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Monday January 30

13:10
Lyft now books rides based on your calendar

Uber isn't the only ridesharing company to integrate your calendar and simplify booking trips. Lyft has added its own calendar syncing feature, making it easy to pick the address of your next meeting as the destination. It works on both Android and...

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13:07
New watchOS beta adds SiriKit and keeps you from...

Enlarge / The Apple Watch Series 2 and some of its bands. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Every spring, Apple releases a last round of major updates to the current versions of its operating systems before starting work on the new versions it reveals at WWDC in the summer. Last week, Apple put out the first betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4. Today, the company is releasing the first beta of watchOS 3.2 for developers (unlike iOS and macOS, Apple typically doesn't issue public betas for watchOS).

The update introduces two new...

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12:45
Netflix project lets you mind-control its interface

Netflix's developers are at it again, using the company's annual Hack Day to come up with clever, if sometimes wild, ideas on how to improve the streaming service. This year's crop of hacks mostly focus on intriguing Stranger Things integrations, but...

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12:36
FC Bayern Munich plans exclusive Apple Music content...

Professional soccer team FC Bayern Munich has announced today that they are offering exclusive playlists and other content through Apple Music. As first noted by iPhone-Ticker, the German football club hopes to bring their fans closer to the team and players through the curated content. However, FC Bayern has committed to more with Apple…

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12:20
Vespa's creators just unveiled a personal cargo...

The Vespa brand's owner, the Piaggio Group, doesn't have a reputation for cutting edge tech (it only just started making an electric scooter). However, it's making up for that in style. It's establishing a robot-focused company, Piaggio Fast Forwar...

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12:01
Removal of Apple's iCloud Activation Lock check...




Apple's removal of the iCloud Activation Lock status page last week was likely connected to hacks letting people bypass the Activation Lock system, a report noted on Monday.

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11:59
Gap envisions a future with augmented-reality '...

Fashion brands know experimenting with tech is imperative, whether it be to enhance the retail experience or introduce fans to the concept of virtual reality. For Gap Inc., which, in addition to its eponymous label owns Banana Republic, Old Navy, Ath...

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11:52
Aunt Agatha Ponders Her Digital Legacy

Joe Kissell invites his imaginary aunt to a private ask-me-anything about his new book, “Take Control of Your Digital Legacy,” in which he discusses the challenges and rewards of preserving your data for future generations.

 

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11:34
Argentine prosecutor asks for local Uber execs to be...

An Argentine prosecutor asked a judge on Monday to jail local executives of ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc and a court ordered the company’s mobile application to be shut down following protests from taxi drivers’ unions.

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11:30
Three UK enables Wi-Fi calling for iPhones without...




British carrier Three is making it easier for its subscribers to make calls over Wi-Fi when there is no cellular signal, by allowing those with iPhones to place calls and messages using the embedded Wi-Fi calling feature of iOS, instead of the mobile network's custom app.

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10:55
Behind Apple’s new campaign: One Night on iPhone 7

On one night — November 5, 2016 — iPhone photographers canvassed the globe, from Arctic ice caves and Indonesian volcanoes, to the clubs of Johannesburg and rooftops of Shanghai. For the latest “Shot on iPhone” campaign, Apple enlisted a group of photographers to capture life from dusk to dawn using the low-light camera on iPhone 7. The people, sights and scenes they encountered over the course of the night resulted in a spectacular display of nighttime photography, which will be displayed in 25 countries beginning today.

Very impressive.

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10:37
Square promises $350 in waived fees to boost Apple...




Apple and Square on Monday announced a partnership which will let U.S. businesses process over $12,000 in Apple Pay transactions for free, saving up to $350 in Square costs so long as merchants set up a marketing kit designed to promote Apple's platform.

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10:34
Britain’s Ministry of Defense may begin using...

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) — the British government department responsible for implementing the defense policy set by Her Majesty's Government— could start using secured iPhone 7 handsets for its sensitive communications, according a Telegraph report.

The agency has reportedly contracted BT — a British multinational telecommunications services company with head offices in London — to design a military-grade version of the Apple smartphone that personnel can use to discuss and store sensitive information. Hardened security on the handsets will purportedly let the military choose between different modes, such as "classified" and "sensitive" when communicating with one another. The MoD iPhone 7 will also come with "secure storage containers" where information can be stored. 

Apparently,  the MoD was initially going to use Samsung Galaxy Note 4...

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10:34
How to control your AirPods using Siri-like commands...

A little over a month later and one of the biggest challenges using AirPods has to be the primary means of control, Siri. Within Wi-Fi networks or strong cellular service, Siri usually works reliably, even if with some delay. Step into an elevator or subway, and that voice control interface is rendered useless. Without a good internet connection, Siri just doesn’t work and that means pulling out your phone or using your Apple Watch for controls. It’s a first world problem, sure, but that doesn’t mean we can’t push for a better solution. However, even if it’s temporary, there is an offline option to use for now…

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10:30
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 developer beta with...

Apple has released a developer beta of watchOS 3.2. It can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is.

The watchOS 3.2 beta adds Theater Mode and SiriKit. The former lets Apple Watch owners disable the "rise to wake" function on the watch, but still notify them with haptic feedback of notifications without illuminating the watch display. 

SiriKit enables apps to work with Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” so users can get things done with content and services using just their voice. In addition to extending Siri’s support for messaging, photo search and phone calls to more apps, SiriKit also adds support for new services, including ride booking and personal payments.

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10:25
LG UltraFine 5K Display possibly affected by...




A Wi-Fi-related issue with some LG UltraFine 5K Displays has possibly been discovered, one that effectively renders the high-resolution Thunderbolt 3 displays unusable if an afflicted unit is positioned within a few feet of a router or a wireless access point.

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10:18
You’re the fact checker now

Even if we didn’t find ourselves in these challenging times for accuracy in the media, this is still good advice.

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10:14
A review of my new Samsung curved TV: I hate it so...

Give Patel props for giving his wife a platform. It also confirms what I’ve always suspected about curved screen TVs.

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10:11
Dropbox's new collaboration and smart file-...

Dropbox kicked off its 2017 product launches with a pair of major announcements Monday aimed at improving users’ productivity at work. The cloud storage company announced the general availability of its Paper document collaboration service, along with the closed beta of a Smart Sync feature that gives users easy access to every file shared with them in Dropbox.

Paper, first announced in 2015, gives users a shared workspace to work with one another on documents. It’s designed to be the product people use for collaborative tasks like brainstorming and taking meeting notes.

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10:09
Apple makes watchOS 3.2 beta with Theater Mode,...




Nearly a week after the last set of betas for macOS and iOS, Apple has made available the first beta of watchOS 3.2 for developers.

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10:07
Daylite: Get organized. Get more done. [Sponsor]

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Daylite also supports Multitasking on iPad so you can work in Daylite and another app at the same time.

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09:58
Apple rolling out first watchOS 3.2 beta for Apple...

After first detailing the software update in developer documentation, Apple has now released the first beta version of watchOS 3.2 for developer testing on Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 is the first version of the Apple Watch software that works with SiriKit, enabling developers to tap in to Siri in the same way as apps on iOS 10.

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09:55
Bar exam applicants required to disable MacBook Pro...

The Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina has issued a notice to Bar exam applicants, informing anyone using Apple’s new MacBook Pro that the device’s new Touch Bar hardware will have to be disabled for the exam.

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09:46
BlackBerry, Microsoft and the Ever-Smarter Connected...


BlackBerry last week announced that its turnaround was finished, and Microsoft finally provided some information on its new connected car deliverables. One strange thing was that after CEO John Chen excitedly pointed out that BlackBerry had displaced Microsoft in Ford, he then announced a strategic initiative to work more closely with Microsoft's Azure on BlackBerry's own market-leading QNX car operating system. That showcased not only the massive changes in both companies, but also the really strange way this market is evolving.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar...

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09:19
Square promoting Apple Pay for small businesses with...

Square already makes it possible for small businesses to easily accept Apple Pay at checkout with their latest payment terminal, and now Square is working with Apple on a new promotion to discount Square Readers and make processing fees free for businesses that use Apple Pay.

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09:12
Trump administration's work visa plans could...




The draft proposal of an executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump could drastically alter the hiring practices of tech companies like Apple, a report said on Monday.

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09:04
Starbucks voice recognition 'barista' beta...




Starbucks is allowing its customers to request drinks by voice using its iOS app, with the My Starbucks Barista digital assistant able to verbally accept coffee orders and confirm payment, before dispatching the order to the nearest store.

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08:58
Apple 'Shot on iPhone' ad campaign...




Apple has expanded its "Shot on iPhone" ad campaign with new ads in the "One Night on iPhone 7" campaign, documenting events and places from around the world on Nov. 5, 2016.

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08:58
Tim Cook: ‘Apple would not exist without immigration’

Apple has championed the causes of marriage equality and environmental sustainability in recent years, so its employees looked to the company’s leadership in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries. The order, which restricts immigration from seven countries and outright bans refugees from Syria, was handed down late Friday and led to protests in several U.S. cities and at airports where refugees were being detained.

“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an email to the company’s employees, later published by Re/code. “I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.”

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08:38
Deals: 27" iMac 5K for $1,299; 13" MacBook...




Shoppers this week can pick up a refurbished 27" iMac 5K (3.2GHz, 8GB, 1TB FUS) with M390 graphics for $1,299.99 on eBay. Plus, save $100 on a 13" MacBook Air or 2.6GHz Mac mini at B&H with no tax collected outside NY. B&H is also discounting the 500GB G-Drive by 50% today only.

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08:22
LG UltraFine 5K Display, Apple’s external monitor...

Apple discontinued its Thunderbolt Display last summer after five years on the market, and now Apple recommends the LG UltraFine 5K Display ($974 through March 31, regular $1299.99) for new MacBook Pro customers. While the industrial design doesn’t match Apple’s hardware, the UltraFine 5K screen is Retina resolution like 5K iMacs and connects using the new Thunderbolt 3 I/O.

LG UltraFine 5K Display has a critical usability issue, however, that doesn’t affect other external monitors: the hardware can become unusable when located within 2 meters of a router.

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08:13
Starbucks’ new virtual barista AI for iPhone lets...

Starbucks is rolling out a new feature in its iPhone app called My Starbucks barista that will let customers order drinks with voice commands by speaking to a virtual AI barista, the company announced today in a press release.

On top of speaking to the virtual barista to order drinks by voice, users can also send text messages to the AI and order that way if preferred:

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08:00
Fitbit to cut $200M in jobs & expenses after...




Fitbit -- Apple's main competition in the wearables space -- announced a reorganization on Monday in the aftermath of a weak fourth quarter, that includes the layoff of 6 percent of its workforce.

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07:51
Apple pulling apps from developers located in Iran...




Apple is said to be starting to take down iOS apps from the App Store developed in Iran, in what is believed to be an attempt by Apple to abide by trade sanctions against the country issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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07:27
As You Wish, tales of The Princess Bride

Rob Griffiths:

This post isn’t about the movie. It’s about a book about the making of the movie, written by Cary Elwes, who starred as Westley, aka The Man in Black. And in the interest of thoroughness, the book’s full title isn’t As You Wish, it’s As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride.

And:

what really made the book for me were all the quotes that Cary secured from others involved in the production. These are present throughout the book, and you seldom need read more than a page before encountering one.

If you are a fan of The Princess Bride (and who isn’t?), this is a terrific read and, I suspect, would make a great gift.

Even better, consider upgrading to the audio book. According to Paul Goracke, the audiobook is not only narrated by Cary, but by the cast members (except Mandy and, of course, Andre).

Here’s an Amazon...

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07:17
Sharing bigger, faster, more nimbly with AirDrop

Steffen Reich pulled together a nice post on the advantages of sharing from device to device using the oft-neglected AirDrop. A nice set of use cases here. Well done, Steffen.

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07:13
∞ Apple Campus 2 drone footage update

[VIDEO] So much of the basic construction is complete. The finish work is starting to emerge. This is a gorgeous campus. Terrific drone work by Matthew Roberts. Video in the main Loop post.

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07:08
Apple removes tool to check if an iOS device is...

Joe Rossignol, Mac Rumors:

Apple has removed its Activation Lock status checker on iCloud.com at some point in the past few days. The tool enabled users to enter the serial number or IMEI of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and find out if the device is secured with Activation Lock, helping buyers avoid purchasing a device locked to another user.

Not clear why this has happened. Wondering if the tool was being misused in some way. I suspect the story will emerge over the next few days. Keep an eye out.

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07:02
How to check which applications have access to your...

If you are a Twitter user, take a minute to visit this page and verify the list of apps that have access to your account, have the right to read and write tweets, send direct messages on your behalf.

See an app you don’t recognize? Press the revoke access button. You can always add it back in later.

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06:47
Viber offering free calls to landlines & mobiles...

    Viber has announced that is is allowing users to make free Viber Out calls to both landlines and mobiles between the U.S. and the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban. In light of recent events in the United States, we are now offering free calls to any landline or mobile number between the United States […]

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06:47
Tim Cook on immigration executive order

Tim Cook, in an email to employees:

Team,

In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said...

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06:46
How Christian Feichtner photographed Chernobyl...

The “sexy” headline notwithstanding, the interview is an interesting look at a particular style of photography and the power of the iPhone coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the camera and photography in general.

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06:40
New Apple Campus 2 'spaceship'...




The latest footage of Apple's new 'Campus 2' headquarters shot by a drone reveals developers are continuing to make progress, with signs of work on the canopies, walkways, and plants around the campus buildings despite recent poor weather.

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06:36
OLED for 'iPhone X' could deal $50M hit to...




Apple's widely-rumored decision to equip a 10th-anniversary iPhone with OLED could add approximately $50 million to incremental costs in the March quarter, eating slightly into profit margins, according to an analyst.

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06:32
eMarketer: iPhone market share to remain static;...

Apple's share of smartphone users in the U.S. will remain basically static in 2017, accounting for a 43.7% share, according to a new eMarketer report. Android, by comparison, will account for 52.2% of US smartphone usage in 2017, adds the research group.

Although the number of iPad users continues to increase, eMarketer expects Apple’s share of the tablet market to steadily decline through 2021. In 2017, Apple's share of the tablet market will be 46.7%, down from 47.8% last year.

In 2017, eMarketer estimates that 51.4% of Americans will use a tablet once a month, totaling 167.7 million people.

Apple TV is at the bottom of the US connected TV market, behind Google Chromecast and Roku, with its share shrinking, according to eMarketer. This year, 11.9% of connected TV users will subscribe to Apple TV, compared with 19.9% for Chromecast and 18.2% for Roku, according to the research group.

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06:22
Apple: reconsider ruling that we can be sued for...

Apple asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reconsider a published decision that revived a suit claiming that the Cupertino, California-based company monopolizes the market for iPhone apps, arguing in its petition that the panel hadn’t properly considered whether the consumer class could allege that they were directly harmed by distribution fees, according to s the legal website, Law360.

The panel's decision earlier this month revived a California federal lawsuit. Earlier this month the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the Apple App Store, leading to higher prices.

A group of iPhone users sued, saying the tech giant’s practice is anticompetitive. Apple argued that users didn’t have standing to sue it because they purchased apps from developers, with...

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06:21
More than half of 9to5Mac readers are using HomeKit...

More than half of 9to5Mac readers responding to a poll last week are using at least a few HomeKit devices. Over a fifth of readers said that they were using ‘lots’ of kit, while more than a third are using ‘a few.’

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06:13
PTAB says Apple proved Core Wireless patent claims...

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found in an America Invents Act “between the parties" review that Apple proved a number of claims of a Core Wireless text messaging patent to be “invalid as obvious over prior art,” reports the legal website, Law360.

In a final written decision, the PTAB said that the Cupertino, California-based company had shown that nearly a dozen claims of Core Wireless’ U.S. Patent Number 7,693,552 B2 are invalid. In December a California federal jury ruled that iPads and iPhones infringe two of Core Wireless Licensing SARL's mobile communication patents, awarding Core Wireless $7.3 million in damages in a long-running fight over technology that purportedly allows Apple's products to work "wherever, and whenever.”

The case centered on two patents that were originally owned by Nokia. In March 2015 a Texas jury ruled that Apple didn't five wireless patents formerly held by Nokia that were sold...

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05:33
Finishing touches and trees being added to Apple’s...

We noted earlier this month that Apple’s Campus 2 was starting to look less like a construction site, and the latest 4K drone footage from Matthew Roberts shows trees being planted and the finishing touches being added in some places as much of the heavier work has been completed.

Work continues on the canopies designed to shield the windows from the sun, with cosmetic work being done to those already in place as others are still being added. Some of the last remaining cranes on site are also still at work on the rooftop solar installation, which is now around 70% complete …

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05:30
Step into the future of car navigation with HUDWAY...

Fighter pilots and now commercial airline pilots are familiar with the concept of head-up displays that let them keep their eyes on what's happening ahead while still receiving important information. Although car navigation systems provide audible prompts, wouldn't it be nice to have a display of directions or other info in your direct field of view while driving? That's the idea behind HUDWAY Glass (US$49.95), a solution that turns your iPhone and compatible apps into a heads-up display for your car.

HUDWAY Glass magnifies the reflected image from your phone by 20%, allowing you to see navigation prompts, speed, or other data "floating" in front of you as you drive. Still unclear on the concept? Here's a short video showing how it works:

With...

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05:24
External Link: Apple Versus Amazon in the Smart Home...

Stephen Nellis of Reuters has penned an article examining the difference in how Apple and Amazon approach home automation. Hardware manufacturers who want to sell HomeKit devices must include special chips and produce their accessories in Apple-approved factories. After that, manufacturers must send their devices to Apple for a lengthy approval process. By comparison, getting a device to work with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant requires just a software review, although getting a “Works with Alexa” label requires hardware testing but can be done by a third-party lab and takes no more than 10 days. As a result, Alexa threatens to overwhelm HomeKit with the number of compatible devices, but Apple’s approach leads to easier setup, higher security, and better compatibility. Also, Apple HomeKit devices do not require an Internet connection, which improves both security and response times.

 

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05:15
Apple’s iCloud Activation Lock page removed without...

Without hint or warning, Apple has removed the iCloud Activation Lock status page, which used to exist at iCloud.com/activationlock, but that URL now leads to a 404 error instead. The utility let anyone type in the IMEI or serial number of an iOS device to find out if Activation Lock had been turned off, something which proved to be useful to verify the authenticity of a seller when buying a used iPhone online.

References to the web page have been removed from Apple’s support documentation, indicating this is not a temporary issue and the page has been intentionally pulled from service.

A previous Apple support document recommended that users check the Activation Lock status of an iOS device before buying it to ensure that the product was ready to use. The text was removed on January 24th and the iCloud.com/activationlock URL stopped working not long afterwards.

Apple has yet to provide another means of finding out about the Activation Lock status without...

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05:00
Tim Cook releases memo to Apple employees, states...

The Donald has spoken regarding immigration this past weekend.

So has the Tim.

In a message to Apple employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook noted that he was concerned about Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting immigration from seven countries, and that “it is not a policy we support.”

In the memo, Cook noted that there were employees that were affected by the executive orders, and that the company’s human resources, legal, and security teams were in touch to support them. He also noted that the company had reached out to the White House to protest the orders.

Cook noted that he had listened to concerns from assorted employees who were concerned about the executive orders and that he also shared those concerns.

He also released the following memo regarding the situation:

Team,

In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our...

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04:54
Trump’s next anti-immigration move could target tech...

Just two days after Tim Cook expressed his opposition to executive orders signed by President Trump to limit immigration, Bloomberg suggests that Trump’s next move could be to target foreign workers employed by Apple and other tech companies.

His administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programs technology companies depend on to hire tens of thousands of employees each year. 

If implemented, the reforms could force wholesale changes at India companies such as Infosys  and Wipro, and shift the way American companies like Microsoft , Amazon and Apple recruit talent …

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04:30
I hope the 2017 iMac will have an audio system like...

I’m eagerly awaiting the 2017 iMac, which I think will arrive this spring (hopefully, in March). And I’d love for it to contain an audio system similar to that of the recently announced Dell XPS 27.

Its an all-in-one computer with almost certainly the best built-in audio setup around. The sound system has a distinctive integrated sound bar which includes 10 discrete speakers powered and controlled by digital dynamic amplifiers producing 50W per channel. 

According to Dell, “two tweeters produce clean high notes and crystal clear voices with lively, yet accurate stereo imaging,” “four full range drivers provide a powerful punch and clear, accurate midrange,” and “two passive radiators reinforce the lows and provide a rich, deep bass.”

The XPS 27 is the apparently the world’s first personal computer with two independent, down-firing full range speakers. These work to...

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04:11
iPhone 7 Plus sales suggest Apple likely to continue...

Apple’s decision to limit the dual-camera setup in the iPhone 7 Plus to the larger model may have been driven by space constraints, but the move has apparently also been good for Apple’s bottom-line.

Cowen & Co sales estimates cited by the WSJ suggest that iPhone 7 Plus sales accounted for a massive 40% of all iPhone 7 sales. By way of comparison, the firm estimates that just 17% of iPhone 6 buyers opted for the larger, more expensive model.

That difference filters through into increased income for Apple …

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04:07
Google gives $4 million to pro-migrant causes

Google has revealed that it will donate up to $4 million to humanitarian causes in response to the president's latest executive order. The search engine will hand the cash to four bodies: the ACLU, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescu...

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04:00
MotionComposer for macOS lets you easily create web...

By Aaron Lee

When you need to create HTML5 and Flash-based animations and/or interactive content you need MotionComposer from Aquafadas. It's a user friendly, visual-based authoring and effects tool for macOS 10.8 and higher.

Well, it’s user friendly up to the point that it requires Flash. I’m no fan of Flash; if you’re not, skip the rest of this review cause the Aquafas app isn’t for you.

With MotionComposer users of all skill levels can create animated content for their websites, blogs, and self-published eBooks with a relatively light learning curve.  The latest version provides multiple export options and the ability to add in audio, making for even more interesting web content.

Users can import audio files into their web animations by simply dragging and dropping in audio files directly from iTunes. Audio can be adjusted to the animation within the state and...

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03:55
Three finally rolls out app-free Wi-Fi calling in...

For years, Three has offered WiFi-enabled calls through an app called inTouch. While serviceable, the experience pales in comparison to the app-free versions offered by Vodafone and EE. After all, who wants an extra icon taking up your home screen or...

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03:35
UK MPs launch inquiry into the impact of 'fake...

What is fake news? That's a question that Facebook has been trying to answer for months, but it's now becoming the subject of a UK parliamentary inquiry. The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee confirmed today that it will launch an i...

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03:25
UberEats now does breakfast in London

Buzz. Buzz. Buzz. The alarm goes off and instinctively you roll over, hit the snooze button and close your eyes once more. Breakfast can wait. We've all made this sleep-deprived decision, only to skip brekkie entirely when we realise we're running la...

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, January 30 2017

Welcome to Monday morning. Needles in eyes, strict immigration orders, and survival horror in virtual reality. Today has some bite.

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00:44
Apple Maps gets Houston transit data ahead of Super...




In time for Super Bowl LI, Apple on Sunday expanded Apple Maps transit data to include regional and metropolitan pubic transportation services in the Houston, Texas, area.

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00:24
Netflix strikes biggest Sundance deal with race...

Streaming giants Netflix and Amazon spent big again Sundance, perhaps pushing traditional rival studios to up their games, too. Netflix snapped up the post-WW II segregation film Mudbound for $12.5 million, the most paid for a film at this year's fes...

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Sunday January 29

22:30
Robo-reptiles spy on their flesh-and-blood...

The BBC One nature show Spy in the Wild wanted to get up close and personal with some crocodiles and monitor lizards. Instead of setting up hidden cameras, though, its producers got in touch with the École Polytechnique Fédérale...

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22:20
DEVONthink 2.9.10/DEVONnote 2.9.9

Adds an option for importing notes and attachments from Apple Notes to the three editions of DEVONthink. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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Hybrid cars can save fuel through nature-like...

Plug-in hybrid cars aren't as efficient as they could be. While starting in a pure electric mode is good for relatively short trips, it actually hurts your fuel economy if you have to switch to the gas engine. Science may have a solution, though, a...

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18:26
Sega adds 'OutRun' and other classic...

If you need a distraction from the stress of our new Orwellian order, why not take a trip back to a simpler time with Sega? It just released nearly 20 classic soundtracks from the '80s and '90s onto streaming site Spotify, including OutRun, Virtua Fi...

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Vinyl record production gets a much-needed tech...

Ever wondered why you sometimes have to wait months after an album's launch to get the music on vinyl? It's not necessarily because the label hates vinyl -- in many cases, it's because the decades-old manufacturing process can't keep up with the for...

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15:47
Would you pay for a web TV streaming service from...

Apple has long been rumored to be developing a web TV streaming service. Recent reports, however, have claimed that the company has abandoned the idea due to difficulties negotiating with networks.

With AT&T having recently launched DirecTV Now and Hulu’s upcoming streaming service, the idea of a streaming service from Apple is something that doesn’t seem too wild.

With the streaming industry the way that it is, would you pay for it? If so, how much?

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15:23
Uber sets up $3 million fund for drivers hurt by...

When President Trump's Muslim-centric immigration ban kicked in and sent tech companies (not to mention the public) into a furor, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick promised to compensate drivers left stranded by the restrictions. But could he do anything else...

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15:05
Hands On: Redesigned Evernote 8.0.3 for iPhone and...




The latest revision to the Evernote app for iPhone and iPad notebook app aims to speed up the service -- AppleInsider takes a few notes.

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15:02
Apple reportedly removing Iranian apps from the App...

Apple has been removing Iranian apps which facilitate transactions for businesses or entities based in Iran, reports TechRasa. Apple also recently removed DigiKala’s app from the App Store. DigiKala is the largest ecommerce startup in Iran and the Middle East.

Why is this happening? According to TechRasa, a website whose goal is “to expose the activities of Iran's startup ecosystem with the vision of empowering and inspiring Iranian entrepreneurs,” the problem lies with Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (31 CFR Part 560) issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Apple in response to one of the Iranian startups wrote:

“Unfortunately, there is no App Store available for the territory of Iran. Additionally, apps facilitating transactions for...

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14:55
Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has taken down the iCloud Activation Lock status page on its website, which used to offer a convenient method of determining whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch was stolen. There’s no explanation from Apple for the move.

An Apple support document that pointed people to the page was updated on Jan. 24 to remove any reference, and the direct link has stopped working in the past day. The status system let users enter an IMEI or serial number.

The updated support document suggests that people buying a device test Activation Lock hands-on, and have the seller help (in person or otherwise) if it's still in effect. This is often impractical, such as when buying online from someone in another city,...

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14:46
Apple doesn’t support Trump’s ban on immigrants from...

In a message to employees obtained by The Verge, Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was concerned about Donald Trump’s executive orders limiting immigration from seven countries, and that “it is not a policy we support.” Here’s the full memo:

Here’s the full memo:

“Team,

“In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I've made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration -- both to our company and to our nation's future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

“I've heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

“There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday's...

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13:53
Bitcoin wallets get a key approval in Switzerland

Bitcoin companies offering virtual wallets sometimes face a difficult legal question: do they have to operate as a bank (with all the regulation that entails), or can they function as something else? In Switzerland, at least, that matter is settled....

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12:30
The making of Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1

By Mark Spoonauer

It's the laptop that made Windows notebooks cool — and knocked the MacBook Air off its pedestal — thanks in large part to the machine's head-turning borderless screen. But when Dell launched the XPS 13 in 2015, many obs...

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11:27
Logic Pros (101): Getting started with Logic Pro X...

If you’re new to audio recording and editing on your Mac, or upgrading from GarageBand or another audio recording suite to Apple’s Logic Pro X, Logic Pros 101 has you covered.

In this first installment, we give you an introduction to the app with a tour of its user interface. In the future, we’ll breakdown basic recording and editing features, using virtual instruments and effects, and much much more:

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11:20
Tech sector bosses decry Trump immigration order on...

Enlarge / Demonstrators block traffic at the international arrival terminal as they protest against a Muslim immigration ban at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that suspends entry of all refugees for 120 days, indefinitely suspends the entries of all Syrian refugees, as well as barring entries from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering for 90 days. (credit: Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's order Friday banning immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim nations is being met by both harsh and somber verbal resistance from top tech sector leaders—from Apple to Y Combinator. The move was racist, affected perhaps thousands of tech workers, and was un-American, the executives said in tweets, e-...

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10:57
Lyft donates to the ACLU in response to Trump's...

More than a few tech companies have voiced opposition to President Trump's Muslim-focused immigration ban, but Lyft is going the distance by making a firm financial commitment. The ridesharing outfit has promised to donate $1 million to the American...

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09:32
Apple reportedly removing apps from Iranian...

Apple has allegedly started removing apps originating in Iran from the App Store. According to Techrasa, Apple removed the app of Digikala, the biggest Iranian e-commerce service, a few days ago. Apple has yet to comment on the procedure but it seems to stem from international trade laws (via TechCrunch).

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09:30
Ben Heck's smart retro boombox

In the 1980s and '90s, boomboxes were in their heydey. The sight of a person carrying a huge music player on their shoulder was iconic -- until the Walkman came along, anyway. The Ben Heck Show team decided it was time for a retrofit, using t...

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08:00
After Math: Shady deals

It's been a heck of a week for soupy sales. In addition to all of the wild proclamations (and subsequent walk-backs) made by the Trump administration, D-Wave somehow found a buyer, California's power companies went looking for handouts, Faraday Futur...

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07:00
Hummingbird-inspired wind turbines, and more in the...

It's official: New York just gave the green light to build the largest offshore wind farm in US history. The project will be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk, and it will produce enough energy to power 50,000 homes. Meanwhile, researchers have d...

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06:24
Five of the best apps for getting started with...




The iPad is an excellent artist's tool, but before you jump into an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, AppleInsider has five suggestions for apps to try that don't need either to be sure that you want to make the jump from paper to digital.

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04:22
NASA's reconfigurable radio can track planes...

When the 66 Iridium Next satellites are already in orbit, air traffic controllers and pilots will be able to track all flights, even planes flying across ocean. That's because the satellites are equipped with reconfigurable radios called AppSTAR, whi...

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Saturday January 28

22:50
Ireland votes to stop investing public money in...

Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that stops the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. The measure still has to...

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20:01
US internet providers stop sending piracy warnings

Remember the media industry's vaunted Copyright Alert System? It was supposed to spook pirates by having their internet providers send violation notices, with the threat of penalties like throttling. However, it hasn't exactly panned out. ISPs and...

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18:33
Twitter discloses two far-reaching FBI data requests

Twitter is joining in the recent trend of tech companies disclosing FBI data requests after gag orders have lifted... and the news isn't exactly comforting. The social network has revealed that two National Security Letters sent in 2015 and 2016 ask...

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18:06
Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool...




For reasons unknown, Apple has taken down the iCloud Activation Lock status page on its website, which used to offer a convenient method of determining whether a used iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple Watch was stolen.

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17:04
LG's Nexus-like Watch Style surfaces in photos

LG's Google-blessed smartwatches now exist as more than a set of specs. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has scored photos of the Watch Style, the budget model of the two that LG is expected to launch in early February. The Android Wear 2.0 device certai...

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16:18
Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges support to employees...




In the wake of executive orders from U.S. President Donald Trump limiting immigration from a group of seven countries, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees to reaffirm the company's pro-immigration stance, and advising affected staff will receive support from its human resources and legal teams.

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15:25
Apple, Microsoft and Uber help staff stranded by...

President Trump's restrictions on immigration from Muslim-majority countries is affecting many, many more tech companies besides Google. Apple, Microsoft, Uber and others are rushing to accommodate employees who suddenly find themselves isolated by t...

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14:40
In memo to employees, Tim Cook says Trump’s...

Joining a variety of tech leaders in doing so, Tim Cook today told Apple employees in a memo that the company does not support the executive orders signed by President Donald Trump to limit immigration from foreign countries to the United States. In the memo, obtained by The Verge, Cook explains that the order simply is “not a policy we support.”

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14:21
Adobe announces plans to shutter Contribute,...

Adobe today announced that, in an effort to continue to push people towards Creative Cloud, it is discontinuing Adobe Director and Contribute, as well as Shockwave on Mac. The move, which shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise to most, officially marks the end of Macromedia software, the company Adobe acquired in 2005 and subsequently dissolved.

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14:00
The Doomsday Clock is the closest to midnight since...

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists just pushed the Doomsday Clock to two and half minutes to midnight, marking the closest point humanity has been to extinction since the first hydrogen bomb test in 1953. Given this latest warning, it's a good tim...

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12:30
Raden's connected carry-on is sleek and smart,...

I don't think there's anything more crucial to a frequent traveler's arsenal than a reliable carry-on, but does it need to be smart too? A cottage industry of connected luggage makers seems to think so. While some companies have focused on packing th...

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11:00
Trak's at-home sperm tracker is a surprisingly...

Sitting in a fertility clinic is a nerve-racking experience, and it can get even more awkward for men when they're put on the spot to produce semen samples. Fortunately for them, a new device that started shipping earlier this month can help make par...

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10:40
Apple Formally Joins High-Powered AI Partnership


The Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society on Friday announced that Apple, well known for its culture of secrecy, has joined the organization as a founding member. The other founding members are Amazon, Facebook, Google/Deep Mind, IBM and Microsoft. The group also announced the final composition of its inaugural board of trustees. The group plans to announce additional details sometime after the board's Feb. 3 meeting in San Francisco, including how other organizations and individuals can join.

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