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Monday October 30

06:34
The first first impression of the iPhone X

Steven Levy, Wired:

I’ve had this phone since last Tuesday. Apple had given me this early peek in part because I was one of the first pre-release reviewers of the original iPhone. Given that history, we all thought it would be interesting to get my impressions of what the company clearly believes is the next milestone in a journey that has pretty much altered our relationship with technology. Sure, with every single iteration of the iPhone, Apple has claimed that it’s the best one the company has ever made. But for this anniversary edition—coming at a time when critics are griping that the company had tumbled into an innovation trough— they’re pushing for something higher. Tim Cook calls the iPhone X “the future of the smartphone.”

This is a great read, all the way through. I love the open, with Steven choosing what feature to show people who see his phone, ask what it can do. Lovely writing, makes me want an iPhone X, which is exactly what this pitch is supposed to...

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06:22
The iPhone X gestures guide

Getting (or dreaming of getting) an iPhone X? This is a terrific summary of the various gestures built into the phone.

Only thing that would make this better would be a video of same. Nice job, Jonny.

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06:20
Apple’s iPhone grows by 40% after six consecutive...

Chinese smartphone shipments registered another quarter of decline as the market contracted 5% in the third quarter of  017 to 119 million units, according to Canalys. Apple’s declining streak in China has come to an end, as shipments grew 40% from eight million in quarter three 2016 to about 11 million this quarter. 

This makes it the iPhone’s best performance in China in the last eight quarters, where its growth has slowed considerably since the launch of the iPhone 6s, notes the research group. The mix of the iPhone 8 series at launch is also higher than the corresponding mix of the iPhone 7 series at launch last year. Despite being touted as widely expensive, excitement for the launch of the iPhone X is building in China. 

“While the iPhone X launches this week, its pricing structure and supply are inhibiting. The iPhone X will enjoy a healthy grey market status, but its popularity is unlikely to help Apple in...

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06:02
iPhone 8 breaks Apple's decline in China,...




This fall's launch of the iPhone 8 appears to have reversed six quarters of declining iPhone sales in China, in fact giving Apple 40 percent growth year-over-year for the September quarter, according to research estimates published on Monday.

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05:58
Forget the iPhone X, Apple’s best product is...

John Patrick Pullen, Time:

There’s this photo of my kids in the bath that, well, I’d rather not tell you about. I mean, it’s incredibly cute and I’d love to show it to you, but I’m also a private person, so it wouldn’t be right to go into details. But I will say this: though it’s one of my favorite possessions, this picture doesn’t physically exist.

And:

As precious as this image is, I don’t have it stored on a flash drive attached to my keychain, or in some other ultra-safe place. Instead, it’s housed on a server in some unknown probably dank and sunless location. That’s no casual decision. I’ve put considerable time and thought into how I store my photos in general, as well as how I back up my information overall. Despite all the bottomless storage features offered by tech giants like Google and Amazon, I default to keeping my most valuable data with Apple. Why I chose this matters, so let’s talk about it.

Spot on. Apple’s commitment to privacy is a...

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05:53
Doctor diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone...

Technology Review:

Earlier this year, vascular surgeon John Martin was testing a pocket-sized ultrasound device developed by Butterfly Network, a startup based in Guilford, Connecticut, that he’d just joined as chief medical officer.

He’d been having an uncomfortable feeling of thickness on his throat. So he oozed out some gel and ran the probe, which is the size and shape of an electric razor, along his neck.

On his smartphone, to which the device is connected, black-and gray images quickly appeared. Martin is not a cancer specialist. But he knew that the dark, three-centimeter mass he saw did not belong there. “I was enough of a doctor to know I was in trouble,” he says. It was squamous-cell cancer.

How many stories have we seen where an Apple Watch notifies someone of an abnormal heart rhythm? That’s just the start.

The iPhone, add-on devices like this ultrasound unit, Apple Watch and, of course, HealthKit, are changing the health care...

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05:52
Moneyspire 2018 released for macOS and iOS

Moneyspire Inc. has announced Moneyspire 2018, the company's personal finance software for Mac, Windows and iOS. It allows you to organize your transactions and see where your money is going. 

With Moneyspire, you can keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards and more. You can also set bill reminders and see all your upcoming payments.

Moneyspire 2018 sports an improved user interface. It also adds a new Tags feature for enhanced transaction categorization and reporting and adds a new Monthly Comparison report to report category amounts over multiple months in a spreadsheet-like view.

You can now drag and drop import files into application window for quicker importing. And you can now search for payee text in Find window rather than having to match the payee exactly.

A demo is available for download. Pricing is $59.99.

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05:48
Apple grows by 40% after six consecutive quarters of...

Canalys:

Apple’s declining streak in China has come to an end, as shipments grew 40% from 8 million in Q3 2016 to about 11 million this quarter. This makes it Apple’s best performance in China in the last eight quarters, where its growth has slowed considerably since the launch of the iPhone 6S. The mix of the iPhone 8 series at launch is also higher than the corresponding mix of the iPhone 7 series at launch last year.

But:

“Apple’s growth this quarter is only temporary. The high sell-in caters to the pent-up demand of iPhone upgraders in the absence of the iPhone X. Price cuts on earlier models after announcing the iPhone 8 have also helped. However, Apple is unlikely to sustain this growth in Q4,” said Canalys Research Analyst Mo Jia.

And:

Despite being touted as widely expensive, excitement for the launch of the iPhone X is building in China.

Good info.

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05:41
Apple shares up on reports of strong iPhone X sales

Apple shares are up 0.66% premarket after analyst reports show high iPhone X demand after preorders started on Friday. The first units are due to arrive this Friday, Nov. 3.

Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White writes that he’s “encouraged that shipping lead times have held steady at 5-6 weeks because these pre-orders can be recognized as shipments in the December quarter.” The iPhone X comes in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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05:32
With iPhone X preorders open, iPhone 8 already being...

Canalys numbers suggest that the iPhone 8 sold well at launch in China, but with iPhone X preorders now open, it appears that demand for the cheaper model has now dropped off substantially …

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05:26
Original iPhone early reviewer Steven Levy heralds...




One of the first four reviewers of the original iPhone has been granted permission to publish his assessment of Apple's effort 10 years down the road -- the OLED iPhone X.

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05:00
Samsung Gear Sport review: A versatile fitness-first...

As the holiday season approaches and New Year's and its inevitable fitness-related resolutions draw near, wearables makers are scrambling. Major brands like Apple and Samsung have realized that smartwatches need to at least be good activity trackers...

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04:54
New in-depth videos offer hands-on look at iPhone X...

Over the weekend, a handful of images and videos offered a look at the iPhone X in retail packaging. Now, a trio of new videos have hit YouTube offering a much more in-depth look at the device, putting it though the full unboxing process, Face ID set up, and more.

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04:37
Japanese iPhone suppliers enjoy some of AAPL’s share...

Investors were clearly enthused by Apple’s statement that demand for the iPhone X was ‘off the charts,’ AAPL stock rising 3.58% on the news …

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04:15
Rumor: Apple more likely to meet iPhone X demand in...

Per a new investor note released recently by the mighty Apple guru that is Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple seems unlikely to repeat the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models.

Kuo has stated that shipments of the 2018 iPhone models will arrive on time and in stable supply during late Q3 of 2018. He says there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that helps power the Face ID biometric technology, with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera.

“We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” Kuo writes.

Kuo’s note stands in some contradiction to other market analysts who have stated that the 2018 model iPhone will adopt a new “hybrid lens (glass and plastics).” Kuo has stated that doing this would cause more supply chain problems and he believes the 2018 iPhone models “have to hit the market on time.”

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04:00
Apple announces $279 price for non-AppleCare+ iPhone...

It’s best not to drop your brand new iPhone X.

Or, if you do, make sure it has an AppleCare+ plan covering it.

Apple has announced that a repair for the iPhone X screen will retail for $279 and $99 for any other damage up to two instances without an AppleCare+ plan.

The screen features full edge-to-edge OLED functionality topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

Pre-orders for the new handset began on October 27th with shipping times already slipping to December for most models.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld

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04:00
Tomorrow is Halloween; prepare accordingly

Tomorrow is Halloween. To celebrate I’ve come up with five macOS and five iOS apps to celebrate the scary day.

For macOS:

Color by Numbers — Halloween is a free, interactive coloring book for children. The game teaches them to recognize numbers and solve simply math examples. The coloring pages depict the main symbols of Halloween.

Halloween Fonts is a free collection of 45 commercial use holiday fonts. They’re designed for use in any Halloween-inspired project. All the fonts are royalty free and in the OpenType font format.

Halloween Patchwork is a game in which you can assembly...

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04:00
The 10 best horror games for the Mac

By Ric Molina

Halloween is tomorrow. While I was looking for killer horror games myself, I realized one thing: the best horror games support macOS.

Which means you won’t have a problem finding something right up your alley. Do you prefer first-person, top-down, story driven or action-packed games? No problem, these 10 games cover most genres and play styles. I picked the games by considering ones that:

  • Are part of the horror genre.
  • Are considered scary because of the story, atmosphere, and/or graphics.
  • Support macOS, without the need of wrappers or virtualization.

And to further help you chose a game just right for you, I considered these questions as well:

  • How expensive are these games?
  • Are these games demanding? Can my Mac play it?

With that in mind by top 10 horror games for the Mac are: Alien: Isolation; Bioshock Remastered, SOMA, Layers of Fear, Metro: Last Night,...

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03:59
Apple shows off iMac Pro and Space Gray accessories...

Apple took an iMac Pro to the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit to demo its power to the professional video editors attending the conference. Whilst we still don’t know exactly when the computer will be available, Apple has promised a December launch and photos of the iMac Pro in the flesh certainly help to build the hype.

Gallery of photos after the break …

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03:49
iPhone 8 sees Apple bounce back in China, sales up...

The iPhone 8 launch has seen Apple return to growth in China after six consecutive quarters of declining sales in the world’s most populous country. The report comes from Canalys, which says that iPhone sales grew by a dramatic 40% year-on-year.

The company says that Q3 sales, which include the iPhone 8, hits 11 million, up from 8M in the same quarter last year. However, warns the firm, that growth could be short-lived despite excitement about the iPhone X

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03:30
How to customize the Control Center in iOS 11

iOS 11 lets you customize the redesigned Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. At least up to a point.

You can’t make changes to Airplane mode, cellular, wi-fi, Bluetooth, audio playback, Lock screen rotation, Do Not Disturb, screen mirroring, screen brightness, and volume controls. However, you can add or remove Flashlight, Timer, Camera, Home, Screen Recording, Calculator, Do Not Disturb While Driving, Notes, Wallet, Accessibility Shortcuts, Alarm, Apple TV Remote, Guided Access, Low Power Mode, Magnifier, Stopwatch, Text Size, and Voice Memos.

To customize the Control Center, tap on the Settings app, then tap Control Center. You’ll have the option to disable or re-enable which apps appear via plus and minus signs.

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03:25
Original iPhone reviewer Steven Levy gets early...

Whilst we are waiting for the onslaught of iPhone X reviews to drop, Steven Levy (now writing for Wired) has published his hands-on with the device, having been given a review unit last Tuesday. Levy was one of the four journalists who reviewed the original iPhone in 2007, so Apple decided to give him the opportunity to publish first impressions with the ‘milestone’ iPhone X.

Levy was impressed by the ‘Super Retina’ 5.8-inch OLED display in the body of a phone only slightly larger than a 4.7-inch iPhone 8. He also quickly adapted to the new swipe gestures that replace the home button, but hit some frictions with Face ID.

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03:22
Parallels Desktop 13.1.1

Resolves an issue with USB 3.0 not working in the guest version of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, upgrade available, 251 MB)

 

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03:12
iOS Apps Reduce Treadmill Trudgery

Bored of your treadmill but need to get moving? Mike Matthews looks at three iOS apps that could revitalize your treadmill workouts with gorgeous video scenery and additional features.

 

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03:11
Apple reportedly fires engineer whose daughter shot...

We got to see an unofficial hands-on video of the iPhone X last week, thanks to a YouTube vlog shot by the daughter of an Apple engineer. The video was shot within Caffè Macs on Apple’s campus, and there were signs that it was not approved by Apple.

That appears to be confirmed by a tearful follow-up video in which Brooke Peterson says that her father has now been fired by Apple …

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03:02
Neural network creates photo-realistic images of...

While Facebook and Prisma tap AI to transform everyday images and video into flowing artworks, NVIDIA is aiming for all-out realism. The graphics card-maker just released a paper detailing its use of a generative adversarial network (GAN) to create h...

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03:01
Pastebot Supercharges Your macOS Clipboard

Pastebot is a persistent clipboard manager that lets you retrieve, store, and manage everything you cut, copy, and paste.

 

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02:00
The Morning After: Monday, October 30th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Monday, you're waking up to Nintendo's hit console on track to outsell its predecessor's lifetime sales in a single year, rigid region-based search from Google and Kinect's weird experimental life.

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00:59
Nintendo expects Switch will beat Wii U lifetime...

Nintendo has announced it's sold a further 2.93 million Switch consoles over the latest quarter, reaching just shy of 8 million units total. After another strong quarter, the company is now aiming to sell 14 million units by the time the Switch turns...

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Sunday October 29

23:30
Tesla Model 3 in-depth video review answers all your...

There's no shortage of Tesla Model 3 clips out there, but a detailed video review has been sorely missing -- until now, that is. The arrival of a brand-spanking new vid from the folks at the Model 3 Owners Club should tackle any lingering questions y...

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19:59
Neural network gives your phone 'DSLR-quality...

You can buy a Pixel phone if you want AI to enhance your photos every time you press the shutter button, and services like Google Photos use AI for minor fixes and clever effects. But what if you wish your photos looked like they were taken with a mu...

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18:31
Baidu teams with ride-hailing service to fast track...

If Chinese search giant Baidu is going to fulfill its dreams of building a self-driving car platform, it needs maps accurate enough that vehicles can safely get from point A to point B. Thankfully, it has a solution: the company has just forged a pa...

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18:01
BMW Z8 owned by Apple's Steve Jobs heads to...




A BMW Z8 luxury convertible once owned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is being auctioned at Sotheby's in New York next month, where it's expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 or possibly more.

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17:09
Apple improves iPhone X delivery dates for iPhone...




Apple is providing earlier iPhone X delivery dates to iPhone Upgrade Program members who experienced an apparent loan processing issue that in some cases nullified original orders, prompting customers to reorder the device but with later ship-by times.

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17:03
TiVo's revamped interface is available for...

If you've been craving TiVo's interface overhaul ever since it was unveiled last year, you now have an opportunity to try it without buying a brand new device. As of October 29th, you can visit TiVo's website and request an upgrade to your Bolt, Min...

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16:52
Comparison: 4K 60fps video shot on iPhone 8 Plus vs...




With iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Apple introduced the ability to capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, a major accomplishment for such a small device, but how does the compact lens and camera module fare against a proper prosumer rig? AppleInsider takes a closer look by pitting iPhone 8 Plus against Panasonic's GH5 mirrorless camera.

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15:33
HP lost key historical archives in California's...

There's no question that California's recent wildfires are ultimately a human tragedy, destroying homes and upturning lives. Please donate if you can. However, they've also represented a loss for technology history. The Press Democrat has learned tha...

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15:14
Review: CalDigit 3TB AV Pro 2 good storage choice...




USB-C enclosures proliferate now, at a range of prices. However, not all single-drive enclosures are created equal -- and AppleInsider takes a look at the new CalDigit 3TB AV Pro 2.

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13:59
Twisted light could make wireless data faster than...

As fast as fiber optic lines have become, they're still hamstrung by one key limitation: you still need to transmit that data over wires, which limits where you can transmit and the affordability of the fastest connections. Scientists may have a way...

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12:58
Apple is facing a double standard

For us oldtimers, this double standard is nothing new. I’ve often wondered if, in their heart of hearts, this pisses off Apple executives. I’ve asked them but, publicly, they would admit no such thing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:32
Amazon is adding Audible support to its entry-level...

The cheapest Kindle is getting the best feature for those who'd rather listen to books than read them. Based on its listing (as found by The Digital Reader), Amazon is rolling out Audible support for the $80 device "in the coming months." The e-retai...

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12:28
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we have loads of brand new instruments for iPad/Mac. Scythe brings spectral synthesis to your mobile setup and Thorn for Mac comes with analog-modeled filters and a grid-based glitch sequencer. Head below for that and much more… more…

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11:06
Analyst: 2018 iPhone will launch on time with a...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the 2018 model-year iPhone will launch "on time" and with a "stable supply" sporting the existing TrueDepth system, and Face ID user authentication. Of course, the may not bring you much comfort if you’re awaiting the 2017 iPhone X.

He believes that predictions of a lower-spec TrueDepth system with hybrid glass and plastic lenses in a late 2018 iPhone are wrong. Kuo thinks Apple will stick with the existing technology with no increase or decrease in sensitivity or accuracy.  He also feels the company's supply of the components needed for the future iPhone, as well as the iPhone X are "now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions."

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11:01
Windows 10's store app may start selling...

When Windows 10's app portal was renamed the Microsoft Store not long ago, it led to people scratching their heads: why change the name of a portal that revolves so heavily around apps? Because it might not revolve exclusively around software, appare...

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09:32
Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter’s hands...

Sad but not at all surprising, given the content of the video. Dad should have known better.

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09:30
After Math: Everything is Awesome

It's been a wonderful week for the tech industry. Twitter is finally getting its act together regarding hateful content and Russian election interferences, major industry players released their Q3 earnings (Hint: They all made boatloads of money), an...

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09:25
Gold Box Deal of the Day: 2015 12" MacBooks (...




Today only, Apple's 2015 12" MacBooks (certified refurbished) are marked down to $799 during Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day. Or opt for an upgraded model with a faster 1.2GHz processor and 512GB of storage space for $899, a discount of $400 off, with free shipping and no interest if paid in full within 12 months with an Amazon.com Store Card.

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08:00
Banana fiber sanitary pads can solve big problems in...

With its sanitary pads for the Indian market, startup company Saathi solves two problems at once. Just 16 percent of women in India use them due to poverty and other reasons, which causes health and social issues. At the same time, manufacturing them...

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07:59
BusyCal 3.2.3 and BusyContacts 1.2.4

Both apps fix a but that caused Preferences to get reset in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.6/5.5 MB)

 

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07:39
Face ID, TrueDepth camera component supplies '...




Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the 2018 model-year iPhone will launch "on time" and with a "stable supply" sporting the existing TrueDepth system, and Face ID user authentication.

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07:39
World's quickest laser pulse can track...

The race to produce ever-faster laser pulses has set a new record, and it could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of atom-level physics. A team at ETH Zurich has shortened an X-ray pulse to just 43 attoseconds (10-18 seconds), which is quick...

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05:25
KGI: Supply of key Face ID components ‘now stable,’...

A new investor note is out today from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. In the note, Kuo explains that it’s likely Apple “won’t repeat” the supply and production struggles it experienced with the iPhone X with the new 2018 iPhone models…

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04:30
Ben Heck's Hex game: Breadboard and PCB design

Ben and team might be onto something. While the logic gate board game had its issues, the "Hex" game is a lot more fun -- and part of the fun is learning to solder. Ben and Felix plan to turn the Hex game into a kit that could teach basic solderi...

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02:30
Apple Fires Engineer After His Daughter's...

"In a brutal reminder of the secrecy tech companies enforce on employees, Apple recently fired an employee after his daughter posted a video of the iPhone X," writes long-time Slashdot reader HockeyPuck. Engadget reports:
His daughter took down the video as soon as Apple requested it, but the takedown came too late to prevent the clip from going viral, leading to seemingly endless reposts and commentary... [I]t's important to stress that this wasn't a garden variety iPhone X. As an employee device, it had sensitive information like codenames for unreleased products and staff-specific QR codes. Combine that with Apple's general prohibition of recording video on campus (even at relatively open spaces like Caffe Macs) and this wasn't so much about maintaining the surprise as making sure that corporate secrets didn't get out. Apple certainly didn't want to send the message that recording pre-release devices was acceptable. All the same, it's hard not to sympathize -- the [...

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00:51
ChronoAgent 1.8

Implements a multi-channel session protocol to better support concurrent operations. ($14.99 new, free update, 12.2 MB)

 

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Saturday October 28

23:59
Google auto-detects your whereabouts to get local...

The country codes in Google's top-level domain names don't mean anything anymore. The tech titan has moved away from relying on country-specific domains to serve up localized results on mobile web, the Google app for iOS, as well as Search and Maps f...

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20:13
Apple says 'working hard' to get iPhone X...




Apple this weekend is contacting iPhone Upgrade Program customers who stayed up, or woke up, to order an iPhone X early Friday only to find the company's financial partner, Citizens One, was unable to process loan applications.

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19:59
Intel AI helped create a music video

AI is increasingly finding its way into music videos, and not necessarily in obvious ways. Intel has revealed that the promo clip for Chinese pop star Chris Lee's "Rainy Day, But We Are Together" is the first music video to lean on its AI technolog...

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19:50
Quicken 4.6.7

Improves account connectivity and handling of account errors.($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)

 

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19:29
Captain Crunch (and Steve Wozniak) Write New Book...

Slashdot reader blottsie shares a new article about the legendary Captain Crunch -- which includes Steve Wozniak's memory that Steve Jobs "started avoiding Crunch...afraid that it would put us too close to getting arrested." The Daily Dot reports:
Wozniak and Jobs, of course, would go on to found the most successful tech company in the world. But Draper is far from being just an important footnote in Apple's history. He's the original hacking prankster, a purist driven by curiosity and craftsmanship, with a lifetime of exploits that have pushed technological and legal boundaries. And according to Jobs, in a rare 1994 interview, without him there wouldn't have been Apple. Now, for the first time, Draper is looking to publish his story with Beyond the Little Blue Box, an autobiography for which he's about to launch a Kickstarter campaign...
[H]e anonymously called in a national emergency directly to a furious President Richard Nixon on the Oval Office phone line,...

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19:21
Photos, video show off pre-release unboxing of Apple...




Images and video posted to Twitter on Saturday are said to show units of Apple's iPhone X preparing to ship -- as well as the unboxing of a silver model.

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18:37
Elon Musk offers peek at traffic-dodging tunnel in...

How much progress is Elon Musk's Boring Company making on its traffic-skipping tunnel in Los Angeles? A fair amount, it seems. Musk has shared the first photo of the underground test path, and it's evident that the team has been busy. The image it...

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17:55
New video & images offer look at iPhone X...

As the first iPhone X pre-orders start shipping to customers today ahead of the November 3rd release, new videos and images offer a closer look at the device’s packaging. Shared on Twitter by Benjamin Geskin and sourced originally from Instagram, these images offer a look at the iPhone X packaging in person, while a brief video puts the device through the unboxing process…

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17:12
Xbox One will save your console's settings in...

Microsoft is about to make life easier if you're upgrading to an Xbox One X or just want to play on a friend's Xbox One. It just released alpha firmware for Xbox Insiders that focuses in large part on easier setup. The preview version now saves your...

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16:58
First iPhone X orders start shipping to customers...

Not long after pre-orders began yesterday morning, the first iPhone X orders have started shipping to customers. While Apple has yet to update order statues on its website, some customers who purchased the device through their carrier have started receiving shipping notifications…

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16:58
Chicago flagship Apple store dimming lights at night...




After a watchdog agency devoted to tracking bird impacts on Chicago buildings alerted Apple to a possible problem, the new North Michigan Ave. flagship store will dim the lights nightly until the fall migration season ends.

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16:46
Mactracker 7.7

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases. (Free, 103 MB)

 

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15:37
Apple sacks iPhone X engineer after daughter posts...




Apple has reportedly fired an engineer who worked on iPhone X after his daughter posted a hands-on video of the device to YouTube, breaking the company's non-disclosure agreement policies.

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15:37
Twitter bans Trump adviser Roger Stone for...

Twitter is no stranger to taking down high-profile users' accounts when it believes they've crossed the line, but its latest takedown is arguably the biggest yet. The social network has suspended former Trump adviser Roger Stone after he hurled threa...

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Apple TV and tvOS deliver managed digital signage,...




Apple's expansion in Mac enterprise sales to large corporate customers has greatly accelerated with the arrival of mobile iOS devices. But there's also new interest emerging for Apple TV's tvOS platform among enterprise buyers.

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Apple fires employee after daughter's iPhone X...

Just because a tech company has announced a product doesn't mean employees are free to share or talk about it before release -- just ask Microsoft. And unfortunately, one Apple engineered has learned that the hard way. Apple has reportedly fired a...

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You can now use Apple Music with Google Assistant on...

While most would argue that Google Assistant on iPhone is inferior to Siri in a lot of ways, it’s still a fairly handy tool for those using Google’s services. Recently, Google has given Assistant on iPhone a bit of extra functionality with Apple Music integration.

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Fixes a bug on macOS 10.13 High Sierra that prevented a selected file or folder from being recognized. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.6 MB)

 

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The Academy awards its first Oscar for virtual...

Virtual reality experiences aren't just games and cheap thrills -- some creators use the medium to start a dialogue and tell worthwhile stories. Take the VR exhibition Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) by Alejandro G. Iñ&...

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Arcade shooter 'Nex Machina' gets a...

Resogun creator Housemarque has earned a reputation as a specialist in digital-only game releases (its last hard copy release was 2012's Angry Birds Trilogy), but it's about to buck that trend. The studio has announced that its well-received, Smash...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Is 'Stranger Things'...

In Netflix's Upside Down Reality, 'Stranger Things' Is a Hit Before It Even Premieres
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The excitement around Stranger Things season 2 has been building for months. We've seen soundtracks, merchandise and all kinds of pr...

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LG V30 review: LG’s latest flagship needs more polish

The LG V30 caught me by surprise. The G6 was a strong contender when it was released earlier this year, but we've seen so many flashy flagships hit store shelves since then that I almost forgot LG was preparing another phone for the fall. And when th...

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This week’s top stories: iPhone X availability...

In this week’s top stories: The iPhone X is officially available to pre-order and Apple says demand is “off the charts,” a YouTube video shot on Apple’s campus provides a close-up look at the new device, the best cases, folios, and more for iPhone X, iPhone’s new retail efforts, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories…  more…

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06:37
U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per...

U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on paid apps and in-app purchases by 2020, according to a new forecast out this week from Sensor Tower, as noted by TechCrunch

The research group found that the dollar amount spent on apps and in-app purchases is continuing to increase, year-over-year. iPhone users spent an average of $63 this year, up 33% over 2016. By 2019, the increase over 2016 will have grown to 86%, predicts Sensor Tower. In 2018, the research group estimates the average spending per active U.S. device will grow to $77, before reaching $88 by 2020. The majority of spending — almost 70 percent — will come from games. As much as $60 of that $88 will be on paid game downloads and in-game purchases.

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06:00
Kinect: Seven years of strange experiments

Kinect is dead. The writing has been on the wall for years, at least since Microsoft de-bundled the motion-tracking system from the Xbox One in 2014, knocking $100 off the price tag and making the system more competitive with the PlayStation 4.

The...

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05:07
Were you able to get the iPhone X model you wanted...

For many, the iPhone X pre-order process was surprisingly smooth, but for others, it was as frustrating as ever. With issues ranging from the Apple Store not coming back online on time to iPhone Upgrade Program failures, some customers weren’t able to get the model they wanted when they wanted it.

Were you successful on iPhone X pre-order night?

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04:30
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, like Amazon's latest service: a security camera and smart lock combo that will let its delivery people inside your house.

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04:14
Newsweek magazine signed ‘I love manufacturing’ by...

A Newsweek magazine signed by Steve Jobs fetched far more than initial expectations at an auction this week. According to a report from CNET, the 1988 magazine was originally expected to go for between $10,000 and $15,000, but ultimately brought in $50,587. Meanwhile, Jobs’ BMW Z8 is predicted to fetch between $300,00 and $400,000 at auction in December…

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03:47
Apple reminds developers to get their apps ready for...

Ahead of the release of the iPhone X in less than a week, Apple has reminded developers to get their apps ready for the device. In a post on its developer blog, Apple is reminding developers to test their apps using the iPhone X simulator in Xcode code…

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03:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Oct....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Oct. 23-27.

Will this never end? Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has determined that a new Apple v. Samsung trial on design patent damages, which Samsung had been fighting for in courts on both coasts of the U.S. States since the 2012 verdict, is going to happen, reports FOSS Patents.

Apple says it will have a limited supply of iPhone X models for walk-in customers on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. local time. If supply is as limited as I suspect, you might want to camp out in front of your local store — today!

Why? Preorders for the iPhone X started at 12 a.m. Pacific Time today, and the delivery window is already...

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00:46
Google plans software update to fix another Pixel 2...

Google just announced software updates are incoming to deal with issues Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting with their screens and speakers, and now there's another one on the list. Its audio recordings seem to have an issue that makes them s...

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Friday October 27

21:16
Keep your iPhone X safe with one of these protective...




Anyone looking to buy an iPhone X at launch is probably concerned with keeping their new mobile device as safe as possible. AppleInsider has rounded up a selection of the cases on the market that offer protection with style.

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21:14
This week on AI: iPhone X preorders sell out fast,...




The iPhone X of course was the leading story this week, instantly selling out of launch-day units when preorders opened on Friday. Rumors also swirled around compromises Apple may have made, and the company's plans for big-budget TV shows.

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19:08
Best Buy bets you'll pay $100 extra for an...

After half an hour of iPhone X preorders going live, the first ship date of November 3rd had already filled up. New owners were told they would have to wait 4-5 weeks for their new Apple device to ship. Maybe that has something to do with Best Buy's...

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17:58
Now T-Mobile is working with Project Loon in Puerto...

Last week AT&T announced it was the first carrier working with Alphabet's balloon-distributed wireless setup in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and now T-Mobile customers have access too. Project Loon started off in the X Labs at Google -- whi...

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17:37
Magazine autographed by Steve Jobs sells at auction...




A 1988 copy of Newsweek signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold for $50,587 in an auction this week, more than tripling estimates set by auction house RR Auction.

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16:57
Apple announces Final Cut Pro 10.4 with support for...




Apple at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit on Friday debuted Final Cut Pro 10.4, a hotly anticipated update to the flagship professional video editing suite that includes support for VR, HDR footage, direct integration for iOS video and more.

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16:15
Apple updates iPhone X preorders with improved...




Many customers who went online early Friday to preorder an iPhone X were unable to snag a launch day device due to expectedly high demand, but it seems Apple is working on supply issues and has updated certain orders to reflect improved ship times.

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16:05
Final Cut Pro 10.4 announced and demoed with VR, HDR...

Today was the first day of the third-annual Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in Cupertino, CA. The event is geared towards professional video editors using Final Cut Pro X. Talks, demonstrations, along with a visit to the Apple campus is involved. There’s also communication with the product team behind the popular NLE.

The first day of the event started off with quite a bang, as Apple took the wraps off of the next big edition of Final Cut Pro X, version 10.4. Although there is no designated date for release, the update will be pushed sometime before year’s end and includes enhanced color tools, support for VR and HDR workflows, and lots more. more…

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15:28
Canada's Rogers sees 'tremendous'...




After calling iPhone 8 demand "anemic," Canadian wireless carrier Rogers Communications on Friday upgraded the smartphone's status to "good," while touting interest in iPhone X as "tremendous."

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15:19
Why you need AppleCare+ to protect your new iPhone X




Apple's iPhone X demands not only a higher purchase price, but also comes with a more expensive AppleCare+ coverage charge. If you managed to snag a copy, you'll want to spring for the warranty plan. AppleInsider explains why.

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15:17
Some iPhone X pre-order customers seeing delivery...

Apple’s new iPhone X officially went up for pre-order last night, and as expected, shipping times began to slip pretty quickly. Estimates currently sit at 5 to 6 weeks, but for those who got their order in early and have a 1-2 week delivery, Apple is working to improve that date…

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15:12
NASA and Germany are about to refresh their climate...

Cassini might have gotten a very emotional send-off at the close of its 20-year journey, but it's not the only long-term space mission being retired this season. Today, the joint NASA-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has ended o...

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14:40
PSA: Apple's iPhone X Screen Repair Will Cost...

We already know the iPhone X is expensive: it starts at $999 for the 64GB variant. But what about the cost of a screen replacement? If you don't have the extended warranty, a screen replacement will cost you $279, which is more than twice the price of an iPhone 6 screen replacement ($129) and about 65 percent higher than a new iPhone 8 screen ($169). MacRumors reports: In the United States, Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs and $549 for any other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty. The fees vary in other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
-Australia: $419 for screen repairs, $819 for other damage
-Canada: $359 for screen repairs, $709 for other damage
-Germany: 321 Euros for screen repairs, and 611 Euros for other damage
-United Kingdom: 286 British Pounds for screen repairs, 556 British Pounds for other damage...

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14:17
AWT News Update: October 27, 2017

As you'd expect, today's Apple World Today News Update podcast is mostly about...the iPhone X. In related news, we talk about an older product that's about to go on the Apple obsolete and vintage tech list:

  • Apple shares rose sharply today after word of unprecedented demand for the new iPhone X
  • Didn't get an iPhone X? Head over to eBay, where some people are scalping their pre-orders at ridiculous prices
  • Be sure to get AppleCare+ for that iPhone X you just picked up, because repairs out of warranty are going to cost you big bucks
  • There's a new Apple product out that isn't the iPhone X, and it's made out of leather
  • The iPad 3 becomes official obsolete on Halloween Day

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

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