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Friday January 26

Newly-released iOS 11.3 beta firmware hints at next-...

The newly-released iOS 11.3 beta seems to contain hints as to Apple’s releasing a next-generation iPad Pro this year equipped with both slim bezels and Face ID.

According to iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito and developer Guilherme Rambo, strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta refer to a “modern iPad,” which is notable since Apple’s software engineers referred to the iPhone X as the “modern iPhone” in older firmware.

While the term “modern iPad” could be a placeholder, as is commonly found in Apple’s code, the discovery hints towards an iPad Pro with Face ID, which would certainly be a logical next step in Apple’s product roadmap.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also cited expectations for a new iPad Pro with Face ID this year. Like the iPhone X, the tablet reportedly lacks a Home button, although it will likely still have an LCD instead of OLED display due to supply, cost, and technological constraints.

It’s unknown as to whether a next-gen iPad...

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Digitimes claims Apple will only launch one new OLED...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has been reporting the 2018 iPhone lineup as two OLED models (5.8-inch and 6.5-inch) and one LCD model (6.1-inch) for a little while now. Today, a Digitimes analyst says that Apple has been testing various screen panels, and may only launch a single new OLED iPhone this year, with a 6.5-inch screen.

The report also corroborates a new iPhone SE successor with wireless charging, and no 3D Touch, and will launch in the first half of 2018.


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Thursday January 25

Latest HomePod hands-on praises sound quality &...

Following Refinery29’s hands-on earlier this morning, Lance Ulanoff has now published his take on Apple’s HomePod after spending some time with it. Ulanoff dives into the sounds quality of the speaker, Siri integration, physical hardware, and more…


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Snapchat will no longer add a massive border to...

Snapchat is rolling out an update today that drops one of the biggest design and photo constraints in the app. As noted by The Verge, Snapchat will no longer add a massive white border to the images you share from your camera roll…


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macOS Server 5.5

Improves overall performance of Profile Manager on systems with a large number of enrolled devices. ($19.99 new, free update, 194 MB)


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Apple to start sales of cellular Apple Watch Series...

Apple is moving forward with its global Apple Watch rollout and will in February launch cellular versions of the latest Apple Watch Series 3 in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular coming to...

Apple originally released the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular back in September, but because of the carrier requirements, cellular connectivity was only supported in a handful of countries. Apple today announced, however, that Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular is coming to two new locations next month…


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iTunes 12.7.3

Bring compatibility with the new Apple HomePod. (Free, 264 MB)


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Apple Previews iOS 11.3

Apple Newsroom on what’s new in the upcoming iOS 11.3:

Business Chat is a new way for users to communicate directly with
businesses right within Messages. This feature will launch in
Beta with the public availability of iOS 11.3 this spring, with
the support of select businesses including Discover, Hilton,
Lowe’s and Wells Fargo. With Business Chat, it’s easy to have a
conversation with a service representative, schedule an
appointment or make purchases using Apple Pay in the Messages
app. Business Chat doesn’t share the user’s contact information
with businesses and gives users the ability to stop chatting at
any time.

iMessage is one of Apple’s most underestimated assets. If iMessage were a startup, with exactly the same users, usage (a.k.a. “engagement”), and features, it could be worth...

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Apple Prepares MacOS Users For Discontinuation of 32...

Last year, Apple announced that macOS High Sierra "will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise." Now, in the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is notifying users of the impending change, too. "To prepare for a future release of macOS in which 32-bit software will no longer run without compromise, starting in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, a user is notified on the launch of an app that depends on 32-bit software. The alert appears only once per app," Apple says in the beta release notes. Ars Technica reports: When users attempt to launch a 32-bit app in 10.13.4, it will still launch, but it will do so with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated. This follows the same approach that Apple took with iOS, which completed its sunset of 32-bit app support with iOS 11 last fall. Developers and users curious about how this will play out will be able to look at the...

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Apple's watchOS 4.3 revives ability to browse...

With Apple's watchOS 4.3 beta, released earlier on Thursday, users can once again peruse their iPhone's music catalog from a connected Apple Watch, a feature curiously removed when watchOS 4 debuted last year.

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How to buy HomePod using Apple's financing...

Apple's HomePod is shaping up to be a hot commodity for early adopters, but the premium speaker is priced well above competing products from Amazon and Google. If you want to score one on launch day, but lack the cheddar, you might want to consider Apple's financing options.

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Apple issues first tvOS 11.3 beta to public testers

Following the release of the first tvOS 11.3 beta to developers on Wednesday, Apple a day later issued a similar beta build of the streaming device operating system to public beta program members for testing.

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014: Apple Books overhaul, watchOS 4.3 changes,...

Today we’ve got details about an Apple Books overhaul, watchOS 4.3 beta changes, and new details about HomePod.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple releases first tvOS 11.3 public beta for Apple...

In addition to iOS 11.3 public beta 1, Apple has released the first tvOS 11.3 public beta for Apple TV (fourth gen) and Apple TV 4K.


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∞ Universal Audio Ships OX Amp Top Box for guitarists

Universal Audio (UA) on Thursday announced it is shipping the OX Amp Top Box, an advanced reactive load box and guitar recording system. […]

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Safari 11.0.3

Patches a memory corruption issue that could lead to a security vulnerability in El Capitan and Sierra. (Free)


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Bad Apple #1: iCloud Photo Library Re-uploading

In this inaugural Bad Apple column, Adam Engst explores what happens to iCloud Photo Library when you turn iCloud off and back on. A preview: it took a 90-minute call with Apple to discover that the “expected behavior” requires a temporary upgrade to an unnecessary storage plan.


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Clips update brings new poster and label for Chinese...

Apple updated its Clips video creation app on Thursday, adding new assets to celebrate the Chinese New Year, as well as bug fixes and stability improvements.

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In-app Apple Pay promotions continue this week with...

Apple is continuing its weekly Apple Pay promotions this week with a nice deal for Dunkin’ Donuts fans. Apple says that when you reload your Dunkin Donuts account using Apple Pay, you’ll receive a bonus of 50 DD Perks Points…


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157: iOS 11.3 Preview, 6.1-inch iPhone rumors,...

This week Benjmain and Zac are joined by Guilherme Rambo to discuss HomePod launch details, iOS 11.2.5 and new Siri skills, iOS 11.3 beta and changes included, and a new 6.1-inch iPhone rumor.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple updates Clips w/ new poster for Chinese New...

After the last major Clips update, which included support for iPhone X and a handful of new filters, today Apple has pushed a new update for the app. Albeit not as exciting, the update includes a new poster for Chinese New Year and a few other minor changes.


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Security Update 2018-001 (Sierra and El Capitan)

Patches kernel-related vulnerabilities in Apple’s last two operating systems. (Free, various sizes)


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Get 50 Dunkin' Donuts Perks Points for using...

Apple continued a semi-weekly Apple Pay promotional campaign on Thursday with a new offer from Dunkin' Donuts that presents users with reward points for using the mobile payments system.

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How and when to preorder HomePod: The official Apple...

It's a mystery how high demand for Apple's HomePod will be, and it's also unknown how many units the company will produce for launch. Because of those unknowns, you'd better be ready come Friday -- and early.

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T-Mobile offering customers attending Winter...

The Un-carrier announced today that it will be offering unlimited talk (to the U.S.), text, and 4G LTE data for this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. Best of all? It’s free.


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Apple World Today News Update: January 25, 2018

Hang in there - it's almost Friday again. Today we look at some additional changes in the world of Apple that may be included in the upcoming iOS 11.3 update:

  • iOS 11.3's enabling of Advanced Mobile Location on iPhone is expected to save an additional 7,500 lives in Europe alone in the next 10 years
  • The unbundling of iTunes continues with the possible move of audiobooks to the new Books app that will arrive with iOS 11.3
  • A close look at iOS 11.3 code makes reference to a "Modern" iPad, which many are taking as a clue that Face ID will soon make it to the iPad Pro line

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

Text Version...

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One hour with Apple’s new HomePod

No details as to how they got their 60 minutes of time with the HomePod but some interesting tidbits are found in this piece.

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First beta of iOS 11.3 now available to public beta...

A day after the release of the developer's beta, Apple has made available the first public beta of iOS 11.3.

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Apple highlights project to teach film production...

Apple has highlighted a filmmaking workshop in a special report for the Apple Newsroom, revealing how it assisted the project with iPads, MacBook Pros, and support from its retail store to help students create three low-budget short films over the course of a month.

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'La La Land' writer and director Damien...

Apple is continuing its push for unique video content with a new deal signed with "La La Land" writer and director Damien Chazelle.

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‘La La Land’ writer-director lands straight-to-...

“La La Land” writer and director Damien Chazelle has landed a straight-to-series order at Apple for an “innovative” new drama, a source close to production tells TheWrap.

He plans to write and direct every episode of the one-hour drama. Other details on the series, including an episode count, haven’t been disclosed, notes TheWrap.

“La La Land” executive producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger are joining Chazelle on the untitled project. Horowitz will produce with his banner, Original Headquarters, and Berger under his, Automatik. Media Rights Capital will produce the company’s first project with Apple.

This will be Apple’s seventh scripted pickup. Click here for more info on the company's TV plans...

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'RunGunJumpGun' is coming to Nintendo...

Deceptively-simple automatic runner RunGunJumpGun is coming to Nintendo Switch on February 8th, according to a tweet by its developers, Good Shepherd. The game first hit iOS and Android in 2016, amassing an army of fans initially intrigued by its sim...

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Apple's ‘What’s a Computer?’ ad for the iPad...

Apple’s iPad Pro commercial in which a kid asks, "What's a computer?” is irritating to lots of folks — and that includes me. 

The ad follows a young girl, who looks to be about 14, throughout a day of taking photos, chatting, writing, doing school work, etc. on her iPad Pro. Later she’s lying on the grass in her backyard, typing away on her Apple tablet. A neighbor asks her what she's doing on her computer.

"What's a computer?" the kid replies.

I realize that the ad is meant to show the versatility of the iPad. However, unless it’s set years in the future — and it obviously isn’t — the kid comes off as either not-too-bright or as a brat with a saucy mouth who’s talking down to her neighbor. 

What kid over the age of...

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Director Damien Chazelle takes on straight-to-series...

On the heels of Apple reportedly securing a comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, the company has signed on director Damien Chazelle for another straight-to-seires drama, according to a report from Variety.


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Apple's 'What's a Computer?' Ad...

Can an iPad replace your computer? It has been the topic of debate for years, with plenty of people advising against it. Apple sure begs to differ. It has been running a commercial in which it predicts a world where a computer is extinct and a child with an iPad doesn't even know what the word "computer" means. Business Insider reports that plenty of people are finding that commercial annoying. From the report: "Does this commercial tick anybody else off?" writes one commenter on a snippet of the commercial that was posted to Facebook. "I want to smack this kid. What's a computer? You know what a computer is you disrespectful smarta--!!" Plenty of other social media posts, some with thousands of retweets, have made the same observation.


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Score Publishing CEO: iBookstore needs to be re-...

The news of Apple rebranding the iBooks Store to Apple Books, and preparing a fresh new entry in the digital publishing landscape, is welcome, says Bradley Metrock, CEO of Score Publishing.

 “Apple's bookstore, much like many other parts of the company these days, has suffered from neglect,” he writes. “The store, as it is currently, evokes a vision of tumbleweed blowing through an empty desert: nobody's home, nobody cares, and it's quite clear there is no larger strategy present.”

Metrock says Apple’s digital book store needs to be re-engineered from the ground up. He recommends that:

  • Deploy iBooks Author anew. iBooks Author lets you create iBooks textbooks (as well as other types of books) for the iPad and Mac.
  • Leverage the success of Apple podcasts by intelligently detecting podcasts in which the author makes an appearance, and automatically provide links to those episodes. And the reverse should be true: Apple Podcasts featuring authors whose...
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'Minecraft' is a microcosm of Microsoft...

Minecraft is pretty important to Microsoft. Not only did the company spend $2.5 billion in 2014 to own the world's most popular building-block game, but just last week it promoted Matt Booty, the head of Minecraft, to Corporate VP of Microsoft Studio...

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'Modern' iPad Pro with Face ID teased in...

Digging within the first beta of iOS 11.3 has discovered evidence that a new iPad with Face ID and thinner bezels could be in the works, supporting rumors that such as device is on tap for launch later this year.

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Apple added two dozen self-driving SUVs to its...

Last April, Apple was granted a permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology by the state of California and since then, the company has expanded its test fleet from three vehicles to 27, Bloomberg reports. The California Department of Motor Vehic...

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First watchOS 4.3 beta made available for developer...

Apple on Thursday issued a developer's beta for watchOS 4.3, adding to the slew of Wednesday's test releases, though what exactly is in the update remains a mystery.

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Apple’s Logic Pro X revved to version 10.4

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.4. Here’s a list of the new features:

Smart Tempo

• Advanced tempo detection lets you automatically combine content together, regardless of their original tempo

• Record audio without using a click or drag in an audio file and have the performance define your project tempo

• Add any audio file and have it automatically conform to the project tempo


• ChromaVerb is a sophisticated new algorithmic reverb with a colorful, interactive interface for creating rich acoustic spaces

• Space Designer is a convolution reverb with a new design and a scalable, Retina interface

• Step FX adds rhythmic multi-effect processing using 3 powerful step sequencers and an X/Y pad

• Phat FX makes your tracks bigger and bolder using 9 effects that add warmth and punch to your sounds

• The Vintage EQ Collection...

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Apple releases first iOS 11.3 public beta for iPhone...

As promised yesterday, Apple has released the first iOS 11.3 public beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. Apple previewed several new features yesterday prior to the first developer beta:


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watchOS 4.3 beta 1 for Apple Watch now available

Paired with iOS 11.3 beta 1 yesterday is the first watchOS 4.3 beta for Apple Watch. The first developer beta of the upcoming watchOS update comes two days after the release of watchOS 4.2.2 for all customers.


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Behold, the bouncing selfie ball

Facebook's attempt to assess news sources through its users. Donald Trump's Twitter meltdowns. Instagram's influencers and ad-labeling challenges. Our lives have become dominated by social media and an incessant need to document our most mundane acti...

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Apple expands its self-driving test fleet of cars to...

Let the Apple Car talk begin again. The tech giant has expanded its California self-driving test fleet to 27 cars.

Since receiving a permit to test three autonomous cars in California last April, the Cupertino-based company has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sport-utility vehicles, the California Department of Motor Vehicles said in an emailed response to questions from Bloomberg. In June CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company is developing self-driving car technology, which he calls a “core” technology. The comments marked the first time Cook has...

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Logic Pro X 10.4 update brings over 2000 new...

Apple has issued another update for Logic Pro X, adding a Smart Tempo feature to combine content regardless of original tempo, as well as a host of new Plug-Ins, more content including drummers and loops, and assorted bug fixes.

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MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro X and the LA Film...

Gimpirea’s is one of three teams of filmmakers involved in a month-long filmmaking workshop connecting creative professionals with emerging talent. The teams worked with powerful tools from Apple, including the MacBook Pro, iMac and Final Cut Pro X, as well as the RED Raven camera for shooting, and worked alongside Apple Retail experts and industry pros. LA-based independent filmmaking collective We Make Movies provided post-production supervision to help the filmmakers realize their visions.

This is a wonderful feature story on Apple’s web site.

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Apple showcases Hollywood High School students using...

In a new Apple Newsroom report, the company has shared how a group of ten students from Hollywood High School were able to create short films on tight budgets with Apple products. The students worked alongside creative professionals and Apple retail experts in a month-long film-making project.


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CNN parts ways with YouTube star Casey Neistat

YouTube star Casey Neistat made headlines back in 2016, when CNN bought his company, Beme. While CNN quickly shut down the associated social video sharing app, the team behind it were supposedly working on something new for the news organization. Now...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Apple Sale, iOttie...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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iOS 11.3 beta references a new ‘modern iPad’ likely...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last fall that the next iPad Pro refresh will include Face ID biometric security features first introduced with the iPhone X. Now, new code present in iOS 11.3 beta includes numerous references to unreleased iPad models that support that claim.


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Get two Sonos One speakers for the price of a HomePod

With the debut of the Apple HomePod almost upon us, Sonos has decided to make a move of its own. The company has announced the "Sonos Two" bundle, which will include two Sonos One smart speakers for $349 in the US and £349 in the UK. The bundle...

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Logic Pro X gets major update: ChromaVerb, Vintage...

Apple has now released a new update for its flagship music recording software, Logic Pro X. While we are getting a very long list of minor tweaks and enhancements here, version 10.4 is bringing some major new features to the table along with some serious gear in the way vintage EQ emulation, new orchestral instruments, a pair of multi-effect plug-ins and hundreds of new sounds.

The 20th free update for Logic Pro is certainly a substantial one with a number of new and unexpected additions. Head below for more details… more…

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∞ Logic Pro X updated with Smart Tempo, new plug-ins

Apple on Thursday updated its professional music software, Logic Pro X, adding some new features and plug-ins. Apple told me that this is the 20th free update Apple has released since the launch of Logic Pro X. […]

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iOS 11.3 Books app confirms Apple Books Store...

Earlier today, a report by Bloomberg mentioned that Apple is working on big changes for the Books app (previously called iBooks) and the Apple Books Store.


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Indie hit ‘Dead Cells’ is coming to consoles this...

In May of last year, indie developer Motion Twin launched Dead Cells in early access on Steam. By blending 'Metroidvania' platform exploration with roguelike random generation, the game quickly became a hit with fans and our own editors, selling over...

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Apple now has 27 self-driving Lexus cars on the road...

The state of California has now permitted Apple to have 27 self-driving cars on its public roads, as the company expands its homegrown automated driving technology, internally known as "Project Titan."

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ESPN is adapting its popular 'First Take'...

Facebook has been busy adding new shows to its Watch tab for a while now. But let's face it, big name broadcasters aren't exactly flocking to the social network as an avenue for their content. That's what makes today's news pretty significant. ESPN a...

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Sonos fires back at Apple's HomePod by offering...

Responding to the imminent sale of the HomePod, Sonos has cut the price of the Sonos One, selling a two-pack of the speaker for $349 -- the same price as one HomePod.

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How to buy a smartwatch in 2018

The smartwatch industry's identity crisis may be coming to an end. Familiar tech brands like Motorola, Microsoft and Pebble have retired from making wearables, while others like ASUS are rumored to be giving up on the category, leaving us with a shri...

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Apple’s self driving car testing expands to nearly...

Apple has dramatically increased the number of self driving vehicles it is testing, Bloomberg reports. The company first received approval from state officials last spring to test three self driving cars on the road, but new inquiries to the California DMW show Apple has since expanded its test fleet to 27 vehicles total.


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Pre-match 'PUBG' meet-ups won’t be nearly...

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is shaking things up. But why improve a formula that's already helped it nab 25 million PC players and over three million Xbox One players? Well, the problem lies with its pre-match meet-ups, which spawn players in the s...

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External GPU support shows signs of growth in...

Good news for those of you who already use or have been considering an external GPU for your Mac: Apple has enhanced support for eGPU setups in macOS 10.13.4 beta.

Ahead of Apple’s promise to bring better eGPU support to the Mac by spring 2018, the initial beta release for 10.13.4 brings several noticeable changes and enhancements to the fore. more…

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Researchers create 'true' 3D holograms by...

SciFi movies like Star Wars and Avatar depict holograms that you can see from any angle, but the reality is a lot less scintillating. So far, the only true color hologram we've seen come from a tiny, complicated display created by a Korean group led...

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Samsung confirms 'Galaxy S9' launch for...

Samsung will be revealing the 'Galaxy S9' on February 25, the South Korean electronics giant has confirmed, with the video posted to Twitter teasing a major change to the rear camera, one that leaks suggest could be the use of a variable aperture imaging sensor.

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Twitter may copy Snapchat to make video sharing...

Poor Snapchat. Everything it does gets copied by everyone from Facebook to Skype to Google and now Twitter seems to be on the Snapchat-aping bandwagon. Bloomberg reports that the company is working on a feature that will make it easier for users to p...

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Sonos responds to HomePod launch with $349 Sonos One...

Sonos is kicking off a new Sonos One bundle tomorrow that matches the HomePod price but includes two speakers. The promotion is timed with the launch of HomePod which goes on sale tomorrow and ships two weeks later.


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What do you think of the growing trend of gigs...

Former White Stripes frontman Jack White has become the latest artist to announce a ban on the use of phones at his gigs, saying that he wants fans to focus on enjoying the experience.

No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed.

We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.

The ban will be enforced by requiring audience members to lock their phones into a case …


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Apple will redesign iBooks for the first time in...

For the past few years, iBooks has been a bit of an afterthought for Apple. The app, which is available on iPhones, iPads and Macs, has a clunky interface and poor navigation for the ebook store. But now, Apple is putting books front and center with...

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HomePod can play purchased iTunes music, podcasts...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

Whilst HomePod works best with an Apple Music subscription, allowing users to ask Siri to play any of the 40 million tracks in the Apple Music catalog, it does not require a subscription to function. We have learned that the HomePod can play content purchased from iTunes, stream Beats 1, and listen to podcasts without needing a subscription.


Users can continue to buy albums from iTunes and expand their collection of purchased songs associated with their iTunes Store account, and ask Siri to play those on HomePod.


If you add music to your home iTunes library that was not acquired through a purchase, HomePod will not be able to access it. It appears HomePod doesn’t have Home Sharing, which would enable that kind of feature.

Judging from the huge HomePod interest on my Twitter feed, and from the volume of questions I’ve been getting on issues related to HomePod and Apple Music, I think HomePod has big...

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How to survive 75 hours alone in the ocean

Alex Hutchinson, Outside:

In February 2006, Robert Hewitt was scuba diving near Mana Island, off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Hewitt was an experienced navy diving instructor with 20 years in the service, and he told his dive buddy that he would swim back to shore himself. Instead, when he next surfaced, he had been pulled several hundred meters away by a strong current. The dive boat had moved on, and Hewitt was left alone, the tide pushing him farther and farther from shore.


The most pressing challenge facing Hewitt was the water temperature of 61 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 17 degrees Celsius), well below body temperature. According to physiological models, when water is 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), the median survival time is between 4.8 and 7.7 hours. Amazingly, Hewitt spent the next 75 hours in the water, drifting back and forth over a distance of nearly 40 miles.


In general, immersion in cold water...

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HomePod hands on account finds sound superior to...

A one-hour hands on period with the HomePod found sound quality beating out offerings from Google, Amazon, and Sonos, with security provisions preventing personal information from being read aloud by the HomePod when the primary user's main device isn't on the home network, preventing other users in the house from getting calendar items read or other personal notifications.

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Google gives users more control over the ads they see

Google announced today that it's rolling out a couple of new tools aimed at making online ads a little less irritating. Its Ad Settings and Mute This Ad features are both getting updates that let users have more control over what ads they do and don'...

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Theater subscription service MoviePass snaps up its...

MoviePass is wasting no time in making good on its plans to invest in films. The company behind the 'unlimited' theater subscription has snapped up crime caper American Animals for $3 million at Sundance. The move sees it share North American distrib...

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Facebook nabs exclusive streaming rights for pro...

If you're interested in professional surfing, there's no higher competition than the World Surf League (WSL). Hawaiian John John Florence is the current men's champion, while Australian Tyler Wright dominates the women's division. At the moment, you...

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iOS 11.3 to add support Advanced Mobile Location for...

In iOS 11.3, Apple is adopting support for Advanced Mobile Location, a much more accurate way for phones making emergency calls to report the location of the caller. The move should spur more governments to add support for AML to assist in responding to life-threatening emergencies.

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Apple's Getting Back Into the E-Books Fight...

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg: Apple is ready to take on in the digital book market again, years after regulators forced the iPhone maker to back down from an earlier effort to challenge the e-commerce giant's lead. Apple is working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book reading application for iPhones and iPads and has hired an executive from Amazon to help. The new app, due to be released in coming months, will include a simpler interface that better highlights books currently being read and a redesigned digital book store that looks more like the new App Store launched last year, according to people familiar with its development. The revamped app in testing includes a new section called Reading Now and a dedicated tab for audio books, the people said. Apple released an early version of its iOS 11.3 mobile operating system update to developers on Wednesday, providing a hint that the new e-books app is on the way. The app is now simply called "Books,"...

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MacBook Pro eGPUs gain full clamshell mode and hot-...

AppleInsider testing has shown significant improvement in eGPU implementation in Apple's new macOS 10.13.4 beta, boasting a dynamic clamshell mode working as expected regardless of monitor configuration, and a new menu on the desktop allowing users to disconnect from a connected enclosure without necessitating a logout.

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Further Apple patent application for 5G published...

A fourth Apple patent application for 5G technology has today been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office. 5G will be the next step up in mobile data, and could offer speeds more than ten times faster than today’s LTE/4G networks.

The patent application was published shortly after AT&T announced plans to be the first U.S. carrier to launch mobile 5G …


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Video: Hands-on with AirPlay 2 on iOS 11.3 &...

Andrew O’Hara, iDownloadBlog, jumped through the hoops necessary to test out the beta version of AirPlay 2 using multiple Apple TVs, each running their latest betas.

Watch the video embedded in the main Loop post. This is especially timely, given the fact that we’re just a few weeks away from our first public HomePods and the importance of AirPlay to the HomePod experience.

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It appears that there's a troubling line item in President Trump's proposed budget. According to The Verge reporter Loren Grush, the proposal ends funding for the International Space Station by 2025. It's important to note that the final budget won't...

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Apple’s iBooks to become “Books” in forthcoming...

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Apple is reportedly tweaking its e-book offering to better take on Amazon, the current leader of the digital book market. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple will release a revamped version of the iBooks app for iOS, which will be dubbed "Books," that will have an interface more like the iOS 11 App Store, a Reading Now tab, and a separate section for audiobooks. There's no official date for the debut of the new app, but it's reportedly slated to be released in the coming months.

Limited details are known about the app, which is in testing right now....

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Apple Watch, behavior modification, and cheating

Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge:

Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok, in meetings, at brunch.

I’ll admit it. I’ve cheated my Activities taskmaster. Mostly inadvertently by, say, forgetting to mark the end of a run, then noticing that I’ve been running for 3 hours!

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And yet, only about half of American adults were meeting the recommended physical activity standards as of 2016, the CDC has found.

Yup. One of the great benefits of Apple Watch and the rewards that come from filling those rings.

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Samsung, Apple extend their lead as top global...

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2017, representing 19.5% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner, Inc. The two tech giants together consumed $81.8 billion of semiconductors in 2017, an increase of more than $20 billion from 2016.

"Samsung Electronics and Apple not only retained their respective No. 1 and No. 2 positions, they also radically increased their share of semiconductor spending through 2017," says Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner "These two companies have held on to the top positions since 2011 and they continue to exert significant influence on technology and price trends for the whole semiconductor industry."

Eight of the top 10 companies in 2016 remained in the top 10 in 2017, with the top five chip buyers remaining in the same positions. LG Electronics returned to the top 10 and was joined by newcomer Western Digital,...

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Twitter's recent character limit extension means we're spending more time reading tweets, but now the site now wants us to spend less time looking at pictures. Or more specifically, less time looking for the important bit of a picture. Thanks to Twit...

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QuickerTek has announced 5TB and 12TB hard drive upgrades for the Apple AC AirPort Time Capsule — which provides only 2TB to 3TB of storage alone. By request, 6 9dBi high performance antennas can also be added to the unit for a boost in wireless power, effectively a three-fold increase in the range of the Time Capsule.

To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chassis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, either the 5TB or 12TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi, but it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects. 


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What’s new in iOS 11.3? Hands-on with new features...

This is one of those iOS betas that bring a bevy of new features. Take a few minutes to watch the video embedded in the main Loop post. Jeff Benjamin does an excellent job walking through all the new stuff.

Of special note is the discussion about Messages on iCloud, about 2:25 in.

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Apple files for a patent for ‘touch rejection’ on...

Touch sensitive devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch have become popular as input devices. However, occasionally a touch may have an unwanted outcome, so Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180024693) for “touch rejection.”

A touch sensitive device allows you to perform various functions by touching the touch sensor panel using a finger, stylus, or other object at a location often dictated by a user interface (UI) being displayed by the display device. In general, the touch sensitive device can recognize a touch event and the position of the touch event on the touch sensor panel, and the computing system can then interpret the touch event in accordance with the display appearing at the time of the touch event, and thereafter can perform one or more actions based on the touch event. 

As touch sensing technology continues to improve, touch sensitive devices are increasingly being used in environments where the orientation of a user's hand or other...

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Tim Cook: Coding Languages Were 'Too Geeky...

theodp writes: Speaking to a class of Grade 7 students taking coding lessons at the Apple Store in Eaton Centre, the Toronto Star reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook told the kids that most students would shun programming because coding languages were 'too geeky' until Apple introduced Swift. "Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, 'that's not for me,'" Cook said as the preteens participated in an Apple-designed 'Everyone Can Code' workshop. "That's not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use."


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Apple Previews iOS 11.3 Changes, Due Later This Year

What do ARKit, animoji, health records, battery information, and a European emergency location service have in common? Apple is promoting all of them as features in the upcoming iOS 11.3, promised “this spring.”


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EENA praises Apple for the upcoming AML...

Apple has announced that iOS 11.3, coming  this spring, will support Advanced Mobile Location (AML). This technology is used when an emergency call is being placed to send accurate location data of the caller in distress directly to the emergency services.

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has congratulated Apple for “this great achievement that will make people safer and save lives. In the countries where AML is already operational on smartphones, many lives have been saved thanks to this technology. The upcoming iOS update is therefore a major improvement in the daily work of emergency and rescue services, adds the organization behind AML.

When a person in distress calls the emergency services with a smartphone where AML is enabled, the telephone automatically activates its location service to establish its position and sends this information to the emergency services via an SMS. The services uses either...

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HomePod, the iPod for your home

Consider Apple's release of a new music-oriented device priced higher than its perceived competitors--which have already established an enthusiastic audience base over the past few years. How can it possibly survive in such a difficult position? The answer was: by being better in key ways that matter to users. iPod went on to become a legendary franchise in personal audio. Now Apple is doing the same thing again in home audio with HomePod.

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Apple is reportedly working on a revamped ebook app...

Apple is working on a new ebook reader for iPhones and iPads take on Amazon in the digital book market again, reports Bloomberg.

The tech giant is purportedly working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book reading app for iOS devices, will rename it “Books” rather than “iBooks” and has hired an executive from Amazon to help.

Bloomberg says the new app will include a simpler interface that better highlights books currently being read and a redesigned digital book store that looks more like the new App Store launched last year. It will also add a section called Reading Now and a dedicated tab for audio books, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with its development.”

Bloomberg says Apple has hired Kashif Zafar, a senior vice president from Audible, Amazon’s audio books business...

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Google teasing I/O 2018 with series of encrypted...

Google has a long history of using puzzles to tease and communicate. Their latest puzzle sequence tells you about this years Google I/O conference.

It all started with this tweet:

Plans are coming along for

— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 24, 2018

If you are interested in solving this, start by deciphering the image in the tweet above. If you get stuck, or just want to read through the sequence of solve steps, follow the headline link to a sequence of clues.


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Apple’s first store in South Korea opens Saturday

Apple Garosugil, the company’s first store in South Korea, will open in Seoul on Saturday at 10 a.m. South of the Han River, in the heart of the Gangnam area, the store’s 25-foot glass facade invites visitors in from the tree-lined street, where interior trees mirror those outside, blurring the lines between the street and store. It also sports a dynamic 6K video wall.

“We’re thrilled to open a new home for our customers in the vibrant city of Seoul and we look forward to continuing to grow in Korea,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a press announcement. “Our stores are gathering places for the community where everyone is welcome to connect, learn and create.”

Located in the heart of the Gangnam area, Apple Garosugil’s 25-foot glass facade blurs the lines between the street and store. — Photo courtesy of Apple

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Spike in job openings at Apple hints at renewed...

Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider:

According to statistics accumulated by Thinknum, a new data-driven web publication that tracks Apple job openings, among a slew of other publicly available metrics, the number of new positions for designers at the Cupertino tech giant has been climbing steadily since October.

Follow the headline link, check out the graph. That is an impressive spike, year over (not quite) year. I wonder if this is indicative of a new product in the works, or purely replenishing the talent pool.

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Twitter aiming to make video sharing more Snapchat-...

Twitter is reportedly working on a new camera-centered app designed to make it faster and easier to share video on the platform.

The app is said to be inspired by Snapchat, an app CEO Jack Dorsey has previously praised …


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Apple working on new Books e-reader application,...

Apple appears poised to refresh its iPhone and iPad e-reader app, Books, after years of few changes.

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