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Friday March 10

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

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10:30
We're live from SXSW 2017!

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

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




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

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10:23
Pinterest launching its new Lens visual discovery...

Pinterest introduced a new point-and-shoot discovery tool in February called Lens that lets you use your iPhone camera to find design inspiration and more. Now Pinterest is officially launching its new Lens feature to all users in the United States on iOS and Android.

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10:16
New LG 5K UltraFine Display models work properly...

Earlier this year we reported issues with using the LG UltraFine 5K Display with new MacBook Pros near wireless access points including Apple wireless routers. LG acknowledged issues caused by poor shielding, inventory was pulled from Apple Stores, and revised hardware with proper shielding is now ...

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10:14
Airbnb might soon be legal in Japan

Looks like Airbnb is faring a lot better in Japan than in its own home: it might soon be able to legally operate within the country. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet has given its blessing to the proposed rules that will be imposed upon the servic...

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10:04
Hazel 4.0.9

Addresses a number of bug fixes for the file cleanup utility. ($32 new, free update, 7.9 MB)

 

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10:00
Pre-fab builder WeberHaus to offer Apple HomeKit-...

Germany-based homebuilder WeberHaus announced today that it will soon offer its pre-fabricated homes equipped with Apple’s HomeKit platform, a first for the European market. That means that new home buyers purchasing a house through the builder will be able to opt for a smart home package that consists of products like lighting, smart plugs and more, all controllable via iPhones, iPads and Siri.

The company says it’s been working with Apple to develop the HomeKit package for its customers:

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10:00
YouTube made VR gaming videos for Google Daydream...

You might have come across a few 360-degree gaming videos on YouTube since last year. Chances are, those are some of the results of the platform's partnership with creators and publishers formed in an effort to experiment with the production of VR ga...

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09:56
Viber's Secret Chats sets a time limit on...

Viber’s got a new feature that will help protect your most sensitive conversations from discovery—as long as the CIA hasn’t pwned your phone. A new feature called Secret Chats—not to be confused with Facebook’s secret conversations—is rolling out in the coming days to Viber for Android and iOS.

Secret Chats builds on some of Viber’s pre-existing privacy and security features including end-to-end encryption and self-destruct timers for photos and videos. Instead of setting a time limit on a single piece of a conversation, Secret Chats schedules the entire thread for auto-...

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09:53
Apple retains top spot on Laptop's tech support...




For a third consecutive year, tech publication Laptop has once again awarded the best score in its Tech Support Showdown to Apple, commending its support via phone calls, online chat, and social media accounts.

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09:34
Microsoft Cortana app for iPhone updated with...

Microsoft’s Cortana for iPhone app gets an update today that introduces a redesigned user interface and a few new features and enhancements that offer an improved experience for the Siri competitor.

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09:30
The Engadget Podcast Ep 31: Look Inside America

On this episode a trio of out-of-towners -- managing editor James Trew, senior editor Aaron Souppouris and senior editor Mat Smith -- join host Terrence O'Brien to talk about the latest tech news. First they'll discuss Consumer Reports decision to st...

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09:00
'Sonic Mania' finally gives its lead...

When Sega invited me behind closed doors to get an early look of Sonic Mania at GDC last month, I wasn't expecting much. I'd seen the trailers and indeed, it looked like a grand homage to franchise, but I was surprised to find that the game is more t...

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08:54
How to enable Do Not Disturb in macOS and silence...




Notifications can be a mixed blessing -- for some they keep the chaos of communications down, and allow for rapid response to an email or a Tweet. But for others, can be a distraction that pulls away from the task at hand. AppleInsider shows you how to shut them all down for a while, or just silence a pesky app.

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08:43
Capital One launches ‘Eno’ SMS chatbot for managing...

Capital One today announced “Eno,” a new text message-based assistant that it says is the first natural language SMS chatbot from a U.S. bank.

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08:41
Facebook will stream live MLS soccer matches this...

Liga MX isn't the only pro soccer league you'll be able to watch on Facebook this season. The social network has signed another deal with Univision to stream at least 22 live Major League Soccer (MLS) matches in 2017. In addition to action on the pit...

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08:22
Verizon FiOS streaming no longer counts toward your...

Since chairman and net neutrality skeptic Ajit Pal dropped an FCC investigation into data-free "zero-rating," it's full speed ahead for carriers on unlimited video streaming. Verizon is piling on with its FiOS Mobile App, which now lets you to stream...

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08:00
Get in touch with your inner free-running assassin...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Assassin’s Creed Identity isn’t the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game—but it’s the first mobile Assassin’s Creed game that really embodies the open-world, role-playing style of the franchise.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a fan of Assassin’s Creed to play Assassin’s Creed Identity—in fact, you don’t even have to really know what Assassin’s Creed is to enjoy this game. The game’s controls can be tricky, but they’re fairly easy to pick up quickly, and you don’t need to learn an entire battery of skills for sneaking about, dodging enemies, and...

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07:41
Japan's national security could block Apple...




The Japanese government is preparing to vet the security of potential bidders for a majority stake in Toshiba's memory business -- something that could give U.S. companies an edge, but stop Apple suppliers Foxconn and TSMC, a report said on Friday.

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07:35
Happy Hour Podcast 110 | iPhone ‘Edition’ naming...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new iPhone ‘Edition’ rumor and other possible names Apple could use, the latest LG UltraFine 5K Display update, iOS app caching problems and possible fixes, Apple Watch charging time and sleep tracking, Apple Watch Nike+ compared to other Series 2 models, run training with Apple Watch, audiobooks through iBooks and iOS Now Playing design, and more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:16
PSA: Signal, WhatsApp, iMessage and others not...

Somewhat careless wording by Wikileaks has led to widespread reports than messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption – like Signal, WhatsApp and iMessages – had been compromised by the CIA. There is in fact no evidence that this is the case.

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07:08
∞ Myke Hurley’s excellent Nintendo Switch review

[VIDEO] Myke Hurley did a fantastic job pulling together this video walkthrough of the Nintendo Switch. It’s informative in the best possible way, conveying lots of detail while still being watchable and interesting.

If you are interested in the Switch, this is absolutely worth your time. As always, the video is embedded in the main Loop post.

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07:00
Get an Espionage 3 Lifetime License at 60% off and...

Apple provides a way to encrypt your Mac data with FileVault, but what if your data or company information needs even more protection. That's where Espionage 3 for Mac comes in, adding the ability to add multiple master passwords protecting isolated sets of folders while still featuring AES-256 + scrypt security. Our deal is this: Get a lifetime license (which gives you access to all major updates in the future) to Espionage for $19.99 (60% off!). 

How exactly does Espionage 3 protect your valuable information? 

  • Protect individual folders & easily access them from the menu bar
  • Use folder settings like auto-lock & encrypted data maintenance to secure individual folders & files
  • Enjoy state of the art Plausible...
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06:59
25 songs that tell us where music is going

This sort of interactive media exploration is something the New York Times does very well. Just a heads up: Some of the song lyrics are NSFW and the songs play when they scroll into view, so consider headphones before you dig in.

But do dig in.

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06:58
Apple’s Swift now among the 10 most popular...

Apple’s Swift is now among the 10 most popular programming languages, according to the Tiobe Index, which measures the popularity of programming languages on a monthly basis. This is the first time it’s made the list.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. About three years ago Apple announced that it would replace its "ancient" native mobile app development language Objective-C by its newborn language called Swift. 

“The expectations were high right from the start, but adoption took off slowly. That is for good reasons by the way because the installed base of Objective-C code is quite large,” note the folks behind the Tiobe Index. “New applications are written in Swift, whereas old apps that are written in Objective-C are not actively migrated to Swift. This is also what we observe at customer...

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06:56
I worked for Steve Jobs, and this was the best...

Nice anecdote from Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist for Apple.

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06:49
∞ Conan: Introducing Apple Healthcare

[VIDEO] Click through to the main Loop post for Conan’s take on Apple Healthcare. Some thing you just can’t unsee.

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06:43
Indie game promotion takes over the iOS and Mac App...

John Voorhees, MacStories:

The App Store looks a little different today. If you opened it and thought you accidentally landed on the Games category page, it would be understandable. But that’s not what’s happening. Instead, Apple has launched a major promotion of the finest indie games available on iOS. According to the App Store Games Twitter account, the promotion is running for the next twelve days.

Lots of great games.

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06:40
Beta of the iPad’s new floating keyboard

Back in January, developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered a new one-handed keyboard embedded in an iOS 10.3 beta. And because he’s a nice guy genius, Steve went ahead and built a Swift playground so you can play with it, too.

Here’s Steve’s tweet, with a link to the playground:

In case you wanted to check out iOS 10’s unpublished ‘floating’ iPad keyboard, here’s a Swift Playground for you: https://t.co/nuUV8XsmeO

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) March 10, 2017

And here’s a post by Ben Lovejoy, with a bit of background....

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06:39
Swift makes it into top 10 most popular programming...

The Tiobe Index – which measures the popularity of programming languages on a monthly basis – reports that Apple’s Swift has made it into the top 10 for the first time. Tiobe says that ratings are based on three factors, using search engines to carry out the research.

The ratings are based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses and third party vendors. Popular search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, Amazon, YouTube and Baidu are used to calculate the ratings. It is important to note that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming language or the language in which most lines of code have been written.

While a relatively new programming language making it into the top 10 is an impressive achievement, Tiobe does not believe that it will climb any higher in the rankings …

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06:19
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the 'iPhone 8' and delays, healthcare and HealthKit, and mostly-solved vulnerabilities in iOS.

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06:15
Conan makes fun of Chaffetz’s iPhone/health care...

If nothing else, you can definitely laugh at Representative Jason Chaffetz’s comment this week about how lower income Americans would have to choose between health care and snagging the latest iPhone.

The guys at “Conan” took this as a challenge and released the following satirical video demonstrating how Apple products could be used for health care…

Chaffetz later walked his comment back a bit, but the satirical video is here to stay…

As always, let us know what you think in the comment section and have a great weekend!

Via The Mac Observer

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06:00
WikiLeaks to share CIA hacking tools with Apple,...

Following WikiLeaks’ release of more than 8,000 documents from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple followed up, saying it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday he will share the code, which was withheld from the published documents, with tech companies like Apple.

Per Assange:

“We have decided to work with [tech companies] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a live-streamed press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lives. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”

According to reports, Apple jumped on the released documents following their release on Tuesday, sifting through bugs they’d patched, bugs that remained to be fixed and how the exploits were being used.

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06:00
Autonomous Delivery Robots to Hit Virginia's...


Autonomous delivery robots this summer will be able to travel on sidewalks, crosswalks and shared-use paths throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Gov. Terry McAullife recently signed a law permitting the use of Starship Technologies' Personal Delivery Devices, or PDDs. The six-wheeled robots, which resemble coolers, are designed to deliver parcels, groceries and food within a two-mile radius in 15-30 minutes. The PDDs weigh about 40 pounds and can carry a workload of up to 20 pounds. They travel at 4 mph.

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05:57
How to use the Nintendo Switch's Joy-Cons with...

The Nintendo Switch hit stores last Friday, and the gaming world is buzzing about the convertible handheld/home console hybrid—and top launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While you may never get the chance to play the new Zelda on your computer, there is a surprising connection here: the Joy-Con controllers can pair with your Mac

That’s right: the little control nubs that bookend either side of the Switch’s screen detach from the unit, and since they pair via Bluetooth, you can use them with Mac games. We certainly wouldn’t recommend buying a Switch solely to use the Joy-Cons on Mac, but if you game across multiple devices and snagged the console, then Mac compatibility is a sweet perk. And the Switch’s beefier Pro Controller works with macOS, as well.

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05:45
French myCanal service now available on Apple TV...

French TV service myCanal came to Apple TV last year, but you needed a decoder box to view them. Apple has now announced that this is no longer needed. Subscribers can now view any myCanal channel on Apple TV without a connected decoder.

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05:31
You can now try out the hidden ‘floating’ iPad...

Back in January, developer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered a new one-handed floating keyboard for iPad hidden inside an iOS 10.3 beta. He has now created a Swift Playground that allows you to play with the feature. It works with all iPads except the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

In case you wanted to check out iOS 10’s unpublished ‘floating’ iPad keyboard, here’s a Swift Playground for you: https://t.co/nuUV8XsmeO

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) March 10, 2017

The feature works in a similar way to picture-in-picture, creating a keyboard that takes up less room than the standard one and can be moved around the screen to position it in a place where it doesn’t cover the content you’re typing …

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05:30
How to manage windows on macOS Sierra’s desktop

It’s easy to manage windows on macOS Sierra’s Desktop and the Finder. The Desktop is the space where you see file, folder, and application windows. It’s not to be confused with the Finder, the default file manager and graphical user interface on your Mac. 

When you open an app or the Finder, it opens a window on the desktop. Only one app at a time is active; the menu bar shows the name of the active app.

Some apps, such as Safari or Mail, let you open multiple windows or different types of windows at the same time. macOS provides several ways to manage open apps and windows—for example, you can merge an app’s open windows into one tabbed window.

To move a window, drag it by its title bar to where you want it. To align windows, drag a window close to another one—as the window nears the other one, it aligns without overlapping. You can position multiple windows adjacent to each other.

To make adjacent windows the same size, drag the edge you want to resize...

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05:00
CleanMyMac 3: a threequel that's better than...

CleanMyMac from MacPaw is an all-in-one macOS (10.8 and higher) solution designed to keep your Mac clean and to secure space from your Mac’s hard drive. It was a solid app with versions 1.x and 2.x; version 3.0 is even better.

Why do you need CleanMyMac since macOS does its own system upkeep. The Mac runs its own maintenance scripts once a day, a week and a month. However, there are still files like universal binaries, localization files, hidden trashes, and others that take lots of space and remain untouched by these scripts. Enter CleanMyMac, which prompts user to scan his/her Mac every month if other period is not set by the user.

Version 2 introduced a new complex solution for reclaiming extra hard drive space and keeping your Mac well-organized. The cleaning functionality of CleanMyMac 2 was enhanced by more sophisticated scanning algorithms and additional features like iPhoto Cleanup and...

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04:59
This could be our best look yet at what to expect...

A lot of the iPhone 8 renders doing the rounds are just fantasy ones – created without any reference to reported features or, indeed, to practicality. We’ve seen several recent ones, for example, where the display covers the entire front of the phone – something believed to be a long-term goal of Jony Ive, but not something we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 8.

But a set of renders posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo do a decent job of matching the actual reports we’ve been...

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04:04
Lightroom CC 2015.9 and Lightroom 6.9

Fixes a number of bugs and adds support for new cameras and lenses ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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Thursday March 9

22:04
ChronoSync 4.7.4

Improves cloud sync performance and responsiveness of the Analyze Panel. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)

 

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21:28
UBS analyst says Apple is an ‘anti-fragile monopoly...

UBS analyst Steven Milunovich today issued a new investor note in which he asks the question, “Is Apple an anti-fragile monopoly?” The note was obtained by Business Insider and focuses on Apple’s place in the smartphone market and its potentially monopolistic power…

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19:44
John Carmack sues ZeniMax for unpaid acquisition...

Oculus CTO John Carmack has personally joined the litigation war between his company and ZeniMax. He has just filed a lawsuit against the media firm for refusing to pay the rest of what it owes him for id Software's $150 million acquisition in 2009....

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19:22
Marines had swapped nude photos of female soldiers...

Last Saturday, the California-based Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that a Facebook group, Marines United, had been distributing nude photos of servicewomen for some time. US Naval authorities immediately began investigating hundreds of M...

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19:05
Apple lobbies against 'right to repair'...




As reported earlier this year, Apple has sent delegates to officially oppose the passage of a so-called "right to repair" bill in Nebraska that would require the company to provide consumers and third-party repair shops access to service manuals and parts.

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18:47
What would happen if you microwaved a non-microwave-...

Just to be on the safe side, I never microwave anything in the container it comes in.

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18:41
Lowest prices of the year! 13" MacBook Pro w/...




Shoppers can take advantage of the lowest prices of the year on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, at just $1,549 with no tax in 48 states. Or save $429 on Apple's 2016 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare. A 27" iMac 5K is also $260 off with AppleCare, and Apple's Magic Trackpad 2 is $99 with our exclusive coupon.

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18:19
'Gran Turismo Sport' closed beta kicks off...

Like seemingly every Polyphony Digital game, Gran Turismo Sport has been a long time in coming... but you might not have to wait much longer to give it a spin. Polyphony has announced a Gran Turismo Sport closed beta that will start March 17th for PS...

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17:57
Caption contest: What are Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai...

While often made out to be fierce competitors, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently shared dinner and a conversation together in Sillicon Valley. Images of the meal were shared on Facebook and discovered on MacGeneration.

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17:47
Quick take video review: CalDigit TS3 Lite...




Appleinsider reviews the new CalDigit TS3 Lite, one of the first Thunderbolt 3 docks on the market that promises to solve adapter woes for 2016 MacBook Pro users.

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17:34
'Many' Android exploits in WikiLeaks CIA...

Apple isn't the only company scrambling to reassure the public that it has fixed most of the CIA exploits revealed in WikiLeaks' latest disclosure. Google tells CNET it's "confident" that security patches and safeguards already protect you against "...

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17:18
Google Chrome for iOS gaining new Safari Reading...

Earlier today, Google pushed the stable version of Chrome 57 to Mac, Windows, and Linux users. This means that Chrome 57 for iOS is next around the corner and one of the features that will arrive as part of that update is a Reading List feature similar to that of what’s currently support in Safari…

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16:59
Telltale's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'...

Telltale Games announced it's working with Marvel on a Guardians of the Galaxy game last year. Now, we're getting a sneak peek at the episodic adventure, along with details about its launch date and voice cast.

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16:38
Twitter's next anti-abuse measure cordons off...

Twitter is taking another step toward curtailing abuse on the platform. But, it seems like the microblogging service is being a tad overzealous. Now, rather than just marking certain attached media as potentially offensive, it's doing so for entire p...

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16:30
How to charge your iPhone faster

Fast charging is a feature on many Android phones, allowing them to gain as much as 50 percent battery in 30 minutes in most instances. We have yet to see Apple officially bring much innovation in this space to the iPhone (hopefully we will later this year), however there are a couple tricks you can use to charge up faster than normal…

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16:19
Apple Store app for iOS updated with performance...

Apple today has pushed a minor update to the Apple Store application on iOS. The update brings the app to version 4.2 and while it doesn’t add any major new features, Apple says it is full of under-the-hood improvements.

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16:12
'Uncharted 4' leads this year's BAFTA...

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is a big Naughty Dog fan, apparently. It announced the nominees for this year's video game awards, and Uncharted 4 leads the way with eight nominations, including Best Game, Music and Narrative....

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15:44
Trippy rhythm-action game 'Thumper' is...

No matter what platform you own, you'll be able to play last year's excellent rhythm game, Thumper. Developer Drool writes on Xbox Wire that the equally trippy and violent music game will make its way to Xbox One sometime this spring, teasing that mo...

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15:41
Notable apps and app updates for March 9, 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

Kuyi Mobile has introduced Pocket Arcade 1.0.2. The free game brings the physical arcade experience to your fingertips with four mini-games to test players' arcade skills and prowess.

Endless Arcade has served up Pizza Milk 1.0. In the free game, players tap the screen when they want to dunk their pizza and “hope it hits milky heaven for the perfect pizza-milk union.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Readdle has updated its PDF Expert app for...

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15:40
Black Lab Linux 8.0 Is a Rare Treat


The latest release of Black Lab Linux, an Ubuntu 16.04-based distribution, adds a Unity desktop option. You will not find Unity offered by any other major -- or nearly any minor -- Linux distributor outside of Ubuntu. Black Lab Linux 8.0, the consumer version of PC/OpenSystems' flagship distro, also updates several other prominent desktop options. Black Lab Linux is a general purpose community distribution for home users and SMBs. Black Lab Enterprise Linux, its commercial counterpart, targets businesses that want support services.

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15:39
AWT News Update: March 9, 2017

The new, smaller Google Charleston East campus plans

We have news from around the world of Apple today, including how a nearby neighbor has scaled back headquarters building plans and more:

  • Google's grandiose plans for a huge, glass-enclosed "city" as a corporate campus have been drastically scaled back
  • Apple retail stores in Jacksonville, FL, Nanjing, China, and Grand Rapids, Michigan are either opening soon or are in the planning loop for expansion
  • Apple Genius Bar employees will no longer get the opportunity to travel to the "mothership" for hands-on training

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

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15:29
Apple an 'antifragile monopoly,' more...




In spite of views by some investors and critics, Apple is an "antifragile monopoly" that can withstand competition from other giants in the high-tech sector like Amazon and Google, an analyst argued on Thursday.

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15:20
Contact your Senator with a fax-sending bot

The rallying cry to contact your member of Congress is louder than ever these days, but actually reaching them isn't very easy. Even if they accept email, they're far more likely to acknowledge a faxed message -- but who actually has a fax machine i...

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14:55
'Elder Scrolls' digital card game launches...

Elder Scrolls Legends, a digital card game set in publisher Bethesda's fantasy universe, has just come out of a year-long beta period. The strategy title is ready to play on PC right now, and is coming to iPad on March 23rd. Android tablet support is...

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14:28
The Wirecutter's best deals: Save $50 on a...

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

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14:26
Google radically scales back glassy new HQ plans,...




Less than two years ago, Google unveiled plans to build a new campus project as a vast open air city replete with greenery, inside of a massive glass greenhouse atrium. Now, the company is forwarding plans to build a basic tent-shaped building.

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14:09
Plex turns any cloud folder into an instant media...

After a slightly rocky beta test, Plex's new cloud-based media server is now ready for public consumption. Rather than relying on a media server PC or a networked storage drive, Plex Cloud allows users to stream their own media libraries from Dropbox...

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13:44
Plex Cloud emerges from beta, turns cloud storage...




Plex on Thursday announced the official launch of Plex Cloud, bringing the remote media access feature out of beta for people with a Plex Pass subscription.

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13:40
Google's 4K digital whiteboard will retail for...

Google announced pricing and availability for its upcoming 4k digital whiteboard, dubbed the Jamboard, during its Next cloud computing conference in San Francisco on Thursday. The company first unveiled the device back in October and expects it to re...

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13:33
Gmail now supports native, business focused add-ons...

Gmail on its own is already a very powerful email client, offering useful features and direct integration with Google’s other services, like Google Drive. However, there’s always room for improvement. Today, Google has announced that Gmail will add support for native add-ons.

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13:19
Facebook’s Messenger Day is yet another Snapchat...

Following the success of Instagram Stories, Facebook is bringing slideshows to its Messenger app, as well. 

On Thursday, Facebook launched Messenger Day, a new feature that lets people share live video and photo slideshows. Messenger Day has a lot of similarities to Instagram Stories that debuted in November 2016. Facebook Messenger users can add fun filters to their images, send them to one friend, or share them with the world, and they’ll disappear after 24 hours. Messenger Day updates will roll out to everyone with the latest version of the iOS and Android apps.

Both Messenger Day and Instagram Stories seem to have been inspired by Snapchat, which originally popularized disappearing slideshows. To help set Messenger Day apart, Facebook has made these disappearing slideshows more about jumpstarting a conversation with friends or making plans rather than about documenting your life....

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13:17
Once-banned Vigilante app now warns of nearby...

Late last year, Sp0n released a Vigilante mobile app that was supposed to warn you of nearby crimes and emergencies. Or rather, it tried to release the app -- Apple quickly pulled the title after worrying that the name and focus encouraged users to t...

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13:12
How bored bookstore employees entertain themselves

This is brilliant. Makes me want to go to a bookstore and do the same thing. Now, if only I could find a bookstore.

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12:54
Retinal implant could add years to your eyesight

Scientists have been struggling to fight retinal degeneration in an elegant way. The most practical solution so far involves external devices that send wires to the back of your eyes. There might be a much more graceful approach before long, however....

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12:50
WikiLeaks will share CIA hacking tools with Apple,...

After WikiLeaks dumped more than 8,000 documents leaked from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, Apple said it had already fixed most of the exploits the agency had found to hack into iPhones. But without seeing the code the CIA has, Apple can’t be sure it’s fixed all of those bugs. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday he will share the code, which was withheld from the published documents, with tech companies like Apple.

“We have decided to work with [tech companies] to give them exclusive access to the additional technological details we have so that fixes can be developed and pushed out,” Assange said in a live-streamed press conference from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he lives. “Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details.”

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12:46
Apple tops Laptop Mag's Tech Support Showdown...

The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar was a — to say the least — controversial upgrade, but if you want the best possible tech support for a laptop, buy a MacBook. For the third consecutive year, Apple has topped Laptop Mag'sTech Support Showdown report, nabbing honors for its strong combination of phone and web-based assistance. 

Part of Purch's tech brand portfolio, Laptop Mag's Tech Support Showdown has been a popular consumer guide for over 10 years. In a dramatic improvement over prior years, Acer is now the top-rated Windows PC vendor for support. Lenovo took third place, because of its speedy call-back service and wide variety of online support options.

To research each company included in the Tech Support Showdown, Laptop Mag reporters went undercover, making support calls and querying the support sites, live chat and social media responses from the...

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12:39
Google is ready to take over your office chat with...

Google's work of transitioning Hangouts from being its default chat app to a more business focus is nearly complete. First up is the formally announced Hangouts Meet. Sound familiar? That's because it semi-officially arrived at the first of the month...

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12:22
Google Hangouts split into enterprise-focused, Slack...

With the launch of Allo and Duo last year, Google telegraphed that Hangouts would become an enterprise product. Today, the service is being fully revamped into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. The former is a Slack-like group chat app, while the latter improves video conferencing.

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12:18
The Corel Painter 2017 software bundle

It’s the Digital Artist’s Dream Bundle: Corel Painter 2017, AfterShot 3, ParticleShop, & Over 10 Hours of Corel-Approved Training.

The bundle would cost $768 is bought separately, but it’s on for $248.

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11:59
Why the 'iPhone 8' may see Apple finally...




Conflicting rumors peg the 2017 iPhone refresh to boast OLED screens in just the "iPhone 8," or the high-end model and in the "iPhone 7s," or in nothing at all. AppleInsider examines the technology, and discusses why -- or why not -- it may make an appearance later in the year.

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11:49
Qualcomm, Microsoft to Give Cloud Services a Speed...


Qualcomm has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on the 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM-based platform. The collaboration will span multiple future generations of hardware, software and systems. The companies have been working for several years on ARM-based server enablement. They have been optimizing a version of Windows Server for ARM running on the Centriq 2400. "When two vendors see synergies, good things can happen," said Holger Mueller, a principal analyst at Constellation Research.

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11:47
Prepare to be amazed by this 340-year-old smart lock

The Verge:

Do you think technology from circa 1680 can still surprise and delight in the age of the iPhone and Alexa? I didn’t, but boy was I wrong.

I often forget this when looking at the human timeline from my 21st century vantage point. Then last weekend I discovered the “detector Lock” in the Rijksmuseum, created by British locksmith John Wilkes. The lock (and those like it) is a triumph of 17th century technology and a precursor to the so-called “smart locks” we see flooding the market today.

Make sure you watch the associated video. This technology is cool now. It must have seemed like magic 340 years

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11:46
Relocated Jacksonville Apple store to open on Mar....




A bigger, relocated Apple store in Jacksonville, Fla. will open this Saturday at 10 a.m. local time, Apple has announced. Meanwhile a shop in Grand Rapids, Mich. is also set to expand, and a completely new outlet will soon open in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

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11:34
Apple Pencil charging concept utilizes magnetic iPad...




Newly filed patent applications from Apple reveal new ideas the iPad producer has for the Apple Pencil, with images showing a way to charge a version of the stylus with the Smart Connector port.

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11:24
The frustrated Steve Jobs

I love Segall’s reminisces about his time at Apple. I was privy to one of these outbursts many years ago when I was in the room as Jobs called a well-known tech columnist and chewed his ass off for a good five minutes. It was a magnificent example of barely controlled fury, peppered with some remarkable curse words.

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11:11
Apple among the top three ‘most intimate’ brands for...

MBLM, a “brand intimacy agency,” has revealed that 10 out of the 15 industries studied in its Brand Intimacy 2017 Report are more successful in creating and maintaining intimacy with men than women. 

The report, which the company says is the largest study of brands based on emotions, also found that for women, the top three most intimate brands are Apple, Disney and Amazon. Brand intimacy is defined as “a new paradigm that leverages and strengthens the emotional bonds between a person and a brand.”According to the 2017 report, top ranked intimate brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years. 

The remaining brands in the top 10 most intimate for women are: Target, Netflix, Honda, Samsung, Whole Foods, Toyota and Google. For men, the top 10 brands are: Apple, Harley Davidson, Nintendo, Chevrolet, Amazon, HBO, Xbox, BMW, Whole Foods and Google. 

 “From our study, it’s clear that brands...

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11:06
Plex Cloud exits beta, lets you instantly create a...

Last fall Plex introduced its new Plex Cloud feature as an invite-only beta for some users. After four months of development and testing, Plex shared today that it’s finally ready to officially launch Plex Cloud to the public.

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10:58
Apple tightening up on App Store restrictions

Apple is beginning to “more uniformly” enforce a restriction in place since the debut of the Apple App Store in 2008, and is notifying developers that it will refuse approval to new apps or updates that include mechanisms to update or alter pre-approved app behavior outside the App Store, notes AppleInsider.

Developers, sometimes with apps already approved and for sale, are receiving a notification from Apple informing them of the issue, and advising them to remove offending code prior to the next update. Apple cites two relevant rules in the message, specifically, section 3.3.2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement and App Store Review Guideline 2.5.2.

Both rules have been in place since store debuted. However, popular...

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10:45
iPad Diaries: optimizing Apple Notes

MacStories:

Notes in 2017 isn’t too different from its iOS 9 debut. Apple added integration with the Pencil in late 2015, private notes with iOS 9.3, and they brought sharing and collaboration features in iOS 10, but the app’s core experience is still based on the foundation laid two years ago. Unlike, say, Apple Music or Apple News, Notes has remained familiar and unassuming, which gives it an aura of trustworthiness and efficiency I don’t perceive in other built-in Apple apps (except for Safari).

Viticci is an iPad Warrior and does a deep dive into what seems like a simplistic iOS app. It doesn’t have to

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10:43
Apple Genius training from a former student

I found Stephen Hackett’s account, and notes, of his training to be interesting.

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10:41
Facebook's latest Snapchat Stories clone,...




Facebook on Thursday announced the global availability of Messenger Day, a feature within its Messenger app for Android and Apple's iPhone and iPad that appears to be directly based off Snapchat's Stories feature.

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10:32
Curling: Not falling on your face is just the 1st...

Every now and then, some sportswriter gets it in his head that curling is easy and anyone can do it so they go out and try it. They always get proven wrong. It’s a more physical, challenging sport than what you imagine and also very technical.

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10:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $200 off MacBook Air, Beats...

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10:31
This desert in the Southwest is experiencing a...

If you are a photographer and live anywhere in the area, you owe it to yourself to get out and shoot this. The pictures on the story make the area look absolutely amazing.

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10:31
Airbnb raises $1 billion in funding

Online room renting service Airbnb Inc said on Thursday it had raised $1 billion in its latest round of funding, valuing the company at $31 billion.

Investors clearly believe the company will overcome all of the issues its having with cities putting restrictions on rentals.

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09:40
Korean corruption trial begins for Samsung head Jay...




The acting head of the Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was put on trial in South Korea on Thursday, facing allegations that he funneled money to a close friend of the country's President in order to gain influence and consolidate power.

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09:37
Classical music in Stanley Kubrick’s films: listen...

I know what I’m going to be listening to for the next four hours.

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09:30
QardioArm blood pressure monitor now available in...

QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor. Photo © 2015, Steven Sande

Those who live the "connected selves" life like to keep track of many data points, including blood pressure. One of the finest connected blood pressure monitors available today is the QardioArm Blood Pressure Monitor (Apple World Today review link), which has been available in Apple's online store since December of 2015. Now you'll be able to find the $99.95 QardioArm at your local Apple retail store

Oddly, the online Apple Store is currently showing "unavailable" status for the device, which uses four AAA batteries and connects to any device using iOS 8 or later. The...

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