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Wednesday March 8

08:51
FileMaker Cloud arrives in Europe, Middle East, and...




The Apple-owned FileMaker has expanded the availability of its FileMaker Cloud service to countries outside North America, with customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa now able to use the cloud-based server platform for their apps.

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08:20
Apple Begins Rejecting Apps With 'Hot Code Push...

Apple has long permitted "hot code push", a feature that allows developers to continuously deploy changes to their mobile apps and have those changes reflect in their apps instantly. This allowed developers to make quick changes to their apps without having to resubmit the new iteration and get approval from the Apple Store review team. But that's changing now. In response to a developer's query, Apple confirmed that it no longer permits "hot code push." The company told the developer: Your app, extension, and/or linked framework appears to contain code designed explicitly with the capability to change your app's behavior or functionality after App Review approval, which is not in compliance with section 3.3.2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement and App Store Review Guideline 2.5.2. This code, combined with a remote resource, can facilitate significant changes to your app's behavior compared to when it was initially reviewed for the App Store. While you may not be...

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08:18
Apple Pay donations turn on for 22 UK charities such...




Apple on Wednesday introduced support for Apple Pay donations in the U.K., starting with a wave of 22 organizations such as the Alzheimer's Society, Oxfam, the Royal British Legion, and UNICEF.

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08:06
BritBox streaming service brings old & new...

If you’re a fan of British TV shows, the BritBox streaming service – launching in the U.S. today – offers access to both old-time classics and brand new series’ for $6.99 per month. You can watch it on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and the web, reports Variety.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Black AirPods?

Back in black!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

Wish your new AirPods were any other color but white? We have the solution for you in this week’s roundup. Read on!

BlackPods

Image by BlackPods

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07:53
Netflix adding tech that lets you edit storylines...

Daily Mail:

Whether you love happy endings or a harsh blast of reality in TV dramas, you could soon be able to decide what you get.
Netflix, the TV-streaming company behind hit shows such as The Crown and House Of Cards, is working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions.

Some of the storylines will be simple and linear, like the Choose Your Own Adventure books many grew up with.

For example, viewers might decide whether an inmate in the prison drama Orange Is The New Black joins a gang or not.

This is a fascinating development. Imagine a future where you can steer movie plots based on your preferences. Or, perhaps, an AI in your Apple TV could know you well enough to choose and customize content for you. The future!

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07:45
Searching your Mac and iOS photo library

If you’ve never tried doing a search in your Mac or iOS photo library, check out this post for Mac and this post for iOS. There are some searches you can do without any prep work on your part (search for “cat” or “water”), but some searches do require some effort on your part (search for a particular person, for example).

I do wish there was a way to run a search on all images on my device, rather than just the images that have been imported into Photos. I suspect that eventually, images on our devices will all be tagged in some way, all backed up, and all searchable, whether we created them or not.

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07:44
Third-party Home app developer releases Finances 2...

Finances 2 is a new personal and business bookkeeping app for iOS and macOS from developer Matthias Hochgatterer. Prior to Finances 2, Hochgatterer created the excellent third-party HomeKit app Home before Apple’s version in iOS 10. Like his Home app, Finances 2 takes advantage of modern iOS technologies including 3D Touch, Spotlight integration, and Split View on the iPad.

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07:38
Apple addresses iOS concerns regarding exposure of...

The CIA faces what could potentially be the biggest ever leak of its secrets, after Wikileaks published thousands of documents claiming to show how the agency uses cyber espionage tactics to hack into smartphones and other devices.

The methods could reportedly capture text and voice messages on iPhones, Android devices and Whatsapp before they were encrypted. They could also hack Microsoft software and Samsung "smart" TVs.

However, Apple has issued a response, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its mobile operating system. In a statement issued to news outlets, and posted to Twitter by BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, the tech giant says the latest public version...

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07:38
Team plagiarizes Golden State Warriors. Team is...

New York Times:

Steve Green, the men’s basketball coach at South Plains College, was recovering from an up-and-down season last summer when he decided he needed to make a change. So he planted himself in front of the television in his living room and began to study — really study — his favorite team.

Green scribbled down every cut, every back screen and every curl. In pursuit of a goal that was so ambitious that it bordered on audacious, he consulted with his assistants and overhauled his playbook.

The results? His team is 28-0 entering the post-season. Audacious plan. Visionary. And it worked.

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07:21
Apple’s official comment on Wikileaks, CIA, and...

From the New York Times:

In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

And from Business Insider:

According to the WikiLeaks files, it appears that the CIA has teams specifically dedicated to breaking into Apple products, including iOS, the software that runs on iPhones and iPads, and even Apple’s line of routers, AirPort.

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07:21
Two Apple suppliers tapped for 'iPhone 8'...




A new supply chain report pegs touch panel manufacturers General Interface Solution and TPK Holding as OLED touch panel suppliers for Apple, with the pair spending millions of dollars to expand capacity in time for the "iPhone 8."

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07:15
Rumor: the high-end ‘iPhone 8’ could be dubbed the ‘...

A post on the Japanese blog Mac Otakara — as noted by AppleInsider — says Apple is working to finalize an "iPhone Edition" set to debut alongside expected "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" handsets this fall. 

The article indicates that there’ll be no smartphone dubbed the “iPhone 8” in 2017. Most reports have such a next generation smartphone coming in the September-November time frame with a 5.8-inch OLED display, a screen with an integrated fingerprint sensor (replacing the Touch ID button), and lots more (depending on which rumor you believe).

However, Mac Otakara — quoting an unnamed “source familiar with the matter” — says that, though a prototype is indeed undergoing evaluation in...

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07:07
3D imaging tech in Apple's 'iPhone 8...




The 3D imaging sensors anticipated for the "iPhone 8" are being produced by STMicroelectronics at a factory in France, a report said on Wednesday, cautioning that parts might not be ready by Apple's usual September launch window.

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07:04
Ibiden commits to 100% renewable energy for Apple...

Component supplier Ibiden is the first company in Japan to pledge it will power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100% renewable energy — a new milestone for Apple and Japan. The announcement marks a significant step forward in Apple’s efforts to help its manufacturing partners transition to clean power, says Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

To meet their commitment, Ibiden will invest in more than 20 new renewable energy facilities, including one of the largest floating solar photovoltaic systems in the country. The state-of-the-art floating system is constructed on a converted lumber yard to maximize land use in Japan.

Ibiden’s transition to 100% clean power will exceed their energy needs for Apple manufacturing and contribute to Japan’s nationwide renewable energy goals.

“We’re proud to partner with suppliers like Ibiden who recognize that renewable energy investments are good for the environment...

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07:00
It's a Lightning cable. It's a headphone...

iPhone 7 owners who still have a lot of earphones/earbuds/headphones with 3.5mm jacks are fortunate that they get a little adapter from Apple for free, but while that adapter is plugged in, you can't charge your iPhone! Apple World Today has a deal on an adapter that lets you charge your iPhone 7 and listen to music through your legacy headphones at the same time. The 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Cable 3-Pack from Sky Innovations is available for only $21.99 -- that's 56% off the regular price of $49.99.

These cables can also be used with any Lightning-port iPhone or iPad, and with three of them in one pack, the entire family can charge and listen at the same time, or you can just use...

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06:58
Apple captured 79.2% of global smartphone profits in...

Apple captured 79.2% of global smartphone profits last year, according to new data from Strategy Analytics, as noted by The Korea Herald. The tech giant is estimated to have posted total operating profits of $53.7 billion last year, with Apple's operating profit standing at $44.9 billion, notes the research group.

Apple's operating profit margin was 32.4% last year. Samsung’s smartphone business posted an operating profit of $8.3 billion in 2016, accounting for 14.6% of the global profits, according to Strategy Analytics.

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06:58
Vimeo adds support for 360-degree videos, offline...

Vimeo may be a little late in following YouTube, FacebookPeriscope and others into the world of 360-degree video, but the company certainly isn’t adopting any half-measures now that it’s made the move …

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06:17
Nest smart thermostat to support room-by-room...

Alphabet’s Nest is developing remote sensors for its smart thermostat to allow temperature to be controlled on a room-by-room basis, reports Bloomberg. Competing smart thermostat products typically use units attached to radiators that detect the room temperature and adjust the flow to each room.

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06:15
Apple responds to WikiLeaks’ release of CIA-based...

With any luck, this’ll provide some consolation.

Following up on the revelation that WikiLeaks had intercepted and released what might amount to 8,700+ documents from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence unit – part of which is devoted to obtaining zero-day exploits for iOS devices – and that the CIA had lost control of the majority of its hacking arsenal, Apple went on record to state that “many of the issues leaked today were already patched” in the most recent version of iOS.

The company offered the following comment:

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system.

While our initial...

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06:02
Japanese Apple manufacturing partner pledges 100%...




Apple manufacturing partner Ibiden is Apple's first supplier in Japan to pledge the use of 100 percent renewable energy, spread across 20 new energy facilities.

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06:00
WikiLeaks releases 8,700+ CIA-related documents,...

This is pretty much one for the ages.

WikiLeaks has released more than 8,700 documents that have apparently originated from the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, with some of the leaks saying the agency had 24 “weaponized” and previously undisclosed exploits for the Android operating system as of 2016.

Some of the Android-specific exploits were developed by the CIA, while others hailed from the U.S. National Security Agency, U.K. intelligence agency GCHQ, and cyber arms dealers.

Among the smartphone-related tools developed by the CIA were assets that allow the agency to bypass encryption found in WhatsApp, Confide and other applications known to use encryption. These tools, according to WikiLeaks analysis, capture audio and message traffic before encryption has a chance to be applied.

The leaked documents also show the CIA “hoarding” undisclosed, or zero-day, exploits for a number of systems, despite promises from former President Barack Obama’s...

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05:43
Report: 3D sensor production ramp suggests iPhone 8...

Apple is widely expected to launch three new iPhones this year, two iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and one radical new form factor device with an OLED screen, informally dubbed ‘iPhone 8’.

Recent reports have suggested that the iPhone 8 may launch later than the other two models, as some of the innovative components will not be ready for September …

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05:30
How to minimize windows into their app icon in macOS...

You can click the yellow pill button in the upper left corner of a window to minimize an app’s window in macOS Sierra. However, if you minimize a lot of windows, the right side of the Dock quickly becomes cluttered. The solution: minimize windows into their app icons. 

If you enable this feature in Dock Preferences it shrinks all minimized windows into their app’s icon application icon instead of into the Dock. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and choose “Dock.” Check the box next to “Minimize windows into application icon.”

If you have a lot of minimized app windows, and have trouble finding what you’re looking for,  control-clic) the app icon to reveal a list of that apps minimized windows. Choose an item from the list and it will open.

 

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05:30
SwitchLight conveniently combines a light switch...

My 18-month-old granddaughter sometimes sleeps over at our house, so a night light is useful. Before Elizabeth was born, I hadn’t given night lights much thought since my own kiddos were little. Now I realize how handy they are, which is why I’m a fan of SnapPower’s SwitchLight.

It’s a light switch cover that doubles as a night light. Since no wiring is required, it’s a quick-and-easy install. The SwitchLight — available in white, light almond, and ivory — leaves both outlets free for use and packs a light sensor that automatically turns LEDs on/off. It also sports an adjustable switch with bright, dim and off functions.

However, there are some caveats. The SnapPower SwitchLight is compatible with single gang, single pole light switches. This means that it installs over a single light switch and will work in areas where one light switch...

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05:29
Apple once more dominates global smartphone profits...

The latest estimates from Strategy Analytics show that Apple continues to take home the lion’s share of total profits in the worldwide smartphone market. While Apple’s slice of the profits has fallen from the 92%+ it has achieved in previous years, it still hit an impressive 79.2% last year, reports Korea Herald.

Apple captured 79.2 percent of global smartphone profits last year, according to the latest research by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday, highlighting the US technology giant’s ability to maximize pricing and minimize production costs. The global smartphone industry was estimated to have posted total operating profits of $53.7 billion last year, with Apple’s operating profit standing at $44.9 billion, the research showed.

Samsung took a distant second place, while...

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04:57
Apple’s supplier clean energy program hits Japan,...

Apple has long been committed to using renewable energy for its own operations, and in 2015 extended that goal to its suppliers, starting with China. In its 2016 supplier responsibility report, the company said that its energy efficiency program had reduced carbon emissions by more than 13,800 metric tons.

Today, Apple has announced that the program has reached Japan, with component supplier Ibiden pledging to power all of its Apple manufacturing with 100 percent renewable energy …

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04:52
These super-high-res aerial photos of Apple Park are...

Apple’s new headquarters, Apple Park, is finally set to open to employees next month. We say “finally” because its construction has been a pretty epic process—its first mention on Macworld was way back in 2011, when Steve Jobs himself presented the initial plans to the Cupertino City Council.

Now you can get a glimpse at that process in these high-res aerial images provided by Australian firm Nearmap—just click one to enlarge it, or go here to see the whole set. The images cover about two years of the construction process, from August 2014 though August 2016. So you won’t see final touches like landscaping, but you will see the spaceship design seem to rise out of the earth and form into an office building that rivals the...

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04:24
UK Apple Pay adds support for charitable donations...

Following a launch in late 2016 for the US, Apple Pay in the UK now supports over twenty local charities. This means Apple users in Britain can make donations online using the same, simple, Apple Pay flow with Touch ID authentication.

Apple Pay on the web is supported on iPhone, iPad and the latest version of Safari for Mac. See the full list of UK charities already onboard after the jump …

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04:00
The Vaux: A portable battery-powered speaker for the...

Available for preorder now, it promises a more immersive audio experience and more freedom for your Alexa-powered device.

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00:11
Apple captured 540% the profits of Samsung Mobile in...




Apple's iPhone continued to grab the vast majority of smartphone profits globally, due to poor performance by Samsung and largely profitless production of massive numbers of lower end models by several companies in China.

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Tuesday March 7

22:07
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 8' might not...




Though analyst consensus has Apple releasing an OLED "iPhone 8" with wireless charging and "invisible" home button later this year, a report on Tuesday claims the described model is but one of many prototypes that might not make it to production.

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21:27
ZTE agrees to pay $892 million for violating US...




Chinese phone maker ZTE has agreed to plead guilty on charges of violating U.S. sanctions restricting the sale of American technology to Iran and North Korea, and lying about it to investigators. It will pay $892 million in fees, effectively wiping out about two years of the company's net profits.

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21:24
Apple cracking down on developers who use SDKs like...

Apple today has started informing developers that use “hot code push” SDKs that it will soon start rejecting their applications. In a thread on the Apple Developer Forums, developers are reporting that they have started receiving messages from the company explaining that the code must be removed before any further updates will be approved.

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20:58
Report: This year’s flagship iPhone may be called...

A new report from Japanese news site Macotakara offers new details and speculation on this year’s iPhone refresh. According to today’s report, the previously rumored 5-inch iPhone is actually the high-end model that has been rumored time and again. The report also claims that Apple may call this high-end model the “iPhone Edition.”

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20:33
Apple says 'many' exploits revealed in CIA...




Apple late Tuesday issued a response to the WikiLeaks CIA data dump, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its flagship mobile operating system.

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17:56
Latest iPhone 8 mockup imagines rumored function...

Following the iOS 11 concept video we shared earlier this morning, a new high-quality iPhone 8 mockup has emerged. The new mockup comes courtesy of AlHasan Husni and shows what Apple’s rumored iPhone 8 could look like when it’s introduced later this year, including the rumored function area, smaller bezels, and more.

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17:47
AT&T offers free HBO perk, monthly discount to...




AT&T on Tuesday announced new loyalty rewards for existing DirecTV customers, offering 12 free months of HBO service to "Go Big" and "Gotta Have It" subscribers, or $5 off the bill of lower tier plans.

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17:44
'No Man's Sky' teases a new way to...

Exploring your home planet in No Man's Sky is about to get easier. Hello Games has announced it's adding a new vehicle to the space sim in its upcoming "Path Finder" update.

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17:08
AT&T announces new DirecTV Now promo with free...

AT&T today announced a pair of new promotions for existing DirecTV Now subscribers. Starting this month, subscribers will receive either a $5 off credit for 6 months or free HBO for 12 months. The company made the announcement on its Community Forums website this afternoon.

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16:59
Finding the dog pictures you want on Flickr just got...

Flickr is finally catching up to the likes of Google Photos and Google Search. Now when you check out Yahoo's photo sharing site you can find all manner of visually similar pictures just by clicking the "..." button on an image. From there, you shoul...

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16:32
Consumer Reports now rates product privacy and...

When you read a review for a product, you're usually looking for tangible qualities like battery life and performance. As we've seen lately, though, the company's respect for your data matters -- a seemingly perfect gift may turn out to be a privacy...

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16:30
Amazon's Alexa takes 88% of the global...

A new report from Strategy Analytics says Amazon's Alexa (pictured) took 88% of the global intelligent home speaker market in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Over four million intelligent home speaker were sold globally in the quarter. Strategy Analytic’s report finds that Google's Assistant achieved 10% share in the quarter following the launch of its 'Home' speaker in November.

"Amazon has had a near two year head start over its rivals and has done an excellent job of building out an ecosystem of compatible devices and services or skills," says David Watkins, director, within the Intelligent Home Group at Strategy Analytics. "However, Google is hot on Amazon's heels and the search giant should be able to significantly cut Amazon's lead over the coming year thanks to its superior AI platform and well-established technology licensing model which has proved successful through its Chromecast built-in program."...

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16:23
Bozoma Saint John makes ‘The Most Powerful Women in...

BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its listing of “The Most Powerful Women in Business,” as featured in the publication's January/February 2017 issue. Bozoma Saint John, head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, made the cut.

The final roster of the The Most Powerful Women in Business” was culled from thousands of potential candidates across numerous industries, including the finance, pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. These executives have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their businesses.

"You could not find a better example of women of power than the female executives represented in this issue. Our editorial team developed this list to not only celebrate the black female business elite," says Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., president and CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE, a business, investing, and wealth-building...

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16:14
Notable apps and app updates for March 7, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Nada Fahim has introduced All in One - ToDo, Smart Calculator, Notes & Vault 1.0. The $1.99 app features a to-do list, a smart calculator, notes and a storage “vault.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Koingo Software has released MacPilot 9, the latest incarnation of the “tinker tool” for macOS. It has over 500 features.

MacPilot allows you to harness the power of the UNIX underpinnings of macOS. It’s designed for those ranging from the perfectionist who wants to tweak the appearance and functionality of the Dock or Finder, to the system administrator locking-down the...

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15:53
Mozilla is bringing modern video games to your...

Modern 3D video games require a ton of processing power to look good and respond to player input quickly. That's why most of the web-based games you see today are at best stripped down versions of their PC or console counterparts. The team behind the...

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15:44
Apple accused of banning iPhone ads from Chinese...




Apple is claimed to have interfered with advertising campaigns cellphone carriers in Australia posted in local Chinese-language media outlets, with a report alleging the iPhone producer did not want to be seen as supporting newspapers critical of the Chinese government.

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15:42
Instagram updates Stories feature with support for...

As it continues to play catch up to Snapchat, Instagram today updated its Stories feature with support for geostickers, a capability that Snapchat has supported for a while now and is arguably one of its most unique features.

At this point, Instagram’s geofilters aren’t nearly as widespread as Snapchat’s, but presumably that will change as time progresses…

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15:31
Looney Tunes and other classic cartoons get a...

Your favorite Saturday morning cartoons are going digital. Turner and Warner Bros. are teaming up for a new standalone video subscription service called Boomerang. It'll offer over 5,000 titles from the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation l...

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15:16
Apple Music's Bozoma Saint John makes Black...




Business magazine Black Enterprise on Tuesday announced Bozoma Saint John, the head of global marketing for Apple Music, as one of a number of people highlighted in its "Most Powerful Women in Business" list for 2017.

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15:12
Nintendo wins a key case against a 3DS modchip seller

Nintendo is no stranger to cracking down on companies that sell tools enabling pirated games on its consoles. However, its latest victory might be more important than most. The company has won a copyright case in Canada that accused Go Cyber Shopping...

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15:00
IT professionals think Apple devices are easier to...

A recent survey has found that your IT department thinks a Mac is more manageable than a PC or Chromebook.

According to a survey of IT professionals, Macs and iOS devices are easier to manage when it comes to security, device configuration, software deployment, and support. Of those surveyed, 62 percent said the Mac is as easy or easier to deploy than PC, and 93 percent said it’s as easy or easier to deploy an iPhone or iPad over another device.

While most IT professionals found Apple’s products easier to manage overall, that was not the case when it comes to Mac integration. Only 36 percent of IT professionals claimed that it was easy or easier to integrate Macs into other environments. The survey is based on responses from 300 IT professionals and was...

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15:00
AWT News Update: March 7, 2017

We have some fascinating Apple news bits for you today, including our very own rumor about the next Apple event!

  • Apple released the fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4 today, so expect to see the final version released in the relatively near future
  • Some rumors swirling around forced us to create our own rumor - that the iPad event we're expecting will be held on April 4, 2017
  • WikiLeaks dumps a new bunch of files, this time stating that the CIA has a team that's dedicated to iPhone penetration and that they've "lost control" of the tools they have

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

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14:57
FCC chairman Ajit Pai nominated for another term

President Donald Trump has officially nominated current FCC Chairman and net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai for another five-year term on the commission, Axios reported on Tuesday. Pai's first term officially ended on July 1, 2016, but FCC commissioner...

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14:45
ACLU and 170 other groups ask the FCC to keep net...

The current FCC administration is determined to end net neutrality whatever the cost, but that isn't stopping policy groups from making a bid to save it. Over 170 groups (including the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation...

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14:37
Apple Pay adds support for additional banks and card...

After prepping for and officially launching its Apple Pay service in Ireland today— the 14th country to get access to the payments service— Apple has also added 15+ additional banks and credit unions for two previously supported markets.

The company today added over a dozen additional banks and credit unions for users in the U.S., and in recent days added 8 new institutions & card issuers for users in Japan. A full list of the newly added banks is below.

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14:30
GDC opens up its arms to the trans community

Two weeks ago, the Trump administration rolled back federal protection for transgender students who wish to use the restroom that aligns with their gender identity. The act has drawn criticism for not just discriminating against transgendered people,...

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14:20
CNN launches a virtual reality news unit

The Cable News Network is going virtual. CNN has announced the launch of a new immersive journalism unit called CNNVR that will produce videos and live streams of major news events, along with a weekly virtual reality experience.

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14:18
iPad Pro ship dates may hint at Apr. 4 event, likely...




Apple could be preparing to announce or launch new iPads on Apr. 4, shipping delays for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro suggest, though Apple is unlikely to hold a launch event at Apple Park's Steve Jobs Theater as speculated by one website.

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14:04
Instagram Stories now feature Snapchat-like...

Snapchat gave users location-specific stickers for snaps back in August and now Instagram is doing the same. With a recent update to the photo-sharing app, you can now use geostickers to adorn images and videos in Instagram Stories. Right now though,...

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14:00
Lightroom for iOS turns your iPhone into a DSLR with...

Adobe optimized its powerful Lightroom photo-editing app for iOS 10 and the iPhone 7 last fall, but an update rolling out this week is taking advantage of Apple’s camera in a whole new way.

Lightroom Mobile version 2.7 is adding a raw high-dynamic range capture mode to help you achieve effects you were previously only able to get with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. The iPhone 7 Plus’s dual-lens system puts a DSLR-quality camera in your pocket already, and now Lightroom is upping the ante.

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13:56
How a joke tweet brought 911 to its knees

For over 12 hours in late October, 911 lines across the country were ringing so much that they nearly went down. Nobody knew why this was happening, until Phoenix police discovered that 18-year-old Meetkumar Hitesbhai Desai tweeted a link that caused...

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13:41
Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John named one of ‘Most...

Apple Music’s Head of Global Marketing Bozoma Saint John has increasingly become a face for the company as the exec has appeared on stage at Apple events to introduce features and milestones for the service. Today she is named one of the ‘Most Powerful Women In Business’ by Black Enterprise magazine, making a final list of other prominent African American women that includes Beyonce, ABC president Channing Dungey, and WNBA President Lisa Borders, among others.

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13:38
Deals: Fully loaded 2015 12" MacBook for $1,299...




With very limited supply left, Adorama is taking $450 off Apple's 2015 12-inch MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 512GB) in Space Gray with no tax outside NY and NJ. Top Rated Plus eBay sellers also have refurbished Yuneec drones for $499 ($300 off new) and GSM unlocked 16GB iPhone 6 devices for $229.97.

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13:32
Nine Years of Apple's iOS SDK generated $60...




Nine years ago, Apple released its first Software Development Kit for iOS, enabling third parties to build native apps for iPhone and iPod touch for sale in the iTunes App Store. The program has since generated over $60 billion for Apple's developers and has created 1.4 million jobs related to app development.

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13:24
Rumor: iPad event speculated to be April 4th at...

Last month we shared a roundup of everything we expect from Apple’s rumored spring event for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Apple World Today now speculates one possibility for when and where Apple might hold its rumored spring event.

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13:13
'Star Trek: Discovery' will have Jason...

Star Trek: Discovery's cast has slowly been coming together, but there's been one glaring omission: who's helming the show's namesake ship? At last, we know: say hello to Jason Isaacs, who will play the USS Discovery's Captain Lorca in the internet-f...

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12:54
Best aftermarket head units with Apple CarPlay for...

Lots of new cars are being introduced with Apple CarPlay this year, which is great if you’re in the market for a new vehicle, but you can easily add CarPlay to your current vehicle with aftermarket head units. With this in mind, we’ve tested several aftermarket CarPlay models and have come up with recommendations for various budgets.

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12:48
Uber confirms it's hiring a Chief Operations...

The rumors of Uber planning to hire a second-in-command were true. CEO Travis Kalanick has confirmed that his ridesharing company is "actively looking" for a Chief Operating Officer that would work with him to "write the next chapter in our journey."...

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12:42
Improving iPhone videography with the Beastgrip Pro...

By itself the iPhone has proved to be a more than capable photography and videography camera. And just like with standalone cameras, when combined with the right accessories, you can enhance the quality of your photos and videos.

For a lot of videographers in particular, a good camera cage marks the beginnings of a flexible video-taking rig. The same can hold true with the iPhone. When paired with an accessory like the BeastGrip Pro — a smartphone-centric camera rig and lens adapter system — you can bolt on additional accessories that allow you to do even more. more…

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12:41
Learn how to read faster with Spritz on the iPhone...




The average reading speed of an adult is just about 300 words a minute, which sounds impressive, but comprehension suffers as adults also tend to only retain about 60% of what they read -- fix both with Spritz.

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12:35
Rumor: Apple iPad event to be held on April 4, 2017...

If you've been looking for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you've probably noticed on the Apple online store  -- and read on most Apple-related websites -- that the device is currently showing a 2-3 week shipping time. What's really interesting is that clicking on the "Check availability" link for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro shows an April 4, 2017 availability date for any color, storage size, or connectivity choice (see image below). 

We've been hearing recurring rumors that a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a possible 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a revised 9.7-inch model to replace the iPad Air 2, and even a 7.9-inch iPad mini update might be announced soon. Perhaps Apple's event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, meaning that the new device would have "same day" availability after an announcement.

This makes sense for one more reason as well. At Apple's last event at 1 Infinite Loop, Tim Cook noted that it would be the last one at the current Apple headquarters. We now...

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12:24
Chanel 'launched' a rocket during its...

Fashion brands are really into space-themed shows at the moment. Just a few weeks ago, designer Nick Graham revealed his "Life on Mars: F/W 2035" menswear collection in NYC, and now Chanel has done something similar for its Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear ev...

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12:18
What the death of the CRT display technology means...

In my travels to dive bars throughout North America, I’d often see an old arcade game off in a corner. I was always happy to pop a few quarters in and play those wonderful old devices. I’d never thought about what happens when they can no longer use CRTs.

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12:00
Managing Apple in the enterprise

There may be some bias in this report but it at least confirms something many have known or suspected for years – Macs are easier to deploy, cost less and, when employees are given a choice of computer systems to use, they often choose to use Macs. The days of IT claiming they need to standardize on one device or brand are over.

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11:59
App Store URL suggests next MacOS upgrade not...




The first sign of Apple's next major release of macOS does not appear to be an increment to version 11, after a discovery of a catalog URL for the Mac App Store suggesting macOS 10.13 will be previewed to developers in the coming months.

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11:58
ZTE will pay $1.19 billion for violating US trade...

ZTE is still feeling the pain from its alleged violation of US trade sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The Chinese tech giant has reached an agreement with the Commerce Department to both plead guilty to violation charges and pay a total of $1....

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11:44
Google's Neural Machine Translation engine...

Late last year, Google announced a breakthrough in translating. Dubbed Neural Machine Translation, it let Google’s AI-powered engine tackle full sentences instead of just words, giving translations a more natural feel. Now Google is expanding it to a several more languages.

Back when it launched, Google’s new translator was available for English and just eight other languages, including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish. Now it is bringing it to Hindi, Russian, and Vietnamese, with more rolling out in the coming weeks. The new languages are available anywhere Google Translate exists:  iOS and Android apps, on the web at translate.google.com or via Google search, and the Google...

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11:38
App camp for girls

This is a very popular program so, if you know any eligible girls, sign them ASAP.

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11:37
Apple seeds fifth developer beta of macOS 10.12.4...




Apple on Tuesday issued a fifth beta of macOS 10.12.4 to developers, bringing the software update one step closer to a public release.

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11:30
Toyota put on a race to find the most-efficient...

There's an air of excitement in the car as we whip around a corner at Sonoma Raceway, 45 minutes north of San Francisco. The passenger up front is barking stats at the driver while staring at an iPad: "We're at 24 percent, 27 percent, 32 percent, 37...

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11:19
Balloon Light

Seriously, how could you not like this.

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11:18
Lowest Price Anywhere: Apple's high-end 15...




AI readers this week can exclusively save $300 on Apple's premium Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.7GHz processor, 512GB of storage space and Radeon 455 graphics, bringing the price down to $2,499 with free expedited shipping. Plus, B&H will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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11:12
Information on first iPad Pro 10.5-inch case...




A Spanish distributor has allegedly been provided details about a case from an unnamed manufacturer gambling on the imminent release of a new Apple 10.5-inch iPad.

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11:09
External Link: Judge: FBI Can’t Force Touch ID...

Apple has scored an indirect victory in its ongoing skirmish with the FBI. A U.S. magistrate judge has ruled that the FBI cannot force potential targets to provide fingerprints to unlock Touch ID-equipped devices. The long-accepted rule of thumb in the security world has been that passcodes are more secure than fingerprints because you could be compelled to place your finger on the scanner but not to provide a passcode. This is a narrow decision, but it’s good to see the judicial system starting to catch up with the tech world.

 

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11:02
This 1080p 27-inch curved monitor just dropped to $...

This one’s for the gamers—and everyone else who loves awesome desktop displays. Samsung’s 27-inch curved monitor from the CF390 series is on sale at CDW until Friday for $190. Typical prices for that monitor are well over $200 on other sites around the web and often above $300.

The monitor features a 27-inch display with 1080p resolution, and a curvature radius of 1,800mm. Color support is 16.7 million colors. There’s a 4 millisecond response time, 178-degree viewing angle, 250-nit brightness, and 3000:1 contrast ratio.

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11:01
Apple rolling out macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta 5 for Mac

Apple is rolling out the fifth macOS 10.12.4 beta for developer testing. The upcoming version of macOS Sierra is the first to bring Night Shift to the Mac. Build 16E183b is currently available on Apple’s developer portal and should be available through the Mac App Store soon.

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11:00
Lyft lets you hail rides directly through other apps

Before long, you'll be able to hail a Lyft ride from a lot more places than just the company's app. That's the vision behind a new program for developers the company launched today called the Dispatch Developer Program. Lyft says that this set of API...

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10:40
Apple partners Foxconn and TSMC said to be bidding...

Digitimes cites Chinese publication Liberty Times in reporting that Apple manufacturing partners Foxconn and TSMC are planning to bid for shares of Toshiba’s flash storage business. The move could bolster Toshiba against Samsung which leads in the memory space.

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10:36
Amazon drops case for Alexa’s First Amendment rights

Amazon has abandoned its legal battle to protect its Alexa assistant with First Amendment rights — for now at least. The company filed a motion against a police search warrant in an Arkansas murder case earlier this month, but has now dropped the case after the defendant agreed to hand over the data contained on his Echo speaker to police.

Clearly, this will come up again.

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10:31
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10:24
Honda, Porsche announce new Apple CarPlay-compatible...

Here's the accessory you've always wanted for your iPhone -- a sports car! Today car manufacturers Honda and Porsche both announced new models that feature Apple CarPlay compatibility, so it's time to talk your significant other into letting you buy one of these to go along with that nice iPhone 7 Plus you own...

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Honda's entry is the new 2017 Civic Type R, a racing-oriented sporty version of the longtime US standard Civic. The car has been available in Japan and other countries for quite some time, featuring better performance than a run-of-the-mill Civic, bucket seats, special driving modes, and a digital display that highlights lap times, g-forces, and other important info.

The Civic Type R supports both CarPlay and Android Auto through a 7-inch touchscreen in the dash. For those who haven't gone deaf already, the Type R has a 540-watt sound system with...

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10:22
This attack alarm is baked into a ring

The obvious issue with a personal attack alarm is that if you don't have one in your hand, it's pointless. We've seen a few devices that incorporate technology inside jewelry, which is the method adopted by Nimb's smart ring. After a successful crowd...

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10:21
An artist helps iTunes’ User Agreement go down easy

The EULA so many of us click through without ever bothering to read is ripe for parody and mockery.

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10:10
Macs and iPhones easier to support and deploy than...




Macs and iPhones are easier for IT administrators to deploy to workers than PCs and other smartphone platforms, according to a survey examining the increased adoption of Apple products in enterprise, with the results also indicating that Macs and iOS devices are also perceived as easier to secure and support than alternatives.

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10:09
eMate 300 turns 20

Stephen Hackett put together some links celebrating the eMate’s birthday. I’ll be honest, I forgot all about this product.

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10:07
External Link: Steve Jobs Initially Thought the...

On the Recode Decode podcast, former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Ron Johnson, who pioneered the Apple Store, revealed that Steve Jobs initially called the Genius Bar “idiotic.” Jobs argued that people who know technology don’t know how to connect with people, but the next day he ordered Apple Legal to file a trademark for “Genius Bar.” It’s a good reminder that Jobs not only didn’t come up with all of Apple’s good ideas, he also rejected many of them at first. But it also shows how Jobs was willing to be persuaded by people whose opinions he trusted.

 

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10:00
Pinterest adds visual search to its handy browser...

Pinterest introduces new ways for its users to access pinned items on the regular and today it's revealing yet another. Starting tomorrow, you can employ the company's visual search tech to hunt for things from inside its browser extensions. How does...

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10:00
BBC and ITV's 'BritBox' streaming...

The BBC and ITV have banded together to launch their own subscription streaming service in the US. They've teased "BritBox" before, but now it's actually here, for $6.99 per month on the web, Apple TV and Android (Roku, Chromecast and iOS apps are in...

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10:00
Razer's new digital currency is both outdated...

The last thing the gaming industry needs is another digital currency system that supplants dollars for an exclusive "points" system -- and yet that's exactly what Razer invited me to see at its San Francisco offices last week. The company's pitch was...

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