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Monday January 8

14:41
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.8, VMware Fusion 10.1, Default Folder X 5.2, Ulysses 12.2, ScreenFlow 7.2, VLC Media Player 2.2.8, SEE Finance 2.0.2, MoneyWiz 2.7.1, 1Password 6.8.5, and Bookends 13.0.2.

 

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14:41
ExtraBITS for 8 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Chase Freedom is offering cash back to Apple Pay users, and Apple loosens an App Store rule that was hurting small businesses.

 

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14:39
Sen. Markey follows through on commitment to force...

Just under a month after the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality, Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey announced today that the Senate will vote on a reversal of the decision.

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14:38
Samsung brings Knox security to smart fridges and TVs

Samsung's Knox security is no longer limited to running on phones and tablets. The tech firm has announced that it's integrating Knox across its connected devices, including TVs, appliances and even digital signs. As on mobile gear, it combines hardw...

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14:31
HyperX memory improves your PC's light show...

Many PC enthusiasts use light-up RAM to add a flair to their systems. But creating a proper, synchronized light show isn't always easy. Even if you have the right motherboard, compatible RAM and the necessary software, there's no guarantee of a har...

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14:27
French watchdog launches probe into Apple over ‘...

Apple continues to face scrutiny over its iPhone slowdown tactic. After a handful of earlier lawsuits, the company is now being investigated by French consumer watchdog DGCCRF, part of the Economy Ministry, according to Reuters

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14:16
Canary’s new security cam offers simpler features...

Canary announced today that two new camera features as well as one new product are coming to its home security line. First up, Canary said last month that with the help of its new AI-powered intelligence, its cameras would soon be able to differentia...

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14:13
Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium

Ignoring the marketing speak in this press release, the bottom line – that Powermat is going with the Qi standard – is good for consumers. It means a less confusing marketplace.

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14:05
Zagg unveils new Rugged Book keyboard case w/...

Zagg today has unveiled its latest iPad accessory, a new wireless keyboard and detachable case combo called the Rugged Book. The accessory maker says this keyboard is available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Air, and the budget $329 iPad…

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14:05
French prosecutor investigating Apple for ‘planned...

A French prosecutor has launched a preliminary investigation of Apple over alleged deception and planned obsolescence of its products following a complaint by a consumer organization, reports Reuters. The investigation will be led by French consumer fraud watchdog DGCCRF, part of the Economy Ministry.

The French watchdog’s preliminary investigation could take months, and depending on its findings, the case could be dropped or handed to a judge for an in-depth investigation, according to Reuters. Under French law, companies risk fines of up to 5% of their annual sales for deliberately shortening the life of their products to spur demand to replace them.

Apple has published an apology...

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14:00
Harman is designing smart interiors for tomorrow...

The days of owning your own car may soon be coming to an end, what with the growing popularity of ride sharing matched with the promise of autonomous vehicle technology. Should that self-driving car service future come about, Harman International wan...

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13:59
Apple could bring glass back to 'iPhone SE 2,...




The next-generation iPhone SE may feature the same style of glass back as the iPhone X, according to one rumor, possibly signaling the addition of wireless charging to the device.

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13:58
LG Display's giant rollable OLED TV is...

LG Display showcased its very first rollable OLED screen a few years ago at CES, but it was clearly in its early prototype stages. Guy with white gloves, no touching .etc, etc. Sure, exciting but also distant. Now, the world's first rollable 65-inch...

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13:52
French government investigates planned obsolescence...




The French government is reportedly investigating a recent private complaint against Apple, which charges that the company's decision to slow down iPhones with weak batteries is a form of planned obsolescence meant to sell new hardware.

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13:46
Hands-on: Akitio Node Pro – a more refined external...

The original Akitio Node was the first external graphics box that came with a Mac-compatible Thunderbolt 3 chipset. Hence, it was recognized by macOS without needing to rely on hacks like previous eGPU boxes. Needless to say, the Akitio Node was and continues to be popular among Mac enthusiasts looking to drive external graphics.

Recently, Akitio launched the latest product in its external graphics Node line — the Akitio Node Pro (currently sold out on Amazon). The result is a more refined external graphics box with a built-in DisplayPort connection, and a second Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining to other Thunderbolt 3-enabled devices. Watch our hands-on video for a first look the at $360 Node Pro. more...

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13:45
Live from Samsung's CES 2018 press conference!

Samsung press conferences rarely disappoint, and we're hoping that'll be the case today -- the company's big CES 2018 keynote is about to kick off, and we'll be bringing you all the news live. Samsung hasn't made too many pre-CES announcements, aside...

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13:32
Orbit adds HomeKit support to its line of B-hyve...

Orbit, makers of irrigation products spanning from sprinkler systems to landscaping accessories, has announced at CES 2018 that their line of B-hyve smart irrigation products will be receiving support for HomeKit and the Apple Home app.

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13:22
Orbit brings HomeKit support to B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi...




At CES, Orbit announced two new products and an integration with Apple HomeKit, with the B-hyve hose Faucet Timer offered as a simple way to add timing functionality to an existing sprinkler system, the B-hyve Indoor brings the ability to manage the sprinklers inside the house, and HomeKit support makes it all controllable through the Home app.

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13:22
AI adds background noise to Google Street View scenes

Google Street View is a great way to imagine you're somewhere else, walking the streets of a bustling foreign city or making your way through a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. Now, thanks to a project from Nao Tokui, it's become even more immersive....

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13:21
HTC unveils a wireless adapter for Vive VR headsets

The dream of a wire-free HTC Vive is close to becoming a practical reality. HTC has unveiled a Vive Wireless Adapter that uses Intel's WiGig to eliminate the corded connection for both the original Vive and the Vive Pro while keeping lag and interfer...

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13:18
Ex-Google employee behind anti-diversity memo sues...

James Damore, the Google employee who was fired after circulating an anti-diversity memo last August, isn't over his dismissal apparently as he has now filed a lawsuit against his former employer. Damore filed a class-action complaint today in a Cali...

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13:15
Nanoleaf announces its highly-customizable, glowing...

Nanoleaf has announced today its Nanoleaf Remote that has a really unique design and offers lots of customization to control Nanoleaf smart lighting and other HomeKit-enabled products.

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13:12
U.S. Senate will vote on reversal of net neutrality...




The federal government will wrestle with the issue of net neutrality at least once more, as advocates have secured the necessary support in the U.S. Senate to force a vote on the issue.

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13:08
AT&T reportedly won't sell Huawei phones...

Huawei's flagship phone, the Mate 10, was rumored to be coming to the US this February. The Chinese smartphone maker was reportedly in talks with AT&T to sell its phones, but it looks as if the deal has stalled. According to The Wall Street Journ...

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13:08
HTC has a new high-res Vive Pro VR headset

HTC has a few upgrades in store for its Vive virtual reality headset, the Vive. First up, the Vive Pro, which features a pair of higher resolution OLED screens (2880 x 1600 versus the original's 1080 x 1200) and built-in headphones. The Oculus Rift h...

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13:01
Watch Samsung's CES 2018 event right here at...

Ready to see what Samsung will be announcing this year at CES? The company's big event is happening today at 5PM ET / 2PM PT. We've got the YouTube livestream embedded below, and we'll be live blogging the event as well if you want more detail or com...

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13:00
TCL's 6-Series Roku TVs sport a metal design,...

Building off of the success of its budget-friendly P-Series TVs, TCL is teaming up with Roku again on new 4K HDR sets for 2018. First up, the company has introduced its 6-Series premium line, which feature a slim, metal design, Dolby Vision and will...

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13:00
TCL taps Roku's wireless speaker tech for its...

After Roku announced its wireless speaker platform last week, it's no surprise we're seeing new devices at CES with the tech built in. TCL already bakes Roku into some of its televisions, and now it's using Roku Connect for a new soundbar. The audio...

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12:55
Tile partnership bringing app-based tracking to Bose...




Tile has announced it has made agreements with a number of companies to expand the use of its tag-location technology, with deals bringing the Tile platform's item relocation functionality to Bose, Samsonite, and Propeller Health products in the future.

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12:45
Live from the HTC Vive press event at CES 2018!

HTC Vive is one of the most promising virtual reality platforms at the moment, and today at CES 2018 we'll get to see what the company has planned for the future. It's not clear if there will be any new hardware unveiled, but we'll definitely learn m...

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12:29
Hisense shows a 150-inch 4K 'Laser TV'...

One last surprise at the Hisense CES 2018 press conference was this short-throw projector, a 150-inch version of the 4K Laser TV projector it launched last year. The company didn't mention a release date or price tag, but president Liu Hong Xin opene...

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12:23
Everything NVIDIA unveiled in under 10 minutes

NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang is very excited about autonomous cars, video games, and really everything that uses a GPU. His enthusiasm was so high that he spent two hours on stage last night waxing poetic about everything NVIDIA has accomplished in the...

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12:14
Fired Google engineer who wrote ‘diversity memo’ sues

The lawsuit, which was filed in the Santa Clara Superior Court on Monday, alleges that Google “discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views,” as well as due to their “male gender,” and “Caucasian race,” and then “systematically punished” them.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:07
Powermat gives in to Qi, moves wireless charging...

Enlarge / The Qi-compatible Nexus 5 on the Nexus Wireless Charger. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Wireless charging company Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) in a move that looks to further unify wireless charging tech behind the popular Qi standard.

Ars at CES 2018

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12:07
Optoma's 4K projector uses Alexa to set the...

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is already finding its way into TVs, so why not projectors? Optoma certainly thinks it makes sense -- the company has launched what it says is the first projector with Alexa built-in. The UHD51A is a capable 4K projec...

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11:52
Google unites its Apple Pay alternatives under...




Google on Monday introduced Google Pay, bringing together Android Pay and Google Wallet, two previously split platforms.

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11:50
JBL adds Google Assistant to its Everest line of...

Samsung-owned Harman International just announced three new models for its JBL Everest line of wireless headphones. The over-ear 710GA, on-ear 310GA and in-ear 110GA all include Google Assistant (hence the GA designation), giving you voice control ov...

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11:49
Twitter may have resumed verifying users

Twitter took heat all through 2017 for bungling its delicate balance between protecting free speech and enforcing its policies to protect users from harassment. One of the flashpoints was the unintended validation Twitter gave to users it 'verified,'...

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11:47
∞ Apple releases updates for iOS and macOS Safari to...

Apple on Monday released iOS 11.2.2 and Safari 11.0.2 for macOS. Both updates are designed to mitigate the effects of Spectre. You can download the iOS update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your device. On the Mac, open App Store and check for updates to get the latest version of Safari.

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11:43
MyLiFi lamp delivers secure internet via LEDs

MyLiFi is a lamp that provides a secure, wireless, radiowave-free internet connection to nearby devices, all through the data-transferring power of LEDs. It's a simplistic, industrial-style desk lamp that beams broadband to a dongle, which users conn...

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11:42
An 8TB external hard drive is $160 right now

If you have a New Year's resolution to organize your digital life, then this deal at Best Buy can help. The big-box retailer is selling a WD 8TB easystore desktop external hard drive for $160. That's not quite as cheap as during Black Friday last November, but it's still a good price for this amount of storage.

The WD easystore desktop hard drive offers a USB 3.0 connection with a maximum data transfer rate of 5Gbps. It also comes with WD's software, including an automated backup utility and WD Drive Utilities, which helps you manage your new drive.

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11:41
Hisense's exclusive World Cup TV app will...

Along with its latest TV and word of more Laser TV to come, Hisense just announced that its World Cup sponsorship will snag it an exclusive version of the Fox Sports Go app. On Hisense TVs, customers will be able to stream 2018 World Cup Games in 4K...

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11:40
iOS and macOS updates available now address Spectre...

Enlarge / 2017's MacBook is the first I'd truly be happy to use as my everyday notebook. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Metldown and Spectre security risks affecting nearly every modern processor came to light last week, and now Apple has released a pair of software updates to address the Spectre vulnerability. iOS 11.2.2 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, while sparse in detail, are both now available for free on compatible devices.

iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad contains security fixes that aren't fully fleshed out, but Apple does say that they affect Safari and Webkit to "mitigate the effects of Spectre." Apple claims the Metldown vulnerability was addressed in...

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11:23
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.8

Avoids a crash in macOS 10.13 High Sierra when saving or loading files that use certain fonts. ($79 new, free update, 225 MB)

 

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11:21
Apple Updates macOS and iOS To Address Spectre...

Days after Apple disclosed how it would be dealing with the Meltdown bug that affects modern computers, it's pushed out fixes for the Spectre exploit as well. From a report: iOS 11.2.2 includes "Security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre," the company writes on its support page, while the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update does the same for your Mac laptop or desktop. Installing this update on your Mac will also update Safari to version 11.0.2.


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11:20
Intel 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 chipset...




A new Thunderbolt 3 chipset has arrived called "Titan Ridge" that supports not only DisplayPort 1.4, but it also provides to vendors the ability to allow peripherals to fall back on USB 3.1 speeds if not connected to a Thunderbolt 3 host.

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11:04
Reverse-engineering the iPhone X Home Indicator color

This is a wonderfully geeky examination of the iPhone X Home Indicator and how it dynamically changes color. I still hate it though.

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11:04
Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium,...




Wireless charging system producer Powermat has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, backers of the Qi charging standard rivaling the company's own technology, a move that is likely to make Qi-based wireless charging more dominant in the future.

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10:54
CES 2018: Tech Trends from the Consumer Technology...

Jeff Porten kicks off another CES show with the Consumer Technology Association’s trends and predictions for 2018.

 

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10:42
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 and macOS 10.13.2 updates...

Are you tired of hearing about Meltdown and Spectre yet? Well, get used to it, because the security updates keep on coming!

As we mentioned in our FAQ, Apple has already mitigated the effects of Meltdown on Macs in macOS 10.13.2, and of Spectre in iOS devices in iOS 11.2. But at the time of Apple's first announcement last week, there was still the possibility of exploiting the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript in the Safari browser. Apple promised an update to mitigate that avenue of attack was coming soon.

iOS 11.2.2 is that update. As we’ve explained before, there is no “fix” for Spectre—it’s endemic to the way nearly every modern processor with speculative execution operates. But patches can help mitigate the risk, making it much harder for Spectre to be exploited.

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10:37
GBH Insights: expect Apple’s HomePod to arrive in 4-...

In a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — GBH Insights says it expects Apple’s HomePod to arrive in 4-6 weeks, but that it will face an uphill climb as it seeks to compete with competitors such as Amazon and Google’s Alphabet division. The research group writes: 

We will be closely watching this competitive dynamic against the likes of Amazon and Google, Apple’s aggressive marketing push, and the installed base uptake of HomePod in 1H18 as this represents a pivotal window of opportunity for Cook & Co. to establish their presence in this green field smart speaker market which could be a “gate opener” to other consumer products/functionality further down the road.

The $349 HomePod is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white, and also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote...

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10:33
GoPro makes swift exit from drone market, confirms...




In a Monday earnings report, GoPro announced plans to end drone sales after it sells out of remaining Karma models, and engage in cost-cutting measures to right itself financially -- including laying off hundreds of people.

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10:27
Apple releases macOS 10.13.2 supplemental security...

Apple has released an update to macOS High Sierra for all Macs running macOS 10.13.2. The supplemental security update likely addresses the Spectre flaw that affected Safari and may contain further mitigations for Meltdown.

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10:22
macOS 11.13.2 Supplemental Update and iOS 11.2.2...

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 and iOS 11.2.2 with, among other things, security fixes for the recently reported Spectre vulnerability. 

macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 is a free update for all customers who have a compatible machine. The update can be downloaded using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store. 

iOS 11.2.2 can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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10:20
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad,...




Escalating its response to the processor vulnerabilities revealed recently, Apple has made iOS 11.2.2 available for the iPhone and iPad, and has issued a supplementary security update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to further deal with the "Meltdown" attack vector and the "Spectre" vulnerability for the first time.

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10:10
Sorry, but you can’t double dip with Apple’s iPhone...

Though Apple is offering $29 battery replacements to any customer with an iPhone 6 or newer regardless of diagnostic test results, this policy can only be taken advantage of once, according to new fine print on its iPhone service pricing page — as noted by MacRumors.

After you've had your iPhone's battery replaced once this year, the device must explicitly fail the diagnostic test to qualify for any additional battery replacements for $29. If the test passes, a customer can still choose to have the battery replaced, but Apple's standard $79 fee applies. 

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10:05
Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 security update with...

Apple has released iOS 11.2.2 for iPhone and iPad. The software update highlights security improvements and Apple “recommends for all users.”

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09:40
Kolibree's Magik Toothbrush connects to iPhone...




Toothbrush producer Kolibree's latest launch, the Magik Toothbrush, aims to make dental hygiene fun for children, with the augmented reality-enabled cleaning device turning the chore into a game that provides AR rewards if the child cleans their teeth properly.

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09:35
Review: iStorage diskAshur 2, ‘the most secure...

There’s no shortage of external drives around, both spinning metal and SSD, though higher-capacity portable SSDs are still in relatively short supply.

The iStorage diskAshur 2 combines an SSD in capacities of up to 4TB with hardware encryption and protection against physical tampering which it claims makes it the most secure drive in the world …

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iMac Pro $4,750, MacBook Pro w...

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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09:27
Lifesum health tracking app adds new AI image...

Lifesum, a popular calorie counter and nutrition tracking app on iOS, is rolling out a new image recognition feature that allows users to snap a picture of their food to log ingredients and nutrition information…

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09:24
Rumor: iPhone SE 2 will feature glass back, possibly...

We’ve seen rumors about the timing of an updated iPhone SE release for a few months now, but the only feature change expected has been a speed boost. Now a new rumor claims the new iPhone SE could pick up a popular feature from the iPhone 8 and iPhone X…

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09:02
Netatmo adding Apple HomeKit to Welcome indoor...




Netatmo's indoor security camera, the Welcome, will be getting HomeKit support later in the first quarter, the company announced on Monday.

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08:59
Abode introduces Iota DIY HomeKit security system at...

Several HomeKit-compatible security accessories have already made their way to market, but today Abode Systems has entered the space with a DIY option called Iota.

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08:32
Intel's new G-series processors includes AMD...




Intel's latest processor launch is a collaboration with long-time rival AMD, with the two chip firms working together to create a pair of 8th generation Core processors that are equipped with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, with the onboard AMD GPU potentially helping with the creation of more powerful notebooks or small form-factor computers like the Mac mini that do not require a dedicated GPU.

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08:16
First look: OWC’s new Thunderbolt 3 accessories at...

Other World Computing has made a name for themselves among professional Mac users with their line of powerful and fast external hard drives and adapters. This year at CES, OWC is showing several new products, all featuring Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

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08:04
Intel faces trio of class action lawsuits over...




Intel is staring down class action lawsuits in California, Indiana, and Oregon over the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities exposed in modern processors, which can be used to access restricted memory in unpatched devices.

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08:03
Deals: 128GB iPads for $399; 15" MacBook Pros...




Monday morning deals are now in effect with 128GB 9.7-inch iPads on sale for $399 ($30 off). Apple's current 15-inch MacBook Pro also starts at $2,249 after $120 to $150 in cash savings. Meanwhile, a price drop was issued on the GoPro Hero6 Black, which is now $399 with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:59
First Alert’s Safe & Sound HomeKit smoke alarm...

First Alert’s Onelink smart and carbon monoxide alarm (review) was the first to hit the market with support for Apple’s HomeKit, and now First Alert is out with an interesting new version.

Unveiled at CES 2018, Onelink Safe & Sound is a new version that includes a built-in music speaker. The current version includes voice feedback when alarms are triggered, but First Alert says Safe & Sound will actually support AirPlay 2 for real music playback when the feature launches this year.

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07:48
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock provides 4K60 video,...




Elgato has announced the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, providing 4K through either DisplayPort or HDMI in a very small enclosure.

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07:20
Apple Should Address Youth Phone Addiction, Say Two...

Two large Apple shareholders, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, are urging Apple to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to Apple's iPhones, Jana partner Charles Penner said. From a report: Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, one of the nation's largest public pension plans, delivered a letter to Apple on Saturday asking the company to consider developing software that would allow parents to limit children's phone use, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Sunday. Jana and CalSTRS also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health, according to the publication. Jana and CalSTRS together control about $2 billion worth of Apple shares, the Journal reports.


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07:17
DJI shows off iPhone-ready Osmo Mobile 2 gimbal with...




Drone maker DJI has revealed the Osmo Mobile 2, an upgraded version of its stabilizing smartphone gimbal, set to launch through apple.com on Jan. 23.

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07:08
News from CES: January 8, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Wemo, the smart home and IoT brand from Belkin International is shipping the Wemo Bridge enabled with Apple HomeKit compatibility for the more than two million Wemo solutions on the market. With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users can use Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch or use the Apple Home app to control any of these devices. Users can also include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than 100 other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go.

The Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Care Washer and Dryer won’t require a transfer between the washer and dryer, allowing for one load to be completely washed and dried in the same machine....

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07:01
PSA: Powermat supporting Qi charging should mean...

If you’ve tried charging your iPhone 8 or iPhone X from one of the public charging mats available in places like coffee shops and airports, you’ve probably already discovered that not all of them work …

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06:54
Limited Apple Watch controls for select Whirlpool...




Whirlpool will add Apple Watch support to its app in 2018, allowing users of the wearable to control more than 20 compatible appliances when the technology is fully deployed.

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06:40
Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of...




Kitchen and bathroom fixture producer Kohler has created its own smart home platform, Kohler Konnect, which allows some of its products to communicate with HomeKit and other smart home frameworks, as well as offering control via an iPhone app and through voice commands.

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06:33
Whirlpool announces Apple Watch will be able to...

Whirlpool has announced that it’s working on an Apple Watch app that will allow you to control more than 20 of its connected appliances, including ovens, washing machines and dryers.

The company says that as well as using the app to carry out simple tasks, it will also prove useful for checking on the status of appliances …

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06:25
Prince playing jazz piano, coaching his band through...

[VIDEO] Open Culture:

We do not typically remember [Prince] as a jazz pianist. But his facility with jazz earned him the admiration of Miles Davis, who made several efforts to collaborate with the extremely busy pop star. (They performed together only once, it seems, on New Year’s Eve, 1987 at Paisley Park.) Prince’s style, stage show, songwriting, and arranging drew from jazz of all kinds—from zoot suit-era big band to the frenetic movement of hard bop to the classically-inflected show tunes of George Gershwin. Just above see him “casually own” Gershwin’s “Summertime” during a 1990 soundcheck in Osaka, Japan.

I had no idea Prince even played piano, let along so well. I love this video (embedded in the main Loop post). The groove is right there, with Prince driving. Super talented.

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06:24
Some Apple shareholders want Apple to ‘think...

As noted by AppleInsider, a couple of Apple shareholders have issued an open letter asking the company to study the impact of heavy smartphone use by children and teenagers, as well as offer more parental restrictions on iPhones. The letter, shared online by Jana Partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, says , in part: 

“…we believe Apple would once again be playing a pioneering role, this time by setting an example about the obligations of technology companies to their youngest customers.  As a company that prides itself on values like inclusiveness, quality education, environmental protection, and supplier responsibility, Apple would also once again be showcasing the innovative spirit that made you the most valuable public company...

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06:23
Asus XG Station Pro Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosure has...




Asus has abandoned large enclosures for it's latest Thunderbolt 3 external GPU expansion case, with the new XG Station Pro separating the power supply's bulk and heat from the enclosure.

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06:23
Elgato unveils the Eve Room and Button, 2 new...

From 9to5Toys:

With CES having officially begun this weekend, we’re already seeing a wide range of notable new products. Turning our attention specifically to the smart home, the folks over at Elgato have kicked things off this week by unveiling 2 new HomeKit-enabled devices. Eve’s Button introduces a new way to control connected accessories and the second generation Room upgrades its predecessor with enhanced sensors and an improved E-ink display.

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06:17
Federal judge sanctions Apple for $300,000 in...

A federal magistrate judge in California said Friday he’ll sanction Apple to the tune of $300,000 for missing a document production deadline in antitrust suits brought against Qualcomm by the Federal Trade Commission and a putative class of cellphone buyers, reports Law360.

In December Apple was ordered to pay $25,000 each day it failed to produce evidence related to an FTC case against Qualcomm. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins said the tech giant had until Dec. 29 to turn in the documents or the amount would increase. And it has.

Last week Apple asked a California federal court to nix a $25,000-per-day fine, arguing that the sanctions imposed by a magistrate judge last month for delays in producing...

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06:15
HomePod: It’s more important to be right than first

Dan Moren, Macworld:

Late last year, Apple announced that it would delay the promised release of its HomePod smart speaker to early 2018. It was a disappointment for those customers hoping to score one for the holiday season, but in an interview with Dutch site Bright.nl, Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller said Apple needed “more time to make it right.”

And:

A new report from Canalys says that the smart speaker market is forecast to spike this year, outpacing other technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality. In a rare moment of (for it) transparency, Amazon said it had sold tens of millions of Echo devices during the holidays. (Though many of those sales are likely for the low-cost devices that Apple won’t compete with.)

And:

By all accounts, the version of the HomePod shown to press during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last year was far from a fully functional prototype. Those to whom Apple gave access reportedly got...

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06:14
New Tile partnerships will allow you to find your...

Attaching Tile trackers to your valuables is one way to help you find them if they are misplaced, but it’s a slightly clunky way of doing it. That’s all set to change, though, as the company partners with a number of brands to build its Bluetooth tracking technology into their products.

One of the first partnerships announced is with Bose, whose 2018 SoundSport Wireless and QuietControl 30 headphones will come with Tile on board from late spring …

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06:00
Wemo Bridge adds Apple HomeKit to Belkin's line...




At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show Belkin made good on years of promises and launched the Wemo Bridge, which lets other Wemo smarthome accessories link with Apple's HomeKit.

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06:00
Canary releases $99 View indoor security camera with...

Canary has unveiled a more affordable version of its home security camera that launches today. Canary View is priced under $100 and offers many of the same great features as the more expensive Canary All-In-One. Canary also has a new Amazon Alexa skill as well as an upcoming AI-powered security feature to show off.

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06:00
Pay What You Want for our Learn To Code 2018 Bundle

It's 2018 -- did you make any New Year's resolutions? If learning how to code or changing careers was on your list of plans, then you've come to the right place as we've got a Pay What You Want deal on the Learn To Code 2018 Bundle.

How do our Pay What You Want deals work? Simple -- pay any amount, and you'll get at least the "Introduction to R Programming" course that's worth $91 alone. Pay more than the average price paid by all customers and you get the entire 10-course bundle. If you pay a LOT and get onto the leaderboard, you're eligible for our grand prize drawing for an iPhone X!

What's in the bundle? These 10 courses are available to anyone who pays more than the average price ($15.35 at the time of...

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05:58
The demise of Transmit and the future of pro level...

From the Panic blog, announcing the suspension of the iOS version of the very popular Transmit app:

Transmit iOS made about $35k in revenue in the last year, representing a minuscule fraction of our overall 2017 app revenue. That’s not enough to cover even a half-time developer working on the app. And the app needs full-time work — we’d love to be adding all of the new protocols we added in Transmit 5, as well as some dream features, but the low revenue would render that effort a guaranteed money-loser.

David Sparks from his blog:

Panic has made public statements about how little income they’re making off their pro-level iOS apps, and I really can’t blame them for pulling Transmit if it is losing them money.

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05:15
Two major Apple shareholders push for study of...

Luke Kawa, Bloomberg:

In a letter to the smartphone maker dated Jan. 6, activist investor Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System urged Apple to create ways for parents to restrict children’s access to their mobile phones. They also want the company to study the effects of heavy usage on mental health.

“There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences,” according to the letter from the investors, who combined own about $2 billion in Apple shares. The “growing societal unease” is “at some point is likely to impact even Apple.”

“Addressing this issue now will enhance long-term value for all shareholders,” the letter said.

Instinctively, it seems clear to me that heavy smartphone usage does have an impact on your mental health. It changes the social equation, moving communication from one-on-one direct contact to abbreviated,...

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05:11
In run-up to HomePod launch, 37% of US households...

While some may be expecting Apple’s HomePod to have a tough time competing with existing smart speakers, a new survey suggests that the total market for these devices is huge.

Purchase intention suggests that penetration of smart speakers will hit 37% of the US population by the end of the year, and will be in a third or more of homes in four other large markets …

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05:00
Whatever happened to opening up FaceTime?

Too bad Apple never kept their promise of opening up FaceTime for the world. I and other professionals I know are using the technology (audio and video) in business. 

There's an opportunity for business level functionality if the technology was opened up. Apple needs to rely on all computers — Window PCs included — to support the software in order for it to really become the revolutionary offering Apple has made it out to be.

The tech that FaceTime is built on is a collection of open source and licensed tech that Apple does a great job of tying together. All Apple really has to do is to release their code and any licensing dependancies and let the third parties work out any licensing issues — if they have any.

(Thanks to J. Scott Anderson for help with today's column.)

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04:46
CES Unveiled 2018: HomeKit accessories dominate the...

Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off with an event called CES Unveiled, a preview of some of the newest products that will be on display at the show. A brief walk around the booths at this year’s Unveiled revealed that accessory makers are doubling down on smart home products in 2018 – and that means new HomeKit accessories.

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04:42
Apple supplier Dialog reports record revenue and...

Dialog Semiconductor, which makes most of its revenue from supplying power-management chips to Apple, has reported record quarterly revenue of $463M in Q4 last year. This was up 27% year-on-year.

The firm saw its shares climb 4% on the news, though not clawing back the fall following last month’s admission that it faced an uncertain future with Apple …

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04:30
Topaz Impression for macOS makes quite an impression

Like me, you probably have a bazillion Photos pics. If you'd like to jazz some of 'em up, Topaz Impression for macOS lets you get amazing results with ease.

Impression lets you transform your photos into realistic-looking studio art such as paintings, pencil or charcoal sketches. The results look natural and not computer generated, which I found pleasantly surprising. (The folks at Topaz say the technology behind Impression seeks out your photo’s inherent contours and then applies brushstrokes one at a time.)

When you're new to the app, a variety of presets lets you pick and choose across entire art movements in a few clicks. Once you're more comfortable using the software, you can tweak the presets with adjustments to get the results you want. It may take a while to get the artwork you wish, as you can easily spend hours experimenting with Topaz Impression. For example, there are over 70 textures from which to choose.

Topaz Impression works as both a...

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04:18
Colorful banners reading ‘Nice to meet you’ rise...

Ahead of the opening of Apple’s first ever retail location in South Korea, colorful new banners have been installed to cover the store’s glass entryway from prying eyes. When translated from Korean, the banners read “Nice to meet you.”

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04:14
GBH says HomePod launch expected in next 4-6 weeks,...

Tech analysts GBH insights say that it expects Apple’s delayed HomePod smart speaker to be launched ‘in the next 4-6 weeks’ – but that it will face an ‘uphill climb’ as it seeks to compete with entrenched competitors.

It thinks that two factors will make the launch significantly tougher than it would have been had it been released on time …

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04:00
How to create a disk image from a disk or a...

You can use the Disk Utility in macOS High Sierra to create a disk image from a disk or a connected device. A disk image (.dmg file) is a file that looks and acts like a mountable device or volume. 

With Disk Utility, you can create a disk image that includes the data and free space on a physical disk or connected device, such as a USB device. For example, if a USB device or volume is 80GB with 10GB of data, the disk image will be 80 GB in size and include data and free space. You can then restore that disk image to another volume. Here’s how:

  • Select a disk, volume, or connected device in the sidebar.
  • Choose File > New Image, then choose “Image from [device name].”
  • Enter a file name for the disk image, add tags if necessary, then choose where to save it. This is the name that appears in the Finder, where you save the disk image file before opening it.
  • Click the Format pop-up menu, then choose an option:
  • Read-only: The disk...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 8, 2018

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

macOS Apps/Updates

CyberByte has released CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1, an t update to their antivirus and internet security application for Macs.

The security app provides protection against threats by scanning for and removing viruses, malware, and adware. The utility also scans any local network for all connected devices, allowing users to ensure that no unknown devices are connected to their network. 

CyberByte Antivirus 2.1.1 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s free and is available at the CyberByte website. A premium version of the app that offers additional features is available for $24.

iMobie has announced...

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03:20
Belkin Wemo Bridge now available for $40, connects...

At CES, Belkin announced that the Wemo Bridge is now available to order, priced at $39.99. The bridge adds HomeKit support to the wide array of existing Wemo smart home accessories which includes smart plugs, dimmers, motion sensor and a light switch.

HomeKit support allows these accessories to be controlled through the native Apple Home app on iOS devices and Apple Watch. It also unlocks voice control with Siri.

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03:15
Apple joins Alliance for Open Media, will help...

It never hurts to be on the consortium that’s setting the standard.

Apple has joined the Alliance for Open Media, the technology consortium developing AV1 the new industry standard, high-efficiency video code.

The group includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Intel, and many others. Apple was quietly added to the website’s homepage today, and is even considered a founding member.

The consortium defines its goal as follows:

The initial project – AOMedia Video – pursues a new, royalty-free video codec specification and open source implementation based on the contributions of Alliance members and the broader developer community, along with binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming.

Other group goals, as described, include navigating the complicated nature of royalties with HEVC Advance, the industry group behind H.265 (commonly known as HEVC) which Apple has adopted with High Sierra and iOS 11....

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