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This week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, Siri Speaker...

In this week’s top stories: AAPL earnings, Siri Speaker, iPhone 8 reports, AirPods & Apple Watch sales, and much more.


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Recommended Reading: A second act for '...

'Guardians of the
Galaxy 2:' Twice
Is (Still) the Charm
Christopher Orr,
The Atlantic

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters this weekend, the sequel to the 2014 film that introduced us to Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Grax and Rocket on the big...

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08:28 removes Apple Pay as payment choice for...

Apple Pay has been expanding at a relatively brisk pace over recent months, with the payment platform expanding to new countries, new apps, and more. This time, however, Apple Pay has actually been removed as a payment option from popular delivery services platform, with the company citing issues out of its control…


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Spotify again accuses Apple of abusing its size...

Spotify and a handful of other companies are going after Apple with anticompetitive allegations in Europe. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Spotify is accusing Apple and Google of abusing their “privileged position” at the top of the market…


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Phil Schiller on App Store upgrade pricing, Amazon...

Always fun to read the tea leaves when Apple executives speak.

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Android Pay could use your face to authenticate...

It's not that hard to add points to your loyalty cards on Android Pay, but it looks like Google is mulling on an experimental feature to automate the process. 9to5google has torn the latest version of the app apart and found lines of code that hint a...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Rovio's Battle Bay...

The bird is no longer the word

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a new game from the makers of Angry Birds—with nary a pig or bird in sight. Plus, we have apps for budgeting, making cool photos, and more. Read on!

Battle Bay

Image by Battle Bay

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Analyst: iPhone 8 edge-to-edge horizontally, glass...

In a lengthy report from JPMorgan, the analyst breaks down its latest predictions about the upcoming 2017 iPhone updates.

The ‘modest upgrade’ iPhone 7s models will reportedly use glass backs in addition to the radical OLED iPhone. It says the OLED display will be edge-to-edge horizontally on the iPhone 8, not vertically (pictures after the jump). The analyst also claims that the iPhone 8 may come bundled with a free pair of wireless AirPods and predicts the total added cost to Apple of all the new technology inside the OLED iPhone …


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ABI Research: enterprise smartwatch shipments will...

Good news for the Apple Watch: ABI Research forecasts that enterprise smartwatch shipments will reach nearly 14 million in 2022, increasing from just more than two million in 2017. Yet, for these devices to infiltrate the workplace, vendors must address security device management and compliance at the design level, according to the research group.

"Today, very few wearable devices, including smartwatches, have enterprise-grade authentication integrated out of the box, which makes them incredibly susceptible to security breaches," says Stephanie Lawrence, Research Analyst at ABI Research. "This puts sensitive information, such as an individual's healthcare records or financial information, at risk."

ABI Research identifies several security solutions available to smartwatches, but with many enterprises touting bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies and the mix of devices entering the workplace on the rise,...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We have some very familiar presidential election news, plus a leaked pic of Amazon's next big thing. Oh, and Bob Ross is about to become a playable character in Smite.

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More than 100 million U.S. households don’t have a...

Seems there’s plenty of room for the Apple HomeKit market to grow. Research from Parks Associates shows that more than 100 million U.S. households didn’t have a smart home device at the end of 2016. 

Apple's HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

Analysts at Parks Research say that reaching those households with no smart phone devices will require continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences.

"The smart home market is experiencing strong growth and is preparing the transition from early adopters to the early majority," says Tom Kerber, director of IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. "Natural language control and analytics-based automation are simplifying the user experience and together act as a...

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Apple files for patent for ‘protecting software...

Apple wants to make your macOS and iOS devices even more secure. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 9,639,673) for “protecting software through a fake crytographic layer.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that software developers invest considerable resources in the development and maintenance of computer software. This investment often results in the development of proprietary algorithms that are advantageous over those used by the competition and which the developer would like to keep secret so as to leverage the superiority of the algorithm. In addition to proprietary algorithms, software may also contain embedded secrets such as cryptographic keys. Because of the plethora of important information, software is often the target of various reverse engineering efforts to dissect, analyze, and discover how it works. 

To minimize reverse engineering efforts, attackers often attempt to locate higher value code by identifying known code patterns or...

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The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Apple Q2 2017...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 5, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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Phil Schiller says voice-only assistants are...

Indian news network NDTV caught up with Apple’s SVP Marketing Phil Schiller for an interview after his visit to the new App Accelerator in Bengaluru.

The discussion touches on Schiller’s management of App Store and Apple’s developer ecosystem, Swift adoption and his thoughts on voice-only assistants like the Google Home or Amazon Echo. Whilst Schiller would not gave any praise to its competitor’s products, he did say that these kind of devices are convenient in some situations …


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Facebook could launch two dozen 'TV-like'...

Facebook might be getting ready to make its video dreams a reality: According to Business Insider, the social network plans to launch two dozen original shows in June. Its no secret that the company has been looking for partners that can create uniqu...

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Friday May 5

Sonos Playbar speaker does all-in-one TV & music...

Even with a few rough edges, the Sonos Playbar may be a handy way for Apple device owners to tackle all of their living room audio needs.

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This week on AI: Apple's Siri speaker exposed,...

Apple revealed its March-quarter financial results on Tuesday, which saw profits up, but iPhone sales down. Perhaps the most interesting news of the week however was more information about Apple's rumored Amazon Echo competitor, based on Siri.

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22:11 removes Apple Pay as payment option for...

Popular on-demand delivery services platform on Friday notified users that it no longer accepts Apple Pay for laundry orders, saying the payment option was removed for problems outside the company's control.

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Nike is livestreaming an attempt to run a sub-2 hour...

While it's Friday night here, three Nike-sponsored athletes are up early on a Saturday morning in Italy. The company has made it a quest to break the two-hour barrier for a marathon run, as Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge and Zersenay Tadese go for tha...

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Touchable BlindPad puts visual information at your...

This touchscreen tablet operates differently than your usual iPad, with 192 magnetic buttons across its 12 x 15cm surface. They can move up and down almost instantaneously to create patterns representing the layout of a room or other visual data and...

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Spotify, others file EU complaint over Apple and...

Apple and Google are being targeted by a host of European internet services firms, including streaming music leader Spotify, that are urging the European Commission to investigate the tech giants over "troubling" app store practices.

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People actually crowdfunded this smart pillow

The connected home is getting out of hand. These days your mattress can do everything from keep tabs on your cheating spouse to start your coffee each morning. But why let the surface you sleep on have all the smarts when you can pay $300 for a pillo...

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The Apple Watch Outsold Every Other Wearable Last...

According to Strategy Analytics, Apple has shipped 3.5 million wearables in the first quarter of 2017, which is 59 percent higher than the 2.2 million devices it did in the same period last year. Engadget reports: Cupertino captured 16 percent of the global marketshare and stole the wearables crown from Fitbit, which had a much less stellar quarter. Fitbit only shipped 2.9 million devices in Q1, 36 percent less than the 4.5 million units it moved in the first quarter of 2016. Even Xiaomi sold more devices, putting the beleaguered wearables-maker in third place. Those results are consistent with Apple's latest earnings report. The company said its Watch and TV sales jumped up 31 percent year-over-year, and head honcho Tim Cook said Watch sales have nearly doubled since last year. Neil Mawston, Strategy Analytics executive director, said Apple's Watch Series 2 has been selling well "due to enhanced styling, intensive marketing and a good retail presence." Were you one of the 3.5...

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Facebook plans to launch its TV-like original...

It is no secret that Facebook has been attempting to get into the TV game. Now, according to a report from Business Insider, Facebook is planning to unveil its plans to enter that market next month with two different formats of video…


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Microsoft HoloLens becomes an AR assistant for...

Since the HoloLens was introduced, Microsoft has pitched it as both a gaming peripheral and a practical assistant in the workplace. Professionals have already started using its augmented reality tech to help out, from building engineers donning it to...

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Apple's Phil Schiller makes argument for...

Amidst rumors of a Siri home speaker, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller in an interview published this week offered his thoughts on dedicated voice assistants like Amazon's Echo, saying the lack of an onboard screen is a hindrance in many situations.

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French candidate hacked just before presidential...

Just days before the final round of the French presidential election, a large trove of emails from one candidate's campaign has allegedly been leaked online. In a statement on its website, the En Marche! campaign in support of candidate Emmanuel Macr...

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New York City plans to track every homeless person...

To assist New York City's efforts to combat homelessness, the mayor's office is planning to deploy a new tool to count every vagrant person within its bounds. In the hands of workers that reach out to the homeless every day, StreetSmart will help the...

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Friday 5: my favorite 1Password features for iOS [...

Agilebits’ 1Password is a password management app for iOS, Mac and other platforms. I’ve been using 1Password for several years, migrating over from LastPass. In my opinion, there is no better app than 1Password for password and credit card management. In this week’s Friday 5, I explain five of my favorite 1Password features.  more…

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Germany confronts Russia over election hacking

Speaking with reporters at a conference in Potsdam, Hans-Georg Maassen, president of the BfV agency (Germany's domestic intelligence group) renewed claims that Russian hackers were behind the attack on his country's parliament. He also warned the oth...

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Scan Spotify Codes to play songs instantly

Sharing songs with your buddies while on the go has typically been a hassle, with weird Shazam-style workarounds to get a song from one phone to another. It looks like Spotify knows this, too, as it's rolling out a new feature to use Snapchat-style c...

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AWT News Update: May 5, 2017

TGIF! We have a few stories for you on today's podcast, including a very good close of the week for shares of AAPL, some mergers and acquisitions that could be appropriate for Apple, and some malware that's affecting a few Mac users:

  • Apple closes at $148.96 per share, and is trading above $149 in after-hours trading
  • A Citigroup analyst has seven ideas for interesting strategic mergers and acquisitions for Apple
  • The "Snake" malware that has bugged Windows users for some time is now causing some issues for Mac users, although Apple has shut down the certificate for the installer
  • Apple has raised $7 billion in a bond sale 

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


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Moto focused on slimming down for the Z2 Play

If you liked the original Z Play for its low price and compatibility with Moto Mods, you'll probably dig the pending follow up, Motorola's Z2 Play. They pretty much look the same, minus the shape of one of the buttons. If you expected the original's...

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Spotify launching scannable ‘Spotify Codes’ for easy...

Spotify is launching a new feature called “Spotify Codes” that will generate a unique, QR-like code for anything on Spotify, which the company hopes will be used for sharing and discovery of new music. (via TechCrunch).


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'Smite' adds Bob Ross as a paint-throwing...

Bob Ross is about to do battle with the gods. The Joy of Painting host, known for his soft voice, permed afro and "happy little trees," is coming to Hi-Rez Studios' mythology-themed MOBA Smite later this month as a character skin for Sylvanus.

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Walmart eyes a future Dash replacement that could...

When Amazon's Dash buttons first debuted two years ago, many thought it was an April fool's joke. A device you could press just to order toilet paper? Isn't that the height of laziness? As it turned out of course, it wasn't a joke at all. From surpri...

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Kanye West just deleted his Twitter and Instagram

People are freaking out because Kanye West just deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Not surprisingly, there's no explanation as to why the producer-turned-rapper-turned-designer decided to shut down his social media pages, but don't be surpri...

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Another reason to love iOS: Over 8,400 new Android...

Image via AndroidGuys

Here's a frightening statistic...if you're the owner of an Android phone or tablet. Although Android is the dominant mobile operating system around the world with about a 72 percent market share, it also gets most mobile malware. Security experts at the G DATA security blog found almost 750,000 new Android malware apps in the first quarter, or about 8,400 each day -- that's about one new malware app every 10 seconds!

The culprit is that most Android users have devices which have not been updated to the much more secure Android 7 "Nougat" version, with only 4.9 percent of all Android devices worldwide running that OS. Android 7 has been available since August of 2016, so it's not as if it's a brand new operating system. 20...

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FCC and Congress Work to Roll Back Net Neutrality

Remember in 2015 when the FCC reclassified ISPs as common carriers and (sort of) made “net neutrality” the law of the land? Now the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress are undoing it in the name of “freedom.”


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Intel positions itself as the heart of autonomous...

Intel's computer chip manufacturing and marketing is amazing. It's hard to read the company's name without hearing those iconic four tones in your head. But outside of making silicon faster and shoving it in nearly every computer on the planet, the c...

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Google Neutralizes Docs Phishing Scam

A phishing scam that surfaced earlier this week used Google Docs in an attack against at least 1 million Gmail users. However, that amounted to fewer than 0.1 percent of Gmail users were affected, according to the company. Google last year put the number of active monthly Gmail users at more than 1 billion. Google shut down the phishing scam within an hour, it said, through both automatic and manual actions. It removed the fake pages and applications, and it pushed updates through Safe Browsing, Gmail and other anti-abuse systems.

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We've gotten our first look at an Echo with a...

Alexa is poised for a major breakout. Over the past few months, Amazon’s AI assistant has expanded to the iPhone in the Amazon app, Android with the Huawei Mate 9, and gotten a camera upgrade with the fashion-minded Echo Look. But a new leak suggests Amazon has even bigger plans for Alexa.

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How to send voice messages from Apple Watch

Apple Watch lets you easily message other people using dictation for voice-to-text input, but sometimes it’s just easier to send a voice recording to quickly express yourself over iMessage. Here’s how to send voice messages from Apple Watch.


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The enduring myth of the hacker boy-band

Last week, Wired magazine published a sprawling feature on a group of young hackers the magazine claimed would "make us or break us" with their "exceptional talent." The article fawningly profiled each member of a group of Northeastern University col...

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Deals: $25 off 2017 iPad; high-end 15" MacBook...

Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up the new 128GB 9.7" iPad (Wi-Fi + LTE) for $534 ($25 off) with no tax in 48 states. Apple's Radeon 460 15" MacBook Pro is also $100 off, while the top of the line 12" MacBook is now $1,499 ($250 off). Apple Watch Series 2 devices are also up to $100 off.

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YouTube developing free original shows with Kevin...

Possibly concerned about the growing amount of original video on competiting services like Netflix, Hulu, and Apple Music, Google's YouTube has announced plans to premiere six new shows, starring people like Ellen DeGeneres and comedian Kevin Hart.

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8,400 new Android malware apps found every day

The Android operating system clearly dominates the mobile market, with a share of around 72 percent. In Germany alone, around 67 percent of smartphone owners use a device with an Android operating system (source: Statcounter). G DATA security experts discovered over 750,000 new Android malware apps in the first quarter of 2017. That represents almost 8,400 new malware instances every day.

This is an absolutely staggering number. I don’t know how anyone using an Android device feels the least bit safe.

A comprehensive security solution is becoming more and more important for smartphones and tablets.

Yes, I agree. It’s called an iPhone and iOS.


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Ecobee's popular smart thermostat is on sale...

With the ship date of the Ecobee4 smart thermostat ten days away, the deals have been increasing on the current Ecobee3 model. Right now, Amazon is selling the second-generation Ecobee3 for $187. That’s $63 off the sticker price, as well as being about $13 cheaper than at other retailers.

The Ecobee3 can monitor multiple rooms in a home—though it comes with one wireless sensor, it can support up to 32. Its premise is that it dynamically adjusts the temperature based on which rooms are occupied and what their conditions are. (As long as you have a sensor to relay to the main unit such information, of course.) The company claims an average of 23% savings on your heating and cooling costs per year.

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Let's hope this isn't Amazon's...

Rumor has it Amazon is about to introduce a touchscreen version of its Echo speaker. Bloomberg was the first to report about this last November, although no images of the purported device were shared back then. But today, thanks to AFTVnews, we may b...

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Gruber on Apple’s China problem

I read through Gruber’s piece and tried to pick out one point to quote here, but it’s so thoughtfully woven together, you should just read it all.

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Twitch toys with the idea of chat-controlled TV shows

It sounds like Twitch doesn't want its new sneaker show to be its only stab at interactive programming. In the eyes of chief operating officer Kevin Lin, the ideal TV experience on the platform would be one where the story changes from one episode to...

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Apple’s China Problem: WeChat

Ben Thompson had a great column this week, in the wake of Apple’s quarterly results and Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface Laptop:

Did you hear about the new Microsoft Surface Laptop? The usual
are claiming it’s a MacBook competitor, which is
true insomuch as it is a laptop. In truth, though, the Surface
Laptop isn’t a MacBook competitor at all for the rather obvious
reason that it runs Windows, while the MacBook runs MacOS. This
has always been the foundation of Apple’s business model:
hardware differentiated by software such that said hardware
can be sold with a margin much greater than nominal competitors
running a commodity operating system.

Hardware differentiated by superior, exclusive software...

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Heartwarming reaction to their friend’s new...

If you’re having a bad day (I sure am!), this short video will definitely put a smile on your face.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With Layers...

Jessie Char joins me this week to talk about Apple’s WWDC, the preparations she’s making for The Layers Conference being held the same week, and how she goes about finding compelling speakers for the conference.

Layers Conference

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich to host weekly Beats 1...

Metallica's outspoken drummer's show on Beats 1 called "It's Electric!" will be "unfiltered, unscripted and completely all over the place" with a launch on May 7 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time with guest Iggy Pop.

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Apple Music may earn exclusive rights to unreleased...

What originally began as Tidal exclusives, Prince’s future catalog of work may find its way onto Apple Music. Troy Carter, Spotify executive and Prince’s entertainment estate advisor, is currently negotiating deals to have unreleased footage of the late popstar exclusively available on a music streaming platform. Sources told Billboard that although Carter works for Spotify, the deals are being shopped with music streaming company’s rivals as well.


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Turkish court backs censorship of Wikipedia

When Turkey blocked Wikipedia last week, its co-founder Jimmy Wales promised to push for a judicial review of the online censorship. Today, however, Ankara's 1st Criminal Court of Peace rejected Wikimedia Foundation's appeal, saying that popular crow...

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Most U.S. households have ditched landlines for...

I bet many of you have as well.

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Windows malware 'Snake' ported to Mac for...

A piece of malware long targeting Windows users -- known sometimes as "Snake," "Turla," or "Uroboros" -- is now reportedly being turned against Mac owners.

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Felony charges dropped after officer admits faking...

Police body-cam footage is supposed to be an objective account of what happens during a traffic stop or whatever's taking place when an officer's device is activated. The emphasis is on the "supposed to be." Recently, a Colorado case was dismissed af...

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9to5Rewards: Distil Union’s Wally Case and Wally...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Charleston, South Carolina-based Distil Union. The company offers a thoughtfully crafted selection of products ranging from iPhone cases, slick wallets, to a smartphone/tablet stand. Distil Union is a small business that believes in using design to create better experiences.

The company is offering a choice of its Wally Case or Wally Ether for iPhone to give away to three 9to5Mac readers this week.


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With Apple rumored to launch Siri home speaker,...

As rumors continue to heat up regarding a Siri-driven personal home assistant with high-end audio, Amazon is preparing to expand its own Alexa lineup, with a new leak revealing a touchscreen flagship Echo with camera.

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Global App Usage Still Rising, and Users in the US...

An anonymous reader shares a report: There's a reason that everyone you look at it is looking at a smartphone. According to the folks whose job it is to track such things, people can't get enough of apps, and global usage of them continues to increase. In its latest usage report, App Annie takes a look at the average user's app usage for the first quarter of 2017 and reaches the conclusion that mobile apps have become vital to our day-to-day lives. Last year's report found that time spent in apps reached 1 trillion hours. The average smartphone user, in the United States and other countries analyzed, used over 30 apps per month. That's about a third of the number that are actually installed on phones in the U.S. People use about 10 apps every day, the data shows, with iPhone users using slightly more than Android users. Utilities and tools are the most commonly used apps on a monthly basis, thanks to pre-installed apps such as Safari on iOS and Google on Android.


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India is cracking down on dissidence posted to...

India's hardline stance against spreading misinformation on social media is getting real. An administrator of a WhatsApp group has been arrested following accusations that he altered a photo of prime minister Narendra Modi "to look ugly and obscene,"...

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Google Photo's Mother's Day video tool is...

Google often likes to dip its toes into holidays and notable days to remind everyone what its apps can do (and could you use them, please?), and it's recently added a special Mother's Day assistant to its Photos app. Given that Google selects the pho...

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Happy Hour Podcast 118 | Disappearing Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the state of watchOS software and disappearing Apple Watch apps, the rumored Siri Speaker possibility expected at WWDC, a wild iPhone 8 launch claim, and Apple’s latest quarterly earnings results. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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∞ Metallica’s Lars Ulrich to launch a show on Apple...

This is great news for music fans. Ulrich’s show is called “It’s Electric!” and debuts this Sunday, May 7 at 3pm PT. He explains more about the show in the video below.

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Rumor: iOS 11 to sport a smarter battery mod and new...

A deleted Reddit post — as noted by iPhone Informer — says that iOS 11, which will almost certainly be unveiled at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, will include a smarter battery mode and a new payment system.

The report says that the operating system upgrade will automatically place iPhones and iPads in low power mode whenever the battery life is below 20%. What’s more, there’s purportedly be a peer-to-peer payment service feature in the updated Wallet app (which might be renamed to Pay). The new Pay app will also have an iMessage extension that allows you to send cash via...

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Microsoft is hosting a Surface event in Shanghai on...

The Surface Laptop isn't the only new piece of hardware Microsoft has coming up. The company sent out invites last night for an event in Shanghai on May 23rd, where it will "show the world what's next." That's pretty cryptic, but a tweet from Microso...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case $...

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Amazon video app may come to Apple TV

Amazon and Apple may have reached a truce.

The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers’ time, eyeballs and money, are close to an agreement to bring an Amazon video app to Apple’s Apple TV set-top box, according to people familiar with the two companies.

This agreement will benefit both companies. Amazon subscribers want to be able to use their Apple TVs to watch videos without using AirPlay and Apple wants to offer a full complement of programming options for its customers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Amazon Echo with new design and touchscreen...

While Apple is rumored to announce a Siri Speaker at WWDC aimed as a high-end Echo competitor, Amazon is readying an Alexa device with a built-in display. In a leaked image, the new device is more monolithic, featuring a touchscreen and possibly a camera.


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Amazon Prime Video reportedly coming to the Apple TV...

Amazon Prime Video has some of the best original TV shows and Oscar-worthy new movies (Best Picture winner Moonlight is coming soon), which is why it infuriates me that I can’t stream that content directly on my Apple TV. But that’s about to change.

Recode is reporting that Apple and Amazon are working out their long-standing differences to bring a Prime Video app to the Apple TV App Store sometime this summer. Insert literally all the raised hands emojis here.

My current workaround is to open the Prime Video app on my iPhone and then use AirPlay to beam whatever I’m watching to my Apple TV. It’s easy enough to do, but when faced with the choice of going through those extra steps or just watching whatever’s new on Netflix, I almost always choose the latter. (This is why I’m still not caught up on the third season of Transparent. I know, I...

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YouTube investing in 40 original TV shows and movies

The company will fund more than 40 original shows and movies in the next year, spending hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a person familiar with the plans. YouTube is betting high-profile stars will attract more advertisers like Johnson & Johnson, which is sponsoring “Best.Cover.Ever,” a music competition from Ryan Seacrest that’s scheduled for later this year.

I think this is great. The original programming from Netflix and others over the past few years has been fabulous. Hopefully that trend will continue.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Warren Buffett not bothered by ‘a lot of people...

Warren Buffett isn’t shaken by Apple’s iPhone numbers from last quarter. Despite a slight dip in sales year-over-year, the billionaire investor says he believes $AAPL is priced appropriately to buy now and there are ‘a lot of people waiting’ to buy the next iPhone. Buffett’s company added 40 million AAPL shares recently and has more than a $7 billion stake in the company.


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Twitch is launching a new live show about sneaker...

Now that Twitch is helping its community of streamers grow into professional broadcasters and expanding into original content, the popular social video platform is also ready to move beyond the gaming world and flip the switch on some new, regularly...

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Report: Amazon is making an Apple TV app almost 2...

Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

At long last, Amazon will release an official Prime Video app for the Apple TV—at least, if a new report from Recode is to be believed. Citing "people familiar with the two companies," the report indicates that Amazon and Apple are "close to an agreement" that would bring Amazon's app to Apple's box sometime over the summer.

Currently, watching Prime Video on an Apple TV requires you to sling it from the Prime Video app on an iPhone or iPad via AirPlay, a clunky-at-best solution that doesn't always work well and (from my own personal experience) reduces video quality relative to a direct stream. Because Amazon doesn'...

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Fender intros iPhone-connected Mustang GT guitar...

Fender on Friday launched a new line of guitar amps, the Mustang GT series, notable for including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth -- which not only enables streaming music, but changing up presets via an associated iPhone and Android app, Fender Tone.

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Porsche opens digital center in Silicon Valley

Sportscar maker Porsche is opening a digital technology center with 100 staff in Silicon Valley to forge new partnerships, cooperate with venture-capital companies and invest in new companies, it said on Friday.

This is a very interesting move for Porsche. They aren’t waiting to license technology in a few years when it matures, they are getting in on the ground floor where it’s being developed in Silicon Valley.

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Could Apple buy Netflix or Tesla? Citigroup thinks so

Analysts often dream about spending Apple’s growing cash pile by listing which company’s Apple could acquire, and this week Apple’s cash reserves climbed past a quarter trillion dollars at $256.8 billion. In response, Citigroup analyst Jim Suva has listed both Netflix and Tesla as takeover targets for Apple…


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Prince's estate looking at bringing '...

Prince's estate is readying an unreleased concert film from the seminal '80s album 'Purple Rain' with accompanying documentary footage, and is reportedly shopping it around to Apple Music and other streaming services.

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Apple to Deprecate TidBITS News and Other 32-bit iOS...

The writing is on the wall for 32-bit iOS apps that haven’t seen updates in years — they will stop working in a future version of iOS. That includes the TidBITS News app that a few people still use. Happily, you can easily replace it with any RSS reader, including Apple’s built-in News app.


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Apple's latest bond sale more modest than...

Following the initial notification of a new bond sale on Thursday, Apple has launched the offering and raised $7 billion in a six-part sale with due dates ranging to 2027.

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Most U.S. households have ditched landlines for...

In America, landlines aren’t the norm anymore.

A recently released survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF) estimates that during the second half of 2016 50.8 percent of U.S. households were wireless only. That’s up from 48.3 percent during the same time period in 2015—a rise of 2.5 percentage points.

The story behind the story: It might seem odd to hear that the CDC is tracking phone usage, but there’s actually a good reason for it. Every year, the CDC conducts a face-to-face survey with 40,000 households called the National Health Interview Survey. Since 2003, the NHIS has monitored what kind of phone connectivity respondents had: landline or mobile. This data gives the CDC useful information that correlates to the health status of people without landlines.


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The average smartphone user spends 2h 15m a day...

Data from App Annie shows that the average smartphone owner spends 2 hours and 15 minutes a day using apps – the equivalent of one month a year. The average person has 60-90 apps installed on their phone, using around 30 of them each month and launching 9 per day.

Utilities and Tools led the way thanks to numerous pre-installed apps, such as Safari on iOS and Google on Android. After pre-installed apps, some of the largest categories by average apps used are Social Networking, Communication, and Social. This underscores the continued importance of social categories to marketing efforts for all types of apps.

The time spent using apps varied dramatically depending on the type of app …


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Amazon may finally cave, bring Prime Video to Apple...

After years of holding out to push its own Fire TV streaming devices, Amazon may finally be ready to bring its on-demand video service to Apple TV in the form of a dedicated app, making it easier for subscribers to access Prime Video in Apple's ecosystem.

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Windows backdoor malware disguises itself as Adobe...

A new piece of backdoor malware originally discovered on Windows has found a new home in macOS. Disguising itself as a legitimate Adobe Flash Player installer, the malware burrows into pre-existing macOS folders making it harder to spot. Having used a valid developer’s certificate, the malware was set to run free on macOS even with Gatekeeper enabled.

These certificates were created to help validate applications with Gatekeeper, but lately have been used to spread malicious software. This is the second reported malware incident in the past week using a valid certificate.


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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Mophie and...

Otterbox and Mophie team up

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This week’s roundup includes a new product that’s like the chocolate and peanut butter of iOS accessories—two great brands combining forces to made something new and better. Read on!

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Rumor: Amazon Prime coming to the Apple TV

Apple and Amazon are close to reaching an agreement that would bring Amazon Prime to the Apple TV, reports recode, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the two companies.”

This would allow Amazon Prime Video subscribers to easily watch TV shows and movies from the service using Apple's set-top box. Amazon employees expect the app to show up on Apple’s hardware in the third quarter of the year, according to recode.

If the rumor is true, this would be an about-face for Amazon. In June 2016, CEO Jeff Bezos said he only wants Amazon to sell devices that support Prime Video. Amazon Prime is a membership program that gives customers access to streaming video, music, e-books, free...

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Bosch may supply some of the motion sensors for the...

Robert Bosch has won orders from Apple to supply the next iPhone with some of its motion sensors, a potential blow to InvenSense, which currently is the main supplier of the smartphone components, Bloomberg reports, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the deal.”

Bosch is a German multinational engineering and electronics company headquartered in Gerlingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. Bloomberg says the company may supply as much as half of these components for the “iPhone 8,” with InvenSense supplying the rest, the person said. Bosch already supplies barometric pressure sensors for the Apple smartphone.Representatives for Apple, InvenSense and Bosch declined to comment.

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Amazon Prime Video app reportedly coming to Apple TV...

Amazon Prime members wanting to watch their included movies and TV shows on an Apple TV have so far had to rely on clunky workarounds, like AirPlaying the content from another Apple device. All that appears set to change as it’s reported that the Amazon Video app will be coming to Apple TV in the fall …


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Germany's Bosch wins orders to supply motion...

German supplier Bosch will provide some of the motion sensors for "the next iPhone," diverting some orders away from Apple's once exclusive supplier, InvenSense, according to a report.

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ExxonMobile now accepts Apple Watch payments

As noted by Cult of Mac, ExxonMobil stations in the U.S. are now accepting Apple Watch payments via Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service.

You’ll have to download the Speedpass+ app, which lets you pay your gas bill with a tap of your wrist. You’ll have the option to use Apple Pay, or input your credit card information manually.

Just like with Apple Pay, you’ll drive up to a pump and the Speedpass+ app will use your iPhone’s location to determine where you are. You then enter the pump number on your Watch and authorize the payment using your preferred payment method.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps...

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Plan ahead for Qi wireless charging on your iPhone...

One of the advantages of "that other mobile operating system" is that many of those phones use a standard called Qi for wireless charging. You just place your smartphone onto a charging dock without plugging in any cables, and the device is quickly charged up. Well, rumor has it that the iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone with wireless charging, and Apple's a member of the Wireless Power Consortium...the group that developed the Qi standard. Today we've got a deal on a wireless charging dock for "those other phones" and possibly for the iPhone 8; get this ...

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Find peculiar people in the placid, pleasurable...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Looking to relax after a long, hard day? Finding a game to match that laid-back mood can be challenging indeed. More and more games are focused on competition, whether it’s live or via leaderboards, while ultra-challenging games are especially in vogue right now. And that’s not even considering how games with timers or move limits continually prod you. Games can be stressful sometimes!

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Citi lists Netflix as the top target of an Apple...

Citi lists Netflix as the top target of Apple in a note to clients. The investment firm thinks a 10% repatriation tax on cash sitting overseas will entice the tech giant to make the deal.

The other top potential targets for Apple identified by Citi are Disney, Hulu, Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take-Two Interactive, and Tesla.

Citi analyst Jim Suva says each is a strategic fit in its own way. The Citi handicapping puts 40% odds on a Netflix buyout, 25% odds on a Disney buyout and the rest at 10% or lower odds. Add you own potential Apple target in the comment stream.

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CIRP data illustrates the ‘pause’ in iPhone sales...

The latest data on U.S. iPhone sales from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) illustrates the ‘pause’ in iPhone sales described by Apple CEO Tim Cook in the most recent earnings call. The company’s data indicates that the iPhone 6s/Plus accounts for the largest proportion of models owned, at 34%, with the original iPhone 6/Plus just behind at 33%. The Phone 7/Plus, in contrast, sits at 26%.

“Growth in the US installed has slowed considerably in the past year,” added Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP

While CIRP puts forward a number of possible explanations for this slowing growth, Cook blamed it primarily on one factor …


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AppleInsider podcast talks about the history of the...

This week on a special live edition of the AppleInsider podcast, Dan and Victor talk about the history of the professional Mac hardware, the history of pro software, and what happens next, all recorded from a gathering of professional users at Adorama in New York City.

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iPhone shipments in China fell 15% in Q1 2017 as...

iPhone shipments fell by 15% year-on-year in China during the first quarter of the year according to Counterpoint Research data. Apple saw its market share in the country fall from 12.3% in Q1 2016 to 10.1% Q1 2017.

The main reason for the fall at a time when smartphone sales in China are still growing was far stronger competition from local brands …


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FBI director James Comey’s testimony states that...

Per FBI director James Comey’s testimony to a Senate oversight committee, the Bureau has been unable to access almost half of the mobile devices it tried to examine in the first half of the fiscal year.

Comey said the FBI had been unable to access the contents of more than 3,000 mobile devices in the first half of the fiscal year, using what he described as “appropriate and available technical tools, even though there was the legal authority to do so.” He said that represented “nearly half” of all the mobile devices it had attempted to access in that time frame.

Comey’s statements seem to be leading towards support of forcing phone manufacturers to provide backdoor access to the authorities.

In his testimony, Comey offered the following comments:

I could imagine a world that ends up with legislation saying that if you’re going to make devices in the U.S. you figure out how to comply with court orders. Or maybe we don’t go there. But we are having...

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