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Thursday November 16

14:15
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2, fixes iPhone X cold...

Last week, we mentioned reports that the iPhone X touch screen could become unresponsive in very cold weather. Apple said it was aware of the problem, uncommon as it was, and would issue a fix in software.

Today, the company makes good on its promise with iOS 11.1.2. It fixes two bugs. From the release notes:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X.

The release comes shortly after the 11.1.1 update that fixes the notorious A [?] bug, and as Apple works on...

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14:13
Denise Young Smith stepping down as Apple’s VP of...

TechCrunch reports that Denise Young Smith (pictured), Apple’s vice president of diversity and inclusion will leave at the end of 2017. No reason was given for her departure; evidently, it’s a career choice change she’s made.

Smith was the first person to hold that title and started in the role this past May. Since joining Apple in 1997, she served in several key human resources (HR) roles. For over 10 years, she sat on the leadership team that built Apple’s retail organization. Before retail, Smith ran HR for Apple’s Worldwide Operations and Corporate Employee Relations teams.

Before working at Apple, Smith offered talent, HR and management consulting expertise to early-stage businesses including Kleiner Perkins Caufield &...

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14:01
Wirecutter's best deals: Jabra Move Bluetooth...

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...

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13:53
Apple’s VP of Diversity Denise Young-Smith leaving,...

Denise Young Smith is leaving Apple at the end of the year, TechCrunch has reported. Young Smith currently serves as Apple’s first VP of Inclusion and Diversity, a position created for her after Deidre O’Brien took over general HR duties.

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13:41
Facebook's Creator app will help video '...

Facebook's future is all about TV, and the company has been slowly giving video content creators the tools to participate in (and monetize) that future. Now the social media giant is launching the Facebook Creator App, a "one stop shop" to make origi...

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13:39
WWDC iOS app updated for iOS 11 and iPhone X

Apple has updated its WWDC app for iOS 11 and iPhone X. The new version, 6.0.3, takes full advantage of the larger iPhone X display and is no longer letterboxed. The update also includes a fix for a media bug:

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13:24
iOS 11.1.2 released with fix for iPhone X/cold...

Apple has released iOS 11.1.2, which addresses an issue in which some iPhone X models became unresponsive in cold weather. The update also:

  • Fixes an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with iPhone X

The iOS 11.1.2 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. Go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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13:23
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix cold weather &...




Apple on Thursday issued an incremental iOS 11.1.2 update, mainly intended to solve complaints about the iPhone X temporarily failing to respond to touch in cold weather.

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13:22
YouTube TV app arrives for newer Samsung smart TVs

YouTube TV arrived in April of this year, making it Google's de facto live television service. It's available in over half of the homes in the US, and we've been waiting patiently for the rumored big screen TV app so we could stop sending live TV fro...

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13:20
Apple will require new Apple Watch apps to be native...

Apple today shared a news update encouraging developers to update their Apple Watch apps for watchOS 4. The update also shares that watchOS 1 apps will no longer be accepted next year.

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13:12
Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 with fix for unresponsive...

Apple has released the iOS 11.1.2 software update for iPhone and iPad. The update includes a fix for unresponsive iPhone X screen at cold temperatures

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13:03
Judge rules NYPD needed a warrant before using cell-...

A Brooklyn judge has ruled that because the New York Police Department (NYPD) used a cell-site simulator, also known by the brand name Stingray, to track down a murder suspect without a warrant, some evidence against the suspect will be thrown out. A...

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12:49
Vimeo adds support for vivid HDR colors on iPhone X...




Popular streaming video service Vimeo has updated its official iOS and tvOS apps to take advantage of Apple's recent support for high dynamic range video across its platform of devices, including the iPhone X.

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12:47
GE’s huge 3D metal printer makes aircraft parts

GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as...

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12:33
DropStream: Make streaming video, photos or audio to...

Recently, Squirrels (the same folks who bring you such great apps as Reflector 2 and AirParrot 2) announced a new Mac (and Windows) app called DropStream. The $9.99 app has one goal in life: to make streaming of audio to Apple TV and Chromecast as easy as possible. Does it accomplish that goal? Read on for a full review…

The idea behind DropStream is that you just drag and drop a movie, music or picture file to start streaming. You can create playlists, choose or change a destination device (Apple TV, Google Chromecast, AirPlay-enabled speakers or Reflector 2), turn on subtitles, and change tracks from one easy to use Mac app.

Installing DropStream is quick and easy, but you will need to do two things. First, you’ll want to go into System Preferences > Security & Privacy and allow the app make changes to the system. If you don't do this, you may end up rebooting your Mac over and over... Second...

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12:26
Virgin Orbit books its first government launch...

Today, space company Virgin Orbit announced that it's secured its first launch contract from the Department of Defense. According to TechCrunch, the payload is scheduled to fly in January 2019, though it's possible that it could launch earlier, in la...

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12:07
Black Pixel launches Pixelboard, a collaborative...

Black Pixel has built a new collaborative whiteboard app for iPad called Pixelboard.

Pixelboard is the best way to whiteboard collaboratively on iPad. With powerful features and a beautiful design, the app is the perfect tool for remote teams and distributed workers to turn any meeting into a creative meeting.

Black Pixel says it built Pixelboard as a solution to collaborating and whiteboarding with its team remotely.

more…

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12:00
The iRig Keys I/O makes it easy to streamline your...

Whether you're demo-ing a song for your band or recording a masterpiece to share on Soundcloud, you'll likely need a couple of things to connect to your computer. If you're planning on having any real instruments or vocals, you'll need some sort of a...

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11:43
Apple seeds fourth developer beta of macOS High...




Apple on Thursday pushed out a fourth beta of macOS 10.13.2 for developers, available through the company's developer portal or as a Mac App Store update.

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11:41
Tesla's massive Supercharger rest stops come...

While we're all waiting for the reveal of Tesla's electric semi this evening, the company's new charging stations are ready for prime time. Well, two of them are at least. According to a report at Electrek, Tesla has two new stations active in Califo...

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11:33
iOS 11.1.2 Fixes iPhone X Cold and Live Photo...

Apple has released an iOS 11 update to address a couple of small iPhone X issues related to usage in cold climates and distortion in Live Photos and videos.

 

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11:19
Airbnb buys startup to help you find disability-...

Airbnb knows its hosts haven't always been kind to people with disabilities, and it's taking some definitive steps to fix that weakness. The company just bought Accomable, a startup that helps you embark on disability-friendly travel. While Accomable...

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11:16
Review: ecobee4 packs Alexa and Google Home control...

ecobee is the maker of what I consider the best HomeKit thermostat on the market, and the new version called ecobee4 adds built-in Amazon Alexa voice control and works with Google Home. ecobee4 offers the same features as the HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 which we reviewed last year, so should iPhone users spend the extra money on the new version?

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11:14
Jack White's Third Man Records gets special...




Apple's Beats on Thursday revealed a new color option for its Solo3 Wireless headphones, made for rocker Jack White's Third Man Records.

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11:06
Vimeo launches HDR and 10-bit color compatible with...

If you want to watch 4K, HDR video on your shiny new Apple TV 4K, you have limited options. Netflix support is great, and the iTunes selection is growing, but we’re still missing two big 4K HDR sources: Amazon Prime Video and YouTube.

But the situation just got a whole lot better with the latest announcement from Vimeo. The video hosting company now supports three new technologies: resolutions up to 8K, HDR, and 10-bit color. Vimeo users can upload content in HDR and 10-bit color through all the usual means, including the Vimeo integration in Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, and Dropbox. 

To read this article in full,...

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11:00
The best smart home and kitchen gadgets to give as...

For the smart home and kitchen gadget section of our holiday gift guide, we skipped past the WiFi-enabled toaster ovens and what-have-you, and narrowed our list down to the stuff that's actually useful. For starters, yes, we agree that the Instant Po...

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10:43
macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 beta 4 now available

Apple has released the fourth developer beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 ahead of its general release. The update is available as an OTA upgrade on the Mac App Store while the developer installer is available on Apple’s developer center.

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10:38
Review: ElevationDock 4 lives up to its self claimed...

With so many docks on the market, ElevationLab makes the seemingly bold claim that its new ElevationDock 4 is “the best dock for iPhone.” However, it didn’t take me very long with the product to realize that the company isn’t exaggerating; it is hands down the best iPhone dock I’ve ever used. Here’s why…

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10:30
Black Friday deals: The best discounts on Apple gear...

Apple products on the cheap are hard to come by, even on mega shopping holidays like Black Friday. But in years past, we’ve been able to score some major deals on lots of different Apple goodies—2016’s deals included the iPhone 7, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro. (Yes, seriously.) If you’re ok with slightly older stuff, the savings are even better.

We’re not sure what 2017 will have in store just yet, but we’ll keep this page updated as deals are announced—Apple typically doesn’t announce their in-store deals until the week of Thanksgiving. 

In the meantime, take a look at 2016’s deals to give you an idea of the things you might be able to find based on year’s past. 

To read this article in full, please click here

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10:29
Nokia Threat Intelligence Report: iOS is the most...

In its Threat Intelligence Report for 2017, Nokia has reported the rates of malware infection for mobile devices for the first three quarters of 2017 and found that Apple’s iOS continues to be the most secure operating system. Only 3.54% of devices successfully targeted by malware were iPhones.

Nokia says that, despite the efforts of Google to secure the Android app eco-system with Google Play Protect, Android remains the main target for mobile malware with 68% of the occurrences. Nokia attributes this to the prevalence of side-loading apps from third party app stores and other sources. 

The report says that many people are surprised to find that Windows/PCs are responsible for a large portion of the malware infections detected when analyzing mobile network traffic. These Windows/PCs are connected to the mobile network using USB dongles and mobile Wi-Fi devices or simply tethered through...

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10:17
TIME names the iPhone X among the ’25 Best...

Apple’s iPhone X has been named as one of the “25 Best Inventions of 2017” by TIME magazine. Here’s what TIME had to say about Apple’s next gen iPhone:

To Dan Riccio, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, the iPhone X is quite literally a dream come true. “I look at the design as something we really wanted to do since day one,”he says. It’s easy to see why: the X is arguably the world’s most sophisticated smartphone, with a screen that stretches from edge to edge, a processor optimized for augmented reality and a camera smart enough to allow users to unlock the phone with their face. (Though some of these features first arrived on devices from Samsung and LG.)

But in order to make it all possible, Apple had to kill the home button, a popular all-purpose navigation tool. Much like the company’s move to nix...

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10:04
GBH Insights: Apple to become the first $1 trillion...

A GBH Insights analyst says Apple will become the first $1 trillion company within the next year as the iPhone X hits its “major upgrade cycle.” Analyst Daniel Ives says Apple shares could reach from $210 to $230 in the coming year.

He thinks the three iPhone models this year will surpass peak iPhone 6 sales for a total of 258 million units in the fiscal year ending in September. Ives foresees Apple’s average sales price rising from $643 in fiscal year 2017 to $746 in fiscal year 2018 due to the higher cost of the iPhone X. 

What’s more, the analyst sees China sales improvements as another growth driver. He estimates about 50 million iPhone users in the country will need an update within about a year. 

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10:02
Apple designer Jony Ive defends ditching home button...




In an interview published on Thursday, Apple chief design officer Jony Ive argued for the company's sometimes controversial decisions to abandon common technologies -- in the case of the iPhone X, foregoing a home button in favor of touchscreen gestures.

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09:45
iPhone X one of the best inventions of 2017

Time put together a list of 25 products that it feels are the best inventions of 2017.

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09:35
Google Maps gets a new look

I use Apple Maps the most, but I like the new look and features of Google Maps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:31
Prevent click track bleeding when recording

We have all, at some point, recorded the perfect vocal, acoustic guitar or drum track only to discover an audible click has split into the microphone from the performer’s headphones.

This is one of the most annoying things ever when recording. There are a few decent tips here to help solve the problem.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose Black Friday deals, APC...

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

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09:26
Airbnb acquires Accomable

Airbnb said on Thursday it acquired London startup Accomable to expand home-renting opportunities for people with disabilities, the latest expansion as Airbnb grows its global travel business.

With Airbnb’s money, they should be able to build out the Accomable business.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:21
iHome launches new HomeKit-compatible outdoor plug,...




Smart home accessory maker iHome this week launched a new Apple HomeKit smart plug, intended for outdoor use, just in time for the holiday season and lighted Christmas decorations. The company also debuted a trio of indoor sensors, though none of those offer HomeKit compatibility.

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08:56
Jony Ive talks design challenges & more as...

Following an in-depth interview with Wallpaper* earlier this month, Jony Ive also recently sat down with TIME Magazine. Ive talks more about the iPhone X design in the interview, as well as some of the challenges Apple faced during the development of the device…

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08:50
Apple details how it performs on-device facial...

Apple has published its latest machine learning journal entry with a new article detailing the challenges of implementing facial detection features while maintaining a high level of privacy.

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08:44
Apple explains on-device face detection

Apple started using deep learning for face detection in iOS 10. With the release of the Vision framework, developers can now use this technology and many other computer vision algorithms in their apps. We faced significant challenges in developing the framework so that we could preserve user privacy and run efficiently on-device. This article discusses these challenges and describes the face detection algorithm.

The newest post from Apple’s Machine Learning Journal.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:37
iHome launches affordable HomeKit-enabled Outdoor...

iHome today has released several new smart home products including the affordable Outdoor SmartPlug with HomeKit compatibility just in time for the holidays as well as three new Wi-Fi based home security sensors.

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08:14
Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry...




Apple on Thursday published a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal for researchers and developers, discussing face detection and the related Vision framework, which developers can use for apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

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07:59
Vimeo launches HDR video hosting, playable on iPhone...

YouTube competitor Vimeo today announced that it is rolling out support for High Dynamic Range video uploads on its video hosting platform. Usually seen as the slightly more professional video site, Vimeo notes it is the first platform to support playback of HDR content on Apple’s latest devices including the iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.

This is because YouTube favors a VP9 codec that iOS and tvOS do not support, so the YouTube app on the new Apple TV 4K currently maxes out at 1080p.

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07:26
Apple is the clear leader in the 2017 Conflict...

Apple emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings by the Enough Project. 

The tech giant's consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities. The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalization.

Alphabet, Google LLC’s parent company, ranks second overall, even though the company wasn’t included in Enough’s 2012 rankings because, at the time, they weren’t manufacturing consumer products containing 3TG minerals. HP, Microsoft, and and Intel round out the top five companies with scores ranging from 72.5-76...

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07:12
GymKit for Apple Watch makes global debut in...




Apple's director of Fitness and Health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand in Sydney this week to showcase the first gym equipped for GymKit, a technology introduced alongside watchOS 4.1.

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06:35
Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically...

Even a year on, Apple’s AirPods are largely unrivaled. They may look a bit funny to wear, and only come in one colour, but it’s hard to argue anyone else is close to matching Apple in the truly-wireless headphone space.

AirPods are dead simple to use and intelligent enough to be helpful, without being annoying. They aren’t even expensive compared to the competition.

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06:30
RESCUE.COM: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best...

If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.

The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way to use your laptop, he adds. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter as well as faster and more powerful than previous versions. 

“And it is one of the most reliable computers available, backed by Apple's famous technical support,” Milman says. “Of course all that comes with a price – it is one of the costliest laptops on the market.”

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06:28
Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS,...




Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game 'Dirt Rally' to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.

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06:21
DiRT Rally drives onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac. It’s available from the Feral Store for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher. 

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

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06:18
∞ What happens to Animoji when you cover the...

Frederick Riedel used stickers to cover the:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood Illuminator
  • Dot Projector

on his iPhone X. But Animoji still worked without them. Portrait mode stopped working. Face ID stopped working too. So the stickers were doing their job.

Why do Animoji still work? Pop over to the main Loop post for the detailed explanation. Pretty interesting.

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05:56
iOS 11.2 accelerated wireless charging speed vs...

Matt Birchler compared the time it took to charge an iOS device using:

  • Stock wired charger
  • Apple 29W charger
  • Wireless charging (available on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X)
  • Accelerated wireless charging (New with iOS 11.2)

Follow the link, check out the graph. To really get a sense of the difference, look how many minutes it takes each to get to a 40% charge (the second horizontal gray line).

The 29W charger took just under 30 minutes. Accelerated charging took about an hour and 40 minutes.

I don’t know how rigorous this analysis was, but wow, what a difference. We could be seeing the limitations of inductive charging, or we could see these numbers improve with each new release. But as is, what price convenience?

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05:53
Apple wants to better protect iPhone and iPad...

Apple wants to make iPhones and iPads more resistant to drops and hits, especially the camera components of the devices. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 20170331993) for an “impact absorber.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the advent of small, mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices has resulted in a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras for integration in the devices. Some small form factor cameras may incorporate optical image stabilization (OIS) mechanisms.

Some small form factor cameras may incorporate an autofocus (AF) mechanism whereby the object focal distance can be adjusted to focus an object plane in front of the camera at an image plane to be captured by the image sensor. In some such autofocus mechanisms, the optical lens is moved as a single rigid body along the optical axis (referred to as the Z axis) of the camera to refocus the camera. 

In addition, Apple says that high image...

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05:44
∞ Using your AirPods case as an iPhone stand

This is a terrific tip (watch the video embedded in the main Loop post), especially useful if you are on an airplane. No need to travel with any sort of stand, as long as you remembered your AirPods.

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05:41
Rene Ritchie’s Vector podcast

Rene Ritchie is a smart cookie. Vector is a daily podcast (I don’t know how he keeps this up), full of interesting detail on some (usually) Apple-related topic.

Start with the latest one, Face ID FUD. Here’s the link.

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05:35
GymKit launches today, automatically syncs workout...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The idea is that the watch and the paired gym machine have better knowledge about different aspects of the workout. GymKit allows that data to be shared back and forth, as appropriate.

At the end of the session, the watch saves all the relevant data to its local database (no iPhone required) and the gym equipment is wiped of any personal data.

Walk up to a GymKit compatible machine, tap your Apple Watch (pairs via NFC, similar to Apple Pay), and the machine automatically loads the appropriate workout data from your watch. When your workout is finished, your results are saved back to your Apple Watch.

This is brilliant.

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05:00
The Learn to Design Course Bundle: 9 Courses for...

Designing a website can be difficult, which is why many folks use template-based sites that lack the creativity of a well-designed and hand-coded website. If you'd like to break away from the ordinary, take advantage of today's Learn to Design Bundle ($29) to get the training you need to create beautiful and different websites.

These 9 courses include 57 hours of training on responsive design, rapid prototyping, HTML 5, CSS 3 and more. Here's the course outline:

  • Mobile App Design in Sketch 3: Learn UX/UI From Scratch
  • Master Web Design in Photoshop
  • Mobile App Design: Learn UX/UI and Start Freelancing Career...
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04:42
VFX artist shows how iPhone X TrueDepth camera could...

A tech demo video by VFX artist Elisha Hung shows how data from the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system could be used to animate 3D characters and objects in a CGI movie.

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04:30
Nomad’s leather cases for the iPhone X offer...

Nomad has released five handsome leather cases for the iPhone X, all of which are compatible with Qi wireless charging. The variety means that at least one of the reasonably priced cases will suit everyone — unless he’s looking for a “flavor” rather than rustic brown. 

However, rustic brown is the perfect hue for these cases. The Horween leather is vegetable-tanned, and imbued with natural waxes and oils. The surface isn’t sprayed with a synthetic sealant, so it develops a good-looking patina over time (for best care, use a quality leather conditioner.) The cases are meant to show the scuffs and marks they endure over time, which adds to their authenticity. Of course, if you’re looking for a case without flaws, these aren’t for you.

The Leather Folio is a $49.95 case designed for those who want their iPhone X case to double as a wallet. It holds 3-6 credit cards and folded cash. If your current...

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04:07
iPhone X now ships in 2-3 weeks from Apple Online...

The availability of iPhone X continues to improve. The Apple Online Store is now reporting 2-3 week delivery estimates for new iPhone X orders, across both Space Gray and Silver colors on all carriers. Reports indicated that iPhone X supply would be improving throughout November, after the initial production holdups, and that is certainly corroborated here.

It’s also true that the rush of early adopter demand for the phone has likely waned at this point, although the holiday shopping season is always a busy period for iPhones sales.

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04:00
How to use fast app switching on the iPhone X

The iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so there’s a new way to use fast app switching.  

To see the App Switcher on the next gen iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of its screen and pause while still touching the display. When the App Switcher appears, you can lift your finger. Now you can swipe right or left to switch back and forth between apps.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 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

CleverBooks has introduced CleverBooks Geometry 1.0. It’s a free augmented reality based geometry that can be used as a supplementary aid to any existing primary math curriculum supporting children ages 7-11 years old. It features 3D models with augmented reality (AR) for main geometric shapes to help students develop cognitive and critical thinking.

Magnin & Associates has launched Mini Golf Challenge 1.0. The $1.99 app simulates nine or 18 holes of miniature golf, complete with a turning windmill, animated alligators, rotating planks, and other...

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03:15
Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support,...

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

Bitcoin, in turn, has experienced a surge in both popularity and price over the course of 2017 and briefly gained 11 percent following Friar’s announcement.

“Ultimately, you have to be out there...

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03:00
New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help...

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

The American Sleep Apnea Association has estimated that 22 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, with another 80 percent of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. This affected person can stop breathing in their sleep and can possibly lead to death.

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03:00
The latest free streaming TV service: Your public...

Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

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Wednesday November 15

23:58
Nintendo Switch homebrew is possible, but there...

Resourceful hackers have long been rejuvenating Nintendo's consoles past their sell-by dates. Armed with in-game exploits, the homebrew community persistently overcame updates to release unofficial emulators and apps for the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. But,...

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22:33
'Battlefront II' under investigation in...

EA isn't only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II's loot crates, it's also under investigation from Belgium's gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country's gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefro...

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21:01
Duolingo adds Mandarin course to its language library

Online language learning company Duolingo has finally added a Mandarin course to its offerings. With more than one billion speakers, Mandarin is the most popular language on the planet, but it's also on one of the hardest to learn, which is why the c...

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20:30
Teenage Engineering’s 'H' and 'R...

Most people still don't know who or what Teenage Engineering is. But, those that do probably think of them as a music company — the iconic OP-1 synthesizer, OD-11 speaker and line of tiny Pocket Operator synths have earned Teenage Engineering t...

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AT&T iPhone owners suffering from connectivity...




AT&T has confirmed reports of outages across its network in the U.S., and has instructed users to restart their devices to restore connectivity.

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17:34
Video: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox,...




Mozilla just released their new Firefox "Quantum" browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google's Chrome.

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17:29
AT&T tells customers to restart their phones to...

Now that Google Docs is back up and running, it's apparently AT&T's turn to take a stumble. Customers have reported trouble making calls for the last couple of hours, however, the company said the problem can be resolved by restarting your phone...

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16:59
AT&T acknowledges nationwide outage preventing...

After a multitude of reports on Twitter and other social media platforms, AT&T has acknolwedged that some cusotmers are facing issues placing wireless calls. Reports of the outage first began earlier this evening and DownDetecor shows over 6,000 complaints from users.

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16:23
How to keep media keys fixed to iTunes with macOS...

Apple released macOS High Sierra to the public back in September, bringing notable changes such as Apple File System, Safari 11, and more. One change that’s proved to be more of an annoyance, however, relates to the media keys. No longer do they control just media apps like iTunes and Spotify, but rather they control any sort of video and audio playback.

If you’re like me, that’s come as more of a bother than a real feature, but a new third-party tool aims to restore media keys to their previous glory…

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16:18
Netgear routers now feature Disney's parental...

Circle with Disney's advanced parental controls are helpful if you want to curb what your kids can do online and when, but it has normally required a separate device you plug in to your WiFi router. Why can't it just be built into the router itself?...

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15:38
Twitter removing verification from accounts that...

Twitter announced last week that it was suspending its verification program after backlash over the verification badge being given to white supremicists and other controversial figures. Today, in a series of tweets from its Support account, Twitter clarified its move and said it is in the process of reviewing all verfied accounts, and may revoke veification where it deems necessary…

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15:28
Experts split on whether police can use dead bodies...




Security and biometrics experts are said to be divided on the question of whether police -- or the FBI -- could have used the body of Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley to unlock his rumored iPhone.

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15:28
Olie lamp includes a voice assistant and wireless...

It seems like everyone is building in Alexa or Google Assistant smarts to their speakers, thermostats and cars these days. If you haven't yet had enough of devices you can talk to, the Olie lamp over at Indiegogo might interest you. It's a cute littl...

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15:21
Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac...

Many Mac users are suddenly being prompted to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you don’t want to tie up your Mac for an hour or more — and up with High Sierra! — read on to learn how to stop the upgrade process.

 

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15:05
Twitter tries to fix verification of people 'we...

Sure, being verified on social media isn't always as good as people think, but after a recent blowup, Twitter says it's addressing the "perception" of endorsement a blue checkmark confers. While the network has notably verified the accounts of self-p...

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14:41
15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

In this hands-on video walkthrough we highlight more than 15 handy tips and tricks for new iPhone X owners. Included in the video are easier methods for invoking Control Center and Notifications, a method for recording Animoji without a time limit, and the best way to quickly switch between two apps. Have a look at our hands-on video for the details. more…

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14:41
Twitch users can gift subscriptions to fellow viewers

Twitch is continuing to roll out the many upgrades it promised at TwitchCon. As of today, you can gift 1-month subscriptions to anyone on Twitch, regardless of the tier. They don't auto-renew (you "currently" have to buy every month), but this cou...

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14:32
AWT News Update: November 15, 2017

Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro Drone, available exclusively at Apple retail stores

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, we have news of a couple of deals that you might want to take advantage of before Black Friday next week:

  • DirecTV Now will be offering a free 32GB Apple TV 4K if you prepay for 4 months of the service
  • The iPhone X is now shipping in 2 to 3 weeks...which could be good or bad news
  • Apple retail stores are selling an Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro drone combo for $1049.95, and it's a pretty good deal
  • GymKit is starting to roll out at a group of fitness centers in Australia

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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14:24
LIFX launches new LED light strip w/ HomeKit support...

LIFX today has released two new products that feature HomeKit support. The new LIFX Z Starter Kit with HomeKit is the company’s latest lighting product, while a new HomeKit controller will bring HomeKit support to existing LIFX products.

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14:13
Yup, Google Docs went down, but it's coming back

If you've had trouble loading Google Docs this afternoon, you're not alone. The company said that an outage has been "affecting a significant subset of users" who were unable to access it since about 3:48 PM ET. As of 4:55 PM ET the status had been u...

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14:10
Should you buy AppleCare+ for your iPhone X? It...

Deciding whether or not to buy AppleCare+ with Apple products can be a tough decision, and the $999-$1149 price of the iPhone X doesn’t make the decision any easier. The cost of AppleCare+ increased for pricier iPhones, but so did the repair costs for out-of-warranty damage.

No one wants to get stuck with a huge out-of-pocket fee to repair a busted iPhone X, although it’s worth considering the math before buying or passing on AppleCare+ for iPhone X.

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13:54
Postmates' first food deliveries outside the US...

Lyft isn't the only major American online service dipping its toes in foreign waters this week: Postmates is starting its first food deliveries outside of the US with a launch in Mexico City. Hungry people in several districts of Mexico's capital ca...

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13:40
CSS Insight: Apple will launch a Netflix competitor...

CCS Insight is predicting that Apple will introduce a Netflix competitor next year, according to Investopedia. The UK market research firm thinks the tech giant will enter the market in a big way next year, launching a streaming video service that will be home “to a slew of original content.”

"Everyone is jostling for position and everyone is jumping in on the area of video. When you look at Apple, it has a very strong hardware offering and their services business is on the march," Paolo Pescatore, vice president of multiplay and media at CCS Insight, said. "The real battleground is in the area of original content, but original content would feature prominently and Apple would be very well placed to do that."

According to CCS Insights, launching a video streaming service could be a way for Apple to increase its revenue from services, which was...

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13:31
LinkedIn's Career Advice is ready to find you a...

Finding someone to help you advance your career can be tricky. After a limited trial in August, LinkedIn is rolling out its Career Advice feature to all its members in the US, UK, India and Australia. According to the company, more than 80 percent of...

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13:30
LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips,...




Lighting provider LIFX has upgraded its LIFX Z light strip kit, with the new version supporting HomeKit natively.

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13:17
5 best apps for reading Feedly on the Mac

I’m still a big fan of RSS.

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13:16
∞ Universal Audio plug-ins vs analog hardware

This is exactly why I use Universal Audio in my recording and mixes. What they do is so exacting, it’s difficult to tell the plug-in from the actual hardware unit. Watch this video.

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13:09
Google Home can send third-party apps to your phone

Google Assistant already has its share of third-party apps, but that experience doesn't usually leave the device where it starts. You can't make a request on your Home speaker that needs an answer on your phone. Thankfully, Google is about to fix t...

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12:55
Universal Audio releases new plug-ins

I can tell you that I’m really excited about the latest release from Universal Audio. They have always been the top plug-in maker for me, but this one goes above and beyond. Here’s what’s included:

  • Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
  • Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus
  • Gallien-Krueger® 800RB Bass Amp
  • Ocean Way Microphone Collection
  • Marshall Plexi Classic (FREE for Apollo owners)

Excuse me while I go download and play for the rest of the day.

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12:47
Amazon Echo and Google Home were vulnerable to...

Back in September, Bluetooth-connected device owners got a little scare when security firm Armis disclosed a new hack exploit known as BlueBorne. In theory, bad actors could target smartphones, tablets and such using specific vectors in Bluetooth con...

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12:25
Kids can build their own Star Wars video game with...

There are a whole host of apps and games that are aimed at teaching kids to code, but not all of them come with stellar IP partnerships. But that's just what Bloxels, Pixel Press's video game building system aimed at teaching kids how to be content c...

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12:15
Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with fast charging...

The iPhone X, iPad Pro, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all have a feature that allows them to be charged faster through higher wattage USB-C connections. Today, Belkin released the new US$29.99 USB-C Car Charger to give Apple fans a way to quickly charge up their newer devices with up to 36W of power.

While the USB-C Car Charger works with iOS to enable Fast Charge, it can also be used to charge other devices like the MacBook or MacBook Pro on the go through a straight USB-C connection from the charger. For the iOS devices, Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable is needed to complete the connection between charger and device.

The USB-C Car...

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12:06
Once banned Kinder Eggs are finally coming to the U....

This is one of those things we Canadians have always held up as a reason why Canada is better than the US. We’ll have to find something else now.

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12:05
Apple Early Black Friday Roundup: Find the best...




With a week left before Black Friday, Apple authorized resellers are already launching steep discounts on Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and Apple Watches. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states and no interest financing for up to 12 months on many items.

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B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.8GHz Space Gray MacBook Pro on sale for $250 off MSRP for today only as part of their Green Monday/Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax for NY... Read more
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B&H Photo has 12″ iPad Pros on sale for up to $150 off MSRP as part of their Green Monday/Holiday sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad... Read more
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MacMall has 2017 21″ and 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free: – 21″ 2.3GHz iMac: $999 $100 off MSRP – 21″ 3.0GHz iMac: $1199 $100 off MSRP – 21″ 3.4GHz iMac: $1379 $120... Read more
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