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Sunday March 12

09:30
The best dehumidifier

By Kevin Purdy

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

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08:38
Catch the highlights of Senator Cory Booker's...

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is known for being an inspirational speaker, and he brought his game face to SXSW 2017. As one of the opening speakers for the show, he spent an hour answering questions and talking about what keeps him motivated and endles...

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08:00
After Math: Keep pace in the space race

It's been a productive week for those of us trying to get the hell off this crazy planet. NASA showed off a radiation-proof flight vest for interplanetary astronauts while Blue Origin debuted its latest rocket engine and previewed its upcoming New Gl...

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07:51
The best-designed battleships ever built

Read this story if only for the amazing photos. I’ve always had a soft spot for these magnificent ships. Aircraft carriers are bigger, can project force further and are (arguably) better but the brutality of a battleship, and the images firing those guns creates, has always fascinated me.

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07:46
Raindrops catapult bacteria into the air and it’s...

This is a lot more interesting than it had any right to be.

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07:15
Adidas is working on new, 'open' digital...

The acquisition of Runtastic gave Adidas a major boost in its fitness tech efforts, and it didn't hurt that the $238 million purchase came with over 100 million users attached. Since 2015, the year it bought the popular app, Adidas has focused on mak...

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06:30
Ben Heck's next three builds are meant to be...

You asked for bigger, better, longer-term builds, so the team is going to design three things that can be brought to market or to a crowdfunding site like Kickstarter. First up: Logic Bomb, a refactoring of the Hackmanji board game. How can it be...

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03:29
'The Mummy' in VR was shallow, but the...

VR seat company Positron teamed up with Universal at SXSW this year to showcase a "Zero Gravity VR Experience" tied in with the studio's The Mummy reboot.

While it fell (way) short of simulating weightlessness, it was nonetheless a nice way to watch...

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Saturday March 11

23:55
Tips: How to take screenshots from a fourth...




Sometimes, you've just got to get proof of the high score you just got on that Apple TV game, or if you're like us, you've got to take a screenshot to show something off. AppleInsider shows you how to take screenshots from your fourth-generation Apple TV without breaking out the camera.

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23:38
New York sets aside $5 million for its tech training...

New York's authorities want the state's residents to benefit from its ongoing transformation into a high-tech locale. Their new Tech Training Fund could be the key to make that happen. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Empire State is s...

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21:28
NASA offers first look at planet-rich Trappist-1...

NASA was quick to offer conceptual images of Trappist-1 and its abundance of Earth-sized planets. But what does the star system look like, really? At last, now we know... sort of. As part of a raw data release, NASA has offered a simple, 11-by-11...

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20:22
Senator Cory Booker on tech regulations and social...

U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey isn’t ready to talk about his rumored campaign for presidency in 2020, but he did sit down with Google’s senior counsel on civil and human rights Malika Saada Saar at South by Southwest on Friday to talk about the power of human connection and social justice. Oh, and tech’s influence on modern-day politics during, what he called, one of the most fear-based eras he’s ever seen. 

“These [last few months] are some of the darkest moments of my political career, but also some of the most inspiring, thanks in part to social media and other communication tools,” Booker said. 

Despite this fear-based climate, we now have access to information quicker than ever thanks to our always-on connected culture, but the key is engagement and what we do with this awareness. Here are three key takeaways of Senator Booker’s SXSW kickoff keynote. 

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19:55
Android 'Taste Test' helps you make a...

If you're an Android fan, there's a good chance you already know how to customize your home screen with launchers, icon packs and widgets. But what about everyday users? That's where Google wants to help. It just launched a #myAndroid Taste Test that...

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19:25
Hulu signs A+E Networks to its streaming TV service...

Hulu has announced that it has signed on A+E Networks to its upcoming live streaming TV service. Hulu made the announcement in a press release, saying that the network joins the ever-growing package of 40 live channels set to launch this spring

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18:53
iPhone 8: Everything we currently know about this...

Render created by Benjamin Geskin for iDropNews

A few months ago, we rounded up everything that had been rumored about this year’s flagship iPhone. Since then, however, things have changed. Some new details have emerged, some old rumors have been squashed, and more.

As we inch closer to the announcement of the tenth anniversary iPhone, we’re starting to narrow down what exactly the device might feature. It can get overwhelming with all of the contradicting reports, so read on for our full, updated breakdown of 2017 iPhone rumors…

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18:27
TAG Heuer confirms March 14th debut for its next...

Those rumors of TAG Heuer unveiling its next Android Wear watch this month? They're true. The brand has posted a pair of teasers confirming that it will unveil a future Connected smartwatch on March 14th. There are no major giveaways regarding the...

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18:24
Hands On: Microsoft OneNote is powerful, but needs...




The strength and weakness of Microsoft's note taking app, OneNote, is that it works best alongside Word and Outlook. AppleInsider tries it in and out of the walled garden.

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17:30
AirBar adds a few more touchscreen tricks to the...

We saw a prototype of the AirBar,an odd but useful device that sits below your MacBook Air's screen and turn it into a touchscreen, back at CES. But here at SXSW 2017, the company is back with a new model that's almost ready for production. The big d...

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16:45
'Toki' uses 3D printing and projection to...

Akinori Goto is a stop-motion animator who has translated his art to work with modern materials and techniques. Goto creates smooth movement by passing simple light through highly complex wire mesh sculptures. He's one of several artists picked to ex...

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16:00
This company can track motion with sound instead of...

When it comes to tracking physical objects in virtual spaces, pretty much every company is relying on light in some form. Oculus and HTC have their light mapping sensors, while Sony's PlayStation VR relies on infrared for its motion tracking camera....

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15:25
The smart jacket from Google and Levi's arrives...

It's been nearly two years since Google and Levi's announced their plans to work on connected garments, an idea born out of the tech giant's Advanced Technology and Products group. The first piece of this project is a connected jacket called the Comm...

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13:58
Alphabet's internet balloon chief leaves after...

Alphabet's Project Loon is running into some figurative turbulence in addition to the literal kind. Tom Moore, the satellite executive who was brought on as CEO to help Project Loon become a full-fledged business, has left the leadership position af...

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13:06
Apple may be funding Boeing Internet satellite...

OneWeb satellite concept. Via OneWeb

An interesting piece of speculation arrived at Apple World Today this morning via a reader who pointed us to a blog post by Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, a consulting firm providing technical and financial analysis regarding the telecom and satellite industries. Farrar, referring to last week's Satellite 2017 conference, says that "I heard from a number of sources at Satellite 2017 that Boeing's V-band development work is being funded by Apple, which is clearly trying to find the next big thing and has been exploring cars, TVs and other large market opportunities."

Many of the large satellite manufacturers, including Boeing, are seeing the market for large satellites in geosynchronous orbit dry up, with estimates for 2017 in the range of only 13 and 17 satellites. Farrar notes that "All...

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12:46
Analyst predicts weak demand for Samsung Galaxy S8,...




Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has chimed in on the imminent Galaxy S8 release, and is predicting a significant drop in sales when compared to the Galaxy S7 to date because of a lack of selling points, and an attractive possible "iPhone 8" release.

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12:29
Astronaut Jessica Meir will answer your questions on...

If you've got dreams of donning a spacesuit and going on trips outside the planet, don't miss Tumblr's Answer Time session today, March 11th. NASA's Jessica Meir will answer your questions starting at 4:30PM Eastern time, and it's a great chance to a...

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12:24
21 movies I’m embarrassed to admit I love

I agree with about a quarter of this list. Some of them are really bad films that I love anyway. No, I won’t tell you which ones they are.

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11:40
Tech Companies Weigh Responses to WikiLeaks Exposure


Following WikiLeaks' publication earlier this week of classified documents stolen from the CIA, major technology companies, including Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Cisco, have been scrambling to assess the risks posed to their customers by the revelations. The so-called "Vault 7" leak includes information about methods and tools the CIA crafted to hack into products produced by those companies. Apple's initial analysis reportedly showed that many of the issues identifed in iOS already were patched in the latest version of the software.

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11:34
∞ Helm’s Deep: how to film an epic battle

I love these dissections of films and scenes.

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11:00
Why Senator Cory Booker draws inspiration from...

Despite the fact that social media can be pretty terrible (fake news, trolling women and people of color, the list goes on), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) remains a fan. In a wide-ranging talk that kicked off SXSW 2017 yesterday, Senator Booker took tim...

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10:53
New macOS app aims to make it easier to share your...

One of the practices that is becoming increasingly common on Twitter, for better or worse, is so-called tweetstorming. Twitter itself, however, doesn’t directly support tweetstorming, so instead, users generally number their tweets and type them out separately from each other.

A new tool from longtime blogger Dave Winer, however, aims to make it easier to share tweetstorms…

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10:16
SoundCloud reportedly considering selling for as...

As it faces increased competition from services like Apple Music and Spotify, SoundCloud is reportedly running out of money. According to a new report from Recode, SoundCloud has been trying to raise more than $100 million since last summer, but has ultimately been unable to do so…

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10:00
Recommended Reading: Netflix has a dud in Marvel...

'Iron Fist' Isn't Just
Racially Uncomfortable,
It's Also a Boring Show
Kwame Opam,
The Verge

Netflix's run of generating buzz with its Marvel original series has come to an end. The fourth show, Iron Fist, debuts next week and the reviews are alre...

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09:48
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 news, iOS 10.3...

In this week’s top stories: More iPhone 8 news, iOS 10.3 beta 5, CIA exploits in the latest Wikileaks dump, the best aftermarket CarPlay options and much more.

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09:24
Become Tech Savvy: How to approach updating software...

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

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

Updating software on your Mac
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Staying up to date with software can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task, these issues are usually caused by the various ways that different software is designed to update and where it was installed from. The good news is that Apple is continually improving how updates happen. With its latest operating system, macOS Sierra, there are some sharp features ...

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09:18
Skype for macOS updated with in-call support for...

Microsoft has quietly updated its Skype client for Mac to version 7.48 with a notable new feature for MacBook Pro users: Touch Bar support. The update, which is available now, allows MacBook Pro with Touch Bar users to more easily control their calls…

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08:44
Watch the trailer for a new retro iOS game coded...

Every so often we see an impressive work of development or art emerge that was made entirely with an iPad. This time, game studio 8BitMagicGames has released the first trailer for their upcoming game called Starsceptre. The game was developed entirely using Codea, a development suite that allows developers to code on their iPad…

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08:30
Apple wins Laptop Mag's tech support showdown (...

Not every company offers first-class tech support for its laptops. With confusing web resources, unhelpful social media accounts and clueless phone reps, many brands put a lot of unnecessary obstacles between consumers and the help they need.

That's...

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08:27
10 things your grocery store butcher can do for you...

For many of us, the local butcher is a thing of the past. But even your local supermarket usually has trained professional butchers who can do special requests. I’m lucky to have a “real” butcher near me (advantage of living in Farm Country) who can do special orders and cuts.

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08:22
Here’s what those white spirals inside airplane...

Jalopnik:

Working near a running jet engine is extraordinarily dangerous. A Boeing 737 engine, running at idle power, has a hazard zone of 9 feet to the front and sides of the engine. This means that, even at idle thrust, a human that walks in the hazard area runs the risk of being sucked inside and consumed by the engine. When the engine is above idle thrust, the hazard zone increases to 14 feet or more. Engines on larger jets, like the 777 have much larger hazard zones. It is absolutely critical that ground crews can identify a running engine and stay away from it.

So very clearly, the spiral is an important feature for helping keep the ground crew safe—pretty much every source out there agrees, here, and it makes a lot of sense. As for the bit about bird strikes, there doesn’t appear to be much conclusive data showing that swirls keep the birds away.

To warn ground crew which engine is spinning makes perfect sense but “the swirls fend off the birds” sounds...

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07:00
SXSW 2017: What to watch out for over the weekend

The atmosphere here in Austin, Texas is warming up nicely (as is, thankfully, the weather). With the smell of BBQ and the constant strum of guitar now permanently lingering in the air, it can only mean one thing: SXSW's Interactive weekend is upon us...

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06:47
Microsoft updates Cortana for iOS with a fresh look

Microsoft gave its Cortana app for iOS a facelift Friday, replacing its old black and blue aesthetic with a new look that puts the assistant’s key features at users’ fingertips.

The app now features Quick Actions, so that users can tap a couple buttons and get Cortana to create an alarm, set a reminder, or tell them a joke. That means users can get at key features without having to talk or type queries, and it also gives them a framework for what they can do with the app, without them having to discover it on their own.

The virtual assistant market is a crowded one, between Cortana, Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant all competing for users’ time and interest. Microsoft’s assistant is built deeply into PCs with Windows 10, but the company also needs to keep its apps for other mobile platforms up to date in order to meet users where they are.

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06:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Welcome to the weekend.

If you're missing the usual editor's letter then know that we are too, and the man that usually wrote it. After six years with Engadget Michael Gorman is moving on, but you can still find him at @numeson.

As for the rest of...

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06:00
More U.S. households have Netflix than use DVRs

The number of households with Netflix now surpasses those with a DVR for the first time ever, a new study finds. The survey of 1,211 households throughout the United States, conducted by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), revealed that more than half of adults — 54%— have Netflix in their household. 

Meanwhile, 53% of households have a DVR. This is the first time that households with Netflix (including those sharing passwords) have surpassed the level of those with a DVR. In 2011, 44% of TV households had a DVR and 28% had Netflix. Other related findings include:

  • 64% of households get a subscription video on-Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu -- 51% of all adults stream any of these services on a monthly basis
  • 23% of all adults stream Netflix daily – compared to 6% in 2011
  • 81% of Netflix streaming users watch Netflix on a TV set
  • 64% of pay-TV...
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05:30
Laptops, desktops still dominate among all media...

Don’t count the traditional personal computer — such as the Mac — out yet. According to new data from the comScore research group, among all media devices in U.S. connected homes, laptop and desktop computers had the highest penetration at 90%, followed closely by mobile phones at 88%. 

Media devices capable of delivering over-the-top media content, including streaming boxes & sticks such as the Apple TV(36%), gaming consoles (31%) and smart TVs (28%), also now feature prominently in the connected home. There are more screens and other connected devices in homes than ever before, says Dan Hess, executive vice president of products at comScore.

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05:00
Apple patent involves an external battery pack for...

Apple has applied for a patent (number 2017006892) for an “integrated component cap and spacer for a battery pack,” which hints at battery packs that could attach to Mac laptops, iPads and iPhones, something already provided by some third parties.

The battery pack includes a cell with a spacer, and a cap mounted on the spacer. The spacer and cap are mated to form a cavity to accommodate the components (i.e. busbars, circuit board, an insulator) of the battery pack. 

The spacer and cap have a series of mating surfaces for the components, wherein the mating surfaces have different heights to be recessed relative to each other to create spaces for accommodating the components. The recesses, channels, steps and raised portions correspond in geometry to the components so that they can be assembled while removing the tolerance accumulation associated with multiple standoffs.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the technology for portable devices...

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04:50
California plans to allow human-less self-driving...

The Departmen of Motor Vehicles in California will make it easier for automakers and tech titans to test their autonomous cars in the state. While it's currently the go-to place for companies looking to trial their new self-driving technologies, it a...

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04:00
The Week in Apple News: WWDC scholarships, iPhone 8...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 10, 2017

Image by Apple

The week was dominated by iPhone rumors, but there were a few real news items connected to the Cupterino-based company. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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02:23
Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Oculus of using...

While Oculus is still tied up in legal wrangling (in more than one direction) with Zenimax, a California judge just dismissed a different lawsuit against the company. Total Recall Technologies sued the Facebook subsidiary in 2015, claiming that Palme...

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01:20
Killer Deals: Save $150 to $470 instantly on Apple...




First come, first served: AppleInsider readers can use exclusive coupons this week to instantly save between $150 and $470 on every possible configuration of Apple's new Late 2016 MacBook Pros bundled with AppleCare, including all 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models and all 15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models. Plus sales tax isn't collected in 48 states.

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00:05
This week on AI: 'iPhone 8' delays, the...




Though "iPhone 8" is still months away from an expected debut, two reports hinted that the device could miss a September launch window -- and might not even be the device people are predicting. Apple, meanwhile, tried to assure people that many exploits gathered by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, uncovered by WikiLeaks, have already been fixed.

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Friday March 10

21:56
Samsung completes its biggest acquisition ever

Despite its explosive growth, Samsung has mostly preferred to buy smaller startups or develop its own technology. That changed last November when the company announced it would purchase Harman International Industries, Incorporated for about $8 billi...

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21:19
Seafaring drones are navigating Norway's fjords

While there are government-approved test sites for land-based autonomous vehicles in the US, so far there is only one official test site for their seafaring counterparts. Tucked away in Norway's Trondheim Fjord, the test site offers wide, open waters...

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21:05
MCX sells one-time Apple Pay challenger CurrentC to...




JPMorgan Chase on Friday said it has reached an agreement with the Merchant Customer Exchange to buy the consortium's financial technology assets -- the defunct CurrentC mobile payments platform -- as the bank works to build out its own Chase Pay solution.

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20:48
Nintendo prez discusses Switch docks and left Joy-...

Engadget editors have let you know how we feel after extended time with the Nintendo Switch, and in an interview with Time, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime gave us some updates from within the company. Through its first five days on sa...

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20:24
Friday 5: Awesome iOS games to check out this weekend

To coincide with this week’s App Store promotion featuring top iOS indie games, I thought it would be appropriate to devote tonight’s post to a few of my favorite iOS titles. In this video-free edition of Friday 5, I briefly discuss innovative new games like Mushroom 11, and timeless classics such as Super Hexagon. more…

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19:56
Reddit’s grand vision: ‘Come for the cats, stay for...

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian has a rosy view of the company’s future. Despite controversy over the online bulletin board’s role in the election of Donald Trump and the proliferation of white nationalism on its forums, Ohanian describes Reddit as “the global watercooler where people’s minds are changed about things.”

Ohanian gave an impassioned defense of Reddit and its potential during a solo talk on the opening day of South by Southwest’s interactive programming. As evidence of Reddit’s better nature, he pointed to stats like this one: With more than 280 million monthly active users submitting millions of posts, 99.98 percent of those conversations are never reported for content violations.

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19:56
Reddit’s grand vision: ‘Come for the cats, stay for...

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian has a rosy view of the company’s future. Despite controversy over the online bulletin board’s role in the election of Donald Trump and the proliferation of white nationalism on its forums, Ohanian describes Reddit as “the global watercooler where people’s minds are changed about things.”

Ohanian gave an impassioned defense of Reddit and its potential during a solo talk on the opening day of South by Southwest’s interactive programming. As evidence of Reddit’s better nature, he pointed to stats like this one: With more than 280 million monthly active users submitting millions of posts, 99.98 percent of those conversations are never reported for content violations.

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19:53
SEC rejects Winklevoss twins' plan to trade...

A plan from the Winklevoss twins that would have allowed stock traders to buy and sell Bitcoin without setting up a personal Bitcoin wallet has been denied by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In an order handed down on Friday, the commissio...

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19:25
PSVR goes on safari with 'Virry VR' nature...

Slowly but surely, PlayStation is releasing more non-gaming offerings for the PSVR headset. Next up is Virry VR, an app that wants to put you within arm's reach of Kenyan wildlife. Among other things, you'll see rhinos bathing and lions eating accord...

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18:36
Watch how 'Alien: Covenant's' android...

Another Alien film, another terrifying android that could spell humanity's downfall. In Prometheus, we were introduced to Michael Fassbender's David, a robot who was a bit too curious about the nature of extraterrestrial life. Now Fassbender is back...

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17:59
Trump adviser spoke with DNC hacker during the...

Roger Stone, an adviser to Donald Trump during his successful presidential campaign, exchanged private messages with Guccifer 2.0, the person (or group) that hacked and leaked documents from the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The DNC hack occ...

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17:05
Intel Security Releases Detection Tool For EFI...

After WikiLeaks revealed data exposing information about the CIA's arsenal of hacking tools, Intel Security has released a tool that allows users to check if their computer's low-level system firmware has been modified and contains unauthorized code. PCWorld reports: The release comes after CIA documents leaked Tuesday revealed that the agency has developed EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) rootkits for Apple's Macbooks. The documents from CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB) mention an OS X "implant" called DerStarke that includes a kernel code injection module dubbed Bokor and an EFI persistence module called DarkMatter. In addition to DarkMatter, there is a second project in the CIA EDB documents called QuarkMatter that is also described as a "Mac OS X EFI implant which uses an EFI driver stored on the EFI system partition to provide persistence to an arbitrary kernel implant." The Advanced Threat Research team at Intel Security has created a new module for its existing...

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16:55
WikiLeaks CIA cache: Fool me once

This week's poorly conceived distraction from Trump and Putin sittin' in a tree was brought to us by WikiLeaks, which dumped 8,761 documents of the CIA's hacking arsenal online for all to see. The leak factory didn't even bother trying to play coy --...

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16:51
1Password 6.6.2

Enables 1Password Watchtower by default and fixes a number of bugs. ($64.99 new or $2.99/$4.99 monthly subscription, free update, 47.4 MB)

 

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16:39
'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' gets new racers and...

Without any hint that a new version was in the works, it was pretty clear that Mario Kart 8, one of the best reasons to own a Wii U, would be ported to the Switch. This is good news for the record-breaking legions of folks who bought the new console...

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16:20
MAC Address Randomization Flaws Leave Android and...

New submitter cryptizard writes: Modern Android and iOS versions include a technology called MAC address randomization to prevent passive tracking of users as they move from location to location. Unfortunately, researchers have revealed that this technology is implemented sporadically by device manufacturers and is often deployed with significant flaws that allow it to be easily defeated. A research paper [published by U.S. Naval Academy researchers] highlights a number of flaws in both Android and iOS that allow an adversary to track users even when their phones are using randomized MAC addresses. Most significantly, they demonstrate that a flaw in the way wireless chipsets handle low-level control messages can be exploited to track 100% of devices, regardless of manufacturer or operating system.


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16:13
Planned Parenthood and Tumblr team up to turn the...

Social media activism is often criticized for being too passive—it’s easy to use a hashtag to support a cause or add a Facebook-provided filter to your profile photo, but it’s much harder to actually put physical effort or real money behind your words.

But Planned Parenthood has found that this so-called “slacktivism” goes a long way toward changing hearts and minds. The nonprofit organization, which provides preventative reproductive care and family planning resources to men and women of all incomes, announced at South by Southwest that it’s launching a new compaign with popular blogging platform Tumblr to raise awareness about its real-life impact. On March 29, Planned Parenthood is encouraging people to use the hashtag #TechStandsWithPP to share stories about how the nonprofit has affected their lives.

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16:04
AWT News Update: March 10, 2017

We get an unexpected visit from Alexa during today's podcast, which is rather short due to a paucity of interesting Apple-related news:

  • The Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone gets a significant upgrade
  • The Japanese government may step in and block some Apple suppliers from South Korea and Taiwan from the auction of Toshiba's memory unit
  • Familiar with the Apple Store app? It received an update today, but we just want to remind you that the app exists...

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15:23
Community group: AT&T 'digitally redlines...

Cleveland-based community groups have issued a report accusing AT&T of engaging in a process known as "digital redlining" with regards to its broadband service in the city. The groups, Connect Your Community and the National Digital Inclusion All...

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15:20
How to get Siri to read articles and other text on...

While Siri may not be the perfect companion some wish it was, the personal assistant’s voice can lend itself to our lives in a variety of helpful ways. For the past few months I’ve been using Siri to read all the text I want to read but don’t actually need to read. Having the personal assistant read articles to me means I can focus on other activities while essentially turning my reading lists and emails into a personalized podcast.

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15:14
How to Set Up and Use Airline Boarding Passes in...

If you’re still printing boarding passes on paper because you think that using your iPhone would be too hard, think again. Airline apps and Apple’s Wallet app have improved significantly over the years, and the process is now easier than fussing with printed boarding passes. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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15:12
Thinking about Tom Negrino

The veteran Mac writer Tom Negrino may be dead of an intentional barbiturate overdose by the time you read this, an act he has chosen after years of fighting terminal cancer. The Apple world will be poorer without Tom in it, and we will miss his humor, skill, professionalism, and courage.

 

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14:41
IBM inches toward human-like accuracy for speech...

The tech world has spent years trying to create speech recognition software that listens as well as humans. Now, IBM says it's achieved a 5.5 percent word error rate, down from its previous record of 6.9 percent -- an industry milestone that could ev...

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14:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Barbie is back!

Barbie's back!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week's roundup includes a new app from everybody's favorite supermodel doll. Read on!

Barbie Sparkle Blast

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14:14
JPMorgan Chase buying up MCX technology after Apple...

Remember CurrentC, the mobile payment service that kept getting in Apple’s way when Apple Pay launched a few years ago? MCX is the merchant consortium that was behind the QR code-based mobile payment service that ultimately never launched, and today JPMorgan Chase announced that it has acquired MCX’s payment technology.

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14:13
Google insists Hangouts for consumers isn't...

After announcing their new AI-powered chat platforms Allo and Duo last September, Google seems to be sunsetting the old and busted Hangouts in favor of their new hotness. Several other announcements seemed to confirm that strategy, including a Hangou...

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14:00
Would you pay more for an Apple HomeKit-equipped...

Now that Apple’s HomeKit has matured and there is a growing ecosystem of Siri-controlled products that support the platform, it’s finally looking like a good time to seriously consider investing in home automation accessories. And now it’s an option for new home buyers too, with at least two homebuilders announcing plans to offer HomeKit upgrade packages that will see various accessories from lighting to security pre-installed in new homes. Would you pay more for a HomeKit-equipped home?

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13:53
∞ “Crazy Train” isolated guitar track

Randy Rhoads was such an incredible guitarist. The guitar comes in at about 19 seconds.

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13:45
Up your photo game with the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone...

The Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone case and 0.30X Full-FRAME Fisheye lens. photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The iPhone is the world's most popular camera in terms of the number of photos taken, and it's no wonder -- iPhone owners always have the camera with them, and the photo quality is usually quite good. But the iPhone isn't the easiest device to take photos with. There's no built-in tripod mount for getting long-exposure pictures, sometimes pressing the on-screen shutter button can be a pain, and holding the iPhone one-handed to take a shot is an invitation to dropping it. That's where the Bitplay SNAP! 7 iPhone camera case (affiliate link) and accessory lenses come into play, and today we're giving it a full workout.

The case itself costs $52.99 for the iPhone 7 Plus version and $49.99 for the iPhone 7. There are a series of accessory lenses that are available:

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13:25
AT&T adds 3Mbps unlimited GoPhone tier as...




U.S. carrier AT&T on Friday debuted yet another unlimited phone plan, this time bringing the option to prepaid GoPhone customers for $60 per month -- albeit at low speeds. Verizon meanwhile fired its own salvo in the "unlimited" battle, exempting FiOS video from caps on its cellular plans.

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13:21
Next up in your News Feed: Gear VR livestreams

It looks like announcing 360-degree photos and videos for the Gear VR app was a teaser of what Oculus had in mind for this week. Now, Facebook's $2 billion baby is pulling back the curtain on the mobile VR live-streaming it teased last October. Assum...

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12:58
AT&T offers unlimited data with slow speeds for...

AT&T is upgrading two of its inexpensive pre-paid GoPhone plans today, but they come with some serious trade-offs. The first plan, with unlimited data for $60 per month, only offers 3Mbps of data, and the speed will drop even further after you've...

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12:37
Alphabet asks court to halt Uber's self-driving...

Alphabet's self-driving car division Waymo seeks to completely block Uber's autonomous vehicle operations, according to new documents filed in federal court Friday. The documents are part of Waymo's lawsuit filed against Uber last month and the compa...

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12:23
WeberHaus will offer HomeKit-enabled smart homes in...




Apple's smart home connectivity platform will be offered to more buyers of new homes in Europe, as pre-fabricated house builder WeberHaus has confirmed its home control systems will include support for HomeKit, starting later this year.

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12:21
9to5Rewards: lofree typewriter-inspired mechanical...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is lofree, a typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard with full Mac and iOS support. 

The company has two of its new lofree keyboards that launched this week to give away to two 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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12:20
Feature Request: Apple should bring these features...

This week I bought and played through my first audiobook in iBooks (Shoe Dog) after realizing I have a habit of buying a lot of books then rarely making time to actually read them. I finished the 13 hour 22 minute book over the weekend and really enjoyed the experience (and the book). I listen to a lot of podcasts, so playing audio in the background while running errands is something I know I enjoy.

iBooks on the iPhone is a solid audiobook player. It works with Apple CarPlay, 3D Touch from the Home screen, and to my surprise has arguably the best Now Playing screen of any Apple app. Apple currently has three different versions of its audio Now Playing screen between its Music, Podcasts, and iBooks apps, the audiobooks version has features that every Now Playing screen should adopt.

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12:03
Hulu adds A&E, History and Viceland to its live...

Hulu's live TV streaming service, set to debut later this spring, just got an even bigger channel selection. On Friday, Hulu announced a new partnership to add the A+E Networks family of six channels, including A&E, History, Lifetime and Viceland...

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11:43
Microsoft revamps Cortana for iPhone in renewed bid...




Microsoft on Friday released a promised overhaul of its Cortana iPhone app, simplifying the way the AI assistant works on iOS and making it more practical as an alternative -- or complement -- to Apple's native Siri.

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11:42
You won't have to pay to play 'Quake...

The upcoming Quake Champions will be free-to-play. Or not. It depends on how you want to approach it. "At its core, it's a free-to-play game with the option to buy the Champion Pack and just get in and play with all the Champions," developer Bethesda...

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11:30
Daylite: Business Productivity App for Teams on Mac...

My thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop with Daylite this week.

Still digging through emails and passing around spreadsheets & notes? There’s a better way to manage leads & projects – with Daylite.

Daylite streamlines your lead management & project management process so you can win more business & get more done.

Integrate directly with Apple Mail to organize emails for clients, projects, and sales opportunities. Track your sales pipeline and set reminders when to follow up. Share projects, schedules, and tasks with others on your team – from your Mac or iPhone/iPad.

Whether you’re a sales team, real estate firm, or lawyer, Daylite can help you win more business and get more done.

Try Daylite free for 30 days!

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11:18
New US solar installations nearly doubled in 2016

Yes, the head of the EPA did display a staggering level of ignorance about climate change, but not everything is terrible. A report produced by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association says that solar power in the US had a blockbuster...

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11:00
WeberHaus to feature Apple HomeKit in new smart homes

WeberHaus, which specializes in pre-fabricated connected homes, will feature Apple HomeKit — a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri — in its smart homes this year. The company is based in Germany.

WeberHaus has been offering an intelligent home control system in its homes with WeberLogic 2.0 and MyHomeControl app from BootUp, but with HomeKit and the Apple Home app, home owners can now control everything in their home conveniently and securely using their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch, or with their voice using Siri, says Klaus-Dieter Schwendemann, marketing manager at WeberHaus. It’s the first European home manufacturer to add support for HomeKit, he adds. 

WeberHaus homes featuring Apple HomeKit control will be available later this year. A demo home featuring Apple HomeKit, the PlusEnergy house generation 5.5, can be viewed at the exhibition...

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11:00
The best USB audio interface

By Al Griffin

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

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10:53
A 5-year-old, is headed to the National Spelling Bee...

This might be the cutest thing you watch all weekend. She is a remarkably calm and self-assured young lady. And her skills are incredible. I’m a really good speller and yet, I couldn’t have spelled most of those words.

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10:50
A photographer edits out our smartphones to show our...

This is a really interesting photo set that might make you think about your phone use a little bit.

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10:43
Twitch desktop app aims to make streaming more social

Twitch has long been more than just a video game streaming platform. In fact, it's starting to morph into a full-fledged, gamer-centric social network and marketplace. Just a few days ago, the company unveiled Pulse, which added a Facebook-like feed...

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10:37
Nvidia's GeForce 1080 Ti Raises Graphical Chip...


The first reviews of the newly released Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti came out on Thursday, and by all accounts this card has performed beyond expectations. Nvidia's new GPU can perform 35 percent faster than its GTX 1080, the company has claimed. Based on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, this flagship gaming GPU includes next-gen 11-Gbps GDDR5X memory, and an 11-GB frame buffer. The GTX 1080 Ti, which will be available soon for $699, is even faster and more powerful than the more expensive Titan X Pascal.

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10:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple EarPods w/ Lightning...

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10:30
We're live from SXSW 2017!

The past few weeks have been intense for the tech world, what with MWC and GDC taking place over the past few weeks. Now it's turn for SXSW 2017. We're on the ground in Austin, Texas to check out what the festival has to offer with its interactive, m...

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10:25
1Writer 2.5.1 for iPad blurs the line between note-...




AppleInsider examines the latest update to 1Writer that brings improved keyboard functionality, plus Dropbox, and Markdown support to the iOS-exclusive writing tool.

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