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Thursday September 29

Sharp to invest $568M in OLED technology in 2018

Apple display supplier Sharp on Thursday announced plans to invest 57.4 billion yen (about $568 million) in its OLED business as soon as the second quarter of 2018.

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Airfoil 5.1.2

Fixes a a couple of critical bugs, one when running tvOS 10 and the other in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)


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Sony shows off everything inside the PS VR core...

We're a couple of weeks away from the debut of the PlayStation VR, but you can prepare with this new unboxing video from Sony. The hardware inside the $400 core bundle box (headset, processing unit, headphones and demo disc -- but not the Move contro...

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Adobe Lightroom and Alto’s Adventure updated with...

As the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus continue to make their way to more and more people, developers are gradually rolling out app updates with new features specific to Apple’s latest devices. Today, a pair of popular apps have been updated: Alto’s Adventure and Adobe Lightroom.


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Nintendo's Famicom Mini is Japan's NES...

Nintendo fans in its home country are getting their own teensy retro console, as well. Today, Mario's creator has revealed the mini Famicom, a shrunken version of the original NES the company released in Japan. Just like the mini NES for the west, th...

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Exploit broker triples iOS bounty to $1.5M, cites...

Zerodium, a well-known "bug broker," on Thursday announced a new $1.5 million top end limit for zero-day exploits targeting iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest version of iOS 10.

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Roam the Valve HQ reception in VR and find the cake...

When the folks at Valve aren't fiddling with Steam, updating popular first-party franchises or working on wacky projects, they like to have a little fun. Or, at least the team working on Valve's Destinations VR title does. Destinations is a casual, m...

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The CW launches Apple TV app, no cable login required

Adding to an already successful mobile app offering, television network The CW updated both its iOS and tvOS apps on Thursday with new features like AirPlay support and the ability to stream shows without a cable login.

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iPhone exploit bounty surges to an eye-popping $1.5...

Enlarge (credit: Antoine Taveneaux)

A controversial broker of security exploits is offering $1.5 million (£1.2 million) for attacks that work against fully patched iPhones and iPads, a bounty that's triple the size of its previous one.

Zerodium also doubled, to $200,000, the amount it will pay for attacks that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in Google's competing Android operating system, and the group raised the amount for so-called zeroday exploits in Adobe's Flash media player to $80,000 from $50,000. After buying the working exploits, the company then sells them to government entities, which use them to spy on suspected criminals, terrorists, enemies, and...

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS now supports RAW shooting on...

Two weeks after Adobe brought DNG image file format support to iOS with Lightroom for mobile, the company on Thursday updated its app to take full advantage of Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Google opens up its machine learning tricks to all

There may now be an easier way to implement advanced machine learning models in your projects. Google has opened up its Cloud Machine Learning to all businesses in a public beta, after a few months of testing it in private alpha. The tool makes it ea...

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The CW releases new Apple TV app that doesn’t...

The CW today updated its iOS app with a pair of new features that Apple users will greatly appreciate. With the update, which bumps the app to version 2.13.1365, iOS and Apple TV users can now watch their favorite content on their TV…


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Early Reviews Fuel High Hopes for Civilization VI

Early hands-on previews of Civilization VI came out Thursday, and those who had a chance to partake in the turn-based PC game found that it successfully built on the foundation of the past versions, while bringing some fresh changes to the experience. It has been 25 years since the Sid Meier classic debuted to great acclaim, and after 2010's Civilization V raised the bar, it seemed that developer Firaxis would have to pull out all the stops with the next iteration.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Restore your iPhone hassle-...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps is full of new goodies for macOS Sierra—including iMazing 2, a Mac app for backing up your iOS devices. Plus, two apps to handle Twitter video uploads, and more. Read on!

BBEdit 11.6.2

There’s a new update out for Bare Bones Software’s venerable BBEdit, one of our favorite text editors.

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The Northern Lights will be visible across Canada,...

Those are big science-y words. If you live in most of Canada or in the most northerly parts of the contiguous United States, as well as parts of northern Europe, get outside tonight and look north to see this spectacular sky display.

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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 29, 2016

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.

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.7, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. One of my favorite apps, Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.7 provides several compatibility fixes for macOS 10.12 Sierra.

It’s a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.


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Periscope's website now organizes live videos...

Yup, Periscope is still a thing: Twitter's live video streaming service just announced some new discovery features to make its web portal to the world more useful. Taking a page out of the aging but still successful broadcast TV playbook, Periscope i...

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Google's ride-sharing platform is now live in...

Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is ready to open up its casual carpo...

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Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites...

With the release of iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service no longer has its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game are handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app.

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AWT News Update: September 29, 2016

We want to thank our listeners -- old and new -- for pushing our podcast numbers to a new record in the month of September. Since July, our number of monthly listens has risen 261%, all thanks to you. In other Apple news today:

  • Some BMW owners and Verizon customers are having issues with the new iPhone 7s
  • The FCC voted to make major improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, so you'll now get photos of wanted suspects and links to more info
  • The FCC delayed a vote on allowing consumers to bypass cable and satellite company set top boxes by using devices like Apple TVs to watch their favorite shows
  • A new Kickstarter wants you to support an unsightly dongle for your iPhone 7 so you can listen to your old headphones and charge the phone at the same time. Our solution? Just go wireless. 


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George RR Martin and Apple announce interactive Game...

As a guy who loves behind the scenes type stuff, this is really tempting.

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Poll: Is your iPhone 7 or iOS 10 device experiencing...

As Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have started to reach more customers, we’ve been getting more and more reports that users are facing a multitude of issues when pairing with their Bluetooth devices. With every iOS and iPhone release, issues are bound to arise.

Though one that stems on the wireless future that Apple has so courageously laid out makes this one all the more impactful. A majority of the reports appear to be coming from users with in-car Bluetooth systems, but we’re also hearing users facing issues from frequently dropped connections, to devices that will show they’re paired even when they’re not. Are you seeing any of these issues on your devices?


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A first look at Mercedes-Benz's Generation EQ...

On the first Sunday of each month, you can't drive a car in Paris -- not unless it's electric. That's a trend that might just catch on elsewhere, judging by the fact that rival Tesla has pre-sold over 300,000 Model 3 EVs. So, Mercedes is suddenly tak...

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Bounty for iOS jailbreak exploit jumps to $1.5...

The value for zero-day exploits targeting Apple's iOS software is jumping. On Thursday, a company called Zerodium began offering as much as US $1.5 million for them.

Zerodium is the same company that offered $1 million last year for an exclusive iOS zero-day exploit that can remotely jailbreak a device. However, that bounty was only temporary, and it was eventually awarded last November.

Zerodium's new $1.5 million bounty is asking for a remote jailbreak exploit targeting iOS 10. The bounty will be offered all year long, Chaouki Bekrar, the company's CEO, said in an email. The company's original offer was a maximum of $500,000.


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Dr. Oz wants to sell you a heart-monitoring...

Perennial snake oil salesman Dr. Oz has found a new way to take your make money: a wearable. The press release promises the iBeat Life Monitor is "lifesaving" smartwatch that "empowers people to live longer lives." The big difference here versus offe...

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How the Apple Watch will take this NYC restaurant...

Danny Meyer is best known as the mastermind behind Shake Shack, the restaurant chain that handily beats In n Out for the best fast food burger in America. (Bold words, yes, and I stand by them.) But he’s also at the forefront of hospitality industry trends, eliminating tipping at most of his restaurants and offering paid parental leave company-wide. Now he’s bringing the Apple Watch into his rebooted Union Square Cafe in Manhattan to level up on customer service in some unexpected ways.

Servers won’t be using the watch to put your orders through, and maybe you’ll never even see restaurant staff using it—the watch is more of a behind-the-scenes device, despite being very visibly strapped to employees’ wrists. According to Eater, Union Square Cafe’s managers and sommeliers will use the watch, which is integrated with the restaurant’s ResyOS back-of-house iPad-based platform, to perform a...

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Life on Bluenose II

As a proud Nova Scotianer, every time I see images of the Bluenose II, I well up a little bit. The first image in the linked story literally caused tears of happiness at seeing two of the most iconic images of Nova Scotia. I was lucky enough to be a deck hand one summer, an experience I’ll never forget. It’s a beautiful ship with a wonderful back story. If you ever get a chance to walk its deck or go sailing on it, you won’t regret it.

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ReflexLOLogy: Inside the groan-inducing world of pun...

I had a girlfriend in college who would have been really good at these competitions. I hated her.

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Bruce Springsteen live in conversation with Apple’s...

Many people, including my good friend Sly Marton, are incredibly excited to see this interview and to read Springsteen’s new memoir.

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iPhone 7 owners complain about issues with BMW...

Some iPhone 7 owners are encountering trouble with Bluetooth connections in BMW vehicles, and/or LTE connections to Verizon, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and tips to AppleInsider.

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"Balloons": iPhone ad is a nostalgic look...

This just showed up on YouTube about an hour ago. A wonderful, beautifully photographed, and generally sweet look at the expressive features of iOS 10 Messages.

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Kickstarter: $10 iLDOCK will let you charge your...

A new Kickstarter campaign is hoping to solve two issues associated with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A). the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port, and B). the inability to charge the iPhone 7 while listening to music.

To be fair, Apple does include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the iPhone 7 box, so I wouldn’t go as far as to call that a real problem, but the inability to charge and listen to headphones at the same time may pose a legitimate issue for some.

If funded, the Kickstarter campaign for the iLDOCK hopes to launch a small Lightning-enabled dongle that brings back the 3.5mm headphone jack, and features a Lightning input for charging. more...

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AOL launches new Alto email app on iPhone and iPad

AOL is launching an Alto app today for iOS (and Android) that aims to offer a fresh take on email. AOL’s new app features a single dashboard that intelligently organizes the most important info from your email, calendar and elsewhere.

Alto, which was previously available on the desktop for a limited number of testers, hopes you’ll want to ditch the traditional inbox-format for email, serving up the most important info from emails in card-form in what it refers to as the Dashboard.


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FCC votes to upgrade emergency alerts on phones with...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to make a broad swath of improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, upgrading messages with more content and detail, including some limited interactive elements.

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Debunking the myth of the ‘real’ Robinson Crusoe

Like many of you, I read and was enamored of the novel and movie as a kid. I’d heard of Selkirk’s connection but didn’t realize it was mostly false.

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Apple’s first China research center will develop...

China is extraordinarily important to Apple. This is the first in a series of these kinds of investments.

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Investor survey suggests massive demand for AirPods...

In a survey performed by Bank of America?Merrill Lynch, 12 percent of consumers have intentions to purchase Apple's wireless AirPods, possibly leading to billions in sales for Apple.

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∞ New iPhone 7 ad: Balloons


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iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait mode impressions on iOS 10.1...

I admit that I buy a new iPhone every year for the camera upgrades. My iCloud Photo Library is up to 14,633 photos and 1,261 videos and growing. Almost every one of those were captured with an iPhone so its camera matters to me. Last year’s iPhone 6s introduced Live Photos which I absolutely love. (This from November is just one of my favorites; you can view it on the web thanks to Tumblr’s new Live Photo feature).

This year includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus which intelligently applies a blur effect over backgrounds on still shots. Portrait mode photos often look like they were shot on dedicated cameras, not smartphones...

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∞ F1 driver making wheel adjustments

I love racing. I prefer MotoGp motorcycle racing but I like watching F1 as well. I knew about the gearshifts (obviously) but I had no idea the driver was doing so many other things during a lap.

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Apple's latest iPhone 7 ad brings iOS 10 '...

Though it's an ad for the newly released iPhone 7, Apple's latest TV commercial is actually pushing a feature found on all devices that can run iOS 10: expressive texts in the Messages app.

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Apple shares balloon-filled iPhone 7 ad showing off...

Apple has just posted the latest iPhone 7 ad on their YouTube channel today, entitled ‘Balloons’ for obvious reasons. The video follows a balloon throughout various scenes as it eventually finds it way to other balloons, and into someone’s window. It’s only clear at the end that the ad spot is for the iPhone 7 with the balloon tie-in promoting the new Messages features on iOS 10.


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Podcast 527: 7 Pluses and a few minuses

Both Glenn and Susie have been testing the iPhone 7 Plus, the big one, the fabulous phablet, the one they both thought was too big. But its siren song is steering both your faithful hosts toward the land of really large iPhones and the wonderful cameras they have.

But not all is peaceful in the Mac world—for example, what is up with Photos wanting you to label your people’s Faces on every single device, instead of syncing that metadata via iCloud? Or, at the very least, warning you before you get started doing that work that you might want to save it for the device you use Photos on the most?

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Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with...

After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple has doubled down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data.

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Surviving the Internet's Troll Apocalypse

Social media has sharpened humans' age-old appetite for public shaming, providing a stage and unlimited seating for a seemingly unending stream of immorality plays. Those who share even the simplest identifying details about themselves are vulnerable to being pushed into the glare of the spotlight. The anonymity the Internet provides frees many individuals of the consequences they might face offline for being abusive to other people, allowing Jekyll-and-Hyde netizens to transform into trolls to carry out their online assaults.

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Apple’s relationship with the pro community

I write Mac software for a YC company in the pro video space. Our new product started deployments a couple of months back, and a major source of problems has been the Apple platform — both hardware and software. It’s so bad that we’re actively working to move off the Mac completely. (I’ve spent 15 years doing Mac software, so this is a big deal for me.)

I’m so sad to see things like this. I use an iMac right now for music production, but many of the pros I know in the music industry are using older Mac Pros and have them locked into old versions of software.

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FCC delays vote to make subscription TV available on...

Juli Clover writing for MacRumors:

Introduced in January by United States Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, the proposal initially called for content providers to allow cable and satellite subscribers to access and watch cable content on any set-top box of their choosing, including the Apple TV, rather than being forced to lease a set-top box provided by cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

That’s too bad. The pressure from cable companies against this proposal must have been incredible.

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∞ Airplane Mode: Between the Stars and You

Airplane Mode played at my WWDC party in June. Enjoy their newest video.

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Pro Tools 12.6 available

Currently, Pro Tools 12.6 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), but has not been qualified for macOS Sierra.

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Apple-exclusive enhanced 'Game of Thrones...

Random House has debuted the first volume in a series of enhanced editions of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, exclusively on Apple's iBooks marketplace.

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12% of consumers surveyed by the Bank of America...

Apple’s AirPods don't go on sale until late October, but 12% of U.S. consumers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch say they intend to purchase ‘em, reports Business Insider.

Some of the reasons why some consumers might not decide to opt for the wireless earbuds are that their current headphones are good enough (56% of respondents) and that they're too expensive (40% of respondents.)

The wireless headphones use advanced technology and interact with Siri. They eliminate the hassles of wireless headphones, by just flipping open the lid of its charging case and, with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work with your iPhone and Apple Watch, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music.


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Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Utah Tech...

Cook will take the dais following comments from a lineup of Utah’s top tech leaders. The Apple chief will offer a short address before fielding questions from Hatch and members of the public, including those submitted via an online form.

Topics of discussion have not been announced, though the issue of national security versus personal privacy is likely to be broached considering Apple’s recent dustup with the U.S. Department of Defense and the FBI.

It should be a great discussion. Tim is very well versed in privacy, how it relates to Apple, and what the company wants for its customers.


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Apple’s first R&D Center in China to open this...

Apple is setting up its first R&D center in China in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, according to a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee — and as noted by DigiTimes.

The R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately US$14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees. DigiTimes says it will focus “on the development of computer software and hardware products, communication, audio and video devices, as well as advanced technologies for consumer electronics products and the information industry.” Plans for the center were first announced in August.

Zhongguancun, or Zhong Guan Cun, is a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China. It’s located in the northwestern part of the city and is often referred to as "China's Silicon Valley.”

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Spotify launches in Japan

It its favor, it is the one mainstream streaming service in Japan that has a free-tier option for users. That goes some way to explaining why it has taken so long for the Swedish company to secure deals with record labels, but it could be a factor that helps its service gain some momentum in the country among users who are not used to paying for digital music consumption.

I wonder how this free tier on Spotify will affect Apple Music. Overall, Spotify has a solid reputation in the streaming business, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of subscriptions.

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Samsung says some Note 7 devices use a different...

The South Korean firm has said the Note 7 phones that were sold starting on the official Sept. 1 launch date use a different battery than the recalled devices. But a string of reports by users in China, the world’s top smartphone market, that their Note 7s caught fire have dogged Samsung in a country where they have already fallen out of the top five in terms of market share.

It’s like Samsung is doing everything it can to screw up this recall. What they should do is recall all of the devices and replace them—that’s the only way to restore consumer confidence.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Jaybird Freedom Wireless...

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Jaybird’s Freedom Bluetooth Earbuds are a perfect match for iPhone 7: $150 shipped (Reg. $200)


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Apple acknowledges tracking iMessage metadata and...

Despite strong encryption -- and claims that it "doesn't scan your communications" or "store data related to customers' location" -- Apple is saving some metadata from iMessage and other apps and sharing it with law enforcement agencies, according to a new report.

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MacBook rumors heat up: New Pro models expected in...

Apple just refreshed two of its flagship products, the iPhone and Apple Watch, but rumor has it the company isn’t done for the year. Apple is reportedly moving ahead with a new MacBook Pro that could debut as soon as next month.

According to MacRumors, Apple is putting the final touches on the version of macOS Sierra it plans to load onto the new hardware, with a beta version on track to roll out next week. The MacBook Pro is on track to launch in the latter half of October.


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iPhone 8 likely to have glass front and back,...

Rendering via ConceptiPhone

The iPhone 7 has been out for just a few weeks, and the rumors are starting to swirl about the next-generation phone likely to be released next September. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is forecasting that Apple will use glass front and back panels similar to the iPhone 4/4s in the iPhone 8, mainly because demand for the new Jet Black iPhone 7 is exceeding supply due to manufacturing constraints.

The glass back would provide more scratch resistance than the existing aluminum Jet Black model, which Apple has told customers to use with a case to avoid "micro abrasions." Using an all-glass design would also make the glossy finish available to all colors of iPhones. 

All iPhones use a metal casing for durability; Kuo thinks that the new iPhone models will have either a stainless steel or aluminum casing, with higher-end phones likely to use stainless steel. Kuo has also...

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AI initiative counts Google, Microsoft, IBM among...

Six companies including Microsoft and Google have launched a cross-disciplinary partnership to steer the future of artificial intelligence development, but as of yet, Apple has not signed on.

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∞ Apple Music teases new show, The 411, with Mary J...

Apple Music tweeted a teaser video, with Mary J Blige introducing her new show, exclusively via Apple Music and iTunes. The show, called The 411, will be released tomorrow, September 30th.

I find it interesting to watch Apple experiment with new content models. As they build critical mass, I’d expect Apple to coalesce their offerings into a series of Apple TV channels.

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New USB-C audio standard joins the iPhone 7's...

The future of mobile device audio is here, and if you hated the iPhone 7’s Lightning connector headphones, you’ll loathe this new solution. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced the audio specification for USB Type-C was now complete.

Officially named the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, this new release sets the standard for how audio should work over USB Type-C. The USB-IF hopes the new specification will be the “primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.”

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Apple brings Maps traffic data to four smaller...

Apple has silently added traffic data for Maps users in four more European nations, namely the microstates of Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Liechtenstein.

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External Link: Why Siri and the AirPods Excite Bill...

Bill Atkinson, the legendary developer behind the original Mac’s QuickDraw graphics system and classic Mac apps like MacPaint and HyperCard, has been waiting for Apple’s forthcoming AirPods for years. Back in 2011, he gave a Macworld Expo presentation in which he explained why Siri belongs in your ear, which the AirPods will provide. Atkinson cites the Jane artificial intelligence in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” series as a model for Apple to follow. As for the future of Siri on the AirPods, Atkinson says, “Within a few years it’s going to be able to do lots of things: It will hear everything you hear, it’s going to be able to whisper in your ear.” For the moment, though, he’s realistic about Siri’s capabilities. “Siri is a bit of a joke now; it doesn’t really understand the meaning of conversations,” Atkinson admits. “That’s going to improve.”


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Staggering 12% of US consumers claim they will buy...

A survey of U.S. consumers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that a staggering 12% of the population was planning to buy Apple’s new wireless AirPods when they go on sale next month. That would represent total revenue of $3B, reports Business Insider.

Purchase intention surveys tend to be optimistic, it being easier to say you’ll buy something than actually going out and handing over the $159, but even for intenders, that’s a huge number …


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Trade-in Deal: $10 cash bonus when you sell your old...

AppleInsider readers upgrading to a new iPhone or Apple Watch this month can use an exclusive promo code to tack on an additional $10 bonus to existing payouts of up to $300 when selling their old Apple devices to BuyBackWorld. Plus, lock in a cash payout today and hold onto your old device until Halloween.

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KGI: ‘Increasing likelihood’ iPhone 8 will feature...

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new report further forecasting that the 2017 iPhone will likely adopt and glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. The idea seems to be that the new Jet Black iPhone 7 has proved highly popular with customers due to the appeal of its glossy finish, and glass would make it much less scratch prone; Apple has recommended customers use a case with the glossy aluminum model to avoid ‘micro abrasions’ from general usage.


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All 2017 iPhones likely to have glass casing,...

With the glossy jet black iPhone 7 leading the way in sales, Apple is expected to switch to a more scratch-resistant all-glass finish for the front and back of a 2017 iPhone redesign, with stainless steel edges, rather than aluminum, for premium models.

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Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research...

An anonymous reader writes:According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing. While Apple has yet to comment on the matter, a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee to several Chinese media outlets has identified Apple's presence in the area. According to reports collated by Digitimes, the center has a budget of about $15 million, with a long-term expenditure goal of $45 million over the next few years. The center is allegedly seeking to hire around 500 workers, with no particular focus beyond Apple products and software. The move mirrors similar setups in Japan, and Israel.


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Eddy Cue talks music with Bruce Springsteen at Apple...

Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, sat down for an interview with rock musician Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday night, who appeared at Apple's SoHo store in New York City to promote his new autobiography Born to Run.

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How to replace iPhone 7 & 7 Plus battery,...

If you’re looking for info on how to repair or replace your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus battery, display or other components, look no further. As it does every year, repair guide site iFixit is usually one of the first to rip apart Apple’s new iPhones to find out what’s inside, and for that reason they are also one of the first to offer up detailed guides on how to repair and replace various parts of the devices. 


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Happy Hour Podcast 087 | Siri Speaker, Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the latest Siri Speaker rumors, potential Apple Watch sleep tracking and smarter heart rate tracking features, the latest news in the HomeKit space, and much 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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Chinese media, government confirms Apple research...

According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing.

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‘A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition’ hits iBooks...

On the 20th anniversary of the first publication of A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin told the Guardian that a special edition of the book due to be released today on iTunes represents ‘an amazing next step in the world of books.’

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition [offers] ‘a world of additional content,’ said its publisher HarperCollins, ranging from interactive character maps to detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, family trees [and] audio clips.

The book, which is exclusive to iBooks, includes an extract from The Winds of Winter. Martin said that he...

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∞ Safari home page changing to Apple start page

When I fired up my Mac this morning, my Safari home page had changed to Apple’s start page. I asked around and this appears to be happening to other folks as well.

This is certainly good marketing for Apple, as every new Safari page opens as an ad for iPhone 7, Apple Watch, etc. But I set my home page up the way I wanted it. Not sure if this is an intentional move on Apple’s part or, perhaps, just a bug, a reset of the home page. But it happened without my installing anything new on my computer. And it is happening to others, though not to everyone.


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Apple looks into new ways for your Mac, iPhone, and...

Apple is looking into ways for your Mac and iPad and/or iPhone to work together in new, exciting ways. The company has filed for a patent (number 20160283063) for “content presentation and interaction across multiple devices.”

The invention involves an application that can generate multiple user interfaces for display across multiple electronic devices. After the devices establish communication, an app running on at least one of the devices can present a first set of information items on a touch-enabled display of one of the electronic devices. 

The electronic device can receive a user selection of one of the first set of information items. In response to receiving the user selection, the app can generate a second set of information items for display on the other electronic device. The second set of information items can represent an additional level of information related to the selected information item.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, as screen real...

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As expectations grow for MacBook Pro launch next...

With numerous reports suggesting that Apple will launch a new MacBook Pro range in late October, one sketchy rumor suggests that the keynote presentation will take place on October 24. A Monday doesn’t seem particularly likely, and the ‘multiple sources’ cited are apparently just anonymous emails, but sometime around that date seems more likely than not. Logic dictates that a new OS update will be required for these new machines and if they were ready late September/early October, Apple would have added them to the September event.

Additionally, Apple is known for its late October launches, having had one in October four of the past five years (skipping last year) and it wants to have its...

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Shake Shack founder integrates Apple Watch into new...

Daniela Galarza, writing for Eater:

NYC restaurateur, Shake Shack founder, and millionaire Danny Meyer is having a good week. He’s invested in a home-cooked food delivery start-up, introduced paid parental leave for all of his employees, and today almost single-handedly made the Apple Watch — a very expensive trophy gadget at best — relevant.

Trophy gadget? Um. No. But to continue:

When Meyer’s 30-year-old Union Square Cafe reopens in Manhattan next month, every floor manager and sommelier will be wearing an Apple Watch. And when a VIP walks through the front door, someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist.

This is a new use case for Apple Watch, an interesting idea. If it lives up to its potential, no reason this won’t spread to other restaurants and make the Apple Watch a standard element...

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∞ Apple, Pink Floyd, and an iconic flying pig

As we mentioned yesterday, Apple is moving their UK headquarters to leased space in London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.

If the name Battersea Station doesn’t immediately summon an image, take a look at this Wikipedia page.

With that image in mind, jump over to this album cover from Pink Floyd’...

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Rumor: Apple to released next-gen MacBook Pro in...

Apple tends to release things when it feels they’re complete and the current rumor has the next-gen MacBook Pro slated for October.

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro will reportedly switch to “Polaris” graphics chips from AMD, which claims Apple could have new units ready to ship sometime in the second half of October.

As mentioned before, the updated notebook is rumored to feature a Touch ID bar along the top of the keyboard. This will act as an OLED touch bar that will adapt as needed and replace the function keys.

Apple hasn’t made a significant update to the MacBook Pro lineup since May 2015, but that only upgraded the internals and added Force Touch to the trackpad. The October refresh will likely contain some of the biggest...

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Apple’s first Chinese R&D center will be in...

Tim Cook last month told the Chinese government that Apple would be building its first research and development center in China by the end of the year, and local media now appears to have some specifics.

The center will reportedly be located in Beijing’s Zhongguancun Science Park and employ 500 staff.

The R&D center has a registered capital of CNY100 million (US$14.994 million), with total investment likely to reach CNY300 million in the future. The center plans to hire a total of 500 employees, focusing on the development of computer software and hardware products, communication, audio and video devices, as well as advanced technologies for consumer electronics products and the information industry.

The Digitimes report – citing local media – says that the role of the center...

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Leaked document explains how Apple tracks...

In the complicated balancing act between privacy and security, it looks like Apple has been handing the phone number you’ve called over to the police.

Following this year’s FBI investigation and Apple’s vows of privacy protection, it appears that Apple in fact keeps a log of everyone you try to contact using iMessage, according to a leaked document found by The Intercept. These logs contain personal contact information, including phone numbers, and are stored in Apple’s servers for 30 days before being deleted. Furthermore, Apple has shared these server logs with police after being compelled by a court order.

While Apple has touted iMessage’s end-to-end encryption, meaning the contents of sent messages cannot be accessed outside of...

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How to use Optimized Storage in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra has a new feature called Optimized Storage. It helps you save space by storing your content in the cloud. It also sports tools to help you find and remove large or unneeded files.

When storage space is needed on your Mac, files, photos, movies, email attachments, and other files that you seldom use are stored in the cloud automatically via Optimized Storage. Each file stays right where you last saved it, and downloads when you open it. Files that you’ve used recently remain on your Mac, along with optimized versions of your photos. Follow these steps to implement Optimized Storage:

Click the Apple logo () in the top-left side of the screen, then click Storage. You'll see an overview of your free space and the space used by different categories of files, including apps, documents, and photos. Click the Details button on the right-hand side.


Click the Manage button to see recommendations for optimizing your storage. You'll see fewer options...

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New York’s Union Square Cafe will use Apple Watches...

New York’s Union Square Cafe will use Apple Watches to enhance its customer service efforts when the restaurant re-opens next month, reports Eater.

When Meyer’s 30-year-old Union Square Cafe reopens in Manhattan next month, every floor manager and sommelier will be wearing an Apple Watch. And when a VIP walks through the front door, someone orders a bottle of wine, a new table is seated, a guest waits too long to order her or his drink, or a menu item runs out, every manager will get an alert via the tiny computer attached to their wrist.

The restaurant – owned by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer – is working with reservation system startup Resy to deliver a hi-tech approach to the entire restaurant experience, from reservation to check …


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myCharge’s Razor Platinum is a good accessory for...

Consumers have been able to charge their iPhones and iPads away from a wall outlet for years thanks to car adapters and battery banks as small as credit cards. Now we laptop owners can join this club thanks to the $99.99 myCharge Razor Platinum.

It’s great for users of the 12-inch MacBook as it can charge USB-C notebooks such as Apple’s from zero power to 100% in about 100 minutes thanks to its 36W output. The teeny laptop has 10 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 11 hours of iTunes movie playback with its own battery fully charged. With the Razor Platinum in tow, you can double that time when you’re on the road. 

In addition to keeping your MacBook juiced, its USB-a port allows you to charge phones, tablets and other devices at the same time. As for the myCharge device itself, you can recharge it about two hours using the the MacBook 29 watt adaptor.

The Razor Platinum, crafted from...

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Apple Watch invention enables True Tone display tech...

Smartwatches perhaps more than any other portable device would benefit from power saving and color adjustable displays, but squeezing the requisite ambient light sensor that serves as the basis of such technology into an already stuffed chassis is a difficult proposition. Apple might have solved the problem, however, with a sensor capable of detecting light reflected through flesh.

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The UK's Largest Sperm Bank Is Now An App

Sperm bank? There's an app for that. The largest sperm bank in the United Kingdom -- the London Sperm Bank -- has released an official app that aims to "modernize the process of hooking prospective parents up with the biological material they need to make it happen," according to MIT Technology Review: The app is essentially just a mobile version of the filtered search function the London Sperm Bank offers on its website. But in doing something as simple as bringing its desktop services to mobile devices, the bank is making a play to further normalize reproductive technologies. The London Sperm Bank boasts that users will receive push notifications as soon as new donors are available, which could help speed things up for hopeful parents looking for a match. The road to conception can take years for people using reproductive technologies, so expediting any part of the process would be a welcome time-saver. But the bank has over 10,000 vials of sperm, so searching, even using filters...

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Roku has an app problem, but it's working on...

Roku's new hardware really needs first-class apps to go with it.

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Spotify launches in the world's second biggest...

After protracted deal-making with the country's record labels, Spotify has finally launched in Japan. To sweeten the deal to prospective listeners, it's already putting particular focus on the service's lyric display feature -- and the karaoke possib...

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Volkswagen's I.D. arrives in 2020 with up to...

VW has kicked off the Paris Motor Show with some (much needed) flair, unveiling the fully electric I.D.. The I.D. looks like something straight out of Back To The Future II, and has a suitably futuristic release date too: 2020. Volkswagen claims the...

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Google hires industry vet Lyor Cohen as YouTube...

In a music world where exclusives and direct ties to artists are increasingly important, Google is hoping to give YouTube a boost with its latest hire: Lyor Cohen. The former Def Jam president has most recently been heading up his 300 Entertainment l...

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Google, Facebook and other tech titans form '...

Five of the biggest tech companies have launched a collaboration to help the public understand the benefits of artificial intelligence. The New York Times reported in early September that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and Amazon had been meeting t...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is slated to sit down with U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch this Friday in a Q&A session that will cap off the senator's Utah Tech Tour, an event created to shine a light on the state's technology community.

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Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't...

Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a huma...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear at the Utah Tech Tour this Friday, September 30th. Senator Orrin Hatch will host a special question and answer session with the Apple executive at the event, which will take place at the Grand America in Salt Lake City.


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Watch the Rosetta probe fall into its death spiral...

On September 30th, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe will cap off its 12-year career surveying Comet 67P (aka Churyumov-Gerasimenko) by slowly descending to its surface. There the spacecraft will join its lander Philae, given up for los...

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This iPhone 7 case aims to bring back the 3.5mm...

Apple made the courageous decision to remove the headphone jack with its new iPhone 7, but that won’t stop third-party accessory companies from thinking of every way imaginable to bring the port back. Today, a new Indiegogo campaign went live for the Fuze Case, which promises to bring the 3.5mm headphone jack back to the iPhone.


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NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer looks to upend...

Famed New York City restauranteur Danny Meyer is outfitting floor managers and sommeliers at upscale eatery Union Square Cafe with Apple Watch hardware, a tech-meets-hospitality integration that could shape the future of restaurant services.

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Watch Eddy Cue interview Bruce Springsteen at the...

Bruce Springsteen today sat down with Apple executive Eddy Cue for an interview at the SoHo Apple Store in New York City. The interview focused mainly on Springsteen’s new memoir “Born to Run,” which was released earlier this week.


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20-minute 'Gears 4' prologue playthrough...

Even the most dedicated Gears of War fan might need a refresher course ahead of the franchise's fourth numbered sequel. And that's precisely what the new video from the developers at The Coalition is all about. What's more, it's direct feed footage o...

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