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Tuesday November 21

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 …

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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?

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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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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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04:00
The kids are gonna get microchipped

By Jeff Graber

For the older generation, it is easy to look back and remember all the fears people used to have when it came to the Internet. Years ago, people worried about shopping online, and the risks associated with putting valuable credit card information online. This was seen as a potential invasion of privacy, and people were hesitant about taking that first step.

 It is incredible how the world has changed. Less then two decades since that point, most people have gone online. Surfing, browsing, posting, and tweeting have all made their way into the vernacular, so commonplace that it is hard to imagine a world without it. During this veritable renaissance of the Internet however, there is a new fear shared by children and parents alike. It is a fear that strikes at the heart of privacy and innovation. What is it you may ask? Two words, microchip implants.

Microchip implants?

As technology continues to expand, it closes in on...

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03:52
Google wants option of building Danish data center...

Google has purchased land in Denmark, adjacent to the site of Apple’s second data center in the country. The company said that it wanted to have the option of building its own data center right next door …

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03:43
External Link: Apple Delays the HomePod Until 2018

Apple originally promised to ship the HomePod smart speaker in December 2017, but the company has now delayed it until early 2018, saying it needed “a little more time before it’s ready.” Although missing the holiday shopping season may give a leg up to competing products from Amazon and Google, it’s better for Apple to delay the HomePod than ship a half-baked product.

 

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03:31
External Link: How Facebook Knows More about Your...

Facebook does a lot of creepy things, like recommending that someone befriend their father’s mistress or connecting a couple with their anonymous sperm donor from years before. But how does Facebook tease out such obscure connections? Gizmodo investigated and traced Facebook’s behavior back to what’s known as “shadow contact information” — a secret database that Facebook keeps to track everyone you might know. It collects much of this information from other users who share their address books with Facebook, so if two otherwise unrelated people both have your phone number, the company can then connect them. Alas, there’s nothing you can do about this.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 20, 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

Rapid Turtle Games has unleashed Farming Dead. In the free simulation game, you farm zombies for fun and profit. Players start from the bottom with a cute zombie and with big dreams of achieving zombie domination. They need to tap n' swipe to collect viruses, spawn zombies, buy upgrades and to repeat these steps. It's simple as that.

Fighting to reduce the high numbers of heat illness and deaths among farm workers in her beloved Central Valley, a concerned California teen has created an app to connect farmers, contractors and farm workers through Apple watches that provides instant health data and critical heat alerts. Now, she...

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03:15
Texas Rangers issue warrant to decrypt iPhone SE...

Similar to the San Bernadino shooting of almost two years ago, Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

The Texas Rangers served Apple with a warrant to access both David Kelley’s iPhone SE and iCloud account. The Rangers have also expressed interest in a second phone used by Kelley made by LG. Apple stated earlier this month that it contacted law enforcement officials roughly 48 hours after the shooting to see if it could be of any help. During that first 48 hours, when Touch ID would have still been enabled, law enforcement made no efforts to ask Apple for help or to use Touch ID to unlock the phone. Instead, it shipped the device off to a crime lab in Quantico, Virginia.

Where Kelley’s iCloud data is...

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, November 20th 2017

Despite mentally willing it not to happen, Monday morning has arrived. Tesla's shrunk its Supercharger monuments into a pocket-sized battery pack, Minecraft isn't coming to the Switch this year and Google's occasionally brilliant Lens search joins th...

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03:00
Rumor: macOS code base hints at possible “Hey Siri”...

It’s just a rumor right now, but it’s got some interesting sources behind it.

Developers Guilherme Rambo and Stephen Troughton-Smith, who’ve been exploring the macOS, have found references to the “Hey Siri” function in the code base with support for multiple user accounts, just as macOS has long supported user switching.

At present, it’s been rumored that the iMac Pro could feature an A10 Fusion coprocessor which could manage the “Hey Siri” functionality as well as the boot process, security, and the FaceTime camera. It also appears that the inclusion of the A10 Fusion allows the iMac Pro to accept the voice command ‘Hey Siri’ rather than requiring the click in macOS on the Siri icon or keystroke to prompt Siri.

This doesn’t mean necessarily that Siri will understand multiple users speaking while logged into one macOS user account. But, it may mean that if a user has multiple accounts on a Mac, they should be able to fast user switch between them and have...

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02:00
Honor’s 7X is a big, unremarkable mid-range phone

It's no wonder Huawei's been the third-biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world for so long now. The company releases so many of the things, it's hard to keep track. Following Huawei's recent launch of the Mate 10, it's now sub-brand Honor's turn...

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01:29
'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp' comes to...

Soon, Aussies won't be the only ones building summer camps in Nintendo's latest mobile game. The gaming giant announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will arrive on iOS and Android devices worldwide on November 22nd. The title marks Nintendo's th...

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01:20
London buses to be powered by coffee grounds

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce pollution in the capital, London's buses are set to utilise a new source of fuel: coffee grounds. Thanks to a collaboration between Bio-Bean, Shell and Argent Energy, double deckers will be filled with a B20 biofu...

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00:34
10-Year-Old Boy Cracks the Face ID On Both Parents...

An anonymous reader writes: A 10-year-old boy discovered he could unlock his father's phone just by looking at it. And his mother's phone too. Both parents had just purchased a new $999 iPhone X, and apparently its Face ID couldn't tell his face from theirs. The unlocking happened immediately after the mother told the son that "There's no way you're getting access to this phone."
Experiments suggest the iPhone X was confused by the indoor/nighttime lighting when the couple first registered their faces. Apple's only response was to point to their support page, which states that "the statistical probability is different...among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed. If you're concerned about this, we recommend using a passcode to authenticate." The boy's father is now offering this advice to other parents. "You should probably try it with every member of your family and see who can access it."
And his son just "...

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00:01
HaptX promises to make your virtual hands feel like...

The holy grail of VR is immersion: to truly feel like you're in a virtual world. While most modern VR headsets do a pretty good job of this, the experience isn't perfect. One problem standing in the way of true immersion are the controllers. They're...

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Sunday November 19

22:31
NASA can pinpoint glaciers that might flood coastal...

It's safe to say that melting glaciers and ice sheets are bad things: they raise ocean levels and risk flooding low-lying coastal areas. But which of these icy bodies do you have to worry about in your area? NASA might help. It recently developed...

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20:15
Kevlar cartilage could help you recover from joint...

It can be difficult to fully recover from knee injuries or other damage to your joints, if just because there hasn't been an artificial replacement for cartilage that can withstand as much punishment as the real thing. That may not be an issue in th...

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18:45
Treaty ending use of planet-warming HFCs takes...

The treaty phasing out the use of Earth-warming hydrofluorocarbons now has an official start date. Sweden has become the 20th country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, invoking a clause that has the measure taking effect on January 1st, 2019. From th...

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17:14
Jeffrey Tambor leaves Amazon's '...

The slew of sexual harassment and assault allegations surfacing in Hollywood has affected another major streaming service. Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor has announced he's leaving the Amazon show after two transgender actresses on the show (Van B...

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15:40
Texas authorities serve Apple a warrant for mass...

Authorities are persisting in their efforts to get access to the Texas mass shooter's iPhone despite having missed an early opportunity. The San Antonio Express-News has learned that Texas Rangers served Apple warrants for data on both the perpetrat...

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14:47
New report shows the extent of Apple’s relationship...

Apple once had a close relationship with Belle Gibson, a now-disgraced fitness and health blogger who claimed to have cured her cancer with lifestyle and other wellness improvements. A new report from Australian news site The Age dives deeper into the connections between Apple and Gibson, as seen with the marketing for her ‘The Whole Pantry’ app in the above screenshot.

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14:09
Tesla Roadster will get even quicker through an...

When Tesla unveiled a brand new Roadster, it noted that the vaunted 1.9-second 0-60MPH time was present in the base model -- implying that there might be headroom for even higher performance. But is there? Apparently, yes. Elon Musk has clarified tha...

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12:30
The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs

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12:26
The ‘hidden’ iPhone update that changes the rules...

While I understand QR is popular in many places, it hasn’t really seemed to catch on outside of Asia. Holmes is a CEO who is looking at it from a marketing POV but I look at it from a trust and security POV and don’t like QR codes at all.

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12:18
∞ Would you buy a used 1996 Honda Accord? CarMax did!

I usually hate when companies horn in on these things with their own marketing but kuddos to CarMax for doing it well.

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12:10
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies

Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young.

I’m just so sad about Malcolm. He was the greatest rhythm guitarist of all time and wrote some of the most recognizable riffs in Rock. You will be missed, Malcolm.

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10:59
Tech incubator Y Combinator severs ties with Peter...

It's safe to say that Peter Thiel's relationship with the tech industry has been... contentious. His wealth and willingness to invest have made him highly influential, but his eagerness to stifle media criticism and (at least for a time) support Pres...

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10:27
Apple Watch Thanksgiving Activity Challenge returns...

Just like last year, Apple is once again hosting an Apple Watch Activity Challenge on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Apple Watch owners need to record a 5K workout on Thursday, 23rd November to earn the 2017 Thanksgiving Activity badge and iMessage sticker. Thanks to Kyle for the heads up.

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09:30
How NASA will defend the Earth against plagues from...

In the summer of 1957, the Earth stood witness as a meteorite cratered in rural Pennsylvania, bringing with it a people-eating plague never seen: an alien amoeba with the taste for human flesh. While we had Steve McQueen around for the first invasion...

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09:00
August offers its Smart Lock Pro + Connect HomeKit...

August offers 9to5 readers $30 off its Smart Lock Pro + Connect bundle, getting you the best deal yet on one of the best HomeKit lock options around ahead of Black Friday.

Get August Smart Lock Pro + Connect for $30 off ($249 Reg $279)

If you’ve decided to upgrade your front door into a smart door, the discounted August Smart Lock Pro + Connect offers a great system and full Wi-Fi connectivity is included with the bundled August Connect. It’s simple to install: it attaches to a standard deadbolt, allowing you to add HomeKit support to an existing door in about 10 minutes. An Auto-Unlock feature detects your arrival and unlocks the door automatically, and you can alternatively lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the company’s iPhone and Apple Watch apps.

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08:52
Microsoft Office 2016 15.40

Maintenance release focused on security updates. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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08:05
Review: Sonnet’s Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash...

If you’re looking for the fastest bus-powered portable external drive, then look no further than the Sonnet Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive with 1TB of storage. Capable of theoretical data transfer rates up to 2600 MB/s, it’s perfect for 4K workflows and beyond.

The most remarkable thing about this drive is how utterly compact it is, and how with just a single Thunderbolt 3 connection, it allows for blistering-fast data transfer rates that can compete with the real world performance of a 2017 MacBook Pro’s built-in NVMe SSD.

In this hands-on video walkthrough, we explore what Sonnet has labeled as the world’s fastest bus-powered portable storage device. Does it live up to the hype? more…

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08:00
After Math: On the road again

Tesla had quite the week. Not only did the upstart carmaker get to show off its new semi and roadster, it also unveiled its multi-station Supercharger rest stop and managed to get itself onto the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit alleging perva...

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07:15
Owning a dog makes you live longer, says science

If you are so inclined, You can read the full study here but, seriously, who doesn’t believe or already know owning a dog is better for you? But I wonder if owning a cat shortens your life?

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07:06
Apple Fixes the iPhone X 'Unresponsive When It...

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:
Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads Thursday afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago... The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone X owners began reporting on Reddit and elsewhere that their touchscreens became temporarily unresponsive when going outside into the cold... The update also "addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X."

The article notes that the previous update "fixed a strange and widely mocked autocorrect bug that turned the letter 'i' into strange characters."

"To date, iOS 11's updates have largely been bug fixes."

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06:53
'Hey Siri' may come to iMac Pro with...




The iMac Pro may have an A10 Fusion processor running it's own iOS, called BridgeOS, to handle some functions -- notably 'Hey Siri'.

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06:14
Apple served with warrant to unlock the Texas...

Apple has officially been served with a search warrant for access to the iPhone SE used by the man responsible for the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting. The move comes after an earlier fumble that saw the Texas Rangers and FBI fail to act within 48 hours to unlock the device in question with Touch ID…

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05:49
Hands On: Cardhop by Flexibits attempts to rein in...




Just as Fantastical does some excellent things over and above the default Calendars application, Flexibits Cardhop delights with some new tricks beyond what Contacts can do.

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05:30
Ben Heck's Xbox One X teardown

There's no greater feeling than tearing into the latest and greatest games console, cracking open the case, breaking the warranty and staring at its spinning, sparkly, electronic innards. This week, Ben takes apart the Xbox One X, comparing it to...

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00:36
UK budget will clear the way for self-driving cars

The UK doesn't want to sit by the wayside while the US, Japan and other countries streamline the adoption of self-driving cars. The country's finance ministry has revealed that its upcoming budget (due on November 22nd) will include measures intended...

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Saturday November 18

20:29
One of Tesla's first Semi truck buyers is a...

Tesla only just unveiled its Semi electric truck, but it's already lining up honest-to-goodness customers -- and we don't just mean for testing, either. Canadian grocery chain Loblaws has pre-ordered 25 of the giant EVs to haul food to its stores acr...

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18:55
Pentagon left public intelligence gathering data on...

Even intelligence gatherers aren't immune to making mistakes that leave data wide open. Researchers at UpGuard have revealed that the US military's Central Command and Pacific Command left "at least" 1.8 billion collected internet posts exposed on a...

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17:22
Apple's iMac Pro may have hands-free Siri voice...

Those rumors of Apple using custom ARM chips for more features inside Macs? They're true... and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks...

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17:06
Texas Rangers serve Apple with warrants for access...




The Texas Rangers have served Apple with search warrants for data linked to the iPhone of Devin Kelley, who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs near San Antonio.

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15:51
Google Lens comes to Assistant on Pixel phones

You no longer have to fire up Google Photos if you want to use Lens to glean information from the world around you. Users have noticed that Lens is now available in Google Assistant on both original Pixel and Pixel 2 phones. Tap a camera button while...

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15:42
Apple Is Served A Search Warrant To Unlock Texas...

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Daily News:
Authorities in Texas served Apple with a search warrant in order to gain access to the Sutherland Springs church shooter's cellphone files. Texas Ranger Kevin Wright obtained the warrant last week, according to San Antonio Express-News.

Investigators are hoping to gain access to gunman Devin Patrick Kelley's digital photos, messages, calls, videos, social media passwords, address book and data since January 2016. Authorities also want to know what files Kelley stored in his iCloud account.

Fast Company writes that "it's very likely that Apple will give the Rangers the same answer it gave the FBI in 2016 (in effect, hell no!)... That may be why, in the Texas case, the FBI and the Rangers didn't even bother calling Apple, but rather went straight to court."

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14:20
Xiaomi's latest US-ready devices include an...

Xiaomi has chosen to focus its efforts on dozens of markets outside the US that very few of its products ever make it stateside. It has slowly been bringing its offerings into the country, though, and has started selling four new products on Amazon (...

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14:12
iMac Pro to feature A10 Fusion coprocessor, possibly...

The HomePod may be delayed, but we have still have the launch of the iMac Pro to look forward to before the end of the year. This evening, a couple of tidbits regarding the iMac Pro have emerged thanks to some digging by developers Johnathan Levin and Steve Troughton-Smith

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