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Friday October 7

FBI statement raises prospect of second legal battle...

A statement by the FBI has raised the possibility of a second legal battle with Apple in a very similar case to the San Bernardino shootingWired reports that an FBI agent speaking about the case of the man who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall last month has said that the agency was considering legal as well as technical options.

At a press conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota today, FBI special agent Rich Thorton said that the FBI has obtained the iPhone of Dahir Adan, who stabbed 10 people in a Minnesota mall before a police officer shot and killed him. (The fundamentalist militant organization...

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My name is Inigo Montoya…

Check out Samsung’s crossed fingers emoji.

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∞ Drones team up to assemble lopsided cake

[VIDEO] This is an ad for Norway telecom company Telia. Made me laugh. Enjoy.

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iPhone 7 real-world sample gallery

DPReview is one of the go-to sites for deeply technical camera reviews. Note that that this is an iPhone 7 gallery. Here’s a link to the DPReview iPhone 7 Plus gallery.

Tap one of the images to get started.

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Samsung's chip & display businesses rescue...

Samsung Electronics' estimated operating profits grew 5.6 percent in the third quarter in spite of its massive Galaxy Note 7 recall, buoyed by increased chip and display sales.

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Apple confirms more iPhone 7 release dates incl....

Apple has added Israel to its list of upcoming iPhone 7 launch countries today as it officially launches the device in India. It also confirmed upcoming launches for a handful of African and Middle Eastern countries including Jordan and Oman on October 15, and Maurice, Madagascar, Maroc, and Uganda on October 21st. In addition, Apple confirmed October 21st will also see the device launch in Thailand. 

The company confirmed the upcoming iPhone 7 launch dates on its website and through local third-party retailers today.


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Inside Apple’s new 3.5mm to lightning audio adapter

Check out the post, even if only to appreciate the gorgeous hi-res Xray imagery.

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Free AI-powered photo editing app Prisma now...

We were impressed by AI-powered photo editing app Prisma when it launched in July, and more so when it added offline access to most filters, but the app has now gone even further. The latest version of the app now supports video too – though it is limited to short clips of up to 15 seconds.

We’re excited to bring you a new way of self-expression. You can now turn your memories into moving artworks using unique video styles!

Pick a file from gallery or shoot up to 15 seconds of video through the Prisma camera to add an artist’s touch to it. The processing is done locally. No Internet connection is needed. You just need an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 10 …


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Finding recently listened to tracks in iOS 10’s...

Kirk McElhearn, writing for Macworld, on finding your listening history in iOS 10:

There’s no way to do that in the iOS 10 Music app. In the Apple Music For You section, you can see your Recently Played music, but it only lists albums and playlists, not the songs in the order you heard them. And that’s only for Apple Music, not for your music.

But there is a path:

Interestingly, there is one way you can find this, and you have to enter Apple’s new Byzantine Messages app. Create a new message to yourself or to a friend. Tap the gray arrow to the left of the text field, then tap the App Store icon. Tap the grid icon at the bottom left (the one with the four ovals), then tap Music. When you do this, Messages displays a list of your 30 most recently played tracks.

The fact that this info was available made me dig a bit further. In the Music app, as Kirk suggested, I tapped the Library tab, then tapped Playlists. Down a bit was a playlist labeled Recently...

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Apple Music gains support for user-uploaded...

Apple Music has gained support for user-uploaded unofficial remixes, according to TechCrunch, thanks to SoundCloud, a service that can offer support for unofficial remixes, and Dubset, a music rights management company.

SoundCloud is a global online audio distribution platform based in Berlin, Germany, that enables its users to upload, record, promote, and share their originally-created sounds. According to the company’s data, in December 2014, the service attracts more than 175 million unique monthly listeners, while content creators upload about 12 hours worth of audio every minute

Dubset is a music licensing and digital distribution company that creates solutions for DJs, labels, publishers and streaming services. Their proprietary technology, MixBANK, enables legal distribution of unlicensed remixes and DJ mixes by scanning content for...

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Quick Look: NordVPN, a rare VPN service that still...

There are many reasons you might want to use a VPN service, from protecting your web access on a public hotspot to blocking trackers, but let’s be honest: probably the number one reason is to bypass geo-restrictions by pretending to be located in another country.

This can apply to YouTube and news websites, where you will sometimes see a message stating that the content you’re trying to access is not available in your country, but top of most people’s lists is Netflix


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Apple Watch Series 2 review, 3 weeks in

Rene Ritchie has lived with his new Series 2 Apple Watch for three weeks. His review is realistic and well worth the time if you are thinking about buying one.

One quote on performance:

watchOS 3, unsurprisingly, runs great, as well. Scratch that. On the original Apple Watch, it runs great. On Series 2, it flies.

That’s thanks to the new S2 system-in-package (SIP), which now includes a dual-core central processor and an amped up graphics processor. A fresh app launch is still count-the-spinner-wheel-seconds slow, but way better than before. And given how recent and favorite apps are now kept in memory, it’s also rarer than before.

The S2 also includes GPS. It is assisted GPS in the most assisted sense of the word — it only fires when you’re tracking an workout route and your iPhone isn’t around to piggy-back on. As a result, power drain is minimal.

Combined with the new, bigger battery and more efficient processor, it’s so minimal that I’ve done...

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AppleInsider podcast talks iPhone 7 vs. Google Pixel...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger tells Victor Marks about the sale of Viv (made by the founders of Siri) to Samsung, Google Pixel's shortcomings, the difficulty of evaluating a camera, and what's happened in the five years since Steve Jobs passed away.

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Apple Pay added for New York Rail customers via MTA...

Apple Pay has arrived for users of the New York state commuter rain.

Customers can now use either Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

The two payment options can be used for rides on both the Metro-North Railroad as well as the Long Island Rail Road and a full range of purchases are available, from one-way trips through to weekly or monthly passes.

Users can use Apple Pay by opening the MTA eTIX app, selecting “Pay with Apple Pay” at checkout and using the Touch ID feature. They can also add a credit or debit card to the iOS Wallet app.

The Long Island Rail Road extends eastward from New York City burroughs like Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn all the way to towns like Greenport and Montauk. While also serving parts of New York...

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Former NSA staffer, security researcher releases...

Malware on the Mac is becoming something to worry about, as demonstrated by security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle. During a presentation at Virus Bulletin, Wardle yesterday showed how Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone on a MacBook Pro. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on.

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Daily Deal: Keyboard Maestro for Mac for just $19.99

Maybe you're not a writer, but you probably spend more time at your Mac than you should, constantly typing out text or entering repetitive commands. Wouldn't it be great if everything had a shortcut? That's the idea behind Keyboard Maestro, a fantastic productivity enhancer from Stairways Software -- a Mac software developer that's been around for over 20 years. We're so sure that you'll love Keyboard Maestro that we've got a deal for you -- the app's available for just $19.99, 44% off the regular $36 price tag.

So, what can you do with Keyboard Maestro? Open documents instantly or type full sentences with just a few keystrokes, develop macros that perform a number of functions with a click, you name it:

  • Trigger your...
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This Onde utility good for audio recording on a Mac...

Ondesoft Audio Recorder from OndeSoft is an okay choice for recording audio on your Mac despite its rudimentary editing features. Whether you need to record a FaceTime conversation, YouTube audio or more, Onde Audio Recorder's got you covered. Well, it’s a good choice unless you’ve upgraded to macOS Sierra. It’s not yet ready for the latest version of the Mac operating system.

It can record audio from apps such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iTunes, QuickTime, RealPlayer, VLC, and more, as well as grab songs from websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Pandora, LastFM, and others. Onde Audio Recorder also plays nice with with online radio such as Pandora, Lastfm, GrooveShark, and iTunes Radio. In addition, it supports recording audio from IM applications like Radium (as of version 3.24.1)me, Skype, iChat, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, Google talk, Adium, Instantbird, Fire, Proteus AIM, Tencent QQ and more.

What's more, Onde...

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Duolingo’s latest iOS app lets you learn languages...

The best way to practice your language skills is through conversation; easy if you live in the country concerned, or are surrounded by those who speak the language, not so easy otherwise. This is the problem Duolingo has set out to solve with the latest update to its language-learning app.

Duolingo’s iOS app now allows you to have text chats with AI bots. The bots will converse with you in the form of three different ‘personalities,’ and will help you out with suggestions if you’re struggling to reply …


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How to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

With macOS Sierra and watchOS 3.0 you can unlock your Mac using your Apple Watch. To do this, you’ll have to enable Apple’s new two-factor authentication and make sure your Mac is running macOS Sierra and your Apple Watch is running watchOS 3.0. 

On the Mac, go to Settings -> Security & Privacy -> Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac. Also, make sure that Disable Automatic Login is unchecked. If the option is grayed out, click the padlock icon at the bottom of the window to make the change.

On the Apple Watch, go to Settings. Scroll down and tap Passcode. Turn Passcode On. Enter a passcode to lock and unlock your Apple Watch.

Now Auto Unlock will be invoked just by waking your Mac. If you try to unlock your Mac without wearing your Apple Watch, the normal password screen will appear.


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External Link: Apple Discontinues Third-Generation...

In a move that should surprise no one, Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV. Apple has been slowly phasing out the four-year-old streaming device for months, and it has been a long time since Apple updated its pre-tvOS software. You may still be able to buy a refurbished third-generation Apple TV, but with no future support planned, we can’t recommend it. Those looking for a streaming video box should instead look at the fourth-generation Apple TV or a streaming box from Amazon or Roku. We hope Apple will reduce the price of the fourth-generation Apple TV to make up for the loss of the $69 older model and get it into more homes.


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Thursday October 6

MTA eTix app gains Apple Pay support, allowing New...

Commuters in New York now have a new way to pay for their ride. As announced by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, the MTA eTix app now supports Apple Pay. This means that commuters can now easily and securely purchase tickets for New York City’s Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad trains.


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Apple Music gains support for SoundCloud-like...

Apple originally struck a deal with music rights company Dubset back in March, but now the company is officially putting that deal to use. Today, Apple Music started supporting single-track remixes, something that SoundCloud has long used to differentiate itself from other services, TechCrunch reports. Additionally, Spotify is also now supporting single-track remixes.


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Apple Music, Spotify debut user-uploaded remixes via...

Apple Music and Spotify on Thursday granted subscribers access to unofficial, user-uploaded remixes, a first for the streaming services, thanks to partnerships struck with music rights management firm Dubset.

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Google Maps for iOS updated w/ more detailed...

Google today has released a nice update to Google Maps for iOS users. The update, which bumps the app to version 4.23.0 includes enhancements to reviews and location descriptions, as well as iOS 10 optimizations and widget support.

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VCs Confess Their Biggest Regrets

There are some big regrets here. Bessemer Venture Partners seem to have passed up on every good idea that ever came along in the history of tech.

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iOS 10 tips: Rich notifications enable tvOS text...

With rich notifications in iOS 10, users can now view and interact with alerts from a variety of apps directly from the lock screen. One of the more useful implementations is the Apple TV Remote app, which lets users bypass the clunky tvOS keyboard and enter text with their iPhone.

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AWT News Update: October 6, 2016

A lot of amazing stories in our podcast today, including one about the guy who designed the Apple World Today logo...who is now one of the executive producers of an Amazon Video project that just got greenlit.

  • The Orchard apparently got chopped down
  • Prisma supports video!
  • Buy your Aeroflot tickets and Russian gas with Apple Pay
  • Aaron Mahnke goes Hollywood!

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 6, 2016. This week our sponsor is Pagico 8, a powerful, cross-platform data and task management application that will keep you...

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Om Malik: How my love for photos has changed

This is a great piece from Om that focuses on photography, but also looks at Instagram and Snapchat.

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Galaxy Note 7 Snaps, Crackles and Pops, Spurring...

Southwest Airlines on Wednesday evacuated a plane in Louisville, Kentucky, after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 began popping and issuing thick smoke. Samsung last month began replacing Galaxy Note 7s globally, following reports of several of the devices catching fire or exploding. It blamed the problem on an "isolated" faulty battery cell issue. The device involved in the Southwest Airline incident reportedly was a replacement phone, according to owner Brian Green. Samsung has said it will verify whether the phone actually was a replacement.

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Judge questions Airbnb in SF rental law case

At a hearing in San Francisco federal court on Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Donato said he was “concerned” with Airbnb’s position because the San Francisco statute targets only bookings processed by Airbnb, not what the company publishes on its website.

Basically, the law would require Airbnb to verify that the person renting the property was registered with the city. Airbnb is saying that it is the responsibility of the person to follow the law and they are providing a publishing service.

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 6, 2016

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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Mac Broadcaster has announced JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.7, an update to their powerful Facebook live-streaming app for the Mac.

The app offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to Facebook, from their Mac. Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.7 offers text overlays (titling) as well as direct support for professional BlackMagic devices.

JustBroadcaster for Facebook 1.7 costs US$29.99 and requires macOS 10.10 or higher. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. A one-year license is also available for $15 at the...

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Apple pulls API doc browser Dash citing '...

Apple has pulled Dash, a popular API documentation resource, from the Mac and iOS App Stores, claiming that developer Bogdan Popescu manipulated reviews to get more downloads.

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Google: There's No Hub Like Home

No longer willing to let Amazon have the space to itself, Google on Tuesday officially launched Google Home, its long-awaited wireless hub. Google Home is an interactive personal assistant and entertainment center that takes full advantage of the company's deep advantages in Web search, AI and machine learning. Google's vision is to place a customized version of its Google Assistant technology into the hands of every customer, said CEO Sundar Pichai, so it can be wherever they are.

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Apple Has Removed Dash from the App Store

Popular API documentation browser Dash was pulled from the App Store this week after a routine migration request, its developer Bogdan Popescu wrote in a blog post. He said the migration was successful, but some features in iTunes Connect weren't available during account migration, Apple warned him. Later in the day, Apple sent another email saying the app has been pulled because of "fraudulent conduct," and did not offer any explanation. From the post: Today I called them and they confirmed my account migration went through and that everything is okay as far as they can tell. A few hours ago I received a "Notice of Termination" email, saying that my account was terminated due to fraudulent conduct. I called them again and they said they can't provide more information. Update: Apple contacted me and told me they found evidence of App Store review manipulation. This is something I've never done. Apple's decision is final and can't be appealed.Apple blogger Federico Viticci said. "...

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Yahoo email surveillance linked to court order,...

Yahoo's tool to scan the contents of customer emails came as a result of a U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order last year, and was created by adapting otherwise benign software, a report indicated on Thursday.

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Survey: U.S. consumers would buy cars from Apple and...

TECHnalysis Research recently surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers who both own a car and are planning to purchase a new one within the next two years. The results — as noted by Fast Company — show that half of the respondents would give at “least moderate” consideration to purchasing a car from a tech company. 

In the case of Apple- and Google-branded cars, about one third would give serious consideration to a purchase, and just over 10% said they would definitely purchase a car from one of those companies. Fifty-nine percent said they were at least moderately interested in a Google car versus 52% for an Apple car, and 33% said they were at least seriously interested in a Google car versus 28% for an Apple car.

Of course, Apple has never confirmed such plans. But rumors and speculation about...

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Facebook Oculus update lowers hardware requirements...

Facebook has unveiled the next steps in the Oculus virtual reality platform, including a sneak peek at a wireless version of the Oculus Rift, and an initiative to lower the hardware requirements needed to use the system to specs already exceeded by Apple's 4K and 5K Retina iMac lines.

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Review: U-Gym TENS unit delivers iPhone-connected...

Mark Yu, the man behind the portable iPhone-enabled TENS unit U-Gym, is back with a crowdfunded project called U-Gym Mini, a muscle stimulator intended for pain treatment. AppleInsider went hands-on for a full review.

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Snapchat what? Instagram Stories racks up 100...

Instagram arrived late to the ephemeral messaging trend—so late that it almost missed the boat entirely—but the photo-sharing network is seeing success.

On Thursday, Instagram revealed that its Stories feature gets 100 million daily viewers, about one-fifth of Instagram’s 500 million monthly active users. Instagram, which just turned six years old, debuted Stories in August to let its users share video clips and photos that disappear after 24 hours. You can also decorate your images with text, drawings, and emoji. Sound familiar? It’s a near clone of Snapchat Stories (down to the name), and Instagram owns up to the similarity.


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∞ Apple’s response to Dash removal from App Store,...

First read this morning’s post, about the Dash Mac app being suddenly removed from the App Store.

This afternoon, Dash updated their blog with this chilling message:

Apple contacted me and told me they found evidence of App Store review manipulation. This is something I’ve never done.

Apple’s decision is final and can’t be appealed.

Certainly, only Kapeli (the Dash developer) and Apple know if there was any App Store review manipulation. But this feels heavy-handed. Dash is a tool used by lots of developers. Not only does this hurt Dash, but it hurts the developers who use it. And this is being done, seemingly, without due process.

One thing for sure, there is a big wave of developer response...

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Review: Tylt Energi Pro Backpack, the traveling...

Backpacks have always been a source of frustration for me when carrying around my laptop and the various tools I need with me throughout my day. I don’t carry a ton with me at any given moment, but finding a bag that can carry and handle everything has been difficult.

Enter Tylt’s new Energi Pro Backpack. While not only being incredibly spacious, Tylt’s new backpack’s attention grabber is the fact that it includes an impressively large battery in the bag. Carrying everything you lug around is not only a breeze with the Energi Pro Backpack, but charging everything while you do so is god-send.


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Tech Armor SlimProtect, FlexProtect, and ShockFlex...

Tech Armor's line of iPhone 7/7 Plus cases. Photo ©2016, Steven Sande

Now that things have calmed down a bit since the introduction of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, I've decided to start going through the vast pile of cases that we've accumulated for the newest iPhones. Today's review looks at three cases from Tech Armor -- the SlimProtect (US$10.95), the FlexProtect ($12.95) and the ShockFlex ($17.95). 


At just $10.95, the TechArmor SlimProtect is the least expensive case I've seen so far for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It's quite minimalist; basically a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) / polycarbonate (PC) mixture that provides a...

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Customize your appearance in VR with Oculus avatars

Oculus avatars allow anyone using the Rift to create a customized version of themselves, complete with more than 1 billion permutations of clothing, accessories, hair, face and color choices. Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchell introduced the new avat...

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Oculus is building a VR web browser, codenamed...

Today at Oculus Connect, co-founder Nate Mitchell announced that the company is working on a fully VR web browser. It's dubbed "Carmel," emphasis on the "mel," and is "fully optimized for VR." This follows the likes of Google making aspects of Chrome...

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Oculus' next headset is a cross between the...

Virtual reality is kind of stuck between two markets right now: an extremely mobile but lower quality, phone-powered experience, and an very high end, expensive, wired PC experience. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says neither is really good enough for t...

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Oculus shows off how you'll hang with friends...

Back at F8 earlier this year, we saw a demo of a couple of people interacting with each other via virtual reality -- sort of like VR Skype. Now, at the Oculus Connect event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shows off a much better version of the software. It's ca...

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How Apple plans to make iCloud, Siri, and iTunes...

Apple has a plan to make its cloud services good: moving the groups responsible for building them into one building so they can work together.

The teams behind iCloud, Siri, Apple Music, iTunes, Apple News, Apple Pay, and Maps all work under Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, but they are physically spread out. Apple has realized that the physical distance is contributing to slow bug fixes and product development, sources told Bloomberg, so the company is centralizing its cloud services employees at Infinite Loop.

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Staples, Aeroflot & easyJet add support for...

Three more merchants have enabled Web-based Apple Pay transactions, including office supply chain Staples and two airlines: the U.K.'s easyJet, and Russia's Aeroflot.

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Giphy Cam finally arrives on Android

After 14 months of breathless waiting, Android users can finally experience the Instagram of GIFs. Giphy released its Giphy Cam app to the Play store on Thursday. The app allows you to record GIFs, apply various filters and fades, as well as overlay...

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An iPhone and Apple Watch Dock Living in a Material...

Josh Centers takes a look at the Studio Neat Material Dock, a premium walnut dock that holds both an iPhone and an Apple Watch.


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Feature Request: Apple Watch Activity rest days,...

Really good fitness and health tracking is easily my number one reason for wearing my Apple Watch everyday (and upgrading to Series 2), and I really appreciate the new Activity Sharing features in watchOS 3 and iOS 10. Filling Activity rings and keeping a streak going is really effective motivation for me.

But breaking a streak or not quite filling an Activity ring can be equally uninspiring. It’s tempting to want to give up or take it less seriously, especially if you almost had it or the stream was broken by error. That happened to me this week, which prompted me to think about three things I’d love to see Apple’s Activity app gain: rest days, tolerance levels, and an honor system.


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Watch the Oculus Connect 3 keynote at 1PM ET

Oculus' developer conference is going down in San Jose, California this week and today the keynote address will reveal the big news. You can stream all of the announcements as they happen at Oculus Connect 3 on Twitch or if you happen to own a compat...

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Twitter shares plunge after Google, Disney, Apple...

Twitter shares plunged on Thursday, a day after technology website Recode reported that Alphabet’s Google and Disney would not bid for the social network and Apple was unlikely to be a suitor.

The stock fell 19% on the news. Twitter is in a tough spot—they have a ton of users and everyone recognizes the brand, but they can’t make a profit.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro 32GB $420, 27″...

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Grab the 9.7-inch iPad Pro 32GB WiFi (Refurb) at the lowest price we’ve seen: $420 (Orig. $600)

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Hands-on with TwelveSouth’s ‘New Mac’ scented candle...

I’ve long-admired the smell of new Apple hardware. I understand that not everyone gets it, but for those who do, it’s a distinct smell that can be instantly recognized.

I first encountered this smell upon purchasing my first ever Apple product – a mid-2000’s Mac mini – and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s not that I go around smelling Apple boxes, but the scent evokes fond memories of my first Mac experience.

So when the Apple accessory makers over Twelve South introduced a new Mac-inspired candle, I was intrigued, as those of you who are reading this no doubt are as well. Does Twelve South’s New Mac candle really smell like a freshly opened piece of “Designed by Apple in California?” more…

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Gartner: iPhone sales to be weaker this year, but...

Gartner. Inc. expects a weaker year-over-year volume performance from Apple in 2016, as volumes stabilize after a very strong 2015. As a result, the research group expects total smartphone market to only increase 4.5% with premium smartphones declining 1.1%  in 2016. However, there is some good news.

"We expect the market for premium smartphones to return to 3.5% growth in 2017, as stronger replacement cycles kick in and in anticipation of a new iPhone next year, which is expected to offer a new design and new features that are attractive enough to convince more replacement buyers," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

Total mobile phone shipments are on pace to decline 1.6% in 2016. The smartphone segment continues to grow, albeit more slowly than in previous years, and is expected to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016. However, it’s not just phones. Gartner, Inc. says worldwide combined shipments for...

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Deals: Grab the lowest prices anywhere on 2016 12...

The weather may be cooling down, but the deals are heating up as we approach the holiday season. Save $30-$100 on 2016 12" MacBooks or snag a $50 iTunes gift card for $42.50. Roxio Toast 15 Titanium is also marked down to $49.99 for a limited time.

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First look: Elwing electric skateboard promises...

With its crowdfunding goal already met, the makers behind the Elwing electric skateboard have set their sights on delivering backers a compact, commuter-focused riding experience. AppleInsider had a chance to go hands-on with the prototype hardware ahead of a 2017 launch.

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New York rail commuters get access to Apple Pay in...

People commuting by rail around New York state can now use Apple Pay or Masterpass to buy tickets and passes through the MTA eTix app, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week.

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How to use or enable/disable Parked Car alerts from...

There’s a new feature in the iOS 10 update with Maps called Parked Car. It automatically tells your iPhone where you left your car and sends you a notification. This may or may not be useful depending on your needs. Luckily the Parked Car notifications are easy to disable or re-enable if you know where to look, and you can even disable the alerts without losing the feature.


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Gartner predicting iPhone sales decline through 2016...

Tech research giant Gartner is forecasting that the year-on-year decline in iPhone sales will continue through the rest of 2016, but that Apple will return to growth next year.

Overall stats released by the company relate to the mobile phone market as a whole, where it expects total shipments to fall from 1.917B units in 2015 to 1.887B this year before a slow growth beginning in 2017. The company does, though, make specific reference to the role the iPhone will play …


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Google's Pixel XL priced like Apple's...

Google's latest effort to show off its vision for "Pure Android" hardware costs the same as Apple's iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks Optical Image Stabilization, a telephoto lens, weather resistance, support for wide color gamut and stereo speakers.

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Spotify ads slipped malware onto PCs and Macs

Spotify's ads crossed from nuisance over to outright nasty this week, after the music service’s advertising started serving up malware to users on Wednesday. The malware was able to automatically launch browser tabs on Windows and Mac PCs, according to complaints that surfaced online.

As is typical for this kind of malware, the ads directed users’ browsers to other malware-containing sites in the hopes that someone would be duped into downloading more malicious software. The “malvertising” attack didn’t last long as Spotify was able to quickly correct the problem.

“We’ve identified an issue where a small number of users were experiencing a problem with questionable website pop-ups in their default browsers as a result of an isolated issue with an ad on our Free tier,” Spotify said on several threads in its support forums. “We have...

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US regulators open investigation into replacement...

Jordan Golson, writing for The Verge:

Federal regulators are moving quickly to investigate the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight today, with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission “moving expeditiously” to find out what happened.

And this, from yesterday’s post when the story first broke:

Green said that he had powered down the phone as requested by the flight crew and put it in his pocket when it began smoking. He dropped it on the floor of the plane and a “thick grey-green angry smoke” was pouring out of the device. Green’s colleague went back onto the plane to retrieve some personal belongings and said that the phone had burned through the carpet and...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Bring your photos to the next...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of Mac apps includes Macphun’s latest version of Aurora HDR, an incredible photo editor. You’ll also find tools to organize your Final Cut Pro library, make eye-catching websites, customize your hot keys combinations, and much more. Read on!

Adobe Experience Design CC

Adobe’s Experience Design CC is a must-have for graphic designers, thanks to its advanced set of tools that requires little knowledge of programming.

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X-ray of Apple's iPhone 7 Lightning headphone...

Apple's new Lightning to 3.5-millimeter headphone adapter -- bundled with every new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and also sold separately for $9 -- features a unique integrated circuit, the purpose of which cannot be verified, but has likely been deduced.

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Supply chain suggests Apple to see better-than-...

From Apple Insider:

In a note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, Daryanani notes Dialog pre-announced positive September quarter results on the back of mobile systems revenue, suggesting strong component orders from Apple. Dialog raised revenue expectations for the past quarter to about $345 million, up 13 percent from previous estimates between $290 million to $320 million.

OK, so far so good. Strong component orders indicate strong sales. Easy peasy.

Here’s the kicker:

Though Dialog failed to delve into specifics, it did say the revenue bump is in part the result of mobile systems orders being pulled forward into the third quarter to accommodate China’s National Day holiday on Oct. 1. Apple, which accounts for 75 to 80 percent of Dialog’s mobile systems revenue, traditionally builds iPhone approximately 60 days out, meaning the pulled-in orders are likely related to the December quarter, Daryanani writes.

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Turner is launching its FilmStruck video-on-demand...

More good news for cord cutters and would-be cord cutters: global media company Turner plans to launch FilmStruck, the company’s first domestic subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, on Oct. 19. It will be exclusively on Amazon Fire TV, web, iOS and Android devices at launch, and on Apple TV and other platforms and devices in the coming months.

Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck will feature the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Later this year, FilmStruck will also become the exclusive streaming home to the Criterion Collection library, where aficionados can gain access to the Criterion Collection's entire streaming library through FilmStruck's exclusive premium add-on tier, The Criterion Channel. 


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Search ads start showing up in iOS App Store, early...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5mac:

Apple recently started offering developers the opportunity to buy search ads in the App Store, allowing their apps to be shown when users search for particular keywords. Those ads have now started showing up for U.S. users.

The theory is that it allows deserving apps from smaller developers to be seen by more people, giving them a better shot at competing with the big boys. Early examples, though, are not encouraging.

For example, search for Pokémon Go, and you get an ad for Catch ’em, an app which appears to be just copying the idea rather than bringing anything new to the party (below). Other examples posted similarly seem to show ads that are just hijacking popular search terms with me-too apps.

Is there a balance here? Are there stories out there of developers of legitimate apps (as opposed to copycat/land-grab apps) who have benefited from these ads?

Too early to truly draw any conclusions. I would hate to...

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Apple's Naples, Italy, iOS app development...

Classes at Apple's first European training academy at the University of Naples Federico II's San Giovanni campus in Italy have commenced, with 200 students in attendance. Here are some photos of the center, created in partnership with Apple.

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Apple has unceremoniously removed Dash from the App...

Dash is an off-line documentation browser, popular with developers. This morning, it was gone.

From the Dash for macOS blog:

Earlier today, Apple cancelled my developer account and has removed Dash from the App Store.

What Happened? I don’t know.

Read the post for details. But in a nutshell, Apple pulled the app and canceled the Dash developer account, sending an email saying “the account was terminated due to fraudulent conduct”.

This is a story with two major paths: Either the developer did something to deserve the rug being pulled out from under, something worthy of their developer credentials being cancelled. Or there’s a colossal misunderstanding here. I suspect there’s more to this than meets the eye.

Either way, don’t think this is the way this should have played out....

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Report: Apple to unify cloud services backend with...

Apple will unify its cloud service teams to improve product development and software quality, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Currently, employees that develop Internet services like Siri, Maps, iCloud, News and Apple Pay are housed in many different buildings mostly outside of the main Infinite Loop campus.

To improve collaboration and speed up product development, Apple will be moving all the relevant teams into the Infinite Loop buildings. This ultimately leads to a better services division, which is the leading source of revenue growth for the company. It is also unifying web products to run on a new backend, codenamed ‘Pie’ …


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Staples is now accepting Apple Pay on its mobile...

Staples, Inc., has announced the availability of Apple Pay on its mobile website. The company’s business customers have already been using Apple Pay for purchases within the Staples iPhone app and in Staples’ stores. 

Now users visiting Staples’ mobile website with Safari will have the ability to check out using Apple Pay with just a finger on Touch ID, with no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information, says Faisal Masud, executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

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Apple to unite internet teams under one roof at 1...

Apple is planning to unite many of the teams working on its disparate internet services, relocating them to its Cupertino headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, a report said on Thursday.

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Rumor: Apple has a plan to improve its online/cloud...

Apple fans have long complained about its online and cloud services. The company may be listening. Bloomberg says that the Cupertino, California-based company plans to unify its separate Internet services groups into a single campus to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon, Inc. in the cloud.

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans,” Bloomberg reports that Apple cloud services teams run by Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services — including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music — will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. Now, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California.

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∞ If Steve Jobs walked into Apple Computer now,...

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. A number of tributes to Steve popped up, including this recode post pulled together by Dan Frommer, highlighting interviews Steve did with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the All Things Digital conference from 2003-2010.

Another bit of writing I enjoyed was this Medium Post entitled We miss Steve Jobs, by Christina Goodwin, Samantha Chaves, and Michael Histen.

One particular question from this post really resonated with me:

If Steve Jobs walked into Apple Computer now, which products would he nix? What’s the “one thing” Apple does well? I...

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Happy Hour Podcast 088 | iPhone 7 Plus dual camera...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the quiet death of the Apple TV 3, iPhone 7 Plus dual camera impressions, 2017 iPhone and iPad rumors, Google’s event and new Pixel phone, and the hope for new Macs this month. 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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Apple eyes the smart home market with ‘flexible room...

Apple has an eye on expanding its presence in the smart home market as evidenced by a newly granted patent (for “flexible room controls”). It involves human-machine interfaces, and particularly to user controls in a room or building. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that locations of room controls, such as electrical switches and climate-control thermostats, are generally chosen during the architectural design of a building, and the controls are then hard-wired in place within the walls during construction. If the resident later wishes to add controls or move existing controls to another location, it will generally be necessary to break holes in the wall, run new wiring, and then repair and repaint. Apple thinks it can do better with a flexible room control system that works via projectors, a virtual control pad, and gestures.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Control apparatus includes an optical subsystem, which is configured to direct first light toward a...

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Analyst: iPhone sales will outperform Wall Street...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani to believe iPhone sales are set to outperform Wall Street expectations in the December quarter. He bases this on a positive earnings pre-announcement from Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor yesterday.

Dialog pre-announced good September quarter results on the back of mobile systems revenue, suggesting strong component orders from Apple. The company raised revenue expectations for the past quarter to about $345 million, up 13%from previous estimates between $290 million to $320 million.

Daryanani has set a $125 target for Apple stock and estimates the company will take in $47.3 billion in revenue for the September quarter on 44.2 million iPhone unit sales. For the holiday quarter, the analyst sees $78.7B in revenue on about...

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Don’t expect Apple to buy Twitter

With Twitter sale news making the rounds, Recode reports that Alphabet isn't planning to make an offer and that Apple is unlikely as well.

A Recode source says Twitter should have "low expectations" of an offer from Apple. And with Google reportedly not moving forward, that may leave the driver's seat open for, whose stock appears to drop the more it talks about buying Twitter. However, Disney is still in the mix “or at least doesn't have as many sources tamping down reports of its interest,” according to Seeking Alpha.

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Samsung is buying Viv Labs, the company formed by...

Let the Apple-Samsung rivalry continue. Samsung is buying Viv Labs, the company formed by the creators of Apple's Siri digital assistant.

Apple acquired Siri Inc., the company behind the Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (yep, Siri) on April 28, 2010, for more than $200 million. Siri, Inc. had announced that their software would be available for BlackBerry and for phones running Android, but all development efforts for non-Apple platforms were cancelled after the acquisition by Apple. 

In May Siri creators Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer — who left Apple shortly after their company was scooped up — debuted Viv, the natural descendent of Siri — and more...

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Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error...

It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.

One users, identified as “The Kricket”, offered the following testimonial:

I purchased an iPhone 6s full-price and outright directly from an...

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Comment: Samsung buying Viv is bad news for the...

As regular readers will know, I’m a long-time fan of Siri. It’s my default way to interact with my iPhone: from checking the weather forecast through opening apps to dictating text messages. It was the sole reason I upgraded from the iPhone 4 to the 4S back in the day.

At the same time, I’ve also long wanted Siri to do more. Last month, Apple finally granted the request I made last year: to give her access to third-party apps. But I was also hoping then for more – much more – while Apple seems to be content to expand Siri’s capabilities at a relatively leisurely pace.

Many of Siri’s original developers, it turned...

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Former NSA staffer demonstrates Mac malware that can...

Security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle is this afternoon demonstrating a way for Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on …


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Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16...

This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple changed the date of its earnings call. Earlier this year the date was changed so Apple executives could attend the memorial service of board member Bill Campbell. This time, however, Apple has not disclosed why it...

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IoT Could Become Playground for Botnets Gone Wild

The source code for Mirai, the malware behind the botnet that launched a massive attack on the Krebs on Security website -- the largest DDoS attack on record -- has been released in the wild, according to Brian Krebs, author of the blog. A hacker who goes by the handle "Anna-senpai," apparently because of increased scrutiny from the cybersec industry, last week announced the release on Hackforums, Krebs said. The code release has heightened fears that the Internet of Things will be flooded with attacks from new botnets.

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Put old, unused hard drives to good use with the OWC...

OWC’s $79.95 Drive Dock USB is a handy tool for folks who need constant access to multiple drives. Though it’s designed to offer creative pros such as photographers, videographers, and music a quick, easy way to access data, archive files, perform backups and more, it’s an affordable, easy-to-use solution for anyone (creative pro or not) who has such needs. 

The OWC Drive Dock USB makes a great on-site backup solution or for those using multiple bare drives. It’s also a handy answer to the question, “what can I do with all those old Mac internal hard drives I have lying around.” Instead of giving ‘em away or tossing ‘em, you can now put them to good use.

The OWC Drive Dock USB provides a way to access bare SATA drives. You can hot swap, read multiple drives simultaneously, or boot from bare drives, all at the speed of the USB 3.1 interface.

Two drive bays accommodate both...

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Search ads start showing up in iOS App Store, early...

Apple recently started offering developers the opportunity to buy search ads in the App Store, allowing their apps to be shown when users search for particular keywords. Those ads have now started showing up for U.S. users.


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How to set up two-factor authentication (and how it’...

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature — and one that’s necessary if you plan to use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac.

However, there’s a difference between two-factor authentication and two-step verification, which we looked at yesterday. It’s one of those things that Apple has made needlessly confusing. 

Two-step verification protects access to certain activities with users’ Apple ID since 2013. This method introduces an extra verification step in addition to the password. Apple views two-factor authentication (first released in 2015 with iOS 9) as an improvement over the previously used two-step verification. The new and improved security method is...

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The Roku interview: Here's how the streaming-...

The company is taking a two-pronged approach to getting higher-quality TV apps onto its platform.

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Supply chain suggests Apple to see better-than-...

A positive earnings pre-announcement from Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor on Wednesday leads RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani to believe iPhone sales are set to outperform Wall Street expectations in the December quarter.

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Apple, Google, Disney unlikely to place bids in...

As the rumor mill spins churns over speculation about who will take over ubiquitous microblogging network Twitter, a pair of reports on Wednesday put two of tech's biggest players, Apple and Google, and entertainment giant Disney out of the running.

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Apple’s new ‘Orchard’ program aims to discover the...

Apple has quietly created a new program called Orchard with the goal of seeking out the next best marketing talent. Job listings have been appearing gradually over the past few weeks for the program, but Apple this evening has launched a new Orchard page on its website that talks about the program.


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Apple opens 'Orchard' project to groom...

Apple this week quietly announced "the Orchard," a new internal project that seeks to pair up-and-coming creative minds with leaders in Apple's Marketing Communications (Marcom) team, grooming them for a potential job at the company.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Remembers Steve Jobs On Fifth...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: As he has done over the past four years, Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared a tribute to the late Steve Jobs, touching on the importance of remembering the Apple co-founder and former CEO today, which marks the fifth anniversary of his death on October 5, 2011. In previous years, Apple also updated its website to remember Jobs, creating a two-minute slideshow of his various keynote presentations and most famous audio clips on the one year anniversary of his death. In the days following his passing, Apple started posting "Remembering Steve" comments from fans on its website. The company noted that well over one million submissions came in for the project, all from well-wishing fans in the wake of Jobs' losing battle with pancreatic cancer. "'Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.' Remembering Steve and the many ways he changed our world," tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook with a picture of Jobs. In remembrance of...

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Google logs 2 million miles in self-driving cars

Google’s self-driving vehicles are mastering complex situations on public roads, from cars going the wrong way to bicycles darting in front of traffic, as the technology company strives to win the high-profile race to achieve full vehicle automation, executives said on Wednesday.

These are the types of situations that worry me the most about self-driving cars—normal everyday traffic accidents. Good to see Google is focusing on what may appear to be mundane incidents.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Samsung acquires Viv, a firm created by Siri’s co-...

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it is acquiring U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) platform developer Viv Labs Inc, a firm run by a co-creator of Apple Inc’s Siri voice assistant program.

Samsung said in a statement it plans to integrate the San Jose-based company’s AI platform, called Viv, into the Galaxy smartphones and expand voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.

Viv looks to be a pretty robust system. Impressive move.


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Samsung buys AI startup created by Siri co-cofounders

Samsung on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Viv, a next-generation artificial intelligence firm created by Siri co-founders and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham.

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Samsung acquires Viv, the AI bot developed by the...

Over the last year, the artificial intelligence assistant “Viv” has garnered a lot of attention. Viv was cofounded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, the original creaters of Siri, and has been billed as a more powerful and more capable personal assistant than Siri. Now, TechCrunch reports that Samsung has acquired Viv and plans to implement it into its devices.


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App Store Search Ads go live, queries for specific...

As promised, Apple on Wednesday activated Search Ads in the iOS App Store, meaning users will soon see promoted apps populating the top spot in search results feeds.

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