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Wednesday January 24

Apple releases first tvOS 11.3 developer beta for...

In addition to iOS 11.3 beta 1, Apple has released the first tvOS 11.3 developer beta for Apple TV (fourth gen) and Apple TV 4K.


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macOS 10.13.4 beta 1 now available for Mac

macOS High Sierra is going even higher today with the first developer beta version of macOS 10.13.4 now available. The new developer beta comes one day after the release of macOS 10.13.3 which includes security improvements and a fix for Messages bugs.


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Apple releases first iOS 11.3 developer beta for...

As promised earlier today, Apple has released the first iOS 11.3 developer beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. A free public beta version will be available in the future.


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∞ Apple to alert users of 32-bit apps in latest...

With the release of the latest macOS developer beta, Apple will begin to alert users that they are using older, 32-bit apps, instead of the more modern 64-bit apps, the company told me today. The macOS beta will be released to developers on Wednesday. […]

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Strategy Analytics: Apple will sell 3.8 million...

Strategy Analytics says Apple will sell 3.8 million HomePods this year, garnering less than 10% market share. The wireless speaker is available for pre-order Friday, Jan. 26, and is slated to arrive on Feb. 9.

The $349 system is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white. The HomePod also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation. It will use Siri to browse and select music from Apple Music, control the home through HomeKit, and answer questions.

Strategy Analytics says its consumer research findings suggest that Apple will find it very difficult to persuade existing Amazon Echo or Google Home users to switch to Apple's Siri-powered HomePod. Owners of these devices are much more likely...

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Remarkable photos capture the light that plants emit

This guy is creating spectacular images of “ordinary” flowers.

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SpaceX tests the Falcon Heavy's 27 engines...

Today, SpaceX performed a static fire test on its Falcon Heavy rocket. Also called the hold-down test, it involved loading the rocket with propellant and firing all of its 27 engines at once while the rocket was secured to the launch pad. The test ap...

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Fitbit to end Pebble smartwatch support soon

Today is an unfortunate day for those who were looking to prolong the use of their Pebble smartwatch. The parent company, Fitbit, announced that it will be ending its support for the smartwatch on June 30, 2018.


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A YouTube channel devoted to medieval sacred music:...

I’m not the least bit religious but I love listening to these chants.

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∞ Apple updates iTunes to work with HomePod

Apple on Wednesday released an update for iTunes on the Mac, allowing the software to work with its upcoming HomePod. […]

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HomePod, QuickTime Player now support FLAC audio...

Apple's HomePod, Files in iOS, and QuickTime Player in macOS all support FLAC playback, but Apple's media management tool iTunes still does not making it more difficult for Apple users to use the high-quality file format than it could be.

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Samsung releases the official 2018 Winter Olympics...

If you're an Olympics nerd, then take note: Samsung has released the official app of the PyeongChang 2018 games. It's ready for download now in the App Store and Google Play Store. The app is available in Korean, English, French, Japanese and Chinese...

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AT&T calls for an ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ for...

AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson has today shared an open letter titled Consumers Need an Internet Bill of Rights. In the letter, Stephenson shares his ideas for how to “end the debate [on net neutrality] once and for all” and states that AT&T is “committed to an open Internet.” Meanwhile, critics are voicing their opinions…


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Sport Bands $4,...

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Vivo's in-display fingerprint reader won't...

It's only been two weeks since Vivo's latest attempt with an in-display fingerprint reader on a smartphone, and even though it didn't work perfectly for us, the company thinks it's ready for prime time. In China, consumers will soon be able to use th...

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Rogue Amoeba introduces Farrago, a powerful Mac...

Now here's an app that is going to make a lot of podcasters very happy. Rogue Amoeba has just introduced Farrago, a $39 (introductory price, can try for free) soundboard app. What's a soundboard app? Well, think of some of the old great radio disc jockeys, who would have a library of recorded sounds that they could throw in for humorous effect at any time. Farrago lets podcasters and others who use Macs for audio editing have a huge library of music, voice and sound effects available to play with just a click.

Rogue Amoeba Farrago

Each clip can be fully edited with fades, looped, and so on. Don't want to click on a tile to play a clip? Each one can be set up with a keyboard shortcut for easy triggering. I love the way that Paul Kafasis and his crew at Rogue Amoeba have also made it easy to color-code the different sound clips for easy identification -- or just making the soundboard look...

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Ubisoft's Sam is a virtual assistant meant...

Apple has Siri, Amazon has Alexa, and now, Ubisoft has Sam. Yes, really. It's a virtual assistant geared specifically toward gaming, and Ubisoft has started to weave a beta version of the service into its Ubisoft Club companion app... well, for Canad...

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When is a planet too big to be called a planet?

There have been quite a few discussions on what makes a planet (and what doesn't) in the past, the most famous of which resulted in the infamous demotion of Pluto from planet status. But now, there's some rumblings on the upper end of things. This we...

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Deals: High-end 15" MacBook Pro for $2,349 ($...

The deals keep rolling in as we near the end of January. Save $450 on Apple's latest 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 13" Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for $1,999 ($200 off) with our exclusive coupon. Apple's Series 3 Watch with cellular is also $379 while supplies last.

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Map of the #1 song in countries all around the world

This is incredibly addicting. It also shows how out of touch with “popular music” I am. I haven’t heard the vast majority of songs included.

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AT&T calls for net neutrality laws after...

Few people would call AT&T a champion of net neutrality, but that isn't stopping it from trying to claim the title. CEO Randall Stephenson has posted an open letter calling on Congress to write an "Internet Bill of Rights" that enforces "neutral...

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Apple Will Soon Let Users Turn Off its iPhone-...

Following an uproar from customers last month, Apple on Wednesday said it's adding a feature to its latest iOS update that will let customers turn off software that slows down their iPhones. From a report: Apple in December revealed that it released software a year earlier that makes your phone run more slowly to prevent problems with its aging lithium ion battery, such as unexpected shutdowns. As part of the new iOS 11.3 update, iPhone users will get a recommendation if a battery needs to be serviced. Plus, they will be able to see if the power management feature that slows the phone's performance is on and can choose to turn it off, the company said Wednesday.


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I really wanted to like Sony's Xperia XZ1...

No one really makes decent small phones anymore. Apple hasn't updated the iPhone SE in almost two years, and the "mini" flagship phase fizzled out long before that. Tracking down a sub-5-inch Android phone you'd actually consider buying could be the...

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Burger King tries to explain net neutrality with...

Nothing brought net neutrality to the fore of people's minds more than the FCC's plan to take it away. From the very beginning, when FCC Chair Ajit Pai announced his intentions to repeal 2015 net neutrality protections, to December 14th when the FCC...

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Addison Lee’s private minicab app goes global

Addison Lee is trying to shake off its image as a London-focused taxi service and re-establish itself as a ride-hailing app that works around the world. Today, the company announced a "digital global service" that anyone can use to book minicabs in o...

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Everything Apple has promised to add to HomePod in...

Apple's HomePod will be shipping soon -- but beyond the features initially promised but not immediately arriving, there look to be a few more things coming to the HomePod in the future. AppleInsider gives you a full rundown of what to expect from HomePod in the weeks and months after it launches.

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Rogue Amoeba launches Farrago, a polished soundboard...

Rogue Amoeba is known for making quality audio tools for macOS, and its latest release Farrago continues that effort. Farrago is a super polished soundboard app for Mac created for podcasters and theater techs.


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Chrome update rids Android devices of pop-ups and...

Android is getting priority treatment again from Chrome as the stable version of Chrome 64 rolls out here ahead of Mac, Windows and Linux for the second release in a row. The version includes the usual bug fixes, plus a host of features designed to m...

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Facebook buys a company that verifies government IDs

Facebook has snapped up a software firm that created tools allowing startups to instantly authenticate driver's licenses and other government IDs. The social network said that Boston-based Confirm's "technology and expertise will support [its] ongoin...

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The UK Prime Minister is creating an anti-fake news...

In its most benign form, fake news can simply be clickbait designed to get eyes on banner ads. In other instances -- the one's governments are primarily concerning themselves with -- it's propaganda designed to invoke outrage and sway public opinion...

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EU Fines Qualcomm $1.2 Billion for Paying Apple To...

The European Union on Wednesday slapped a $1.23 billion fine on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative sector of components in smartphones and tablets for half a decade. From a report: EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that San Diego-based Qualcomm "illegally shut out rivals from the market" for more than five years by paying key customer Apple to not use chips made by Qualcomm's rivals. Vestager said Qualcomm paid "billions of dollars" to Apple and in the process helped establish itself as the dominant force.


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On HomePod and audio quality

From a Reddit thread on /r/audiophile, discussing HomePod:

They’re using some form of dynamic modeling, and likely also current sensing that allows them to have a p-p excursion of 20 mm in a 4″ driver. This is completely unheard of in the home market.


The practical upshot is that that 4″ driver can go louder than larger drivers, and with significantly less distortion. It’s also stuff you typically find in speakers with five-figure price tags (The Beolab 90 does this, and I also suspect that the Kii Three does). It’s a quantum leap over what a typical passive speaker does, and you don’t really even find it in higher-end powered speakers


The speaker uses six integrated beamforming microphones to probe the room dimensions, and alter its output so it sounds its best wherever it is placed in the room. It’ll know how large the room is, and where in the room it is placed.


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HomePod Diary: How I got talked into buying one...

Having two audiophile friends who spend truly terrifying sums of money on their hifi systems, I’ve always said that I’m glad my ears aren’t good enough to appreciate that kind of audio kit.

However, while I wouldn’t describe myself as an audiophile, my ears do go up to the level of B&O, B&W and Naim’s lower-end speakers. Which means that I was pretty ‘meh’ about the HomePod announcement.

I’m sure Apple is right that it offers better audio than other smart speakers, but that’s not really saying much. My view was that it wasn’t going to compete with my Sonos Play 5, let alone my more expensive systems, so I was ready to pass …


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Virgin Media is giving all of its TV customers a V6...

Virgin Media's next-generation V6 box is now over a year old. Since its launch, the company has managed to install more than a million of the 4K-ready set-top boxes in UK homes -- roughly a quarter of its total customer base. However, with a number o...

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Ursula K. Le Guin: “Gentlemen, I just don’t belong...

Ursula K. Le Guin was a great scifi and fantasy writer. She died a few days ago and amongst all the articles appreciating her work, I came across this letter she wrote.

Le Guin was asked to contribute a blurb to an anthology of science fiction stories. Here response says a tremendous amount about her:

Dear Mr Radziewicz,

I can imagine myself blurbing a book in which Brian Aldiss, predictably, sneers at my work, because then I could preen myself on my magnanimity. But I cannot imagine myself blurbing a book, the first of the series, which not only contains no writing by women, but the tone of which is so self-contentedly, exclusively male, like a club, or a locker room. That would not be magnanimity, but foolishness. Gentlemen, I just don’t belong here.

Yours truly,
Ursula K. Le Guin

Hell of a letter....

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12 US healthcare providers pledge support for Apple...

This spring's debut of iOS 11.3 will give hospitals and clinics greater access to Apple's Health app, allowing them to share data and send alerts to patients. So far, a dozen U.S. hospitals have pledged support for Health Records.

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CamSoda can sync your sex doll to an online performer

NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

If you goal is to have sex with someone through the internet, via the medium of a simulacrum of that person in the room, today is your lucky day. Cam...

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“No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame.”

Dieter Bohn, The Verge:

Today, Apple finally announced a shipping date for its smart speaker, the HomePod. And something about the launch of this Apple music device reminds me of the launch of that other Apple music device, the iPod.

“No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame,” said Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda on Slashdot on October 1st, 2001. (The Nomad, if you’re wondering, was a pre-iPod MP3 player that was the size and shape of a Sony Discman in its early incarnations. So.) At the time, Slashdot was the most important online community for talking about tech. And at the time, tech news meant for discussion (a lot of Linux) was posted with brief news snippets submitted by readers, snarky one-liners from the people who posted, and even snarkier tags. The iPod came “from the well-thats-not-very-exciting dept.”

Here’s a link to that canonical iPod review.

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VR pioneer Edward Saatchi: VR films aren't the...

As one of the founding members of Oculus Story Studio, Edward Saatchi has spent years exploring how VR can be used to make narratives more immersive. But with Fable Studio, his latest virtual reality outfit,
Saatchi has come to a surprising revelati...

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The Google Assistant can now read you audiobooks...

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It's surprising to realize that the Google Play Store hasn't sold audiobooks until now. Google announced that its online store, which is the go-to for most people when it comes to Android apps, will now sell audiobooks that users can access on Android, iOS, and the web. The audiobooks section of the Play store is currently available in 45 countries and in nine languages. In addition to listening to books without a subscription, some users can call upon the Google Assistant to...

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HomePod and the friction of liking/disliking music

Michael Simon, Macworld:

Apple is betting big on HomePod as an audiophile device.

I’m going to post separately on this, but suffice it to say that I think audio quality will make or break HomePod. From everything I’ve heard and read (from people who either worked on the tech or have heard it in person), it sounds like HomePod audio is impressive as hell, surprisingly so.

And that’s not likely something you’ll be able to go out and listen to in a crowded Apple Store. If the sound is as impressive as it sounds (sorry), you’ll be reading glowing praise in the blogosphere, it’ll be a grass roots effect.

After more than three years, the best way to stream your music library inside your house is still through your television. HomePod will change that with full Apple Music integration, complete with support for Siri commands and playlists. Apple also says it will learn your tastes based on the songs you like (by saying, “Hey Siri, I like this”), and adjust your...

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The European Union fines Qualcomm $1.2 billion for...

Antitrust regulators at the European Union (EU) have slapped a €997M (about $1.2 billion) fine on Qualcomm for paying Apple "billions of U.S. dollars" to shun rival chips in its iPhones.

"This meant that no rival could effectively challenge Qualcomm in this market," says EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

As noted by Seeking Alpha, the fine is massive, thought it's well below the more than $2 billion the commission could have sought under Europe's antitrust laws. In January, Apple filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm, alleging the chip supplier demanded unfair terms for its technology.  However, Qualcomm denies the allegations and says Apple wouldn't have an iPhone...

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Apple updates the iOS Health app with a medical...

Apple has introduced what it says is a “significant update” to the Health app with the iOS 11.3 beta, debuting a feature for customers to see their medical records on their iPhone. 

The updated Health Records section within the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine and other participating hospitals and clinics are among the first to make this beta feature available to their patients.

In the past, patients’ medical records were held in multiple locations, requiring patients to log into each care provider’s website and piece together the information manually. Apple COO Jeff Williams says Apple worked with the healthcare community to take a consumer-friendly approach, creating Health Records based on FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), a standard for...

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iOS 11.3 will introduce new battery features and AR...

Apple is bringing iOS 11.3 to iPhones and iPads this spring, and today the company released a preview of what we can expect from the upgrade. The most notable improvements are the battery health indicator, upgrades to ARKit and the introduction of He...

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iOS 11.3 coming this spring with battery and...

In a sign that Apple will continue to update iOS regularly instead of withholding features for its next major point-zero release, Apple on Wednesday revealed new features coming to an iOS 11.3 update this spring, including the ability to toggle the power management feature for iPhone models with aging batteries.

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iOS 12 concept proposes grouped notifications,...

A new iOS 12 concept illustrates a mix of ideas – one good, one likely to get mixed views, and a couple of wish list fantasy items thrown in for good measure …


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AppleCare+ for HomePod will cost $39

Guilherme Rambo, 9to5Mac:

In case you want to protect your $349 HomePod from accidental damage, you’ll be able to get AppleCare+ coverage for $39.


The coverage includes AirPort products and “adds up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling for HomePod, each subject to a $39 service fee”.

As with all other AppleCare+ packages, it doesn’t cover cosmetic damage that doesn’t affect the functionality of the device.

Good to know.

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iOS 11.3 coming this spring with the ability to view...

Apple has announced that iOS 11.3 will arrive this spring with “exciting new ways to experience augmented reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app.

Along with iOS 11.3, the tech giant has rolled out ARKit 1.5 to developers to provide even more immersive AR experiences. ARKitallows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables. 

New Animoji in iOS 11.3 include a dragon, bear, skull and lion for a total of 16 different characters.

Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognize the...

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Plex jumps into VR on Google Daydream headsets

Last year Plex's reach extended to cover live TV and automobiles, so in 2018 the company is jumping into yet another platform: virtual reality. As it has done before, the company brought in the developer of a community project, Plevr, to work on the...

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IBM is sending Watson to the Grammys

After winning Jeopardy and designing cancer-treatment plans, IBM Watson is now strutting off to the red carpet of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The tech giant's versatile AI system will be curating and distributing award-show content and images of e...

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One year of SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage, just $...

Not a fan of Apple's iCloud storage solution? Don't like Google snooping around your data? Perhaps you should take a look at today's deal on what's considered one of the most secure cloud solutions out there: SpiderOak ONE. Today's deal gives you 2 TB of end-to-end encrypted cloud storage that's available from any platform for just $39.99. 

The regular price for a one-year subscription to SpiderOak ONE is $259.99, but we've worked a deal for you that gives you one year for 84% off that price. Cloudwards considers SpiderOak ONE to be "the most secure cloud storage provider out there," and the new iOS app provides a top-notch user experience.


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EU fines Qualcomm $1.23B: “Qualcomm paid billions of...

Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch:

The European Commission today announced that it would be fining the company €997 million, or $1.23 billion, for abusing its market position between 2011 and 2016, related to its relationship with Apple.


“Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals from the market for LTE baseband chipsets for over five years, thereby cementing its market dominance,” said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in a statement. “Qualcomm paid billions of US Dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals. These payments were not just reductions in price — they were made on the condition that Apple would exclusively use Qualcomm’s baseband chipsets in all its iPhones and iPads.

Qualcomm will no doubt appeal this ruling. The size of this fine boggles my mind. $1.23 billion. That’s a lot of baseband chips.


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Apple previews iOS 11.3 with new Animoji, health...

Apple today previewed iOS 11.3 with a whole host of new features, including a new set of Animoji, an ARKit update, and the ability to view personal health records directly in the Health app. iOS 11.3 will be available to customers in the spring. A developer beta of iOS 11.3 will be released today.

iOS 11.3 will also include the aforementioned battery health statistics features. Users will be able to disable the throttling in Settings → Battery, but may see more unexpected shutdowns in exchange for full performance.


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∞ Apple releases ARKit 1.5 to developers

Apple on Wednesday will release ARKit 1.5 to developers, giving them the latest tools to make augmented reality apps for iPhone and iPad users. […]

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YouTube reportedly curbing musician criticism with...

YouTube has always had a rocky relationship with the music industry, and the struggle looks set to continue following reports that the video streaming service is effectively bribing artists to keep their criticisms to themselves. According to sources...

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EU slaps Qualcomm with $1.23 billion fine over...

The European Union on Wednesday announced that it determined chipmaker Qualcomm illegally shut out rivals when it paid Apple billions of dollars to stick with its LTE baseband chips for five years. Qualcomm will pay a hefty price for its misdeeds: 997 million euros, or $1.23 billion U.S.

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The exquisite torture of Kickstarter exclusives

A month or so ago, I discovered a project on Kickstarter that made my heart ache with desire. It was a tabletop game called The Wilson Wolfe Affair by Simulacra Games, which is unlike any other I've seen. Each "game" is really a crate full of 1930s c...

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Apple looks to simplify audio navigation...

Apple wants to simplify audio navigation instructions in CarPlay and/or the iOS Maps apps, as evidenced by a new patent filing (number 9,874,455). Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Apple’s patent involves a mobile device can be configured to provide simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can provide a reduced set of audio navigation instructions so that the audio instructions are only presented to the user when the user wishes to or needs to hear the instructions. 

A user can enable the simplified audio navigation instructions. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be enabled automatically. The simplified audio navigation instructions can be configured with rules for when to...

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Government watchdog to investigate fraud &...

While the Trump administration saw the FCC repeal net neutrality, opponents of a two-speed Internet haven’t yet given up. After widespread allegations of fraud during the consultation process, including some particularly unpleasant allegations of identity theft, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate …


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Divisive anti-piracy company Denuvo has a new owner

Denuvo, the firm behind the best-known gaming anti-piracy tech, has been snapped up by global digital security company Irdeto. The company's divisive software, which protects video games from attempts to "crack" them and produce a free copy, is consi...

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What I want in the 2018 iMac: the speakers and...

I really like my 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display, though I’d spring for the iMac Pro if I had deep pockets. Alas, I don’t, so I want some of the Pro’s specs to come to the 2018 non-pro iMac.

Like many of you, I want to see the space grey “flavor” spread beyond the iMac Pro. (And wouldn’t in be interesting if Apple offered the iMac in different hues as it did years ago?)

I also want better speakers and an enhanced FaceTime camera. AppleInsider had this to say about the iMac Pro’s speakers:

We could hear a wider range of audio frequencies on the iMac Pro. Audio seemed to blend in on the 5K iMac, especially during the guitar solo. Volume has definitely increased, and the Pro sounds more crisp. Bass on the 5K iMac seems messy, like you'd hear with a subwoofer that's reaching its...

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Angry Birds 2 & Angry Birds Evolution get NFL...

Rovio has updated Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds Evolution for the NFL season with football content.

Bird Island has been tuned into the NFL season thanks to some tinkering from Dr. Strangebird. Now the whole island is hyped up for Super Bowl LII! Join the celebration to collect a brand new bird – The Quarterback, and hit the gridiron for a game of Pigball in the NFLed-out Mighty Metrodome …


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DuckDuckGo upgrades apps to block hidden ad trackers

DuckDuckGo has given its browser extensions and apps a boost with more features meant to protect you from prying digital eyes. To start with, they now come with a built-in tracker blocker that prevents ad networks from following you around and collec...

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How to save a Memory movie in macOS High Sierra

Apple’s Memories feature in macOS High Sierra automatically creates curated collections of your most meaningful photos and videos. Want to save a memory for later? It’s easy.

Scroll to the bottom of the screen and tap or click Add to Favorite Memories. You'll find it in the Favorite Memories album of your Photos app. If you decide that you don't want to save a Memory anymore, tap or click Remove from Favorite Memories. 

When you add a Memory to your Favorites, you preserve it and keep it from going away when Photos creates new Memories. You can also share your experiences with friends and family. On your Mac, you can share the photos and videos from your Memory when you click.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, play a Memory movie, then tap on it to show the editing and sharing options. Tap  and choose to share the movie through Messages, Mail, iCloud Photo Sharing, and your favorite social media sites. 

(This how-to is based on my experiences and...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 24, 2018

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

Full Fat has introduced Marshawn Lynch Pro Football 1.0. Starring NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, the $4.99 game offers “exhilarating gameplay and ultra-realistic action, in a larger-than-life football arcade game with over the top special effects and stunning console quality graphics.”

macOS Apps/Updates

Mailbutler GmbH has upgraded their email extension for Apple Mail and Gmail users. 

The extension acts as a “Swiss army knife” for emails while integrating into the native interfaces of the email apps. The Mailbutler upgrade sports a revamped interface and new...

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EU fines Qualcomm $1.23 billion for abusing Apple...

Things just get worse and worse for Qualcomm. The European Commission has fined the company €997 million ($1.23 billion) for "abusing its market dominance" in LTE baseband chipsets. According to the Commission, Qualcomm prevented rivals from com...

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New 30% U.S. tax on solar cells threatens jobs,...

Apple has made solar energy a key part of its commitments to achieve 100 percent renewable energy use across its corporate, retail, production and even its data center facilities. However, a steep new American tariff slapped on all solar components threatens to derail the rapidly-growing American solar industry and kill tens of thousands of desirable jobs.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update

macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 just hit the streets and it could come in handy.

The update, a 2.17 download via the App Store (and its associated “Update” tab), offers the following fixes and changes:

– The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Update improves the stability and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order.

– Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to stop responding when connected to an SMB server.

If you’ve tried the macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via 9to5Mac

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 update, adds HomePod...

This should come in handy.

Apple pm Tuesday released iOS 11.2.5 for its iPhones and iPads. The release “includes support for HomePod and introduces the ability for Siri to read the news (US, UK and Australia only).”

The company also announced earlier in the day that preorders for the HomePod will begin on Friday, January 26th, with shipping on February 9th.

The update, which weighs in as a 178MB over-the-air download and can also be downloaded and installed via iTunes, includes bug fixes, and the security patch notes specify some 13 different security holes plugged.

Security areas include holes in audio, Bluetooth, several kernel issues, some other low-level areas, and three issues in WebKit, the browser engine in iOS.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.2.5 update on any of your iOS devices and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.


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The Morning After: Biting into an iPhone battery

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Today might be the day that SpaceX lights up its Falcon Heavy rocket, and the Apple HomePod finally has a release date: February 9th.

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EU fines Qualcomm $1.2 billion for paying Apple to...

As rumored earlier today, the EU announced a 997 million euro fine to be imposed on Qualcomm, approximately $1.2 billion dollars, which makes cellular baseband chips inside most iPhones. The EU says Qualcomm bribed Apple with billions of dollars in rebate payments to make Apple not use chips from competing manufacturers, reducing competition from other manufacturers in the LTE baseband chip industry.

The fine is a hefty levy against Qualcomm’s bottom line, which recorded $20 billion in total revenue last year, although it is subject to appeal so the final number might be less.


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TalkTalk begins winding down its mobile business

TalkTalk is in the process of shutting down its mobile business, effectively ending its tenure as a dedicated quad-play provider. According to MoneySavingExpert, the company has begun notifying customers that they are unable to renew their mobile pla...

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Siri now actively used on more than 500M devices, up...

Apple buried a tasty tidbit in Tuesday's HomePod press release, revealing that its Siri virtual assistant is being "actively used" on over half a billion devices, a figure up from more than 375 million in June.

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Tim Cook says hardware, software integration puts...

Tim Cook on Tuesday offered a peek into Apple's ambitions for HomePod amid a landscape littered with smart speakers powered by Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant, suggesting the key to success lies in Apple's ability to seamlessly integrate hardware and software

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Tim Cook explains what sets HomePod apart from...

As part of his one-day tour of Canada yesterday, Tim Cook offered an interview to the Financial Post following his visit to e-commerce platform Shopify’s headquarters. Cook used the interview as an opportunity to tout Apple’s efforts in augmented realty, as well as talk about the HomePod…


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Estimates peg iPhone X shipments at 29M in Q4 2017,...

Apple shipped some 29 million iPhone X units in the last quarter of 2018, according to fresh estimates from Canalys, making it the best-shipping smartphone for the period.

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DuckDuckGo launches revamped iOS app to further...

The search engine DuckDuckGo has today revamped its iOS app to further protect your privacy online. The app is a mobile browser but also provides an extension that offers better tracker blocking, smarter encryption, and private search.


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HomePod: Everything you need to know about Apple...

Apple's HomePod is finally available to preorder this Friday, January 26th, and arriving in stores starting Friday, February 9th. AppleInsider delves into the device pre-release, and tells you everything you need to know before you drop $349 on it.

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Apple Will Release Its $349 HomePod Speaker On...

After it was delayed in mid-December, Apple finally announced the availability of its new smart speaker. The company announced it will release the HomePod on February 9th and that preorders for the device will start this Friday, January 26th. The smart speaker will initially go on sale in the U.S., UK, and Australia. It'll then arrive in France and Germany sometime this spring. The Verge reports: The company's first smart speaker was originally supposed to go on sale before the end of the 2017, but it was delayed in mid-December. That meant Apple missed a holiday season where millions of smart speakers were sold -- but the market for voice-activated speakers is clearly just getting started. And at $349, Apple's speaker is playing in a very different market than Amazon's and Google's primarily cheap and tiny speakers. The HomePod is being positioned more as a competitor to Sonos' high-end wireless speakers than as a competitor to the plethora of inexpensive smart speakers flooding...

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Jamf now manages more than 9M Apple devices

Enterprise device management firm Jamf recapped 2017 growth in an announcement on Tuesday, saying it closed the year managing two million additional Apple devices, bringing the company's total to more than 9 million unit deployments.

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Report: EU to fine Qualcomm as much as $2B for...

The Financial Times reports that Qualcomm could face up to a $2 billion fine from a European watchdog for having an anticompetitive chip deal with Apple. The watchdog says that it will sue Qualcomm for paying Apple to buy all of its communication chipsets between 2011 and 2016.


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Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Fixes For Older...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Apple released its round of bug fix/security updates -- including iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 -- today. In doing so, it also offered some security updates for Macs running older versions of its OS, including OS X 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra. The security updates mainly focus on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which were fixed for High Sierra users a couple of weeks ago. OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan got the smallest update, including fixes for IOHIDFamily, Kernel, QuartzCore, and Wi-Fi. As for the Sierra update, it's available for machines that are running macOS 10.12.6. It includes the above fixes, but it also includes improvements for Audio, LinkPresentation, Security, and there's an additional Kernel fix.


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Jamf announces record growth for 2017, now manages...

Jamf, the company behind popular Apple device management software for businesses, today announced that 2017 marked a record year for growth. In a press release, the company said that it expanded its base by 40 percent, with over 4,000 new organizations….


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Apple releases iTunes 12.7.3 with HomePod support

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.3 for macOS with support for the upcoming HomePod. 

You can use the improved AirPlay menu to choose the wireless speaker and control what plays next with your Apple Music subscription. iTunes 12.7.3 is available on the Mac App Store, as well as via the Apple Software update on Windows.

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Apple's latest iTunes release includes HomePod...

Following the release of macOS 10.13.3 and new versions of iOS, watchOS and tvOS, Apple on Tuesday issued the latest version of iTunes for Mac, with the updated media software boasting support for the upcoming HomePod.

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012: HomePod release date, iOS 11.2.5, and 6.1-inch...

Today we’ve got loads of HomePod launch news, changes available in iOS 11.2.5, and new details about the rumored 6.1-inch iPhone.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple issues Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older...

Apple's latest macOS High Sierra was not the only Mac operating system to receive fixes for Meltdown and Spectre on Tuesday, as a separately released security update addresses critical vulnerabilities in macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan.

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Apple releases iTunes 12.7.3 update w/ support for...

Alongside the new iOS, tvOS, macOS and watchOS updates today, Apple has now pushed an update to iTunes for Mac and PC. This brings the software to version 12.7.3 and adds support for the HomePod.


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Macworld’s February digital magazine: iMac Pro

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the February issue

This month we take a first look at the new iMac Pro: Apple’s most powerful all-in-one Mac. Should you buy one? We lay out all of the pros and cons to help you make that decision. iPhone X users who are eager to try out wireless charging will want to take a look at our charger roundup. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws: How to protect your Mac and iOS devices, GeForce Now beta

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Apple World Today News Update: January 23, 2018

Tuesday's been a relatively quiet day in the Apple world, but there's always something new to tell our listeners about:

  • We tell you about the main features of the new OS updates out today
  • Wacom announces a new stylus called the Bamboo Tip that's targeted at iOS devices and is half the price of the Apple Pencil
  • iPhone X sales were actually quite good in Apple's Q1 2018, countering idiotic rumors from last week that Apple might cancel the product
  • There's a "Double Feature" promotion going on in the iTunes movie store

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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The Scourge of Clickbait

True story: we have a contractor who’s been doing work on our house, on and off, for the past few months. Great guy — gregarious, honest, good at his work. He has a rough idea of what I do. (“Sort of like a sports columnist but for Apple and design stuff” is my usual answer). He broke his iPhone (a bad drop, took it to a third-party repair center, made worse) a few weeks ago and has since then been getting by with an old Android phone that he despises. I knew something happened when his texts turned green, but he’s the one who brought it up in conversation. He’s on the fence between buying an iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. I’ve been fascinated by his dilemma. It seems to me that if Apple had only released one or the other, he’d have already bought a new one weeks ago. (My advice, because of course he asked and I was glad to answer, however unhelpfully: “I really love the X but whether you’d find it worth an extra $200, I can’t say. You should go talk to the folks at the Apple...

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Report: New 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to sport thin-film...

A report from China Times (translated) echoes news that we have heard from KGI that Apple is planning to release three new iPhones this year. The new models include 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch variants with OLED displays, and a 6.1-inch with an LCD display. However, this latest report shares new alleged details about the LCD panel for the 6.1-inch model.  more…

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DJI's iOS-connected Mavic Air drone hits new...

With GoPro exiting the drone market entirely, the dominant name in aerial photography, DJI, unveiled its latest product on Tuesday: the Mavic Air. It's a $799 foldable model that can fit inside of a jacket pocket. AppleInsider was on hand for the announcement and went hands-on with the new flying camera.

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EU tipped to sanction Qualcomm over Apple chip deal...

The European Commission is reportedly preparing to sanction Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in supplying components to Apple for use in its iPhones, with the antitrust watchdog potentially levying a fine against the chip producer of up to $2 billion.

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Craft beer: what city is the microbrew capital of...

Having lived there, I would have guessed Portland, Oregon. But seeing who is actually number one makes me want to visit.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4....

Another week, another set of Apple operating system updates. Apart from HomePod support in iOS and Siri getting in touch with its inner anchorperson, most of the changes in these updates fix security vulnerabilities. You’ll want to install them sooner rather than later.


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How to score an iMac Pro for $500 off: $4,494...

Although it’s likely that no deal will ever surpass Micro Center’s ridiculous $1000 off it recently ran for the iMac Pro, this one comes closest. B&H is offering $500 off any available iMac Pro SKU. That means that you can potentially score a base model 8-core iMac Pro, for $4494.00 out the door. more…

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Siri’s news podcast playback feature now includes...

Included in today’s release of iOS 11.2.5 for iPhone and iPad is a new feature that builds on something we discovered earlier this month. Siri can now play news streams specific to sports, business, and music news when asked.


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macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update now available with...

Apple on Tuesday released an update for macOS High Sierra. According to Apple’s release notes, macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 fixes a problem in Messages where your conversation is listed out of order. It also has a fix for an issue that causes your Mac to stop responding when connected to an SMB server.

Version 10.13.3 is available through the Mac App Store; when you launch the App Store app, click on the Updates tab at the top of the app. You can press Command-R or select Store > Reload Page if you don’t see the update. The installation will require you Mac to restart.

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Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, Siri...

It's time to update all your Apple gear! A relative minor point release update has just been released for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS. When you get the time, you should update all your iPhones, iPads, AppleTVs, and Apple Watches.

What's new in iOS 11.2.5

You won't find dramatic changes or really big new features in iOS 11.2.5, but it does add support for HomePod (coming February 9th) and the ability for Siri to play audio news. That last one is a little odd, because the feature went live last week and worked fine on earlier versions of iOS. Here's what Apple lists in the release notes:


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