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Monday April 10

08:13
Google may pump $876M into LG Display to compete...




Google is reportedly in talks to invest over $876 million in LG Display to secure a source of OLED panels, likely for its Pixel phones -- perhaps signalling more intense competition with Apple's iPhone, as well as third parties using Google's Android operating system.

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07:56
Minecraft Pocket Edition’s new community Marketplace...

Minecraft announced today on its blog that an upcoming update for the game will bring a new community-driven Marketplace feature to players of the Pocket edition of the game for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices.

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07:56
DealBITS Discount: Save 30% on Letter Opener for...

See who won copies of Letter Opener for macOS Mail in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 30 percent on the essential add-on for macOS Mail that displays the contents of winmail.dat files automatically.

 

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07:37
DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Letter Opener for...

If you regularly receive email from Windows users that comes with essential portions of the message in a winmail.dat attachment, you need Letter Opener for macOS Mail. Enter to win a copy in this week’s DealBITS drawing!

 

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07:21
Apple posts GPU-related job openings in UK following...




Apple is ramping up its efforts to create its own GPU designs, following the iPhone producer's decision to stop working with the U.K.-based Imagination Technologies, by advertising a number of job postings within the graphics field in London.

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07:05
External Link: AT&T Adds HBO as Unlimited Data...

The unlimited data plan wars continue to heat up. AT&T has announced that customers of its Unlimited Plus wireless plan who also subscribe to AT&T-owned TV services like DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-Verse will also get HBO for free. Plus streaming HBO will not count against the 22 GB soft bandwidth cap. Unlimited Plus customers will also receive a $25 per month credit toward the aforementioned TV services. If you live in an AT&T service area, that’s a sweet deal if you want unlimited mobile Internet, TV service, and HBO (which usually costs about $15 per month on its own).

 

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07:03
What’s next for Apple Displays now that the company...

Many of us were deeply disappointed when Apple appeared to be exiting the display business last summer.

Not just because we want matching aesthetics and the reassurance you get with an all-Apple setup, but also because there was no obvious third-party replacement. All Apple said at the time was that ‘there are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users,’ but without pointing to anything in particular.

When the company finally did make an official recommendation in the form of the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K monitors, it wasn’t exactly a great one. Not only are the monitors extremely un-Apple-like in their grey plastic cases, but a serious technical fault first identified by us led to the...

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06:59
Algoriddim ports djay Pro for iOS to Windows 10...

Algoriddim has ported its popular djay Pro software from iOS to Windows 10 for the first time. djay Pro will still be developed on iOS and the Mac using the latest platform features like Touch Bar support for example, and today’s release expands Algoriddim’s reach from iOS/watchOS, macOS, and Android to Windows.

Algoriddim actually relied greatly on djay Pro for iOS to bring the professional DJ software to Windows…

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06:44
Apple-connected bidders raise stakes in bids for...




Three Apple suppliers -- Hon Hai/Foxconn, SK Hynix, and Broadcom -- are reportedly dogged in their determination to bid for Toshiba's memory business, despite strong preferences by both Toshiba and the Japanese government for a domestic buyer.

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06:21
ToneBands launches a line of Apple Watch bands

ToneBands has launched a line of sport-style silicone bands for the Apple Watch. The initial line comes in three colors: white, gray and lavender. 

All three colors come with black latching pins to match space gray and space black watches. In the future, ToneBands hopes to expand into offering a wider variety of colors and styles, and to expand into other colored pins as well, according to company co-founder, Cameron Banga.

The bands retail for $18 individually, or $39 for a three-pac. They’re available for purchase now.

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06:14
B-Eng introduces Anti Virus Plus for the Mac

B-Eng has introduced Anti Virus Plus for macOS. It’s a virus scanner and vulnerability detector that the company says recognizes more than six million different viruses. 

Anti Virus Plus comes with a full vulnerability detector, a port scanner and an automatic directory scanner, as well as a drag and drop scanner where newly added files are scanned automatically. The vulnerability scanner detects loopholes and unsecure security settings for encrypted viruses, malware, adware and trojans.

Anti Virus Plus runs on macOS 10.11 or newer. It’s available for $19.99 at the B-Eng webpage.

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06:00
Bit City lets you mold a metropolis from your iPhone

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

If the original Tiny Tower was NimbleBit’s homage to the classic SimTower, then the new Bit City is clearly its take on the better-known SimCity. In both cases, the mobile “tribute” offers a significantly streamlined version of the same core premise, and this time around, you’ll gradually build up your city simply by tapping menus and amassing coins. 

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06:00
A data recovery extravaganza: Disk Drill PRO...

We've had some deals on Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac in the past, but none compares with this one. Buy Disk Drill PRO 3 for Mac for just $34.99 and you'll get every future version of the app, both minor and major updates. What can Disk Drill PRO do for you? Check out this video:

Disk Drill is well-known in both the Mac and Windows world as one of the best ways to recover lost, corrupted, or accidentally deleted files. You can get Disk Drill PRO 2 for Windows for just $29.99 -- once again, that's for a lifetime license. In either case you'll have access to the same powerful features:...

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05:15
Apple patent application hints at waterproof next-...

Sometimes it’s the patent applications that offer the most insight.

A recently published patent application from Apple highlights the notion of a future AirPods case that could also serve as a wireless charging dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch.

The patent application depicts the AirPods charging case doubling as a charger for a variety of products, including the Apple Watch, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad.

Apple’s notes within the patent application indicate that the inductive pad could be used to provide “wireless” charging to other devices, as detailed here:

“Such devices can include, for example, portable music players (e.g., MP3 devices and Apple’s iPod devices), portable video players (e.g., portable DVD players), cellular telephones (e.g., smart telephones such as Apple’s iPhone devices), video cameras, digital still cameras, projection systems (e.g., holographic projection systems), gaming systems, PDAs, as well as tablet (e.g., Apple’s iPad...

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05:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone may be available for pre-...

The next-gen iPhone may ship a bit later than usual.

A new rumor has it that the upcoming handset will likely be available to pre-order in September, but deliveries of the 5.8-inch model will not begin until “several weeks later” according to longtime Apple analyst Brian White.

White issued the following comments in his research note to investment banking for Drexel Hamilton:

Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology, but still in time for the December holidays. This is not the first time that we’ve heard about a potential delay with a new iPhone; however, our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously. Since it is only April, this situation could improve. Essentially, our contact believes customers will be able to pre-order the new 5.8-inch iPhone 8 along with the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones in September; however...

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04:30
How to access special characters in macOS Sierra

You can do fun things with your Mac, such as typing accents, emojis and symbols. macOS Sierra includes features that make it easy to find and type special characters and currency symbols.

You can use the Character Viewer to insert smileys, dingbats, and other symbols as you type. Click the place in your document or message where you want the character to appear. Press Control–Command–Space bar. The Character Viewer pop-up window appears:

Use the search field at the top of the window, or click the symbol icon (shown below to the right of the search field) to expand the window and reveal more characters:

When you find the character you want, click it to insert it into your text. Characters and symbols you use often appear in the Frequently Used list in this window. In the Messages app, you can also see the Character Viewer pop-up when you click the grinning face icon. With macOS Sierra, emoji you send in Messages appear at the same size as the text they're part...

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04:10
External Link: YouTube TV Rolling Out in Select...

Google’s promised YouTube TV streaming service has arrived, at least in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. For $35 per month, you get local channels for the major broadcast networks, as well as popular cable networks. As with traditional cable, shows are not generally ad-free. The first month is free, and Google will give you a free Chromecast after your first payment. YouTube TV includes six separate accounts, so everyone in the family can have their own cloud DVR library. Interestingly, YouTube TV is primarily mobile-focused, though you can use a Chromecast to watch on your TV. In our informal Twitter poll about TV streaming services, respondents were most interested in YouTube TV over DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.

 

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04:00
RetriCAM: a fun iOS camera app with real-time filters

By Aaron Lee

The cameras that comes with the iPhone 7 and, especially, the iPhone 7 Plus are fantastic. And you can spice up your photos even more with Note-Ify Apps' RetriCAM, which also works with the iPad and iPod touch. And it’s free.

The app lets you apply more than 50 different filters in real time when you're taking pics. You can prefer the filters on-screen before you apply any of the effects, which is a handy time-saver.

RetriCAM lets you apply a white or black border to your photo if you wish. Filters are divided into five categories: Chic (which includes a cool Polaroid effect), Silver, Vintage, Deep, and Special. Vintage effects, despite their names (Darwin, Galileo, etc.) don't add what I consider "vintage" effects, but apply colorized touches, which I didn't care for.

The Deep filters allow you to apply even darker color layers, but I...

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00:47
Homemade thrill ride speeds up if you're not...

Roller coasters don't care how scared you are, they always follow their pre-programmed circuit to a "T." That gave Dutch artist Daniel de Bruin an idea: What if a ride could measure your fear and amp up the thrills based on that? Since he's also a de...

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Sunday April 9

22:08
Leaf veins may lead to longer battery life

There have been many, many discoveries that promise longer battery life, but one of the latest is rare in taking its inspiration from one of the most common structures in nature: the leaf vein. Scientists have crafted a porous material that mimics t...

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20:04
Tough water-repellent coating could lead to faster...

You've no doubt seen footage of water-repellent coatings that seemingly defy the laws of nature. However, they have a catch: they're often too fragile to be useful in situations where they're likely to face a lot of abuse, whether it's the clothes on...

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18:31
Carrie Fisher will be in 'Star Wars: Episode IX...

Lucasfilm swore that it wouldn't create a digital version of the late, great Carrie Fisher for future Star Wars movies, but that doesn't mean she'll be cut out entirely. Her brother Todd has revealed that Disney still wants to include Carrie in Episo...

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16:59
Tesla reveals a sleek solar panel built for your...

Tesla's home energy efforts might be centered around its solar roofs, but it knows that not everyone can (or wants to) rip up their roof just to bring renewable energy to their home. To that end, the company is offering a first glimpse at Panasonic-...

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15:27
Scientists aim to reach the Earth's mantle with...

We'd know a lot more about what's under the Earth's crust if Jules Verne's Icelandic volcano weren't but a figment of his imagination. Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology's (JAMSTEC) largest drilling ship called "Chikyu" is very re...

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14:52
Renovated Fifth Avenue Apple store will get Beats 1...




When renovations are complete, one addition at Apple's flagship Fifth Avenue store will include a special space for Beats 1 broadcasting, according to an AppleInsider source.

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13:56
Hack sets off all of Dallas' emergency sirens

Some hacks are clearly worse than others, but Dallas can at least lay claim to facing one of the loudest hacks to date. The city reports that attackers managed to set off all 156 of its emergency sirens for roughly an hour and a half between late Fr...

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13:41
Report: Apple planning to add Beats 1 broadcasting...

As Apple renovates its Fifth Avenue retail store, it is said to be planning a new area for the store: a Beats 1 broadcasting booth. The move comes following Apple’s recent claim that Beats 1 is the “biggest” radio station in the world…

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13:30
Apple will reportedly drop 32-bit app support...

Apple has slowly been cracking down on 32-bit iOS apps, but it appears that it will make a drastic change come this fall. According to prominent developer Steven Troughton-Smith, Apple will drop support for 32-bit apps altogether with iOS 11. This means that many legacy apps will no longer function at all.

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12:27
Real-life 'Pong' table is available as a...

Remember that real-world Pong table that was supposed to become a product you could buy if everything went smoothly? Well, it's here... almost. The creators have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to launch a production-grade, coffee table-...

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12:09
Logic Pros Review: TE’s latest pocket-sized drum...

Teenage Engineering has introduced some of the most interesting and downright unique products to the music production world over the past few years. The OP-1 portable synth and all its oddities, along with the company’s line of miniature Pocket-Operator instruments are anything but ordinary.

After expanding the Pocket Operator line with with the wacky...

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11:00
The best blender

By Christine Cyr Clisset and Lesley Stockton

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 commissi...

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10:44
EduTech: Earn real-life rewards for not using your...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

One of the hardest thing about the rise in prevalence of technology in education is staying focused during class. It can be incredibly distracting to have your phone right there with you during class, especially when it may be a lecture that’s not the most exciting thing.

That’s where Pocket Points comes in: an app that allows you to earn real-life rewards for not using your phone during class…

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09:44
Eversign makes legally binding digital signatures...

Eversign packs in everything you need for legally binding digital signatures, offering an all-in-one suite for creating and managing documents like contracts, NDAs, approvals, legal forms and anything else that needs a signature. Collaborate and invite other team members and associates, and get them to sign remotely or in-person with support for iPhone, iPad, Mac and all your other devices.

Need an in-person signature? Eversign lets you sign directly from an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device screen, and allows adding signatures by drawing with a finger or mouse, typing, or uploading from any device. With nicely built web apps for both desktop and mobile, the service is entirely cross compatible for a seamless experience with no downloads for anyone involved in the signing process. Here’s how it works:

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09:31
GameStop looks into a potentially serious credit...

Did you shop at GameStop's online store for the holidays, or take advantage of its post-holiday clearance sales? You might want to check your credit card statement. GameStop has confirmed to security guru Brian Krebs that it's looking into a possib...

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08:34
McAfee: Big Spike In Mac OS Malware In 2016, Mostly...

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Security firm McAfee released a report this week that showed a big jump in 2016 regarding malware hitting the Mac operating system. The McAfee report said there were 460,000 malware instances affecting the Mac OS in the fourth quarter of 2016, an over 700% jump from the previous year during the same quarter. McAfee's new report confirms similar research by other cybersecurity firms in recent years that show an increased prevalence of malware affecting Apple computers. Essentially, as more people buy Apple computers, there are more possibilities for malware to infect the machines. But while an over 700% surge in malware may sound frightening, it should be noted that "the big increase in Mac OS malware was due to adware bundling," the report's authors wrote.


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08:34
McAfee: Big Spike In Mac OS Malware In 2016, Mostly...

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Security firm McAfee released a report this week that showed a big jump in 2016 regarding malware hitting the Mac operating system. The McAfee report said there were 460,000 malware instances affecting the Mac OS in the fourth quarter of 2016, an over 700% jump from the previous year during the same quarter. McAfee's new report confirms similar research by other cybersecurity firms in recent years that show an increased prevalence of malware affecting Apple computers. Essentially, as more people buy Apple computers, there are more possibilities for malware to infect the machines. But while an over 700% surge in malware may sound frightening, it should be noted that "the big increase in Mac OS malware was due to adware bundling," the report's authors wrote.


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08:30
The real price of being an Apple supplier

It has been said of being a supplier to Walmart that, “it’s the best and worse thing that can happen to your company”. I’ve heard the same about Apple.

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08:08
Apple reportedly opening new flagship retail store...

Not long after opening its first Mexico City retail location, Apple is planning a new flagship retail store in the city. Apple currently intends on the store being “flagship” in nature, with a design akin to that of Apple’s World Trade Center location in New York City…

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08:00
∞ R/C planes land on R/C aircraft carrier

This might be the coolest, nerdiest thing you watch all weekend. But, to be honest, some of the landings were awfully sketchy.

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08:00
After Math: Flying high

It's been a big week for aviation achievements. DARPA successfully flew a model of its next VTOL aircraft, Dr. Peggy Whitson is tacking on three more months to her ISS stay (and breaking another record along the way), and SpaceX is saving big on its...

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06:30
Ben Heck's mini pinball game

As the team works on bringing their projects into production, it's time to turn our attention to the Super Space Shuttle mini pinball game. This was definitely an element14 community favorite, and the first thing the team needs is some critical a...

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02:14
Apple's second Mexican retail store to be multi...




Apple is enjoying consistently strong sales after opening its first brick-and-mortar retail outlet in Mexico in late 2016, and the company plans to capitalize on surging demand by building a new multi-level flagship in Mexico City's upscale Polanco district.

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01:35
Man-made global warming makes droughts and floods...

We already know that man-made global warming is bound to affect our planet, but it's hard to connect human activities to specific events. Now a team of Penn State scientists have published a study that says human-caused climate change makes extreme w...

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Saturday April 8

20:34
Bernie Sanders quietly launched his own podcast

Just because Bernie Sanders is no longer a presidential candidate doesn't mean that he's out of the internet's spotlight. In fact, it might be easier than ever to listen to his ideas: the Vermont Senator has released a podcast version of his Faceboo...

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19:03
Kobo will sell discounted digital copies of your...

Kobo, the Canadian e-reader titan, has snapped up a little-known e-book platform called Shelfie and will incorporate its features into its apps. Shelfie was a service that sold digital copies of print books you already own at a discount before it shu...

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17:34
Indie hit 'Besiege' is adding online...

The war machine construction game Besiege has been a darling of Steam's Early Access scene, and for good reason: its extremely flexible building block system has let people's imaginations run wild. You've had to play solo, though, which sometimes ma...

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16:02
'Shadow Brokers' give away more NSA...

The elusive Shadow Brokers didn't have much luck selling the NSA's hacking tools, so they're giving more of the software away -- to everyone. In a Medium post, the mysterious team supplied the password for an encrypted file containing many of the Eq...

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15:28
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Musikmesse 2017 in Frankfurt kicked off with a new flagship synth from Waldorf and Arturia’s all-in-one KeyLab Essential MIDI keyboard controllers for Mac/iOS. We also saw the release of one of the most powerful iOS music apps on the the market with Audiobus 3.

For more details and to see what a $20,000 custom-made synth looks like, head below for all of this week’s top iOS & Mac music production news: more…

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14:33
Windows 10 can set up a PC using your voice

Windows installations have come a long way over a few decades. It used to be that you had to hand-hold the system, but it's increasingly automatic -- you can even nuke an existing install with relative ease. And now, you don't even need to touch the...

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13:02
Gag ransomware forces you to play an anime shooter...

A typical ransomware takes your files hostage in exchange for money, but "Rensenware" asks for something else. It forces you to play an anime-type shooter game called Touhou Seirensen (Undefined Fantastic Object) and score 0.2 billion points in Lunat...

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11:28
White House hires Lyft manager for a key...

It's tempting to oversimplify the ridesharing industry into an ideological battle: Lyft is the kinder, more generous outfit that donates to the ACLU, while Uber is a champion of hyper-capitalism that makes political compromises in the name of its bot...

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10:40
Google's Fact Check Labeling System Goes Global


Google has extended the Fact Check feature it introduced last fall. Publishers now can display a Fact Check tag in news stories everywhere that Google News is available. The company also has introduced the Fact Check feature globally in Google Search, in all supported languages. "When you conduct a search on Google that returns an authoritative result containing fact checks for one or more public claims, you will see that information clearly on the search results page," noted Jigsaw Product Manager Justin Kosslyn and Research Scientist Cong Yu.

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10:00
Recommended Reading: iFixit wants to show you how to...

Meet the $21 Million
Company That Thinks
a New iPhone Is a
Total Waste of Money
David Whitford,
Inc.

We're no stranger to iFixit's in-depth teardowns here at Engadget, but the company has a plan that's much more than ripping apart the latest gadge...

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09:58
This week’s top stories: Apple’s modular Mac Pro,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple’s Mac Pro, display & iMac pre-announcements, Clips, iPhone 8 & Apple Watch Series 3 reports, and much more.

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09:21
Apple patent application hints at waterproof AirPods...

A patent application from Apple details the possibility of a future AirPods case design doubling as a wireless charging dock for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The patent was part of a dump of 250 Apple patent applications from the US Patent Office late last month and discovered by Patently Apple

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08:30
'Ghost in the Shell' is more cyberposeur...

Spoilers ahead for the Ghost in the Shell anime and US remake.

The original Ghost in the Shell anime feature is a cultural landmark. It was a neo-noir story set in a startlingly fresh vision of a connected world, and it was particularly timely in 19...

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08:16
Apple partnering with ‘Saturday Night Live’ for...

As part of a broader push in late night TV advertising, Saturday Night Live is partnering with Apple to create commercial content. According to a report from Variety, Apple has agreed to a deal with SNL for humorous commercial content starring cast members from the show…

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08:15
Mastering sushi with Masa Takayama

I’ve only had the opportunity to be in a “fancy’ sushi restaurant a couple of times but watching the master chef is always an amazing experience.

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08:00
The Smithsonian wants you to help transcribe all 52,...

I’ve been doing this for the past week. It’s a lot of fun.

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07:30
Become Tech Savvy: How to pick the best wireless...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Choosing the best wireless carrier for your needs can be an overwhelming and challenging task. Between the carriers battling with commercials and marketing, fine print, plans always changing, limited-time offers, and a shift away from smartphone subsidies you can spend a lot of time sorting it all out.

In today’s article we’re going to take a look at deconstructing the complicated nature of the wireless carrier world and providing concrete steps...

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07:00
YouTube TV made this baseball fan finally cut the...

I don't watch a lot of TV. I don't watch Game of Thrones or Walking Dead or many of the TV shows that are usually at the top of the popular zeitgeist. Instead, my daily entertainment is usually filled with YouTube videos and on-demand shows from Hulu...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. While Apple Music and Spotify subscribers will have to do without most of Jay Z's hits, we're checking out YouTube TV and offering advice on how to find the right VPN.

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Create your own text-base GIFs...

The sound of music

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

You’ll have a blast with GIPHY’s latest app, featured in this week’s roundup. Plus, you’ll find two new apps to help you learn about and make music, and another one that lets you produce your own radio shows. Read on!

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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05:00
Gartner: worldwide end-user spending on devices will...

Users of personal computers, ultramobiles (which includes iPads, tablets and Chromebooks) and mobile phones are buying new devices at higher average selling prices (ASPs), resulting in growth in end-user spending in 2017. The Gartner research group estimates that end-user spending will increase by 2% in 2017, to nearly $600 billion in current U.S. dollars. 

Spending on mobile phones will represent 67% of that figure. Gartner estimates that ASPs for computing devices and mobile phones will increase by 2%for two main reasons. First, component price increases are continuing into 2017 (mainly for personal computers but also to some extent for phones), which is resulting in more expensive products. Second, users' interest in value and higher quality phones is increasingly overriding their desire for low prices.

"Across the world, the device market is becoming less price-sensitive," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at...

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04:30
Apple patent involves location-based user services...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9615202) for “determining a significant user location for providing location-based services.” It involves systems, methods, and program products for providing services to a user by an iPhone based on the user's daily routine of movement. 

The Apple smartphone determines whether a location cluster indicates a “significant location” for the user based on one or more hints that indicate an interest of the user in locations in the cluster. The iPhone can perform adaptive clustering to determine a size of area of the significant location based on how multiple locations converge in the location cluster. 

The device can perform various tasks that are location specific. For example, a map application executing on the mobile device can cause the mobile device to display a map. A marker on the map can indicate a current location of the iPhone. Upon receiving a user input selecting the marker, the mobile device can display points of...

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04:00
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 Ooma.com 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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03:00
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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01:56
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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22:41
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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20:51
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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20:36
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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19:59
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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19:04
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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17:39
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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17:28
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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16:32
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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16:09
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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16:02
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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15:44
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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15:19
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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14:54
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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14:30
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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14:16
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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14:08
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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14:01
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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13:42
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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13:10
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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13:06
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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12:57
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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12:51
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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12:34
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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12:22
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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12:09
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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11:44
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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11:38
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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11:22
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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11:16
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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11:10
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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11:05
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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