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Wednesday January 31

18:45
Apple reminds podcasters of Podcast Analytics &...

Apple this evening sent an email to podcasters outlining some reminders about changes to the Apple Podcasts platform, as well as an announcement that makes podcast submission easier for hosting partners…

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18:26
Telegram & Telegram X messaging apps both...

Popular messaging app Telegram has today disappeared from the App Store on iPhone and iPad. Interestingly, both the primary Telegram app and the faster, Swift-built alternative Telegram X have been removed without any reasoning from the company itself…

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18:10
Nintendo developing mobile 'Mario Kart Tour...




Nintendo on Wednesday announced it is currently developing a mobile installment "Mario Kart" set to debut in fiscal 2019, a release that will bring the company's immensely popular racing franchise to iOS for the first time.

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17:52
Nintendo officially announces new Mario Kart game...

After years of requests from users, Nintendo today officially announced that a mobile version of Mario Kart is under development. While specifics remain unclear, the company says the game will be released sometime in the next 13 months…

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17:26
Apple suppliers hint at slowing iPhone sales ahead...

As we await the release of Apple’s first quarter earnings tomorrow, some of the company’s suppliers are offering a peak at what we might see. As Bloomberg notes, both Qualcomm and Broadcom implied during their own respective earnings announcements that iPhone orders are slowing down more than normal for this time of year…

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17:02
Apple ceases code signing for older iOS versions...




Apple on Wednesday stopped signing iOS 11.2,11.2.1 and 11.2.2 following last week's release of iOS 11.2.5, ensuring iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners are running the latest version of the mobile operating system.

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16:40
How to transfer your iPhone or Mac Photo library to...




Storing an entire collection of photographs in Apple's Photos app on macOS can be a great way of keeping precious memories in order, but there are occasions when it needs to be stored on an external hard drive. AppleInsider explains how to shift the Photos Library to a new location while keeping all images safe and intact.

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16:23
Apple stops signing older versions of iOS following...

Apple this evening has stopped signing three previous versions of iOS following the release of iOS 11.2.5 last week. Specifically, the company has stopped signing iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, and iOS 11.2.2 for all devices…

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16:14
Hawaii officials fire officer who triggered false...

On January 13th, an officer of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) triggered a missile alert that plunged residents statewide into temporary chaos before the alarm was called off as a mistake. While news emerged yesterday that the employe...

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16:07
Apple's iPhone X outsold iPhone 8 series 2-to-1...




Bucking -- seemingly spurious -- claims that Apple is cutting iPhone X production due to weak demand, a report from Counterpoint on Wednesday found the flagship iPhone outsold its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus siblings by a 2-to-1 ratio. And it wasn't because iPhone sales flagged.

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16:06
AT&T says revamped DirecTV Now w/ cloud DVR...

After teasing a major DirecTV Now enhancement in the past, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson now says that update will come sometime in the spring of 2018. As previously announced, the revamped DirecTV Now will offer cloud-based DVR, interface updates, and more…

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15:48
018: Square Cash supporting Bitcoin, HomePod versus...

Today we’ve got Apple confirming a DOJ and SEC investigation, the latest CarPlay SUV to hit the road, Square Cash getting into Bitcoin, and Michael Steeber on how Snow Leopard became synonymous with stability.

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15:25
Apple Music gets access to exclusive mixes from...




Apple Music has scored exclusive access to content from three of the world's top DJs, Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One, which will arrive as part of a library of mixes coming to the streaming service thanks to rights management firm Dubset.

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15:21
AT&T's big DirecTV Now update arrives this...

You now have a better idea of when AT&T's next-gen TV platform will roll out to streamers on a larger scale. Alongside the telecom's latest earnings, CEO Randall Stephenson has confirmed that the "next-gen" DirecTV Now will launch in spring 2018....

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15:15
Slack communication app slacking off, removes Apple...

In the latest release of Slack for iOS, the company has removed its Apple Watch counterpart as a whole. So, for those who were hopeful that the Watch app would go independent, this is sad news.

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14:56
Qualcomm share prices drop despite rosy earnings,...




Despite beating street estimates on the back of market diversification, Qualcomm stock is down in aftermarket trading as shareholders await the resolution of external issues including an ongoing Apple licensing dispute, government probes and a hostile takeover by competitor Broadcom.

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14:54
Apple Music adds exclusive DJ mixes from Steve Aoki...

Spotify and Apple Music partnered up with Dubset, a rights-management and distribution platform for DJs and remixers, a couple of years ago. Sony Music and independent record company Merlin also partnered with the company to make sure samples in remi...

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14:34
Comcast adds Super Bowl-specific voice cues to...

Comcast has been expanding entertainment options Xfinity X1 platform, from fantasy football to Jackbox games on its cable boxes. But in anticipation of Americans' most entertaining weekend, the company has added new voice commands to help fans catch...

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14:12
Square Cash now allows anyone to buy and sell bitcoin

Square's Cash App has been helping people send and receive money without fees for a while now. Originally an money-by-email service, Cash App has grown into a more robust offering with its own prepaid Visa card. The company has been testing buying an...

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13:48
Microsoft's cloud business just keeps growing

If there's one major takeaway from Microsoft's earnings reports over the last few years, it's this: The cloud is everything for Microsoft. And, based on the company's financials for the second quarter of 2018, its success in the cloud doesn't appear...

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13:47
AppleCare+ Mac warranties come to Australia &...




Mac buyers down under can now opt into AppleCare+ plans, which offer up to three years of warranty coverage, including cheaper rates for two incidents of accidental damage.

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13:44
Trump reportedly seeks massive budget cuts to clean...

The Trump administration has made it very clear that it is pro fossil fuels and has little interest in pushing programs the promote renewable energy. Now, the Washington Post reports that the president's proposed 2019 budget slashes funds for Energy...

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13:20
We spend less time on Facebook, but it still makes...

The past few weeks haven't been easy for Facebook. After announcing an overhaul to its News Feed earlier this month, one that places emphasis on people's interactions over content from brands, the company has been taking heat for its new approach. No...

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13:17
Apple updates Support app for iOS, adds new...

Apple today made a pair of small announcements for developers and users. First off, the company has pushed a small update for the Apple Support app on iOS. Furthermore, Apple added new capabilities to Transporter, its command-line delivery tool…

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13:11
Apple extends AppleCare+ for Mac to New Zealand and...

Apple has today extended its AppleCare+ for Mac program, previously only available in the United States and Japan, to New Zealand and Australia

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13:05
Twitter now says 1.4 million users interacted with...

Midway through January, Twitter posted a public statement on their blog confirming that over 677,000 users had followed, liked or retweeted messages from Russian-backed spam accounts. The social network reached out to inform everyone who had. But tod...

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13:00
GoPro's Plus service will replace your busted...

GoPro has amped up its Plus subscription in a big way. The offering, which was mostly a back-up service for your photos and videos, now comes with device replacement for the same price. GoPro says if you break your camera, it'll replace it for you wi...

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12:53
As other analysts cut AAPL estimates, Guggenheim...




Ahead of Apple's December quarter results, analysts have been slashing targets for the company, based on a belief that iPhone sales are slower than expected. But Robert Cihra of Guggenheim hasn't budged on his $215 price target, telling investors on Wednesday that he sees the iPhone X as the start of a multi-year upgrade cycle.

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12:52
Apple iPhone X review

Digital Photography Review’s site is my go-to place for information and reviews of cameras. Their reviews are authoritative and exhaustive.

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12:52
Apple World Today News Update: January 31, 2018

We leave the month of January with an extended edition of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • Apple is crippling macOS Server later this spring and asking administrators to consider switching to open source versions of the apps that make up the server package
  • 18-core iMac Pros are on the way to some lucky folks who ordered the powerful computer
  • One feature to expect in Apple operating systems later this year is the ability for developers to easily port iOS apps to Mac, with iPad apps reportedly requiring little or no changes to run on macOS
  • Apple responds to SEC and DOJ investigations with a statement describing its intentions in throttling iPhone CPUs

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

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12:30
Logitech adds notification snapshots, whole-home...




Looking to ramp up appeal, Logitech on Wednesday announced a pair of upgrades for the Circle 2, its iPhone- and iPad-compatible security camera.

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12:30
NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end...

A year ago, NVIDIA's GeForce Now game-streaming service let me play The Witcher 3, a notoriously demanding PC-only title, on a MacBook Air. This year, NVIDIA finally unveiled the Windows version of the service, and it was even more impressive. I was...

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12:08
YouTube TV snags rights to local Los Angeles FC...

You can certainly watch sports on cord-cutting TV services, but major sports exclusives? Not until now. YouTube TV has reached a deal that makes it the official live TV and video partner for Major League Soccer's brand new team, the Los Angeles Foo...

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12:00
Can Amazon Go help the unbanked go digital?

If Amazon's newly opened Go supermarket is any indicator, shopping with physical currency won't be an option for much longer. Instead of human cashiers (or even self-checkout stands), the store relies on a range of technology to know who's shopping a...

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11:51
Democrats demand more from Facebook and Twitter on #...

Last week, Representative Adam Schiff and Senator Dianne Feinstein asked Facebook and Twitter to investigate whether Russia-linked accounts were involved in spreading the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign. The hashtag refers to a memo written by Republican Re...

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11:49
External Link: The Legend of Snow Leopard

In the view of many long-time Mac users, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was the pinnacle of Apple’s desktop software, with every update since a step backward in one way or another. 9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber looks into this phenomenon and its origins. Along with the timing and pricing issues Steeber mentions, an argument could be made that Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X before Apple started to add iOS elements in 10.7 Lion. Plus, Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X to support Rosetta, and thus the last version that could run PowerPC applications. Despite all this, it’s worth remembering that Snow Leopard hasn’t seen a security update in years.

 

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11:35
Early 18-core iMac Pro orders now shipping to US...




Apple is now shipping three out of four of it's major sub-groups of iMac Pro models, with purchasers of the 18-core model now getting notifications that the machines are on their way.

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11:32
Amazon patent details hand-tracking wristbands for...

Companies are all about making sure you're working, and they're using increasingly high-tech solutions to do so. One firm in London uses AI to analyze your daily behavior, while the FreshTeam messaging app can track employee locations. Now, Amazon wa...

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11:15
Logitech adds snapshot alerts to HomeKit-enabled...

Logitech has released a new firmware update to Circle 2 cameras that adds snapshot alerts for free. The feature sends a still image as a notification to your iPhone when motion is detected so you can know if it needs your attention or not.

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11:07
Researchers treat ear defect by growing implants...

While scientists have been working on growing organs and body parts like ears for some time, researchers in China have taken it one important step further. They've grown new ears for five children with microtia -- an ear defect that results in small,...

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10:59
Apple offers online battery reservations in Canada,...

Apple has started testing a new way for customers to reserve battery replacements through its Support website in Canada. Meanwhile, the company is recommending for customers to call or chat with Apple Support for reservations in other regions.

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10:34
Apple launches iPhone battery replacement...




Apple appears to be launching a trial of a iPhone replacement reservation program in Canada, with the app taking names for particular models, and promising to alert users when the battery is available locally.

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10:30
How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

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10:28
The Mac, The Myth, The Legend: How Snow Leopard...

Following the news that Apple had refocused their plans for iOS 12 around stability and performance over new features, many were quick to liken the move to a “Snow Leopard release” of iOS. In recent years, the phrase has reached mythological status in the Apple community, a catch-all referring to stable software and “the good ol’ days” of the Mac.

But how did this perception develop? Was Mac OS X Snow Leopard really the gold standard of software releases, an undefeated champion in the halls of computing history? Believe it or not, the meme is almost as old as the software itself.

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10:27
Two former Apple TV designers serve up Caffeine

Two former Apple TV designers, Ben Keighran and Sam Roberts, have raised $46 million in  in two rounds of funding led by Silicon Valley VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners to launch Caffeine, a startup looking to take on Amazon-owned Twitch with a new social-broadcasting service, reports Variety.

Before starting Caffeine, Keighran worked at product design lead for Apple TV. He joined Apple in 2012, when the tech giant acquired Chomp, a search startup he co-founded and led as CEO. Roberts previously worked at Apple as a senior user experience designer and was a senior designer for Apple TV, iPhoto, Aperture, and other products.

Caffeine is a social broadcasting platform and community for gaming, entertainment, and the creative arts. It allows you to engage in real-time with broadcasters or viewers. You can even...

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10:11
Weak US Dollar will supercharge Apple's already...




Over the past year, the weakening U.S. dollar has created an increasingly favorable currency exchange environment boosting the value of Apple's foreign revenues as stated in dollars. That will have a significant impact on the company's quarterly earnings reported tomorrow.

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10:03
Square Cash app now lets you easily buy and sell...

If you’re curious about the Bitcoin craze but haven’t jumped in yet, Square Cash has made it super simple to buy and sell Bitcoin from your iPhone. Square CEO Jack Dorsey says Cash added Bitcoin trading because the company sees Bitcoin “as a long-term path towards greater financial access for all.”

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10:00
RavPower's 20,000mAh power bank is just $26...

Charger maker RavPower is having a one-day sale on Amazon today. The discounts are decent across the board, but the best item of the bunch is a 20,000mAh dual-port power bank for $26. This deal lasts until just before midnight on Wednesday Pacific time.

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09:31
Popular iOS email client Polymail update now...

The popular iOS email client Polymail has some major updates coming today, according to the company blog. New features include advanced search, semantic date entry, and support for Windows with web access.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV 64GB $170, High-end...

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

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09:20
Apple Still Aims To Allow iPad Apps To Run on Macs...

Apple's push for performance and security improvements over new features will also apply to this year's Mac software, Axios reported on Wednesday, but one key feature remains on the roadmap for 2018: The ability for Macs to run iPad apps. From the report: On the Mac side, this is taking the form of a new project around security as well as improvements in performance when waking and unlocking the system. While users would certainly welcome changes that make their systems run better and more securely, customers tend to be more motivated to make purchases based on new features rather than promised improvements around security or performance, which can be tough to judge. The signature new feature for the Mac -- the ability to run iPad apps -- is a significant undertaking that adds a high degree of complexity to this year's OS release.

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08:55
Steve Wozniak explains one big problem he has with...

After initially holding out on picking up an iPhone X, Steve Wozniak said last month that Tim Cook sent him one. While he hasn’t shared much about his thoughts on the flagship iPhone to date, last week he described some of his biggest frustrations with the iPhone X in a talk at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm.

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08:46
Amazon's Super Bowl ad reveals the same old...




After a teaser suggested new voice options could be coming to Alexa, the release of Amazon's full Super Bowl spot reveals it was all just a joke, setting up a primetime ad where celebrities substitute in for Alexa -- and poorly.

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07:59
Acura rolls out MDX Sport Hybrid SUV with Apple...




Honda's luxury Acura brand is on Thursday launching the 2018 MDX Sport Hybrid, a sport utility with support for Apple CarPlay, which lets iPhone owners control Siri and compatible iOS apps from their dashboard.

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07:55
Phil Schiller on HomePod

Sound & Vision is an audio, video consumer products magazine. They had the chance to sit down with Phil Schiller to talk HomePod.

A few tidbits:

We think we can create a new kind of music experience in the home that sounds incredible, and is fun to interact with. That’s what’s driving us with HomePod. And it can also be the hub for your smart home. Voice technologies like Siri are also gaining in popularity with Siri responding to over 2 billion requests each week. This helps us understand how people actually interact with their devices, what they ask, and helps us create a product for the home that makes sense.

The HomePod as hub. That’s as advertised.

Siri, over 2 billion requests each week. That’s a lot of data, and a lot of network traffic. Apple has made a point to design their machine learning architecture to work on device, with zero network connectivity required. It will be interesting to see if Siri evolves in that same direction.

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07:37
Here’s how HomePod will handle future software...

Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac:

HomePod runs a special version of iOS, which means it gets new updates alongside iOS. The latest software publicly available for it is iOS 11.2.5, which will likely be the version installed on HomePods delivered on February 9th.

Software updates for HomePod will be managed through the Home app. The app will alert users when a new software update is available and will show an interface similar to the one used for iOS updates. Users will have the option to enable automatic updates, although it’s unclear how those will be managed. Updates can be installed on a single HomePod, all HomePods in the home or to specific stereo pairs (stereo pairing will not be available on HomePods running different software versions).

Interesting to me that there are a number of different update models at work here, all of them involving a satellite piece of Apple gear. Apple TV tends to update directly on device, Apple Watch has its own directly paired iOS...

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07:30
Exclusive Dubset DJ mixes now on Apple Music,...

Dubset has announced that hundreds of its DJ mixes are now available on Apple Music, including three exclusive sets. Dubset mixes are treated as albums.

[Mixes include] three never-before-heard DJ sets from Steve Aoki, Sigala and DJ Suss One. These mixes celebrate the availability of the millions of tracks in Dubset’s MixBank service including those from major label imprints as well as renowned indies like Stones Throw, XL Recordings, Ninja Tune, Domino, Mozzy Records, !K7, Warp Records, Monstercat, Last Kings, Tommy Boy, Anjunabeats, Fool’s Gold, and Axtone among others. DJs all over the world can now tap into this massive library to create their own mixes …

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07:28
Some macOS Server services being stripped out in...




A support document published by Apple sheds light on what services macOS Server is leaving behind soon, and provides possible options for those needing replacements.

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07:07
2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid latest CarPlay SUV to...

Acura is the latest car brand to release a new hybrid vehicle equipped with CarPlay. The 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid hits the road tomorrow and includes an upgraded 7-inch capacitive touch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard — no subscription required.

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07:03
This 1983 demo says so much about Apple’s past,...

[VIDEO] Harry McCracken, FastCompany:

On the evening of January 26, 1983, as a technology-smitten Boston University freshman, I attended the monthly meeting of the Boston Computer Society, which included a demo of Apple’s brand-new Lisa system. Though I know that I came away enormously impressed, I don’t exactly recall the event like it was yesterday. Actually, just one element was permanently etched onto my brain cells: the moment when the Lisa’s bitmapped, proportional, user-selectable typefaces flashed on screen. It was a mind-bender given that other PCs–like my beloved Atari 400–were capable only of displaying a single fixed-width font of no elegance whatsoever.

And:

What I didn’t realize until I watched the video is that seeing the meeting all over again wasn’t just an act of personal nostalgia. Between them, the IIe and Lisa, and the way Apple explained them to us BCS members, are full of lessons that remain resonant in the era of the iPhone.

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07:00
Dubset releases exclusive DJ sets on Apple Music

Dubset Media Holdings has partnered with Apple Music to provide hundreds of DJ mixes to the streaming platform, including three never-before-heard DJ sets from Steve AokiSigala, and DJ Suss One

These mixes celebrate the availability of the millions of tracks in Dubset's MixBank service including those from major label imprints as well as renowned indies like Stones Throw, XL Recordings, Ninja Tune, Domino, Mozzy Records, !K7, Warp Records, Monstercat, Last Kings, Tommy Boy, Anjunabeats, Fool's Gold, and Axtone among others, says Dubset Media CEO Stephen White. DJs all over the world can now tap into this massive library to create their own mixes and are...

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06:57
How to check if an iPhone is new, refurbished, or a...

It’s all in the model number. Note that this has been true for many, many years and applies to Macs and, I believe, iPads too.

That said, this is one of those arcane bits of trivia that bears repeating.

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06:53
Kensington introduces a new USB-C, USB 3.0 docking...

Kensington has introduced the $219.99 SD4700P Universal USB-C and USB 3.0 Docking Station, which gives organizations full support for both USB-C and USB 3.0 devices from laptops using both macOS and Windows.

You can connect the Docking Station to the USB port on a laptop, and transfer audio, video, data and power (supported USB-C devices with power deliver function only). With Zero Footprint Mounting organizations have the option to attach the dock to the back of any VESA-compatible external monitor display. The Docking Station connects to the single USB-C or USB 3.0 port on a laptop and gives the connected user access to:

  • DisplayPort++/HDMI to provide flexible video connections with support up to 2560x1600 for a single monitor or 2048x1152 for dual monitors using DisplayLink.
  • Six USB ports that extend the productivity capabilities of laptops via one USB-C port, and five USB 3.0 ports, one of which...
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06:52
The iPad lost years for Apple’s media partners

Shira Ovide, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. is revamping its digital bookstore in another attempt to take on Amazon’s dominance. I can’t help thinking: What if?

This is a reference to this article, about Apple remaking the iBooks Store and the iBooks app, simplifying both and making book reading a better experience.

More from Shira:

The missed opportunity was for Apple’s business partners, particularly newspaper and magazine companies, which Apple persuaded to turn themselves inside out to take advantage of the iPad. It turned out that Apple was leading those partners to a dead end.

This is a bit of a curmudgeonly statement, but there is truth at its core. A number of publishers went all in on the iPad, with visions of a simple path from print to digital, with subscriptions intact.

The eighth...

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06:37
The iPhone X takes the top premium smartphone spot...

Apple has retained the lead in India's premium smartphone market thanks to the iPhone X, according to new data from Counterpoint Research

According to the research group’s latest analysis on the Indian handset market, the premium smartphone segment was the second fastest growing segment (up 20% year-over-year) in calendar year 2017. Counterpoint Research found that:

  • Although the segment is more crowded than a year ago, the top three brands, Apple, OnePlus and Samsung, still contribute to 94% of the overall premium market segment.
  • Apple is still the leader in the premium segment, capturing 47% share during Q4 2017 and 38% during 2017, driven by strong shipments of iPhone X and iPhone 7.
  • However, demand for iPhone 8 remains soft and, as a result, the overall Apple shipments in the premium segment declined 31% year-over-year. The decline is also partly due to last year’s strong...
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06:30
Rumor: ‘universal apps’ still in Apple’s pipeline...

Despite reports saying that some key features in iOS 12 and, to a lesser degree, the next version of macOS have been delayed to allow Apple to improve performance and squash bugs, both Bloomberg News and Axios say the tech giant still plans “universal apps” for 2018.

I’m dubious we’ll see ‘em this year, but here’s what the story behind such apps, which are reportedly part...

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06:25
iOS 11.3 brings final fix to Calculator app

[VIDEO] As a reminder, the Calculator app hit a bit of a stumble back in October.

The issue was that the keypress animation for one key took long enough to complete that the follow-on keypress was missed. Apple fixed the problem by eliminating the animation.

The video (embedded in the main Loop post) shows the fix, with the animation back in place.

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06:20
Apple's iPhone X takes top premium smartphone...




Despite intense competition from China's OnePlus, South Korea's Samsung and others, Apple has retained the lead in India's premium smartphone market, crushing Samsung (which exceeded Apple's share last year) and severely blunting the formerly rapid expansion of OnePlus.

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06:18
Report reaffirms Apple still plans to 'allow...




Despite multiple reports saying key features in "iOS 12" have been delayed to allow Apple to improve performance and squash bugs, one highly anticipated feature expected to make it easier for developers to port apps from iOS to macOS is said to still be on target to launch later this year.

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06:13
More analysts pile in with AAPL doubts as share...

More analysts are joining the queue to pour cold water on AAPL’s Q2 prospects, following yesterday’s report that Apple is expected to offer modest guidance for the quarter. A Reuters report said then that analysts now expect guidance of around $60B, down from earlier estimates of $67B.

A fresh roundup today notes that AAPL stock has lost around 6% of its value in the last two weeks, and cites more analysts expressing concern about the current quarter …

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06:10
Apple to use iOS 12 to focus on stability and...

You shouldn’t go looking to iOS 12 for huge, splashy new features.

Instead, Apple will apparently be giving iOS 12 the Snow Leopard/Mac OS X 10.6 treatment and working on targeting stability, performance, and reliability as opposed to adding in loads of new features. The strategy helped fix what was becoming a growing list of issues and complaints about the Mac operating system. Now it seems that’s what’s happening with the next version of iOS for the iPhone and iPad.

Axios has reported that Apple has decided to primarily work on fixes and improvements instead of new features. Features like a redesigned Home screen, Mail and Photos improvements, and in-car interface changes have been pushed out to 2019.

It’s noted that users will see improvements in iOS’ augmented reality, parental controls and health controls this year.

This change seems to come on the heels of Apple perhaps focusing on features while allowing iOS’s overall quality to slide in its...

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06:04
Apple: We Would Never Degrade the iPhone Experience...

Apple today responded to reports that the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are probing its decision to throttle older iPhones, confirming that the U.S government has asked questions. From a report: Apple said it would never intentionally "degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades." Apple acknowledged in December that it was secretly slowing the speeds of iPhones in an effort to help preserve aging batteries. In response to consumer backlash, the company dropped the price of battery replacements for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from $79 to $29.


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06:00
Daily Deal: Get Quality Computer Science Training...

You'd love to get some additional tech education, but your schedule just doesn't give you a lot of time to attend courses. If you could take eight courses on your own time without paying through the nose, wouldn't you do it? Today's deal is The Complete Computer Science Bundle, and through it we're giving you 87+ hours of online tech training for $19.

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05:59
Pocket Informant now available on Mac App Store as...

Fanatic Software has announced the availability of Informant for macOS (10.11 or higher) in the Mac App Store

It’s a cross-platform day planner app that combines your Calendar, Tasks, Projects, and Notes into a single app. Users can combine multiple personal or work calendars from different sources such as iCloud and Google. Its features include sub-tasks, and start-and-end dates.

You can get the Mac-based version or Informant for macOS as a one-time purchase of $49.99. The iOS version of Informant (Informant 5 for iOS) is now available at the Apple App Store as a subscription of $25/year which also includes a subscription to the Informant Sync service. 

You can subscribe to the Informant Sync service ($25/year) to keep all your data in sync across your devices. if you sign up for the Informant Sync service, you can get a free access to the iPhone and iPad versions. Or...

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05:49
Wistron nearing a land deal in India to beef up its...

Wistron, Apple’s primary assembler in India, is close to finalizing a land deal in India’s tech hub of Bengaluru with the company likely to invest about $157 million to develop the site, reports Reuters, quoting two unnamed government officials.

ICT Service Management Solutions, Wistron’s unit that assembles Apple’s low-cost iPhone SE in India, has purportedly been scouting for some 100 acres in and around Bengaluru, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Wistron is likely to use at least a part of this land to set up new assembly lines for Apple, notes Reuters.

Apple has set its sights on the growing Indian market by pushing for shipments of the smartphone model with the goal of doubling the iPhone's market share in the country over the next five years. Focus Taiwan reported...

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05:48
Apple sells a record 22 million iPhones in USA...

Counterpoint Research:

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Pulse program, the US market sold-through 51.2m smartphones during the holiday season quarter of 2017. Apple sell-through during this period was a record 22.39 million smartphones. Apple was able to grow their sell-through market share from 37% to 44%. This is the highest ever market share for Apple in its home market.

Commenting on Apple’s growth story here, Research Director Jeff Fieldhack stated, “Apple shipped a record 22 million iPhones for the first time ever in a quarter in USA and is note-able and impressive feat because the Q4 promotional season was not nearly as aggressive as previous years. In addition, upgrade rates are slightly lower year-over-year as smartphone subscribers are holding onto phones longer. Apple was able to grow their sell through 20% in a market that only grew 2% compared to last year. This means Apple has been successful to take share away from Samsung...

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05:41
Apple responding to government’s inquires about ‘...

Yesterday it was reported that the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether Apple violated securities laws concerning its disclosures about a software update that slowed older iPhone models. Apple has confirmed it has gotten some government questions regarding the so-called “Batterygate.”

“We have received questions from some government agencies and we are responding to them,” Apple said in a statement to Axios.

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries...

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05:37
Apple confirms DOJ and SEC investigations into...

Apple has effectively confirmed yesterday’s Bloomberg report that both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have launched investigations into whether Apple may have broken the law by throttling iPhone performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

The company has also given a statement in response …

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05:35
Wistron close to India land deal for expanded iPhone...




Wistron appears to be lurching closer to a land deal to expand its factories devoted to Apple iPhone production in India, and may start cranking out the iPhone 6s relatively soon.

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05:06
iPhone X wins CNET’s camera shootout against Samsung...

CNET’s Josh Miller did a photo and video shootout between the iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. On paper, the Note 8 camera has marginally better specs – wider aperture for wide-angle and selfie lenses, and 8MP against 7MP – but he declared the iPhone X the overall winner …

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05:00
Apple granted two patents involving its AirPods case

Apple has been granted two patents (numbers 9,883,274 and 9,883,277) for an “earbud case with charging system” and “case with inductive charging system to charge a portable device.” Both involve the case for the company’s AirPods case. 

The patent involve a case with  cavities to receive the pair of earbuds. The case also offers charging circuitry configured to initiate charging of the pair of earbuds when an earbud detector detects that the earbuds are inserted within the cavities.

Apple is also working on an AirPods case that will work with the upcoming AirPower from Apple. The AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office...

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04:56
Apple properly fixes the 1+2+3 Calculator bug in iOS...

There was a big furore in October when the community discovered that the redesigned Calculator app in iOS 11.0 had a semi-serious bug; people noticed that if you typed 1 + 2 + 3 quickly, it would give the incorrect answer. The real problem here was that the fade animation on the operand buttons (+, – etc) would block user interaction until it completed. This meant that if you typed quickly, the second press of the + button when typing 1 + 2 +3 would be ignored, but really this happened with any combination of inputs that pressed the operands quickly.

In iOS 11.2, Apple ‘fixed’ this issue. They removed the animation altogether making state changes instantaneous. It quelled complaints but obviously was not what was originally designed. In iOS 11.3, Apple will rollout the true fix – the animations are back, and do not block user interaction. Video below …

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04:30
Turner is a handy macOS tool for creating and...

Not everyone will need it, but Paper Software’s Turner is handy macOS software for creating and analyzing contracts. It offers a proofreader, streamlined navigation tools, search features, editing tools, file format support, and more.

At the heart of Turner is the Proofreader. Turner's Proofreader automatically checks a contract for common drafting problems: words and phrases that look like defined terms but aren't, broken cross-references, and more.

Manually checking for these problems can take hours, but Turner's Proofreader takes just a few seconds. Since the Proofreader works in the background, you can keep working without interruption while Turner proofreads.

Turner's Navigators allow you to find high-level information in a contract quickly and easily. The Provisions Navigator lets you explore a contract using an intuitive outline view, and the Defined Terms Navigator lets you find important words and phrases with one click. You can use the Related Items...

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04:05
Apple reportedly plans iPhone 6s production in India...

A new report on Wistron’s plans to expand its manufacturing operations in India says that the company will make iPhone 6s models. Only the iPhone SE is currently made in India.

While the report is based on two unconfirmed sources, only one of which is specific, there are two reasons such a move would make sense …

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04:00
How to recover files deleted from your iCloud Drive

Apple’s iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even a Windows PC. If you need to access a file that you deleted within the last 30 days, you can recover it from iCloud.com. Here’s how:

Sign in to iCloud.com.

    •    Click Settings.

    •    Under Advanced, click Restore Files.

    •    Browse the list of files in the Restore Files window.

After 30 days, files are removed from Restore Files.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:39
Apple Park's new employees asked to push for...




As thousands of Apple employees begin moving into new offices at the company's new "Campus Two" at Apple Park, development battles over a new project next door are enlisting their support to build more housing in the quiet Silicon Valley town that's been the corporate home of Apple since its founding.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 31, 2018

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

MyScript has launched Calculator 2. With the $2.99 app, users can write naturally, as if on paper, while the app solves mathematical operations using only the handwritten input.

macOS Apps/Updates

FxFactory has released XEffects 3D Sports Graphics, a Final Cut Pro X plugin suite for macOS. 

Developed by partner Idustrial Revolution, the plugins are designed to fulfill the need in sports of displaying, fixtures, teams, in play graphics, results tables and of course, name supers and associated locators, and tags. Although designed for sports coverage, the...

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03:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2018

January's Mac games

Image by Matt Makes Games

If it’s still cold and miserable outside where you live, then you might be looking for fun things to do indoors. And even if the weather is tolerable, why not find a fun new game to play on your Mac? January didn’t bring a huge heap of major releases to Mac, but luckily, there are some critically acclaimed indie games and other compelling curiosities in the mix.

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Tuesday January 30

22:53
24 Hours Only: High-end 15" MacBook Pro with...




Today only, while supplies last, shoppers can save $1,200 on Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor, 1TB of SSD storage and Radeon 460 graphics, the lowest price we've seen to date. Plus, expedited shipping is free, and there's no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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22:04
Apple responding to US government inquiries over...




Apple late Tuesday confirmed it received, and is currently responding to, questions from U.S. government agencies concerning the handling of iPhone battery issues through a software update that throttled the performance of some handsets.

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19:20
President Trump mentions Apple's pending US...




President Donald Trump gave a tip of the cap to Apple during the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, pointing to the California tech giant's plans to infuse some $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years.

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18:51
President Trump touts Apple’s US investments during...

During his first State of the Union address this evening, President Trump made mention of Apple while touting the growth the United States economy has seen under his watch. Trump acknowledged Apple’s plans to invest in the United States with a new campus and job creation…

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17:11
CNN blames Apple for bombarding users with repeated...




Earlier today, a number of iPhone owners were inundated by a series of repeated Apple News push notifications alerting users to CNN's follow-up on Hawaii's false ballistic missile alarm. The news organization has since issued a statement blaming Apple for the mishap.

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16:01
Back to the Mac 001: Hands-on with my favorite iMac...

The iMac Pro and its new space gray chassis gives us a good excuse to outfit the machine with color complimentary accessories. In this first edition of our new Back to the Mac video series, we discuss some of our favorite peripherals for the iMac Pro. more…

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15:52
CNN blames Apple for mishap that saw users receive...

Update: Some saying they’ve received multiple Fox News alerts as well.

CNN is blaming Apple for a bug that seemingly caused Apple News users to receive multiples of the same push notification for a CNN story. The story in question is a CNN report about the firing of the worker who triggered the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii earlier this month.

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15:49
Microsoft will preview the Edge browser for iPad...

Though Microsoft has been rolling out Edge to more devices, iPad users have been left waiting. But it appears that the browser will finally be making its debut on the iPad sometime soon. As Neowin spotted, Sean Lyndersay, an Edge program manager, twe...

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15:30
017: iOS 12 rumors, DOJ Apple probe, Outcast for...

Today we’ve got fresh details on what’s expected (and not expected) for iOS 12, a new government probe into Apple over iPhone slowdowns, and in interview with Quentin Zervaas who created Outcast for Apple Watch, a new podcast app.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/9to5mac-daily-01-30-2018.mp3

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15:07
Hasbro's viral video-inspired headgear scores...

Teen YouTube is a strange place to the over-30 set, populated with pranks, game streams and possibly most inscrutable of all, challenge videos. YouTube challenges basically ask people to film themselves doing some hard or ridiculous thing, like flipp...

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14:54
Phil Schiller explains what’s changed since the iPod...

As the HomePod release inches closer, Apple and its executives are continuing to tout its sound quality and more to the press. Phil Schiller recently sat down with Sound and Vision to discuss the HomePod, talking about the inspiration Apple drew from the iPod Hi-Fi, how Siri and HomeKit integration works, and more…

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14:42
Amazon's Tom Clancy series 'Jack Ryan...

Want to see how well Tom Clancy's fictional world of spies, soldiers and terrorists translates to streaming services? You now have a date to mark on your calendar, although it'll be a while. Amazon has announced that Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan will premi...

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