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Tuesday November 21

13:08
Be sure to join us for tonight's AWT TV...

Most Tuesday nights, you can join the AWT crew broadcasting AWT TV on YouTube Live talking over the latest Apple news, demoing apps and accessories, and otherwise having a good time. Tonight's show begins at 6:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM ET and we'll find plenty to talk about -- even in a slow news season like we're in right now. 

All you need to do is point your browser (or Apple TV) at this link at the appropriate time for your time zone, and within a few minutes you'll see us. The show runs about an hour more or less, and you can chat with those of us "on the air" through the YouTube Live chat tool. 

See you tonight!

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13:00
What to expect from the FCC's net neutrality...

Today, senior FCC officials outlined the net neutrality draft proposal that will be released by the commission tomorrow. As has been discussed for months, if the new proposal is accepted by the FCC, broadband internet service will cease being subject...

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12:54
ecobee launches pilot program for its Alexa-enabled...

Smart thermostat maker ecobee previewed its first smart light switch earlier this year, and now the Alexa-enabled Switch+ is getting closer to shipping. Before ecobee releases Switch+ to the public, however, the company is opening a limited product pilot to select testers.

more…

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12:50
Why Apple's HomePod Is Three Years Behind...

Apple unveiled the HomePod, its first smart speaker to take on market-leading Amazon's Echo lineup of speakers, in June this year. Despite being three years late to the party, the HomePod has largely been pitched more as a speaker that sounds great instead of a device that sounds great but more importantly can also help you with daily chores. On top of this, Apple said last week it was delaying the shipment of HomePod from December this year to "early 2018." So why does a company, the market valuation of which is quickly reaching a trillion dollar, so behind its competitors? Bloomberg reports on Tuesday: Apple audio engineers had been working on an early version of the HomePod speaker for about two years in 2014 when they were blindsided by the Echo, a smart speaker from Amazon with a voice-activated assistant named Alexa. The Apple engineers jokingly accused one another of leaking details of their project to Amazon, then bought Echos so they could take them apart and see how they...

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12:46
Nearly complete Apple Park shown in short drone video

Since construction began on Apple Park back in 2015, we've been following several drone pilots who have been capturing the progress of construction on the new Apple headquarters. Now that the campus is nearly complete, pilot/videographer Matthew Roberts of Maverick Solutions took one more flight to capture the latest changes.

A flyover of the newly-opened visitor center shows people standing on the roof of the structure where there's an observation deck. Sod has been installed many locations, and the pond that's inside the ring-shaped headquarters building finally has water in it. Outdoor food stations that are inside the ring are also nearing completion, while landscaping is still ongoing near the employee fitness center. As you'd surmise from this being the headquarters of the world's most valuable company, security checkpoints are now in operation. 

I wouldn't be surprised if...

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12:41
YouTube TV now has a picture-in-picture mode on...

If you're going to watch YouTube TV on your phone, there will probably be a point when you'll want to do something else. But how will you keep watching? If you have Android Oreo, it's now relatively easy. An update is rolling out that adds picture...

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12:34
Latest Apple Park drone footage depicts massive...




The latest drone footage of Apple Park shows what appears to be complete landscaping with a full pond inside the circular headquarters, and has the closest shots of the large atrium doors yet seen.

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12:04
4K drone footage captures Apple Park Visitor Center...

Apple Park is now open for business, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping drones from flying over Apple’s new campus and capturing aerial footage of the nearly finished project. See for yourself below:

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12:02
Redesigned YouTube app returns to Amazon's Echo...




Amazon has brought a YouTube app back to the display-equipped Echo Show, apparently resolving a conflict with Google over terms of service.

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11:20
Video: With Apple's HomePod delayed until 2018...




Apple recently announced that its highly anticipated premium HomePod speaker won't launch in December as was originally planned. AppleInsider brings you up to speed with everything you need to know about the HomePod's delay until 2018.

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10:48
FCC chief plans to ditch net neutrality rules

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to recast the digital landscape.

I don’t understand how they think this is a good thing.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:47
Ireland closer to collecting back taxes from Apple

Ireland is closer to collecting €15B (about $15 billion) in Apple taxes following European Commission criticism that the country was dragging its feet.

The money traces back to an August European Commission (EU) ruling that Ireland gave Apple unfair tax incentives. Last year, the EU told Apple to repay the back taxes to the country, which had given Apple unfair tax breaks. The tech giant is supposed to put the money into an escrow account while appealing the decision. If Apple wins, it gets the money back. 

However, according to Reuters, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told Parliament: “We’ve indicated to them that we want the escrow account established and we want funds to be paid into the escrow account without further delay. We do not want to be in the situation where the Irish government has to...

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10:41
The man behind rock music’s most iconic photos...

You’ve probably never heard his name but I guarantee you’ve seen his images.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:07
Sega releases 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' free...




Sega has added another classic title to its Sega Forever free-to-play game collection, by making the iPhone and iPad port of 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' available to download on iOS and tvOS, on the 25th anniversary of the original game's release on the Genesis game console.

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10:01
Hands-on with Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket...

For those who don’t know me very well, I am an unapologetic Nintendo fanboy. Almost everything they produce is a masterpiece to me. I was even a fan of the poorly-received Wii U and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild might be the best video game I’ve ever played. So what’s my take on Nintendo’s newly released Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp for iOS so far? It’s only been out for a few hours (one day sooner than expected) and it’s already great although there are a few key downsides to expect.

more…

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09:59
Over 400 of the world’s most popular websites record...

This list of the websites that do this should make you very, very angry.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:49
Scrivener 3 for macOS Is more flexible and powerful...

I no longer write long-form but I would have loved this app in college and almost every long-form writer I know uses and loves Scrivener.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:45
Google collects Android users’ location data even...

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?

Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.

Damn, Google.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:42
Apple expects to sell four million HomePods next year

Apple expects to ship 4M HomePods next year, according to a Bloomberg report. Last week Apple said the smart speaker launch will now happen in “early 2018” instead of in December, as expected. Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski tweets the full statement from the tech giant: 

We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple's breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers. We’ll start shipping in the US, UK and Australia in early 2018.

Announced in June, the $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space...

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09:30
Apple's New iPhone Built With Illegal Overtime...

Apple's main supplier in Asia has been employing high-school students working illegal overtime to assemble the iPhone X in an effort to catch up with demand after facing production delays, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, citing several teenagers involved. From a report: A group of 3,000 students from the Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School were sent to work at the local facility run by Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry, known as Foxconn, as part of a three-month stint that was billed as "work experience," and required to graduate, the Financial Times reported. Six of the students told the FT they routinely worked 11-hour days assembling Apple's flagship smartphone, which constitutes illegal overtime for student interns under Chinese law. Apple said an audit did find instances of student interns working overtime, adding that they were employed voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but that they shouldn't have been allowed to work overtime.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iMac & MacBook Pro $250...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:24
Google's upcoming 'Fuchsia' OS to...




Google's nebulous "Fuchsia" operating system -- still in development -- will apparently support apps written in Apple's open-source Swift programming language.

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09:19
iPhone X vs. Pixel 2: Portrait selfies

Apple’s TrueDepth camera features multiple sensors to create a depth map in real time on the iPhone X. Google’s solution relies entirely on machine learning and an impressive single camera to accomplish the same effect on the Pixel 2. Here’s a look at how these two methods compare!

There is no doubt how important selfies are to smartphone owners these days.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:18
Trump’s FCC plans to abandon net neutrality...

Led by chairman Ajit Pai, the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission has today released its controversial plan to undo the current net neutrality regulations that were approved under the Obama administration two years ago.

more…

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09:12
Recreating the Apple Watch breathe animation in CSS

The Apple Watch comes with a stock app called Breathe that reminds you to, um, breathe. There’s actually more to it than that, but the thought of needing a reminder to breathe makes me giggle. The point is, the app has this kinda awesome interface with a nice animation.

Very nice.

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09:06
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reveals Net Neutrality repeal...




As predicted, the Federal Communications Commission has submitted its plan to return power to internet service providers over the terms of what content will be served to users, and to repeal previous net neutrality protections applied to customers and businesses.

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08:52
Apple removes Skype from China App Store

Apple Inc said on Tuesday it has removed several apps including Skype, Microsoft Corp’s internet phone call and messaging service, from its app store in China after the country’s government pointed to violations of local laws.

Apple has to abide by the laws of the countries it operates in.

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08:04
Apple, other companies pull Skype from Chinese app...




Microsoft, Apple, and others have been forced by the Chinese government to withdraw the Skype app from app stores in the country -- and at present there is no timetable for its return to availability.

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08:03
Sonos rolls out Spotify control with voice using...

Sonos has officially launched support for controlling Spotify music playback using Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant with the wireless speaker system. The partnership between the three companies brings voice control to the largest music streaming service on hi-fi wireless speakers ahead of Apple’s delayed HomePod smart speaker launch.

more…

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08:00
Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China

Skype, Microsoft's Internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable for download from a number of app stores in China, including Apple's, for almost a month (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source), The New York Times reported on Tuesday. From the report: "We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law. Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China," an Apple spokeswoman said Tuesday in an emailed statement responding to questions about Skype's disappearance from the app store. "These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business." The removal led to a volley of complaints from Chinese users on internet message boards who were no longer able to pay for Skype's services through Apple. The users said that the disruption began in late October. Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, still functions in China, and its fate...

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07:50
Apple allegedly 'dithered' over HomePod...




Apple's HomePod project actually predates the Amazon Echo, but was reportedly canceled and restarted multiple times, and has undergone radical design changes.

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07:30
Construction of Apple’s stunning ‘second spaceship’...

Less than five miles from Cupertino, nestled in the shadows of the newly-opened Apple Park, construction crews are quietly putting the finishing touches on another massive development project built under guidance from Apple. A striking architectural feat when viewed from any angle, Sunnyvale’s new “Central & Wolfe” campus will open in its doors to thousands of Apple employees in early 2018. 9to5Mac stopped by the future campus to see how the new buildings are shaping up.

more…

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07:13
HomePod project cancelled & revived several...

A new report claims that the HomePod project had an extremely messy history. It’s said to have had changing objectives, and been cancelled and revived ‘several times’ over a five-year period.

The team was also said to have been ‘blindsided’ by the launch of the Amazon Echo …

more…

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07:08
DigiTimes: Apple, Samsung, Amazon to be the top...

Apple, Samsung Electronics and Amazon will be the top three tablet vendors worldwide in 2017, while Huawei will move to fourth place, surpassing Lenovo thanks to a strategy to push product differentiation, according to DigiTimes Research. 

The gap between Huawei and Lenovo gap is expected to further extend next year, adds the research group. DigiTimes expects smartphones’ impact on the tablet market to weaken after 2019 and worldwide tablet shipments will remain at above 120 million units each year with a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of negative 1.4% from 2018-2022.

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06:36
Foxconn accused of overworking students to deal with...

The Financial Times reports that supplier Foxconn illegally employed and overworked students due to the production delays with the iPhone X.  Six of the students told the publication that they regularly work 11-hour days at a factory in Zhengzhou.

The violates the Chinese law for interns. Apple told the FT that an audit showed instances of students working overtime but “we’ve confirmed the students worked voluntarily, were compensated and provided benefits, but they should not have been allowed to work overtime.”    

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06:33
Skype is the latest messaging app to disappear from...

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Yet another popular communications app has disappeared from app stores in China. According to a report from The New York Times, Microsoft's messaging service Skype is no longer available from app stores, including Apple's App Store. Google's Play Store doesn't operate in China, but Skype hasn't appeared on the various third-party Android app stores in the country since late October.

“We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over Internet protocol apps do not comply with local law,” an Apple spokeswoman told The New York Times. “These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.”

Skype still functions in China, and Microsoft spokesperson quoted in the report said the Skype app had been "temporarily removed" from Apple's App Store,...

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06:31
Apple pulls Skype from its App Store in China

Apple has pulled Microsoft’s Skype from its China App Store. Regarding the matter, the tech giant tells The New York Times

We have been notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law. Therefore these apps have been removed from the app store in China. These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.

Not surprisingly, the Times notes that Chinese users are not happy. Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, still functions in China, and its fate in the country isn’t clear. And Apple will certainly be criticized for the move.

This summer the tech giant removed all major VPN (Virtual Private Networks) apps from its local App store, which helps users overcome the country's "Great Firewall.” Service providers slammed the move, calling...

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06:28
Apple's billion-dollar video investment seen...




Not content with just Apple Music subscriptions, a new prediction says Apple could be gearing up for an "all in one Apple video and music offering," offering original content for a monthly fee within the next two to three years.

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06:13
Foxconn accused of using illegal student labor to...




Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, has been demanding illegal overtime from high school interns in its production of the iPhone X, a report charged on Tuesday.

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06:04
Apple granted a patent for an automatic recording...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,824,719) for an automatic recording and authoring tool. It involves GarageBand for macOS and iOS and Logic Pro X for macOS.

The patent is for a method for automatically starting an audio recording that includes receiving audio data and dividing the audio data into a first set of consecutive segments and a second set of consecutive segments that occur after the first set. The method further includes analyzing the first set of segments by measuring an average energy and peak value for each segment of the first set and determining a silence score therefrom, and analyzing the second set of segments by measuring an average energy and peak value for each segment of the second set and determining an music score therefrom. The method begins a recording of the audio data if the silence score is above a first predetermined value and the music score is above a second predetermined value.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that over the...

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05:38
Apple removes Skype from Chinese app store after...

Apple has removed Skype from the App Store in China following a request from the Ministry of Public Security …

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05:15
Daily Deal: Get a Droplr Pro Lifetime Subscription...

Longtime Mac users have one trick that they use to be able to share almost anything with anybody -- Droplr. This utility has taken the work out of digital collaboration for years, and it keeps getting better. The only problem is that the cost of a subscription can be restrictive for small workgroups. Worry not! The Apple World Today team is here to get you a lifetime subscription to Droplr for up to 3 people for only $29.99. That's a heck of a bargain, since it would normally cost you $1,500!

What does Droplr let you do?

  • Collaborate w/ up to three users on a single account
  • Use the new Boards feature to create & share boards w/ team members around...
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05:00
Reflector 3 highlights new UI, better performance

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the team at Squirrels LLC. First they released DropStream, a new app designed for fast, easy streaming of video, music and photos from Mac to Apple TV or Chromecast. Today, the company has release the latest version of Reflector, its utility that turns a Mac or Windows PC into an AirPlay receiver. Reflector 3 will be priced at US$14.99, but the company will have an $11.99 introductory price in play for a while as well as discounts for existing users of Reflector 2. 

We had an opportunity to test Reflector 3 prior to release. Probably the biggest thing I personally noticed was how responsive the new version is. With earlier versions, I always felt that there was a slight lag in operation over a Wi-...

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04:30
Apple’s iPhone X Leather Folio is gorgeous, but...

Along with the iPhone X, Apple released the iPhone X Leather Folio. It’s as gorgeous as you’d expect, but, with a price tag of $99, it’s hard to recommend it over similar leather cases from companies such as Nomad.

Apple says the case — available in “cosmos blue” (my favorite), “taupe,” “berry” and black — is crafted from “specially tanned and finished European leather for a luxurious look and feel.” Think of it as the iPhone X version of the Smart Case for the iPad Pro. Open it, and the smartphone wakes up. Close it and it goes to sleep. 

The Leather Folio’s interior sports a soft microfiber lining for added protection. You can keep it on all the time, even when you’re charging wirelessly.

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04:29
Apple admits student interns worked illegal hours on...

Apple has confirmed a Financial Times report that high school students interning at Foxconn exceeded their legal hours while working on the iPhone X production line. The company has, however, denied claims that the students were forced to carry out the work as a condition of graduation from school.

The report relates to 3,000 high school students who take part in a three-month long work experience program …

more…

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04:27
Dish customers can no longer access CBS TV channels

If you're looking forward to watching the NFL this Thanksgiving you might find yourself stuck watching holiday reruns instead, as CBS is making good on its threat to black out dozens of channels in response to its ongoing subscription feud with Dish....

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04:00
How to take a screenshot on your iPhone X

You can easily take a screenshot on your iPhone X, though the procedure is a bit different from previous Apple smartphones. Here’s how:

  • Press and hold the Side button on the right side of your device.
  • Immediately click the Volume up button on the left side, then release the buttons.

A thumbnail of your screenshot appears in the lower-left corner of your device. Tap the thumbnail to add drawings and text with Markup, or press and hold the thumbnail to share the screenshot. Swipe left on the thumbnail to dismiss it.

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03:55
Pokémon Go players catch over 500M Pokémon in first...

Niantic has announced that over 500 million Pokémon have been caught during the first two days of a week-long Global Catch Challenge. The achievement unlocked the first set of rewards to everyone participating …

more…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 21, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

LHD Games has announces Twisty Board 2. In the sequel, the Q’Tath have decimated earth’s defenses, rounded up and imprisoned the people of Earth. Players must repel the Q’Tath from five new battlegrounds, free the prisoners, and save humanity. Twisty Board 2 is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

QNAP Systems has released Photo Tagger. The free mobile app that allows users to directly tag labels on photos from their mobile devices for personalized...

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03:15
Second annual Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge to...

If you have an Apple Watch, this Thanksgiving will push you a little further.

Similar to last year, Apple will again host an Apple Watch Thanksgiving Challenge. On Thursday, November 23rd, you can record a 5K walking, running, or wheelchair workout with Apple’s Workout app or a third-party app that integrates with Health.

Participants who complete the challenge on Thanksgiving will receive a Thanksgiving 2017 badge and an iMessage sticker. The challenge is currently only available to Apple Watch owners in the United States. Users will begin receiving notifications about the event on Tuesday, November 21st.

Good luck, have fun and let us know how it goes for you in the comments!

Via The Mac Observer

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03:00
Rumor: Apple collaborating with TSMC to develop...

Even with the iPhone X, which represents the first Apple product with an OLED screen only recently out the door, the company may be working on the next generation of screen technology.

It’s rumored that Apple is working with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to develop microLED screens, which could supersede OLED over the next few years.

microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency…

Per a DigiTimes article, Apple has reportedly downsized its R&D team for development of Micro LED display products in Longtan, northern Taiwan, due to issues related to mass transfer of Micro LED chips onto receiver substrates, according to sources from Taiwan’s upstream LED suppliers.

The slow progress in the development of the mass transfer process it thought to have impeded assorted panel makers from achieving volume production of Micro LED panels...

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Monday November 20

22:00
Hands On: Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck with Radeon RX...




External GPU enclosures can be pretty massive. Sonnet has a solution to the problem with the portable eGFX Breakaway Puck -- and AppleInsider has one to test.

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17:53
FCC looks to scrap net neutrality rules, report says




U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is on Tuesday expected to unveil plans to dismantle Obama-era net neutrality protections that prohibit internet service providers from slowing certain websites while allowing paid "fast lanes" for others.

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17:27
Are you waiting for the HomePod or buying another...

Last week, Apple announced that it was delaying the release of its HomePod smart speaker into 2018 in order to continue refining the product. Of course, that means Apple will miss the biggest shopping month of the year, but it will likely be worth the wait.

We outlined a few alternatives to the HomePod over the weekend, and now we’re curious: Are you going to hold out for the HomePod or buy another smart speaker instead?

more…

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16:45
iMac Pro Will Have An A10 Fusion Coprocessor For...

According to Apple firmware gurus Steven Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo, the upcoming iMac Pro will feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor to enable two interesting new features. "The first is the ability for the iMac Pro to feature always-on 'Hey, Siri' voice command support, similar to what's currently available on more recent iPhone devices," reports The Verge. "[T]he bigger implication of the A10 Fusion is for a less user-facing function, with Apple likely to use the coprocessor to enable SecureBoot on the iMac Pro." From the report: In more practical terms, it means that Apple will be using the A10 Fusion chip to handle the initial boot process and confirm that software checks out, before passing things off to the regular x86 Intel processor in your Mac. It's not something that will likely change how you use your computer too much, like the addition of "Hey, Siri" support will, but it's a move toward Apple experimenting with an increased level of control over its software...

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16:12
Video: 'Hey Siri' might come to the iMac...




Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith have found "Hey Siri" functionality in the macOS code base with support for multiple user accounts all driven by what appears to be the A10 Fusion processor, according to the pair. AppleInsider talks about why Apple might do that, and what it would mean for the iMac Pro.

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16:05
Google Is Working On Fuchsia OS Support For Apple...

An anonymous reader shares a report from Android Police: Google's in-development operating system, named "Fuchsia," first appeared over a year ago. It's quite different from Android and Chrome OS, as it runs on top of the real-time "Magenta" kernel instead of Linux. According to recent code commits, Google is working on Fuchsia OS support for the Swift programming language. If you're not familiar with it, Swift is a programming language developed by Apple, which can be used to create iOS/macOS/tvOS/watchOS applications (it can also compile to Linux). Apple calls it "Objective-C without the C," and on the company's own platforms, it can be mixed with existing C/Objective-C/C++ code (similar to how apps on Android can use both Kotlin and Java in the same codebase). We already know that Fuchsia will support apps written in Dart, a C-like language developed by Google, but it looks like Swift could also be supported. On Swift's GitHub repository, a pull request was created by a Google...

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15:40
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 20...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.40, OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.2, and KeyCue 8.6.

 

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15:40
ExtraBITS for 20 November 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple announced that it is delaying the HomePod until next year, Gizmodo exposes the secrets of Facebook’s creepiness, and the Web’s inventor expresses concern for its future.

 

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15:21
Black Friday deals: 13" MacBook Pros as low as...




The exclusive deals keep rolling in! Now through Cyber Monday, AI readers can save $125 to $250 on Mid 2017 Macs. From 12" MacBooks and 13" MacBook Pros for $1,099 ($200 off), to 13" Touch Bars and 27" iMac 5Ks for $1,599, these deals offer shoppers the lowest prices available from an Apple authorized reseller. Plus no sales tax outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing offers!

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14:42
Camera showdown: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, Galaxy...

We’re going to see a lot of these shootouts but there’s no reason to believe the results will be any different.

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14:16
AWT News Update: November 20, 2017

As we start the week of Black Friday and Thanksgiving, we have some fascinating news bits for you:

  • An anonymous Apple blogger says the iMac Pro has some sort of "Find My iMac Pro theft protection" that can't be switched off, possibly including a built-in SIM card for calling home
  • The iMac Pro is also set to have an A10 Fusion chip built in for "Hey, Siri" support
  • The Apple TV app is set to gain live streaming ESPN sports when it's introduced on December 4 in iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2
  • Google likes Apple's location for its second Danish data center so much it bought land next door

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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14:04
Justice Department sues to block AT&T takeover...




AT&T's $85.4 billion bid to acquisition Time Warner is in jeopardy as reports on Monday claim the U.S. Department of Justice is set to file a lawsuit aimed at blocking the high-profile merger.

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13:52
Lisa Jackson doubles-down on 100% recycled material...




Apple's Senior Vice President for Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson granted an interview to an Australian publication, and continued to drive home Apple's goal towards using 100 percent recycled materials across all of its products, Apple's "right to repair" philosophy, and Apple's point of view on the taxes it pays.

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13:32
AT&T hit with antitrust lawsuit over Time Warner...

A report from Bloomberg today shared that AT&T may face an antitrust suit from the U.S. Justice Department over its merger plan with Time Warner. Now, CNBC has reported that the DOJ has issued the suit today.

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13:30
Meet one of New York’s best professional D&D...

I had no idea there was any such thing as a professional DM but, of course there is.

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12:40
Apple Could Have Brought a Big iPhone X Feature To...

Steven Troughton-Smith, a prominent iOS developer best known for combing new software codes for references for upcoming features, over the weekend indicated that portrait mode lighting effects, a major feature in the current iPhone generation -- iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, could technically be added to iPhone 7 Plus from last year. The feature works like this: you take a picture, go to the photos app on your new iPhone and play with the "Lighting" effects. He writes: So yeah you just need to hexedit the metadata in the HEIC. Not quite sure where, I copied a whole section from an iPhone X Portrait Mode photo and it worked. Original photo taken on 7 Plus on iOS 11. Someone could automate this. Just to add insult to injury, if you AirDrop that photo back to the iPhone 7 Plus now it shows the Portrait Lighting UI, and lets you change mode. So Portrait Lighting is 100% an artificial software limitation. 7 Plus photos can have it, 7 Plus can do it.

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12:33
Review: Hunter SimpleConnect ceiling fan is a 2-in-1...

Hunter is a company known for commercializing ceiling fans over 130 years ago, and today the company is the only firm making smart home ceiling fans that work with Apple HomeKit. Hunter’s SimpleConnect line includes three ceiling fan models available in multiple finishes that are priced from $299.

Each Hunter ceiling fan includes a built-in LED light that makes SimpleConnect a 2-in-1 essential for HomeKit homes. This enables Siri control from Apple devices, Control Center access on iPhone and iPad, automation with other smart accessories through Apple’s Home app, and much more.

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12:21
Next-Generation TidBITS Infrastructure in the Works

Heads up! We’ve begun the process of completely revamping TidBITS’s Internet presence and expect to start rolling out big changes in early 2018. You can look forward to a modernized TidBITS experience that’s more visually appealing and mobile friendly.

 

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12:05
iPhone X: How to enable Reachability, make Control...

Reachability for iPhones is a useful feature to easily access the top of your screen. With the iPhone X the feature is still there, it’s just turned off by default and a bit buried in Settings. Follow along for how to turn it on and a couple of tips to get to Control Center and Notification Center easier.

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12:01
11 posters worth gifting this holiday season

As we get older, it gets harder and harder to find unique, interesting gifts for friends and family. Some of these posters might be just the ticket. I especially love the retro patent ones.

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10:44
Mockups envision 'iPhone X Plus' and...




Though a next-generation iPhone SE isn't expected to get the OLED edge-to-edge treatment, that hasn't stopped German magazine Curved from imagining what it -- along with a Plus-sized iPhone X rumored to arrive in late 2018 -- might look like.

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10:06
Uber adds live location sharing to app, plans to...




Uber on Monday revealed several new features for its core iPhone app -- including live location sharing with drivers -- as well as an agreement with Volvo that will see it buy and equip 24,000 vehicles with self-driving systems.

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10:04
Popular writing app gets major update with Scrivener...

For those of us who do a large amount of writing whether for a living or just for fun, there are a few different apps to choose from. As of today, one of the top choices is getting even better with a huge update. Welcome to Scrivener 3.

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09:58
TIME names iPhone X 2nd best gadget of 2017, Apple...

TIME magazine has shared its list of the top 10 gadgets of 2017 today and two of Apple’s newest products have made the cut. The iPhone X just missed the number one spot, while the Apple Watch Series 3 coming in at number 9 is the only wearable on the list this year.

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09:50
∞ Apple Park AR demonstration

A really cool demonstration of AR in action. I’d love to get to the new Vistor Center to see it for

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09:42
Apple exec on making a completely green iPhone and...

While some of Apple’s efforts are described as “nonsense”, they may be the only major company on the planet at least making the attempt to be as green as possible.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,090,...

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08:58
Is the government waging an out-of-sight fight with...

Fortune:

The Justice Department and Apple have been locked in a bitter fight for years over the company’s encryption system, which allows consumers to prevent anyone —including law enforcement—from opening their devices without permission. That’s why a security story this week should be getting more attention than it has.

Titled “Yup: The Government Is Secretly Hiding Its Crypto Battles In The Secret FISA Court,” the story appeared on the well-regarded security blog EmptyWheel, and suggests the Justice Department is using a legal backdoor to force open software backdoors at companies like Apple.

I don’t know enough about the issues involved to answer the question in the headline but even the appearance that this might be actually happening sets my teeth on

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08:54
iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth...

Warning: Autoplay video. But the good news is, it’s a pretty good video.

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08:42
No TidBITS Issue on 27 November 2017

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. You can look forward to the next email issue on 4 December 2017.

 

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07:51
Apple said to downsize Micro LED R&D in Taiwan,...




Apple has allegedly shrunk the workforce behind its Micro LED R&D efforts in Longtan, Taiwan, as a result of slow progress with the mass transfer of Micro LED chips onto receiver substrates -- though the company still appears committed to adopting the display technology on future products.

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07:42
Uber makes it easier to connect with drivers with...

If you’ve ever experienced problems meeting up with your Uber driver, the company has today announced a couple of initiatives designed to make it easier …

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07:35
Apple's upcoming iMac Pro might have an iPhone...

The new iMac Pro set to release month will be Apple’s fastest Mac by a country mile. With 18 CPU cores, Radeon Vega graphics, and 128GB of RAM, there isn’t much Apple’s newest all-in-one won’t be able to do. But a recent discovery by Apple code spelunker Steven Troughton-Smith suggest an iPhone chip might be along for the ride.

Troughton-Smith has gotten his hands on Apple’s new BridgeOS 2.0 software, which will presumably be part of the upcoming iMac Pro's software package. And while it didn't divulge quite as much as the HomePod firmware leak earlier this year that spilled the beans on the ...

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07:29
Strategy Analytics: Google Assistant to gain...

By 2022, devices running Google Assistant are going to be much more prevalent in the smartphone market than those running competing native voice assistants like Apple's Siri or Samsung's Bixby, according to Strategy Analytics. The research group says one out of every three smartphones sold worldwide this year will use artificial intelligence (AI) to power virtual assistants. 

Virtual assistants have already become common in premium tier smartphones. In 2017 already over 93% of premium tier smartphones (with a wholesale price above $300) sold worldwide have a virtual assistant integrated out-of-the-box. The penetration...

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07:22
Law firm files three more lawsuits over ‘exploding’...

Another day, another lawsuit. Gustafson Nicolai, a Los Angeles-based law firm, has filed three more lawsuits against Apple in less than a month over “exploding” iPhones. That brings their total to five lawsuits in the matter.

The lawsuits set forth claims for “general negligence and products liability in connection with iPhone 6 devices overheating, exploding, and causing significant burns to Plaintiffs' bodies, as well as other injuries and suffering.” The lawsuits seek damages for, among other things, wage loss, loss of use of property, hospital and medical expenses, mental and emotional suffering and anguish, general damage, property damage, and loss of earning capacity. In both cases, the plaintiffs seek punitive and exemplary damages. 

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07:17
Apple: we're committed 100% to recycled...

Apple is committed 100% to  using nrecycled material or renewable material to make its products, the company's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, told news.com.au.

Apple wants to use 100% recycled and renewable materials like bioplastics to make its iPhones, MacBooks and other consumer electronics in a bid to reduce its reliance on raw materials.

“We’re working like gangbusters on that,” Jackson says. “As far as I know, we’re the only company in the sector trying to figure that out. Most people talk about recycling electronics but the material is not necessarily used in new electronics.”

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06:57
Apple reportedly working with TSMC on microLED...

Apple may have only just launched its first iPhone with an OLED screen, but technology never stands still. The company is reportedly pressing ahead with work on the microLED display technology which is expected to supersede OLED within the next few years.

microLED screens take some of the key benefits of OLED over LCD yet further, offering even greater brightness, color saturation and power efficiency …

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06:52
Rumor: Apple reduces its Micro LED R&D team in...

Apple is working with its supplier TSMC to solve manufacturing issues preventing volume production of micro-LED display panels, reducing its own R&D team for developing Micro LED display products in northern Taiwan, according to DigiTimes.

Apple formed the Micro LED team after it acquired LuxVue Technology in 2014. LuxVue is engaged in development of low-power Micro LED-based displays. (Note that the tech giant never officially confirmed the acquisition of LuxVue.)

As an owner of micro-LED technology, Apple can release new high-end products with a strong differentiation, while cutting the need to acquire screens from an OLED supplier. LuxVue's technology offers a high-performance display for a low energy consumption, maximizing battery life and device usage.

However, per DigiTimes, the downsizing doesn’t mean that Apple has delayed or gave up the development of...

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06:43
Apple’s Lisa-1 goes for $50,300 at technology...

Of the two dozen collectable categories on offer at Auction Team Breker’s autumn extravaganza in Cologne, Germany, computing and calculation came out on top. The highest price of the day was a Apple’s Lisa-1 personal computer, which went for $50,300.

Released on Jan. 19, 1983, the Lisa wasn’t a commercial success. However, it can still claim a place in PC history for introducing the overlapping windows, pull-down menus and the recycle bin that we still rely on today.

The Lisa was one of the first personal computers to offer a graphical user interface (GUI) in a machine aimed at individual business users. Development of the Lisa began in 1978, and it underwent many changes during the development period before shipping at the very high price of $9,995 (and that was 34 years ago) with a 5MB hard drive. The high price, relatively low performance and unreliable "Twiggy" floppy disks led to poor sales, with only 100,000...

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06:35
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp coming to iPhone on Nov...




Nintendo's next game for iOS devices, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is slated to launch this Wednesday, making good on an earlier promise that it would arrive sometime in November.

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06:24
New renders imagine iPhone SE 2 with iPhone X style...

We’ve already seen one designer’s take on an all-screen iPhone SE, presented not long after the launch of this year’s new flagship phone, and Concept Creator has now given us an alternative vision of Apple’s most compact iPhone.

The overall deal is the same. Take the classic design of the SE, and add a near-bezel-free display with the famous iPhone X notch …

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06:00
Get an early start on Black Friday: FRESHeBUDS Pro...

One of our most popular deals in the Apple World Today Deals Shop has been for the FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds. They're designed for outdoor activities, with earhooks that keep 'em on your head during exercise and a design that snaps the earbuds together when you're not using them so they hang around your neck securely. How much? This week we're selling them for $23.95 -- $6 lower than our last deal.

How popular are the FRESHeBUDS Earbuds? With 1,142 ratings from buyers, they've racked up an impressive 4-1/2 star rating! Two color combos are available -- blue/grey and red/grey. Here are other details about the FRESHeBUDS Pro:

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05:59
Apple ranks fifth on CareerBliss ‘Happiest Retail...

CareerBliss, the leading career community with over three million open jobs, has released new data identifying the “CareerBliss Happiest Retail Employers for 2017.” Apple ranks fifth on the list, preceded by Neiman Marcus, AT&T, Foot Locker, and Ace Hardware.

Trailing Apple in the top 10 are Costco, H&M, Advance Auto Parts, Ikea North America, and The Gap. CareerBliss analyzed the key factors that affect employee happiness. Those factors are: work-life balance, senior management, compensation, benefits, job security, employee tasks, company culture and work environment. The results are generated from CareerBliss.com review submissions and serve to provide insight into employers. Employees rank factors on a scale of...

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05:46
Kantar: iOS share is flat in Europe, but up in the U...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending September 2017, iOS share was flat in Europe, but up in the U.S. and urban China. Android’s good performance within Great Britain continued, with its share rising 8.2 percentage points to 63.9% in the latest three-month period.

“Maintaining or growing share in Apple’s key regions is impressive, considering that iPhone X was not yet available during the three-month period ending in September 2017,” says Dominic Sunnebo, Global Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales were below the level of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales from a year earlier. But, since the iPhone 8 is not the flagship, the comparison is somewhat meaningless.”

Consumers buying lower-priced and previous generation iPhones prior to the iPhone X release will have a small impact on...

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05:37
iPhone X Diary: Putting the camera to the test, and...

I took a week off last week to get unpacked and settled into our new home. This was a time-consuming process, so I didn’t get much time to get out and about, but with a fabulous view from our new apartment, that didn’t stop me putting the iPhone X camera through its paces. You’ll just have to excuse the fact that the photos are rather lacking in variety!

For each of the photos, I’m showing the original, straight-from-camera version as well as the edited version. And to make it true to the real-life behavior of most people, I’ve used only the stock Camera and Photos apps for both photography and edits.

To be honest, any recent iPhone is a fantastic camera in bright sunlight, so I’m concentrating here on the real test of a camera: low-light performance …

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05:30
Promise Technology introduces new Thunderbolt 3 dock

Promise Technology has announced the addition of a Thunderbolt 3 dock to its lineup of solutions for rich media workflows. 

Through the new dock, users c-an add two 4K displays, charge devices, daisy-chain Thunderbolt 3 hard drives, connect USB devices, transfer SD card content, and more -- over a single connection. The $249 TD-300 brings it all together to expand the capabilities of Thunderbolt 3-enabled macOS and Windows 10 platforms. 

Its connectivity options include five USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI 2.0. It also features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and an audio in/out port. Creative professionals working with iMacs and MacBook Pros can now simply connect the TD-300's Thunderbolt 3 port to any Thunderbolt 3-enabled PC or Mac. There are no drivers to download or install, and no...

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05:00
How to use Reachability on the iPhone X

Reachability — sliding the screen down so everything at the top is easier to reach with one hand — is (pun intended) handy in the iPhone X, but you’ll have to enable it first. Here’s how:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap General.
  • Choose Accessibility.
  • Turn Reachability On.

Now you can just swipe down from the bottom of the smartphone’s screen to slide everything at the top down. This takes a bit of getting used to. And Reachability doesn't work unless you swipe down from the right spot on the screen. But with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

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04:30
Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, first...

Nintendo’s second iOS title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, will be released on Wednesday, the company has announced. It was first expected back in March

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04:30
Use Facebook on your Mac a lot? You need the Current...

I don't entirely trust Facebook, but it does offer social media opportunities for businesses such as mine and is a great way to keep up with folks. If you're a constant FB user, you should check out Current, which turns Facebook into a native app on your Mac desktop (you must be running macOS 10.10 or higher).

A $1.99 download at the Mac App Store, Current eliminates the need (or desire) to check out your Facebook page in an open browser tab. It offers support for Facebook Messenger, photos, videos, customizable notifications, and more. You can access your buddy list, inbox, and notifications right from the menu bar. Thankfully, you can customize your notifications to your liking.

One of my favorite features: each conversation opens in its own window, which means you can situate it wherever you like on your desktop. When a friend (a term that no longer means quit what...

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