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Monday July 31

08:54
Deals: $600-$1,100 off Radeon 455 15" MacBook...




Back to school deals on Macs are running at a fever pitch this week with high-end 15" MacBook Pros with Radeon 455 graphics now $600 to $1,100 off exclusively for AI readers. Apple's 2015 27" iMac 5Ks are also slashed by up to $1,100 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Plus, get a free $50 prepaid Visa with the purchase of two pairs of AirPods.

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08:46
Alphabet is using salt and antifreeze to store power...

The latest from Alphabet's experimental X division? A storage solution for renewable energy. Code named "Malta," the system uses tanks of salt and antifreeze (or another hydrocarbon liquid) to create and store energy.

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08:30
Technology is failing to create transparent supply...

During the early days of globalization, it was relatively easy for corporations to either hide, or be ignorant of, human rights and environmental atrocities committed along their supply chain. Factories and producers were shifting manufacturing or so...

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08:14
Discovery acquires HGTV parent company in $14.6...

Discovery Communications is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive in a $14.6 billion deal announced today. Once finalized, Discovery will produce around 8,000 hours of original programming yearly and 7 billion short-form video streams monthly. It wi...

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08:09
Russia approves VPN ban likely to kick apps out of...




Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a new law that will ban virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies enabling anonymous access to the Web, likely signaling an impending wave of removals from Apple's regional App Store.

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08:00
Share your 'Minecraft' creations in 3D

Minecraft is all about creating 3D worlds, but sharing them outside of the game has always been a 2D experience -- you're sharing screenshots and videos like with any other game. Microsoft wants to do something better. It's releasing a beta version...

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07:48
HomePod firmware points to face detection, new bezel...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

Last week, Apple released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware, allowing curious developers to unpack the code and learn a few additional details about the smart speaker. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered code that seemingly confirms that the upcoming iPhone will support face unlock…

Smith explains that the code indicates the existence of infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit, which is the framework responsible for Touch ID. The code further suggests that Apple’s face unlock feature will be able to detect partially occluded face and faces from various angles. The codename for the project Pearl ID.

Here’s the Tweet that confirms infra-red face unlock:

I can confirm reports that HomePod’s firmware reveals the existence of upcoming iPhone’s infra-red face unlock in BiometricKit and elsewhere pic.twitter.com/yLsgCx7OTZ

— Steve T-S...

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07:46
AMD Radeon Vega 56, 64 officially announced,...




AMD has officially rolled out PCI-E versions of the Vega 56 and 64 GPUs that will be in the iMac Pro in December, with cards seeing retail in the middle of August.

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07:31
The complete history of the IBM PC

Great two part series from Ars Technica. Here’s part one. Here’s part two.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:29
Deal! Softorino's WALTR 2 gets media to your...

Every so often we get a deal that makes the Apple World Today staff get very excited, and that's what we have with Softorino's WALTR 2. For $19.95, it's half-price during this deal. WALTR 2 is the way to move any music, ringtone, video, PDF or ePUB file onto your device by just drag-and-dropping, and it's available for Mac and Windows.

WALTR 2 also works with old wired iPods all the way back to the original 2001 iPod Classic. Without using iTunes, unsupported files are converted on the fly to formats that will work on your device, then transferred immediately. It's easy and fast! Here's everything WALTR 2 can do for you:

  • Connects to any device from the entire lineup of Apple iPods
  • Recognizes & fills in title, genre, episode...
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07:13
‘Clarification’ of Jamaican trademark search rules...

The cat-and-mouse game between Apple and those trying to unearth upcoming product names through trademark searches just became more difficult for the cats …

more…

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07:00
Apple's Next iPhone: Facial-Recognition, All-...

Apple may have just revealed the features you could expect in the next iPhone. Last week, the company released the firmware of the HomePod, a smart speaker which it will begin selling later this year. In the code, the company has accidentally spilled some features about at least one of the iPhone models. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith looked at the code to find that the next iPhone is going to feature facial recognition and a brand new "bezel-less" design. From a report: The near bezel-less design has long been expected, with leaks and rumours suggesting that Apple was following Samsung's design moves with the Galaxy S8 and producing a smartphone that resembles Android-creator Andy Rubin's upcoming Essential phone. Apple is not the first company to use IR-based face recognition as a means of unlocking devices and authenticating users. Microsoft's Windows Hello IR-based face recognition is found in its Surface line as well as Windows 10 computers from other manufacturers.

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06:49
iPhone 8 rumors: All-screen design, face unlock and...

Update August 1, 2017: After discovering numerous references to facial recognition biometrics and an image of an bezel-less design, developer Steven Troughton-Smith continues to dig into the HomePod's pre-release firmware. Among the new findings are a higher-res screen, tap to wake functionality, and a virtual home button. See "The rumor, part two" in the What's the latest section for all the new details.

Apple’s is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special...

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06:46
Ring announces new external security camera, in...

Ring has announced a new external security camera designed to provide a neater and cheaper alternative to the Floodlight Camera it first announced back in January and launched later in the year.

Along with more compact lighting, the Spotlight Cam is available in three versions depending on how you want it to be powered: wired, battery and solar …

more…

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06:46
Evolving tactics, rule changes make it harder to...




While Apple is finding it increasingly hard to stop feature leaks, this year, the company has had some success preventing people from learning exact product names -- owing to the countries it's now choosing for trademarks.

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06:41
Jean-Louis Gassée’s salute to Walt Mossberg

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Weeks ago, Walt Mossberg, arguably the most influential, most respected for his integrity (not the same thing) tech columnist announced his retirement at a young 70. Today, I salute his exemplary career, and remember the “good old days” of traditional newspapers. And I also wonder what led to his decision.

And:

Mossberg rose to the pinnacle of his profession through a deft mix of technical competence and keen understanding of business issues. His unintimidated scrutiny of tech titans and thoughtful analyses of budding entrepreneurs and their toys won him the respect (some say fear) of the technocracy…but the tech ‘players’ were never his audience. Mossberg was driven by his advocacy for the common computer user.

And:

“Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.”

That last really sums it up well. Terrific read. Miss you, Walt.

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06:34
Apple removes VPN Apps from China App Store

ExpressVPN blog:

We received notification from Apple today, July 29, 2017, at roughly 04:00 GMT, that the ExpressVPN iOS app was removed from the China App Store. Our preliminary research indicates that all major VPN apps for iOS have been removed.

Users in China accessing a different territory’s App Store (i.e. they have indicated their billing address to be outside of China) are not impacted; they can download the iOS app and continue to receive updates as before.

And:

We’re disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China’s censorship efforts. ExpressVPN strongly condemns these measures, which threaten free speech and civil liberties.

Apple’s notice to VPN developers in the China App Store says, in part:

We are writing to notify you that your application will be removed from the China App Store...

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06:30
Former Google exec Vic Gundotra praises Apple iPhone...




Former chief of Android Vic Gundotra praised Apple for its camera on the iPhone 7 Plus, and panned the Android ecosystem for a slow march in photography technology because of how innovations need to propagate across the entire codebase.

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06:29
Ex-Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra: “If you truly care...

From ex-Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra’s Facebook post:

The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived. I left my professional camera at home and took these shots at dinner with my iPhone 7 using computational photography (portrait mode as Apple calls it). Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning. Great job Apple.

And:

Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?

It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that...

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06:16
Russia to follow China’s example in clamping down on...

A couple of days after Apple started pulling VPN apps from the App Store in China to comply with government restrictions on their use, Russia looks to be next in line to clamp down on the use of virtual private networks …

more…

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06:16
Pandora shuts down in Australia and New Zealand...

Music Business Worldwide:

Pandora’s run in Australasia has come to an end.

The digital radio company, which launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2012, is officially closing down its app and website in the territories on Monday (July 31).

Approximately 5m registered customers in the region will be locked out of their accounts, having received a message from Pandora which tells them: “We’re honored to have connected so many listeners with the music they love these past few years. Thank you for your loyalty and the opportunity to serve you.”

The cost-cutting move will undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on Pandora’s global active monthly listener count, which was last officially pegged at 76.7m in Q1.

Pandora is shifting all their resources to focus on the US market.

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06:00
Everything you need to know about wireless mesh...

There are genuine benefits behind the hype.

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06:00
Wireless mesh networks: Everything you need to know

There are genuine benefits behind the hype for this Wi-Fi technology.

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05:48
Apple forced to remove all major VPN apps in China

China's crackdown on the Internet is continuing with news that Apple was forced to remove all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall."

Service providers slammed the move, calling it a "dangerous precedent.” They seem to be correct in their worries. Russian President Vladimir Putin passed a law on Sunday banning VPNs that allow Russians to bypass restrictions on flagged sites.

VPNs are the most common way to bypass China’s Great Firewall, which blocks multiple global websites, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, or news sites like The New York Times. NordVPN, a VPN service provider, is still working in China. 

“We never had an Apple app in China as we were...

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05:15
Updated HomePod firmware hints at facial recognition...

It turns out that the newest HomePod firmware update dropped some hints as to what to expect with the next-gen iPhone.

The firmware, which will run a version of iOS, corresponds to iOS 11.0.2.

Developer Steven Troughton-Smith dug into the firmware and its BiometricKit framework that is currently home to Touch ID authentication, supporting claims that the iPhone 8 will rely at least in part on facial recognition.

Within BiometricKit are new “FaceDetect” methods addressing such circumstances as faces being too close or too far from the camera, the presence of multiple faces, and more.

Other references point to infrared capture in BiometricKit, pointing toward the rumored infrared sensors on the front of the iPhone being involved in capturing images for authentication, rather than using visible light through a traditional camera.

Other references for this function as cited as “Pearl,” while the code name for the next-gen iPhone is “D22”. The...

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05:12
Former Google SVP says Android phones ‘years’ behind...

Former Google senior vice president of Social, Vic Gundotra, has said that Android phones are literally years behind the iPhone when it comes to photography – and it’s Android’s fault.

Gundotra started by praising the quality of the iPhone 7 Plus camera in a Facebook post.

The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived. I left my professional camera at home and took these shots at dinner with my iPhone 7 using computational photography (portrait mode as Apple calls it). Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning. Great job Apple.

But he went further …

more…

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05:12
Discovery Communications merges with Scripps in $14....




The combination of Scripps and Discovery will generate over seven billion monthly streams of programming, making it the largest TV show network in the world

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05:01
GraphicConverter 10.4.3

Adds support for the HEIF file format coming in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($39.95 new, free update, 135 MB)

 

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05:00
Developer comments on newly-released HomePod...

Late Friday, Apple released firmware for its upcoming HomePod smart speaker system to the developer community.

Not long after, developer Steve Troughton-Smith revealed the following details about the new firmware:

HomePod firmware code (labeled AudioAccessory1,1) shows that the smart speaker runs the full iOS stack like an iPhone without a screen and relies on a shell app called SoundBoard (presumably like SpringBoard on iOS).

Like Apple’s other products, HomePod will support accessibility features including VoiceOver according to the firmware code.

The top surface area of the HomePod will feature a design akin to Siri’s interface and feature plus or minus symbols, as press noted when the HomePod was demoed at WWDC in June. This touch surface area will be used to optionally activate Siri with a long press or interact with music and volume control and timers.

Troughton-Smith also offer the opinion that the illuminated part of the HomePod top...

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05:00
Apple wants your iPhone and Apple Watch to serve as...

Not only does Apple want your iPhone or Apple Watch to serve as your wallet and a repository for all your health data, it also wants the devices to double as your password and home to other identification documents.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that various governments are now issuing various forms of identification that are capable of storing identification information that can be used to authenticate a user. For example, modern passports (called e-passports) may include an electronic chip that stores a passport holder's name, date of birth, and other forms of information. 

When a person is passing through customs, the person may present the passport to a customs officer, who places the passport on a reader to extract information stored in the passport. Upon verifying the information printed on...

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04:48
Apple Discontinues the iPod nano and iPod shuffle

Apple has made it official: non-iOS iPods are now a thing of the past.

 

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04:45
What Fitbit needs to do to make a great smartwatch...

(credit: Valentina Palladino)

It's no secret that Fitbit is making a smartwatch. The company signaled its serious plans with the purchase of Pebble at 2016's end and the purchase of the lesser-known Vector shortly after. Fitbit was supposed to release a smartwatch this spring, but product issues delayed those plans. Rumors suggest we won't have to wait much longer, though, as the company may release an entirely new product this fall: a smartwatch that many want to rival the Apple Watch as well as Android Wear devices.

Fitbit has plenty of reasons why it would want to confront Apple in the wearable space: Apple overtook the company as the top wearable shipper, owning ...

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04:45
Microsoft shutters one-handed Word Flow keyboard for...

Microsoft has shuttered its Word Flow keyboard for iOS, made popular by its one-handed mode in which the keyboard was laid out in an arc …

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04:30
How to use tags to organize files in macOS Sierra

You can tag files and folders in macOS Sierra to make them easier to find. Tags work with all your files and folders, whether you store them on your Mac or keep them in iCloud.

You can add multiple tags to any file. To tag an open file, hold the pointer to the right of the document title, click the arrow, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To tag a new file when you save it, click File > Save. In the Save dialog, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list. 

To tag a file on the desktop or in the Finder, select the item, then open the File menu. You can also control-click the item, or tap it with two fingers. Choose a colorbelow Tags, or click Tags to choose from more tags or enter a new tag.
In a Finder window, you can also select the item, click the Tags button , then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To remove tags from an item, control-click the item or tap it...

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04:22
iPhone 8 success depends on how well Apple responds...

The success of the iPhone 8 largely depends on how well Apple responds to the challenges it faces in China, say analysts. China is the world’s largest smartphone market, and for iPhone sales is second only to Apple’s home market of the USA.

Those challenges are significant ones. Greater China – which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan – is the only market where Apple saw a sales decline in the first half of the year. Revenue was down 13%, twice the drop it experienced in the previous year. Market share is now below 10%, from its peak of 13%.

Apple’s biggest challenge in China can be summed-up in one word …

more…

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04:00
Flux 7 for macOS makes hand coding easier

By Aaron Lee

Flux, the web design application for macOS, has been revved to version 7. The software can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies. 

Flux 7 introduces Code Context, a coding assistant that makes hand coding easier than ever. The software supports more CSS 3 and is fully 64-bit, fully ARC-compliant and multi-threaded. This means Flux is fast, stable, and makes good use of the multiple cores in your Mac.

Non-standard HTML is fully editable. It also means that Flux can work with everything from a modern site using HTML5 and CSS3 to legacy sites built on older technologies.

Flux has a handy Master Elements system. It works in both CSS and HTML files, and lets you use elements of one page in another page and when the original page is changed, Flux can apply those changes to the rest of the pages that use...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 31, 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

Dirk Stichling has announced myTracks 3.1.2, an update to his photo geotagging app for macOS. 

The utility is designed to makes it easy to quickly organize GPS tracks from a range of devices, organizing them in a library. GPS tracks can be assigned to photos stored in the JPG or RAW photos formats. Version 3.1.2 offers the ability to geotag photos stored in the macOS Photos app.

myTracks requires macOS 10.8 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store.

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.4...

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01:01
EagleFiler 1.8

Adds compatibility with the public beta of macOS 10.13 High Sierra and uses the APFS file system’s cloning feature. ($40 new, free update, 20.7 MB)

 

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Sunday July 30

21:28
Apple HomePod firmware reveals 'iPhone 8'...




Sometimes the best source of Apple leaks is Apple itself, as revealed by the company's HomePod firmware, which apparently includes a rough sketch of the front face of the "iPhone 8," as well as references to its anticipated facial recognition unlock feature.

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21:00
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 9.1

Adds a Bookmarks feature to the PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 70.7/115 MB)

 

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19:40
HomePod firmware seemingly confirms iPhone 8 front...

Last week, Apple released the first build of the upcoming HomePod’s firmware, allowing curious developers to unpack the code and learn a few additional details about the smart speaker. Now, developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered code that seemingly confirms that the upcoming iPhone will support face unlock…

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18:30
Apple seeking to diversify iPhone OLED supply beyond...




With rumors swirling about an Apple investment in LG Displays to crank out OLED screens, an analyst report suggests that the iPhone maker is seeking to make LG a secondary supplier of iPhone screens in 2019 and 202 to cut back on the need for Samsung screens.

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17:02
KGI: LG Display to become Apple’s second OLED panel...

As we’ve reported in the past, Samsung looks to be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone 8, but a new report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says LG will soon join the fray and supply Apple with said panels…

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15:26
Niantic postpones upcoming Pokémon GO events in...

Niantic last week held the world’s first ever Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago, only to be plagued by network and server issues that essentially rendered the app useless. Despite promising last week that all future events would go on as planned, Niantic now says it will postpone select events in Europe…

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13:56
Russian censorship law bans proxies and VPNs

It's going to be much harder to view the full web in Russia before the year is out. President Putin has signed a law that, as of November 1st, bans technology which lets you access banned websites, including virtual private networks and proxies. Inte...

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12:30
The best probe thermometer

By Michael Sullivan

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its wor...

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10:57
Luxembourg's asteroid mining law takes effect...

Luxembourg's parliament has voted in favor of passing an asteroid mining law that give companies ownership of what they extract from the celestial bodies. The European country has been working on the bill since 2016 and originally intended to pass it...

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09:29
BT offers broadband to every rural home in the UK,...

The UK was confident when it unveiled plans to make broadband available to every home by 2020, but how's it going to get there? BT thinks it can help. The telecom giant has made an offer to spend up to £600 million (about $788 million) giving...

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08:30
After Math: As the cash flows

It was a profitable week for some of the biggest names in tech. Amazon released its second quarter earnings, Buzzfeed jumped into the hardware business with a smart hotplate, and Uber found yet another way to gouge its customers. Numbers, because how...

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06:30
Ben Heck's Super Glue Gun: The first working...

Now that the team's making progress with the electronics for the handle design, Ben is working with Autodesk Fusion 360 to create the model for the 3D printer to house the trigger and protoboard. The rest of the glue gun case also needs to be mod...

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03:35
Honolulu is the first big US city to ban phone use...

Cities have tried innumerable measures to keep pedestrians' eyes off their phones when they cross the street, and there have even been some state-level attempts at legislation to force a change in behavior. Honolulu, however, has officially drawn th...

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Saturday July 29

22:08
Hands on: FileMaker Pro 16 adds design and...




This year's upgrade to FileMaker Pro 16 brings small but key improvements to the database app -- and AppleInsider gives you a brief overview.

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22:01
Court says politicians can't block people on...

A federal court in Virginia just handed down a verdict that could affect a lawsuit against the president for blocking users on Twitter. US District Judge James Cacheris has ruled that Phyllis Randall, chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervi...

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19:33
'Dota 2' won't be so intimidating to...

For many rookies in Dota 2 and other multiplayer online battle arena games, the biggest obstacle isn't the game itself -- sometimes, it's the community. There are certainly helpful players, but MOBAs are notorious for jaded players who are hostile t...

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17:58
'LawBreakers' open beta runs all weekend...

We've had a few cracks at LawBreakers, the futuristic cops vs. robbers game from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski and Boss Key Productions, but now anyone can play on PC and PS4. An open beta test runs until 10 AM ET Monday morning, which should...

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16:46
Apple Pulls Anti-Censorship Apps from China's...

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Services helping Chinese users circumvent the "Great Firewall of China" have been pulled from Apple's Chinese App Store en masse. On Saturday morning, at least some software makers affected by the sweep received notification from Apple that their tools were removed for violating Chinese law. Internet censorship in China restricts communications about topics including democracy, Tibetan freedom, and the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests. The culling primarily seems to have affected virtual private networks, or VPNs, which mask users' Internet activity and data from outside monitoring. According to a report by the New York Times, many of the most popular such apps are now missing from the Chinese App Store.


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16:32
iTunes hides clues that Apple is preparing to go 4K

It's inevitable for a massive digital store like iTunes to start selling 4K movies and videos, and that time might come sooner than you think. MacRumors forum member Tomas Jackson from the UK reported noticing something unusual in a receipt of his mo...

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14:58
Congress looks into government agencies' deals...

Kaspersky has a long and difficult path ahead if it wants to clear its name. The US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology has just asked 22 government agencies for all the documents and communications they have about Kas...

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14:45
Would you be interested in an updated iPod classic/...

Earlier this week, Apple officially discontinued the iPod nano and shuffle by removing them from its online store and slowly phasing them out from retail locations. The move was somewhat out of the blue, but one that makes sense when you think of the current state of technology.

While we asked you earlier this week what you thought of Apple’s decision to discontinue the iPod nano and shuffle, but would you be interested in updated models of either device or an updated iPod classic with Apple Music support?

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14:38
Do Kill Switches Deter Cellphone Theft?

evolutionary shares an article from Ars Technica:
San Francisco's district attorney says that a California state law mandating "theft-deterring technological solutions" for smartphones has resulted in a precipitous drop in such robberies. Those measures primarily include a remote kill switch after a phone has been stolen that would allow a phone to be disabled, withstanding even a hard reset. Such a kill switch has become standard in all iPhones ("Activation Lock") and Android phones ("Device Protection") since 2015... When measured from the peak in 2013, "overall robberies involving smartphones have declined an astonishing 50 percent... Because of this hard-fought legislation, stealing a smartphone is no longer worth the trouble, and that means the devices we use every day no longer make us targets for violent crime."


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14:05
Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store in...




Apple has removed virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store, apparently complying with a broader government crackdown on VPN technology.

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13:28
Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (...

China might say it isn't cracking down on personal VPNs, but Apple would likely argue otherwise. ExpressVPN, Star VPN and other developers report that Apple has pulled their apps from the App Store in China for allegedly including "content that is il...

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12:54
Hands on: Default Folder X for macOS transforms how...




AppleInsider didn't think Open and Save dialogs needed fixing, but it turns out that they could be improved -- and this app does it so well you might get addicted.

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12:00
Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ showrunner Adi Shankar on...

It's easy to draw a line from producer Adi Shankar's scrappy Bootleg Universe -- his slew of short indie films about the Punisher, Power Rangers and other pop culture heroes uploaded on YouTube -- to his recent work as showrunner of Netflix's recentl...

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10:29
Amazon deal trucks may be your last chance at an NES...

Are you still pining for the elusive NES Classic Edition a few months after its abrupt discontinuation? If you're in the right US city and act quickly, you might have a chance. Amazon's Treasure Trucks in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angele...

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09:18
Happy Hour Podcast 130 | Siri’s ‘movie’ debut, iOS...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new Siri ad starring The Rock, how Siri has changed since its debut and where it could improve, how iOS 11 betas are improving through feedback including Notification Center fixes, the death of the iPod shuffle and nano, and much more. 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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09:00
HTC U11 review: More than just gimmicks

Even die-hard fans have been ready to write off HTC for years now, and I can't blame them. The company's phones have fluctuated between greatness and mediocrity while its competitors have improved by leaps and bounds. So, what's a company in a kind o...

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07:42
This week’s top stories: Apple discontinues the iPod...

In this week’s top stories: Apple discontinues the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, new beta releases, and iPhone 8 leaks and speculation continue. Also this week, we received new details about Apple Park, Trump made a promise for U.S. Apple factories, and more. Read on for the full roundup… more…

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07:30
Who needs friends when robots are this sociable?

Nearly every step wrought havoc upon the prototype walker's frame. Designed to activate landmines in the most direct means possible, the EOD robot was nevertheless persistent enough to pick itself back up after each explosion and hobble forth in sear...

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07:05
Apple removes VPN apps from App Store in China to...

Apple has begun removing all VPN apps from the App Store in China, as first noted by the developers of ExpressVPN. In a blog post, they reported that Apple informed them that their app had been pulled from the Chinese App Store. It seems all major VPN clients have received the same treatment.

China infamously has strict regulations on Internet access and VPNs were one way people could circumvent the Great Firewall. Apple told developers their apps were getting taken down ‘because it includes content that is illegal in China’.

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06:56
Apple again found to be the world’s top retailer in...

Apple’s retail stores are always said to be some of the most profitable ones there are, and new data from eMarketer and CoStar offers more insight on such data. The research companies say Apple is the top retailer in terms of sales per square foot, coming in at $5,546 per square foot…

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06:00
Recommended Reading: Trent Reznor on Beats, Apple...

In Conversation:
Trent Reznor
David Marchese,
Vulture

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor helped craft Beats Music, the streaming service that would eventually become Apple Music after the tech giant purchased the popular headphone brand. On the...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week and Friday's big news including Model 3 deliveries and the conclusion of #FontGate.

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04:00
Apple is granted a patent for ‘zooming to faces...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,715,751) for “zooming to faces depicted in images.” It seems to be designed to improve the zooming and facial recognition of features in the Photos app for macOS and iOS.

The patent involves methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are described for zooming into a portion of an image that is associated with a specified feature — for example, a portion of an image that depicts a human or an animal face. A user of a digital image viewer app such as Photos can provide manual input requesting the image viewer to zoom into an image displayed in a viewing region. For example, the user can provide the input by placing a cursor at a desired location of the image or by touching the desired location of the image. Upon receiving this type of location specific input from the user, the viewer application can zoom into the location of the image where input was provided by the user. 

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01:24
Watch: Drag and drop on iPad in iOS 11 beta




Apple is introducing a number of new features with iOS 11, which for iPad will make the operating system look and feel more like a traditional desktop environment. One hotly anticipated tablet-specific function is the ability to drag and drop files between apps.

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01:22
This week on AI: iPods fade away, 'iPhone 8...




The end of an era came this week as Apple discontinued its last remaining "old-school" iPods, the Nano and the Shuffle. "iPhone 8" and Apple TV rumors continued to steam ahead, while U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Apple will set up multiple factories in the country.

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01:22
Some Pokémon Go events in Europe postponed after...

Last weekend's Pokémon Go Fest did not go well, with technical issues and cell coverage problems preventing many players from participating at the event's Chicago location in Grant Park. Afterward, the game's makers refunded players and offere...

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Friday July 28

23:08
I took a ride in Tesla's new Model 3

After celebrating the delivery of its first 30 Model 3's to eagerly awaiting pre-order customers, Tesla invited attendees at Friday night's event to take a spin in the brand new vehicles. So of course, we took them up on the offer.

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21:05
Tesla just delivered the first round of Model 3s

As Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised earlier this month, the company handed over the first 30 Model 3s to their new owners at a delivery ceremony in Fremont, California this Friday.

Update: And we took our first ride -- find out more details about the Mo...

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20:24
Now Windows 10's 'Continue on PC'...

A couple of days ago Microsoft enabled a feature that lets Android users easily use the share button to push a web page from their cell phone to a Windows 10 PC. Now, it's released an app to manage the same feature on iOS-powered devices. It's availa...

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20:11
Apple Paid Nokia $2 Billion To Escape Fight Over Old...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's latest patent spat with Nokia resulted in a $2 billion up-front payment from the iPhone maker, a colossal sum that seems to indicate Apple was eager to avoid a protracted and ugly dispute that could rival the one it had with Samsung. The new details of the settlement, which was first announced back in May without the disclosure of a financial amount or the new licensing terms, were spotted in Nokia's second quarter earnings release. "We got a substantial upfront cash payment of $2 billion from Apple, strengthening further our cash position. As said earlier, our plans is to provide more details on the intended use of cash in conjunction with our Q3 earnings," reads the official transcript of Nokia's quarterly earnings call with investors yesterday. Neither Nokia nor Apple have disclosed the terms of the new licensing deal, including whether it involves recurring payments or how many years it will be in place.

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18:55
YouTube video maker MKBHD wins Tesla's '...

Tonight at 11:45 PM ET Elon Musk will deliver the first production Tesla Model 3s during a livestreamed event, and now the company has some new ads to play during any down time. Fans of its cars and technology submitted their own advertisements for t...

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17:40
WSJ: Sprint has proposed a merger with Charter

Another day, another rumor of a deal bridging the worlds of cable and mobile involving Sprint. Tonight a report from Wall Street Journal claims that Sprint has proposed a merger with Charter, to create a media/telecom giant controlled by the Japanese...

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16:57
Twitter tests $99 subscription for auto-promoted...

Twitter is testing a subscription plan that charges users $99 a month to automatically promote tweets into strangers' timelines. This wouldn't be a service offered to all: Only those invited would be given the option to bellow out tweets to folks who...

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16:30
Appocalypse Now - How iOS11 Will Kill Some Of Your...

Ronan Price, writing for Independent: The app-ocalypse is coming and almost no one knows it. Apologies for the dreadful pun but, in about six to eight weeks' time, hundreds of thousands of older apps for iPhone and iPad will cease to work when Apple updates its iOS software to version 11. Businesses and consumers who rely on these elderly apps and update to iOS11 without knowing the consequences face a rude awakening. Their difficulty ranges from mere inconvenience that a useful app no longer functions to the complete loss of valuable data buried in a piece of obsolete software. Apple began signalling two years ago that it was signing the death warrant for older apps when it moved iOS to 64-bit software - essentially a more secure, faster and technologically advanced version that replaced the previous 32-bit code. First, Apple encouraged developers to rewrite their apps to 64-bit status but continued to allow 32-bit apps to function. Then it began to warn developers and customers...

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16:20
Retail’s most profitable square footage

To paraphrase The Talking Heads, “Same as it ever was.” Apple has been the leader in this metric almost since the first store opened and it hasn’t even been close for years. Remarkable numbers.

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15:32
Apple's HomePod firmware spills more details on...

Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod speaker hub at WWDC back in June, and despite a hefty $350 pricetag and the inevitable comparisons to Alexa devices, it actually sounds pretty good. In the lead up to its release this December, Apple pushed out...

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15:00
YouTube recommendations inadvertently serve up...

While livestreaming is often associated with Facebook and Twitter these days, YouTube has been offering the feature for more than five years now. Still, it's only recently that the video giant has taken the phenomenon seriously -- it's finally lettin...

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14:50
The Week in iOS Apps: Games, games, games

Fun in the sun

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

It’s the dog days of summer. Who wants to think about productivity? This week’s roundup is all about having fun. Read on!

Catch Up

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14:43
A molecule found on Saturn's moon Titan could...

In a new study published today in Science Advances, researchers report that they've found a complex molecule in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan that could lead to the formation of life. Cell membranes are the outer barrier of most cells found o...

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14:29
Apple Daily Report for July 28, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a weekend road trip with his lovely wife. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

David Bradley, the chairman and owner of Atlantic Media, has announced that he’s selling a majority stake in The Atlantic to Emerson Collective, an organization led by philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow). Bradley will retain a minority stake in The Atlantic and will continue as chairman and operating partner for at least three to five years. In a letter to his staff, Bradley wrote that Emerson Collective will most likely assume full ownership of The Atlantic within five years.

Korea Economic Daily claims (as noted byThe Investor) that Apple is paying LG...

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14:19
YouTube hopes to patch things up with the music...

The music industry hasn't been too enamored with YouTube, what with all the unsanctioned content on the video site. Now that Google is planning to merge Google Play and YouTube into one music service, however, it's time to start fixing that awkward r...

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14:11
Apple leads brick-and-mortar retail with $5,546 in...




Apple remains one of the most successful brick-and-mortar retailers in the world with sales of $5,546 per square foot, according to recent research.

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14:00
What we're watching: 'Shirobako,'...

Welcome once again to Video IRL, where several of our editors talk about what they've been watching in their spare time. This month brings a mixed bag; while one of us dived into season one of Starz' series American Gods; another is obsessed with a q...

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13:54
The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream


Regular readers know that I usually stick to the well-charted territory of essential terminal commands and practical overviews of Linux history, since they are immediately useful to newcomers. Thankfully, the basics don't change very quickly -- but that's not to say that Linux is a stagnant ecosystem. Far from it. Although most current events in the Linux community have little direct impact on the average desktop user, one recent development that very much does is Canonical's decision to end development of Ubuntu's flagship Unity desktop.

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13:41
'Forces of Destiny' YouTube series...

Can't get enough Star Wars content while you wait for the next couple of movie installments? You might want to check out this series of animated shorts, Forces of Destiny, written by the prolific Jennifer Muro for Disney. Each two- to three-minute ep...

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13:19
Samsung topples Intel as world’s largest chipmaker

Samsung registered a record profit of $12.6 billion in its second quarter earnings report, but hidden in those numbers lies another milestone. Of its $54 billion in revenue, $15 billion came solely from Samsung Semiconductors -- pushing it above the...

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13:00
The FDA has a significant change of heart about e-...

The FDA has just announced a sweeping change in its policy regarding e-cigarettes and vaping products. In a press release issued this morning, the administration outlined its plan to focus on reducing usage of combustible cigarettes and tobacco, in t...

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12:53
Amazon misses profits, but analysts stay bullish

A steeper-than-expected drop in quarterly profit rattled some Amazon.com investors, but Wall Street analysts remained largely bullish about the company’s aggressive spending plans.

This remains one of the most amazing trends in the tech industry. No matter what happens to Amazon, analysts stay bullish. Any other company would be trying to explain that everything is okay, but Amazon gets a free pass every quarter.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:44
Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio will tour the...

The latest instance of the musical death and resurrection show is none other than Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010. Thanks to a hologram (actually a high-tech version of an old parlor trick), the former Black Sabbath frontman will start touring Eur...

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