photos
  • Export & transfer files to your computer in the form of xls, .doc, .txt, .pdf, .jpg & more
  • Easily add or delete files from your iPhone
  • Merge duplicated contacts on your iPhone/iPad/ iPod
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07:49
Nintendo Switch exploit discovered, leverages old...




Hackers have worked out a way to "jailbreak" the Nintendo Switch by attacking the game console's web browser, a technique that reused a vulnerability discovered in early 2016 commonly used to jailbreak iPhones running iOS 9.3.

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07:35
How to Identify High-Performance GPU Apps on the...

Is your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar getting less battery life per charge than you think it should? The culprit could be applications that are forcing it to use the high-performance graphics processor. Here’s how to tell which GPU is in use and which applications to close to switch to the integrated processor.

 

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07:27
Pandora guns for Spotify & Apple Music with new...




Pandora on Monday announced that its long-promised on-demand music service -- Pandora Premium -- is rolling out this week, challenging rivals like Apple and Spotify with a handful of unique features, mostly focused on personalization.

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07:17
The typography of Broadway

This is an amazing visual catalog of the typography up and down Broadway in New York City. Each photo has a slide that reveals the font (in one direction) and the font in place on a building or sign (the other direction). Beautiful implementation.

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07:17
Apple now tracks and promotes all available and...

Apple has overhauled its list of compatible HomeKit accessories with a major update this month. Apple now details accessories by category rather than brand and provides a much more comprehensive list with external links and availability status.

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07:10
33 photos of the rise and fall of Apple

This is a collection of photos that take you from the birth of Apple, through their early successes, then through the dark days leading to the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. Nice little one page walk through history.

One side bit of trivia: Gil Amelio, the CEO who brought Jobs back, was on the team that first demonstrated the charge-coupled-device, the hardware that made digital cameras possible.

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07:01
Key wireless charging company Powermat seeking to...

While all the signs are pointing toward Apple bringing wireless charging to all three of this year’s iPhones, there are still a lot of question marks out there – one of which is compatibility with existing charging kit.

One of the biggest suppliers of wireless charging mats for everything from cars to coffee shops is seeking to offer reassurance there, stating that it plans to support ‘whatever wireless charging protocol Apple employs’ …

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06:58
The little-known iPhone feature that lets blind...

David Pogue:

A few years ago, backstage at a conference, I spotted a blind woman using her phone. The phone was speaking everything her finger touched on the screen, allowing her to tear through her apps. My jaw hit the floor. After years of practice, she had cranked the voice’s speed so high, I couldn’t understand a word it was saying.

And here’s the kicker: She could do all of this with the screen turned off. Her phone’s battery lasted forever.

Ever since that day, I’ve been like a kid at a magic show. I’ve wanted to know how it’s done. I’ve wanted an inside look at how the blind could navigate a phone that’s basically a slab of featureless glass.

This week, I got my chance. Joseph Danowsky offered to spend a morning with me, showing me the ropes.

Fascinating video, terrific article. A nice, detailed day in the life with VoiceOver.

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06:44
Google launches Uptime collaborative YouTube viewing...




Google's "Area 120" incubator project has developed Uptime -- an iPhone app for watching YouTube videos collaboratively with other users of the app.

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06:43
Pandora’s on-demand Apple Music/Spotify competitor...

This week Pandora is launching its on-demand music service with features like what other subscription services including Apple Music and Spotify offer. Before now Pandora has primarily served streaming radio stations based on artists and tracks. Pandora Premium opens the service’s catalog of music up to on-demand access for a monthly fee.

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06:40
New rev of LG 5K UltraFine Display solves problem...

Zac Hall, 9to5Mac:

Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now shipping and should be in Apple Stores soon. This week we got our hands on one of the new models with shielding improvements to put to the test and see if the issues have really been resolved.

A rare third party product that has become critical path for Apple. An important problem to fix.

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06:38
Intel scooping up an automotive tech company for $15...

Apple may or may not be working on an “Apple Car,” but Intel is interested in such technology. The company has announced a $15.3 billion acquisition of Israeli automotive technology company Mobileye N.V.

The $63.54-per-share deal is expected to close within the next nine months, Intel said. Shares of Mobileye jumped nearly 32% on the news. 

Mobileye develops vision-based advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) providing warnings for collision prevention and mitigation. Mobileye N.V. headquarters and main R&D centre is located in Jerusalem, Israel, operating under the company name Mobileye Vision Technology Ltd.

Intel says self-driving cars will represent a $70 billion market by the year 2030. Each self-driving car on the road will generate 4 terabytes of data per hour by the year 2020, thecompany estimates.

“This massive amount of data...

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06:34
Apple finishes first in undercover tech support...

Laptop Magazine:

Not every company offers first-class tech support for its laptops. With confusing web resources, unhelpful social media accounts and clueless phone reps, many brands put a lot of unnecessary obstacles between consumers and the help they need.

That’s why, for over 10 years, Laptop Mag has published its annual Tech Support Showdown, in which we go undercover to test and grade the most popular laptop brands.

Apple has Apple Stores combined with excellent phone support. Over the last year, they’ve supplemented this approach with the excellent @AppleSupport Twitter account. Sure, there are stumbles, but Apple remains strong in this area, even as they grow in size and in product lines they have to support.

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06:21
Powermat developing 'adaptation plan' to...

In the wake of recent news that Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium — and rumors that the “iPhone 8” will support wireless charging — wireless power company, Powermat, says it will be ready to support iPhones with “whateverwireless charging protocol Apple employs.”

Apple has the ability to bring wireless charging into the mainstream by the sheer volume of iPhones in the market, says Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski. Regardless of which standard the iPhone maker will ultimately adopt or whether they'll develop their own proprietary technology, “we believe the category is big enough for everyone to play,” he adds.

Powermat currently leads the category in real estate with wireless charging capability being installed in Starbucks stores across the U.S. and abroad.  There are currently 12,000 Powermat charging spots used regularly by consumers in public venues. The company’s products are also currently installed...

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06:10
'Game of Thrones' stars Maisie Williams...




Two more celebrities have announced their involvement with the Apple Music version of "Carpool Karaoke," this time "Game of Thrones" stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner.

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06:09
Intel buying Mobileye for $15.3B to expand further...




In the largest purchase of an Israeli tech company ever, Apple chip partner Intel will dole out $15.3 billion for Mobileye, a company known for anti-collision, driver assistance, and autonomous driving solutions.

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05:56
Notable apps and app updates for March 13, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

ShEk Tech has launched Missiles and Planes 1.0. The free game offers a test of your skills to complete Air Force missions. Players need to pilot the aircraft and complete a mission, all while enemy missiles lock onto your plane.

LastThink has introduced Learning English Language 1.0. The free, English language learning game has more than 8000 words with images, phonetic transcriptions and pronunciations.

MakeProg Technologies has released ...

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05:32
Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams & Sophie...

Apple has been busily teasing its upcoming Carpool Karaoke series, the Late Late Show spinoff it bought last year. The segment will stream 16 weekly episodes exclusively to Apple Music subscribers, starting next month.

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05:15
JPMorgan Chase purchases CurrentC, looks to develop...

If you were curious as to what happened to CurrentC, the intended mobile payment service that was intended to compete with Apple Pay a few years ago, there’s an answer: JPMorgan bought it out.

Oddly enough, Chase Bank played both sides and was one of a few major banks to partner with Apple when Apple Pay launched back in the fall of 2014, but several retailers including CVS and Walmart blocked or denied plans to accept Apple Pay due to an upcoming CurrentC app and commitments to MCX, the company developing CurrentC.

Some CurrentC backers including Rite Aid and Best Buy eventually changed their course and added Apple Pay as a payment option in stores, and last summer efforts to bring CurrentC to market finally ended.

Chase currently remains an Apple Pay backer, although its in-house payment service, knows as “Chase Pay”, is based on MCX technology. Although CurrentC is dead, JPMorgan Chase says it has acquired MCX to help bring Chase Pay to more retailers....

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05:00
Cortana updated to version 2.0.0, incorporates...

If you’re curious about Cortana on iOS, Microsoft has overhauled the app and released version 2.0.0 on the App Store.

The company on Friday released an updated Cortana app with the goal of simplifying how the AI assistant works on iOS.

The refreshed app loads faster, and defaults into listening for voice commands and questions. The homescreen can also display Google Now-style information cards on items like news, weather, traffic, package deliveries, and nearby restaurants.

Users can access most functions in the app by tapping an icon in the lower-left corner that activates “quick action” buttons. In addition to news and weather, users can set and view alarms and reminders, check and organize meetings, and get help with the app.

Microsoft has revamped how Cortana’s reminders work, incorporating the app’s calling and texting functions when needed. The app also now provides full-page answers to search queries.

Cortana is likely of less use to...

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05:00
If these Apple patents come to fruition, I'll...

In 2013 Apple filed three patents that showed the company is working on ways let you loan or re-sell the digital content you purchase on iTunes. That's a great idea; if it ever comes to fruition, I'll be more inclined to buy even more content at the iTunes Store.

According to the patents, Apple is eyeing techniques for managing access to a digital content item (such as an ebook, music, movie, software application) to be transferred from one user to another. The transferor is prevented from accessing the digital content item after the transfer occurs.

Currently when you “buy” digital content such as books, music and movies from companies such as Apple and Amazon, you’re not truly buying them but renting them. Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don’t truly own them. I’ve bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes...

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04:51
Google staff have created an iPhone-only app to...

Google’s famous ’20 percent time’ – where employees could spend the equivalent of one day a week working on a side project of their own choosing – has led to some pretty impressive results, including Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s ad network Adsense.

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04:30
PortraitPro for macOS a fine addition to your photo...

By Aaron Lee

Anthropics Technology’s PortraitPro is macOS compatible, retouching software with face relighting technology that offers a fast, easy way to touch up your photos.

With version 12, it added new face relighting technology, so you can now literally show your subject in their best light. It has an enhanced capability to slim faces and take off the weight off that the camera puts on.

Version 15 adde full make-up controls, allowing you to apply lipstick, eyeshadow, blusher and more. It also added:  the ability to fix portraits taken with a wide-angled lens with a simple slider; advanced skin coloring controls; improved facial detection; and support for Mac Retina displays.

PortraitPro incorporates Anthropics' skin enhancer that retains natural skin texture when removing blemishes. The brush also detects edges automatically, making it fast to use.

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04:10
Comment: Making sense of the conflicting reports on...

Seemingly conflicting reports on the iPhone 8 screen have been causing confusion, some earlier reports describing a curved screen, while Business Insider notes that some analysts expect a flat display.

A large number of reports have suggested that the screen on that new device will be curved but an increasing number of iPhone watchers believe it will actually be flat.

The apparent contradictions may, however, be down to little more than semantics …

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04:00
How to use the Dock in macOS Sierra

The Mac’s Dock is the place where you can keep items you use frequently in macOS Sierra. You can add or remove items from the Dock, make it larger or smaller, or even hide it altogether.

Folders in the Dock are called stacks. By default, the Dock comes with a Downloads stack.

To open an app, stack, or file in the Dock, simply click it. You can also open a file by dragging it over the app in the Dock. For example, to open a document you created in Pages, drag it over the Pages icon in the Dock.

Open a Finder window, click the Finder icon (the smiling face at the left end of the Dock). You can also perform various app actions by pressing and holding an app icon in the Dock, or by Control-clicking an icon.

To add an item, drag it to the Dock. Drag files and folders to the right of the Dock’s separator, and apps to the left. If you moved the...

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22:11
Artist runs an electronic sound exhibit using his...

Russian artist Vtol is no stranger to making sounds with unusual technology, but one of his latest projects might top them all. He recently created Until I Die, an electronic sound installation powered by himself -- namely, his blood. His creation...

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20:59
Study says Fukushima region is safe enough for...

Fukushima's ill-fated nuclear power plant may still be so dangerous that it kills robots, but residents are trickling back as officials decide that radiation levels are safe in some areas. But are they safe enough that you'd never have to worry abou...

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19:44
Detroit Electric's EV business gets a $1.8...

Do you remember Detroit Electric? You're forgiven if you don't -- the American automaker vowed to make electric sports cars exciting back in 2013, but a combination of production delays (it delivered its first car in 2016) and Tesla's rapid rise larg...

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18:54
KGI: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 lacks ‘attractive selling...

Prominent Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI is out this weekend with a new investor note, but this one focuses almost entirely on Samsung and its upcoming Galaxy S8 refresh. Nevertheless, there are a couple of tidbits about Apple inside the report…

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18:13
'Breath of the Wild' creators explain how...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn't just the series' best game in years, it's also unlike any title in the series -- it's an open-world experience where you're free to find your own solutions to challenges. But just how did Nintendo manage...

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17:56
What it's like playing 'Rez Infinite...

At SXSW last year, Sony showed off a bunch of unusual and intriguing prototypes from its Future Lab division. In 2017, Sony's going even bigger: a huge space called the Wow Factory has stuff from the Future Lab as well as a whole host of immersive VR...

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17:00
Panasonic pushes buttons with smart home prototypes...

Panasonic isn’t the first company that comes to mind when you think of visionary tech that pushes the envelope. I picture an old TV my family once owned that eventually made way for a newer model from a different brand. But the company’s Game Changer Catapult division took over a bar at South by Southwest and rebranded it as Panasonic House to test some new ideas in unexpected ways.

The company showed off a DIY dry-cleaning machine called MonStyle, an Ambient Media Player for turning a TV display into a work of art, and a home-fermenting machine that’s equal parts Blue Apron and slow cooker for kimchi fans.

Panasonic House was a showcase for protytpes—none of the devices on display has a price or planned release date. The company is using South by Southwest to gauge public reaction to these products. Panasonic was even tallying votes to see which gadget people want to see first. (The results have yet to be announced.)

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16:28
iOS podcast apps review roundup: Castro 2.3,...

Fleishman has a good overview of what are likely the three most popular podcast listening apps.

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16:25
The Levi's Commuter smart jacket has a ton of...

Google's mission with its Advanced Technology and Products group is to create innovations like Project Jacquard, which can turn objects into interactive, gesture-controlled surfaces. With the Levi's Commuter jacket, introduced in 2016, the technology...

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16:22
Joe Biden’s passionate plea at SXSW: ‘We need your...

Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot is a personal mission, one he’s forging ahead with after leaving office. A year after President Barack Obama took the South by Southwest stage, Biden and wife Dr. Jill Biden arrived in Austin to appeal to the festival’s technology entrepreneurs, developers, and engineers: “You’re the future,” Biden said. “You can make a gigantic impact. We need your ingenuity. We need you to help us reach people to change their behavior.”

Biden’s plea to techies, at times emotional when he spoke of his son Beau’s battle with cancer, was blunt about the challenges that impede cancer research. Scientists, oncologists, radiologists, immunologists, and all of the hospitals and research institutions that study the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer are only just now beginning to share their data with one...

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16:13
Tim Berners-Lee: I invented the web. Here are three...

Interesting and well thought out description of the problems Berners-Lee sees with today’s internet along with possible solutions. Sadly, it’s unlikely there’s going to be any effort to address the issues he describes.

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16:07
Take a ride on Positron’s Voyager, a full-motion...

Watching Tom Cruise embark on a dangerous mission aboard a zero-gravity plane sounds terrifying enough, but experiencing it next to him in a motion simulator is next-level. 

Thanks to Positron’s Voyager, a full-motion chair designed for cinematic VR, I got to do just that. A fleet of Voyagers are available to demo during South by Southwest as part of a promotion for the upcoming Tom Cruise action flick, The Mummy. The Voyager looks like an egg-shaped pod chair, but it’s far from an ordinary theater seat. It swivels, tilts, and provides haptic feedback to immerse you into whatever scene is unfolding in front you. But it doesn’t just stop there—the Voyager was designed to be paired up with VR headsets. Content is viewed through VR, but felt IRL.

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16:00
A closer look at the Meta 2 AR headset

We were impressed with the Meta 2 augmented reality headset last year, even though we were just looking at prototype hardware. Now, the company is shipping out the final version of the Meta 2 to developers, which includes some useful upgrades. Most i...

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15:25
NASA finds long-lost Indian lunar orbiter

India lost contact with its first lunar orbiter, the Chandrayaan-1, back in 2009. Now, NASA has revealed that the agency discovered its location in July 2016 after testing a method that can be used by future lunar missions. Chandrayaan-1 is a relativ...

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15:02
Designer imagines the borderless experience an OLED...

Yesterday, we rounded up everything we currently know about the iPhone 8, including the expected nearly bezel-less design and OLED display. One of the biggest benefits of OLED vs LCD is the deeper black that it can provide, which would pair almost perfectly with a “Dark Mode” in iOS.

Now, designer Vianney le Masne has imagined what the combination of a Dark Mode, OLED display, and bezel-less design could mean for app developers and designers…

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13:59
Logic Pros: Playing w/ SLOO synth’s Shed Load of...

One of the best things about widely supported DAWs like Logic Pro X is the wealth of third-party plug-ins available from both large companies and smaller developers. And today on Logic Pros, we are looking at SLOO, a new software synth that runs via the Native Instruments Reaktor platform (version 6 only).

SLOO, or Shed Loads of Oscillators, is a unique voice swarm synth that makes use of 48 oscillators or synth voices to create fantastical sounds. Everything from your typical lead synth on acid to some of the weirdest and complex modulations I have ever heard. Let’s take a look:

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13:56
Russia used a cybercriminal's botnet for a...

It's no secret that the lines between state-sponsored hacking and cybercrime are fuzzy. After all, relying on professional crooks offers plausible deniability if the intruders are ever caught. However, it's now apparent that those lines sometimes dis...

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13:21
Hands On: BusyCal's long development benefits...




If you're fine with Apple's free Calendar app, then BusyCal 3.1.5 is interesting just for its long history, but if you need more powerful features, the app is a strong contender for best-in-class.

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12:27
Pinterest gives everyone in the US access to its...

Pinterest's visual search tool isn't quite ready to hop out of beta yet, but the company is giving a lot more people the chance to try it out. The new feature, called Lens, is now open to all Android and iOS users in the US after a month-long trial w...

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12:15
Gawker founder Nick Denton believes the 'good...

“Facebook makes me despise many of my friends and Twitter makes me hate the rest of the world,” Gawker founder Nick Denton said.

The publishing pioneer, who connected with fellow bloggers at South by Southwest in the early days of web publishing, returned to the festival Sunday to reflect on the demise of his company and what lies ahead for the internet in the years after Donald Trump’s presidential election. The future isn’t Facebook or Twitter, where fake news and trolls abound. Instead, it’s rooted in Reddit—or at least something like Reddit, Denton said.

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11:34
How to stream March Madness live on iPhone, iPad,...

March is here, which means it’s time for one of the biggest sporting events of the year: March Madness. As conference tournaments wrap up, Selection Sunday takes place tonight to set the field for this year’s festivities.

The NCAA has almost always been a leader in streaming the tournament and this year appears to be no different. Read on for instructions on how to stream March Madness on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac…

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10:56
Microsoft's playable ads let you try apps...

Did you think that Google's Instant Apps, where you can run Android programs without installing them, would be useful on other platforms? You're not alone. Microsoft has launched a preview version of Playable Ads, which let you try Windows 10 titles...

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10:00
Building your own chatbot is a lot easier than you...

Three of the undisputed kings of technology -- Microsoft, Facebook and Google -- all bet big on bots in 2016. It's too early to say whether or not that was a good move, but we can all agree that bots haven't gathered mainstream adoption yet. If you'r...

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09:56
EduTech: The best accessories for using iPad &...

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

In this week’s installment of EduTech, we’re taking a break from our recent app coverage to highlight some hardware that will make life in the classroom a bit easer. Specifically, we’re going to focus on iPad accessories that are of great use in the classroom, including keyboards, docks, styluses, and more.

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09:30
The best dehumidifier

By Kevin Purdy

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

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08:38
Catch the highlights of Senator Cory Booker's...

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is known for being an inspirational speaker, and he brought his game face to SXSW 2017. As one of the opening speakers for the show, he spent an hour answering questions and talking about what keeps him motivated and endles...

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08:00
After Math: Keep pace in the space race

It's been a productive week for those of us trying to get the hell off this crazy planet. NASA showed off a radiation-proof flight vest for interplanetary astronauts while Blue Origin debuted its latest rocket engine and previewed its upcoming New Gl...

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07:51
The best-designed battleships ever built

Read this story if only for the amazing photos. I’ve always had a soft spot for these magnificent ships. Aircraft carriers are bigger, can project force further and are (arguably) better but the brutality of a battleship, and the images firing those guns creates, has always fascinated me.

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07:46
Raindrops catapult bacteria into the air and it’s...

This is a lot more interesting than it had any right to be.

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07:15
Adidas is working on new, 'open' digital...

The acquisition of Runtastic gave Adidas a major boost in its fitness tech efforts, and it didn't hurt that the $238 million purchase came with over 100 million users attached. Since 2015, the year it bought the popular app, Adidas has focused on mak...

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06:30
Ben Heck's next three builds are meant to be...

You asked for bigger, better, longer-term builds, so the team is going to design three things that can be brought to market or to a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter. First up: Logic Bomb, a refactoring of the Hackmanji board game. How can it be...

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You’re always a hop, skip, and a jump away from a fiery death in Temple Jump, a new platformer-cum-endless runner from Nexx Studio. It’s out now on both iOS and Android if you’re an adventurer seeking treasure in a crumbling, pixel-laden temple. | Read more »
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