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Thursday October 5

18:35
Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac gains APFS, HEVC, VR...




Virtualization solution Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac was updated on Thursday to take full advantage of hardware and software technologies supported by macOS 10.13 High Sierra, including the Apple File System and HEVC codec.

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17:41
Facebook testing Workplace Chat apps app for Mac and...




Social networking monolith Facebook quietly launched beta versions of dedicated Facebook Workplace Chat apps for Mac and PC that incorporate screen sharing, as well as the usual list of basic chat client features.

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17:02
Zillow to offer easy 3D house tour creation, viewing...




House hunting app Zillow is working on a new iOS app that will allow real estate professionals and homeowners to easily create 3D house tours using an iPhone, media designed to expedite house rentals and purchases.

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17:00
iFlicks 2.6.1

Focuses on adding support for new video and audio formats and improving reliability of internal metadata handling. ($34.99 new, free update, 17.3 MB)

 

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16:25
Zillow announces new app for creating 3D home tours...

Popular real estate company Zillow today announced work on an all-new iOS application that will make it incredibly easy for real estate agents to add interactive 3D tours of homes and apartments.

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15:40
Uber's iOS App Had Secret Permissions That...

To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record a user's iPhone screen, even if Uber's app was only running in the background, security researchers told news outlet Gizmodo. From a report: After the researchers discovered the tool, Uber said it is no longer in use and will be removed from the app. The screen recording capability comes from what's called an "entitlement" -- a bit of code that app developers can use for anything from setting up push notifications to interacting with Apple systems like iCloud or Apple Pay. This particular entitlement, however, was intended to improve memory management for the Apple Watch. The entitlement isn't common and would require Apple's explicit permission to use, the researchers explained. Will Strafach, a security researcher and CEO of Sudo Security Group, said he couldn't find any other apps with the entitlement live on the App Store. "It looks like no other third-...

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15:39
AWT News Update: October 5, 2017

A thunderstorm cut recording of this podcast short today, but we still have a few good stories from the world of Apple:

  • Try WordSwipe, a fun and challenging word game you play with friends via Messages. Free to try, $0.99 to buy. 
  • A security research discovers that Uber was given permission -- by Apple -- to use a special API in its app that could have been used maliciously
  • A CNN reporter tweets a photo of an iPhone 7 Plus that allegedly stopped a bullet during the Sunday night Las Vegas shooting tragedy
  • Facebook is rolling out an Apple Music chat extension for Facebook Messenger

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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15:31
'Carpool Karaoke' episode with Linkin Park...




Earlier this year, rock band Linkin Park shot an episode of Apple's "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" due to debut on Apple Music, though a release date was postponed indefinitely after the unexpected death of lead singer Chester Bennington. On Thursday, the band announced the installment will air next week.

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14:36
Apple allowed Uber use of API to record iPhone...




Security researchers recently discovered Uber's app leveraged a powerful API to record users' iPhone screens in a bid to improve interoperability with its Apple Watch app, a permission only Apple could grant.

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13:55
Linkin Park to debut its Carpool Karaoke segment...

Prior to the death of lead singer Chester Bennington, Linkin Park had filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke for Apple’s spin-off, but Apple said at the time that Bennington’s family would decide whether or not to air the segment. Linkin Park announced on Facebook today, however, that the segment will air next week…

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13:47
Default Folder X 5.1.7

Fixes a number of bugs for the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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13:40
Facebook testing new dedicated macOS client,...

Facebook this week has quietly launched a new desktop Mac application with built-in screen sharing and chat. As first discovered by TechCrunch, this app is targeted at Facebook Workplace users right now as it focuses on building a suite of services competing with the likes of Slack…

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13:22
Hands-on: Fighting the Empire with our iPhone and...




Disney now owns LucasFilm, and with that the "Star Wars" franchise. Part and parcel of that is merchandise, with Sphero cranking out four models of app-controlled droids in time for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" -- and AppleInsider has three of them.

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13:21
Facebook flips switch on Apple Music song sharing...




Facebook is now letting users share tracks from Apple Music via a Messenger chat extension, which could help increase the service's exposure.

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12:51
Uber removing private iOS API that allowed them to...

Uber’s head of security communications has today announced that the company is removing access from its iOS app that may have allowed the company to record a user’s display unknowingly. Security researchers had noticed that Uber was given access to these private APIs by Apple, an unprecedented move from the security focused company.

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12:45
Apple posts trailer for 'Bang! The Bert Berns...




Apple on Thursday released a trailer for "Bang! The Bert Berns Story," a documentary streamingly exclusively on Apple Music starting Oct. 24.

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12:20
Apple Music integration within Facebook Messenger...

Facebook announced last spring at its F8 developer conference that it would be bringing Apple Music integration to its Messenger app. Now, the feature is beginning to roll out to users.

more…

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11:55
Belkin intros USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD

Accessory manufacturer Belkin today announced the availability of a new dock for USB-C devices. The USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD provides a ton of ports including two USB-C 3.1 ports for connecting and charging new smartphones and laptops.

Through that pair of ports, three USB-A ports, an HDMI port that supports 4K video output, a single one-gigabit Ethernet port for fast internet connection, and two audio ports, the USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD can be connected to up to nine devices at once (company literature says eight, but I count nine ports...). 

The new dock is available today at an MSRP of $229.99 on Belkin.com.

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11:36
Video: How Apple's 'Slow Sync' flash...




The iPhone 8 and iPhone X boast a new feature dubbed "Slow Sync" flash that improves picture quality when relying on the camera flash. AppleInsider shows you how it works in our latest video, covering everything from exposure to slow shutter speeds, and how flash freezes the image.

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11:32
macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update Fixes...

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update to address five specific bugs that have affected early adopters of High Sierra. If you use Adobe InDesign, get email through Yahoo, or create encrypted APFS volumes, you’ll want to get this one right away.

 

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11:26
Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

Apple on Thursday released the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update. This update is an important security update that addresses two issues:

  • It fixes the security hole in Keychain that made the news last week. Security researcher Patrick Wardle created code was able to access Keychain and collect passwords. Wardle did not release the code he used.
  • It fixes a vulnerability discovered by software developer Matheus Mariano, where Disk Utility improperly shows the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes.

How to install the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

  1. Launch the App Store app (located in the Applications folder).
  2. Click on the Updates icon. The App Store will check the internet for the update.
  3. Once the update appears in the App Store listing, click on the Update button for...
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11:15
Apple Addresses a Bug That Caused Disk Utility in...

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumours: Brazilian software developer Matheus Mariano appears to have discovered a significant Disk Utility bug that exposes the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes in plain text on macOS High Sierra. Mariano added a new encrypted APFS volume to a container, set a password and hint, and unmounted and remounted the container in order to force a password prompt for demonstration purposes. Then, he clicked the "Show Hint" button, which revealed the full password in plain text rather than the hint. [...] Apple has addressed this bug by releasing a macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental Update, available from the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.


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11:11
Belkin announces new USB-C hub with HDMI, USB-A, and...

Belkin today has announced a new USB-C 3.1 dock for MacBook and MacBook Pro users. The company touts that the Express Dock HD packs “speed, power, and efficient charging” through its 1M cable…

more…

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11:07
‘Bang! The Bert Berns Story’ to be third exclusive...

Just earlier today, we reported that Apple will be bringing a behind-the-scenes documentary along with Pink’s new album to Apple Music. Now, Apple has shared a trailer for another music documentary to hit its music service exclusively later this month, Bang! The Bert Berns Story.

more…

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10:49
Apple and the future of photography in Depth: part 2...




When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no videos. Apple has since rapidly advanced its capabilities in mobile photography to the point where iPhone is now globally famous for its billboard-sized artwork and has been used to shoot feature length films for cinematic release. iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth. Here's a look at the future of photos, focusing on new features in the upcoming iPhone X.

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10:48
US Justice Department says Supreme Court should deny...




The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday issued a recommendation against the Supreme Court reviewing a 2014 court verdict, which at the time awarded Apple almost $120 million for patent infringement by Samsung.

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10:46
Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

Well, that was fast. Earlier this morning we posted an article about a flaw in macOS High Sierra that exposed passwords for APFS encrypted containers; now a supplemental update has been released to fix that issue and it's available in the Mac App Store. In addition to two security fixes, the Supplemental Update also "improves installer robustness", "fixes a cursor graphic bug when using Adobe InDesign", and "resolves an issue where email messages couldn't be deleted from Yahoo accounts in Mail".

The update actually fixes another security issue as well, as noted in the text following from Apple:

StorageKit

Available for: macOS High Sierra 10.13

Impact: A local attacker may gain access to an encrypted APFS volume

Description: If a hint was set in Disk Utility when creating an APFS encrypted...

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10:40
Sonos, Apple Music, and AirPlay 2

Dave Hamilton has some good info on how we can expect Sonos to work—or not—with Apple Music.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:29
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13 Supplemental...




Apple on Thursday issued a supplemental update for its macOS High Sierra operating system, squashing a password hint bug in Disk Utility, a few more minor bugs and improving the update's installer. The changes were so minor, it didn't even warrant a point-zero-one distinction.

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10:22
Apple releases supplemental update for macOS High...

Apple has released a supplemental update for macOS High Sierra incorporating various bug fixes for Macs. Apple says it improves ‘installer robustness’, fixes a graphical problem with Adobe InDesign and addresses an issue with mail not sending from Yahoo accounts.

To update, open the Mac App Store and navigate to the Updates tab on a machine running macOS High Sierra.

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10:20
Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 models now available

Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 models are now available to order from Apple and Best Buy. While the LTE version is shipping in roughly 3-4 weeks, some Apple Stores have stock today. The Nike+ model without LTE looks to be a bit easier to come by…

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10:18
“Google’s Day of Ripping Off Other Companies”

A pig, a pen, and lifelogging.

Here’s a humorous look at Google’s announcements yesterday.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
Netflix 4K streamers about to see a $2 increase to $...




Video streaming giant Netflix is raising its prices for its upper-two pricing tiers, after a long period without a fee increase to cover the company's expanding production stable, and to enhance the service as a whole.

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09:27
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Samsung 40-inch 4K UHDTV $398...

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

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09:21
Deals: 12" MacBooks as low as $999 ($300-$500...




Shoppers looking for the lowest price on a 12" MacBook can save $300 to $500 on 2016 models this week with prices starting at $999. Or opt for an upgraded 2017 15" MacBook Pro and save $200. Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are also on sale for $199.99 at Amazon.

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09:10
Microsoft brings Windows 10's Edge browser to...




Microsoft on Thursday launched a preview version of its Edge Web browser for the iPhone, intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

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08:54
Netflix raises prices on two of its three plans for...

Netflix today has raised its prices slightly for new customers for its standard and premium plans, while existing customers will start paying the higher prices in November.

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08:45
macOS High Sierra flaw exposes passwords of...

Sometimes it's amazing what makes it through countless beta versions of operating systems to the final product. In the case of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, developer Matheus Mariano discovered a surprisingly bad vulnerability that displays the password of an encrypted APFS container.

In the following video, Mariano shows how the vulnerability works -- you create a new Encrypted APFS container in Disk Utility on a Mac with an SSD, and fill in and verify the password, along with a password hint. After unmounting and re-mounting the container, the password dialog displays the actual password in the "Hint" field. Whoops!

Mariano notes that he has already (as of September 27) reported this to Apple. It's quite likely that macOS 10.13.1 will be heading our way soon with a fix.

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08:13
Microsoft Edge browser comes to iOS today

It may come as a shock to those who live and work solely in the Apple ecosystem, but it's a fact that there are more people who use their iOS devices with a Windows 10 PC than with Macs. The maker of Windows, Microsoft, today brought a preview version of its Microsoft Edge browser to iOS.

While Mac users have long enjoyed the ability to share documents easily with iOS (and vice-versa) through Handoff, there's no similar feature for Windows users. The idea behind Edge for iOS is to let Windows users who are working on something on iPhone or iPad continue their work on a Windows 10 machine. 

The browser will also be available for Android in the near future. The company expects to add features to Edge as user feedback to the initial release is gathered and analyzed, but at present the app provides websites favorites and reading list sync, with eBook/ePub support and password sync coming soon. The browser can be used to sign into your Microsoft account, there's an...

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08:00
Other smartphones joining Apple's iPhone X with...




Apple's iPhone X -- the first iPhone with a "TrueDepth" camera -- may not be the only smartphone suffering from problems with 3D sensor production, as shipments for competing products are also reportedly being delayed.

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07:49
Tim Cook tweets remembrance of Steve Jobs

October 5, 2011 was a sad day for those of us who follow the world of Apple. On that day, Apple co-founder and icon Steve Jobs passed away after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook remembered that with a heartfelt tweet complete with a photo of a much younger Jobs:

Remembering Steve today. Still with us, still inspiring us. “Make something wonderful, and put it out there.” pic.twitter.com/7aOCPkwU0U

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2017

And, as one would expect from the trash heap that is Twitter, many of the responses were of the variety of "Too bad you've screwed up everything he built lol", "Quality has gone downhill, especially in iOS. Lack of attention to detail now", "Steve created a revolution, you created nothing at all", and so on. 

Fortunately, there were also a...

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07:39
Microsoft brings its Edge browser beta to iOS with...

Microsoft today is releasing its Edge browser preview for iOS and Android through its Windows Insider program as a part of its latest mobile efforts.

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07:27
Microsoft brings the Edge browser to iOS and Android...

Microsoft's mobile Edge browser and Microsoft Launcher are designed to bolster the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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07:18
Happy Hour Podcast 141 | HomeKit and AirPlay 2,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones, iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone 8 and watchOS 4.0.1 for Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Pay Cash testing, Nike+ Run Club’s watchOS app update, running with streaming music on watchOS 4.1, HomeKit updates including Philips Hue and Chamberlain products, the Sonos One event and AirPlay 2 support, HomePod’s latest competition, and more.

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

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06:55
Autocad & Illustrator CC having APFS issues, PDF...




While High Sierra as a whole is not specifically to blame, the implementation of APFS is causing problems for a number of AutoCAD 2017 and Adobe Acrobat CC users -- with users of the former having a new patch available, and the latter out of luck for now. Additionally, users need to be cautious when manipulating PDFs in both Preview and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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06:53
You can now cross-post Instagram Stories to Facebook...

If you’re a fan of Instagram or Facebook Stories – posts of photos and videos which automatically disappear after 24 hours – you’ll now be able to send to both platforms with a single post.

In a feature currently rolling out to Instagram users, there’s a new Share option when posting a story which says “Your Facebook Story”. Check that, and it will be automatically cross-posted to Facebook Stories …

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06:45
Every noise at once

Pop on some headphones and take some time to explore. This is pretty much every musical genre I’ve ever encountered.

For most (but not all) genres, a click on the name will play a short snippet example. Click on the arrow to the right of the name and you’ll go to that genre’s page, with a pretty significant listing of artists in that space.

Click on an artist, you’ll hear a snippet. Click on the arrow to the right of the artist, you’ll go to that artist’s Spotify page.

I absolutely loved playing with this. Was thinking, I wish Apple Music offered me a system like this for music discovery. I know there are apps that do this, but none has access to my “For You” data. I’d love to spend some time in a tree like this, personalizing and improving my “For You” model so Apple Music actually has a true sense of what I like.

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06:41
On 6th anniversary of death of Steve Jobs, Apple CEO...




Six years ago today, Apple cofounder Steve Jobs passed away. The company's current CEO, Tim Cook, reflected the occasion on Thursday with a quote from the iconic visionary.

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06:33
Ten Safari long-press shortcuts for iPhone and iPad

Fantastic collection from 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo. Even if you know every single one of these, this makes an excellent refresher.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:29
Google puts clock on free Photos storage

Ryan Whitwam, Android Police, quoting the Pixel 2 product page fine print on the Google Store:

Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.

There’s been a lot of discussion about exactly what this means. At the very least, if you want to keep taking uncompressed, original-quality pictures past the cutoff date at the end of 2020, you’ll need to start paying for storage. What is unclear is what that means for all the original-quality photos you’ve already placed on the Google Photos servers. Will they continue to be stored for free? Will you have to pay for those, too?

To be clear, I have no issue paying for the storage. Apple, after all, charges for iCloud storage already. Just looking for clarification.

Someone at Google know the details? Please ...

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06:25
First look: Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones with...




Apple's newly-available Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are the highest-end model the company offers -- short of the appropriately named Beats Pro. AppleInsider offers a first look at the new hardware.

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06:18
Tim Cooks tweets in memory of Steve Jobs on...

Tim Cook has tweeted a message in memory of Steve Jobs, on the sixth anniversary of the passing of the co-founder of Apple …

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06:12
∞ Thoughts on new Google phone, PixelBuds

Lots of news from Google yesterday. Among the product announcements are a pair of new phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, and an AirPods-like set of wireless earbuds, the PixelBuds.

A few thoughts: […]

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05:53
Why Apple could be slapped with a massive $15...

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The European Commission on Wednesday stepped up its campaign to force big American technology companies to pay more taxes on Wednesday. It ruled that Luxembourg had violated EU rules by allowing the bulk of Amazon's European profits to go untaxed, and it announced it was taking Ireland to court for failing to collect higher taxes from Apple, after Ireland ignored a similar ruling from the EC last year. If the EC wins the battle, Apple could owe €13 billion ($15 billion), while Amazon could owe an extra €250 million ($290 million).

The EU's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, says that she's just trying to...

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05:39
Sky Q is getting system-wide voice control

Back in March, Sky finally introduced voice search for its next-gen Sky Q service. With it, you can request specific TV shows and movies, or look through its vast library by mumbling the names of actors, directors and film genres. Now, Sky is going a...

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05:31
India may grant Apple retail presence, tax breaks in...




Apple has asked the Indian government for a number of exemptions following the start of production of iPhones within the country, and officials signaled on Thursday that they are weighing the requests.

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05:29
Details on the iPhone X notch interface

A detailed post from Max Rudberg, lots of pictures, makes me feel more comfortable with the notch itself and how it might look in different situations.

A few highlights:

Regardless of your feelings for the notch, the reality is that to do a near edge-to-edge screen on a phone in 2017; you need to make place for sensors and speaker. The technology to hide them behind the screen simply is not here. We’ve seen different manufacturers choose different solutions to the problem. This is the one Apple chose, so let’s work with what we got.

That last bit is exactly right. These are the cards we’ve been dealt. Let’s work with that.

The familiar 20 pt tall status bar, the same height it’s been since the first iPhone, is now 44 pt tall on iPhone X.

That’s more than twice the height but, of course, it’s now split in two. Not our space to play with, so no reason for developers to worry through what will fit in the so-called horns.

If nothing else, just...

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05:29
Google is paying publishers to be on its Snapchat...

Snapchat has turned its Discover section into a popular destination for its 166 million users, and a money-spinner in its own right. Google, the web's biggest ad company, thinks it can go one better. Word's already leaked that the search giant is wor...

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05:22
Patent describes clever method allowing an Apple...

Anyone who’s ever had a blood pressure test will know that it normally involves an inflatable cuff that squeezes your arm until it cuts off circulation, then gradually deflates it, measuring the point at which circulation first resumes and then returns to normal.

But an Apple patent published today describes a clever method for calculating blood pressure using nothing more than an Apple Watch with a sensor-equipped band …

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05:15
Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 update, works to...

Apple’s watchOS 4.0.1 update is out and it works to improve the reliability of LTE cellular connections without an iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch owners can now download watchOS 4.0.1 via the official Watch app on a paired iPhone. Release notes accompanying the software say that it addresses the Wi-Fi bug that could prevent LTE connectivity when near a public hotspot.

Given that LTE connectivity provides a significant drain on battery life, the Apple Watch tends to opt to use Wi-Fi networks when possible. Prior to the watchOS 4.0.1 update, the Apple Watch failed to identify public Wi-Fi networks with portals, which cannot be accessed without accepting terms and conditions. Without a browser or full-fledged iOS operating system, watchOS is unable to connect to such networks.

With the release of watchOS 4.0, the Apple Watch would still attempt to connect to the public Wi-Fi networks rather than reverting to LTE. This left some users unable to access date on the go...

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05:02
Instagram tool finally lets you cross-post Stories...

You'll probably have a lot more Facebook Stories to watch in the near future... except you can also watch most of them on Instagram. According to TechCrunch, the social network has begun rolling out a feature that allows you to cross-post Instagram S...

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05:00
Apple acquires/hires Init.ai staff to help guide new...

Apple has apparently acquired/hired the staff of Init.ai, a small, six person startup known for its customer service automation software.

Init.ai’s product is described as the following:

…a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions…

It’s been stated that there was no intellectual property included in the deal, but was instead about bringing the Init.ai team to Apple to work on Siri.

Back at WWDC this past summer, Apple announced a new feature for iOS 11 called Business Chat.

The Business Chat feature is thought to be Apple’s way of competing with Facebook and Twitter by making it more efficient for customers to communicate with brands. Apple is said to be working to incorporate this integration into Siri, Spotlight, Safari, and Maps will help it attract users.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available....

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05:00
Four Major New Capabilities in Notes in iOS 11

“Take Control of iOS 11” author Josh Centers walks you through what’s new in Notes under iOS 11, including inline sketching, new formatting options, tables, and a decent document scanner.

 

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04:33
Behind-the-scenes documentary for Pink’s new album...

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Pink’s upcoming album Beautiful Trauma is coming exclusively to Apple Music later this month. You can see a trailer below.

Making an album is so many moving pieces, a lot of parts. The studio sessions, and you write the songs, and you have to finish the songs, and somebody’s in New York and somebody’s  in Philadelphia, and then there’s a choir in Philadelphia, and then it’s photo-shoots, it’s video-shoots. There are dance rehearsals, and maybe you’re on a festival tour at the same time over here, and you’re getting regular for your regular tour …

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04:02
Apple looks likely to get green light on retail...

Apple’s long-standing request to open its own retail stores in India looks likely to be approved by the Indian government after Chinese brand Oppo was granted permission. Apple products are currently sold locally by authorized resellers.

The Indian government only allows single-brand retail stores when at least 30% of the products sold are manufactured in the country. As the iPhone accounts for a high percentage of Apple’s sales, with the SE a popular model in India because of its relative affordability, it seems likely that the requirement will be hit thanks to...

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04:01
Investigators are using AI to find who betrayed Anne...

In August of 1944, Anne Frank and her family were captured by the Gestapo after spending a gruelling two years hidden in a secret annex within their apartment. The prolific diarist's work would posthumously bring her fame and recognition the world ov...

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04:00
Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

As Roku and Amazon add cool new antenna integration to their smart TVs, streaming players get left out.

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03:00
The Morning After: Thursday, October 5th 2017

Hey, good morning!

All Google everything. You name it, and Google launched it. Phones, headphones, VR, speakers, camera, laptop -- and all with AI in one form or another. It's Thursday.

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01:55
Adidas will finally start selling shoes made by its...

The robot factory Adidas built in Germany is now fully functional and ready to start making the first Speedfactory shoe that will be sold to the public. Adidas has revealed that it plans to use its Speedfactory's robots to manufacture a series of Adi...

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00:50
Discovery and Google team up on globe-spanning VR...

Discovery is partnering with Google on a virtual reality travel series that spans all seven continents. The 38-episode experience explores the rituals and traditions of cultures in North and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Antartica, and Euro...

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00:04
Apple and the future of photography in Depth: iPhone...




When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no video. Apple has since rapidly advanced its capabilities in mobile photography to the point where iPhone is now globally recognized for its billboard-sized artwork and has been used to shoot feature length films for cinematic release. iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth. Here's at look at the future of photos, with a focus on new features debuted in iPhone 8 Plus.

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Wednesday October 4

23:47
Review: Infani Smart Baby Monitor




The field of iOS-connected baby health products remains somewhat small, but every once in a while there are products that are very interesting. Infani's smart baby monitor is one of these.

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23:45
Russia is hacking the phones of NATO soldiers

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Watch Google's Pixel 2 event in under 15 minutes

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Apple stops signing iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11, making...

Apple, as it usually does following the release of new versions of iOS, has stopped signing iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 11. The company originally released iOS 11 last month and has since pushed two iterative bug fix updates to users.

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Apple partners with Ohio State University to launch...




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Apple partners with Ohio State University for new ‘...

Ohio State University today announced a partnership with Apple that will see the two establish a Digital Flagship University. The initiative will focus on education innovation for students and economic development opportunities for the community, featuring an iOS design laboratory and much more…

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AWT news Update: October 4, 2017

Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones

A lot of hardware was announced today; sadly, not by Apple. Today's podcast looks at one of our sponsor's products, a change in categories in the iOS App Store, a ton of hardware products from Google targeting Apple, and a new smart speaker from Sonos:

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Google Debuts Its $400 Google Home Max Speaker To...

In addition to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google debuted a $400 speaker, called Home Max, that looks to compete directly with Apple's recently announced HomePod. The Home Max is a larger Google Home that features stereo speakers and more premium looks and materials. It's expected to go on sale in December in the U.S. TechCrunch reports: It can tune its audio to its own space, analyzing the sound coming from the speaker using its built in microphones to determine the best equalizer settings. This is called Smart Sound, and it evolves over time and based on where you move the speaker, using built-in machine learning. It has Cast functionality, as well as input via stereo 3.5 mm jack. Home Max can output sound that's up to 20 times more powerful than the standard version of Home, Google says, and it has two 4.5 inch woofers on board with two 0.7 inch custom-built tuners. It can sit in either vertical or horizontal orientation, and it comes in both 'chalk' and 'charcoal.' Of course,...

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Apple announced support for the High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) photo format at WWDC in June, a standard that supposedly retains image quality while boasting better compression that results in files half the size of past formats. We decided to test out Apple's claims by using our iPhone 8 Plus to take photos in the legacy JPEG format and HEIF, then comparing them side by side.

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Ohio State collaborates with Apple to launch digital...

The iOS design lab will offer technological training and certification to students, faculty, staff and members of the broader community interested in developing apps in Swift, the Apple programming language used to write some of the most successful apps in the App Store. The lab will support educational innovation, career development for students and economic development opportunities for the central Ohio community and the university’s other campus locations.

The Digital Flagship University initiative will launch during the 2017-18 academic year. The iOS design lab will open in a temporary space in 2018, moving to a permanent location in 2019. Students will begin training in Swift coding in spring semester 2018.

Sounds like a great program for the school and Apple.

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Renders imagine rumored ‘iPhone X Plus’ with 6.4-...

Even though we’re still a month away from the iPhone X making its way to consumers, many are already looking towards next year. Building off of reports claiming Apple has a 6-inch iPhone in the work, iDropNews today has shared a new set of renders that imagine that large-screened iPhone…

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14:31
Apple hires Init.ai team to work on Siri

Earlier this week, a small startup called Init.ai announced that it soon would be discontinuing its service — a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions — because the team was (according to a notice on the site) “joining a project that touches the lives of countless people across the world.” TechCrunch has now learned what that project is: the team is joining Apple.

This is great news. As much as Apple touts Siri and how smart it is, I still can’t get it to work reliably.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:55
Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 to fix Series 3 LTE/Wi-...

Today, Apple released watchOS 4.0.1, an update that is designed to fix a Wi-Fi issue that some Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE cellular capabilities experienced. The issue, which had caused some early Series 3 reviewers to pan the device when they ran into the problem, caused the Watch to connect to an inaccessible but familiar Wi-Fi network instead of to an LTE network.

As noted in the update notes seen above, "watchOS 4.0.2 fixes issues that, in rare cases, were causing Apple Watch to join unauthenticated (captive) Wi-Fi networks, such as those found in public places like coffee shops and hotels, which direct the user to a webpage before the network can be accessed."

To install the update, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, go to General > Software Update. Place your Apple Watch Series 3 on its charger (it must have at least 50 percent of a charge to even begin downloading the update), and make sure it is connected to Wi-Fi. 

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Permit breakdown pegs Apple Park 'spaceship...




It cost upwards of $427.5 million to build Apple Park's main ring alone, according to a report this week which examined building permits for each of the 15 major structures at Apple's new headquarters.

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Apple acquisition of Init.ai bolsters Siri team

Apple has acquired a six-person startup called Init.ai that is known for "...a smart assistant for customer representatives to parse and get better insights from their interactions with users, as well as automate some of the interactions." 

Via Init.ai

TechCrunch, which spilled the news today, notes that no intellectual property (i.e., patents, research, etc...) has been included in the deal, and the main reason for Apple's acquisition was to get the Init.ai team to work on Siri.

It's also thought that the Init.ai team may be tasked with building out Business Chat, a feature of Messages that was announced at WWDC 2017 but not actually included in iOS 11. Business Chat apparently allows users to chat with businesses for customer support, information like location and business...

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13:20
iPhone X approved by FCC, clearing way for October...

Apple's wildly anticipated iPhone X has received the approval of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which clears the way for pre-orders to begin as scheduled on October 27 -- just 23 days from now. 

The iPhone X product pages still contain a footnote saying that FCC approval has not been obtained -- "iPhone X has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained." -- but the notes should be removed shortly.

All devices that emit RF (radio frequency) signals must be approved by the FCC before they can be sold in the United States. This ensures that the devices do not cause harmful interference (particularly to radio services used for the public welfare), that they meet human RF exposure limits, and comply with other rules governing the use of radio devices.

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Three more reports of swollen batteries in iPhone 8...




Three more reports of swollen iPhone 8 Plus batteries have surfaced in international markets, but the current rate of failure is still well within industry norms for infant failure of lithium ion batteries.

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13:00
EU Takes Ireland To Court For Not Claiming Apple Tax...

Philip Blenkinsop, reporting for Reuters: The European Commission said on Wednesday it was taking Ireland to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) of tax due from Apple, a move labeled as "regrettable" by Dublin. The Commission ordered the U.S. tech giant in August 2016 to pay the unpaid taxes as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid, one of a number of deals the EU has targeted between multinationals and usually smaller EU states. "More than one year after the Commission adopted this decision, Ireland has still not recovered the money," EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, adding that Dublin had not even sought a portion of the sum.


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12:52
Apple reinforcing macOS, iOS Siri team with acqui-...




Apple appears to have bought out a Init.ai -- a startup focused on machine learning and processing of natural language originally intended to assist in customer service -- to enhance Siri in some way.

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12:45
Final Cut Pro X update coming soon with High Sierra/...

Final Cut Pro X users will be happy to hear Apple is planning an update that will arrive before the end of the year that will include support for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 features.

While we’ve learned the update will include support for “many” of the new features in High Sierra and iOS 11 released to the public last month, perhaps the most notable will be support for H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) that arrived with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra… more…

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12:41
Apple acquihires small startup Init.ai to work on...

The smart assistant competition between Apple, Amazon, and Google is growing every day. Until now Siri has been focused on end-users, but a new acquihire by Apple is pointing to Siri moving in a different direction.

more…

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12:27
Apple trapped me on iOS — perhaps forever

The author may not realize it but this is actually a hilarious whine about just how good and consistent the iOS experience is.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:20
Apple releases watchOS 4.0.1 with fix for Series 3...

Enlarge / Call options in the Phone app. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Apple released a software update for its Series 3 watches today that will upgrade watchOS 4 to watchOS 4.0.1. This is the first software update to watchOS 4 since it became available for all Apple Watch models on September 19. The watchOS 4.0.1 update focuses on fixing a peculiar Wi-Fi issue some Series 3 with LTE models experienced. That issue prevented the devices from connecting to LTE in favor of connecting to an inaccessible but familiar Wi-Fi network.

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