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Thursday January 25

HomePod hands-on touts superior sound, ‘personal’...

In what seems to be the first hands-on report with a HomePod ahead of the orders going live tomorrow, Refinery29 writes they had an hour to test out the smart speaker. The site says that HomePod looks great as an object, and they preferred the HomePod’s sound quality when compared to a Google Home Max, Amazon Echo and Sonos One.

The article also says that the HomePod has some awareness of whether its owner is at home and Siri will not speak about calendar notifications, text messages, reminders and other personal alerts if the user is out of...

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Wednesday January 24

Apple adjusts foreign App Store pricing to account...

Apple is in the process of sending out emails to inform developers of an App Store update that changes price of apps in six countries adjusted due to the addition of, or changes in, that country's value added tax.

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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0 with playground...

Alongside a slate of new beta software for iOS, macOS and tvOS, Apple on Wednesday released an update for Swift Playgrounds that brings fresh features like subscriptions, new robots and more to the educational app.

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Drake's 'God's Plan' breaks...

Drake just dropped a new track and it's breaking streaming records. Representatives for the rapper on Wednesday said "God's Plan" broke Spotify's U.S. record for the most-streamed song in a single day with 4 million plays, while Apple Music's Zane Lowe seemingly one-upped that announcement by saying the song logged 14 million streams worldwide.

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Apple teases Seoul, South Korea retail store w/ new...

As we reported earlier this month, Apple is set to open its first store in South Korea this weekend, on January 27th. Ahead of that grand opening, the company has shared new images of the store in a press release…


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Apple adjusting App Store pricing & developer...

Apple today has sent an email to App Store developers informing them of upcoming price changes in select countries. The company says that value added tax, or VAT, has changed in some countries and thus it will adjust developer proceeds. Other countries will also see App Store prices updated.


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HomePod setup similar to AirPods, requires iCloud...

With AirPods and the W1 chip, Apple introduced a proximity-based setup system that automatically pops up a card on your iOS device when a configurable device is nearby. The same system is used to share Wi-Fi passwords, set up new iOS devices, Apple TVs and even Apple Watch.

HomePod will use the same setup system, but it includes a few more steps, depending on your particular setup…


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Apple shows off first South Korea retail store ahead...

Apple on Wednesday posted a few photos of preparations being made at Apple Garosugil, the company's first retail outlet in South Korea that is scheduled to open its doors to customers on Saturday.

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New data shows significant uptick in design job...

Enterprise analytics company Thinknum, which aims to provide investors with information directly from company websites, has shared its newest report highlighting Apple’s job openings. The company shows that Apple has dramatically increased its hiring of designers, with open positions rising at a steady rate since October…


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Apple enables basic AirPlay 2 functionality in iOS...

With Wednesday's release of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, Apple is slowly rolling out support for AirPlay 2, a hotly anticipated wireless protocol that allows users to stream music to, and remotely control, multiple devices in different rooms.

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New Drake track breaks single-day Apple Music...

Drake’s new single, God’s Plan, has broken single-day streaming music records on both Apple Music and Spotify with 14 million plays and 4.3 million plays respectively. The news was confirmed by Beats 1 host Zane Lowe in a tweet.


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Spike in job openings at Apple hints at renewed...

The past few months have seen an unusual hike in job openings for designers at Apple, potentially hinting at work on a grand new project or a renewed focus on design.

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What’s new in iOS 11.3? Hands-on with new features...

After previewing iOS 11.3 early this morning, Apple has released the highly-anticipated update to developers. Included with iOS 11.3 are a lot of new changes, headlined by new Animoji for iPhone X and multi-room audio AirPlay 2 support. Watch our hands-on video for a look at these and other changes and features in iOS 11.3 beta 1. more…

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iOS 11.3 simplifies Face ID checkout on iPhone X w/...

Apple today released iOS 11.3 to developers with features such as AirPlay 2, ARKit 1.5, and more. Since then, we’ve rounded up a few other smaller changes. One such change comes with the authentication process for purchases via the iPhone X…


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Apple Adds Medical Records Feature For iPhone

On Wednesday, Apple released the test version of a new product that lets users download their health records, store them safely and show them to a doctor, caregiver or friend. "We view the future as consumers owning their own health data," Apple COO Jeff Williams said in an interview with CNBC. From the report: It all works when a user opens the iPhone's health app, navigates to the health record section, and, on the new tool, adds a health provider. From there, the user taps to connect to Apple's software system and data start streaming into the service. Patients will get notified via an alert if new information becomes available. In June, CNBC first reported on Apple's plans, including early discussions with top U.S. hospitals. The company confirmed that it has contracts with about a dozen hospitals across the country, including Cedars-Sinai, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Penn Medicine and the University of California, San Diego. The medical information available will include allergies...

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Watch: Everything new in iOS 11.3

Apple on Wednesday released the first iOS 11.3 beta to developers for testing with new Animoji characters, Health Records integration, ARKit 1.5, Apple Music additions and more. Check out what's new in this video.

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Congress questions Apple, others over decision to...

In letters sent to the CEOs of major tech companies on Wednesday, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee asks why an agreement was made to keep details of the Meltdown and Spectre chip flaws secret until their public disclosure this month.

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iOS 11.3: Power management, better AR, new Animoji,...

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has pulled the proverbial black curtain off iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

Here's everything you need to know about what's in iOS 11.3, when it's coming, and how to install the beta.

To read this article in full, please click here

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013: iOS 11.3 beta, Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2 |...

Today we’ve got details about iOS 11.3 including the first developer beta, new Animoji, Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2 working on tvOS, and much more.

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 World Today News Update: January 24, 2018

A short edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast today:

  • Siri - a half-billion devices now use Apple's intelligent assistant, up almost 125 million from June of 2017
  • We look in detail at some of the new features expected in iOS 11.3 later this spring

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for Wednesday, January 24, 2018.  

Hidden in a press release about HomePod yesterday was an interesting note about Siri. In the note, Apple said that “Siri, now actively used on over a half a billion...

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HomePod will support lossless FLAC audio playback as...

HomePod specs are indicating that Apple is serious about the audio quality on the device. Today, we’ve discovered that the smart speaker will support FLAC out of the box.


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Tim Cook faces scrutiny from US lawmakers over...

Tim Cook is facing questions from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. CNBC reports that the committee has sent letters to Apple, Intel, and other tech companies concerning the Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws that emerged earlier this month


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Changes to macOS Server are coming in the spring

Apple says that macOS Server — available at the Mac App Store for $19.99 — is changing to focus more on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network. As a result, some changes are coming in how Server works. 

Designed for macOS and iOS devices, it’s designed to make it easy to share files, schedule meetings, sync contacts, develop software, host a website, publish wikis, configure Apple devices, remotely access your network, and more. 

Mac OS X Server was provided as the operating system for Apple’s Xserve computers, rack mounted server computers. At one point, it was optionally pre-installed on the Mac mini and Mac Pro and was sold separately for use on any Mac meeting its minimum requirements.

Soon a number of services will be deprecated, and will be hidden on new installations of an update to macOS Server coming in spring 2018. If you've already...

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macOS 10.13.4 references standalone ‘Podcast app’,...

The new beta versions of iOS, tvOS and macOS include new detailed information about privacy and Apple’s services, designed to help users understand which data is collected and how that data is used.


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Swift Playgrounds 2.0 lets you subscribe to...

Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, to version 2.0. Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds. Other changes include:

  • Subscriptions automatically show new playgrounds when available and alert you to updates.
  • New robots including IBM's TJBot and Mekamon are available from the Add Subscriptions button.
  • New content gallery shows all playgrounds including third-party subscriptions in a single view.
  • Documentation for iOS features and commands is now available from the Help button and the tools menu.
  • A Locations button lets you open playgrounds from the Files app on your iPad.
  • Third-party robot playgrounds previously included in the app are now available directly from their respective...
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AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio playback from iOS 11...

Earlier today, Apple released the first developer betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, including new features such as additional Animoji, Business Chat for iMessage, and more. Hidden in both iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, however, is support for AirPlay 2.


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Burger King explains net neutrality

This does a brilliant job of how net neutrality (a ridiculous term if there ever was one) would affect customers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Report: More evidence surfaces about underwhelming...

A new report from CNBC today shares that J.P. Morgan has cut its financial estimates for iPhone suppliers as demand for Apple’s smartphone is said to be declining.


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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0

The latest version of Swift Playgrounds includes new features to make it easier to discover even more content. Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third-party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds. You’ll automatically see new and updated playgrounds in your subscriptions, a content gallery that shows all playgrounds in a single view, new robots, and much more.

Swift Playgrounds is a wonderful tool to learn how to code.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple brings health records to iPhone

Apple today introduced a significant update to the Health app with the iOS 11.3 beta, debuting a feature for customers to see their medical records right 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.

Apple’s advancements in health, fitness, and medical in the past few years are incredible.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Reminder: HomePod can replace an Apple TV or iPad as...

Not only can Apple's HomePod be used to control HomeKit devices, but it can take the role of a HomeKit hub, allowing for access and control of compatible peripherals from outside the home.

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Apple previews iOS 11.3

This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver 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.

There are some great new features that are available in iOS 11.3. The developer beta was released today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Major changes to macOS Server coming in spring 2018

Apple is changing its focus on the popular network managing app, macOS Server. The company says that a number of services will be baked into the operating system and will be hidden on new macOS Server installations. However, those who are already using these features will be able to continue to use them after the spring 2018 macOS Server update.


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Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 2.0 with new robots...

Alongside releasing iOS 11.3 beta 1 today, Apple has made Swift Playgrounds 2.0 available with a new subscriptions feature to follow third-party creators, new robots, a fresh content gallery, and more. The release has been in beta for developers by request since last fall.


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Setapp now has 15,000 subscribers after launching a...

Setapp, the service that allows you to download tons of Mac apps for just $9.99 a month, has recently gained some real traction. Founded by MacPaw, the app now has 15,000 subscribers after launching just a year ago, TechCrunch reports.


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Get the i out: iBooks rebranded as 'Books...

Apple's transition away from "iProducts" continues in the first beta of iOS 11.3, renaming the iBooks app to just simply "Books," potentially foretelling a rebrand as "Apple Books."

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Apple releases Xcode 9.3 beta for developers

Apple has released the first beta of Xcode 9.3 for developers. Xcode is a free developer tool for Apple’s various operating systems. 

Version 9.3 fixes bugs and improves compilation times for projects in the company’s Swift programming language. Xcode 9.3 is available via the Apple Developer Program, which provides tools for building and distributing your apps.

Membership includes access to beta OS releases, advanced app capabilities, and tools to develop, test, and distribute apps and Safari extensions. For more information, visit Apple Developer Program.

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Apple releases Xcode 9.3, includes new battery usage...

With the release of iOS 11.3 beta 1 and macOS 10.13.4 beta 1, Apple has also issued the first beta of Xcode 9.3 for developers. This version promises to fix lots of bugs and improve compilation times for Swift projects.


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Messages in iCloud returns in Apple's iOS 11.3...

First announced last June at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Messages in iCloud have not yet launched, but could be coming to this spring's iOS 11.3 update, based on the first developer beta issued.

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macOS 10.13.4 beta will alert users of 32-bit...

Apple will begin alerting users of 32-bit applications starting with the latest macOS High Sierra beta, reports The Loop. For now, users will only see the alert, however, future macOS updates may require action from developers.


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macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 warns users about 32-bit...

Apple's new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta has begun the purge process of 32-bit apps, with the new version the first to warn users that the apps won't be supported that much longer.

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Messages in iCloud is back in iOS 11.3 beta 1

Apple announced in a press release earlier today several new features to come with iOS 11.3, including new Animoji and health records in the Health app.


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Apple issues first developer beta for iOS 11.3 with...

The first beta of iOS 11.3 is now available, giving developers the opportunity to build apps for ARKit 1.5, and to test out new features like Health Records and new Animoji. However, new settings for battery and performance controls will have to wait until later betas.

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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,...

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

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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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.


The room correction applied after probing its own...

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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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