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Tuesday October 3

14:36
External Link: Philips Adds HomeKit Support to Hue...

In iOS 11, Apple allows device manufacturers to retroactively add HomeKit support to existing home automation devices that rely natively on other standards. Philips is taking advantage of that change and has added HomeKit support to the Hue Smart Tap Switch, Hue Smart Dimmer Switch, and Hue Smart Motion Sensor. HomeKit support does require a second-generation Hue Smart Bridge, but all three of those devices need the Hue Smart Bridge to operate anyway. In theory, you should be able to use these Hue switches and sensors to trigger any other HomeKit device.

 

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14:27
Yahoo now says all 3 billion user accounts were...

Yahoo today has disclosed that the 2013 hack initially thought to have affected 1 billion accounts actually affected all 3 billion of its user accounts. The company made the announcement in a filling with the SEC…

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14:12
Apple employees begin testing Apple Pay Cash in iOS...




Apple employees are reportedly testing Apple Pay Cash, the company's take on peer-to-peer payments, as part of an internal evaluation of the service ahead of an anticipated release later this fall.

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13:59
Apple employees testing Apple Pay Cash internally w...

Apple Pay Cash was announced back at WWDC over the summer, but the feature wasn’t included when iOS 11 launch to the public last month. Apple has been relatively vague on when the new person-to-person payment platform will launch, but the company is seemingly ramping up internal testing…

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13:49
LIFX intros Beam accent lighting compatible with...




LIFX on Tuesday announced the Beam Kit, a new HomeKit-ready lighting package that adds multicolored accents to walls.

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13:44
Ikea adds color changing bulb to Tradfri home...




Ikea has made a color-changing light bulb in its Tradfri line more commonly available, potentially giving home automation-minded users a less expensive way to go beyond simple illumination.

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13:24
Apple Maps vehicles to start touring Scotland &...




Apple Maps vehicles will begin collecting street-level data in Scotland and Wales for the first time later in October, according to an updated schedule.

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13:00
Former Intel CEO Paul Otellini Dies At 66

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: Paul Otellini, Intel's previous CEO, died in his sleep on Monday, the company announced this morning. He was 66. Otellini served as Intel's fifth chief executive from 2005 through 2013, and leaves behind a legacy of the company's dominance in x86 processors. Notably, he also worked with Apple as it moved away from PowerPC chips and adopted Intel's wares. After retiring in 2013, Otellini revealed one major regret during his tenure: not working hard enough to get Intel's chips in the iPhone. Consequently, Intel mostly missed on the smartphone revolution.

Otellini joined Intel in 1974 and served various roles throughout his career, including chief operating officer from 2003 to 2005. He would go on to spend almost 40 years at the company. He was an intriguing choice as CEO, since he was the company's first non-engineer to hold that role.

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12:59
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ties iPhone 8 Plus in DxOMark...

On its release date, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus took the the top spot in DxOMark’s rankings for best smartphone camera. Now, the results are in for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus has to share its short-lived title.

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12:52
Why are Apple’s chips faster than Qualcomm’s?

Really interesting (and really geeky) analysis.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:29
Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo...




In its push into the virtual and augmented reality market, which the company has branded as "mixed reality," Microsoft is leveraging its army of hardware partners, many of whom are releasing new virtual reality headsets over the next few weeks.

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12:23
Winner of the iPhone 8 giveaway announced [Pat Y.]




AppleInsider would like to congratulate Pat Y., winner of our latest giveaway. Pat will receive an unlocked 64GB iPhone 8 in Space Gray and a Presidio Ultra case courtesy of Speck.

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12:09
Laurene Powell Jobs buys 20% stake in company that...




Billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, who is still a significant stakeholder in both Apple and Disney, will enter into the professional sports business, taking a 20 percent share of the company that owns Washington D.C.'s Wizards basketball team and Capitals hockey team.

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11:46
LIFX unveils new Beam accent lighting system with...

Just a few days after unveiling its modular Tile lighting panels, LIFX today has unveiled its latest connected lighting system. Dubbed the LIFX Beam, these lights can be arranged in a variety of different shapes on your wall with support for over 16 million colors and integration with your iPhone and HomeKit.

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10:55
Chalk is the AR app I’ve been waiting for

This is one of those apps that really show off the upside of AR. I would have loved to have something like this when I did tech support.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:52
Teachable Machine: An A.I. experiment

Teach a machine using your camera, live in the browser. No coding required.

A new experiment done with Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:48
iOS 11.0.2 is out, fixes some lingering bugs

Apple has just released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone and iPads. As noted in the update notes seen below, the update:

  • Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue that could cause some photos to become hidden
  • Fixes an issue where attachments in S/MIME encrypted emails would not open

Personally, I'm hoping it resolves the issue I keep having with using Personal Hotspot...

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10:47
One chef’s ingenious solution to phones at the table

I like this idea rather than the mentioned bans or discounts. It also reminds me of the joke: “Want me to put my iPhone down? Be more interesting than my iPhone…”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:47
The New Yorker: An appreciation of Tom Petty

You’ll be missed, Tom.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:44
∞ Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 fixing static issues...

Apple on Tuesday released an update to iOS 11, bring ing the current version to iOS 11.0.2. The latest version fixes an issue where some users reported hearing crackling noises during calls, and it also fixed a problem that caused some photos to be hidden.

You can update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your device.

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10:43
How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra installer...

I’ll be installing macOS High Sierra on Thursday and after I back everything up and ensuring I have a good bootable backup drive, I’ll do is this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:39
Walmart accidentally leaks Google Home Mini ahead of...




Thought it pulled a product page within a matter of minutes, Walmart on Tuesday briefly offered preorders for the Home Mini, a new smartspeaker expected to be officially revealed in a Wednesday Google announcement.

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10:30
Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update that fixes static...

iOS 11 is barely two weeks old, and it’s already received its second update. Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.0.2, one that you’ll want to install if you’re a frequent user of FaceTime or often make phone calls.

iOS 11.0.2, according to the release notes, “Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.” The update also fixes a problem that causes photos to be hidden, and fixes an issue with S/MIME encrypted emails, where attachments would not open.

Before installing the update, back up your iPhone. The update won’t install unless you have a Wi-Fi connection. When that’s done, you can install the update by tapping the Settings app and then General > Software Update. Then tap the Download and Install link at the bottom of the release notes. (For some reason, Download and Install was dimmed for me, which meant I wasn’t able to activate the installation even though I was connected to Wi-Fi. I had to...

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10:29
Chamberlain’s MyQ Smart Garage Hub brings HomeKit to...

Chamberlain today has released its second HomeKit compatible product, MyQ Smart Garage Hub. After releasing its MyQ Home Bridge product that brings HomeKit support for existing MyQ setups last month, the Smart Garage Hub is billed as a universal smartphone garage controller that brings smarts to most garage door openers.

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10:12
YouTube app update brings iMessage sharing and...

The YouTube app (free) for iOS was updated this morning with a new iMessage app that lets users share video and watch those videos inline without having to exit the Messages app. 

When in the Messages app, users can tap the YouTube iMessage app to view a list of recently watched videos or tap the "Search YouTube" field to look for a specific video topic. Tapping on the video thumbnail places it right into the Message stream where it's possible to add a comment or just hit the Send button.

The Message recipient just needs to tap the app to start watching the video right in Messages. There's also an "Open App" link if the user would like to view the video in the YouTube app (see image below).

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10:09
Apple continues weekly update cycle with iOS 11.0.2...




Two weeks since the original release, and one week after the last minor update, Apple has released iOS 11.0.2 with rectification of crackling sounds during calls on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and other assorted fixes.

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09:58
Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod...

Apple has just released iOS 11.0.2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This marks the second bug fix update since iOS 11 launched in September. The build number is 15A421.

It looks to be another round of bug fixes and performance improvements, we’ll update if we see anything new.

more…

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09:57
Best Buy is selling a 4TB external hard drive for $70

Two weeks ago, we spied a pretty decent deal for a $60 2TB WD external hard drive. If you don't need to travel with a storage drive, however, today's deal is even better. Best Buy is offering a Seagate 4TB desktop external hard drive for $70—that's about $30 cheaper than you'll find elsewhere.

It's not clear how long this deal will last, so if you're interested, buy one sooner rather than later.

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09:36
∞ Metallica: A look at the live guitar rigs

This is a fascinating look at how the guitar rigs are set up. I was surprised to see that they are not using Tube amps anymore.

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09:31
Twelve South CaddySack: Dealing with dongles without...

Accessory designer Twelve South always steps up to the plate when there’s an Apple-related problem to be solved. In the case of the new CaddySack ($49.99), the problem solved is what to do with all of those cables and adapters that are a necessity with the USB-C MacBook and MacBook Pro. 

Design

As part of the iconic BookBook family, the CaddySack looks like a leather-bound book. The leather exterior is a deep chocolate color, embossed on the spine with decorative touches and gold-leaf (probably faux…) highlights. Like the other BookBook accessories, the CaddySack is classy and well-made.

Open the zipper that closes the case with the leather zipper pull, and the interior is just as nice. A black and gray herringbone material lines the interior, while bright red elastic bands expand to keep everything tightly in place during transit. There’s...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $170 off...

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

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09:26
Thyng iPhone app update allows application of user...




Augmented reality developer team Thyng has released version 4.0 of its creation software, allowing users to cover any surface on an iPhone or iPad's screen with their own video and video content.

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09:04
iOS 11.0.2 Fixes iPhone 8 Crackling

Apple has released another update to iOS 11, this time to fix crackling issues during phone calls on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

 

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08:43
macOS market share up, iOS down (slightly) in...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for macOS rose while iOS dipped (slightly)  last month. 

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.35% of the global market share in August, up from from 5.94% percent in July (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 90.61%.

iOS had 32.34% in September. This compares to 65.53% for Android, 0.87% for Windows Phone, and 0.49% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

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

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08:41
Deals: LG 43" 4K monitor for $649 ($350 off);...




B&H Photo is taking $350 off LG's 4K display (43MU79-B) today only, bringing the price down to $649.95 with no tax outside NY and NJ. Apple authorized resellers are also discounting 2017 iMacs by $100, and Amazon sellers have iPhone 8 devices in stock with no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the Amazon.com Store Card.

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08:29
YouTube update allows shared video playback on...




An update on Tuesday morning to the YouTube app brings video sharing and inline viewing to iMessage without recipients needing to leave the application.

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08:29
Instagram Stories receives new ‘interactive poll...

Instagram today has rolled out a new feature that allows users to add polls to stories along with a new text/brush color picker and alignment tool.

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08:14
Waymo may launch autonomous ridehailing service as...




Alphabet's Waymo -- formerly the self-driving car division within Google -- is reportedly preparing to launch a commercial autonomous ridehailing service as soon as this fall, possibly even later this month.

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08:09
Tim Cook rises to #3 on Vanity Fair’s New...

Vanity Fair has released an updated version of its New Establishment rankings and as is usually the case, a couple of Apple executives have made the list. CEO Tim Cook has moved up to the third spot this year, while Eddy Cue has fallen to number 73….

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07:08
Apple's investment in micro LED predicted to...




Apple's moves in the space, plus supply chain reports both suggest that the upcoming micro LED display technology is an obvious choice for a future Apple Watch -- with recent production equipment breakthroughs suggesting that Apple's purchase of LuxVue in 2014 will bear fruit sooner rather than later.

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07:00
Inside Hong Kong’s Wanchai computer market, where...

China’s Shenzhen market is famous for the unofficial iPhone repairs and upgrades available from the many stalls there. Hong Kong’s Wanchai electronics market may be smaller, but in the five floors of tightly-packed stalls, you can’t turn around without bumping into an iPhone repair service.

The market sells everything from phone cases through cheap-and-nasty Windows laptops to expensive drones and high-end cameras. But there’s one thing that really stands out, and that’s the ubiquitous and entirely unofficial presence of everything Apple …

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06:39
Philips expands Hue's HomeKit support,...




Philips on Tuesday updated the Hue iOS app and firmware with retroactive Apple HomeKit support for its Tap, Dimmer Switch, and Motion Sensor accessories. Chamberlain meanwhile upgraded its MyQ Smart Garage Hub, which supports HomeKit when paired with the MyQ Home Bridge.

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06:32
App-connected smart planter waters your plants,...

If you like the idea of growing your own food but know nothing about gardening, a new startup thinks it has just the thing you need.

Grow Duo calls itself the world’s first intelligent planter. The companion app shows you how to plant your seeds, the planter takes care of the watering and the app lets you know when it needs your help – either for pruning, or for harvesting your crop …

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06:08
Favorite FTP is a new FTP client for the Mac

Favorite FTP is a new FTP client for macOS that automatically scans local and remote folders and synchronizes them.

Upon completion, the user receives an e-mail message. Only files that require synchronization are copied. Bi-directional sync is also supported. The app uploads and downloads files in multiple simultaneous threads. 

Favorite FTP requires macOS 10.7 or higher and costs $19.95. A demo is available for download.

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05:59
Font Manager Deluxe is a new font installer/...

128bit Technologies has introduced Font Manager Deluxe, a font installer and previewer for macOS 10.11 and newer. 

The app allows you to preview fonts in a grid or custom view, add and remove font collections, install and uninstall with a simple click, save your favorites, and download the current Google Fonts collection to add to the app. It also includes four new commercial use OpenType font families. For a limited time you can download Font Manager Deluxe for $10, a savings of 50%. 

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05:53
Today’s update to iOS YouTube app adds iMessage...

The latest update to YouTube’s iOS app allows videos to be instantly shared in iMessage.

Sharing videos is quick and easy, and videos received via Messages can be viewed by the recipient without exiting the chat app …

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05:32
Apple is granted a patent for a 3D printing system

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,776,364) for a 3D printing system that that includes a 3D printer — and 3D glasses should Apple ever enter that market.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that manufacturing based 3D printing is a promising and emerging technology for printing and creating a 3D or 2D real (i.e. physical and tangible) object of any shape. It involves making a 3D solid object of virtually any shape from a virtual model. 

3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. For example, to perform a print, the 3D printer reads the design from a file and lays down successive layers of liquid, powder, paper or sheet material to build the model from a series of cross sections. These layers, which correspond to the virtual cross sections from the virtual model, are joined or automatically fused to create the final shape. The primary advantage of this technique is its ability to...

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05:22
Ikea now offering HomeKit-compatible color...

Ikea first announced it would be adding HomeKit compatibility to its smartbulbs back in May, finally pushing an update in August that added support. The first set of TRADFRI bulbs were white only – though offering a range of color temperatures – and it has now added the promised color versions …

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05:15
Apple to hold Q4 2017 earnings call on November 2nd

Apple’s next financial earnings report is slated for November 2nd.

The company announced that it will hold its Q4 2017 earnings call on November 2nd with a call following shortly thereafter at 2PM PT/5PM ET.

Apple reported revenue of $45.5 billion last quarter on sales of 41 million iPhones, 11.4 million iPads, and 4.29 million Macs. The Q4 2017 earnings release will offer a first look at iPhone 8 sales and will see Apple share guidance for the holiday season. That guidance should be notable with the looming iPhone X release and the supply issues that plague it.

The following guidance has been offered for Apple’s Q4 2017 earnings:

– Revenue between $49 billion and $52 billion
– Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent
– Operating expenses between $6.7 billion and $6.8 billion
– Other income/(expense) of $500 million
– Tax rate of 25.5 percent

Apple will stream the event via its investor relations web site and will...

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05:00
Apple acquires French software firm Regaind, could...

Apple has acquired yet another company that might prove fruitful for image and facial analysis in the future.

The company has acquired Regaind, a small French artificial intelligence startup focused on photo and facial analysis.

As usual, Apple offered the following comment regarding the transaction:

Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.

Per its website, Regaind has developed a computer vision API that can extract “game-changing insights” from images.

The company has offered the following description of its tools:

We help businesses and developers deal with massive flows of images by using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence to analyze and sort them. Your problem is often not reduced to finding a photo of a “sailboat” or of a “lion”: it’s also about finding the right one for your specific use, among many others. Regaind enables you to understand the content...

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04:34
Spot the difference: WhatsApp creates its own emoji...

After long using Apple’s emoji set on both iOS and Android, WhatsApp has now created its own. That decision might make some kind of sense if it had decided to do something radically different, but instead it appears to have just created a close copy of Apple’s own designs.

You can see some direct comparisons above …

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04:30
How to use the Low Power Mode in iOS 11

With iOS 11, you can implement a Low Power Mode for your iPhone and add its icon to the Control Center. Here’s how:

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap Control Center.
  • Select Customize Controls.
  • Find Low Power Mode and tap the green “+.” This will add the Low Power Mode icon to your Control Center.
  • Exit Settings, and swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. The Low Power Mode icon looks like a tiny battery.

When Low Power Mode is on, your iPhone will last longer before you need to charge it, but some features might take longer to update or complete. Also, some tasks might not work until you turn off Low Power Mode, or until you charge your iPhone to 80% or higher.

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04:00
MLB piloted first ever NFC tickets in Apple Wallet;...

We learned back in June that iOS 11 would for the first time allow third-party developers to access the NFC chip for their own apps, for the first time extending its use beyond store reward and gift cards through Apple Pay.

Major League Baseball says that it has been trialling the first ever NFC tickets in Apple Wallet. A trial by Oakland Athletics lasted for six games, and was evidently deemed a success as 23 MLB teams will be using the technology next year …

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04:00
The Grow connected planter is the ultimate no-fuss...

Horticulturalists looking to go high-tech will find no shortage of smart sensors to stick in their soil, sending data to their phones on particulars like water level, temperature and soil pH. However, even systems that hold your hand as much as possi...

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04:00
Tune-Instructor for macOS helps you take control of...

Tibor Andre's Tune-Instructor provides handy workflow options for organizing iTunes files, plus playback controls on your Mac. With the software, users can organize their song libraries, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish. 

The menu bar controller launches an optional Track Info window, which can display song information and scrolling lyrics. Hovering over the menu bar expands the interactive info window and disappears when you move the mouse.

The app allows custom editing of ID3-Tags, which contains all the metadata of iTunes MP3 files. Users can organize their song libraries, titles, lyrics, artwork, files, and folders however they wish.

The menu bar controller is located on the upper menu bar of a Mac and allows users easy access to music selection, navigation, and playback controls. Users can hover over the playback controls to pop-up song details, artwork, rating options, and free jumping inside a playback to a specific part of a song....

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03:35
Philips Hue retroactively adds HomeKit features to ...

Philips is retroactively adding HomeKit support and features to several existing Hue accessories through the latest software update. Hue tap, dimmer switch, and motion sensor all gain compatibility with Apple’s Home app and automation features when used with the...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 2, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Dejal has announced Time Out 2.3, an update to their break reminder app for macOS. 

Using a computer for hours on end can lead to eye, back, and neck strain. Time Out 2 offers users reminders to take breaks, allowing them to stretch and relax. Version 2.3 adds the ability to show the number of times each break has been postponed, skipped, and/or done today, and can set daily limits on postponing and skipping. There's also a mini-pie-chart option, and High Sierra compatibility.

Time Out 2.3 requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s free and available at the Mac App Store.

Zevrix Solutions has...

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03:00
The Morning After: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

This Tuesday morning, PlayStation's boss steps down, Roku makes a 4K streaming stick and Google Street View offers one artist relief from anxiety.

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02:01
Snapchat’s next AR trick is giant art installations

Snap is bringing a touch of art world glitz to Snapchat. Keen observers will have noticed a newly launched countdown on its art.snapchat.com URL. Well, the internet has already cracked its code. And no, you're not about to get a Snapchat drone (at le...

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00:29
Scientists test VR system to control robots from...

Folks have made telerobotics -- aka, operating robots from afar -- work, but solutions are expensive. Similar to how the US Navy just opted to ditch its expensive joysticks for Xbox controllers, researchers are thinking about consumer-tested solution...

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Monday October 2

23:27
MLB testing iPhone, Apple Watch NFC technology for...




Major League Baseball on Monday announced the Oakland Athletics recently trialled a contactless ticketing system that relies on Apple NFC assets to let customers enter the stadium with the tap of an iPhone or Apple Watch.

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23:01
Google gives Insta360 Pro the Street View stamp of...

You no longer need a Trekker if you want to help capture Street View experiences. Google has certified the Insta360 Pro as the first "Street View auto ready" camera, allowing anybody who owns one to contribute 360-degree images to Google's immersive...

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21:48
PlayStation boss Andrew House will leave Sony at the...

In 2011 Andrew House took over a troubled PlayStation brand from Kaz Hirai and has since restored its place as a leader in the gaming industry. Now, Sony has announced he's stepping down from his post as president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertai...

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20:36
WhatsApp's new universal emoji set looks very...

A few months ago, WhatsApp announced that a billion users send messages on it daily -- which is apparently the right time to introduce its own line of emojis. If you're an iOS user, you might find them familiar, as the messenger's set looks very simi...

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20:22
Comparing iPhone 8 charging speeds with fast charge...




With the launch of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple introduced its smartphone user base to fast charge technology capable of delivering an up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the technology and how it compares to traditional -- and wireless -- charging methods in this video.

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19:21
What's on TV: 'WNBA Finals,' '...

Just as the NBA preseason gets rolling, the WNBA finals will conclude with a game five winner-take-all match between the LA Sparks and Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday night. MLB playoffs are also just getting started, but in between games you may want to...

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18:10
Nike+ Run Club app updated with new Apple Watch Nike...




In preparation of this week's release of the Nike+ version of Apple Watch Series 3, Nike on Monday updated its Nike+ Run Club app with a new Audio Guided Runs feature, a social networking function called Cheers and other features highlighted during the device's unveiling last month.

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17:55
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will serve a second term...

If you were hoping that the Senate would have second thoughts about FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's tenure given widespread objections to his policies, you're about to be disappointed. Senators voted to confirm Pai for a second term, giving him another 5 ye...

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17:34
Facebook: 10 million people saw Russian political ads

Approximately 10 million people saw the ads a Russia-based organization bought on Facebook to sow political discord in the US. That's one of the things the social network has revealed in a post talking about the 3,000 Russia-linked advertisements it...

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17:16
Equifax will warn 2.5 million additional hacking...

The hack that compromised Equifax was bad enough, but its response only seemed to make things worse. Even the website that verified the potential threat to your data left many people wondering. Equifax wants to remove any doubt, though. In the wake o...

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16:35
Microsoft teases major Office for Mac updates,...




Microsoft on Monday issued a number of so-called "Insider Fast" builds of Office 2016 for Mac to Office Insider beta testers, teasing a slate of upcoming features that should roll out to consumers in the coming weeks.

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16:32
Nike+ Run Club adds Audio Guided Runs, elevation...

Nike today has unveiled a major update to the Nike+ Run Club app for iPhone and Apple Watch. The update, highlighted during Apple’s September keynote, brings new features such as Audio Guided Runs, Activity History, and much more.

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16:21
Ford creates 'Team Edison' to speed up EV...

There's little doubt at this point that electric cars are the future, but how do you get to that future as quickly as possible? To Ford, it's a matter of finding the right friends. In a Reuters interview, Ford's Sherif Marakby says the company has...

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15:40
Toys 'R' Us hopes AR will bring you back...

Let's say you're Toys 'R' Us: you've just declared bankruptcy, and you're looking for something, anything that might convince customers to visit your stores instead of buying all their toys through Amazon. What would you do? If you ask Toys 'R' Us,...

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15:36
Snapchat mistakenly announces new program that will...

Snapchat today mistakingly announced a new partnership with famous artist Jeff Koons that will see the artist’s work come to Snapchat as 3D objects. Snapchat attempted to build hype for the announcement via a new webpage, but those plans were quickly foiled by Business Insider.

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15:15
'Nioh' will bring 4K graphics and...

Developer Team Ninja's comeback story Nioh will make its way from PlayStation 4 to PC next month. It'll take the form of Nioh: The Complete Edition and feature the punishing game's trio of add-on packs, a "stable" 60FPS frame rate, or, what Tecmo cal...

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15:13
∞ Tom Petty performing at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So good.

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15:11
AWT News Update: October 2, 2017

Another month has passed, and we're now in October! We have a new sponsor for this month and a handful of interesting news bits for your listening pleasure:

  • Like iMessage? Try two new products from It's About Time Products made especially for your messaging pleasure -- Color Text Bubbles and WordSwipe. Find out more here!
  • Apple will announce the fourth quarter 2017 fiscal year results on November 2, 2017
  • LG has released a new version of its Mac utility for the UltraFine 4K and 5K displays
  • DJI is providing an update to its apps to prevent drones from connecting to the internet and sharing location data to servers
  • Safeway has announced that it's rolling out Apple Pay 

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15:00
What we're listening to: Rayana Jay, '...

Welcome back to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers play, use, watch and listen to. This week we're focusing on music and podcasts, from Broadway to the Destiny soundtrack, via some black metal. First up, Senior News Editor...

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14:53
Facebook's data-saving Messenger Lite is...

Facebook Messenger has gotten to be a bloated mess. Whether it's suggested text replies and stickers or it pestering you to send money seemingly whenever it notices a dollar sign, sometimes all you want to do is chat with a friend via text. Nothing m...

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14:47
Do you plan on purchasing the 64GB or 256GB iPhone X...

The iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive iPhone to date, starting at $999 for the 64GB variant. For the top-of-the-line 256GB model, however that price rockets to $1149. That’s certainly a lot of money for a smartphone, but new research from RBC Capital Markets says that some 57 percent of buyers are interested in the high-end variant.

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14:45
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Interarchy 10.0.7, iFinance 4.3.1, FileMaker Pro 16.0.2, VMware Fusion 10.0.1, BusyCal 3.2.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.2, Piezo 1.5.5, Hazel 4.2, iStat Menus 6.0, Mellel 4.0.1, iBooks Author 2.6, Banktivity 6.2, ScreenFlow 7.1, OmniFocus 2.11, Yojimbo 4.1.1, Airfoil 5.6.4, ChronoSync 4.8.1, macOS Server 5.4, iMovie 10.1.7, and OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.2.

 

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14:45
ExtraBITS for 2 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Twitter has seemingly dropped its Apple Watch app, the FCC wants Apple to enable radio chips that don’t exist, Apple explains Face ID security details, Twitter is experimenting with doubling its character limit, Siri goes back to using Google searches, and it turns out that you can pair a cellular-capable Apple Watch Series 3 with an Android phone, though doing so is a bad idea.

 

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14:32
Apple to report Q4 2017 earnings on Nov. 2, first...




Apple on Monday announced it will reveal quarterly earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2017 on on Nov. 2, with the forthcoming expected to include a slight boost from iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales.

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14:30
After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get...

The worst mass shooting in modern US history took place last night in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than than 515 others, according to the latest reports. Not long after the unfortunate event, Facebook and Googl...

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14:28
Tim Cook is third on Vanity’s Fair’s 2017 ‘New...

Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the third spot on Vanity Fair’s 2017 “New Establishment” list, a ranking of “of tech savants, moguls, financiers, and entertainers, among others." That’s up from 11th in 2016. Ahead of him on the list are Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (second place) and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Here’s what Vanity Fair has to say about Cook: “CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT: 

With a market cap north of $800 billion, Apple is on track to be a trillion-dollar company.

“RARE DISPLAY OF MORTALITY: As consumers reject the new MacBook Pro and Apple arrives late to the game with HomePod, an Echo wannabe, the company is clinging to the iPhone for more than half of its revenue—an inauspicious strategy, since phone sales are predicted to decline.

“MORTIFYING TRUMP MOMENT: Cook showed up at Trump Tower in December to kiss the ring, then went to the White House in June to try to...

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14:15
Ireland faces EU rebuke for not yet collecting Apple...

Ireland faces a rebuke from European Union authorities for failing to collect a year-old tax bill of as much as 15 billion euros (about US$17.6 billion) from Apple, reports Bloomberg.

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency,  may issue a “non-compliance action as soon as this week,” the article adds, quoting an unnamed “person with knowledge of the matter.” The EU has pushed Ireland to collect the money, which was initially due by Jan. 3.

The EU claims that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from taxation. At 12.5%,...

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14:11
Microsoft gives up on Groove Music, switches...

Microsoft still isn't having much luck competing in the digital music realm. The software behemoth has announced that it's axing its Groove Music services (streaming, purchases and re-downloads) after December 31st, 2017. And unlike in the past, th...

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13:59
Apple announces Q4 2017 earnings release for...

Apple today has scheduled its Q4 2017 earnings call as noted on its Investor Relations webpage. Apple will release its Q4 earnings on November 2nd with a call following shortly thereafter at 2PM PT/5PM ET.

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13:56
Feature Request: Apple should color match all...

Apple has made white accessories a signature design since the white earbuds dangled from the white iPod in 2001. The company even made a whole ad campaign out of the instantly recognizable white cord.

Since then, its cables, adapters, and other accessories have generally followed that trend. With the darker space gray color available as a default on iPhones, iPads, and even MacBooks nowadays, the standard white accessories have started to look cheap and tacky and not iconic for many customers.

Apple currently offers very few accessories in black, leaving that to third-party vendors (or as premium exclusives with the upcoming iMac Pro). I believe black should be standard.

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13:56
Ireland could face fine for dragging heels on back...




The European Commission is set to penalize Ireland with a "non-compliance action" for failing to collect up to $17.6 billion in back taxes from Apple, owed after the Commission found the Irish government brokered unfair deals that constituted illegal state aid.

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13:21
Tom Petty dead at 66

Tom Petty, the rocker best known as the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, is dead at 66, CBS News has confirmed.

Much respect, Tom.

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12:48
Google rumored to be working on 'Made for...




Google is allegedly creating a "Made for Google" certification system resembling Apple's "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" program, known as MFi for short.

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12:41
Isn’t it about time for more fun with iMessages?...

Indie developers are the lifeblood of the Apple app ecosystem, and one of our favorite indie companies is It’s About Time Products. The company markets a large variety of iOS, watchOS, and macOS apps that cover the gamut from photography and productivity apps and utilities for Mac to fun iMessage apps. The latter category includes Color Text Bubbles on iMessage (free with in-app purchase), an iMessage app that can turn your texts from boring to WOW and Word Swipe (free with in-app purchase), a fun iMessage word game that you can play with friends. We’re happy to say that It’s About Time Products is our sponsor for the upcoming five weeks, and today our focus in on Color Text Bubbles and Word Swipe!

Color Text Bubbles

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12:23
Carbon Copy Cloner 5: The best backup utility for...

Thanks to Bombich Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 5, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for macOS. The upgrade features scheduled task grouping and sorting, guided setup and restore, task history trend charts, a health check for backups, advanced file filtering, and includes hundreds of improvements and fixes.

Carbon Copy Cloner 5 requires macOS 10.10 or later and will be compatible with APFS and Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra release this autumn. A full-featured thirty day trial version is available.

Carbon Copy Cloner is an app that I’ve used for years, in fact, since it was first released. The new version goes a long way to make the software easier to use, while still adding more advanced features.

You can get 15% off Carbon Copy Cloner until September 3 by using the code LOOPINSIGHT at checkout.

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12:03
Ireland may receive non-compliance fine as a part of...

In the latest update on the investigation of Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland and the subsequent EU fine of €13-15 billion, Ireland could soon also be slapped with its own fine.

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11:50
High Sierra's Disk Utility Does Not Recognize...

macOS 10.13's Disk Utility 17.0 (1626) does not recognize raw drives, reads a blog post, shared by several readers. From the post: Diskutil does recognize the drive. We'll use it to perform a quick, cursory format (e.g., diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ NewDisk GPT disk0) to make the disk appear in Disk Utility, where further modifications can more easily be made. Plugging in an unformatted external drive produces the usual alert, "The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer. Initialize... | Ignore | Eject", but clicking Initialize just opens Disk Utility without the disk appearing. There's an option in Disk Utility to view "all devices," but clicking that doesn't show raw disks, the blog post adds.


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11:33
New version of LG Display Manager available for...




LG has released a new version of its utility for owners of the company's UltraFine displays for High Sierra, bringing improvements to USB connectivity, the built-in web camera, and the integrated speakers.

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11:20
Interarchy 10.0.7

Adds compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and now requires 10.10 Yosemite or later. ($64 new, free update, 5.7 MB)

 

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11:10
Ask Slashdot: Why Would Anyone Want To Spend $1,000...

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the $1,000 sticker price for the base model of iPhone X, the latest flagship smartphone from the company which goes on sale next month, is "a value price for the technology that you're getting." An anonymous reader writes: I simply don't understand why anyone would want to spend such amount on a phone. Don't get me wrong. Having a smartphone is crucial in this day and age. I get it. But even a $200 phone, untethered from any carrier contract, will let you install the apps you need, will allow you to take good pictures, surf the web, and listen to music. That handset might not be as fast as the iPhone X or Samsung's new Galaxy Note 8, or it might not be able to take as great pictures, but the difference, I feel, doesn't warrant an additional $800. The reader shares a column: When considering a purchase, comparing the value a product will add to our lives, and its cost is wise. Subjective perceptions affect how we value possessions, but let's...

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