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Thursday January 25

Video: Hands-on with AirPlay 2 on iOS 11.3 &...

Andrew O’Hara, iDownloadBlog, jumped through the hoops necessary to test out the beta version of AirPlay 2 using multiple Apple TVs, each running their latest betas.

Watch the video embedded in the main Loop post. This is especially timely, given the fact that we’re just a few weeks away from our first public HomePods and the importance of AirPlay to the HomePod experience.

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Trump's budget reportedly proposes an end to...

It appears that there's a troubling line item in President Trump's proposed budget. According to The Verge reporter Loren Grush, the proposal ends funding for the International Space Station by 2025. It's important to note that the final budget won't...

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Apple’s iBooks to become “Books” in forthcoming...

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Apple is reportedly tweaking its e-book offering to better take on Amazon, the current leader of the digital book market. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple will release a revamped version of the iBooks app for iOS, which will be dubbed "Books," that will have an interface more like the iOS 11 App Store, a Reading Now tab, and a separate section for audiobooks. There's no official date for the debut of the new app, but it's reportedly slated to be released in the coming months.

Limited details are known about the app, which is in testing right now....

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Apple Watch, behavior modification, and cheating

Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge:

Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok, in meetings, at brunch.

I’ll admit it. I’ve cheated my Activities taskmaster. Mostly inadvertently by, say, forgetting to mark the end of a run, then noticing that I’ve been running for 3 hours!

More from the article:

Exercise can reduce the risk of depression, help you sleep better, and even increase your chances of a long life. Seriously, it’s good for you.

And yet, only about half of American adults were meeting the recommended physical activity standards as of 2016, the CDC has found.

Yup. One of the great benefits of Apple Watch and the rewards that come from filling those rings.

Rewards, as influential American psychologist B. F. Skinner...

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Samsung, Apple extend their lead as top global...

Samsung Electronics and Apple remained the top two semiconductor chip buyers in 2017, representing 19.5% of the total worldwide market, according to Gartner, Inc. The two tech giants together consumed $81.8 billion of semiconductors in 2017, an increase of more than $20 billion from 2016.

"Samsung Electronics and Apple not only retained their respective No. 1 and No. 2 positions, they also radically increased their share of semiconductor spending through 2017," says Masatsune Yamaji, principal research analyst at Gartner "These two companies have held on to the top positions since 2011 and they continue to exert significant influence on technology and price trends for the whole semiconductor industry."

Eight of the top 10 companies in 2016 remained in the top 10 in 2017, with the top five chip buyers remaining in the same positions. LG Electronics returned to the top 10 and was joined by newcomer Western Digital,...

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Twitter uses smart cropping to make image previews...

Twitter's recent character limit extension means we're spending more time reading tweets, but now the site now wants us to spend less time looking at pictures. Or more specifically, less time looking for the important bit of a picture. Thanks to Twit...

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QuickerTek announces 12TB hard drive storage upgrade...

QuickerTek has announced 5TB and 12TB hard drive upgrades for the Apple AC AirPort Time Capsule — which provides only 2TB to 3TB of storage alone. By request, 6 9dBi high performance antennas can also be added to the unit for a boost in wireless power, effectively a three-fold increase in the range of the Time Capsule.

To complete this upgrade, QuickerTek first opens the chassis and removes the existing hard drive. Once this is done, either the 5TB or 12TB hard drive is slid into the empty space and plugged into the internal board.

The antenna upgrade not only offers dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi, but it also triples the range of the Time Capsule. The improved wireless power allows users the ability to arrange and use their Apple wireless anywhere they choose by providing a wider range and blasting through common line of sight objects. 


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What’s new in iOS 11.3? Hands-on with new features...

This is one of those iOS betas that bring a bevy of new features. Take a few minutes to watch the video embedded in the main Loop post. Jeff Benjamin does an excellent job walking through all the new stuff.

Of special note is the discussion about Messages on iCloud, about 2:25 in.

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Apple files for a patent for ‘touch rejection’ on...

Touch sensitive devices such as the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch have become popular as input devices. However, occasionally a touch may have an unwanted outcome, so Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180024693) for “touch rejection.”

A touch sensitive device allows you to perform various functions by touching the touch sensor panel using a finger, stylus, or other object at a location often dictated by a user interface (UI) being displayed by the display device. In general, the touch sensitive device can recognize a touch event and the position of the touch event on the touch sensor panel, and the computing system can then interpret the touch event in accordance with the display appearing at the time of the touch event, and thereafter can perform one or more actions based on the touch event. 

As touch sensing technology continues to improve, touch sensitive devices are increasingly being used in environments where the orientation of a user's hand or other...

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Tim Cook: Coding Languages Were 'Too Geeky...

theodp writes: Speaking to a class of Grade 7 students taking coding lessons at the Apple Store in Eaton Centre, the Toronto Star reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook told the kids that most students would shun programming because coding languages were 'too geeky' until Apple introduced Swift. "Swift came out of the fundamental recognition that coding languages were too geeky. Most students would look at them and say, 'that's not for me,'" Cook said as the preteens participated in an Apple-designed 'Everyone Can Code' workshop. "That's not our view. Our view is that coding is a horizontal skill like your native languages or mathematics, so we wanted to design a programming language that is as easy to learn as our products are to use."


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Apple Previews iOS 11.3 Changes, Due Later This Year

What do ARKit, animoji, health records, battery information, and a European emergency location service have in common? Apple is promoting all of them as features in the upcoming iOS 11.3, promised “this spring.”


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EENA praises Apple for the upcoming AML...

Apple has announced that iOS 11.3, coming  this spring, will support Advanced Mobile Location (AML). This technology is used when an emergency call is being placed to send accurate location data of the caller in distress directly to the emergency services.

The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has congratulated Apple for “this great achievement that will make people safer and save lives. In the countries where AML is already operational on smartphones, many lives have been saved thanks to this technology. The upcoming iOS update is therefore a major improvement in the daily work of emergency and rescue services, adds the organization behind AML.

When a person in distress calls the emergency services with a smartphone where AML is enabled, the telephone automatically activates its location service to establish its position and sends this information to the emergency services via an SMS. The services uses either...

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HomePod, the iPod for your home

Consider Apple's release of a new music-oriented device priced higher than its perceived competitors--which have already established an enthusiastic audience base over the past few years. How can it possibly survive in such a difficult position? The answer was: by being better in key ways that matter to users. iPod went on to become a legendary franchise in personal audio. Now Apple is doing the same thing again in home audio with HomePod.

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Apple is reportedly working on a revamped ebook app...

Apple is working on a new ebook reader for iPhones and iPads take on Amazon in the digital book market again, reports Bloomberg.

The tech giant is purportedly working on a redesigned version of its iBooks e-book reading app for iOS devices, will rename it “Books” rather than “iBooks” and has hired an executive from Amazon to help.

Bloomberg says the new app will include a simpler interface that better highlights books currently being read and a redesigned digital book store that looks more like the new App Store launched last year. It will also add a section called Reading Now and a dedicated tab for audio books, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with its development.”

Bloomberg says Apple has hired Kashif Zafar, a senior vice president from Audible, Amazon’s audio books business...

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Google teasing I/O 2018 with series of encrypted...

Google has a long history of using puzzles to tease and communicate. Their latest puzzle sequence tells you about this years Google I/O conference.

It all started with this tweet:

Plans are coming along for

— Google Developers (@googledevs) January 24, 2018

If you are interested in solving this, start by deciphering the image in the tweet above. If you get stuck, or just want to read through the sequence of solve steps, follow the headline link to a sequence of clues.


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Apple’s first store in South Korea opens Saturday

Apple Garosugil, the company’s first store in South Korea, will open in Seoul on Saturday at 10 a.m. South of the Han River, in the heart of the Gangnam area, the store’s 25-foot glass facade invites visitors in from the tree-lined street, where interior trees mirror those outside, blurring the lines between the street and store. It also sports a dynamic 6K video wall.

“We’re thrilled to open a new home for our customers in the vibrant city of Seoul and we look forward to continuing to grow in Korea,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, in a press announcement. “Our stores are gathering places for the community where everyone is welcome to connect, learn and create.”

Located in the heart of the Gangnam area, Apple Garosugil’s 25-foot glass facade blurs the lines between the street and store. — Photo courtesy of Apple

Led by Creative Pros, who are experts in the arts, the sessions bring the community together in the heart of...

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Spike in job openings at Apple hints at renewed...

Mikey Campbell, AppleInsider:

According to statistics accumulated by Thinknum, a new data-driven web publication that tracks Apple job openings, among a slew of other publicly available metrics, the number of new positions for designers at the Cupertino tech giant has been climbing steadily since October.

Follow the headline link, check out the graph. That is an impressive spike, year over (not quite) year. I wonder if this is indicative of a new product in the works, or purely replenishing the talent pool.

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Twitter aiming to make video sharing more Snapchat-...

Twitter is reportedly working on a new camera-centered app designed to make it faster and easier to share video on the platform.

The app is said to be inspired by Snapchat, an app CEO Jack Dorsey has previously praised …


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Apple working on new Books e-reader application,...

Apple appears poised to refresh its iPhone and iPad e-reader app, Books, after years of few changes.

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PSA: Reddit rolling out two-factor authentication...

Reddit is now offering the option of using two-factor authentication (2FA) to all users following successful trials with moderators and beta-testers …


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SurfacePad is a luxurious, flexible cover for the...

TwelveSouth’s $79.99 SurfacePad for the iPad Pro is a great product for those who need a cover with features, if not necessarily a case for protection. This luxury leather cover — available for the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro — is a hands-free, multi-angle viewing stand and a typing wedge rolled into a thin shield that doesn't hide or disguise the tablet’s sleek profile. 

The hardback front cover is lined with soft micro-fiber to protect your iPad screen. Flip open the cover, SurfacePad wakes up your iPad; close it and iPad goes to sleep.

The SurfacePro has an adhesive back that sticks on to the back surface of the Apple tablet. Applying it can be a little tricky. However, the great thing about repositioning the adhesion is there’s no residue left behind. 

While the SurfacePad provides a “hidden” stand for typing...

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Apple reportedly revamping iBooks app with iOS 11...

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple will revamp the iBooks app later this year with a major redesign, with a new Reading Now tab, a separate section for audiobooks and a store interface that draws from the same design language as the iOS 11 App Store.

The report follows the launch of iOS 11.3 beta, which includes a renaming of the iBooks app to simply ‘Books’. In the current beta, there are no meaningful UI changes to the Books app.


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Apple’s addition of Advanced Mobile Location to iOS...

An organization representing emergency services in more than 80 countries worldwide has said that Apple adding Advanced Mobile Location (AML) in iOS 11.3 is ‘huge news,’ having previously estimated that it would result in saving around 7500 lives over the next ten years …


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How to mix and use homemade screen cleaner

My Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch screens — not to mention my TV — constantly need their screens cleaned. Instead of buying expensive cleaning products, however, I mix my own. 

Take a spray bottle and mix it with one part plain white vinegar and one part distilled water (make sure it’s distilled). Spray the liquid on a clean, lint-free cloth such as an old t-shirt (paper-based products like paper towels can scratch the screen) and go to town cleaning those screens. Be sure not to spray the solution directly on your screens, as it can drip down into places it shouldn’t go.

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Nearly 14,000 global organizations leverage Jamf to...

 Jamf, which specializes in Apple ecosystem management, concluded 2017 with another year of record growth, expanding its base of customers by 40% to welcome over 4,000 new organizations. 

What’s more, the company grew revenue by 30%, and recurring revenue grew over 40% year-over-year, maintaining an industry-best customer retention rate of 94%. Jamf closed the year managing two million additional devices, or a total of nine million-plus Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TVs, and more than 13,700 customers, adding an average of nearly 100 customers per week. 

These organizations include: 17 of the 25 largest Fortune 500 companies; 10 of the top 10 global marketing groups; 10 of the top 11 children’s hospitals; seven of the top 10 U.S. media companies; and 6,000 K-12 and higher education schools. To support this growth, Jamf hired 162 new employees and grew its international employee base by more than 50%, while maintaining...

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Apple releases Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and...

If you’re running either macOS 10.11 El Capitan or macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re going to want to snag the current security update now.

On Tuesday, Apple released Security Update 2018-001 Sierra and Security Update 2018-001 El Capitan, which addressed assorted security concerns as well as helped mitigate potential risks from the Meltdown and Spectre issues..

As previously noted, Meltdown and Spectre are the names of security holes that could allow maliciously crafted software to access data that should be protected. Both vulnerabilities affect computing devices released in the last 10 years.

Apple has previously released security patches to help prevent fallout from these vulnerabilities in its iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra operating system updates, and these two security patches catch up the previous two Mac operating systems.

The security updates are available through the Mac App Store’s Update function for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan....

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First iOS 11.3 developer beta out the door, offers...

Following Tuesday’s release of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has offered preview access to iOS 11.3, which will include assorted nifty new features, including a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

Following the iOS 11.3 update, Apple says users will now be able to see their overall battery health, and will recommend if it needs to be serviced. You will also be told if your battery is triggering a chip slowdown, and can choose to turn that feature off. The switch will only be available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Other new features include the following:

– iCloud Messages: This offers the choice to opt in to Messages on iCloud. The feature, in turn, frees up space on your device and syncs messages between all your iOS and macOS devices. Sign into a new device and see your whole Messages history right away. Delete...

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Amazon, Hulu, and the resilience of live TV

Live, linear TV still has staying power, even in the age of on-demand algorithms.

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HomePod hands-on touts superior sound, ‘personal’...

In what seems to be the first hands-on report with a HomePod ahead of the orders going live tomorrow, Refinery29 writes they had an hour to test out the smart speaker. The site says that HomePod looks great as an object, and they preferred the HomePod’s sound quality when compared to a Google Home Max, Amazon Echo and Sonos One.

The article also says that the HomePod has some awareness of whether its owner is at home and Siri will not speak about calendar notifications, text messages, reminders and other personal alerts if the user is out of...

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Wednesday January 24

Apple adjusts foreign App Store pricing to account...

Apple is in the process of sending out emails to inform developers of an App Store update that changes price of apps in six countries adjusted due to the addition of, or changes in, that country's value added tax.

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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0 with playground...

Alongside a slate of new beta software for iOS, macOS and tvOS, Apple on Wednesday released an update for Swift Playgrounds that brings fresh features like subscriptions, new robots and more to the educational app.

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Drake's 'God's Plan' breaks...

Drake just dropped a new track and it's breaking streaming records. Representatives for the rapper on Wednesday said "God's Plan" broke Spotify's U.S. record for the most-streamed song in a single day with 4 million plays, while Apple Music's Zane Lowe seemingly one-upped that announcement by saying the song logged 14 million streams worldwide.

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Apple teases Seoul, South Korea retail store w/ new...

As we reported earlier this month, Apple is set to open its first store in South Korea this weekend, on January 27th. Ahead of that grand opening, the company has shared new images of the store in a press release…


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Apple adjusting App Store pricing & developer...

Apple today has sent an email to App Store developers informing them of upcoming price changes in select countries. The company says that value added tax, or VAT, has changed in some countries and thus it will adjust developer proceeds. Other countries will also see App Store prices updated.


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HomePod setup similar to AirPods, requires iCloud...

With AirPods and the W1 chip, Apple introduced a proximity-based setup system that automatically pops up a card on your iOS device when a configurable device is nearby. The same system is used to share Wi-Fi passwords, set up new iOS devices, Apple TVs and even Apple Watch.

HomePod will use the same setup system, but it includes a few more steps, depending on your particular setup…


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Apple shows off first South Korea retail store ahead...

Apple on Wednesday posted a few photos of preparations being made at Apple Garosugil, the company's first retail outlet in South Korea that is scheduled to open its doors to customers on Saturday.

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New data shows significant uptick in design job...

Enterprise analytics company Thinknum, which aims to provide investors with information directly from company websites, has shared its newest report highlighting Apple’s job openings. The company shows that Apple has dramatically increased its hiring of designers, with open positions rising at a steady rate since October…


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Apple enables basic AirPlay 2 functionality in iOS...

With Wednesday's release of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, Apple is slowly rolling out support for AirPlay 2, a hotly anticipated wireless protocol that allows users to stream music to, and remotely control, multiple devices in different rooms.

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New Drake track breaks single-day Apple Music...

Drake’s new single, God’s Plan, has broken single-day streaming music records on both Apple Music and Spotify with 14 million plays and 4.3 million plays respectively. The news was confirmed by Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in a tweet.


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Spike in job openings at Apple hints at renewed...

The past few months have seen an unusual hike in job openings for designers at Apple, potentially hinting at work on a grand new project or a renewed focus on design.

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What’s new in iOS 11.3? Hands-on with new features...

After previewing iOS 11.3 early this morning, Apple has released the highly-anticipated update to developers. Included with iOS 11.3 are a lot of new changes, headlined by new Animoji for iPhone X and multi-room audio AirPlay 2 support. Watch our hands-on video for a look at these and other changes and features in iOS 11.3 beta 1. more…

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iOS 11.3 simplifies Face ID checkout on iPhone X w/...

Apple today released iOS 11.3 to developers with features such as AirPlay 2, ARKit 1.5, and more. Since then, we’ve rounded up a few other smaller changes. One such change comes with the authentication process for purchases via the iPhone X…


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Apple Adds Medical Records Feature For iPhone

On Wednesday, Apple released the test version of a new product that lets users download their health records, store them safely and show them to a doctor, caregiver or friend. "We view the future as consumers owning their own health data," Apple COO Jeff Williams said in an interview with CNBC. From the report: It all works when a user opens the iPhone's health app, navigates to the health record section, and, on the new tool, adds a health provider. From there, the user taps to connect to Apple's software system and data start streaming into the service. Patients will get notified via an alert if new information becomes available. In June, CNBC first reported on Apple's plans, including early discussions with top U.S. hospitals. The company confirmed that it has contracts with about a dozen hospitals across the country, including Cedars-Sinai, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Penn Medicine and the University of California, San Diego. The medical information available will include allergies...

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Watch: Everything new in iOS 11.3

Apple on Wednesday released the first iOS 11.3 beta to developers for testing with new Animoji characters, Health Records integration, ARKit 1.5, Apple Music additions and more. Check out what's new in this video.

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Congress questions Apple, others over decision to...

In letters sent to the CEOs of major tech companies on Wednesday, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asks why an agreement was made to keep details of the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws secret until their public disclosure this month.

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iOS 11.3: Power management, better AR, new Animoji,...

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has pulled the proverbial black curtain off iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

Here's everything you need to know about what's in iOS 11.3, when it's coming, and how to install the beta.

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013: iOS 11.3 beta, Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2 |...

Today we’ve got details about iOS 11.3 including the first developer beta, new Animoji, Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2 working on tvOS, and much more.

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


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Apple World Today News Update: January 24, 2018

A short edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:

  • Siri - a half-billion devices now use Apple's intelligent assistant, up almost 125 million from June of 2017
  • We look in detail at some of the new features expected in iOS 11.3 later this spring

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  

Hidden in a press release about HomePod yesterday was an interesting note about Siri. In the note, Apple said that “Siri, now actively used on over a half a billion...

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HomePod will support lossless FLAC audio playback as...

HomePod specs are indicating that Apple is serious about the audio quality on the device. Today, we’ve discovered that the smart speaker will support FLAC out of the box.


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Tim Cook faces scrutiny from US lawmakers over...

Tim Cook is facing questions from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. CNBC reports that the committee has sent letters to Apple, Intel, and other tech companies concerning the Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws that emerged earlier this month


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Changes to macOS Server are coming in the spring

Apple says that macOS Server — available at the Mac App Store for $19.99 — is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network. As a result, some changes are coming in how Server works. 

Designed for macOS and iOS devices, it’s designed to make it easy to share files, schedule meetings, sync contacts, develop software, host a website, publish wikis, configure Apple devices, remotely access your network, and more. 

Mac OS X Server was provided as the operating system for Apple’s Xserve computers, rack mounted server computers. At one point, it was optionally pre-installed on the Mac mini and Mac Pro and was sold separately for use on any Mac meeting its minimum requirements.

Soon a number of services will be deprecated, and will be hidden on new installations of an update to macOS Server coming in spring 2018. If you've already...

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macOS 10.13.4 references standalone ‘Podcast app’,...

The new beta versions of iOS, tvOS and macOS include new detailed information about privacy and Apple’s services, designed to help users understand which data is collected and how that data is used.


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Swift Playgrounds 2.0 lets you subscribe to...

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 2.0. Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds. Other changes include:

  • Subscriptions automatically show new playgrounds when available and alert you to updates.
  • New robots including IBM's TJBot and Mekamon are available from the Add Subscriptions button.
  • New content gallery shows all playgrounds including third-party subscriptions in a single view.
  • Documentation for iOS features and commands is now available from the Help button and the tools menu.
  • A Locations button lets you open playgrounds from the Files app on your iPad.
  • Third-party robot playgrounds previously included in the app are now available directly from their respective...
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AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio playback from iOS 11...

Earlier today, Apple released the first developer betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, including new features such as additional Animoji, Business Chat for iMessage, and more. Hidden in both iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, however, is support for AirPlay 2.


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Burger King explains net neutrality

This does a brilliant job of how net neutrality (a ridiculous term if there ever was one) would affect customers.

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Report: More evidence surfaces about underwhelming...

A new report from CNBC today shares that J.P. Morgan has cut its financial estimates for iPhone suppliers as demand for Apple’s smartphone is said to be declining.


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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0

The latest version of Swift Playgrounds includes new features to make it easier to discover even more content. Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third-party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds. You’ll automatically see new and updated playgrounds in your subscriptions, a content gallery that shows all playgrounds in a single view, new robots, and much more.

Swift Playgrounds is a wonderful tool to learn how to code.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple brings health records to iPhone

Apple today introduced a significant update to the Health app with the iOS 11.3 beta, debuting a feature for customers to see their medical records right on their iPhone. The updated Health Records section within the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and other participating hospitals and clinics are among the first to make this beta feature available to their patients.

Apple’s advancements in health, fitness, and medical in the past few years are incredible.

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Reminder: HomePod can replace an Apple TV or iPad as...

Not only can Apple's HomePod be used to control HomeKit devices, but it can take the role of a HomeKit hub, allowing for access and control of compatible peripherals from outside the home.

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Apple previews iOS 11.3

This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience augmented reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app.

There are some great new features that are available in iOS 11.3. The developer beta was released today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Major changes to macOS Server coming in spring 2018

Apple is changing its focus on the popular network managing app, macOS Server. The company says that a number of services will be baked into the operating system and will be hidden on new macOS Server installations. However, those who are already using these features will be able to continue to use them after the spring 2018 macOS Server update.


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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0 with new robots...

Alongside releasing iOS 11.3 beta 1 today, Apple has made Swift Playgrounds 2.0 available with a new subscriptions feature to follow third-party creators, new robots, a fresh content gallery, and more. The release has been in beta for developers by request since last fall.


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Setapp now has 15,000 subscribers after launching a...

Setapp, the service that allows you to download tons of Mac apps for just $9.99 a month, has recently gained some real traction. Founded by MacPaw, the app now has 15,000 subscribers after launching just a year ago, TechCrunch reports.


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Get the i out: iBooks rebranded as 'Books...

Apple's transition away from "iProducts" continues in the first beta of iOS 11.3, renaming the iBooks app to just simply "Books," potentially foretelling a rebrand as "Apple Books."

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Apple releases Xcode 9.3 beta for developers

Apple has released the first beta of Xcode 9.3 for developers. Xcode is a free developer tool for Apple’s various operating systems. 

Version 9.3 fixes bugs and improves compilation times for projects in the company’s Swift programming language. Xcode 9.3 is available via the Apple Developer Program, which provides tools for building and distributing your apps.

Membership includes access to beta OS releases, advanced app capabilities, and tools to develop, test, and distribute apps and Safari extensions. For more information, visit Apple Developer Program.

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Apple releases Xcode 9.3, includes new battery usage...

With the release of iOS 11.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.13.4 beta 1, Apple has also issued the first beta of Xcode 9.3 for developers. This version promises to fix lots of bugs and improve compilation times for Swift projects.


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Messages in iCloud returns in Apple's iOS 11.3...

First announced last June at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Messages in iCloud have not yet launched, but could be coming to this spring's iOS 11.3 update, based on the first developer beta issued.

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macOS 10.13.4 beta will alert users of 32-bit...

Apple will begin alerting users of 32-bit applications starting with the latest macOS High Sierra beta, reports The Loop. For now, users will only see the alert, however, future macOS updates may require action from developers.


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macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 warns users about 32-bit...

Apple's new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta has begun the purge process of 32-bit apps, with the new version the first to warn users that the apps won't be supported that much longer.

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Messages in iCloud is back in iOS 11.3 beta 1

Apple announced in a press release earlier today several new features to come with iOS 11.3, including new Animoji and health records in the Health app.


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Apple issues first developer beta for iOS 11.3 with...

The first beta of iOS 11.3 is now available, giving developers the opportunity to build apps for ARKit 1.5, and to test out new features like Health Records and new Animoji. However, new settings for battery and performance controls will have to wait until later betas.

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Apple releases first tvOS 11.3 developer beta for...

In addition to iOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple has released the first tvOS 11.3 developer beta for Apple TV (fourth gen) and Apple TV 4K.


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macOS 10.13.4 beta 1 now available for Mac

macOS High Sierra is going even higher today with the first developer beta version of macOS 10.13.4 now available. The new developer beta comes one day after the release of macOS 10.13.3 which includes security improvements and a fix for Messages bugs.


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Apple releases first iOS 11.3 developer beta for...

As promised earlier today, Apple has released the first iOS 11.3 developer beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. A free public beta version will be available in the future.


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∞ Apple to alert users of 32-bit apps in latest...

With the release of the latest macOS developer beta, Apple will begin to alert users that they are using older, 32-bit apps, instead of the more modern 64-bit apps, the company told me today. The macOS beta will be released to developers on Wednesday. […]

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Strategy Analytics: Apple will sell 3.8 million...

Strategy Analytics says Apple will sell 3.8 million HomePods this year, garnering less than 10% market share. The wireless speaker is available for pre-order Friday, Jan. 26, and is slated to arrive on Feb. 9.

The $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white. The HomePod also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation. It will use Siri to browse and select music from Apple Music, control the home through HomeKit, and answer questions.

Strategy Analytics says its consumer research findings suggest that Apple will find it very difficult to persuade existing Amazon Echo or Google Home users to switch to Apple's Siri-powered HomePod. Owners of these devices are much more likely...

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Remarkable photos capture the light that plants emit

This guy is creating spectacular images of “ordinary” flowers.

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SpaceX tests the Falcon Heavy's 27 engines...

Today, SpaceX performed a static fire test on its Falcon Heavy rocket. Also called the hold-down test, it involved loading the rocket with propellant and firing all of its 27 engines at once while the rocket was secured to the launch pad. The test ap...

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Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon

Today is an unfortunate day for those who were looking to prolong the use of their Pebble smartwatch. The parent company, Fitbit, announced that it will be ending its support for the smartwatch on June 30, 2018.


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A YouTube channel devoted to medieval sacred music:...

I’m not the least bit religious but I love listening to these chants.

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∞ Apple updates iTunes to work with HomePod

Apple on Wednesday released an update for iTunes on the Mac, allowing the software to work with its upcoming HomePod. […]

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HomePod, QuickTime Player now support FLAC audio...

Apple's HomePod, Files in iOS, and QuickTime Player in macOS all support FLAC playback, but Apple's media management tool iTunes still does not making it more difficult for Apple users to use the high-quality file format than it could be.

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Samsung releases the official 2018 Winter Olympics...

If you're an Olympics nerd, then take note: Samsung has released the official app of the PyeongChang 2018 games. It's ready for download now in the App Store and Google Play Store. The app is available in Korean, English, French, Japanese and Chinese...

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AT&T calls for an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ for...

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has today shared an open letter titled Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights. In the letter, Stephenson shares his ideas for how to “end the debate [on net neutrality] once and for all” and states that AT&T is “committed to an open Internet.” Meanwhile, critics are voicing their opinions…


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Vivo's in-display fingerprint reader won't...

It's only been two weeks since Vivo's latest attempt with an in-display fingerprint reader on a smartphone, and even though it didn't work perfectly for us, the company thinks it's ready for prime time. In China, consumers will soon be able to use th...

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Rogue Amoeba introduces Farrago, a powerful Mac...

Now here's an app that is going to make a lot of podcasters very happy. Rogue Amoeba has just introduced Farrago, a $39 (introductory price, can try for free) soundboard app. What's a soundboard app? Well, think of some of the old great radio disc jockeys, who would have a library of recorded sounds that they could throw in for humorous effect at any time. Farrago lets podcasters and others who use Macs for audio editing have a huge library of music, voice and sound effects available to play with just a click.

Rogue Amoeba Farrago

Each clip can be fully edited with fades, looped, and so on. Don't want to click on a tile to play a clip? Each one can be set up with a keyboard shortcut for easy triggering. I love the way that Paul Kafasis and his crew at Rogue Amoeba have also made it easy to color-code the different sound clips for easy identification -- or just making the soundboard look...

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Ubisoft's Sam is a virtual assistant meant...

Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and now, Ubisoft has Sam. Yes, really. It's a virtual assistant geared specifically toward gaming, and Ubisoft has started to weave a beta version of the service into its Ubisoft Club companion app... well, for Canad...

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When is a planet too big to be called a planet?

There have been quite a few discussions on what makes a planet (and what doesn't) in the past, the most famous of which resulted in the infamous demotion of Pluto from planet status. But now, there's some rumblings on the upper end of things. This we...

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The deals keep rolling in as we near the end of January. Save $450 on Apple's latest 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 13" Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $1,999 ($200 off) with our exclusive coupon. Apple's Series 3 Watch with cellular is also $379 while supplies last.

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Map of the #1 song in countries all around the world

This is incredibly addicting. It also shows how out of touch with “popular music” I am. I haven’t heard the vast majority of songs included.

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AT&T calls for net neutrality laws after...

Few people would call AT&T a champion of net neutrality, but that isn't stopping it from trying to claim the title. CEO Randall Stephenson has posted an open letter calling on Congress to write an "Internet Bill of Rights" that enforces "neutral...

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Apple Will Soon Let Users Turn Off its iPhone-...

Following an uproar from customers last month, Apple on Wednesday said it's adding a feature to its latest iOS update that will let customers turn off software that slows down their iPhones. From a report: Apple in December revealed that it released software a year earlier that makes your phone run more slowly to prevent problems with its aging lithium ion battery, such as unexpected shutdowns. As part of the new iOS 11.3 update, iPhone users will get a recommendation if a battery needs to be serviced. Plus, they will be able to see if the power management feature that slows the phone's performance is on and can choose to turn it off, the company said Wednesday.


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I really wanted to like Sony's Xperia XZ1...

No one really makes decent small phones anymore. Apple hasn't updated the iPhone SE in almost two years, and the "mini" flagship phase fizzled out long before that. Tracking down a sub-5-inch Android phone you'd actually consider buying could be the...

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Burger King tries to explain net neutrality with...

Nothing brought net neutrality to the fore of people's minds more than the FCC's plan to take it away. From the very beginning, when FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced his intentions to repeal 2015 net neutrality protections, to December 14th when the FCC...

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Addison Lee’s private minicab app goes global

Addison Lee is trying to shake off its image as a London-focused taxi service and re-establish itself as a ride-hailing app that works around the world. Today, the company announced a "digital global service" that anyone can use to book minicabs in o...

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Everything Apple has promised to add to HomePod in...

Apple's HomePod will be shipping soon -- but beyond the features initially promised but not immediately arriving, there look to be a few more things coming to the HomePod in the future. AppleInsider gives you a full rundown of what to expect from HomePod in the weeks and months after it launches.

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Rogue Amoeba launches Farrago, a polished soundboard...

Rogue Amoeba is known for making quality audio tools for macOS, and its latest release Farrago continues that effort. Farrago is a super polished soundboard app for Mac created for podcasters and theater techs.


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Chrome update rids Android devices of pop-ups and...

Android is getting priority treatment again from Chrome as the stable version of Chrome 64 rolls out here ahead of Mac, Windows and Linux for the second release in a row. The version includes the usual bug fixes, plus a host of features designed to m...

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Facebook buys a company that verifies government IDs

Facebook has snapped up a software firm that created tools allowing startups to instantly authenticate driver's licenses and other government IDs. The social network said that Boston-based Confirm's "technology and expertise will support [its] ongoin...

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