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Wednesday July 26

06:00
Waze joins Google Maps on Android Auto

Google Maps has become the de facto way to get from point A to point B. But for commuters and Uber/Lyft drivers, Waze -- with Google's transit information overlaid and crowdsourced data -- has become invaluable. The only problem is that while Google...

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05:57
Foxconn not ready to talk about location, jobs...




Following a the presidential decree that Apple stands poised to open a trio of factories in the U.S. very soon, Foxconn has declared that it is not ready to announce any plans at this time until deals are finalized.

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05:50
O2 eases roaming strain by secretly throttling data...

On June 15th, mobile roaming was more or less abolished across the EU. Great news for anyone wanting to drum up Instagram envy with their holiday snaps, but it's easy to forget the technical challenges -- all of a sudden, cell towers have to deal wit...

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05:40
Federal judge slaps Apple with a $506 million fine...

U.S. District Judge William Conley of Wisconsin has entered a $506 million judgment against Apple for infringing a computer processor patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), more than double what a jury awarded the organization in damages in October 2015, reports the Law360 website.

The judge, in his determination, said WARF is owed additional damages plus interest because Apple continued to use the patented technology without license until the IP expired in December 2016. In early 2013, WARF filed a lawsuit saying that Apple's A7 processor (which is now up to version A10) infringed a university-developed patent that improves "the efficiency and performance of contemporary computer processors...

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05:32
USB 3.2 doubles your connection speeds with the same...

Your future computer or phone will be capable of stupidly fast transfer speeds. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group unveiled the USB 3.2 specification that effectively doubles the current USB 3.1 spec by adding an extra lane. As such, it will allow for two la...

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05:21
Jony Ive shares new details about Apple Park in WSJ...

In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s design chief Jony Ive details various elements of Apple Park including a few tidbits we haven’t heard before. Ive’s interview will be the cover story on the WSJ Magazine’s August issue.

Although the piece does not say when Apple Park will be fully up and running, it does say that Ive’s design team will move over in the fall, scheduled as ‘one of the last’. This suggests that Apple is aiming to have all employees at Apple Park by the end of the year.

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05:15
Adobe announces “end of life” date for Flash Player...

Adobe’s Flash Player now has an end date: the end of 2020.

Adobe says it’s working with companies including Apple and Google to prepare for the upcoming death of Flash, as quoted here:

Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.

Leading up to the end of 2020 and the death of Flash Player, Adobe has stated that it will continue to support the plug-in with both security and browser compatibility updates. In some regions where older, insecure versions of Flash are heavily distributed, however, Adobe plans to ramp up EOL efforts “more aggressively” as part of the effort.

Apple had the following to offer regarding the overall transition...

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05:00
USB Promoter Group announces USB 3.2 protocol, cites...

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, comprising Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies, today introduced an upcoming USB 3.2 specification, which will eventually replace the existing USB 3.1 specification upon release.

While the increase is relatively incremental, the group stated that the USB 3.2 protocol will allow for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation.

With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables.

The USB Promoter Group stated that a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will be capable of 2GB/sec data transfer performance over a USB-C cable certified for USB SuperSpeed 10Gb/s USB 3.1, while also remaining backwards compatible with earlier USB devices.

Along with two-lane operation, USB 3.2 continues to use SuperSpeed USB layer data rates and encoding techniques and will introduce a minor update to hub specifications for seamless...

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05:00
Apple invention would help parents keep track of...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,715,584) designed to make it easier for parents to keep track of their children. The invention is for a “biometric receipt.”

It involves an child’s electronic device — iPhones and Apple Watches are the most logical gadgets — that provides a tracking report to a computing device (another iPhone or Apple Watch) located remotely from it. The tracking report may include location information that identifies the geographical location of the kids’ device, and device user information that identifies the user of the electronic device. And, by kids, this all applies more to teens and pre-teens than toddlers and infants, as they're probably don't have iPhones or Apple Watches.

The device acquires location information for the tracking report through a location awareness capability such as a global positioning system. The device acquires user identification information for the tracking report through a biometric scanning component, such as...

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05:00
eBay is adding visual search to its mobile app

Next time you see a cute pair of shoes or a cool shirt you'd like to buy, snap a picture or take a screenshot. eBay has just announced two new features that adds image search capabilities, similar to Pinterest's visual search tool, to its mobile app....

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04:34
Niantic blames carriers for Chicago GO Fest failure...

After Niantic’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago turned into something of a disaster – with many attendees unable to use the game at all, and others unable to login or suffering crashes – the company has laid most of the blame at the feet of carriers …

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04:30
Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone 7/7 Plus offers...

The Nomad Leather Case for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is a nice compromise of high quality at a reasonable price. It costs $39.95, which is $10 cheaper than Apple’s Leather Case for an iPhone 7 Plus. Apple’s case is easier to install but, once it’s in place, the Nomad is is more protective.

Made from vegetable-tanned Horween leather, it’s designed to look better over time. Much like your favorite pair of raw denim, leather ages in a similar way, developing a “patina” as oils from your skin and other elements of the environment absorb into it. Patina isn’t a bad thing; it’s a good thing. In fact, it’s the main reason people fall in love with natural leather in its raw state. Starting with a beautiful pale tan shade, it eventually develops into any range of browns through wear and use. 

Not only does the Nomad look good, it offers reasonable iPhone security, due to its full-wrap...

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04:03
Google’s Trusted Contacts introduces cross-platform...

Apple’s Find My Friends app can be a really useful way to share your location with your partner, family and friends, but it relies on everyone having an iOS device. Google has just solved that problem by bringing its Trusted Contacts app to iPhone. The app first launched on Android last year.

In addition to working across platforms, it also offers an additional level of control …

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04:02
Nintendo continues to flourish with strong Switch...

With the Switch riding high and the beleaguered Wii U all but retired, Nintendo's accounts are looking a little brighter than usual. The Japanese console maker posted some strong financial earnings today for the three-month period ending on June 30th...

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04:00
How to start up in single-user mode or verbose mode...

If you're an advanced user who’s comfortable with UNIX, you can use single-user mode or verbose mode to help isolate issues related to startup.

Verbose mode (pictured) provides additional details as to what the computer is doing and what drivers and software it is loading during startup. This level of detail can be very helpful for troubleshooting problems with hardware or software, if errors are occurring during startup or after the operating system has loaded.

To start your Mac in single-user mode or verbose mode:

  • Hold down one of these key combinations on your keyboard immediately after pressing the power button to turn on your Mac, or immediately after your Mac begins to restart: Command-S for single-user mode or Command-V for verbose mode.
  • Continue holding the keys until you see white text on the screen.
  • If you're using FileVault, release the keys when you see the login window. Then log in to continue startup in single-user or...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 25, 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

The new Travel Angel lays out Federal Aviation Flight Contracts and Terms, that every passenger has a right too. The $0.99 app includes guidelines on various topics including and not limited to: overbooking, airline security, delayed and canceled flights, rights for passengers with disabilities, and complaining.

macOS Apps/Updates

B-Eng has announced File Manager Pro 1.0.1, the latest version of their dual panel file manager for macOS.

It’s a file managing tool featuring a dual panel layout that allows control and overview when handling and managing files. The...

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03:00
Upcoming USB 3.2 Specification Will Double Data...

A new USB specification has been introduced today by the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is comprised of Apple, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and other companies. The new USB 3.2 specification will replace the existing 3.1 specification and will double data rates to 20Gbps using new wires available if your device embraces the newest USB hardware. Mac Rumors reports: An incremental update, USB 3.2 is designed to define multi-lane operation for USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Type-C cables already support multi-lane operation, and with USB 3.2, hosts and devices can be created as multi-lane solutions, allowing for either two lanes of 5Gb/s or two lanes of 10Gb/s operation. With support for two lanes of 10Gb/s transfer speeds, performance is essentially doubled over existing USB-C cables. As an example, the USB Promoter Group says a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will be capable of 2GB/sec data transfer performance over a USB-C cable certified for USB SuperSpeed 10Gb/s USB 3....

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03:00
The Morning After: Wednesday, July 26th 2017

Welcome to your Wednesday morning. Today we explain how we'll try to stop killer robots, reveal some new gadgets from Motorola and look into the sketchier side of YouTube influencers.

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01:31
Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software...

Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries during its trial run, Kaspersky is re...

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00:03
UK to ban sales of fossil fuel cars by 2040

France isn't the only big country getting ready to ditch fossil fuel vehicles. The UK is planning to ban sales of new fossil fuel-powered vehicles (including vans) from 2040. It's all about improving air quality, the government claims: airborne pollu...

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Tuesday July 25

22:06
Google tests Amazon-like Q&A section for local...

Google is testing a feature you're likely used to seeing on Amazon's listings. SEO Specialist Sergey Alakov has spotted an experimental Questions & Answers section inside search card results for local businesses. Like any other Google test featur...

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20:31
Niantic tries to explain the Pokémon Go Fest problems

On Saturday, Pokémon Go players from around the world gathered in Chicago's Grant Park for a promised special anniversary event, but as we now know, things didn't quite work out. As Niantic Labs explains it, the issues that tripped up Pok&eacu...

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20:15
Apple advertising exec details transparency, pivot...




Apple VP of Advertising Platforms Todd Teresi in a keynote Q&A session at the Postback conference in Seattle on Tuesday explained the company's switch away from iAd in favor of the new Search Ads platform, revealed never before seen internal metrics and discussed the future of app advertising.

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19:32
Google tests vacation rental filter alongside hotel...

Last year, Google issued some updates that made it easier to track down flight and hotel deals and it has recently been testing an option that would bring up vacation rentals when users search for hotels. The new feature shows up under the "Accommoda...

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19:24
Apple ordered to pay $506 million to university in...

A U.S. judge on Monday ordered Apple Inc to pay $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm, more than doubling the damages initially imposed on Apple by a jury.

There is a second lawsuit pending that alleges later Apple devices also infringe on the patent. Apple is appealing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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19:15
Judge orders Apple to pay University of Wisconsin $...

Apple today has been ordered by a U.S. judge to pay $507 million in damages to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s patent licensing arm for patent infringement. The ruling comes after the case’s jury ruled Apple owed $234 million, making the judge’s decision nearly double that of the jury (via Reuters).

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18:46
Apple ad VP talks App Store Search Ads, better...

At the Postback conference last week in Seattle, Apple’s vice president of advertising Todd Teresi sat down with TUNE to discuss the company’s continued efforts in analytics and and mobile measurement. Teresi discussed how Apple plans to continue working with developers to improve metrics in the App Store, and more.

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18:31
The Navy’s railguns are ready for live-fire field...

The US Navy has been testing its railguns, which fire shells at high velocity using electromagnets instead of explosive propellant, for years. Test footage emerged in 2012 showing off successful demonstration of the experimental weapon on land target...

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18:22
Wisconsin court orders Apple pay $506M for...




A U.S. district court judge on Monday ruled Apple must pay $506 million in damages for infringing on a microprocessor technology IP owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing body, adding $272 million to an initial $234 decision reached almost two years ago.

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17:36
FDA approves first MRI machine for premature babies

Premature babies are some of the most vulnerable patients in a hospital, and they also need some of the most dedicated care. Treating these tiny patients in the neonatal unit, or NICU, can be a challenge, especially when it comes to magnetic resonanc...

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16:50
Rumor: Apple may be entering trial production of all...

Forbes iPhone 8 mockup

While a handful of reports and analysts have indicated the iPhone 8 won’t launch as scheduled this year due to production difficulties, Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin today claims that the device is not delayed and has recently entered trial production…

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15:25
Review: Wallflower, an iPhone-connected smart oven...




Wallflower is a practical Internet of Things product that surprised us by doing exactly what it said it would do: Alert us anywhere in the world if our electric oven/stove turns on or off.

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15:14
Google Chrome browser update delivers support for...




Google on Tuesday released a new version of its Chrome web browser for Mac with support for Apple's latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar hardware, bringing a few crucial control options to the laptop's OLED strip.

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15:00
Trump says Apple will build three manufacturing...

“I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants—big, big, big,” Mr. Trump said as part of a discussion about business-tax reform and business investment. “I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward.”

Apple declined to comment.

I guess Tim won’t be giving Trump any secret information on the next iPhone.

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14:54
∞ Assembling the Porsche 911 Turbo S

I want to visit the Porsche factory one day.

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14:34
∞ Stone Sour’s Christian Martucci talks guitars

Great guitarist and we like a lot of the same players.

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14:19
USB 3.2 standard promises 20Gbps speeds over...




An upcoming revision of the USB standard, USB 3.2, should in some cases dramatically boost transfer speeds over Type-C cables -- hinting at a likely upgrade path for Apple's future Macs.

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14:09
Apple Daily Report for July 25, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, deals with some family issues. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

President Donald Trump said in an interview that Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing. The CEO= is said to have promised to build "three big plants, beautiful plants," but little additional info is available.

The latest promotional video for Apple Music features country singer Brantley Gilbert. The black-and-white commercial shows Gilbert riding around on a...

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13:40
Trump Says Apple's Tim Cook Has Promised Him He...

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration's economic goal of reviving American manufacturing. From a report: Apple CEO Tim Cook called Trump to share that the iPhone-maker would do more manufacturing domestically, Trump told WSJ. "I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he's promised me three big plants -- big, big, big," Trump was quoted as saying. Apple has already said that it would start a $1 billion fund to promote advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States. With its wide network of developers, Apple has already created two million jobs in the United States, according to Cook.


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13:37
Trump claims Tim Cook has pledged Apple will build...

Last week we reported that Apple’s spending on lobbying has risen to record highs since Trump took office. Now there is news that President Trump’s lobbying of his own – to get Apple to bring manufacturing stateside – has been successful…at least according to Trump.

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13:25
Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited Security Tool, Sets...


Microsoft has released its long-awaited cloud-based bug detection tool, previously code-named "Project Springfield." The Windows version became generally available, and a new Linux version became available as a preview last week. The tool, Microsoft Security Risk Detection, uses artificial intelligence to hunt down security vulnerabilities in software that is about to be released. Microsoft Security Risk Detection will help developers do fuzz testing, said David Molnar, the Microsoft researcher in charge of the group that developed the tool.

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13:17
Apple will bring 3 manufacturing plants to US,...




Apple is apparently planning to build three manufacturing facilities in the U.S., President Donald Trump has announced, though such facilities are most likely to be through a partnership with Foxconn or some other assembly company.

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13:05
Video: Take a closer look at Apple's new iPad...




Apple's iPad will become more powerful and capable than ever with this fall's launch of iOS 11, particularly with new multitasking features that make it easier than ever to run multiple apps at once. AppleInsider offers a closer look on how it all works.

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12:50
Google Chrome for macOS adds Touch Bar support in...

Version 60 of Google Chrome is rolling out now to macOS with the long awaited Touch Bar support. This release also adds support for a number of developer-focused features, including the Payment Request API and an updated Credential Management API.

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12:03
Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S8 China sales volume...




New sales channel and use data from mainland China suggest that Apple is slipping in the market, dropping off one firm's top list -- but has good company during its decline, with Samsung and Meizu falling as well.

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11:18
Latest Apple Music ad uses motorcycles, patriotism...




Apple's latest promotional video for Apple Music -- now online -- takes a different tack from some other recent spots by featuring country singer Brantley Gilbert.

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10:44
Apple releases new public betas of macOS, iOS, tvOS

Apple has released the third public betas of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11 and tvOS 11. The finished versions are due this fall.

The public betas are available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software, so proceed with care.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

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10:41
Yale launches ‘Assure Lock SL’ Key Free Touchscreen...

Yale Locks & Hardware is launching its latest smart lock product today with one of its most streamlined designs yet and support for Apple’s HomeKit, Z-Wave, ZigBee and Amazon Alexa platforms. It will also enable HomeKit support on six of its existing smart locks through a new module launching this month.

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10:22
Microsoft Adds AI to HoloLens Silicon


The next version of Microsoft's HoloLens may be better at navigating reality than the current version of the mixed-reality headset, thanks to a new coprocessor the company announced Sunday. The second version of HoloLens' custom multiprocessor -- called a "holographic processing unit," or HPU -- will incorporate artificial intelligence technology, Harry Shum, executive vice president of the Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said at the annual CVPR computer vision event. The new HPU will enable HoloLens to do the kind of deep learning processing that typically is done only in the cloud.

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10:15
Apple manufacturer Quanta seen riding high on '...




Regular Apple supplier Quanta Computer is likely to enjoy strong revenues in the second half of 2017, in part because of the third-generation Apple Watch, reports reaffirmed on Tuesday.

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10:11
Kanex releases the GoPlay Sidekick wireless game...

Kanex has released the $59.95 GoPlay Sidekick, a pocket-sized wireless game controller for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Certified by Apple, this portable controller works with almost any controller-supported game on the Apple App Store. 

The rechargeable battery provides 20 hours of gameplay and uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your device. The patent pending, innovative clamshell case protects your controller and serves as a stand to prop up your device and experience console-like gameplay wherever you go.

With a layout inspired by traditional console controllers, Kanex GoPlay offers a more refined level of control than your touchscreen, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. Featuring pressure-sensitive buttons, dual analog joysticks, trigger buttons and a D-pad, you'll enjoy precision control for your favorite mobile games, he adds.

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10:08
Apple deploys third public beta releases of macOS 10...




Registered members of Apple's public beta testing program now have a third pre-release build of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra available to download, arriving just a day after the fourth developer beta.

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10:06
Third macOS High Sierra public beta is now available

Apple has released the third macOS High Sierra public beta for Mac. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of macOS with new features for free.

Today’s macOS High Sierra public beta follows yesterday’s fourth developer version which includes a new Contacts icon and a new Now Playing widget not seen in previous versions.

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10:03
Third tvOS 11 public beta for Apple TV now available

Apple has released the third tvOS 11 public beta for non-developers to test on Apple TV. tvOS 11 public beta includes new features like Home Screen Syncing, light and dark mode automatic switching, and full AirPods support.

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10:00
Moshi Integra Lightning Cable could be the last...

Charging cables are usually pretty unimpressive; I mean, how much can you say about a cable that runs from a USB port or AC adapter to a Lightning port? Well, accessory manufacturer Moshi has come out with a cable that's so well-built it may very well be the last charging cable you'll need to buy (unless Apple decides to switch to USB-C for iOS devices...). The $24.95 Integra USB-A to Lightning Charging Cable might not be the cheapest cable on the market, but it's designed to last.

Moshi Integra Lightning Cable

Let's start with the spine of this cable, which is made of DuPont Kevlar® - the same material that's used in bulletproof vests. Moshi used this durable material so that any section of the cable can be flexed 180-degrees over 20,000 times before breaking. Next, the exterior of the cable is covered with ballistic nylon for two reasons -- prevent...

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09:58
Xiaomi overtakes Apple for fourth place in the...

After six consecutive quarters of growth, Chinese smartphone shipments fell 3% to 113 million in the second quarter (Q2) 2017. China-based Huawei shipped over 23 million to lead the market for the second quarter in a row, according to the Canalys research firm. 

Oppo, a Chinese consumer electronics firm, shipped just over 21 million and had to settle for second place, despite growing 37% year on year. Vivo, an Indian tech company, held onto third place, shipping just over 16 million, losing ground on the leading pair during the quarter.

Xiaomi, a privately owned Chinese electronics company, was the standout vendor as it overtook Apple to take fourth place. It shipped just under 15 million smartphones in China, up more than 60% sequentially.

The rest of the top 10, including Apple, Samsung and Meizu, all suffered annual shipment declines this quarter. China’s smartphone market continues to consolidate, says...

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09:58
Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser...

Adobe plans to phase out its venerable Flash Player by 2020, and browser makers will act even faster to get rid of it.

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09:57
Apple releases third iOS 11 public beta for iPhone...

Apple has released the third iOS 11 public beta for iPhone and iPad. This allows users who are not registered developers to test pre-release versions of iOS with new features for free.

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09:49
R.I.P. Flash, which is on its way out in 2020

Adobe has announced that it will stop developing and and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020 because “open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web.”

Adobe says the impending end of Flash is also due to collaboration with its “technology partners,” including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla. Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major OSs and browsers that currently support Flash content through the planned EOL [end-of-life]. This will include issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility and adding features and capabilities as needed.

The end of Flash is overdue. In June 2016 the...

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09:38
USB: the ‘iPhone 8’ has the potential for huge sales

In a note to investors — as noted by CNBC — USB said it believes the upcoming “iPhone 8” (shown in a fanciful mock-up) has the potential for huge sales because of expected upgrades from phones sold in fiscal 2015.

The Swiss bank also suggested Apple's earning report on Aug. 1 will provide a hint to the new iPhone's release date. UBS said it expects to see a surge of iPhone 6 owners upgrade next year, with the potential to make it a sales "supercycle."

"We expect a bulge of buying in F18 [fiscal 2018] followed by some growth in F19," UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said in the note. "As the iPhone matures, investors should start to better appreciate the size of the installed base, which promotes hardware and services gains."

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09:36
Adobe working with Apple and others to finally ‘end-...

Despite a long list of technological disadvantages and better technology emerging, Adobe’s Flash Player has refused to die on its own. That’s finally going to change, however, as Adobe has announced today that it will ‘end-of-life’ the plug-in by the end of 2020.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook 512GB $1,000,...

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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09:31
Credit Suisse: Apple will double its services...

In a note to clients — as noted by The Street -- Credit Suisse said Apple investors can expect the company to double revenue from its services segment by 2020. 

Apple services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. The services biz saw its highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

Credit Suisse expects services revenue to rise to $52 billion by the end of the decade "driven by a high quality, affluent, digitally transacting user base of 1.1 billion devices and around 650 million users."

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09:24
Rumor: LG Display wants to make OLED displays for...

LG Display plans to invest $13.5 billion to boost output of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screens over the next three years, in order to, among other things, make inroads against rival Samsung in smartphone displays, reports Reuters. Apple is one of LG Display's main clients and is predicted to adopt OLED displays for the “iPhone 8” (shown in a fanciful mock-up).

The South Korean firm is reportedly shifting its focus to OLED from liquid crystal displays (LCDs) as demand for thinner and more flexible panels surge. LG Display is the world's top LCD maker for televisions and also manufactures nearly all large OLED screens for televisions globally. But it has barely a foothold in the market for OLED smartphone screens where rival Samsung has more than 90% of the market share, notes Reuters.

So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is...

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09:19
Flash is dead: Adobe announces end-of-life plans,...




Citing pressure from HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly, Adobe has announced that it will end development and distribution of Flash Player at the end of 2020, and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to open formats.

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09:16
Rumor: Apple Watch Series 3 coming in September

A report from the Chinese language Economic Daily News, cited by DigiTimes, says the Apple Watch Series 3 will launch in September. Chance this rumors is true according to the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me): 99%.

The next gen Apple Watch is likely to focus on improving battery life and overall performance. I’m predicting that the Apple Watch Series 3 will offer LTE networking for true iPhone independence. 

It will be offered in a round, as well as square casing, and (no surprise) be even thinner. The Apple Watch 3 also sport ambient display technology for better visibility and additional sensors for even better health and fitness tracking, according to my crystal ball.

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09:02
∞ Adobe announces Flash is dead

Adobe on Tuesday announced that Flash is dead, but not until the end of 2020. This will presumably give any developers still using the technology to move to another platform. […]

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08:58
Size matters? Facebook plans to combat Apple's...




Reports suggest Facebook is working on its own smart speaker to battle the HomePod and similar products, with features similar to that of the Amazon Show -- but packing a 15-inch screen.

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08:47
ABC News is the latest to put original videos in...

Media companies are scrambling to figure out how exactly to best utilize the different social networks, and many have taken to producing original content for them. Bloomberg, for example, is building an exclusive 24-hour news channel for Twitter. ABC...

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08:31
NASA wants your origami ideas for its spacecraft...

NASA needs ideas on how to design a radiation shield for deep space vehicles, and it's turning to origami artists and enthusiasts for help. If you're skilled in the art, that includes you. The space agency has teamed up with crowdsourcing website Fre...

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08:21
Apple adds several new universal Search and TV app...

Apple continues to gain new content partners to support new entertainment features like Single Sign-on, universal Search, and the TV app. Earlier this month SSO gained 10 more TV providers, and today both Search and the TV app have added new channel partners.

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08:15
Motorola's newest Mod is this $300, 360-degree...

You didn't think Motorola was just going to announce a new phone, did you? The company also unveiled its latest Moto Mod — a 360-degree camera that magnetically attaches to Moto Z phones — here at an event in New York City. Details are st...

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08:15
Motorola's sleek, sturdy Moto Z2 Force arrives...

So far, Motorola has spent its year churning out reliably good mid-range devices, not to mention a handful of new Moto Mods. Not bad, but now it's finally flagship time. Motorola officially revealed the Moto Z2 Force in New York this morning, and &md...

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08:06
AWT TV Episode 16: July 24, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show  featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software. 

This week, it's Steve & Marty again. Dennis is very, very busy so he's been away from the show for awhile, but we will hopefully see him again soon.

We talked about:
• Apple naming a Vice President of People
• The Rock's video with Siri
• Steve demonstrates the Untappd app - it's a social media app for beer lovers!
• Marty visits the local Apple Store and comes back with an iPad mini 4 (it's his wife's!)
• Steve's propensity for putting all of his apps in folders...
• The Moleskine case for iPad mini
• Why Apple has removed the "Startup...

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08:04
LG amping up OLED production with $7B investment to...




LG has announced that it will pour more than half of its capital expenditure budget into manufacturing plants to increase production of large panels suitable for televisions, as well as small ones for devices like the forthcoming "iPhone 8."

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08:00
Algobrix teaches coding with Lego-like bricks

Legos have been a beloved for decades as toys that teach constructive aesthetics and foster DIY creativity. Then the company started releasing Mindstorm kits to turn static models into moving robots with a little programming magic -- but these were a...

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07:49
Kanex ‘GoPlay Sidekick’ portable Made-for-iPhone,...

First announced earlier this year at CES, Kanex is today officially launching its new GoPlay Sidekick controller for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
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07:48
Comment: This new HP AIO has the kind of design cues...

I wasn’t alone in expressing disappointment when Apple discontinued the Apple Thunderbolt Display without announcing a replacement.

The company did later announce that it does now have some display plans in the works – but possibly only a very high-end one designed specifically for use with a much more powerful (and modular) Mac Pro.

We’re hoping that it will be offering something more mainstream as well. I wasn’t impressed by the LG 5K UltraFine Apple was pushing as its official recommendation, and haven’t yet seen anything else that grabs me. Indeed, the...

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07:47
Adobe accidentally leaks cloud-based 'Nimbus...




Adobe has accidentally let an early version of "Project Nimbus" -- a primarily cloud-based photo editor -- slip out to some Creative Cloud subscribers, according to a report.

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07:45
Engadget giveaway: Win a 55-inch TCL P-Series 4K...

TV prices are dropping and quality is on the rise, at least compared to my initial foray into HD over a decade ago. Now, you can pick up a set with 4K, HDR and a built-in streaming platform for well under a grand, like this $650 55-inch P-Series from...

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07:29
Google expects 11 Daydream-ready phones by the end...

Right now, it's slim pickings if you want a smartphone that supports Daydream VR headsets. Outside of Google's own Pixel line, you're looking at just a handful of devices from ASUS, Huawei, Motorola and ZTE. Your choices should get better soon, thoug...

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07:14
Google SOS Alerts can guide you during a crisis

When you're in the midst of a crisis, your internet search priorities are clearly different than usual: am I in danger? Where can I go for safety? And who do I talk to for help? Google clearly recognizes this, as it's rolling out SOS Alerts in bot...

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07:10
Facebook boosts live 360 video to 4K for better VR

Following YouTube's support for 4K live 360 video late last year, it was only a matter of time before Facebook caught up. After all, Zuckerberg's betting big on VR. Today, the social media giant announced the launch of 4K resolution for live 360 stre...

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07:05
Quanta revenue projections support expectations of a...

Predictions for a ‘strong second-half’ for Quanta computer support expectations of an Apple Watch Series 3 being launched in September …

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06:54
Nielsen’s TV ratings now include YouTube TV and Hulu...

Most of us watch TV in one form or another, but many people have been cutting the cord and diving headfirst into streaming services. Recently, YouTube and Hulu have debuted their own plans for streaming live TV channels, and starting today, one of the biggest names in television is starting to track those services.

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06:49
Huawei's Watch 2 costs $550 more with a Porsche...

Android Wear still pretty clunky despite the version 2.0 release, and most of the smartwatches using it are somewhere on a scale between homely and fugly. Huawei's Watch 2 is a decent looking exception, though, and it's hoping to boost profits from b...

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06:48
Apple's 'iPhone 8,' other high-end...




The glut of high-end smartphones expected to ship in the second half of 2017 -- including Apple's "iPhone 8" and "7s" -- may put such a heavy strain on parts suppliers that it will actually affect PC shipments, according to a report.

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06:44
The dramatic details of Steve Jobs’ life are playing...

The Making of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, The Santa Fe Opera (YouTube)

Steve Jobs has been the subject of all kinds of art over the years, and now scenes from his life will play out on stage with powerful vocals in a new opera. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs highlights the "complicated and messy" life of the Apple cofounder and is the product of a partnership between composer Mason Bates and librettist/Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Campbell.

Pairing something as contemporary as the story of Steve Jobs and Apple with a classical medium such as opera may seem like a mismatch. However, Bates was convinced he and Campbell could produce a compelling opera focusing...

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06:40
WaterField Designs unveils enhanced TSA-friendly Zip...

WaterField Designs has announced the refined Zip Brief, an “ultra-slim” laptop bag with space for several tech and personal items.

It unzips around three sides to lie flat for TSA-airport security and slips over a wheeled suitcase handle. Increased depth and a pleated front pocket allow the new Zip laptop bag to hold an array of necessities while maintaining its slim profile, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield. 

It’s designed to hold the essentials a professional needs for a day at work—a laptop or tablet, power supply, cables, small hard drive, smartphone, pad of paper and Apple Pencil— all organized and protected in one compact bag, he adds. Inside, a padded laptop compartment with cut-out corners allows users to charge a device while it rests protected inside the sleeve. 

Two internal mesh pockets hold additional accessories and a slim enclosure stows the Apple...

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06:35
SOS Alerts on Google Search and Maps apps on iOS aim...

As past events throughout time have proven, the world can sometimes be a dark and dangerous place. Having access to the right information during a crisis can prove to be lifesaving depending on the situation at hand, and the release of SOS Alerts on the Google Search and Maps on iOS aims to make dealing with these future events easier and much more manageable.
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06:34
Nielsen counts live Hulu and YouTube TV streams for...

Nielsen might be the lord of all TV ratings, but they've been scrambling to catch up in this new media landscape we're in. Over the years, the service has been shifting and adjusting its traditional model to take into account the new and myriad ways...

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06:21
Musk and Zuckerberg bicker over the future of AI

It's easy to imagine the world's most powerful people as being mysterious and aloof, but thanks to the wonders of Twitter, we can now regularly witness them being just as petty as the rest of us. Everyone's favorite eccentric billionaire Elon Musk is...

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06:15
Touch ID problems in Apple's 'iPhone 8...




An analyst historically extremely critical of Apple believes that "iPhone 8" shipments, apparently constrained by late resolution of in-screen OLED Touch ID issues, will impact third quarter shipments for Apple, but won't have much impact on its marketshare, particularly in China.

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06:07
∞ Want to get started with Logic Pro? Here’s one...

Interested in digging into Logic Pro, but find the interface a bit intimidating? Here are two resources that might ease the learning curve.

First, spend some time with this excellent, free 4 part series from Justin Kahn, writing for 9to5Mac. To me, there’s enough depth to really understand the basics, while maintaining a slow enough pace that it’s still easy to follow.

Second, take a look at this series of slides, part of a music production course from the esteemed Berklee College of Music. The slides focus on the details of the mixer and the channel strip. To me, these are the most complex pieces of the Logic Pro interface.

Have some other suggestions for learning Logic Pro? Ping me on Twitter or post a comment.

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06:00
Poll: Which approach should Apple take to the status...

When we first started seeing renders based on the ‘notch’ design now expected for the iPhone 8, the cameras, sensors and speakers stood out as they were shown surrounded by visible screen.

We yesterday saw a render based on a different approach: turning the status bar black so that it blends in with the notch, at least if the front of the phone is black. This provides a much neater look, though it could be argued that it detracts from the ultra-thin bezel appearance.

We’ve now been sent a mockup based on a third possible approach …

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06:00
Get 8 Mac apps and utilities FREE with The MacLovin...

Everybody loves a deal, but there's one thing they love even more -- FREEBIES! Today we have a great freebie for you, consisting of eight Mac apps at a price you'll love -- ZERO! NADA! NOTHING! That's right, it's the MacLovin' Freebie Bundle, and all you have to do is be signed up for our deals newsletter. 

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06:00
Giphy's GIF-making tool is now available in...

Last October, Giphy reported that users made 100 million daily users serving 1 billion GIFs per day. But how many of those views -- and creations -- are on mobile? The moving image repository site has updated its GIF Maker to work while viewing from...

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05:56
Jean-Louis Gassée: Who killed Windows Phone

Jean-Louis Gassée, Monday Note:

Just back from three weeks in the Country of Good Sin’s heartland, I see Microsoft’s fresh and well-received Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results. The numbers acknowledge what was already notorious: Windows Phone is dead.

Country of Good Sin? That’s France, though I’d love to know the origin of that particular nickname. Hopefully, some kind reader will enlighten me.

Moving on:

The gross failure of what once was the most powerful and richest tech company on the planet led to a search for a platform killer. Detectives didn’t think they had to go far to nab a suspect: Android. Microsoft’s Windows Phone was murdered by Google’s smartphone OS. How could Redmond’s money-making software licensing business model survive against a free and open source platform? Case closed.

No so fast.

And:

Microsoft’s smartphone troubles started well before the...

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05:42
∞ ARKit used to create an amazing, table-top,...

[VIDEO] Click over to the main Loop post and watch the video. I can’t say enough great things about ARKit. Such a terrific move by Apple.

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05:39
∞ Snopes locked in legal battle for control of its...

Poynter, a few weeks ago, in a post that lays out the legal details:

The owner of Snopes is locked in a legal battle with a small digital services company for control of the popular debunking site.

Proper Media — a company that owns, operates and represents web properties — has issued a legal complaint and demand for a jury trial with Snopes owner Bardav, Inc. for what it calls “a lengthy scheme of concealment and subterfuge to gain control of the company and to drain its profits,” according to documents filed in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County.

And from this New York Times article:

The site, which gets all of its revenue from advertising, created a crowdfunding page on Monday, seeking $500...

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