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Sunday July 30

After Math: As the cash flows

It was a profitable week for some of the biggest names in tech. Amazon released its second quarter earnings, Buzzfeed jumped into the hardware business with a smart hotplate, and Uber found yet another way to gouge its customers. Numbers, because how...

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Ben Heck's Super Glue Gun: The first working...

Now that the team's making progress with the electronics for the handle design, Ben is working with Autodesk Fusion 360 to create the model for the 3D printer to house the trigger and protoboard. The rest of the glue gun case also needs to be mod...

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Honolulu is the first big US city to ban phone use...

Cities have tried innumerable measures to keep pedestrians' eyes off their phones when they cross the street, and there have even been some state-level attempts at legislation to force a change in behavior. Honolulu, however, has officially drawn th...

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Saturday July 29

Hands on: FileMaker Pro 16 adds design and...

This year's upgrade to FileMaker Pro 16 brings small but key improvements to the database app -- and AppleInsider gives you a brief overview.

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Court says politicians can't block people on...

A federal court in Virginia just handed down a verdict that could affect a lawsuit against the president for blocking users on Twitter. US District Judge James Cacheris has ruled that Phyllis Randall, chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervi...

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'Dota 2' won't be so intimidating to...

For many rookies in Dota 2 and other multiplayer online battle arena games, the biggest obstacle isn't the game itself -- sometimes, it's the community. There are certainly helpful players, but MOBAs are notorious for jaded players who are hostile t...

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'LawBreakers' open beta runs all weekend...

We've had a few cracks at LawBreakers, the futuristic cops vs. robbers game from Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski and Boss Key Productions, but now anyone can play on PC and PS4. An open beta test runs until 10 AM ET Monday morning, which should...

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Apple Pulls Anti-Censorship Apps from China's...

An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:Services helping Chinese users circumvent the "Great Firewall of China" have been pulled from Apple's Chinese App Store en masse. On Saturday morning, at least some software makers affected by the sweep received notification from Apple that their tools were removed for violating Chinese law. Internet censorship in China restricts communications about topics including democracy, Tibetan freedom, and the 1989 Tienanmen Square protests. The culling primarily seems to have affected virtual private networks, or VPNs, which mask users' Internet activity and data from outside monitoring. According to a report by the New York Times, many of the most popular such apps are now missing from the Chinese App Store.


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iTunes hides clues that Apple is preparing to go 4K

It's inevitable for a massive digital store like iTunes to start selling 4K movies and videos, and that time might come sooner than you think. MacRumors forum member Tomas Jackson from the UK reported noticing something unusual in a receipt of his mo...

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Congress looks into government agencies' deals...

Kaspersky has a long and difficult path ahead if it wants to clear its name. The US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology has just asked 22 government agencies for all the documents and communications they have about Kas...

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Would you be interested in an updated iPod classic/...

Earlier this week, Apple officially discontinued the iPod nano and shuffle by removing them from its online store and slowly phasing them out from retail locations. The move was somewhat out of the blue, but one that makes sense when you think of the current state of technology.

While we asked you earlier this week what you thought of Apple’s decision to discontinue the iPod nano and shuffle, but would you be interested in updated models of either device or an updated iPod classic with Apple Music support?

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Do Kill Switches Deter Cellphone Theft?

evolutionary shares an article from Ars Technica:
San Francisco's district attorney says that a California state law mandating "theft-deterring technological solutions" for smartphones has resulted in a precipitous drop in such robberies. Those measures primarily include a remote kill switch after a phone has been stolen that would allow a phone to be disabled, withstanding even a hard reset. Such a kill switch has become standard in all iPhones ("Activation Lock") and Android phones ("Device Protection") since 2015... When measured from the peak in 2013, "overall robberies involving smartphones have declined an astonishing 50 percent... Because of this hard-fought legislation, stealing a smartphone is no longer worth the trouble, and that means the devices we use every day no longer make us targets for violent crime."


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Apple pulls VPN apps from Chinese App Store in...

Apple has removed virtual private network (VPN) apps from the Chinese App Store, apparently complying with a broader government crackdown on VPN technology.

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Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (...

China might say it isn't cracking down on personal VPNs, but Apple would likely argue otherwise. ExpressVPN, Star VPN and other developers report that Apple has pulled their apps from the App Store in China for allegedly including "content that is il...

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Hands on: Default Folder X for macOS transforms how...

AppleInsider didn't think Open and Save dialogs needed fixing, but it turns out that they could be improved -- and this app does it so well you might get addicted.

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Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ showrunner Adi Shankar on...

It's easy to draw a line from producer Adi Shankar's scrappy Bootleg Universe -- his slew of short indie films about the Punisher, Power Rangers and other pop culture heroes uploaded on YouTube -- to his recent work as showrunner of Netflix's recentl...

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Amazon deal trucks may be your last chance at an NES...

Are you still pining for the elusive NES Classic Edition a few months after its abrupt discontinuation? If you're in the right US city and act quickly, you might have a chance. Amazon's Treasure Trucks in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angele...

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Happy Hour Podcast 130 | Siri’s ‘movie’ debut, iOS...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss the new Siri ad starring The Rock, how Siri has changed since its debut and where it could improve, how iOS 11 betas are improving through feedback including Notification Center fixes, the death of the iPod shuffle and nano, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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HTC U11 review: More than just gimmicks

Even die-hard fans have been ready to write off HTC for years now, and I can't blame them. The company's phones have fluctuated between greatness and mediocrity while its competitors have improved by leaps and bounds. So, what's a company in a kind o...

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This week’s top stories: Apple discontinues the iPod...

In this week’s top stories: Apple discontinues the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, new beta releases, and iPhone 8 leaks and speculation continue. Also this week, we received new details about Apple Park, Trump made a promise for U.S. Apple factories, and more. Read on for the full roundup… more…

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Who needs friends when robots are this sociable?

Nearly every step wrought havoc upon the prototype walker's frame. Designed to activate landmines in the most direct means possible, the EOD robot was nevertheless persistent enough to pick itself back up after each explosion and hobble forth in sear...

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Apple removes VPN apps from App Store in China to...

Apple has begun removing all VPN apps from the App Store in China, as first noted by the developers of ExpressVPN. In a blog post, they reported that Apple informed them that their app had been pulled from the Chinese App Store. It seems all major VPN clients have received the same treatment.

China infamously has strict regulations on Internet access and VPNs were one way people could circumvent the Great Firewall. Apple told developers their apps were getting taken down ‘because it includes content that is illegal in China’.


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Apple again found to be the world’s top retailer in...

Apple’s retail stores are always said to be some of the most profitable ones there are, and new data from eMarketer and CoStar offers more insight on such data. The research companies say Apple is the top retailer in terms of sales per square foot, coming in at $5,546 per square foot…


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Recommended Reading: Trent Reznor on Beats, Apple...

In Conversation:
Trent Reznor
David Marchese,

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor helped craft Beats Music, the streaming service that would eventually become Apple Music after the tech giant purchased the popular headphone brand. On the...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll take a look back at some of the big stories from earlier this week and Friday's big news including Model 3 deliveries and the conclusion of #FontGate.

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Apple is granted a patent for ‘zooming to faces...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,715,751) for “zooming to faces depicted in images.” It seems to be designed to improve the zooming and facial recognition of features in the Photos app for macOS and iOS.

The patent involves methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, are described for zooming into a portion of an image that is associated with a specified feature — for example, a portion of an image that depicts a human or an animal face. A user of a digital image viewer app such as Photos can provide manual input requesting the image viewer to zoom into an image displayed in a viewing region. For example, the user can provide the input by placing a cursor at a desired location of the image or by touching the desired location of the image. Upon receiving this type of location specific input from the user, the viewer application can zoom into the location of the image where input was provided by the user. 


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Watch: Drag and drop on iPad in iOS 11 beta

Apple is introducing a number of new features with iOS 11, which for iPad will make the operating system look and feel more like a traditional desktop environment. One hotly anticipated tablet-specific function is the ability to drag and drop files between apps.

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This week on AI: iPods fade away, 'iPhone 8...

The end of an era came this week as Apple discontinued its last remaining "old-school" iPods, the Nano and the Shuffle. "iPhone 8" and Apple TV rumors continued to steam ahead, while U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Apple will set up multiple factories in the country.

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Some Pokémon Go events in Europe postponed after...

Last weekend's Pokémon Go Fest did not go well, with technical issues and cell coverage problems preventing many players from participating at the event's Chicago location in Grant Park. Afterward, the game's makers refunded players and offere...

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Friday July 28

I took a ride in Tesla's new Model 3

After celebrating the delivery of its first 30 Model 3's to eagerly awaiting pre-order customers, Tesla invited attendees at Friday night's event to take a spin in the brand new vehicles. So of course, we took them up on the offer.

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Tesla just delivered the first round of Model 3s

As Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised earlier this month, the company handed over the first 30 Model 3s to their new owners at a delivery ceremony in Fremont, California this Friday.

Update: And we took our first ride -- find out more details about the Mo...

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Now Windows 10's 'Continue on PC'...

A couple of days ago Microsoft enabled a feature that lets Android users easily use the share button to push a web page from their cell phone to a Windows 10 PC. Now, it's released an app to manage the same feature on iOS-powered devices. It's availa...

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Apple Paid Nokia $2 Billion To Escape Fight Over Old...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple's latest patent spat with Nokia resulted in a $2 billion up-front payment from the iPhone maker, a colossal sum that seems to indicate Apple was eager to avoid a protracted and ugly dispute that could rival the one it had with Samsung. The new details of the settlement, which was first announced back in May without the disclosure of a financial amount or the new licensing terms, were spotted in Nokia's second quarter earnings release. "We got a substantial upfront cash payment of $2 billion from Apple, strengthening further our cash position. As said earlier, our plans is to provide more details on the intended use of cash in conjunction with our Q3 earnings," reads the official transcript of Nokia's quarterly earnings call with investors yesterday. Neither Nokia nor Apple have disclosed the terms of the new licensing deal, including whether it involves recurring payments or how many years it will be in place.


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YouTube video maker MKBHD wins Tesla's '...

Tonight at 11:45 PM ET Elon Musk will deliver the first production Tesla Model 3s during a livestreamed event, and now the company has some new ads to play during any down time. Fans of its cars and technology submitted their own advertisements for t...

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WSJ: Sprint has proposed a merger with Charter

Another day, another rumor of a deal bridging the worlds of cable and mobile involving Sprint. Tonight a report from Wall Street Journal claims that Sprint has proposed a merger with Charter, to create a media/telecom giant controlled by the Japanese...

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Twitter tests $99 subscription for auto-promoted...

Twitter is testing a subscription plan that charges users $99 a month to automatically promote tweets into strangers' timelines. This wouldn't be a service offered to all: Only those invited would be given the option to bellow out tweets to folks who...

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Appocalypse Now - How iOS11 Will Kill Some Of Your...

Ronan Price, writing for Independent: The app-ocalypse is coming and almost no one knows it. Apologies for the dreadful pun but, in about six to eight weeks' time, hundreds of thousands of older apps for iPhone and iPad will cease to work when Apple updates its iOS software to version 11. Businesses and consumers who rely on these elderly apps and update to iOS11 without knowing the consequences face a rude awakening. Their difficulty ranges from mere inconvenience that a useful app no longer functions to the complete loss of valuable data buried in a piece of obsolete software. Apple began signalling two years ago that it was signing the death warrant for older apps when it moved iOS to 64-bit software - essentially a more secure, faster and technologically advanced version that replaced the previous 32-bit code. First, Apple encouraged developers to rewrite their apps to 64-bit status but continued to allow 32-bit apps to function. Then it began to warn developers and customers...

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Retail’s most profitable square footage

To paraphrase The Talking Heads, “Same as it ever was.” Apple has been the leader in this metric almost since the first store opened and it hasn’t even been close for years. Remarkable numbers.

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Apple's HomePod firmware spills more details on...

Apple unveiled its Siri-powered HomePod speaker hub at WWDC back in June, and despite a hefty $350 pricetag and the inevitable comparisons to Alexa devices, it actually sounds pretty good. In the lead up to its release this December, Apple pushed out...

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YouTube recommendations inadvertently serve up...

While livestreaming is often associated with Facebook and Twitter these days, YouTube has been offering the feature for more than five years now. Still, it's only recently that the video giant has taken the phenomenon seriously -- it's finally lettin...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Games, games, games

Fun in the sun

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

It’s the dog days of summer. Who wants to think about productivity? This week’s roundup is all about having fun. Read on!

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A molecule found on Saturn's moon Titan could...

In a new study published today in Science Advances, researchers report that they've found a complex molecule in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan that could lead to the formation of life. Cell membranes are the outer barrier of most cells found o...

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Apple Daily Report for July 28, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a weekend road trip with his lovely wife. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

David Bradley, the chairman and owner of Atlantic Media, has announced that he’s selling a majority stake in The Atlantic to Emerson Collective, an organization led by philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow). Bradley will retain a minority stake in The Atlantic and will continue as chairman and operating partner for at least three to five years. In a letter to his staff, Bradley wrote that Emerson Collective will most likely assume full ownership of The Atlantic within five years.

Korea Economic Daily claims (as noted byThe Investor) that Apple is paying LG...

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YouTube hopes to patch things up with the music...

The music industry hasn't been too enamored with YouTube, what with all the unsanctioned content on the video site. Now that Google is planning to merge Google Play and YouTube into one music service, however, it's time to start fixing that awkward r...

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Apple leads brick-and-mortar retail with $5,546 in...

Apple remains one of the most successful brick-and-mortar retailers in the world with sales of $5,546 per square foot, according to recent research.

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What we're watching: 'Shirobako,'...

Welcome once again to Video IRL, where several of our editors talk about what they've been watching in their spare time. This month brings a mixed bag; while one of us dived into season one of Starz' series American Gods; another is obsessed with a q...

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The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream

Regular readers know that I usually stick to the well-charted territory of essential terminal commands and practical overviews of Linux history, since they are immediately useful to newcomers. Thankfully, the basics don't change very quickly -- but that's not to say that Linux is a stagnant ecosystem. Far from it. Although most current events in the Linux community have little direct impact on the average desktop user, one recent development that very much does is Canonical's decision to end development of Ubuntu's flagship Unity desktop.

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'Forces of Destiny' YouTube series...

Can't get enough Star Wars content while you wait for the next couple of movie installments? You might want to check out this series of animated shorts, Forces of Destiny, written by the prolific Jennifer Muro for Disney. Each two- to three-minute ep...

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Samsung topples Intel as world’s largest chipmaker

Samsung registered a record profit of $12.6 billion in its second quarter earnings report, but hidden in those numbers lies another milestone. Of its $54 billion in revenue, $15 billion came solely from Samsung Semiconductors -- pushing it above the...

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The FDA has a significant change of heart about e-...

The FDA has just announced a sweeping change in its policy regarding e-cigarettes and vaping products. In a press release issued this morning, the administration outlined its plan to focus on reducing usage of combustible cigarettes and tobacco, in t...

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Amazon misses profits, but analysts stay bullish

A steeper-than-expected drop in quarterly profit rattled some investors, but Wall Street analysts remained largely bullish about the company’s aggressive spending plans.

This remains one of the most amazing trends in the tech industry. No matter what happens to Amazon, analysts stay bullish. Any other company would be trying to explain that everything is okay, but Amazon gets a free pass every quarter.

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Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio will tour the...

The latest instance of the musical death and resurrection show is none other than Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010. Thanks to a hologram (actually a high-tech version of an old parlor trick), the former Black Sabbath frontman will start touring Eur...

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Is your VPN lying to you?

It's no secret that there are oodles of shady VPN services that promise to protect your privacy as you surf the internet, but may, in fact, actually be worthless. After all, internet privacy is one part moving target and two parts shell game with you...

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Microsoft’s minimal Modern mouse and keyboard are...

Microsoft revealed its Modern Keyboard and Mouse last month. Both are styled like the company's Surface devices and the keyboard has Apple-style "chiclet" keys and a sturdy aluminum frame. It also has a fingerprint sensor tucked in between the Alt an...

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Apple reveals 4K and HDR plans in iTunes, hinting...

Users have found that some new releases on the iTunes Store list availability in 4K resolution and high dynamic range, suggesting that support for ultra-high-resolution video formats may soon be coming soon to iTunes, along with new Apple TV hardware.

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Killer iPad Deals: 9.7" iPad Pros for $399 ($...

With extremely limited stock on hand, users can pick up Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro for $399 with no tax collected outside NY and NJ (the lowest price available from an Apple authorized reseller). Or opt for an iPad mini 4 for just $299. New 10.5-inch iPad Pros are also $50 off instantly.

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Amazon's Secret 1492 Health Team Sets Sail

A secret Amazon team, dubbed "1492," reportedly has been working on a skunkworks project devoted entirely to healthcare. The unit has been developing hardware devices and software applications related to electronic medical records, telemedicine and other health-related issues. The "1492" moniker refers to the year that Christopher Columbus made his voyage to the Americas, but perhaps the Amazon team missed the irony that Columbus actually did not realize he had "discovered" a new continent and thought he was somewhere else.

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UK iTunes movie purchase receipts hint at upcoming...

It’s been widely speculated that the next Apple TV hardware upgrade will include support for 4K HDR-enabled displays. Today a recent purchase receipt from a UK iTunes movie purchase strongly hints that 4K support may be soon bound for iTunes, which would go hand in hand with 4K Apple TV support in the future. more…

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Visit a kiosk in the UK to diagnose your cold

We have app doctors that can help diagnose you from your phone and in the future, we very well might have AI physicians, but the UK is now offering another option -- medical kiosks. A company called MedicSpot has set up tiny clinics in pharmacies acr...

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HomePod firmware reveals new interaction details,...

Earlier today Apple pushed out firmware for the HomePod smart speaker ahead of its launch in December, and naturally developer Steve Troughton-Smith has unpacked the code and discovered new details.


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Fitbit's Apple Watch competitor will offer...

Fitbit's first true smartwatch will launch with select third-party apps and an "app gallery," the company's CEO promised on Friday, trying to dispel earlier rumors.

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9to5Rewards: Nomad’s Sport Strap for Apple Watch [...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Nomad, makers of slick cases and accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch, and more. The company has its Sport Strap for Apple Watch to giveaway to 9to5 readers this week.


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Alleged iPhone 8 packaging insert shows off bezel-...

A new image of the iPhone 8 has surfaced on Weibo today, via Slashleaks, showing off the rumored screen design in diagram form. It purports to be a page from the packaging paperwork, which instructs users how to swap SIM cards. Most notably, this leak includes the expected screen design: almost bezel-less apart from a notch at the top of the device to accommodate the earpiece and front camera sensors.

If real, this would be the earliest packaging leak for an iPhone in a long time. Leaks like this aren’t usually seen until much closer to release. Full size picture after the jump …


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Is it too late to convince Apple to add mouse...

Is it too late to convince Apple to add mouse support in iOS 11? That’s the main drawback that prevents me from replacing my Mac laptop with my 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The Files app, improved Dock, and beefed-up multitasking features in iOS 11 go a long way toward making an iPad a laptop replacement for some users. I can almost use my biggie-sized tablet as my “secondary Mac” (sorry, but there’s no way it can take the place of my beloved 27-inch iMac). 

Here’s the rub: I do a lot of cutting, copying and pasting between documents. It’s a laborious process selecting text by pointing and dragging-to-select in iOS 11. Accomplishing the same thing with a mouse on my iMac is soooo much easier; it’s also easier (but less so than using a mouse) doing this with my Mac laptop’s trackpad. 

In addition to dealing with text, there are other reasons to wish for mouse support on an iPad. For example, if you’re using a Smart Keyboard for an extended period, it’s inconvenient to...

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iRobot CEO insists company won't sell Roomba...

Despite a report suggesting the contrary, iRobot is not planning to sell data from 900 Series Roombas to companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon, CEO Colin Angle said in a statement published on Friday.

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,499 ($...

Just in time for back to school shopping, readers can save $100 to $300 on popular 13" MacBook Pro and iMac configurations. Snap up a 2016 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $1,499 with coupon before it sells out. Or opt for the new 2017 model with function keys for $1,199 ($100 off). Apple's latest 21" iMac HD is also $50 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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There should be different versions of the Apple TV (...

In a “Stay Foolish” column at Macworld, Dan Moren says that Apple should make a cheaper, streamlined Apple TV. He’s right. But what if Apple took things on step further and offered different models of the set-top box.

No doubt it’s time for a revamped Apple TV. Roku has pulled waaaay ahead of Apple’s set-top box and leads the market in the number of connected TV users in the United States, according to new research from eMarketer.

The research firm estimates that 38.9 million users will use a Roku at least once a month this year, compared to comes in above the 36.9 million for Google’s...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV 64GB + MFI-controller...

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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Video: Stop force closing all apps on your iPhone,...

People who compulsively force close all apps on their iPhone in a futile effort to conserve battery life are wasting their time. AppleInsider explains why you should ditch this pointless habit.

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Apple invests $2.7B in LG's OLED production for...

In an effort to expand availability of OLED displays for future iPhones, Apple has reportedly sunk 3 trillion won, or $2.7 billion U.S., into partner LG's manufacturing capabilities.

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Hands-on: Akitio’s portable 4-Bay Thunderbolt 3...

Last year I went hands-on with a few Akitio Thunderbolt 3-enabled drive enclosures for 9to5Mac, but none of the previous enclosures came with out-of-the-box support for macOS. Instead, users had to rely on a hack in order to enable support for these enclosures, due to the fact that macOS wasn’t compatible with the Thunderbolt 3 chipsets being used.

In today’s world, things are a bit different. Much of the Thunderbolt 3 hardware shipping today is no longer “Windows only”, which is a great thing for recent MacBook Pro and Mid-2017 iMac hardware with Thunderbolt 3 I/O capabilities.

Akitio’s soon-to-be-released Thunder3 Quad Mini is one such example of Thunderbolt 3-enabled hardware made with the Mac in mind. This four-bay enclosure comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports in a small aluminum enclosure that supports passive cooling for noiseless operation. In other...

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Laurene Powell Jobs buys majority stake in The...

Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs has bought a majority stake in The Atlantic magazine, which also owns the business news site


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Laurene Powell Jobs's Emerson Collective buys...

The Emerson Collective -- an organization led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of former Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs -- is buying a majority stake in The Atlantic, one of the longest-running publications in the U.S.

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Company: Apple TV’s “what did she say” feature...

Enlarge / The fourth-gen Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

It's a problem everyone has had: you're watching a movie and don't catch a key bit of dialogue. In September 2015, Apple unveiled a new feature for Apple TV that solves the problem. Users can ask "what did she say?" and Siri will skip back 15 seconds and temporarily enable captions.

But a Florida company says that it has patented this idea. The company, CustomPlay, filed a lawsuit on Thursday.

The patent...

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Video footage from one of the open workspaces in...

Not sure how Gruber got ahold of this footage. A real coup.

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Now you can buy concert merchandise from a vending...

French rock band Phoenix will be providing fans with the chance to buy mechandise from a vending machine using Apple Pay. The band will be taking the machine with them on their world tour, which includes four U.S. cities in October.


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Ask the iTunes Guy: The last one

Another sign of the times. Sadly, Kirk McElhearn has just turned in his last Ask the iTunes Guy column for Macworld. Another sign that the publishing market is shrinking, the indie publishing market more than most. Feh.

Side note: Kirk is a great writer with deep Apple knowledge and is looking for work. If you’ve got a gig, give him a shout.

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Everyone can code: An encounter with Swift...

Jordan Smith:

A few days ago my wife expressed an interest in learning how to code. ‘Really..? Sure!’, I said. ‘You should check out an app called Swift Playgrounds’.


I hadn’t tried the app myself, but Apple made a big deal of introducing it last year, and I had heard positive things – so it seemed like a good suggestion.

It didn’t take long to get the app installed, and as Joelle (my wife) started the first lesson, my curiosity turned to fascination. Yes, the app was fun, exciting, and engaging, but that wasn’t it. Despite a few rough edges, Swift Playgrounds made coding seem approachable, perhaps even ordinary. As if by magic, coding had become something that everyone can do.

Read on. What follows is a detailed post mortem and analysis of Joelle’s experience and Jordan’s take on what worked and what might be improved.


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A powerful, yet easy to use, songwriting app

Interested in songwriting? Check out the Chasing Sound review of an app called Tab Bank. Tab Bank uses plain text and Chord Pro formatting to make it easy to lay out lyrics, chords, and tabs.

This looks great.

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Apple Glasses are inevitable

Neil Cybart:

All of the pieces are coming together for Apple to sell glasses. Using fashion and luxury lessons learned from selling Apple Watch, Apple will enter the glasses industry and in the process launch its first product category designed specifically for the augmented reality (AR) era. While ARKit has taken the world by storm, the development platform is already making it clear that new form factors are needed to take full advantage of AR. It is no longer a question of if, but when, Apple will use AR to rethink glasses.


It cannot be overstated how clearer vision is one of the most value-add items a product can provide to its user. There aren’t too many gadgets or devices that would be selected over a smartphone in terms of its importance in our lives. However, corrective lenses would certainly be at the top of the list for many people.


Glasses also provide a different kind of utility than clearer vision. A growing number of people...

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Analysts predicting that AAPL will next week come in...

Apple is due to report its fiscal Q3 (calendar Q2) earnings on Tuesday, having issued revenue guidance of $43.5-45.5B.

Anything in this range would represent a year-on-year improvement over Q3 2016’s number of $42.36B, but most analysts are expecting the company to get close to the high end …


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Weebly announces Apple Pay support

Weebly, a global website and eCommerce service, has announced that it will integrate Apple Pay into the mobile checkout flow of Weebly online stores.

With more than 40 percent of all Weebly online store transactions happening on mobile or tablet, Apple customers will now experience an effortless mobile checkout flow across eligible Weebly eCommerce sites, says David Rusenko, founder and CEO of Weebly. The integration will support digital small business owners with the most up-to-ddate transactional technology, he adds.

Qualified Weebly merchants and shoppers will begin to experience the Apple Pay integration in phases beginning today, and fully within the next few weeks. To be eligible, merchants need to be connected to the Stripe payment gateway and customers must have Apple Pay set up on their device.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy,...

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Twitter fails to grow user base. Shares tumble. Do...


Twitter Inc. failed to attract more monthly users in the second quarter, spooking investors looking for evidence that the company is on a sustainable long-term growth path. The shares tumbled the most in nine months, even as quarterly revenue topped analysts’ projections.

A long-term turnaround depends on Twitter expanding its audience. That number stands at 328 million monthly active users.

Twitter has 328 million users. That’s a huge audience, by most standards. If you are an investor, the desire for growth is understandable.

But if you are a Twitter user, does growth matter? Does revenue matter?

As long as Twitter makes enough money to keep paying their bills without completely bastardizing the user experience, neither should matter. The question is, how will Twitter management react to pressure from these spooked investors. Will advertising creep upwards? Will the basic mechanics change in a quest to make Twitter pay?

I hope...

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Apple paid Nokia $2 billion cash to settle its...

Nokia has disclosed that Apple made a $2 billion cash payment last quarter as part of the deal to settle patent disputes between the companies. Specific details of the settlement were previously not reported. Nokia has also revealed more information about how Apple and Nokia will work together going forward.


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Apple's Nokia settlement includes $2B up-front...

Nokia's second-quarter results were improved by a recent 1.7 billion euro ($2 billion) cash payment from Apple, helping to settle the two companies' patent fight, according to a report.

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X-naut launches new iPad-compatible Drone Controller...

X-naut has entered into the consumer and commercial drone market with the launch of the Drone Controller Bracket that’s compatible with DJI Phantom and Inspire mobile device holders.

The Drone Controller Bracket attaches to the back of X-naut's Active Cooling Mount for iPads and then slides into the mobile device holder. The unit will keep the iPad cool for 15 hours continuously, says X-naut CEO Darren Saravis. The cooling mount is powered by AA batteries or external charging via micro USB).

The Active Cooling Mount for the iPad Air and 9.7-inch iPad Pro is $199.99. The iPad mini version is $179.99. Sorry, 12.9-inch iPad Pro owners, no Active Cooling Mount is available for the super-sized tablet.

The Active Cooling Mount for iPads was developed from a real-world situation that Saravis, also a pilot, experienced when his iPad overheated and shut off during a mission critical situation while flying. This extreme...

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Athenry, Ireland Apple iCloud data center court...

The Irish courts continue to defer the Athenry, Ireland data center decision, and are next scheduled to hear the case in October.

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Decision on Apple’s proposed Irish data center...

A final decision on a proposed €850 million (approximately US$996) Apple data centre in Athenry, Ireland, has been pushed back to mid-October, The Irish Times reports. A decision was expected this week but the Courts Service has delayed hearing on the case until Oct. 12.

An Bord Pleanála — an independent, statutory, quasi-judicial body that decides on appeals from planning decisions made by local authorities in Ireland — granted planning permission for the development of the Galway centre in 2016. And even that was a delay.

Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government. Complainants argued that the data centre would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. 

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Get TREBLAB X11 Wireless Earphones: Colorful and...

Want wireless earbuds but don't like the high price and bland white design of Apple AirPods? We've got the tiny TREBLAB X11 Earphones for you at $32.99, 83% off the original price of $199.99. You get the earbuds, a user manual, carrying case, 3 sizes of silicone eartips, 3 sizes of expandable foam eartips, and a micro-USB charging cable, and choice of black/red, teal, pink or plain old white colors.

  • Built-in mic allows you to accept calls w/ a touch
  • May be used as a single earpiece or as a pair
  • Passive noise cancellation & HD sound deliver rock-solid bass & super-crisp treble
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  • Secure ear fins give you truly wireless, sweat-proof flexibility for any activity...
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Apple sued for patent infringement involving the...

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, a company called CustomPlay has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming a fourth-generation Apple TV feature that allows users to control and interact with video content using Siri voice commands infringes on patented software technology.

The Florida-based company claims Apple violates their patent (number 6,408,128) for “Replaying With Supplementary Information A Segment Of A Video.” It involves a function for “receiving, during a playing of a video, a replay request to replay a portion of a video, the replay request comprising a voice command;

storing a request position of the playing of the video responsive to the replay request; enabling a playing of supplementary information...

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ARKit: Augmented Reality for More Than Gaming

Josh Centers looks at the potential of ARKit and explains why augmented reality may be the next hot trend in the App Store.


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Apple reportedly paying LG $2.7B for OLED production...

It was reported earlier this month that Apple was close to striking a deal where it would make a large upfront investment in LG’s OLED production lines in return for output being exclusively devoted to iPhone screens.

A fresh report today supports this, and claims to have more detailed information on the as-yet-unannounced arrangement …


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AppleInsider podcast talks about the end of the iPod...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the death of the iPod, Apple's latest patent for AR googles, Foxconn manufacturing in the U.S., and much more.

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Wikileaks publishes two more Mac-specific exploits...

If you’re interested in security, you’ll like this.

Wikileaks has just Wikileaks published two more Mac exploits from the so-called CIA Vault 7 under the name Project Imperial. The new exploits—Achilles and SeaPea—affect older versions of OS X, such as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

The exploits behave as follows:

The first exploit, called Achilles, lets an attacker trojan an OS X disk image (.dmg) installer with one or more specified executables for a one-time execution. In the user guide included in the leaked documents, the infected DMG file could be presented as a valid piece of software.

When the user copies it over to their Applications folder, the trojan executes whatever the attacker wants. After execution, all traces of Achilles files will be removed securely from the app. Achilles was tested on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

The second exploit is called SeaPea, and it’s a rootkit that lets the...

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Apple Pay coming to many more small online stores...

You’ll be offered the opportunity to checkout with Apple Pay in many smaller online stores as ecommerce service Weebly has announced integration for the payment service.

Weebly powers more than 45 million online businesses worldwide, and notes that more than 40% of transactions take place on a mobile device …


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Apple discontinues iPod nano, iPod Shuffle, reduces...

The iPod nano and iPod Shuffle are no more.

Early Thursday, Apple removed the iPod nano and iPod shuffle from both its web site and online store around the world. The company confirmed that the units have been discontinued, but continues to sell the iPod touch with updated pricing and storage, including a 32GB model for $199 and 128GB model for $299.

For now, it appears the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are still available to purchase at many Apple Stores and other resellers, but that likely won’t be the case for too much longer. In the United States, the latest iPod nano started at $149 with 16GB of storage, while the iPod shuffle cost $49 with 2GB of storage.

Beyond additional colors and storage capacities, Apple had last updated the iPod Nano in October 2012 and the iPod Shuffle in September 2010.

Apple introduced the iPod shuffle in January 2005, followed by the iPod nano in September 2005. In total, there were seven generations of the iPod nano,...

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Apple patent hints at LTE-capabile laptops

Microsoft has announced that six PC manufacturers (HP, Lenovo, ASUS, VAIO, Huawei, and Xiaomi) are committed to producing LTE-capable laptops. When will Apple join the party? A new patent (number 20170212554) for “electronic devices having ventilation systems with antennas” shows that the company is at least considering the possibility.

According to the patent filing, an electronic device — including a laptop — may sport a metal housing that may have an upper housing in which a component such as a display is mounted and a lower housing in which a component such as a keyboard is mounted. Hinges may be used to mount the upper housing to the lower housing for rotation about a rotational axis. An LTE capable MacBook Pro or MacBook could connect directly to 4G LTE as a smartphone would.

In 2008, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs rejected the idea of LTE-equipped laptops because it would add complexity to the device and lock customers in to a particular carrier. As noted by...

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Where to buy an iPod shuffle

Stock up, because Apple isn’t making them anymore. Apple recently discontinued its super-small audio player along with the iPod nano, leaving the iPod touch as the last iPod standing.

The iPod shuffle was originally introduced in 2005, and it seemed like an odd product because it had no screen. It had just a set of player controls set in a circular button ring. But it caught on and lived a long life in Apple’s product lineup.

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External Link: MacPaw Acquires Unarchiver

Mac developer MacPaw, which operates the Setapp app subscription service, has acquired the Unarchiver family of decompression apps. Unarchiver creator Dag Ågren said that after ten years of work on the apps, he had less time to maintain them properly, and expressed confidence that MacPaw would keep Unarchiver going for a long time. MacPaw said it will “support the Unarchiver, keep it up-to-date, localize into popular languages, and make design improvements. As before, the Unarchiver will be free for all Mac users.”


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Where to buy an iPod nano

Apple recently discontinued the iPod nano, which used to sit in the middle of the iPod product line. With its touch interface, it offered more operability than the iPod shuffle, but it wasn’t as big and bulky as an iPod touch or iPhone.

The iPod nano was a good device for athletes who wanted to listen to music, audiobooks, or podcasts during workouts, but wanted more control than what the iPod shuffle offers. Even if you aren’t working out, the iPod nano was a nice, small portable audio player that stayed out of your way.

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