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Wednesday April 12

06:26
Total War: WARHAMMER coming to the Mac on April 18

Feral Interactive says Total War: WARHAMMER for macOS, powered by Metal, Apple’s new graphics API (application programming interface) will be released on Tuesday, April 18. The game was developed for Windows PC by Creative Assembly in partnership with Games Workshop, and published by SEGA.

Here’s how the game is described: “Total War: WARHAMMER for Mac, a game of grand strategy and high fantasy, is the union of three forces: Creative Assembly’s Total War series, Games Workshop’s magical setting of Warhammer Fantasy Battles, and Metal, innovative technology from Apple that brings impressive performance and graphics to Mac games.

“A fantasy strategy game of colossal proportions, Total War: WARHAMMER combines an addictive turn-based campaign of skillful empire-building with explosive real-time battles as players strive to conquer all at the head of one of four mythic Races.

“The deep and rich universe of Warhammer opens a new era for Total War by taking the series...

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06:21
Third-party Home app developer launching Mac version...

Developer Matthias Hochgatterer released Finances 2 for iOS just over a month ago, and today the Mac version of Finances 2 is officially launching. Hochgatterer is the developer behind the excellent third-party HomeKit app called Home that launched before Apple’s version. Previously available as a limited public beta, Finances 2 is out now on the Mac App Store.

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06:15
BlackBerry’s royalty win against Qualcomm seems to...

Update: Qualcomm has unsurprisingly claimed that the ruling ‘has no impact on agreements with any other licensee.’

Lawyers fighting Apple’s ongoing legal battles with modem supplier Qualcomm may take heart from the fact that BlackBerry has just won a similar case against the company …

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06:00
Daily Deal on DeltaWalker 2 Pro: Compare, Sync, or...

There's nothing more confusing than being tied up in a complicated project, with multiple computer folders all containing different versions of the same document. That's where DeltaWalker 2 Pro lends a helping hand, by allowing you to compare, edit and merge files side by side. The app is normally $59.95; you can get a handle on your projects and save 50% -- we have a sale on DeltaWalker 2 Pro for US$29.95.

Even comparing slight changes to text documents and images is a snap with DeltaWalker 2 Pro:

  • View added, deleted & blocks of text between 3 files or folders w/ inline changes
  • See pixel-by-pixel comparison between up to 3 wide range image formats
  • Visualize & compare compressed file formats: BZ2, EAR, GZ, JAR,...
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05:51
Qualcomm hits Apple with counterclaims in $1 billion...

You knew this was going to happen, didn’t you? Qualcomm has “slammed Apple with a slew of counterclaim”s in California federal court on Monday, alleging the iPhone maker is lowballing license terms for Qualcomm’s standard essential patent technology, breaching cooperation agreements and making billions of dollars off of other companies’ innovations, reports Law360.

In January 2016, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  The same month saw the Federal Trade Commission file a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and...

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05:33
After Imagination and Dialog, Synaptics could be the...

With Apple increasingly seeking to bring chip and component design in-house, the next company to lose out could be display driver maker Synaptics. The prediction was made by Credit Suisse analysts, who said that the company was at ‘moderate to high risk’ of losing its Apple contract.

The prediction follows Apple’s warning that it plans to stop using Imagination Technologies GPUs within two years, causing the company’s stock to drop dramatically, and a separate report suggesting that Apple also planned to drop Dialog as a supplier …

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05:27
ACEs Conference Helps Consultants Grow Their...

If you’re looking to grow an IT consulting business, consider attending the ACEs Conference in Phoenix on May 31st and June 1st.

 

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05:15
Apple drops from first to fifth place in Laptop Mag’...

In as much as you may love your Apple notebook, Apple’s wares seem to be on the decline according to Laptop Mag.

The publication, which has awarded Apple the top spot in its annual survey since 2010, placed Apple’s notebooks at fifth place alongside Acer but behind Lenovo, Asus, Dell and HP.

The magazine had the following to say about Apple’s recent products:

To pick the winners, losers and also-rans, we evaluated the 10 biggest laptop brands to determine which offer the best combination of quality products, cutting-edge innovation, helpful support, sleek designs and strong value. Because of its modest review scores, expensive products and lack of ports, Apple fell all the way down to fifth place after receiving top honors every year since the Best and Worst Brands debuted in 2010.

Apple’s lowest scoring category turned out to be ‘Value and Selection’, albeit Apple, in recent years was cited for providing a ‘good, better, best’ portfolio with a limited...

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05:00
Analyst: Apple may be developing its own power...

Apple may be developing its own power management chips according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe.

The report, which was released on Tuesday, precipitated a sharp drop in the share price of Dialog Semiconductor, which functions as Apple’s current supplier.

Per analyst Karsten Iltgen:

“The teams of both companies collaborate very closely and thus, Dialog cannot be replaced by a third-party supplier. However, Apple itself could replace Dialog.”

Iltgen’s analysis cited 16 different job openings on Apple’s website for analog/power management engineers for the design center in Munich alone.

She also noted that industry sources have apparently spotted manufacturing samples for power management circuitry for Apple within the region. “The timetable seems to point to a potential application of the chips in the iPhone as of 2019,” the report said.

The rumor also reflects events transpiring in the U.K., wherein Apple seems to be...

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05:00
Spam Czar Nabbed in Spain May Have Link to Election...


An alleged spam kingpin with possible ties to election meddling in the United States was arrested in Spain last week under a U.S. international warrant. The alleged spam czar, Pyotr Levashov, was taken into custody in Barcelona while vacationing with his family. Levashov was arrested for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the Russian news outlet RT reported, but a U.S. Justice Department official said the arrest was a criminal matter without any national security connections.

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04:56
Popular PC game ‘Total War: Warhammer’ coming to Mac...

Shortly after launching F1 2016 for Mac, Feral Interactive has announced that it is doing the same for the popular PC game Total War: Warhammer. The game is a blend of Creative Assembly’s Total War series with Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy Battles.

Total War: Warhammer will be available for Mac from April 18, but you don’t need to wait until then to see it in action …

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04:50
Vodafone scraps mobile roaming charges for 40...

In roughly two months, the European Union will scrap roaming charges for smartphone users across the continent. While the impact on the UK remains hazy -- there's that whole Brexit thing to take care of -- mobile carriers have started falling in line...

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04:38
Dropbox Paper's mobile apps now work offline

Dropbox Paper users will now be able to edit their documents offline while using mobile devices, thanks to an update released Tuesday. The change means that people can work on the documents they have stored in the service while on a plane and riding a subway, for example.

The feature will allow users of the Paper apps on iOS and Android to view, comment on and edit their favorite and recent documents stored in Paper. In addition, those users will also be able to create new documents while offline. When they reconnect to the Internet, their changes will be synced to the Paper service.

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04:30
How to share files using AirDrop in macOS Sierra

Apple’s AirDrop feature is a great way to share files with macOS Sierra (as well as iOS). It lets you send documents, photos, webpages, map locations, and more to anyone near you, wirelessly. You can send and receive items between Mac s and iOS devices that are on the same network.

It uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to transfer items between these devices. You’ll need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on your Mac to use AirDrop.

You can send items from the Finder, the Desktop, or from within apps such as Safari or Maps. Use one of the following methods to send items using AirDrop:

From the desktop or a Finder window: Control-click the item you want to send, choose Share > AirDrop from the shortcut menu, then select the device you want to send it to.

From the Finder: Click AirDrop in the Finder sidebar, then drag the item to the device you want to send it to.

From an app: Click the Share button in the app’s toolbar, choose AirDrop, then select the...

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04:27
NYU student reports on life as an iPhone factory...

You might expect an NYU student to seek out a summer internship doing something more interesting than spending 12 hours a day inserting a single screw into an endless production line of iPhones, but Dejian Zeng did exactly that for his summer project.

He wanted to find out what life was like for workers in an iPhone factory, so spent six weeks as a Pegatron worker in a facility on the outskirts of Shanghai. He reported back on everything from the sleeping patterns to the need to download apps to qualify for free Wi-Fi access in the dorms …

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04:00
Sunnycam combines glasses, video recorder into one...

I’ll be taking a vacation (the first one in years) soon at the Grand Canyon, and I think I’ll take the Sunnycam Activ with me. It’s basically sunglasses equipped with a 1080p/30 frames-per-second video camera built “right between the eyes.”

The 90-degree field of view lens allows the wearer to record a wider perspective in a slimline frame. The microSD port holds up to a 64GB card (no cards are included, so add that cost into an purchasing plans), allowing you to record over 11 hours of video.

The Activ Edition also comes with a set of clear lens. The Grilamid TR90 high impact resistant frame is designed to handle an active lifestyle. That’s a necessity for a product like this, as most users of the gadget are going to be running, jumping, playing ball, etc. — all activities in which glasses can be easily dropped, scratched or broken.

Notice that I didn’t mention biking. I...

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03:59
Lincoln 'invents' Uber, but for rich people

If you're the sort of person who's used to driving around in a Lincoln, then a regular Uber probably feels like a step down. That's why the luxury motor company has launched its own twist on the "have other people drive you around" business model. Ac...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 12, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

The folks behind the note-taking app Evernote have launched integration with the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

Mac users can use the new Touch Bar to create, organize and share with the subscription based app/service. Pricing is free for the basic version, which supports 60MB of new uploads per month and the ability to sync across two devices.

CS Odessa has introduced a $25 Chess Solution designed to be used with ConceptDraw Pro 11. The new Chess Solution is now available in ConceptDraw Solution Park, which is compatible with macOS 10.10 and higher. The new libraries, samples, and...

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, April 12th 2017

Nothing makes for morning reading quite like the protracted death of Windows' black sheep, Vista, the sex doll of the future, and terrifyingly upgraded VR horror rides. Something for everyone, we would hope.

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01:29
Your phone's motion sensors can give away PINs...

You could be the most careful mobile user ever, but hackers can still steal your PINs and passwords simply by spying on your phone's motion sensors. A team of cyber researchers from the UK's Newcastle University have demonstrated how easy it is to st...

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Tuesday April 11

23:54
Twitter @support's test bot will handle your...

Twitter launched a handful of features in recent months meant to cement its new role as a customer service platform. Now it's putting some of those features to use: the social network has begun testing a bot to handle your questions and complaints. T...

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19:24
Just like its waterproofing, fire-proofing &...




A year ago Samsung touted waterproofing claims for the Galaxy S7 that didn't hold water. Six months ago, Samsung said its Galaxy Note 7 battery fires were under control before they flared up again. This season, Samsung's newest flagship also has features that simply don't work yet, including its Bixby voice service that was supposed to rival Apple's Siri.

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17:31
Apple invites employees to 'Close the Rings...




In what appears to be a corporate health and wellness initiative, Apple in February invited employees to take part in an internal "Close the Rings" challenge that awarded participants with a T-shirt and special achievement pins.

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16:36
Apple internally promoting Apple Watch Activity app...

Apple has placed a heavy focus on the Activity functionality of Apple Watch, using it throughout its marketing for the device and encouraging users to take advantage of it with challenges and sharing. Internally, however, Apple has taken things a step further and has been running a #CloseTheRings competition, offering free physical goods such as t-shirts and pins.

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16:04
Apple's Mac continues to buck worldwide PC...




Riding a resurgence in Mac sales that kicked off in the fourth quarter of 2016, Apple saw a 4.5 percent increase in shipments over the three-month period ending in March as the wider PC market fell further into the red.

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15:15
AWT News Update: April 11, 2017

Tuesday brings us word of how Clips is doing in the App Store and more:

  • Clips did well in terms of downloads in its first four days, but that may not be a guarantee of success for the video editing/social sharing app
  • Apple's first Taiwan store is reportedly going in at the Taipei 101 mall
  • Google AutoDraw can make recognizable drawings out of unartistic scrawls
  • Fitbit's having problems with its planned Apple Watch competitor

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15:09
IDC: Apple’s Mac sales up in Q1 as PC industry...

Hot on the heels of Apple’s Mac-focused pre-announcement last week, the IDC is out today with new data concerning the PC industry as a whole. According to the data, worldwide shipments of PCs totaled 60.3 million during Q1 2017, for year-over-year growth of 0.6 percent, while Apple also continued its strong performance…

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15:09
NYU student talks assembling Apple's iPhone 6s...




In an interview published on Tuesday, a New York University graduate student described working at a Pegatron factory near Shanghai last year as a summer project, where he assembled the iPhone 6s and later the iPhone 7.

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15:04
Macs gain in worldwide market share

Apple’s Mac saw its worldwide market share increase in the first quarter of 2017, according to reports from the Gartner and IDCresearch groups.

According to Gartner, Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs in the quarter, compared to about four million in the year ago period for 6.8% market share. Ahead of Apple in worldwide market share are Lenovo (19.9% market share), HP (19.5% market share), Dell (15% market share), and Asus (7.3% market share). 

In the U.S., Gartner says Apple is in fourth place with 12% market share on first quarter sales of almost 1.5 million (down 0.9% year-over-year). Ahead of the company in the U.S. are HP (29.1% market share), Dell (26.4% market share) and Lenovo (14% market share).

According to IDC, Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs in the quarter, compared to about four million in the year ago period for 7% market share....

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14:54
Apple's new Clips app downloaded up to 1M times...




Apple's social media minded video creation app Clips was downloaded between 500,000 and 1 million times, according to App Annie estimates, though the title has yet to crack the iOS App Store's top 20 list.

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14:49
What’s new in TestFlight

Apple updated TestFlight today and outlined the changes on its developer web site.

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14:48
Apple’s Clips sees over 500,000 downloads in its...

Apple’s new, free Clips app saw between 500,000 and a million downloads, according to estimates from app store analytics firm App Annie — as noted by TechCrunch. Sound good, right? Still, Clips hasn’t yet broken into the top 20 apps by ranking in the U.S. App Store’s Top Charts.

The day after its debut, Clips climbed to No. 28 in the App Store, its highest rank so far, per App Annie’s data. However, during its launch weekend, the app dropped down the charts. By Saturday, it was No. 39 in the U.S. By Sunday, 40. Today, it’s 53.

Clips allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share with friends through the...

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14:30
Grid Garden: A CSS learning game

Welcome to Grid Garden, where you write CSS code to grow your carrot garden! Water only the areas that have carrots by using the grid-column-start property.

Have fun learning.

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14:26
Apple rolls out second public beta of iOS 10.3.2

Apple has released iOS 10.3.2 public beta number two. The beta should offer under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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14:19
Nvidia releases beta Pascal GPU drivers for old Mac...

Enlarge / Nvidia's Pascal-based GTX 1060. (credit: Mark Walton)

Last week, when Nvidia announced its new top-end Titan Xp GPU, it also said that it would be releasing macOS drivers for the new card and the company's entire Pascal-based GPU lineup. Today, it has released version 378.05.05.05f01 of its Mac driver, a beta that will allow Macs (and sort-of Macs) to support those cards for the first time.

The driver should support all Pascal-based graphics cards under macOS Sierra, including the GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070, 1080, and 1080 Ti, as well as the Titan X and Titan Xp. It also supports many older GeForce and...

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14:19
Apple to open first Taiwan retail store in the...

Apple will open its first retail store in Taiwan in the Taipei 101 mall, reports Focus Taiwan, quoting an unnamed “industry insider.” There's no info on an opening date. The Apple store will be spread over 1,322 square meters on the ground floor and the first basement level of the mall in Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the article adds.

Taipei 101 is a skyscraper in Xinyi District, Taipei. The building was officially classified as the world's tallest in 2004, and remained such until the completion of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2009. Taipei 101 comprises 101 floors above ground, as well as five basement levels.

With the opening of the store (and others in the works), Apple will have 494 retail stores in 22 countries (if I’ve counted correctly) and an online store available in 39 countries.

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14:15
Report: Apple’s Clips app hit a million downloads,...

Apple’s recently launched Clips video editing app managed to grab around a million downloads in its first four days on the App Store, that according to a report from TechCrunch using data complied by App Annie and Sensor Tower, two analytics companies that track app rankings.

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14:09
United Airlines Gives Appalling New Meaning to...


United Airlines' self-made firestorm spread on Tuesday, as a video showing a passenger being forcibly dragged off a plane continued to make the rounds on social media. The passenger had refused to comply after being told he'd been bumped off the Sunday flight. The incident sparked international outrage, including calls for a boycott of the airline and for CEO Oscar Munoz to step down. Anger has been particularly intense in China. United's share price has fallen in response to the debacle, taking more than $700 million off the company's books.

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14:02
Hands-on: Powering the MacBook Pro with an eGPU...

As we reported earlier this morning, Nvidia has released its long-awaited Pascal beta drivers for the Mac. These drivers make it possible to use graphics cards from the company’s popular 10-series lineup, which include the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, among other hardware.

This release has major implications for legacy Mac Pro, Hackintosh, and eGPU users. It means that we can now use the latest Nvidia hardware to drive our machines graphically. It means taking a relatively underpowered computer like the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro, and running games at high settings with respectable frame rates.

We plan on testing out the beta drivers more extensively in the future, but for quick testing purposes, we decided to try powering our 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Pascal-based GTX 1050 Ti. What...

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13:31
Starbucks offers $5 to customers sending gifts via...




Starbucks has launched a promotion to try and encourage its customers in the United States to use its new iMessage app, with the coffee chain providing app users who send a digital gift card to their friends with a free $5 gift card of their own.

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13:18
Nvidia releases beta Mac graphics drivers for Pascal...




Less than a week after promising them, Nvidia on Tuesday released beta Mac drivers compatible with any of the company's Pascal-based cards, including the 10 series and the recently-launched Titan Xp.

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13:05
Report: Apple’s first Taiwan retail store planned...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to open its first official retail store in Taiwan with a new location planned for the Taipei 101 mall, according to a new report from Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

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12:34
Dropbox Paper app update includes offline mode and...

An update to the Dropbox Paper iOS app today includes a new offline mode as well as support for 20 languages. more…

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12:27
Apple said to open first Taiwan retail store in...




More details about Apple's plan to open its first store in Taiwan have seemingly surfaced, with a report alleging the retail outlet will be located across two floors of the Taipei 101 mall, though an opening date for the store remains unknown.

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12:16
BusyCal 2/Google Calendar Users Should Upgrade

A change in Google Calendar will make it incompatible with BusyCal 2 as of 20 April 2017. The solution is to upgrade to BusyCal 3, if possible.

 

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12:11
Comparing Five Travel Management Apps

Travel veteran Mike Matthews has been booking flights since the days of typewriters and travel agents. He reviews five travel management apps and offers his impressions of each.

 

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12:00
Amazon has dropped the price on SanDisk portable...

Cloud storage may be what everyone talks about these days, but USB flash drives and SD cards aren’t dead yet, not by a long shot. If you need to expand the storage on a tablet or keep some files on your keyring, Amazon’s Gold Box deal today is just the ticket: Select SanDisk storage products are up to 35% off.

(Note that like with any Amazon Daily Deal, these prices can vanish before the end of the day if supplies run out.)

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11:16
Apple seeds second public betas of iOS 10.3.2 &...




Following matching developer releases the day prior, Apple on Tuesday issued its second public betas of iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5.

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11:10
Google’s AutoDraw

Drawing on your phone or computer can be slow and difficult—so we created AutoDraw, a new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw.

That’s pretty cool.

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10:59
TestFlight & iTunes Connect updates bring...

Last night Apple released an update to its TestFlight app on iOS, bringing the version number up to 1.5. Louis D’hauwe, developer of Pixure, shared some of the positive impacts that last night’s update brought.

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10:55
Apple sues Swatch over “Tick Different” campaign

Apple has filed a complaint in a Swiss court over the use of the slogan “Tick Different” in a Swatch marketing campaign, arguing that the watchmaker is unfairly referencing the Californian company’s successful 1990s “Think Different” ad campaign for its own gain.

Seems pretty obvious to me.

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10:37
WWDC Wishlist: How will Apple improve iOS 11 this...

Yesterday we took a look at a few new features we hope to see coming to macOS at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. With no Spring event in sight, Apple is set to have a strong WWDC 2017 with updates coming across all platforms. Today we’ll be taking a look at what we hope to see in Apple’s next major iOS update: iOS 11.

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10:33
Hands-on: Incase Drone Pro Pack can replace both...

Incase has a brand new collection of bags and cases launching this week designed specifically for carrying drones and drone accessories. My favorite in the collection is the Drone Pro Pack which is a full-blown backpack for DJI Phantom drones and everything you need to capture and edit aerial footage. In total there are four new drone bags in the collection:

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10:20
Qualcomm Says Apple Broke Contract, Hindered...

Qualcomm has filed a 139-page rebuttal of a lawsuit lodged by Apple in January in which the US chipmaker counterclaimed that the iPhone giant was "misrepresenting facts and making false statements." From a report on ArsTechnica: It alleged that Apple had "breached" and "mischaracterized" deals it had in place with Qualcomm and accused the Tim Cook-run firm of interfering with the chipmaker's "long-standing agreements" with iPhone and iPad manufacturers, such as Foxconn. In a statement, Qualcomm said, "Apple effectively chose to limit the performance of the Qualcomm-based iPhones by not taking advantage of the full potential speed of which Qualcomm's modems are capable. Apple's actions were intended to prevent consumers from realizing that iPhones containing Qualcomm chipsets performed far better than iPhones containing chipsets supplied by Intel."

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10:18
Apple releases second iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Apple has released the second iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 2 follows one day after the second developer version of the upcoming software update. Apple has also released the second public beta version of macOS 10.12.5.

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10:12
Apple releases second public beta of macOS Sierra 10...

Apple has released the second public beta of its next update (10.12.5) for macOS Sierra. It’s a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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10:00
AWT TV Episode 3: April 10, 2017

Did you miss the livestream of AWT TV last night (April 10)? Due to a minor technical mixup, the livestream never aired, but we do have the full show available for your viewing pleasure! AWT regulars Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards join forces to discuss last week's announcements from Apple about the company's newfound commitment to the prosumer and creative/developer professional market and what it means.

Next week the entire team will be back...and we may also have a guest! In the meantime, enjoy this week's show.

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09:47
Evernote update adds colorful new Touch Bar features...

Evernote is out with a major new update for MacBook Pro users that brings colorful new Touch Bar features to the note-taking app. The latest version lets Evernote users gain ‘quick access to key navigation and note editing commands’ on the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.

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09:46
Design issues force Fitbit to delay latest Apple...




Apple's main rival in the wearables space, Fitbit, is reportedly postponing the launch of its first full-fledged smartwatch from spring until fall, owing to a pair of design issues.

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09:34
Facebook announces group payments feature for...

To enhance the feature within Facebook Messenger that lets users send money to one another, today the app is getting an update that enables payments among groups of users. The feature is aimed at people that want to be able to easily split restaurant bills or send money to friends, and works via group conversations in Messenger. It’s first coming to desktop, but should arrive later for iPhone and iPad users as the Android app today gets access first.  more…

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar $...

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09:05
Minecraft: Pocket Edition update brings Chinese...

Minecraft Pocket Edition for iPhone and iPad is getting an update today that brings a new Chinese Mythology Mash-Up Pack and more. Included in the pack are 26 new skins, texture sets, and other goodies:

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09:00
Vintage Apples: Unboxing and Powering Up a 2004 12-...

Thanks to the generosity of Dwight and Franklin Shih of Colorado, I had the fun yesterday of unboxing and booting up a working 2004 12-inch PowerBook G4. In this Vintage Apples video, you get to see just how fast one of these aluminum beasts was when running Mac OS X Panther -- frankly, it was surprising just how speedy the 13-year-old laptop actually was!

From time to time as we get our hands on "mature equipment" we'll make other Vintage Apple videos for your enjoyment. If you have any questions about this PowerBook, leave them in the comments section below and I'll be sure to answer them to the best of my ability.

Also, if you have a working vintage Mac or other Apple product that you'd be willing to donate to Apple World Today, we'd love to have it "star" in a future Vintage Apples video. I already have a Newton MessagePad 2100 that I'm going to try to...

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08:59
GoPro TradeUp offers $100 rebate on Hero5 Black with...




Sports camera producer GoPro has launched its first trade-in program that allows customers to exchange their older GoPro Hero cameras, even damaged or broken ones, for a $50 or $100 discount on the latest iPhone-connected models. Owners of early-model GoPro cameras are most likely to see the largest benefit from the promotion.

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08:24
Code unlocks secret on the Bank of Canada’s new $10...

I can’t tell – is this nerdy, cool, or Nerdy Cool?

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08:20
A Big Problem With AI: Even Its Creators Can't...

Last year an experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors. The car didn't follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it. Getting a car to drive this way was an impressive feat. But it's also a bit unsettling, since it isn't completely clear how the car makes its decisions, argues an article on MIT Technology Review. From the article: The mysterious mind of this vehicle points to a looming issue with artificial intelligence. The car's underlying AI technology, known as deep learning, has proved very powerful at solving problems in recent years, and it has been widely deployed for tasks like image captioning, voice recognition, and language translation. There is now hope that the same techniques will be able to diagnose deadly diseases, make million-dollar trading...

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08:15
Apple Pay to rule over Samsung, Android rivals,...

Take these studies with a grain of salt but (having never used the alternatives) I’ve found Apple Pay on my phone, even for internet transactions, frighteningly easy and compelling to use.

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08:11
Qualcomm hits back at Apple in legal battle

The other shoe has dropped.

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08:02
Samsung takes top spot in global smartphone share...




Samsung became the global leader in smartphone marketshare during the March quarter, pushing Apple back into second place, according to production estimates published on Tuesday.

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07:45
Now that Apple’s USB-C dongles are back to full...

Apple’s decision to go all-in on USB-C on the 2016 MacBook Pro machines hit significant resistance from those who would need to purchase multiple dongles to connect to their existing accessories. The company responded by offering discounts on a range of USB adapters and cables, first to the end of last year and later extended to the end of March.

Those deals are now gone, however, so here’s a roundup of some decent alternatives …

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07:40
How to keep 2GB of most recently added music synced...




Syncing music to your Apple Watch can be a convoluted, laborious process. But if you want to ensure that the latest additions to your library are automatically available on your watch, iTunes Smart Playlists may be the solution you need.

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07:33
Instagram now combines disappearing photos &...

An update to Instagram coming today aims to improve the service’s Direct messaging feature by combining disappearing photos and videos with text conversations into a single thread. Previously the features were separated, with disappearing photos and videos in their own conversation separate from text chats, meaning that you could have multiple threads going with the same person(s) within Direct.

Today’s update hopes to streamline your inbox within Direct by making the disappearing photos and videos appear inline within text conversations when it’s the same contact(s):

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07:11
Nvidia releases beta Mac drivers for Pascal GPUs...

Nvidia has made good on its promise to release Pascal drivers for the Mac. This makes it possible to drive macOS with 10-series cards like the popular Geforce GTX 1080, or the newly released Titan Xp.

Up until now, users wishing to use modern Nvidia GPUs on a Mac were forced to use last-gen Maxwell-based hardware, such as the GTX 980 Ti and other 9-series cards. With the release of the Pascal drivers, more options have been opened up for eGPU users, legacy Mac Pro users, and Hackintosh users wishing to utilize the latest and greatest in GPU technology. more…

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06:58
Western Digital announces USB-C G-Drives in...

Shortly after announcing a USB-C external SSD, Western Digital has announced a USB-C version of its externally-powered spinning metal G-Drives in capacities of up to 10TB. They will also be available in 4TB and 8TB models.

The company says that the drives can also power MacBooks and MacBook Pro models, enabling a single-cable connection, though it doesn’t mention an important caveat …

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06:35
Western Digital launches G-DRIVE USB-C device

Western Digital Corp. has expanded its G-Technology brand G-DRIVE storage portfolio with the G-DRIVE USB-C device. The new drive provides USB-C connectivity for next-generation Mac and PC computers while simultaneously charging compatible USB-C devices like the latest MacBook and MacBook Pro computers.

Available in capacities up to 10TB, the G-DRIVE USB-C device is built to provide expansive capacity for storage of HD videos, photos, music, backups and more in a stylish extruded aluminum enclosure. This G-DRIVE device features the USB 3.1 Gen 1 interface with USB-C connector. It ships with a USB-C to USB-A cable for compatibility with traditional systems with a USB-A connector. With USB Power Delivery, G-Technology’s G-DRIVE USB-C device provides up to 45 watts of charging capability through the USB-C port, so users can charge the latest MacBook or MacBook Pro without the need of a separate charger, says Mike Williams, vice president of Advanced Technologies, Western Digital...

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06:12
Apple Pay contactless users to nearly double,...

New data from Juniper Research estimates that the number of contactless pay users, including Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay, will exceed 100 million for the first time during the first half of 2017, before surpassing 150 million by the end of this year. And Apple's mobile payment system is predicting to reach 86 million users this year.

According to the research group, the combined market share of Apple, Samsung, and Google (via Android Pay), increased from 20% in 2015 to 41% in 2016, as a proportion of total mobile contactless payment users. Juniper forecasts that this will rise to 56% by 2021, as the trio’s combined user base exceeds 500 million.

The research found that Apple Pay, and the...

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06:11
'Strong evidence' Apple working on custom...




Apple is likely developing custom power management chips, working on the technology at facilities in Germany and the U.S., an analyst said on Tuesday.

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06:06
Apple looks into an audio system with no need for a...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,621,987) for a “tactile swath for an electronic device” that hints at wireless speakers that could work with Macs, iOS devices and Apple TVs.

The patent is for a wireless speaker audio system configured to receive audio information wirelessly transmitted by an audio source including first and second wireless transceivers. In the filing, Apple says a “significant disadvantage “of wireless stereo loudspeakers that use a proprietary wireless protocol is that a separate RF transmitter must be added to the audio source since the audio source does not otherwise support the proprietary protocol. 

These RF transmitters are typically in the form of a dongle, which plugs into the audio source. Apple says that he dongle adds bulk to portable systems, and shortens battery life if it draws power from the audio source. If the dongle has its own power source, then it becomes one more item that requires a charger. 

Apple continues that...

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05:57
Apple is developing its own power management chips,...

It appears that Apple is developing its own power management chips, according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe. The release of the report Tuesday led to a sharp drop in the shares of Dialog Semiconductor, the current supplier of these chips to the iPhone maker.

“The teams of both companies collaborate very closely and thus, Dialog cannot be replaced by a third-party supplier. However, Apple itself could replace Dialog,” wrote analyst Karsten Iltgen.

As evidence, the report cited 16 different job openings on Apple’s website for analog/power management engineers for the design center in Munich alone.

“A search on social networks such as LinkedIn revealed that Apple has already poached about 20 chip designers, some of them with long-standing experience, from Dialog,” said the report, which estimates that about 40 power-management chip engineers are currently working at the design center in Munich, with a similar number working in the area at the...

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05:49
TrendForce: iPhone production volume down, but...

The total production volume of all iPhone devices for the first quarter of 2017 fell by 36% compared with the previous quarter and declined by 41% versus the same period a year ago, according to new data from TrendForce. Still, these results actually showed an overall improvement in iPhone sales, according to the research group. 

This quarter Apple released the “PRODUCT Red” edition of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which can be regarded as a follow-up to last year’s “Jet Black” edition. The use of striking colors has been well received by consumers and helped Apple grab market share, according to TrendForce. The bold color scheme has also raised awareness about the upcoming release of the 10th anniversary iPhone devices.

TrendForce estimates that the total production volume of all iPhone devices for the second quarter will reach around 43 million units, a decline of 17% from the preceding quarter. Apple will likely to...

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05:40
Apple may be working on its own power management...

German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor’s stock has tumbled in Frankfurt, currently down 24.5%, as private bank Bankhaus Lampe downgrades the German chipmaker to Sell on risks that it might lose a crucial supplier deal with Apple.

The investment bank points to strong evidence that Apple is working on its own power management integrated circuits (PMIC), after which it might drop Dialog's battery-saving chip ("at least in part") as soon as 2019. A source says Apple is recruiting Dialog's top engineers in Munich.

Despite attempts to diversity beyond the iPhone giant, Dialog likely saw more than 70% of its 2016 revenues from Apple. If the report is correct, this is further proof that Apple is bringing more and more tech in-house.

It was revealed last week that Apple planned to phase out graphics chips by Imagination Technologies with in-house with developed chips. Imagination's...

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05:33
Qualcomm: there wouldn’t be an iPhone without our...

Qualcomm has fired the latest shot in a legal battle with Apple, charging the tech giant with mischaracterizing Qualcomm's business and siccing international regulators on it.

In a Monday federal court filing, world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors said Apple wouldn't have an iPhone business if it weren't for fair licensing of essential tech from Qualcomm. The company says it went out of its way to offer alternative licensing (which Apple rejected), and that, in suing Qualcomm, Apple is motivated by reducing the cost to make iPhones.

In January 2016, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  The same month saw the Federal Trade Commission file a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a...

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05:32
Samsung overtakes Apple in Q1 smartphone sales even...

Trendforce data seen by us suggests that Samsung overtook Apple in Q1 smartphone sales even before the company’s new flagship Galaxy S8 landed in stores in Q2. Most of the gains made by the company were, however, thanks to lower-end devices.

Samsung’s sales results for its high-end smartphones fell short of expectations in the first quarter as consumers’ confidence in the brand had yet to fully recover from the recall of Galaxy Note 7. Nevertheless, Samsung continued to do very well in the mid-range and low-end segments of the market. The economically priced, high-performing Galaxy J series sustained Samsung’s shipments and contributed significantly to the expansion of the brand’s overall smartphone production volume. Samsung was the only brand that saw positive growth in production volume during the off season of the first quarter.

Trendforce also predicts that Samsung and other Android manufacturers...

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05:26
Swatch’s ‘Tick Different’ ad campaign ticks off Apple

Apple is suing Swiss watch maker Swatch for its “Tick different” ad campaign, which the Cupertino, California-based company says is a rip-off of its former “Think different” campaign, note the Swiss language site, Watson — as noted by AppleInsider.

In order to successfully argue its case, Apple will have to prove that at least 50% of consumers associate "Think dDifferent" with Apple branding. The tech giant is being represented by Zurich law firm Lenz & Staehelin, which filed a concurrent, but unsuccessful, complaint with the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property.

Responding to Apple's accusations, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek said any similarity between the two campaigns is coincidental. Hayek...

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05:15
Apple posts positions for GPU-based jobs in London...

Following the breakup of U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, Apple seems to be ramping up its own GPU division as well as hiring a number of engineers within the London region.

Appearing on the United Kingdom version of Apple’s jobs board over the last month, the company has listed 12 “Hardware Engineering” job postings in London, located within Hanover Street. Spotted by The Telegraph, the listings are for Apple’s “UK Design Centre,” with 11 out of the 12 openings having some connection to GPU design.

A listing for an “Engineering Program Manager” position posted on March 29th mentions a “newly formed graphics design team” that would work on the “definition of the architecture, spec, design, and verification of graphics IP from concept through to silicon.”

Another posting for a Design Verification Lead description involves “RTL verification of blocks in graphics cores, requiring a “deep understanding of the micro-architectural details of designs, and how...

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05:00
AT&T announces acquisition of Straight Path for...

It never hurts to buy the bandwidth you need in advance.

AT&T on Monday announced that it will acquire Straight Path Communications, a company that holds licenses to airwaves needed for the next-generation network technology. AT&T announced the deal in a press release, noting that it is worth $1.6 billion in total.

Straight Path Communications is one of the largest holders of the 28GHz and 39GHz millimeter wave spectrum used by wireless carriers. It also holds the mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band, which 5G technology is heavily reliant upon.

During the press release, AT&T explained that the Straight Path spectrum it has acquired as part of this deal covers the entire United States. The company also noted that the theoretical peak speeds in mmWave band can reach up to 10 Gbps up and 20Gbps down.

AT&T also noted that shareholders will receive $1.25 billion, while the rest of the $1.6 billion comes as...

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05:00
Hackers Blast Emergency Sirens in Dallas


Screaming sirens serenaded Dallas residents in the early morning hours Saturday after a cyberattack set off the city's emergency warning system. All of the city's 156 sirens reportedly were set off more than a dozen times. Officials have not yet identified the perpetrator of the attack, the city's Office of Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz said, but he expressed confidence that it was someone outside the Dallas area. The city has figured out how the system was compromised and has begun working to keep it from happening again.

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04:30
DE:Flicker a fine accessory app for Final Cut Pro X

By Aaron Lee

RE:Vision Effects' DE:Flicker for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion is designed to smooth out flicker and artifacts when shooting high frame rate or timelapse video. 

It not only fixes flicker from artificial light sources but also fixes flicker on multiple objects, even when those objects flicker at different rates. DE:Flicker also minimizes problems when shooting directly at light sources, causing them to "breathe" and change size when shot at higher frame rates.

DE:Flicker will also help transform your timelapse photography so that viewers watch the footage you intended them to watch and not the annoying pops that often accompany timelapse photography. It handles the common problems of color shifts, exposure and other camera setting and lighting inconsistencies that may occur from frame to frame. DE:Flicker also tames the problems of clouds casting shadows at different...

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04:07
Apple takes Swatch to court over its use of ‘Tick...

Apple is taking Swatch to court after the Swiss watchmaker used the slogan ‘Tick different’ to promote its NFC-enabled watch. Apple is arguing that the slogan unfairly trades on its own ‘Think different‘ campaign, while Swatch claims that the reference is purely coincidental.

‘Think different’ is arguably one of the most famous ad slogans in history, used by Apple from 1997 to 2002. It emerged from the one-minute ‘Crazy Ones’ commercial which featured a total of 17 people who changed the world by challenging the status quo …

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04:00
How to set up collaboration in Pages, Numbers and...

Apple’s Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps for macOS and iOS allow you to collaborate. You can invite others to your documents and work on them together in real time. You can use iWork collaboration on these devices: 

  • A Mac with macOS Sierra and Pages 6.0, Numbers 4.0, or Keynote 7.0 or later;
  • An iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10 and Pages 3.0, Numbers 3.0, or Keynote 3.0 or later;
  • A Mac with Safari 6.0.3 or later, or Google Chrome 27.0.1 or later;
  • A Windows PC with Internet Explorer 11 or later, or Google Chrome 27.0.1 or later.

To invite others to collaborate you must be signed in to iCloud on your device and have iCloud Drive turned on. If you’re using a web browser, sign in to iCloud.com and open the iWork app you want to use.  

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with earlier versions of iOS or iWork apps, or if you have an Android device, you can view documents but can’t edit them. 

When you invite...

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03:55
Qualcomm says Apple using its power to pay less for...

Qualcomm is seeking damages from Apple, alleging that the iPhone maker interfered with long-term agreements between the chip company and licensees that manufacture the iPhone and iPad, and encouraged actions by regulators against the company by giving government agencies “false and misleading information.”

Apple did not use certain high-performance features of the Qualcomm chipsets for the iPhone 7, claims Qualcomm. When iPhones with the Qualcomm chipset still outperformed iPhones that used a chipset from key rival Intel, Apple is said to have publicly claimed that there was “no discernible difference” between iPhones using Intel chipsets and those using Qualcomm chipsets, when it knew the opposite to be true, according to a filing Monday by Qualcomm.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 11, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

NATS Limited has introduced Airspace Explorer 1.0 for the iPad. It’s a free, flight tracking app featuring real radar data and a three dimensional view. Users can pan, zoom and move around the airspace in 3D, learn more about how it's structured and view flight paths in and out of airports to gain a sense of the approach and departure routes.

macOS Apps/Updates

Macubes has announced VDOMint 1.1, an update to the free app that provides Mac users with a menu bar for YouTube. Features include a shortcut key setting for go-to, quick...

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03:00
The Morning After: Tuesday, April 11th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Morning After is brought to you by the death of phone calls on flights (hooray!), how Persona 5 manages to digitally manifest Tokyo and the news that the most valuable car company in the US is now Tesla --...

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02:56
Analyst believes Apple developing its own custom...

Apple is believed to be developing its own custom power management chips for iPhone and iPads, at least according to one industry analyst (via Reuters). The report from Bankhaus Lampe said that Apple is looking to replace a PMIC component currently supplied by Dialog with its own custom silicon as soon as 2019.

The analyst notes that Apple has been aggressively hiring engineers from the third-party supplier and already has a significant team of employees working on Apple-designed power management chips. This follows the news that Apple intends to make custom GPUs for its iOS devices within two years.

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02:02
'The Crown' gives Netflix its best shot...

Despite producing a long list of critically-acclaimed TV shows, Netflix's original programming has yet to be rewarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). The streaming giant has received Academy nominations in the past and rec...

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01:20
Apple sues Swatch over 'Tick different'...




Swiss watch conglomerate Swatch is again under fire for allegedly capitalizing on successful Apple marketing. The watchmaker is being taken to court for emblazoning "Tick different" on certain watch models, a phrase Apple claims is a play on its 1990s "Think Different" ad campaign.

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01:10
Google says its own analysis shows 'no gender...

In a new post on pay equity, Google VP Eileen Naughton says the company was "taken aback" by the US Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) accusation that it paid women less than men, especially since the regulator gave no data to bac...

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00:04
Boeing uses first FAA-approved 3D-printed parts for...

Boeing expects to shave $2 to $3 million off each 787 Dreamliner's manufacturing costs by 2018, thanks to 3D-printed titanium. The company has teamed up with Norwegian company Norsk Titanium to create the first printed structural titanium components...

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22:24
PewDiePie starts a weekly Twitch show

Let's say you're YouTube star PewDiePie, aka Felix Kjellberg. You're facing an exodus of advertisers that could hurt your bottom line, and it doesn't help that you shot yourself in the foot by making tasteless jokes. How do you keep the money coming...

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20:58
Air Force tests air-to-ground strikes with an...

There's so much focus around autonomous cars these days it's easy to forget that the military's trying to plug artificial intelligence into fighting vehicles, too. And not just in computer mock-ups, like last June's exhibition wherein a flight AI bea...

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