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Ooma claims here's a 1-in-3 chance your...

Nearly 96 million Americans (or 31% of the population) have had their Internet network, e-mail, or computer hacked or compromised. That's according to the results of the Internet Security Survey—a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by the VoIP provider. Findings of the study include: 


  • 172 million Americans (or 54% of the population) have accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a virus. A lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for their personal information or contain spyware, malware, or other threats leaves users exposed.
  • 70 million Americans (or 22% of the population) wish their devices were protected from online threats such as viruses, phishing, and malware. Other users are either unaware that such threats exist, or don't know how to conduct safe searches, blacklist or whitelist domains, or filter content. 
  • 38 million American parents (or 12%) wish...
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The Week in Apple News and Rumors: New Mac Pro,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 7, 2017

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The big news from Apple was that the company is working on a new Mac Pro. Really. They are. Seriously. That’s no joke. While you’re getting over your disbelief, check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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Microsoft opens up its Windows Insider preview for...

Since Microsoft launched its Insider Program a few years ago, millions of people have signed up to test out upcoming versions of Windows 10 on their devices. One small issue, however, was a limitation forcing users to sign up with their personal acco...

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Friday April 7

This week on AI: New Mac Pros and iMacs, Apple...

Apple paid rare attention to its pro customers this week, teasing a redesigned Mac Pro along with catered iMacs. Behind-the-scenes dealings also made headlines, particularly news that Apple will developing its own GPUs.

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Uber must leave Italy in 10 days after nationwide ban

Trouble seems to follow Uber wherever it goes. A court in Rome has just banned the ride-hailing service in Italy for contributing to what it says is "unfair competition" faced by the local taxi industry. Uber must now stop promoting its services and...

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US Navy's MQ-4C Triton drone prepares for...

The last time we mentioned the Navy's long-range MQ-4C Triton drone was in 2013, and the project is still creeping towards eventual deployment. Northrop Grumman announced this week that it has completed formal lab testing, and also successfully flew...

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Tesla owners can expect easy access to all...

Over the years, Tesla has snuck a number of quirky Easter Eggs into OTA updates for its cars. That includes everything from Ludicrous mode enhanced acceleration to a James Bond send-up, or even an impressive holiday-themed light show. Today CEO Elon...

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WikiLeaks latest CIA dump focuses on malware for...

As WikiLeaks continues to extend the mileage from its "Vault 7 cache" of CIA information, its latest release focuses on tools it says the agency uses for hacking Windows computers. While its release didn't include any source code, manuals described a...

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Jay Z pulls albums from Apple Music and Spotify

As the streaming music war intensifies, hip hop star and Tidal co-owner Jay Z is quietly removing his music from major streaming music outlets Apple Music and Spotify, while leaving the same tracks in place on his own service.

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J.D. Power: 2017 tablet buyers report "...

In a followup conversation to clarify the firm's recently reported findings on U.S. tablet buyers, J.D. Power highlighted a series of data points that overturn many established narratives on the "beleaguerment" of the tablet market, particularly with regard to premium-priced, higher-end models.

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Jay Z's albums are disappearing from Apple...

If you were hoping to make Jay Z's "Lucifer" part of your "getting ready to go out" playlist tonight that could be tricky depending on the streaming service you use. That's because as MacRumors and 9to5Mac noticed, Beyoncé's husband has starte...

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New in Daylite: Know What Your Teams Are Working On

My thanks to Daylite for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Want to know what your sales or marketing team is working on without having to interrupt them? Now you can get a quick overview of what each team is working on with Team View in Daylite on Mac.

Daylite is a Mac CRM & Project Management app that helps teams work better, together. Now with Team View, you can see each team’s appointments, tasks, and project deadlines for today and the next seven days – all in one place.

“This new feature is an easy way to get a big picture view of how my teams are doing. It makes it easy for me to delegate tasks, check on task status, compare work loads for individuals/teams, and creates a continuity for me between individuals and teams.”

– Libby Flores, COO of E.L. Achieve

Team View is another way Daylite makes managing projects and clients easier as a team....

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How to use Clips, a hands-on video walkthrough [...

Apple’s Clips app is here, and it brings with it the ability to produce full videos by combining short (or long) clips together in a logical way. The idea seems simple on the surface, but the app is deeper than it initially appears. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as we step through Clips’ main features. more…

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Dept. of Labor claims Google's pay disparities...

After suing Google for not releasing employment data, the US Department of Labor now claims pay disparities between men and women are widespread throughout the company. Although Google claims it has successfully closed its gender pay gap, Labor depar...

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∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With special guest...

This week I’m joined by Shawn Blanc, who has built a business through blogging, setting up speciality web sites, and designing courses for people to purchase. He is a really interesting guy and has some valuable opinions on efficiency in your life.

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Gboard studies your behavior without sending details...

Last June, Apple started testing differential privacy, a method to gather behavior data while anonymizing user identities. The company expected it would improve QuickType predictions. Google has just begun trying out a similar method with Gboard to i...

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Two Marines punished for online misconduct under new...

Two Marines have been disciplined for posting disrespectful comments about a female soldier on social media, The Washington Post reports. It's the first time the Marine Corps has officially punished someone for online misconduct since last month's nu...

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YouTube TV needs more channels, but it gets the...

YouTube TV launched earlier this week, bringing another option to the quickly growing online TV subscription space. It's basically the cord-cutting dream; being able to watch shows, news or sports as they happen instead of waiting for your favorite s...

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OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.0.1

Major new release of outlining and information organization app introduces the slimmed down Essentials edition alongside an updated Pro edition.. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 26.6 MB)


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Jay-Z quietly removes catalog from Apple Music and...

Both Spotify and Apple Music users today have noticed that albums from hip-hop artist Jay-Z, who happens to be owner of competing music streaming service Tidal, have been removed from the services.

It appears that most of the artist’s original albums have been removed while some content where he is a featured artist or collaborator, and perhaps not the sole owner of the content, remains available for streaming. Tidal representatives have not officially announced the move, but Spotify’s support team is confirming the removal to users of the service on social media (via MacRumors).


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Good luck finding a safe VPN

If you're most people, you just found out about the FCC's internet privacy rules by way of their untimely demise. Thanks to the FCC's new chief, Congress, and Donald Trump, ISPs are now free to track you like crazy and sell your data to the four dire...

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Should Apple bring the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector to...

Apple’s Smart Connector is currently only featured on the iPad Pro line, but one rumor today claimed it could be headed for the iPhone 8 this fall for wireless charging and VR features.


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Huawei finally has a phone worthy of the Leica brand

From super-slow-mo cameras and bezel-less displays to banking on the power of nostalgia, smartphone makers have tried almost every trick they can to stand out. Huawei's latest strategy is to partner with color authority Pantone to come up with a vari...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts among ‘Top 50 Most Powerful...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President, Retail, has been named one of the 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. This definitive list honors the most extraordinary female leaders, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry.  

The National Diversity Council is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity and inclusion. The annual list recognizes female executives, influencers and achievers who contribute to the growth or strategic direction of their organization; demonstrate a commitment to corporate citizenship, integrity and ethical behavior; and serve as role models and mentors to inspire future generations of female professionals.

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Apple, ‘Saturday Night Live’ teaming up for ad spots

Apple has made a deal with NBC that will see Saturday Night Live creating humorous commercial content that will air during commercial breaks on the show, reports Variety

The comedy show is teaming up with brands like Verizon and Apple to create special content to make the show both more appealing to advertisers and more compelling to watch live, the article adds. During the April 8 and April 15t broadcast of Saturday Night Live will see a spot for Verizon written by “Weekend Update” anchor Colin Jost and featuring cast member Kenan Thompson.

"People can DVR and scroll through the commercials and watch it the next morning, but we want them to watch it as an event show," SNL creator Lorne Michaels told Variety. "And in exchange for losing three minutes of commercials, which makes the show go...

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Rumor: iPad Pro Smart Connector included on '...

A new rumor, possibly recycled from 2016, claims that the Apple Smart Connector, or a variant thereof, will appear on the iPhone 8 and will be utilized for charging the device, plus potential AR and VR applications.

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Google hires Vive and Oculus developer to bolster...

If you want to see the potential of virtual reality, check out SoundStage: a virtual reality music sandbox app for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Google just snapped up developer Logan Olson for its VR team, further proving the company's continued int...

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Apple, Saturday Night Live working together on TV...

Apple has signed a deal with NBC that will see the crew of "Saturday Night Live" create at least one commercial for the iPhone maker, blurring the line between the show and advertising.

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Mice brains store backup copies of memories

Turns out that even the human brain might use redundancy when it comes to storage. New research out of the Riken-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics suggests that memories are stored in two places in the brain: the hippocampus for short-term and t...

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Uber's legal defense: Waymo does LiDAR better,...

Uber has finally responded via the courts to Waymo's allegation that it's using the Alphabet company's Lidar technology. The ride-hailing company called Waymo's injunction motion to stop using technology that was allegedly misappropriated from Google...

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Shuttleworth Gives Up Hope for Convergence...

Canonical's long and winding quest for a unified user experience came to a sudden halt on Wednesday, as founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the firm's decision to stop investing in its struggling Unity8 shell and revert to Gnome for its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS desktop OS release. The Unity plan was to create a user interface that could work on various types of devices, ranging from a mobile phone to a personal computer or tablet. The project had been the subject of rampant speculation over the past couple of years, as public updates were scarce.

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Ford's baby crib isn't a car, but it feels...

When it comes to getting a baby to fall asleep, sometimes a car ride is the only thing that will do the trick. I know that all too well because that's the tactic my parents used when I was a tyke. Of course, cranking up the car driving around just to...

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Walt Mossberg is retiring in June

“Uncle Walt” as he was known (sometimes disparagingly) to many in the tech media has been around for a very long time. His retirement is hard earned and very well deserved.

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Rumor: iPhone 8 could feature Smart Connector for ‘...

An unverified rumor from Israeli blog The Verifier claims the next iPhone will feature Apple’s special Smart Connector for inductive ‘wireless’ charging and VR/AR accessories. Apple currently only uses the Smart Connector on the iPad Pro line…


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A 32GB Wi-Fi iPad is $299 today

The iPad is not the big deal it once was, but it’s still a great option for a travel device or web surfing from the couch—especially when a laptop would be overkill. Today, Staples is selling the latest 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad for $299, $30 off the new (and lower) standard price. This offer is valid for online purchases and expires on Saturday, April 8, or when supplies run out. 


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9to5Rewards: Burkley Luxury Leather Set w/ iPhone 7...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Burkley Case, makers of handmade premium genuine leather iPhone & iPad accessories. 

The company has its Burkley Luxury Leather Set (pictured above) that includes its iPhone 7 Snap On Case, Slim Card Holder & Keychain to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 


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A quick look at Apple's Clips for iOS devices (...

Think of Clips, Apple's new, free app that allows iPhone and iPad users to create “expressive videos,” as “iMovie Lite.” It lets you combine video clips, photos and music into videos to share through the Messages app, or on Instagram, Facebook and other social networks.

Clips is easy to use — once you get the hang of it, as menu layouts are a bit confusing at first. And the pretty-but-unhelpful introductory video is more like an ad than a tutorial. Once you open Clips, you’re presented with interface with an empty timeline at the bottom of the screen.

You touch and hold the Record button to … well, record. You can record video, or snap a still frame and then zoom in for a closer look. To get started touch and hold the Record button. 

In my first several experiments with Clips, it seemed you had to keep holding down the Record button to record or even import a video. Eventually, I discovered...

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The iPhone 7 Has Arbitrary Software Locks That...

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: Apple has taken new and extreme measures to make the iPhone unrepairable. The company is now using software locks to prevent independent repair of specific parts of the phone. Specifically, the home buttons of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are not user replaceable, raising questions about both the future repairability of Apple products and the future of the thriving independent repair industry. The iPhone 7 home button will only work with the original home button that it was shipped with; if it breaks and needs to be replaced, a new one will only work if it is "recalibrated" in an Apple Store.


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NYPD details its body camera policy ahead of spring...

After four years of legal wrangling, input from 5,000 active duty officers and 25,000 members of the public, the long-awaited NYPD body camera pilot program is set to begin at the end of the month. On Friday, the department unveiled the rules by whic...

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Apple rival Samsung forecasts high profits despite...

Samsung Electronics on Friday announced a forecast of its best profits in over three years for the March quarter, despite dealing with the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, and a political scandal that resulted in the arrest of vice chairman Jay Y. Lee.

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Government gives up on unmasking anti-Trump Twitter...

Well, that was fast: just yesterday, we learned that the Trump administration was attempting to compel Twitter to reveal information about an account critical of the president's policies. Today, according to Recode, the government has officially drop...

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Please don't buy a Mac Pro right now

This week, Apple finally admitted, after too damn long, that it had overdesigned the "trash can" Mac Pro into a corner. Its triangular thermal design was innovative but impossible to upgrade, and failed to anticipate shifts in computing following its...

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Facebook steps up 'false news' crackdown...

This week, users on Facebook began receiving a public service announcement from the social networking site regarding what it has branded as "false news," offering tips on how to spot a fake story.

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Gadget Ogling: Samsung Swings, Plus Live 360 Cameras...

Samsung is back with a new pair of flagship smartphones it desperately needs to be hits in the wake of previous handsets that were a touch too, erm, explodey. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have dispensed with the physical home button and added an artificial intelligence assistant, screens that so very almost kill the bezel, and fingerprint sensors on the rear. Even without actually seeing the phone in person, I'm impressed. It's as if the edge of the screen falls off, as though it were an infinity pool. It's a smart, striking design.

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Report: Apple’s high-end iPhone 8 could be delayed...

Following a report earlier this week claiming that the launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhone may be pushed to October or November, another report today adds more weight to a possible delay for the device versus the usual early to mid September launch dates of previous generations.

The report from Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White (via CNBC), claims that Apple’s expected high-end 5.8-inch model in the new iPhone 8 could be delayed beyond September due to difficulties related to the 3D sensing technology rumored to debut on the device:


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Long-time Apple and consumer technology journalist...

Heralded tech journalist Walt Mossberg is retiring in June after a 47-year career, 26 of it exclusively focusing on consumer technology including extensive coverage of Apple, and a great deal of time with Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

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RIP Cassini: A look back at the doomed probe’s most...

When I was younger, I would have wanted some of these gorgeous images as posters on my bedroom wall.

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Adobe shows how AI can work wonders on your selfie...

Adobe has been focused on making its mobile apps powerful photo-editing tools for quite some time. At its annual MAX design conference last fall, the company debuted Sensei: a collection of AI and deep learning tools that can analyze an image before...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 iPad from $299, JBL Flip...

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Alexa can finally set specific smart bulb colors

Alexa has been able to control Philips Hue, TP-Link and other smart lights for a while, but control was limited to on/off and dimming, not color -- a bummer, since the bulbs also emit up to 16 million hues. However, Amazon has now added the ability t...

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Where to find the best deals on Apple's 2017 9....

As Apple authorized resellers begin shipping the new 9.7-inch iPad, those on the lookout for a great deal on the 2017 devices can save money instantly or take advantage of free expedited shipping offers on a variety of models that are in stock and ready to ship.

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∞ The Fender Custom Shop

This is such a great video. I visited the custom shop for a look around with Fender a few years back and it was incredible.

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Facebook's new M assistant merges Apple's...

Taking it out of a year-long test phase, Facebook on Friday launched "M," a new AI assistant integrated into Messenger that bears some similarity to Apple's data detectors, as well as rumored Siri integration into Messages for "iOS 11."

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Getting started with Apple’s Clips app [Video]

Now that Apple’s Clips app is officially available on the App Store, the next thing is figuring out is how to use it, at least that’s what a lot of the early reviews are saying. Follow along for a hands on look at getting started with Clips.


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∞ The evolution of “The Fast And The Furious” movies

There is no better example of a guilty pleasure for me than these movies. Objectively, they are not very good and sometimes, they are downright awful but the stunts and the general “so bad it’s good” feel makes me love them all the more.

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Happy Hour Podcast 114 | Apple’s Mac Pro mistake,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the upcoming modular Mac Pro and Apple-branded displays, what changed with the current Mac Pro and why it hasn’t been updated since 2013, new pro iMacs coming this year, and Apple’s new Clips video editing app. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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JWT/Mindshare study suggests Siri lagging behind...

A joint study by ad agencies J. Walter Thompson and Mindshare has suggested that Siri is seen as lagging behind other intelligent voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home.

Apple is a voice pioneer, having launched Siri in 2011, but is increasingly seen as a laggard. While it has integrated Siri into wearables (the Apple Watch and AirPod), its challenge is a comparative lack of machine-learning capabilities and user data to make a voice assistant intelligent. Its strategic focus on data privacy and security reflects this.

The study, based on the behaviors and attitudes of more than 1,000 UK smartphone owners, also provided a bunch of insights into who is using voice assistants and how …


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Google combats fake news with 'Fact Check...

Google is ready to roll out its fact check label to Google News editions worldwide after introducing the feature in October for the United States and the U.K. The label will also appear in searches in all languages that Google supports. 

When you’re searching for a topic that’s been answered by a source using the fact check label, Google’s results page will include a snippet with three components: information about the claim being made, who made the claim, and whether that claim is true, false, or somewhere in between. It may also appear in a Google News cluster with the term “Fact check” before the headline.

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LEGO Macintosh Classic with e‑paper display

Wow. Take a moment to click through and check out the pictures. This is some beautiful work.

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∞ A bit of real-world Clips experience

Thoughts on Apple’s new Clips app, with a short sample I pulled together.

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Lost in Harmony is a stirring musical adventure...

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

Given the constant juggling act that is my schedule—as a freelance writer and work-at-home dad to a four-year-old—I tend to gravitate towards iOS games that I can play for moments at a time. Quick in, quick out: it’s tough to find focus for much more.

But with Lost in Harmony, I got comfortable in bed one night, plugged in headphones, and played through the entire hour-or-so main adventure in one run. I could have enjoyed a couple of levels and saved the rest for another time, but honestly, I didn’t want to put it down: Lost in Harmony is a uniquely gripping rhythmic...

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Toshiba narrows bidders for memory business, may...

Toshiba has reportedly shrunk the group of bidders for its memory business from about 10 to a number that may no longer include Apple, though no binding offers have been made, and more bidders could potentially join.

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The sketchy story behind this iPhone 8 schematic...

An alleged schematic of the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) is getting some play today – but it isn’t quite what it appears. However, it’s not necessarily completely bogus either …


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March was an amazing month for Mac games

By Ric Molina of MacGamer

I just witnessed an amazing month for Mac gaming. And I just had to share it with you. Because the final days of March brought so many exciting news and games to the Mac platform it's hard not to get excited.

As always, all new releases and upcoming Mac games can be found here, but I rather give you a quick summary of the most exciting games. The games I personally can't wait to try. In March 2017, the Mac platform saw the following releases:

X-Plane 11: X-Plane 11 is the most detailed, realistic, and modern flight simulator around. It includes a refined user interface, 3-D cockpits, and more. This all...

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Apple is number 10 among the ‘Happiest Technology...

Apple places number 10 among the “Happiest Technology Companies 2017” by CareerBliss, an online career community. The list is derived from employees who voluntarily submit reviews to CareerBliss, evaluating their company’s leadership, culture, compensations and overall work environment. 

Each review is given an average score indicating where the company ranks between one and five. After analyzing thousands of reviews, Adobe Systems comes in as the happiest technology company to work for, followed by Lexmark, Broadcom, Intuit, Google, Qualcomm and Apple.

CareerBliss’ data evaluates the key factors that impact happiness at work including: One’s relationship with management and company CEO, compensation, workplace...

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External Link: Comcast to Offer Cellular Service in...

Everyone’s favorite cable and Internet provider, Comcast, has announced that it is entering the U.S. cellular carrier market with its new Xfinity Mobile service. Xfinity Mobile will use Verizon’s network and will offer unlimited data, talk, and text for $65 per month by the middle of 2017. Xfinity X1 subscribers with top-tier packages will be able to get service for $45 per month. Signups will be restricted to customers in Comcast’s current service footprint, and initially limited to those with Xfinity broadband service. We had originally attributed the recent wave of unlimited wireless plans to competition from T-Mobile after the FTC prevented its acquisition by AT&T, but insider knowledge of Comcast’s plans could offer an alternative explanation.


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External Link: Panic in the iOS Professional Market

Software developer Panic has released its report on 2016. While the company had a great year highlighted by the release of its first game, Firewatch, co-founder Cabel Sasser commented that “iOS continues to haunt us.” Panic killed its Status Board app last year and, despite a significant investment in pro-level apps on iOS, is now refocusing on macOS. “Trying to do macOS quality work on iOS cost us a lot of time for sadly not much payoff,” Sasser wrote. That’s troubling news for Apple, which has spent the past two years pushing the iPad as a professional-level platform.


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Notable apps and app updates for April 7, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

TunesKit Software has rolled out updates to three of its DRM removal products for the Mac, including DRM Media Converter ($44.95), DRM Audiobook Converter ($34.95) and Apple Music Converter ($34.95). All three solutions add support for iTunes 12.6. 

The apps allow Mac users to remove DRM from iTunes movies, TV shows, Apple Music and audiobooks. You can convert protected M4V files to unprotected videos, including MP4, MOV, M4V, AVI, MKV, FLV and more. Demos are available for all three TunesKit products.

B-Eng has updated their SSD Speeder app for the Mac. It allows anyone to create a...

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Likely bogus schematic of Apple's 'iPhone...

A new schematic has emerged purporting to be of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but inconstancies with existing supply chain reports suggest strongly that it is a fake.

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Learn Adobe Lightroom with this Professional Photo...

Adobe Lightroom is a powerful part of Adobe's Creative Suite for both macOS and iOS. While it can be used to perform professional editing on digital photos, it has a bit of a learning curve that can be daunting to many people. Our $19 deal on the Professional Photo Editing Bundle will get you up to speed on Adobe Lightroom in 5 courses spanning 71 lessons designed to show you how easy it is to improve your photo editing!

The five courses focus on photos taken around Dublin, Ireland and show how Lightroom is used to improve night, sunset and low-light photographs. Learn how to use global and local adjustments, alter white balance, apply radial filters, do sharpening, use the adjustment brush and Tone Curve tool, and more. ...

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In praise of the versatile Mac mini

Dan Moren, writing for Macworld, starts with this Phil Schiller comment:

“The Mac mini remains a product in our lineup. Nothing more to say about it today,” Phil Schiller told reporters, according to John Gruber.

and then digs into the past and potential future of the Mac mini. Good read.

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Several tech companies agree to a $5.3 million...

Several tech companies — including Twitter, Yelp, Instagram and Foursquare Labs — have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million to resolve a putative class action pending in California federal court accusing them of violating user privacy through their apps that took advantage of an iOS feature that uploaded details from users' contact lists, reports Law360.

The settlement agreement was filed earlier this week in a San Francisco federal court. Not counting attorney's fees, the settlement will be provided to qualifying claimants, defined as anyone in the U.S. who downloaded and used the apps between 2009 and 2012. In addition to the companies previously mentioned, Kik, Path, Gowalla and Foodspotting are all involved in the settlement.

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Interested in building a Hackintosh? Your GPU...

Jeff Benjamin, writing for 9to5Mac:

I’m currently in the process of building a new Hackintosh rig for 2017, so imagine how surprised and happy I was to hear that Nvidia is working on beta drivers for its GPUs with the latest Pascal architecture. Up until today, I had just settled on being relegated to a Radeon RX 480, or a Maxwell-era Nvidia card.


With today’s announcement, the Hackintosh just got exponentially more appealing. Nvidia’s announcement is positive for a variety of reasons: there’s the prospect of using an eGPU setup with a MacBook Pro, along with future prospects of Nvidia cards powering future Mac Pro hardware.

As I’ve mentioned before, if you do decide to build a Hackintosh, start here.


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YouTube won’t allow ads until videos hit 10,000 view...

Starting today, we will no longer serve ads on YPP videos until the channel reaches 10k lifetime views. This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel. It also allows us to confirm if a channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies. By keeping the threshold to 10k views, we also ensure that there will be minimal impact on our aspiring creators. And, of course, any revenue earned on channels with under 10k views up until today will not be impacted.

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How to dictate instead of typing in macOS Sierra

You can use your voice to enter text with macOS Sierra with its Dictation feature (which is different from Siri). Choose the Apple menu () > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Dictation. Turn on Dictation and choose from these Dictation options:

  • Choose whether to use Enhanced Dictation, which lets you use dictation when you're not connected to the Internet.
  • Choose your language and dialect. Some languages, such as English, have multiple Choose the keyboard shortcut you will use to start start dictating. 
  • Choose your preferred microphone from the pop-up menu below the microphone icon.
  • You can also you can ask Siri to “turn on Dictation” for you. Siri isn't the same as Dictation, but you can ask Siri to compose short messages, such as email and text messages.

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Cell phone depreciation takes the smallest bite out...

What is your cell phone worth? We all know how much we paid for our phones, but what is it worth today? Like cars, cell phones depreciate as soon as you buy them.

Depreciation data from tech-buying site shows that Apple’s iPhone models depreciate at a slower rate than the rest of the competition. The Samsung Galaxy S7 lost 50% of its value after just one month on the market. In comparison, the iPhone 7 only lost 34% in the same time period

Newer iPhone models hold their value better as each version is released. The HTC One M9 lost 65% in value in just the first month of being released, making it the biggest depreciator. In fact, HTC performed the worst out of all brands overall in the Decluttr study.

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AppleInsider podcast talks Mac Pro, the future of...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Mikey and Dan chat about Apple's uncharacteristic Mac Pro pre-announcement, MacBook Pro hardware rumors, Apple's decision to ditch Imagination Technologies graphics IP, the new Clips app and more.

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Western Digital announces My Passport SSD, drive...

This could be interesting.

Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital on Thursday announced its My Passport SSD, its first portable SSD with a built-in USB-C port.

While the USB-C connection does require a bundled USB Type-A adapter, when connected to either USB-C or USB 3.x, it can hit speeds of up to 515 megabytes per second. The drive, unfortunately, is not Thunderbolt 3-compatible.

The drive includes Western Digital’s proprietary backup software as well as a WD Security app that can be used to lock the drive with 256-bit AES encryption. It can, of course, also be reformatted to use with Apple’s Time Machine feature.

Design-wise the drive is said to fit in the palm of the hand, but be engineered to survive drops up to 6.5 feet.

The My Passport SSD will be available in 256 gigabyte, 512 gigabyte, and 1 terabyte models with prices around $100, $200, and $400, respectively. A launch date has yet to be revealed.

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Rumor: Next-gen, modular Mac Pro may not be...

As dead sexy as the idea of a revamped Mac Pro might be, it might not see the shelves until 2019.

Current rumors have Apple designing a modular Mac Pro, albeit Apple has stated that it won’t be available in 2017. The rumors point towards a design that might not be available until 2019.

Citing anonymous “people and sources who know their stuff”, OSNews’ Thom Holwerda writes that Apple’s decision “seems to have been made only in recent months” following professional user response to the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and the lack of Mac Pro updates.

Holwerda also points out that issues with LG’s UltraFine 5K display pushed Apple to invest in its pro hardware. LG eventually resolved those issues, but a new Apple branded pro display is coming alongside the module Mac Pro according to the company.

Apple is also rumored to be integrating the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil closely with macOS in such a way is a neat idea on its own regardless of the Mac Pro...

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This ebook is a valuable guide to help you cut the...

My Comcast/Xfinity bill recent jumped by $35 — all the hike related to cable TV. Needless to say, this didn't make me happy, so I’m looking into cutting the cord.   Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish and Take Back Control of Your TV is turning out to be a valuable guide in doing this. 

Prospective cord-cutters like myself can easily get frustrated with trying to make the move as there are a plethora of options and new technologies out there. There’s lots of info available, but it can take hours to dig through it all. Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish and Take Back Control of Your TV is the best single source of info info I’ve found on the topic.

The nearly 400-page ebook gives basic information needed to get started. Well organized, Cut the Cord, Ditch the Dish and Take Back Control of Your TV first explains terms and technologies, what you need to get started, and technical skills needed. Building on this knowledge, there’s also a “cookbook” of fun,...

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iPhone 8 concept imagines Apple celebrating 10th...

With the iPhone 8 rumored to have a near-bezel-free design, it’s no surprise that most of the concept images and renders have focused on the front of the device. But the key element of Martin Hajek’s concept images (which he names the iPhone X) is on the rear of the phone.

Hajek imagines Apple celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iPhone with a retro look that takes us back to the very first iPhone …


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Apple wants to make sure you don’t drop your iOS...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 20170095043) for a “woven display” tether that would keep you from dropping your iPhone or iPad. The tether could also display useful info and be used for an Apple Watch band.

The patent involves a woven fabric includes light transmissive fibers woven into the fabric to provide a visual display. The fabric may be used as a tether to releasably connect a portable electronic device to a user. The light transmissive fibers may transmit light to convey data to the user, as well as be used as part of the housing of an electronic device.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern portable electronic devices may be carried by a user or they may be removably attached to the person of a user by means of straps or other tethers which may be decorative tethers. These tethers prevent the user from dropping or losing the device and function as a convenience to the user. While useful for such purposes, these tethers are generally decorative...

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Facebook's M assistant launches in US, will...

More than a year after introducing a virtual assistant in its Messenger app, Facebook is launching M to the masses. While it was originally conceived as a bot that users would chat with, M now only offers a set of suggestions that are supposed to help with the conversation being carried out.

For example, when users are chatting about getting together for dinner, M will suggest that they create a shared plan that will remind them of the engagement as it approaches. The assistant will give them suggested stickers to react to conversational turns, along with prompts to transfer money, share location, start a poll, or get a ride from Uber or Lyft.


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Twitter sues the U.S. government for demanding it...

Twitter is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and alleging the government is misusing an investigative tool as part of an internal witch-hunt to uncover who is behind a Twitter account critical of the immigration service.

The lawsuit, filed on Thursday in California, comes on the heels of a report that visitors to the U.S. could soon be routinely asked to hand over email and social media account passwords to the immigration service.

In its lawsuit, Twitter says that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have demanded it hand over information regarding the @alt_uscis Twitter account.

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Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Shift Key

Why did Sierra change the modifier necessary to reveal your Library folder from Option to Shift? Or did it? Adam Engst delves into a minor mystery that takes place deep within the Finder.


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Periscope opens 360-degree broadcasts to everyone

When Periscope debuted live 360-degree broadcasting late last year, it was only available to a handful of users. That changes now. A tweet from the company announced that as of today anyone who's broadcasting either from the iOS app (with an attached...

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Adidas Futurecraft 4D starts a new era of 3D-printed...

Adidas is back with another sneaker based on a 3D-printed midsole, but this time the company says it's moving even closer to mass production. The Futurecraft 4D shoe will be the first one using Carbon's "Digital Light Synthesis" process. The Silicon...

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Quick take video review: Apple's 2017 9.7-inch...

Apple recently unified its iPad product line with the release of the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, a replacement for the outgoing iPad Air 2. Starting at $329, the new iPad skips some high-end features like quad speakers and a laminated, wide color gamut display, but brings entry level users up to speed with an A9 SoC and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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GM challenges eight schools to build self-driving...

Just about every major car company is trying to figure out the best way to build a self-driving car, and GM is tapping a handful of schools to help get the job done. Teams from Virginia Tech, the University of Waterloo, Kettering University, the Univ...

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Samsung expects to post record operating profit for...

Samsung expects to post stellar earnings for the first quarter of 2017 despite its head honcho's scandal in Korea and the lack of a new flagship phone for the period. The company believes its consolidated operating profit will reach approximately 9.9...

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Tim Cook talks importance of diversity &...

Tim Cook today sat down for a speech at his alma mater, Auburn University, and talked on a variety of different topics. The details of the speech, entitled “A Conversation with Tim Cook: A Personal View of Inclusion and Diversity,” were shared by student-run newspaper The Plainsman


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Social media firms offer $5.3M settlement in iOS app...

A group of eight social media companies, including Twitter and Instagram, have agreed to pay a total of $5.3 million to settle a 2012 class action lawsuit which alleges user privacy was breached when the apps leveraged an iOS feature that uploaded details from users' contact lists.

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Showtime's streaming apps can download video...

A day after trumpeting that it's coming to cord-cutting Sling TV, Showtime is helping out another neglected group: Offline viewers. The premium network announced that its Showtime and Showtime Anytime apps now let users download content to watch late...

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Dr. Peggy Whitson set to shatter another NASA record

As the first woman in command of the International Space Station, NASA's Dr. Peggy Whitson is already a proven pioneer. Last month, Whitson set the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut and later this month she will set yet another record...

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Tim Cook speaks to students at Auburn

The 1982 alumnus jumped right into the subject of his discussion. He advised students – of all backgrounds and majors – to prepare to encounter people with diverse backgrounds in every career field.

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This is what AI sees and hears when it watches...

Computers don't dream of electric sheep, they imagine the dulcet tones of legendary public access painter, Bob Ross. Bay Area artist and engineer Alexander Reben has produced an incredible feat of machine learning in honor of the late Ross, creating...

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Adobe updates Illustrator CC and InDesign CC with...

Adobe on Thursday issued updates for Illustrator CC, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and InDesign CC, introducing new features and user interface improvements to the professional design software.

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Spotify's plan to go public might not include...

Now that Spotify is locking down long-term deals with record labels, the company's next big task is going public. Before you run to the hills at the sound of financial speak, this influx of cash could help the company you know and love keep deliverin...

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AWT News Update: April 6, 2017

An Intel Compute Stick PC, the size we'd like to see for the new Mac mini

The interwebz have been abuzz all week about the new Apple re-commitment to the pro market; today we discuss a few rumors and ideas. By the way, there will NOT be an AWT News Update on Friday, April 7th due to other commitments.

  • Apparently Apple's planned 2018 Mac Pro has only been in development for a few weeks, and a lot of the sudden interest in the pro market appears to have been generated by a poor "pro" response to the 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Our readers have sent some ideas for a new Mac mini, and we replied with some ideas of our own
  • Move over GIPHY Says; Apple's Clips app has just arrived

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

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Showtime for iOS adds support for offline downloads

Premium network Showtime on Thursday updated its official apps for iOS with support for downloading episodes, giving both cord cutters and cable subscribers the option to watch programs like "Homeland" and "Billions" without an internet connection.

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