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Best Buy to shutter mobile phone stores as customers...

U.S. big box retailer Best Buy on Wednesday announced the imminent closure of 250 satellite stores dedicated to mobile phone sales, pinning the nationwide shutdown on sluggish sales amidst increased competition from cellphone carriers, etailers and first-party shops like the Apple store.

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Nomad introduces new versatile Wireless Travel Stand...

Popular accessory maker Nomad has unveiled its latest product for iPhone users. This week, the company has taken the wraps off of the Wireless Travel Stand, which it says is the perfect Qi-enabled wireless charging stand for the traveling iPhone 8 and iPhone X user…


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Porsche claims Mission E won't have Tesla'...

Porsche knows you're probably going to compare the Mission E to Tesla's cars, and it's determined to prove that it its electric performance car is the one to beat. Company EV head Stefan Weckbach has promised that the Mission E has "reproducible" per...

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Apple warns customers about phishing emails, details...

Apple last week posted a new support document to its website detailing a few tips designed to help customers distinguish official emails from phishing attempts, the latter of which have become increasingly sophisticated in recent months.

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What new Apple product are you most excited for this...

As we head into March, we could be just days away from Apple’s first new hardware releases of the year. While 2018 has already marked the release of the HomePod, Zac outlined earlier today that Apple still has quite a few new products up its sleeve for this year.

What potential new product are you most excited for this year?


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“Out of their goddamn mind”

John Gruber on publication LittleThings shutting down:

Any publisher that is dependent on Facebook, or that trusts Facebook, is out of their goddamn mind.

Gruber is absolutely right.

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YouTube moderators inadvertently removed right-wing...

YouTube's crackdown on conspiracy theories in the wake of the Parkland mass shooting has had some unintended casualties. The streaming video firm has confirmed to Bloomberg that its human moderators inadvertently removed videos and took down channel...

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Watch: How to backup iPhone data to iCloud

Your iPhone's photos, contacts, messages and other data are precious commodities that shouldn't be siloed on a single device. Learn how to use iCloud Backup to protect your data from being deleted or lost in this video.

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Digital pets from the '90s set to make a...

The Tamagotchi "digital pets," first prominent more than 20 years ago, will make a comeback on the iPhone with "My Tamagotchi Forever."

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YouTube TV adds Seattle Sounders local broadcasts to...

YouTube TV has landed another Major League Soccer deal, and this time you might be more likely to notice. As part of a multi-year agreement, the internet TV service is now the official streaming option for all Seattle Sounders FC games. Similar to th...

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Apple Maps expands lane guidance feature Austria,...

Apple recently expanded its Apple Maps lane guidance feature to cover Austria, South African and Switzerland, providing users in those countries access to localized onscreen assets designed to keep drivers abreast of upcoming highway or freeway deviations.

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iPhone X competitors/copycats, Apple healthcare,...

A few new smartphones have been introduced, and some of them look remarkably like the iPhone X. Apple is going to provide its own healthcare to its employees. Apple is also creating several new TV shows for the Apple TV. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Michael Simon, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 594.

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Researchers may have detected signals from the...

The early development of our universe is still quite a mystery, but in a new study published today in Nature, researchers describe what may be evidence of when the first stars began to form. After the Big Bang, which took place some 13.7 billion year...

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Spotify files to go public with 159 million active...

Popular music streaming service and Apple Music competitor Spotify announced plans to go public on Wednesday, though the company has already been trading on private markets at an estimated valuation of $23 billion.

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'The Blackout Club' is a co-op horror game...

Many horror games are solitary affairs -- a little odd when horror movies are frequently shared experiences. Why not make games which play off the social side of fear? Question is trying just that. The group of BioShock and Dishonored alumni has unve...

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∞ Rolex Submariner fully hand engraved by Bram Ramon

The skill and patience of this is mind blowing.

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Logitech's Craft keyboard gets new SDK, support...

Logitech this week enabled new Craft keyboard functions on the Mac for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Spotify, and Safari, Preview, and QuickTime.

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‘Consumer Reports’: Apple’s iPhone X has the best...

iPhone X has the best camera of all current smartphones, according to new rankings by Consumer Reports. It tops the list, followed by the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple’s iPhone 7 comes in fifth, with the iPhone 6s Plus taking sixth place. The iPhone 7 Plus also sits in the top 10 at the ninth spot. 

In its report, Consumer Reports said all 10 of the phones it tested did well in its still-image quality tests, which are designed to “evaluate resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise.” At the top of the results, however, were the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone 8 ranked just behind its sibling; all three tallied “very good” ratings. Consumer Reports found the iPhone X and iPhone 8 to be “excellent” for video quality, whereas the iPhone 8 Plus was found to be “very good.” 

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Apple World Today News Update: February 28, 2018

Finally, the last day of February... Today's podcast gives us stories about competition in the tech biz, as well as an upcoming IPO and a new use for the Apple Watch Series 3:

  • Google is taking on Slack with its new Hangouts Chat for G Suite
  • Move over, Google Pixel 2 - although you claim you're the best smartphone camera, Consumer Reports puts the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus atop the smartphone camera heap
  • Spotify is planning on a $1 billion IPO soon
  • Your Apple Watch Series 3 can now track your skiing or snowboarding activities

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

Text Version


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037: Spotify IPO, Apple Watch skiing and...

Today we’ve got Spotify officially going public, Apple Watch gaining new ski and snowboarding activity tracking features, and Sketch’s latest update for designers.

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


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Apple Maps expands transit directions and lane...

Apple has today made some improvements to both transit directions and lane guidance in Apple Maps. The company has been making a rapid push to get both of these features out the door and has been looking to expand them in as many cities as possible.


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Paste Music and Daytrotter made a free app for live...

You have a few options when it comes to streaming music and whether you're subscribed to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal or something else, there's a lot of music right at your fingertips. But live recordings offer their own sort of listening pleasure, a...

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Consumer Reports pegs Apple's iPhone X & 8...

In a piece published this week, Consumer Reports rated the dual-lens iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus as having the best smartphone cameras, with the single-lens iPhone 8 sitting just behind them.

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Discord bans a number of alt-right servers

The gaming chat service Discord has reportedly banned several alt-right groups. The move comes six months after the platform shut down racist accounts in the wake of the Charlottesville protests in order to 'take action against white supremacy, nazi...

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Spotify's public filing reveals key stats about...

Spotify quietly signaled its intention to become a publicly traded company in December of last year, even though several lawsuits over licensing were looming. Now the streaming service has filed for a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange, an...

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Google takes on Slack by adding Hangouts Chat...

Google is increasing its efforts to make its productivity tools indispensable by taking on Slack, announcing its Hangouts Chat app for collaborations between team members will be rolling out to business customers of its G Suite service starting from next week.

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VW's first electric bus begins service in mid-...

The I.D. Buzz might not be the first electric Volkswagen bus you see roaming the streets. VW's Scania brand has announced that its first electric bus, the Citywide Low Floor, is going into full-fledged service in the Swedish town of Österlund in...

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone X the best smartphone...

Consumer Reports has today published an updated list of its “Best Smartphone Cameras,” reflecting Apple’s most recent releases. The testing agency, which is sometimes accused of being unfairly anti-Apple, now claims the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus are the two best smartphone cameras…


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Spotify IPO now official, claims twice as many paid...

Spotify, the popular music service and Apple Music’s biggest competitor quietly filed for its IPO with the SEC early last month. Now, the filing has gone public.


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OWC announces the 2017 iMac Pro Memory Upgrade...

Did you purchase a 2017 iMac Pro but couldn't afford the amount of RAM you really wanted? Other World Computing (at has announced that it is now offering memory upgrades for all models of the iMac Pro.

If you're an experienced technician or a service center, there are DIY upgrade kits available starting at $949 (replace all memory for a total of 64GB) and going up to $1,899 (replace all memory for a total of 128GB, with an option to leave two slots open). The kits include the necessary adhesive strips to reinstall the display.

Alternatively, those who don't have the tools or technique for tearing apart an iMac Pro can use the...

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Twitter adds new sharing options including DMs...

Twitter on Wednesday began rolling out a new "share" icon in its iPhone and iPad apps, expanding the ways people can pass tweets around.

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Logitech announces official third-party SDK for...

Logitech has today announced expanded support for their tactile-focused Craft keyboard. The keyboard’s standout feature is its creative input dial dubbed the Crown. By twisting, turning, and clicking the Crown, users can quickly adjust and use different tools in a set number of apps. Today’s announcement introduces support for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and unveils an official SDK opening the door for third-party application developers.


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The moon may have formed inside the early Earth

Scientists have been puzzling over the moon's formation for a long time, and now there's a new theory that might explain some of the baffling mysteries surrounding our satellite. A new study published today in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Pla...

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How HomePod leverages Apple's silicon expertise...

Over the last nine months, Apple announced HomePod, provided early demonstrations of its sound, briefed journalists on its design and intent, released the product to the market and followed up with additional details highlighting its capabilities that many early reviews didn't catch on their own. Here's an in-depth look at what makes HomePod not just an interesting product, but new product category with the ability to change how users experience audio at home.

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From AirPower to the biggest iPhone yet: all the new...

We’re now two months into 2018 and possibly just days away from Apple releasing new products, so let’s take a look at all the new hardware we expect Apple to release this year. From new iPhones to upgraded iPads and unreleased products and features we’ve already seen announced, there’s a lot on the table this year.


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YouTube bans Neo-Nazi group following backlash over...

YouTube has banned the Neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen, but only after a Daily Beast report shamed the platform for its inaction. Since the Logan Paul fiasco, YouTube introduced a stricter content policy and (somewhat) more serious consequences for content...

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PlayStation Plus won't include free PS3 and...

Changes are afoot for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Starting next March, the smattering of monthly free (with subscription) Instant Game Collection offerings won't include titles for the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita. It won't affect any games yo...

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Play the new 'Overwatch' support hero on...

There was a time when the Overwatch team spent months dripping out information about a new hero for fans to obsess over. But now it's content to simply drop a new one out of nowhere like a dropped mic and revel in the game's overjoyed community. Toda...

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User satisfaction, refurbished device prevalence may...

Many users of high-end smartphones are keeping older models and opting for refurbished phones over expensive new ones, which has the potential to draw down Apple and Samsung's hardware sales volumes in the future, if trends continue.

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Twitter rolling out updated share icon with private...

Twitter today announced its highly anticipated private bookmarking feature, which is starting to roll out along with some other sharing options. The new features comes via a new share icon.


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How to make a bootable macOS High Sierra or Sierra...

Dan Frakes:

I’ve long recommended creating a bootable installer drive—on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or USB stick—for the version of macOS you’re running on your Mac.1 It’s great for installing the OS on multiple Macs, because you don’t have to download the ~5GB installer onto each computer, and it serves as a handy emergency disk if your Mac is experiencing problems. 2 Here’s this year’s version, for both macOS High Sierra (10.13) and macOS Sierra (10.12), of my annual how-to guide.

It’s never a bad idea to have one of these.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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$20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be...

A Wi-Fi security camera for $20? What’s the catch? Josh Centers shares his experiences with the unbelievably cheap WyzeCam. It’s well-built, has a decent app, works in the dark, and even provides limited cloud storage for free. There’s only one minor problem.


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PlayStation Vue TV service adds support for signing...

The PlayStation Vue TV service has added multiple features that will enhance its mobile viewing experience. The company originally rolled out its PS Vue app on Apple TV back in 2016, being one of the first internet TV providers to launch a client on the tvOS platform.


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Review: PowerVision PowerEgg Camera Drone

What looks like a large white egg, weighs 4.6 pounds (2,100 grams), shoots 4K photos and video, and flies? Sounds like a joke, right? It's not, but if it was the punch line would be the PowerVision PowerEgg (US$1,288), a very unique camera drone that stands apart from the usual quadcopters that are so prevalent today. As you’ll find in this review, the PowerEgg is an extremely capable drone that both new and experienced pilots should consider.

This review was also published on our sister site Drone World Today. 

PowerVision PowerEgg Camera Drone. Photo ©2018, Steven Sande


The PowerEgg is quite unique and different when it comes to camera drones. Four “arms” unfold upwards from an egg-shaped shell, with a motor pod at the end...

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MoviePass creator credits service's birth to...

In a promotional interview published on the iOS App Store, the one of the creators of MoviePass -- a subscription service that lets people see a 2D movie every day -- suggested that the Apple iPhone and mobile apps in general were instrumental in getting it off the ground.

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How to take advantage of the Dock's Stacks to...

Stacks offer the ability to quickly access regularly used files from the macOS Dock, instead of storing the documents on the desktop. AppleInsider teaches the basics of Stacks, including how to use the feature to create your own easily accessed file collection on the Dock.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Amazon Sale from $19,...

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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∞ Ratt and Marvin Gaye mashup

This is just so funny and well done. Thanks to my good friend Peter Cohen for sending this to me.

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Why you should use Malwarebytes to protect your Mac

When we cover dozens of stories each year about Mac related security issues and malware discovered in the wild, it’s hard to imagine that the misconception that “Macs don’t get viruses” still exists. Although there is some truth to it. Macs are much more resilient to what are commonly classified as “viruses” and in general malware is much more rare for Mac users versus Windows. But that doesn’t mean Mac users don’t need to protect themselves from malware threats. And it’s not just malware, there are a long list of other threats that Mac users should be aware of and protecting themselves against.

The security experts at long-time Mac software developer Malwarebytes are often the source of security stories we cover throughout the year on 9to5Mac. We’ve come to trust its team for the many discoveries and coverage of malware and security related issues for Mac users. That’s why it’s easy to give a recommendation...

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Analysts claim only 850K BlackBerry phones sold in...

A mere 850,000 BlackBerry-branded phones were shipped in all of 2017, according to estimates. Further marking the decline of the company's brand, BlackBerry World -- which hosts apps for the BB10 operating system -- will soon lose any remaining paid titles.

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Deals: High-end 2016 13" MacBook Pro for $1,499...

Today only, pick up an upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro (2.4GHz, 16GB, 512GB) for $1,499.99 at Woot ($600 off). Apple's 256GB 10.5" iPad Pro is also $699 and the 512GB LTE model is $949 for a few more hours. Factory reconditioned 27" LG 5K displays with Thunderbolt 3 are $619.99 for a limited time as well.

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Bonus Notches: Android smartphone vendors copy the...

This year's Mobile World Congress has served as a reminder of how much influence Apple has over the smartphone market, with some companies choosing to design their devices with the iPhone X's novel but controversial 'notch' firmly in mind.

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Collector attempting to get non-functional Apple I...

A collector of vintage Apple computers is attempting to restore a non-functional Apple I to full working order, and is documenting the process on Twitter …


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Apple Pay leads Google Pay in usage, interest among...

Dealspotr — a site “brands, influencers and shoppers connect to share today's best deals” — says that its research shows that Apple Pay leads Google Pay in usage and interest among Millennials and GenZ-ers.

Dealspotr ran a survey during February using Google Market Research. They surveyed 1,000 people total: 500 Millennials (females and males aged 25 to 34) and 500 Generation Z (females and males aged 18 to 24). 

Dealspotr found a higher adoption of Apple Pay among young adults than they expected. Their research shows that 15% of young adults have used Apple’s mobile payment service while shopping online.

In-store, 11% of Millennials and 10% of GenZers have used Apple Pay to pay for items in the checkout line. Apple Pay (10%) was significantly more popular than rival payment platforms Google Pay (4%) and Samsung Pay (2%). However, credit card and PayPal remain the dominant forms of payment (actual and...

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Human rights groups worried about Apple’s iCloud...

Apple is moving iCloud accounts registered in mainland China to state-run Chinese servers on Wednesday along with the digital keys needed to unlock them, and this has privacy advocates and human rights groups worried.

"The changes being made to iCloud are the latest indication that China's repressive legal environment is making it difficult for Apple to uphold its commitments to user privacy and security," Amnesty International warned in a statement.

“Apple has been criticized for blocking Chinese users' access to the Apple News app and for removing VPN apps from the App Store in China,” the human rights group says. “The changes being made to iCloud are the latest indication that China’s repressive legal environment is making it difficult for Apple to uphold its commitments to user privacy and security.”...

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WatchKit is a sweet solution that will only ever...

Marco Arment:

Developers weren’t given access to make native apps until the iPhone’s second year. Before the native development kit was ready, Apple tried to pass off web apps as a “sweet solution” for third-party apps, but nobody was fooled.

Apple wasn’t using web apps for their own built-in iPhone apps — they were using native code and frameworks to make real apps. Developers like me did our best with web apps, but they sucked. We simply couldn’t make great apps without access to the real frameworks.


Developing Apple Watch apps is extremely frustrating and limited for one big reason: unlike on iOS, Apple doesn’t give app developers access to the same watchOS frameworks that they use on Apple Watch.

Instead, we’re only allowed to use WatchKit, a baby UI framework that would’ve seemed rudimentary to developers even in the 1990s. But unlike the iPhone’s web apps, WatchKit doesn’t appear to be a stopgap — it seems to be Apple’s long-term...

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10% of young adult Americans have used Apple Pay in-...

A survey of 1,000 young adults Americans found that more than 10% of them had used Apple Pay to make a purchase in a retail store. This was well ahead of Google Pay at 4% and Samsung Pay’s 2%.

The figure was even higher when it came to online purchases in the same 18-35 year old demographic …


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M. Night Shyamalan to produce straight-to-series...


M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple.

The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce. Plot details for the series are being kept under wraps. The half-hour series has received a 10-episode order, with Shyamalan also set to direct the first episode.

To me, M. Night Shyamalan is exasperating. I am a huge fan of The Sixth Sense, and the connected series, Unbreakable, Split, and the upcoming Glass. But interspersed throughout those movies is a series of projects that just left me cold. And there were a lot of them.

Shyamalan’s most recent TV effort was Wayward Pines, well received, but it ultimately ended after two seasons.

Fingers crossed on this one.


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SecurityLab gives Apple’s iPhone top billing when it...

An analysis of security updates by SecurityLab for different smartphone brands gives the iPhone top billing. When it came to Android brands, however, “only two managed halfway decent ratings, with many big brands being rated poorly,” notes 9to5Mac

SecurityLab tweeted a table which examined four different factors:

  • The shortest time to publish a security update following discovery of a vulnerability.
  • The maximum delay in making the update available to all.
  • Whether or not updates were independent of carriers.
  • How long a device is supported with security updates

Apple was rated green in all categories. Its shortest time to issue an update was measured in days,...

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Fitbit preparing second foray into smart watches...

Just a few months after the release of the Fitbit Ionic, the company is preparing another smart watch, to further compete with the Apple Watch.

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Timers, reminders, alarms—oh, my!

Dr. Drang, Leancrew:

I decided to dig into the many ways you can set timed alerts on your Apple devices and how the alert systems vary from device to device. It is, you will not be surprised to learn, a mess.

This is a fascinating read, everything you’d ever want to know about timers, reminders, and alarms, and the way they are shared amongst the varied OSes in the Apple ecosystem.

But to me, this is emblematic of many other ecosystem elements. As you read through this, think about photos, music, your documents, even Siri access.

At the same time, to be fair, realize that we are at HomePodOS version 1.0. Surely the HomePod sharing model will evolve significantly over time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple makes Chinese transfer of iCloud data official...

As planned, Apple on Wednesday transferred control of its Chinese iCloud data to a local firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data. The move is necessary to comply with local laws, but has drawn criticism for exposing customers to the authoritarian Chinese government.

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Elon Musk wants to use satellites to bring broadband...


When Elon Musk’s SpaceX heaved two communications satellites aloft last week, he joined a space race that’s foiled plenty of other dreamers.

Billions of dollars have vanished in the quest to provide internet service from low-earth orbit. Globalstar Inc. and Iridium Communications Inc. crashed into bankruptcy but are still at it, while another effort folded despite backing from Bill Gates, Boeing Co. and others.

But the failure of others has never stopped Musk. Especially where space is concerned.

Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Greg Wyler’s OneWeb, Boeing, and Canada’s Telesat are among the companies that have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to offer broadband service using satellites.

This is a race. And I believe someone in this pack might ultimately succeed.

And if that does happen, will it lower the cost of internet access? Will it provide broadband everywhere, an alternative to cell...

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Former Apple exec named CEO/president of the...

The Computer History Museum named former Apple executive Dan’l Lewin as its new CEO and president. He was one of Steve Jobs’ top guys back in the early days of Apple, notes Cult of Mac

Lewin served in a number of marketing roles from 1981 to 1985 and was recruited by Jobs to join his new company, NeXT, after Jobs was fired from Apple. 

Lewin will lead the organization through its next phase of growth, including expanding the museum’s interpretation efforts and content and media creation to further reach and impact global audiences. He will develop and direct the strategy, fundraising, and ongoing operations of the museum, including those of its Exponential Center — dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation — and the Center for Software History. Lewin will officially assume the position on March 7.

The mission of the Computer...

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Apple Watch a hit on the mountain: 25% of Slopes app...

While third-party apps for Apple Watch remain something of a mixed bag, at least one developer has found a very popular use case for their watchOS app: Consumed by Code's skiing and snowboarding app Slopes sees one-quarter of its users start recording rides down the mountain via Apple Watch.

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Anti-NRA activists are calling for a boycott of...

Activists are organizing a 24-hour boycott of Apple, Amazon,and FedEx, due to their ties to the NRA, on March 1, according to Business Insider.

FedEx says it will continue its discount program for NRA members. Apple and Amazon have stayed silent about their whether they will remove the NRA's TV channel (NRAtv) from their streaming options.

Launched in 2016, NRAtv includes 22 programs. It’s  available via theApple TV, Amazon Prime, Roku, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, YouTube, iTunes, and Google Chromecast.

The protest organizers argue that NRAtv and NRA discount programs give money to the gun-rights group and foster gun violence in the U.S., notes Business Insider.

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Incredible deal on the HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K...

Have a MacBook Pro or MacBook? Those USB-C ports can be a bit annoying to new owners, because in the past you probably bought a lot of "regular" USB peripherals that don't plug right into the new laptop. We have a solution, and it's not going to break the bank! This HyperDrive USB-C Hub with 4K HDMI support is only $44.99 for a limited time, and it can help turn your frustration with USB-C into happiness.

What can this lightweight hub do for you?

  • Expand your new MacBook's ports to accommodate HDMI cables, syncing cables, camera cords, flash drives, microSD cards & much more
  • Play 4K HDMI video on external monitors w/ 4K HDMI support
  • ...
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Ring went on Shark Tank, asked for $7 million. No...

LA Times:

Ring doorbells are already being used by 2 million customers. Its improbable success comes five years after its founder, serial entrepreneur Jamie Siminoff, was rejected on the TV show “Shark Tank.”

Rejected isn’t quite right. He got offers, just none that made sense to him.

But the company proved there was demand for video-enabled doorbells, which enable users to see outside their homes via smartphone or computer. The technology provides a sense of security and a salve for one of the most nagging problems in the e-commerce era: package thieves.

There’s a certain irony there. Seems to me, the biggest victim of package thieves is Amazon, who ponys up a replacement when its packages don’t make it into customer hands.

Ring is also an excellent complement to Amazon Key, the program that allows package delivery services access to your house to leave a...

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Smartphone security comparison gives Apple top...

An analysis of security updates for different smartphone brands unsurprisingly gives Apple top billing, with just one criticism. When it came to Android brands, however, only two managed halfway decent ratings, with many big brands being rated poorly …


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Apple Watch Series 3 now tracks skiing, snowboarding...

Skiers and snowboarders can now use Apple Watch Series 3 to track their activities via new updates to apps available in the App Store. Watch users can now record runs, see vertical descent and other stats, and contribute active calorie measurements directly to the Apple Watch Activity app.

The updated Slopes app tracks speed, vertical, distance, lift vs. trail time and more with a completely redesigned interface.

Developers are taking advantage of the built-in GPS and altimeter in Apple Watch Series 3 as well as custom workout APIs released in watchOS 4.2 to enable tracking of specialized metrics. App updates for snoww, Slopes, Squaw Alpine, Snocru and Ski Tracks now track new metrics on the slopes including: total vertical descent and horizontal distance; number of runs; average and maximum speeds; total time spent; and calories burned.

Apps can auto pause and resume and users will get credit towards their Activity rings; workout information will also...

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Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 4.2 now tracks...

Apple has added the ability for skiers and snowboarders to use the Apple Watch Series 3 to track activities through new updates to apps just updated in the App Store.

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Apple Watch Series 3 users can now track skiing and...

watchOS 4.2 included new APIs for tracking snow sports. Several third-party apps have today been updated with support for the new features. Apps including Slopes, snoww, Squaw Alpine, Snocru and Ski Tracks will be able to report metrics like vertical descent, distance, number of runs, average speed and calories burned.

Snowboard and skiing tracking requires Apple Watch Series 3 as it uses the new built-in altimeter to determine elevation.


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Growing calls for boycott of Apple purchases over...

There are growing calls for consumers to boycott Apple purchases tomorrow in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Apple is one of three companies being targeted by the #March1NRABoycott as it offers access to NRAtv through Apple TV …


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Scammer pilfers $75,000 in bitcoin from Steve Wozniak

A sale of the bitcoin cryptocurrency ending in a credit card chargeback resulted in Wozniak losing seven bitcoins with nothing to show for it.

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Apple patent involves Mac laptops with easily...

So far Apple has made it more and more difficult to upgrade its various devices. However, a newly granted patent (number 9,904,333) involves Macs — especially Mac laptops — with easily replaced solid state drives (SSDs).

The patent, dubbed “SSD related features of a portable computer,” involves a removable assembly for quickly inserting and removing a mass storage device from a compartment situated on the case of a portable computing device. The removable assembly is made of a mass storage device, a bracket which serves as a carrier for the mass storage device, and a metal plate. 

In some embodiments, the mass storage device is a solid state drive (SSD) card. The bracket is a single-piece plastic structure that is deflected for snap insertion into the compartment and snap removal from the compartment. The metal plate conducts heat from the solid state drive (SSD) card to prevent the SSD from overheating.

In the patent filing, Apple notes manufacturers have...

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TotalMount Pro makes it easy to attach an Apple TV...

I really like my Apple TV 4K and use it daily. However, when it was sitting on my TV stand, my two-year granddaughter thought it was a toy. Not good. Enter the $29.95 TotalMount Pro, which attaches the Apple set-top box to the back of your television.

It’s also handy for wall-mounted TV owners who have struggled with tunneling an HDMI cable from a television through a wall to an Apple TV.  Running an HDMI cable through a wall is too destructive and time-consuming. TotalMount Pro makes Apple TV installation simple by attaching the Apple TV to the back of the television. 

This installation method positions the Apple set-top box for easy access to the HDMI port on the back of the television. (A power cord is still necessary, but most wall-mounted televisions have a power outlet behind the television.)

The Apple TV includes a rechargeable...

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PSA: Today is when Apple switches over iCloud data...

Starting today, Apple will be moving the iCloud data of Chinese customers to a server run by GCBD, a company owned by the provincial government …


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Latest update to Sketch design tool integrates...

As part of the latest update to Sketch, a popular design tool for app development, the company announced that they have partnered with Apple to integrate the official iOS 11 design templates inside the app.

Sketch users can now simply download the Apple iOS UI Library in one click, and get automatic updates when new resources are added.


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How to reset your HomePod

If your HomePod isn’t responding, you should unplug it from its power source, then plug it in again. If that doesn’t work — and ONLY if that doesn’t work — should you reset it to its factory settings. 

However, if you must do this, you can use the Home app to reset the HomePod to its factory settings by following these steps:

  • On your iOS device, open the Home app. Make sure that your iOS device is signed in with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomePod.
  • In the Home or Rooms tab, press and hold HomePod, then tap Details.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Accessory.

If you can’t remove the HomePod from the Home app, you can press the top of HomePod to reset it to its factory settings. Here’s how:

  • Unplug HomePod, then plug it back in.
  • Press and hold the top of HomePod. Make sure that you keep your finger on the top of HomePod the entire time. If you lift your finger, you'll need to start over.
  • ...
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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 28, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

TRT World  has launched Bloom - Daily Video, a R&D app from TRT World. Delivering five videos to the iPhone each weekday, it’s designed to help users discover what's happening in the world, featuring a playlist of short- and long-form videos that can be consumed quickly as part of a daily routine.

macOS Apps/Updates

TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 2 for the Mac, which  allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. 

Create Booklet 2 can place pages side by side re-sorted for booklet printing, no matter what printer...

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Barclays cites longer wait times for iPhone battery...

If you’re looking to snag a battery for an older iPhone with a degraded battery, you may face a longer time than ever per new data shared by Barclays.

Average wait times for a new battery have jumped up to 2.7 to 4.5 weeks based on a series of Apple Store checks conducted by Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz. This figure is up from around 2.3 to 4.5 weeks earlier in the year.

When a replacement battery repair, stores typically have to order the part through Apple, which makes the processor more complicated than scheduling a Genius Bar appointment. Wait times for the replacement batteries can vary based on location and device model. Batteries for devices like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s are harder to come by than batteries for the iPhone 7, and for some devices, like the iPhone 6 Plus, battery wait times have ranged into months.

As of January, Apple stated that batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus, which is no longer being sold, are in short enough supply as to...

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T-Mobile criticizes competitors, offers details for...

Wireless carrier T-Mobile has released additional details regarding its 5G network plans for 2018 and 2019, citing that 5G connectivity will be available in 30 US cities, with availability starting next year.

Alongside news from AT&T and Sprint today on 5G plans and progress, T-Mobile shared its own details on the topic in a press release. Notably, Dallas will be the one city receiving 5G service soon from all of these carriers (Verizon hasn’t announced launch cities for now).

T-Mobile also stated that customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas will be the first to have access to it with compatible smartphones next year.

T-Mobile also criticized the mobile hotspot pucks offered by some of its competitors, offering the following:

“Dumb and Dumber are in a meaningless race to be first. Their so-called 5G isn’t mobile, and it’s not even on a smartphone. It’s a puck?! You gotta be pucking kidding me!” said John Legere, president and CEO...

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2018

February's Mac games

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On the hunt for a fresh and exciting game to play this month? Luckily, there’s always something new worth checking out in the world of Mac games, and we’ve put together our picks for the 10 biggest and most interesting-looking titles released in February 2018.

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Activists call for boycott of Apple and Amazon over...

Following a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., gun control activists are calling for a 24-hour boycott of Apple and Amazon as the two companies host the National Rifle Association's NRAtv channel on their respective platforms.

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Apple Maps activates Transit directions in South...

Apple recently enabled Apple Maps public transit data for major metropolitan areas in South Carolina as part of ongoing efforts to build out its mapping service, granting users access to bus timetables, schedules and routes.

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Video: Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo 2nd generation

Apple's HomePod is more than twice as expensive as Amazon's second-generation Echo, incorporates a less capable virtual assistant in Siri and is limited to Apple's ecosystem of service. So why would anyone choose it? It's all about sound quality.

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PSA: Watch out for these convincing App Store...

Representing such a large and diverse percentage of the market, Apple customers are common targets of phishing attempts. Whether they be innovative methods via iOS applications or traditional email phishing attempts, it’s important for customers to remain skeptical of communication asking for sensitive information.

A new wave of phishing attempts targeted at Apple customers comes in the form of subscription renewal email and has seemingly become so widespread, Apple has shared new tips on protecting yourself…


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Walmart offers same-day delivery from Sam's...

To combat Amazon's two-hour PrimeNow Whole Foods deliveries, Walmart is adding a similar feature for its members-only warehouse chain, Sam's Club. Through a partnership with Instacart, customers can order food and other goods from the bulk outlet and...

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Take Control Book: Apple Home Automation

If you’re an Apple user who’s interested in joining the smart home revolution—or adding even more smarts to your existing setup—this book is the ideal guide.

I had a look through this book this morning. HomeKit isn’t as complicated as I thought it was after reading a few sections of the book.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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M. Night Shyamalan is the latest to join Apple'...

Apple's $1 billion budget for original programming is definitely getting put to good use. Variety has just reported that M. Night Shyamalan, the auteur behind plot-twist classics like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, will be producing an original ser...

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Snapchat sees dramatic spike in app downloads...

Snapchat’s incredibly controversial redesign appears to be paying off, at least in terms of downloads. According to new data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Snap has seen a sharp increase in first-time installs of its application on the heels of the dramatic redesign on both iOS and Android


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New Apple Patent Imagines an OLED Screen As a...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent titled "dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections." The documentation for what is patent number 9,904,502 outlines a device that would use a second display as a dynamic keyboard. Two implementations of this design are described in the patent application, according to Patently Apple. The first utilizes a permanent hinge, while the second allows the screen to be removed and used separately, along the lines of Microsoft's Surface Pro range and other two-in-one computers. The patent documentation makes it clear that the implementation is not intended as an accessory that would allow two iPads to be paired together, with one serving as the keyboard. Additionally, illustrations associated with the application explicitly state that one screen is an OLED display, while the other is an LCD. A double-display set-up could provide easy...

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Apple World Today News Update: February 27, 2018

"I see dead Apple TV series..."

There are a lot of little news items today dealing with video content, 5G, and Apple's sky-high share price:

  • Hit-or-miss director M. Night Shyamalan (good: The Sixth Sense, really bad: The Last Airbender) is the latest to get a green light from Apple for an original series. Thank God he's only directing one episode...
  • There's a big sale on 4K HDR movies and more in the iTunes Store right now
  • Mobile providers T-Mobile and Sprint throw their hats into the 5G ring
  • AAPL reached a new record high of $180.48 before retreating today, buoyed by nice words from Warren Buffett

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


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How to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit...

Apple has confirmed that macOS will no longer provide full support for 32-bit apps following High Sierra. AppleInsider shows you how to check which software on your Mac might be affected by the shift.

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9.7-inch iPad deals: Costco and Best Buy drop prices...

If you’ve been wanting one of last year’s regular iPads, today’s a good day to pick one up. Both Costco and Best Buy are offering some impressive deals on last year’s 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi, but Costco in particular is offering what looks like the best deal on Apple’s signature tablet.

It’s Costco, so unfortunately you’ll have to be a member to take advantage of the offer. But if that’s no problem, you can nab the 2017 9.7-inch 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi for just $299.99. That’s $129 off of Apple’s asking price of $429.00, representing an impressive savings of around 30 percent.

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Hyundai's Kona Electric SUV boasts a 292-mile...

Hyundai's newly bolstered EV strategy might be off to a good start. It just unveiled the Kona Electric, an adaptation of its crossover SUV that promises to combine both ample space with meaningful performance. The base edition's 186-mile range and...

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PayPal settles with FTC over Venmo disclosure and...

The FTC filed a complaint against PayPal over its Venmo peer-to-peer payment service back in 2016. The trade commission alleged that Venmo did not adequately disclose that customer transfers to external bank accounts were subject to review and could...

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036: Amazon buys Ring, Apple opening clinics, M....

Today we’ve got details about Amazon buying Ring, Apple’s new AC Wellness clinics, and M. Night Shyamalan directing a new TV show for Apple.

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


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Report: Apple plans three new iPhones for 2018—and...

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According to a new report, three new iPhones will launch in 2018, all derived from the design and features of the iPhone X. One would be a direct successor to the iPhone X, another would be a significantly larger cousin with the biggest smartphone screen Apple has yet produced, and the third would be a cheaper version that makes some concessions for cost.

The source, Bloomberg, cites "people familiar with the products." This report follows several rumors from various points in Apple's supply chain that have described a...

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Apple adds video iPhone tutorials on telephoto...

Apple on Tuesday added two brief video tutorials covering photography on the iPhone, teaching some of the very basics of shooting.

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Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens... | Read more »
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