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Thursday February 1

12:03
Coach releases simple and clean black and brown...

Coach has today released some new Apple Watch bands. The new Apple Watch Strap comes in black or brown while the Strap with Prints and Strap with Tea Rose are now available in new colors.

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11:54
The Amazon Fire TV 4K is 21% off right now

If you need a 4K-compatible streaming device, Amazon, Staples, Best Buy, and Target have the 4K Fire TV on sale for $55 right now. That's about 21 percent off the usual price, and close to the all-time low of $50.

To read this article in...

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11:34
ARKit 1.5 examples show how vertical surface mapping...

New ARKit enhancements will be coming in iOS 11.3 in the form of ARKit 1.5. New changes will bring improved surface mapping, an increase up to 50% in resolution, and more.

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11:20
Apple HomePod vs. Google Home Max: Which high-end...




While the $399 Google Home Max and the $349 Apple HomePod are roughly aiming for the same market, both have taken very different approaches. AppleInsider compares the hardware, and delves into which speaker might work the best for you.

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10:50
Apple confirms HomePod audio sources limited to...




In newly-published specifications, Apple has confirmed that streaming on the Siri-equipped HomePod -- shipping Feb. 9 -- will focus mainly on its own services.

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10:22
Apple shares 'Three Minutes' feature shot...




Apple has released a new video called "Three Minutes" in Singapore, alongside a page dedicated to the tools and techniques that the director used to shoot the video completely on the iPhone X.

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10:19
Apple now offering certified refurb iPhone 7/Plus...

From 9to5Toys:

Apple is now officially offering certified refurbished iPhone 7/Plus units in the ‘Special Deals’ section of its online store. The discounts aren’t particularly steep here, with most models going for around 10% off the new condition price. Offers start at $499 for the 32GB iPhone 7 model, while the larger 7 Plus is available from $599. As always, Apple refurbished products come with all original accessories, a one-year warranty, and are eligible for AppleCare.

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09:51
Curious Pokémon GO ‘nature documentary’ ad is...

Pokémon GO has today released an interesting ‘nature documentary-style’ ad promoting the game and the recent addition of new Pokémon. Meanwhile, Pokémon GO developer Niantic has purchased an AR startup.

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09:44
Instagram for iOS adds new ‘Type’ text mode for...

Instagram today is further expanding the capabilities of its stories feature. In a blog post this morning, Instagram has announced a new “Type” mode for stories that lets users share anything on their mind, with no text or video required…

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Headphones from $60,...

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
Apple celebrates Chinese New Year with short film “...

Apple is continuing to promote the iPhone X’s camera capabilities with a new short film, Three Minutes, posted today on the company’s Singapore YouTube channel. An accompanying behind-the-scenes tutorial page has been launched on Apple’s Chinese website.

more…

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09:27
Wall Street expects Apple to report best quarter...




Recent reports on iPhone X demand and alleged production cuts have caused concern on Wall Street, where investors eagerly await Apple's March quarter guidance from its latest earnings report. AppleInsider gives you a rundown of what to expect.

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09:26
YouTube TV coming to the Apple TV

An Apple TV app for Google’s YouTube TV is coming soon for tvOS, a YouTube representative told CNET

YouTube TV, not to be confused with the free version of YouTube, is a subscription service, costs $35/month for one membership with up to six accounts. Memberships include your local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC streams, ESPN, regional sports networks, and more. Add on sports and premium networks like SHOWTIME and Fox Soccer Plus for an additional monthly charge.

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09:23
First 18-Core iMac benchmarks showcase obvious multi...

After a bit of a delay, the 18-core iMac Pro should be arriving to most customers sometime this month. Jonathan Morrison got his hands on the top of the line iMac Pro and put it through the obligatory benchmark tests to see how it stacked up. Right off the bat it’s evident that the 18-core iMac Pro is a multi-core performance monster, racking up a GeekBench 4 multi-core score of nearly 50,000. more…

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08:55
E-commerce company Volusion adds Apple Pay on the...




Small-business centric services provider Volusion has announced that it is creating its own "Buy Now" button for merchants, and is using Apple Pay to do it.

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08:33
Native YouTube TV app coming to Apple TV 'very...




People wanting to watch Google's YouTube TV on an Apple TV will soon be able to do so natively, without AirPlay, a YouTube representative said on Thursday.

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08:03
A choir of strangers accompanies David Byrne singing...

[VIDEO] So much richness here. There’s an organized performance called Choir! Choir! Choir!, where attendees (total strangers, who come to see the performance) are taught a sequence of vocal parts, then a bit of rehearsal, then they perform.

In the video embedded in the main Loop post, David Byrne (the unmistakeable voice from Talking Heads) sings David Bowie’s classic Heroes, and the crowd sings background. I would absolutely love to attend one of these performances. Bucket list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:00
Ex-iPod director launches LTE-connected Owl security...

Home security cameras have been made way easier to access with HomeKit solutions like D-Link Omna and Logitech Circle 2, but deploying an always-on video stream from your car is a harder problem to solve. Owl is a new startup founded by an iPod veteran that’s looking to change that with its new Owl Car Cam.

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07:40
HomePod and Apple confirmed supported audio sources

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Apple today updated its HomePod tech specs page with a new Audio Sources section that lists all of the ways in which the speaker can stream audio, setting the record straight on some conflicting information.

Here’s the list, from Apple’s HomePod tech specs page:

  • Apple Music
  • iTunes Music Purchases
  • iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
  • Beats 1 Live Radio
  • Podcasts
  • AirPlay other content to HomePod from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac

A week from tomorrow!

UPDATE: The question came up about Bluetooth being in the wireless section, but not listed as an audio source. I asked about it on Twitter, the response was, Bluetooth too compressed for the quality HomePod requires. So Bluetooth is used for pairing, but not music transfer....

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07:39
Latest in-app Apple Pay promo offers discount on...

Apple continues its weekly Apple Pay discounts this week with an offer from Under Armour. When users checkout via the Under Armour app using Apple Pay, they can save 10 percent on their purchase.

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07:35
Apple clarifies which audio sources are supported on...

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Since Apple's HomePod became available for preorder last week, there has been confusion about the music it can play. Apple recently added an "audio sources" section to HomePod's tech spec webpage that lays out exactly where you can play music from using the smart speaker. These are the supported sources:

  • Apple Music (subscription required)
  • iTunes Music purchases
  • iCloud Music Library with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription
  • Beats 1 Live Radio
  • Podcasts
  • Content via AirPlay to HomePod from iPhone, iPad,...
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07:33
Activity app glitch on Apple Watch sees users...

An apparent glitch in the Activity app is seeing some Apple Watch owners awarded the February Challenge based on their January activity …

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07:32
Fake videogame records invalidated after 35 years

This is both arcane and fascinating. I stumbled into this rabbit hole via this Jason Snell post. His enthusiasm for the story made me dig in, then it was off to the races.

If you have any love for the history of video games, take a few minutes to immerse yourself (don’t miss the video, which might be my favorite part).

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:21
The Mac, the myth, the legend: how Snow Leopard...

Michael Steeber, 9to5Mac:

Following the news that Apple had refocused their plans for iOS 12 around stability and performance over new features, many were quick to liken the move to a “Snow Leopard release” of iOS. In recent years, the phrase has reached mythological status in the Apple community, a catch-all referring to stable software and “the good ol’ days” of the Mac.

But how did this perception develop? Was Mac OS X Snow Leopard really the gold standard of software releases, an undefeated champion in the halls of computing history?

This is a fascinating look at the history of Apple and software reliability. It pairs well with the Axios story Apple delays iOS features to focus on reliability, performance and Michael Tsai’s...

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07:16
YouTube TV’s $35/month cord-cutting service coming...

YouTube TV – a $35/month live TV package aimed as a replacement for cable TV – is now available on Roku, and YouTube has said that the Apple TV app is ‘coming very soon’ …

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07:02
∞ Apple earnings call today, and the race for $1...

The tension here, as it usually is, is the balance between past sales and future projections.

Now on to the race to $1 trillion. This is all about market capitalization, or market cap, for short. Market cap is a company’s share price times the number of shares outstanding. Here’s an Investopedia article on the concept.

As of this writing, Apple’s market cap is $860B. That’s based on a price to earning ratio of 18.25. That P/E ratio is on the high end of middling, certainly a reasonable number.

Amazon’s market cap is $696B, with a P/E ratio of 364.98. Yes, you read that correctly. In effect, Apple’s stock is grounded in actual results, while Amazon’s stock is more of a flier, based on growth and the thinking that Amazon is going to eat the world.

And Alphabet? Hot on Apple’s tail with a market cap of $811B and a P/E of 39.09. Right in the middle....

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07:01
Apple officially details HomePod audio sources...

We’ve known since last summer that HomePod will play Apple Music and Apple Podcasts directly, and audio from other sources can be played over Apple’s AirPlay. With just over a week before HomePod hits stores, Apple has officially detailed what audio can be played on the smart speaker.

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07:01
Apple temporarily kicks Telegram off of App Store...




In a surprise move, Apple has removed popular messaging apps Telegram and Telegram X from the App Store, reportedly because of problems with "inappropriate content" being distributed through them. [Updated with apps' return]

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06:56
Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't...

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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06:48
IT pros will be able to delay Apple updates for 90...




Apple has added a new variable for device management, allowing supervised iPhones, iPads, and Macs to put off upgrading to a new version of the system software for up to 90 days.

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06:47
Messaging App Telegram Pulled From Apple's App...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has removed Telegram's official app from its iOS App Store. The app disappeared yesterday, shortly after Telegram launched a rewritten Telegram X app for Android. Telegram X is currently in testing on iOS, and it was also removed from the App Store. "We were alerted by Apple that inappropriate content was made available to our users and both apps were taken off the App Store," says Telegram CEO Pavel Durov. "Once we have protections in place we expect the apps to be back on the App Store."


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06:44
Qualcomm resolves dispute with Samsung, hoping to do...

Qualcomm has settled its differences with Samsung over its chip licensing practices, and says that it hopes to do the same with Apple.

While there were no lawsuits between Qualcomm and Samsung, the Korean company had been opposing the chipmaker’s appeal against a Fair Trade Commission anti-trust ruling …

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06:12
Apple to open first Austrian store in Vienna on Feb...




The first-ever Apple store in Austria will open on Vienna's Kaerntner Strasse on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 a.m. local time, the company has announced.

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06:06
Apple’s challenge in India made tougher by second...

In a move which hit Apple harder than other smartphone brands, India increased the import tax on smartphones from 10% to 15% in December. Less than two months later, it has just decided to increase the rate again, this time to 20% …

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06:00
Apple looks into a ‘family sleep monitoring system’...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180028111) for a “family sleep monitoring system,” which would record the sleep parameters of family members by providing third party apps and a peripheral devices communicating with “mobile subscriber terminals” according to the age and interest of each family member. It would involve both iPhones, Macs, and Beddit sleep tracking hardware/software.

In the patent filing, Apple says there’s a need for a system for measuring sleep of all family members, especially of children, by providing customized peripherals and third party applications according to age and interest of each member. Apple’s proposed system would include a “distributed computer system and method that will serve for recording sleep of at least one user using a mobile subscriber terminal and a peripheral device arranged to communicate with the mobile subscriber terminal.” 

The peripheral devices would be configured to communicate sleep data via an iOS app to the...

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05:50
Apple patent involves an ambidextrous Mac mouse

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180032158) for an ambidextrous mouse for use with Macs that’s configured for both left and right handed use. 

The mouse may include right handed buttons on the front side of the mouse and left handed buttons on the back side of the mouse. The user may change the handedness of the mouse by rotating the mouse about a vertical axis of the mouse such that the left hand can use the left hand buttons and the right hand can use the right hand buttons. 

The mouse may include a “handedness selection system” for configuring the mouse for right handed or left handed use even though the mouse has the capability for both right and left hands. In the patent filing, Apple notes that hog most mice designs work well, “there are continuing efforts to improve their form, feel and functionality.”

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see...

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05:45
How to stream Super Bowl LII on your iPhone, iPad or...




If you're a football fan looking to catch the Eagles play the Patriots on Sunday, there are a few options for watching on Apple devices without firing up a web browser on your Mac.

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05:37
Microsoft says Edge browser coming to iPad in beta...

Microsoft brought its Edge browser to iOS back in November after testing in October, but without optimization for the iPad. That’s all set to change, according to Microsoft’s program manager for the product …

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05:34
macOS and iOS market share both rise in January

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS both increased last month. 

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 8.21% of the global market share in January, up from from 8.06% percent in December (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 88.78%.

iOS had 29.52% in January, up from 29.52% in December. This compares to 68.639% for Android.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t equate to sales.

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05:30
eMarketer looks at Apple’s iPhone/iPad market share...

We’ll be covering Apple's earnings this afternoon. Meanwhile, here’s some relevant data from eMarketer on Apple’s U.S. and UK market share for the iPhone and iPad as well as revenue and sales.

UK iPhone and iPad market share

In the UK, the iPhone is expected to account for a 41.4% share of smartphone users this year, an increase of just over 1% from 2017.  eMarketer estimates Android will account for 54.1% of UK smartphone users this year.

eMarketer expects there to be 18.4 million iPad users in the UK in 2018, representing 27.5% of the population. That figure also represents 50.4% of UK tablet users, - and penetration is expected to remain flat in the coming years.

This year, eMarketer estimates, 36.5 million people in the UK will use a tablet at least once per month, up from 35.6 million users last year. By 2021 this figure...

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05:28
Flex and Flow sound pack added to GarageBand’s Sound...

GarageBand has seen the first new entry in its Sound Library since the feature was added in version 2.3. The Library allows users to preview and download new Apple-designed sounds and instruments right within the app. 

These free, downloadable sound packs contain a variety of Touch Instruments, Apple loops, Live Loops templates, guitar and instrument presets and more. Users can access the Sound Library from multiple places within GarageBand and will receive alerts when new sound packs are available. 

As noted by Cult of Mac, the new one is called Flex and Flow, and it brings you “chilled hip-hop.” It contains 395 Apple Loops, 25 Alchemy synth sounds, five drum kits, and two Live Loops, contained in a 174MB download.

To preview or download the pack, tap the loop icon (between the wrench and the metronome) on the main GarageBand screen, and then tap Get...

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05:21
Apple sells a record 22 million iPhones in the U.S....

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse program, Apple sold a record 22.39 million iPhones in the U.S. market during the holiday season quarter of 2017. The tech giant grew their sell-through market share from 37% to 44%, notes the research group. This is the highest ever market share for Apple in its home market.

“Apple shipped a record 22 million iPhones for the first time ever in a quarter in USA and is note-able and impressive feat because the Q4 promotional season was not nearly as aggressive as previous years,” Research Director Jeff Fieldhack stated. “ In addition, upgrade rates are slightly lower year-over-year as smartphone subscribers are holding onto phones longer.  Apple was able to grow their sell through 20% in a market that only grew 2% compared to last year. This means Apple has been successful to take share away from Samsung in the premium.”

Research...

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05:10
Apple delivers record US iPhone Q4 sales and market...

We’ve already seen that analysts are expecting big things from Apple’s earnings in the final quarter of last year, and the latest numbers from Counterpoint Research lend support for that optimism.

The company estimates that within the USA Apple sold a total of 22.39M iPhones across all models in Q4 2017 – pushing its US market share to a record 44% …

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05:00
Amazon named the world’s most valuable brand; Apple...

Amazon is the world’s most valuable brand, ahead of Apple and Google, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report. The e-commerce giant’s brand value increased by 42% year on year to $150.8 billion. Apple was in first place in 2016, but was overtaken by Google in 2017.

Apple defended its second place in the ranking, with brand value rebounding to $146.3 billion after the 27% decline last year. Google has dropped from first to third position, recording a relatively slow brand value growth of 10% to $120.9 billion.

For the first time since the inception of the Brand Finance Global 500 study, technology brands claim all top five places in the league table. Samsung is fourth ($92.3 billion), and Facebook is fifth ($89.7 billion).

According...

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04:30
We need an Apple Pencil that works with the upcoming...

I really like my Apple Pencil —and really dislike the process of charging it. We need a better solution. How about an Apple Pencil that works with the upcoming AirPower?

Currrently, to charge the Pencil, you take off its cap and plug it into the Lightning connector on your iPad Pro. This creates two problems. One: that darned cap is easy to lose (ask me how I know). Two: the Apple Pencil sticks out from the iPad Pro like a sore thumb, just waiting to be snapped off (which would be bad for the input device AND the tablet).

You can also plug your Apple Pencil into a USB port with the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter and a Lightning to USB cable. This is still inelegant. 

Would it be feasible to have an updated Apple Pencil that works with the AirPower when it’s released? Apple’s wireless charging pad will purportedly be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of...

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04:11
Wall Street is expecting big numbers in today’s AAPL...

Apple is due to announce its fiscal Q1 2018 (calendar Q4 2017) earnings today, and despite all the doom-and-gloom stories of late, Wall Street is expecting big numbers.

In its previous earnings call, Apple gave an unusually wide guidance range for its Q1 revenue. The company has generally narrowed it to a range of $2B, but uncertainty over iPhone X sales is the the likely explanation for the $3B span this time around …

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04:00
myNews Pro is a great Mac app for news junkies

Are you a news junkie? If so, you’ll want to check out AppGeneration’s myNews Pro for macOS (10.10 and later) offers easy access to news of all kind from all over the world — more than 5,000 online newspapers from 80 countries, to be exact. 

The $3.99 app also allows you to read the news on your native language without having to leave the app. Since it auto translates newspaper websites, it enables you to read a Chinese newspaper in Russian, an English tech magazine in Spanish or a Thai economic newspaper in French.

You can browse newspaper websites without leaving the app. You can read such titles as USA Today, Le Monde, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Financial Times, Bild, La Repubblica, El Mundo, De Telegraaf, The New York Times, Le Figaro, Die Zeit, Corriere della Sera, El Pais, The Daily Telegraph, Folha de So Paulo, The Washington Post, Toronto Star, Komsomolskaya Pravda and many...

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04:00
Is it the end of the line for the ‘i’ at Apple?...

The discovery that in iOS 11.3 Apple is renaming the iBooks app to “Books” seemed... not particularly revelatory. We’ve all read about how Apple’s been slowly stripping away the lower-case-i prefix from older products. New products and services are a generic word preceded with the word “Apple,” as in Apple TV and Apple Watch. This is the conventional wisdom. But is it true?

No, kill ‘i’

Apple’s made no pronouncements itself about it. Yes, it seems the “i” prefix introduced with the iMac 20 years ago has fallen out of favor. (I’m reminded of the time when Steve Jobs said that the “power” prefix of the PowerBook and Power Mac had gotten tired.) And yet that same prefix continues to appear in front of some of Apple’s most popular products and platforms! Meanwhile, Apple has announced new hardware—like AirPods and the HomePod—with...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 1, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Ayo: A Rain Tale is a $2.99 a side-scrolling platformer. In the game you embark on a dangerous journey to help Ayo fetch water for her family. Overcome challenges and enemies as you explore Sub-Saharan Africa – gaining skills, wisdom, and courage along the way. Experience Ayo's harsh desert environment as she confronts her fears and braves the unforgiving drought.

macOS Apps/Updates

Hyperbolic Software has introduced Tidy Up 5, an update of the duplicate finding and disk tidiness app, developed exclusively for the...

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03:30
How to set the default wireless network in macOS...

By default, macOS High Sierra attempts to join the wireless network it was most recently connected to. However, if you’re like me, you have a Wi-Fi network you use the most often. You can set it as the default network in macOS High Sierra.

The wireless networks your computer has connected to are listed in the Wi-Fi pane of Network preferences. You can set up your Mac to join a preferred network when you start your computer, wake it from sleep, or turn Wi-Fi on. Here’s how:

  • Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network.
  • Click Wi-Fi in the list at the left, then click Advanced.
  • If Wi-Fi isn’t in the list, make sure your Mac has wireless capability, then click the Add button (a plus sign) at the bottom of the list. Click the Interface pop-up menu, choose Wi-Fi, give the service a name, then click Create.
  • Click Wi-Fi.

If the network you expect to see isn’t in the preferred networks list, click the Add button at...

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03:15
18-core iMac Pro customers begin to receive shipping...

Three of the four iMac Pro sub-groups have shipped, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

Anonymous sources close to the story have stated that “a small number of early orders have shipped to U.S. customers.” No information was available about international orders, although it’s assumed that they’re expected to ship in the near future.

Sources have also confirmed that the 14-core model has not shipped as of yet, and there are no guesses as to when this will happen.

The news follows a number of MacRumors readers noting that they had received shipping notifications for their iMac Pro units. This had also happened in early January, albeit the emails from Apple at the time were sent in error.

The iMac Pro has a base configuration with an eight-core processor running at 3.2 gigahertz, 32 gigabytes of ECC DDR4 2666 RAM, a Vega 56 GPU with 8GB of VRAM, and 1 terabyte of flash storage. Configurations...

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03:00
Home app to help manage HomePod software updates

It looks like you’ll use Apple’s Home app to update your HomePod once it arrives.

Developer Guilherme Rambo dug into Apple’s iOS code and found the HomePod software update mechanism. Along with alerting you to new software updates, the Home app will also let you enable automatic software updates, much like Apple TV.

While this is a little bit unexpected, it also fits into Apple’s history of sometimes building in Frankenstein-esque functionality into its apps, much like the way iTunes grew to become a central hub for media and devices.

Using the Home app to manage HomePod may be a hint that Apple plans to make the device more useful as a stationary Siri interface. Or, it may just be the app Apple decided was the best fit for managing the speaker updates.

HomePod functions as a smart speaker with Siri voice control support. It boasts seven tweeters, a woofer, and six far-field microphones packed into its canister body. Along with music streaming, the...

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03:00
Super Bowl streaming: What to expect in terms of...

Options abound for watching the big game without cable, but matching cable-TV quality is another story.

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00:19
Apple completes renovation of historic storefront at...

Left photo via Mario Habenbacher on Twitter.

After well over a year of planning and construction, Apple’s first ever retail store in Austria has an opening date set for February 24th, according to a teaser page on Apple’s retail website.

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Wednesday January 31

20:24
PSA: Uber update seemingly disables Apple Maps...




Uber's latest iOS app update, released on Jan. 22, appears to have disabled compatibility with Apple Maps extensions, meaning users looking to hail rides within Apple's mapping app are out of luck until the issue is resolved.

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18:48
Slack is latest major service to drop standalone...




Enterprise messaging platform Slack updated its iOS app on Wednesday and in doing so announced the deprecation of its standalone Apple Watch app, marking the latest major service to dump Apple's wrist-bound wearable.

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18:45
Apple reminds podcasters of Podcast Analytics &...

Apple this evening sent an email to podcasters outlining some reminders about changes to the Apple Podcasts platform, as well as an announcement that makes podcast submission easier for hosting partners…

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18:26
Telegram & Telegram X messaging apps both...

Popular messaging app Telegram has today disappeared from the App Store on iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, both the primary Telegram app and the faster, Swift-built alternative Telegram X have been removed without any reasoning from the company itself…

more…

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18:10
Nintendo developing mobile 'Mario Kart Tour...




Nintendo on Wednesday announced it is currently developing a mobile installment "Mario Kart" set to debut in fiscal 2019, a release that will bring the company's immensely popular racing franchise to iOS for the first time.

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17:52
Nintendo officially announces new Mario Kart game...

After years of requests from users, Nintendo today officially announced that a mobile version of Mario Kart is under development. While specifics remain unclear, the company says the game will be released sometime in the next 13 months…

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17:26
Apple suppliers hint at slowing iPhone sales ahead...

As we await the release of Apple’s first quarter earnings tomorrow, some of the company’s suppliers are offering a peak at what we might see. As Bloomberg notes, both Qualcomm and Broadcom implied during their own respective earnings announcements that iPhone orders are slowing down more than normal for this time of year…

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17:02
Apple ceases code signing for older iOS versions...




Apple on Wednesday stopped signing iOS 11.2,11.2.1 and 11.2.2 following last week's release of iOS 11.2.5, ensuring iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are running the latest version of the mobile operating system.

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16:40
How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to...




Storing an entire collection of photographs in Apple's Photos app on macOS can be a great way of keeping precious memories in order, but there are occasions when it needs to be stored on an external hard drive. AppleInsider explains how to shift the Photos Library to a new location while keeping all images safe and intact.

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16:23
Apple stops signing older versions of iOS following...

Apple this evening has stopped signing three previous versions of iOS following the release of iOS 11.2.5 last week. Specifically, the company has stopped signing iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, and iOS 11.2.2 for all devices…

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16:14
Hawaii officials fire officer who triggered false...

On January 13th, an officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) triggered a missile alert that plunged residents statewide into temporary chaos before the alarm was called off as a mistake. While news emerged yesterday that the employe...

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16:07
Apple's iPhone X outsold iPhone 8 series 2-to-1...




Bucking -- seemingly spurious -- claims that Apple is cutting iPhone X production due to weak demand, a report from Counterpoint on Wednesday found the flagship iPhone outsold its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus siblings by a 2-to-1 ratio. And it wasn't because iPhone sales flagged.

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16:06
AT&T says revamped DirecTV Now w/ cloud DVR...

After teasing a major DirecTV Now enhancement in the past, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson now says that update will come sometime in the spring of 2018. As previously announced, the revamped DirecTV Now will offer cloud-based DVR, interface updates, and more…

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15:48
018: Square Cash supporting Bitcoin, HomePod versus...

Today we’ve got Apple confirming a DOJ and SEC investigation, the latest CarPlay SUV to hit the road, Square Cash getting into Bitcoin, and Michael Steeber on how Snow Leopard became synonymous with stability.

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15:25
Apple Music gets access to exclusive mixes from...




Apple Music has scored exclusive access to content from three of the world's top DJs, Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One, which will arrive as part of a library of mixes coming to the streaming service thanks to rights management firm Dubset.

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15:21
AT&T's big DirecTV Now update arrives this...

You now have a better idea of when AT&T's next-gen TV platform will roll out to streamers on a larger scale. Alongside the telecom's latest earnings, CEO Randall Stephenson has confirmed that the "next-gen" DirecTV Now will launch in spring 2018....

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15:15
Slack communication app slacking off, removes Apple...

In the latest release of Slack for iOS, the company has removed its Apple Watch counterpart as a whole. So, for those who were hopeful that the Watch app would go independent, this is sad news.

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14:56
Qualcomm share prices drop despite rosy earnings,...




Despite beating street estimates on the back of market diversification, Qualcomm stock is down in aftermarket trading as shareholders await the resolution of external issues including an ongoing Apple licensing dispute, government probes and a hostile takeover by competitor Broadcom.

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14:54
Apple Music adds exclusive DJ mixes from Steve Aoki...

Spotify and Apple Music partnered up with Dubset, a rights-management and distribution platform for DJs and remixers, a couple of years ago. Sony Music and independent record company Merlin also partnered with the company to make sure samples in remi...

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14:34
Comcast adds Super Bowl-specific voice cues to...

Comcast has been expanding entertainment options Xfinity X1 platform, from fantasy football to Jackbox games on its cable boxes. But in anticipation of Americans' most entertaining weekend, the company has added new voice commands to help fans catch...

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14:12
Square Cash now allows anyone to buy and sell bitcoin

Square's Cash App has been helping people send and receive money without fees for a while now. Originally an money-by-email service, Cash App has grown into a more robust offering with its own prepaid Visa card. The company has been testing buying an...

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13:48
Microsoft's cloud business just keeps growing

If there's one major takeaway from Microsoft's earnings reports over the last few years, it's this: The cloud is everything for Microsoft. And, based on the company's financials for the second quarter of 2018, its success in the cloud doesn't appear...

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13:47
AppleCare+ Mac warranties come to Australia &...




Mac buyers down under can now opt into AppleCare+ plans, which offer up to three years of warranty coverage, including cheaper rates for two incidents of accidental damage.

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13:44
Trump reportedly seeks massive budget cuts to clean...

The Trump administration has made it very clear that it is pro fossil fuels and has little interest in pushing programs the promote renewable energy. Now, the Washington Post reports that the president's proposed 2019 budget slashes funds for Energy...

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13:20
We spend less time on Facebook, but it still makes...

The past few weeks haven't been easy for Facebook. After announcing an overhaul to its News Feed earlier this month, one that places emphasis on people's interactions over content from brands, the company has been taking heat for its new approach. No...

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13:17
Apple updates Support app for iOS, adds new...

Apple today made a pair of small announcements for developers and users. First off, the company has pushed a small update for the Apple Support app on iOS. Furthermore, Apple added new capabilities to Transporter, its command-line delivery tool…

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13:11
Apple extends AppleCare+ for Mac to New Zealand and...

Apple has today extended its AppleCare+ for Mac program, previously only available in the United States and Japan, to New Zealand and Australia

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13:05
Twitter now says 1.4 million users interacted with...

Midway through January, Twitter posted a public statement on their blog confirming that over 677,000 users had followed, liked or retweeted messages from Russian-backed spam accounts. The social network reached out to inform everyone who had. But tod...

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13:00
GoPro's Plus service will replace your busted...

GoPro has amped up its Plus subscription in a big way. The offering, which was mostly a back-up service for your photos and videos, now comes with device replacement for the same price. GoPro says if you break your camera, it'll replace it for you wi...

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12:53
As other analysts cut AAPL estimates, Guggenheim...




Ahead of Apple's December quarter results, analysts have been slashing targets for the company, based on a belief that iPhone sales are slower than expected. But Robert Cihra of Guggenheim hasn't budged on his $215 price target, telling investors on Wednesday that he sees the iPhone X as the start of a multi-year upgrade cycle.

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12:52
Apple iPhone X review

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12:52
Apple World Today News Update: January 31, 2018

We leave the month of January with an extended edition of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is crippling macOS Server later this spring and asking administrators to consider switching to open source versions of the apps that make up the server package
  • 18-core iMac Pros are on the way to some lucky folks who ordered the powerful computer
  • One feature to expect in Apple operating systems later this year is the ability for developers to easily port iOS apps to Mac, with iPad apps reportedly requiring little or no changes to run on macOS
  • Apple responds to SEC and DOJ investigations with a statement describing its intentions in throttling iPhone CPUs

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

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12:30
Logitech adds notification snapshots, whole-home...




Looking to ramp up appeal, Logitech on Wednesday announced a pair of upgrades for the Circle 2, its iPhone- and iPad-compatible security camera.

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12:30
NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end...

A year ago, NVIDIA's GeForce Now game-streaming service let me play The Witcher 3, a notoriously demanding PC-only title, on a MacBook Air. This year, NVIDIA finally unveiled the Windows version of the service, and it was even more impressive. I was...

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12:08
YouTube TV snags rights to local Los Angeles FC...

You can certainly watch sports on cord-cutting TV services, but major sports exclusives? Not until now. YouTube TV has reached a deal that makes it the official live TV and video partner for Major League Soccer's brand new team, the Los Angeles Foo...

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12:00
Can Amazon Go help the unbanked go digital?

If Amazon's newly opened Go supermarket is any indicator, shopping with physical currency won't be an option for much longer. Instead of human cashiers (or even self-checkout stands), the store relies on a range of technology to know who's shopping a...

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11:51
Democrats demand more from Facebook and Twitter on #...

Last week, Representative Adam Schiff and Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Facebook and Twitter to investigate whether Russia-linked accounts were involved in spreading the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign. The hashtag refers to a memo written by Republican Re...

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11:49
External Link: The Legend of Snow Leopard

In the view of many long-time Mac users, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was the pinnacle of Apple’s desktop software, with every update since a step backward in one way or another. 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks into this phenomenon and its origins. Along with the timing and pricing issues Steeber mentions, an argument could be made that Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X before Apple started to add iOS elements in 10.7 Lion. Plus, Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X to support Rosetta, and thus the last version that could run PowerPC applications. Despite all this, it’s worth remembering that Snow Leopard hasn’t seen a security update in years.

 

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11:35
Early 18-core iMac Pro orders now shipping to US...




Apple is now shipping three out of four of it's major sub-groups of iMac Pro models, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

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11:32
Amazon patent details hand-tracking wristbands for...

Companies are all about making sure you're working, and they're using increasingly high-tech solutions to do so. One firm in London uses AI to analyze your daily behavior, while the FreshTeam messaging app can track employee locations. Now, Amazon wa...

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11:15
Logitech adds snapshot alerts to HomeKit-enabled...

Logitech has released a new firmware update to Circle 2 cameras that adds snapshot alerts for free. The feature sends a still image as a notification to your iPhone when motion is detected so you can know if it needs your attention or not.

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11:07
Researchers treat ear defect by growing implants...

While scientists have been working on growing organs and body parts like ears for some time, researchers in China have taken it one important step further. They've grown new ears for five children with microtia -- an ear defect that results in small,...

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10:59
Apple offers online battery reservations in Canada,...

Apple has started testing a new way for customers to reserve battery replacements through its Support website in Canada. Meanwhile, the company is recommending for customers to call or chat with Apple Support for reservations in other regions.

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10:34
Apple launches iPhone battery replacement...




Apple appears to be launching a trial of a iPhone replacement reservation program in Canada, with the app taking names for particular models, and promising to alert users when the battery is available locally.

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10:30
How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

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10:28
The Mac, The Myth, The Legend: How Snow Leopard...

Following the news that Apple had refocused their plans for iOS 12 around stability and performance over new features, many were quick to liken the move to a “Snow Leopard release” of iOS. In recent years, the phrase has reached mythological status in the Apple community, a catch-all referring to stable software and “the good ol’ days” of the Mac.

But how did this perception develop? Was Mac OS X Snow Leopard really the gold standard of software releases, an undefeated champion in the halls of computing history? Believe it or not, the meme is almost as old as the software itself.

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