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Monday September 4

13:47
Apple ends its annual music festival after 10 years

Apple's London music festival (first the iTunes Festival, later the Apple Music Festival) has practically become a fixture of the entertainment scene since it got started in 2007. Like it or loathe it, though, you're going to have to say goodbye. T...

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13:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.12, Tinderbox 7.2, BusyCal 3.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.1, TextExpander 6.2.2, and Boom 3D 1.1.

 

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13:29
ExtraBITS for 4 September 2017

Between Hurricane Harvey and the pre-Apple event tech news vacuum, we have only one ExtraBIT for you this week: Amazon Echo devices now support multi-room audio.

 

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13:02
Putin says the country that perfects AI will be...

Forget the arms race or space race -- the new battle for technological dominance revolves around AI, according to Vladimir Putin. The Russian President told students at a career guidance forum that the "future belongs to artificial intelligence," an...

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12:33
Galaxy Note 8 and Xperia XZ1 are the latest to...

The incredibly short list of mobile devices that can play Netflix in HDR has grown just a bit longer. If you tend to watch shows on the service while on the go and want to see the best possible pictures on screen, you can now add Samsung's Galaxy Not...

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12:00
Fitness wearables will live or die by their apps

This week at IFA, some of the biggest players in wearables launched their latest smartwatches. From Fitbit's debut Ionic to Samsung's Gear Sport, these fitness-focused watches also run the companies' own proprietary platforms, each offering their own...

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11:33
Has Google Become a National Threat?


The idea that Google might be becoming a national threat is what struck me when I read a recent column by a law professor making a compelling argument that Google has reached a point where it no longer allows dissent outside the company. Given the recent firing of a Google engineer, that may be true inside the firm as well. Apparently, Google has been funding an organization that is set up to fight monopolies, but when that organization called it out, Google allegedly orchestrated the termination of the group.

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11:30
Play spot the difference with ASUS' ROG Strix...

Gamers are a broad and diverse community, and treating them all as the single customer with a single set of needs isn't very smart. It's why ASUS is trying to break the one-size-fits all mould with its ROG Strix edition laptops that it initially show...

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11:19
Apple launches $350 Beats Studio 3 Wireless...




Apple on Monday updated its top-of-the-line Beats Studio headphones, giving them the W1 chip for simple pairing, and also adding more advanced noise cancelation technology.

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11:18
Apple releases new Beats Studio 3 headphones...

Apple has added a new addition to its W1 lineup, the Beats Studio 3 over-ear headphones ($349). The new models utilize the W1 chip for automatic pairing to iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch as well as boasting up to 40 hour battery life. These look very much like Beats’ answer to the Bose QC35 headphones.

The other flagship new addition for the Studio 3 series is adaptive noise cancelling. The headphones listen dynamically to the surrounding environment and algorithmically adjust the intensity of noise cancellation. With noise canceling enabled, battery life drops to a (still impressive) 22 hours.

more…

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11:00
Beats' Studio3 headphones pack improved...

It has been a while since Beats updated the top-end Studio line of headphones. In fact, the most recent model, Studio Wireless, debuted in 2013. Well, until now. Today, Beats is introducing the Studio3 Wireless, the latest high-end headphones for the...

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10:41
Apple's eGPU work in High Sierra is impressive...




Looking at late betas of Apple's eGPU support in High Sierra, Apple has come a long way, and has made some of the technology changes and fixes that it needs for widest possible adoption -- but it's not quite there yet for the entirety of the Mac user base.

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10:30
Owner of YouTube ripping site settles lawsuit with...

Last year, record labels took the popular YouTube-ripping site YouTube-mp3.org to court seeking the pirating website's permanent shutdown and $150,000 per violation. Well, the labels, helmed by the RIAA, have, as of today, won with recent court filin...

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10:28
The Tech Community’s Response to Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated Houston. Here are some of the ways Apple and the tech community are helping those who have been affected.

 

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10:17
Apple's Siri instrumental in rescue of sick...




A pair of calls to the U.S. Coast Guard through Apple's Siri ultimately resulted in the rescue of a critically ill teenager in Texas, after the flooding encroached upon her home and forced the family to the roof.

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10:10
iOS 11: How to use the one handed keyboard

Another small feature in iOS 11 that will prove useful for a lot of users is the new option for one handed keyboards. Follow along for how to easily switch between the standard and one handed keyboards and also change the default option.

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10:02
New High Sierra and iOS 11 Books from Take Control

Joe Kissell, Scholle McFarland, and Josh Centers have teamed up for a trio of books about macOS 10.13 High Sierra and iOS 11, and they’re available now so you can get ready before the new operating systems arrive!

 

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10:00
The military’s quest for autonomous drones could...

Self driving cars are only the beginning. Within a couple decades, most anything with wheels, wings, or rotors will be able to operate, not just on its own, but in concert with hundreds or thousands of similarly self-guided vehicles around it. This w...

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09:58
We're on a Labor Day break today...

Howdy, Apple World Today readers! Just in case you haven't noticed the scarcity of content on the site already this morning, I'm here to let you know that we'll have a minimum number of posts due to the American Labor Day holiday. 

There will not be an AWT News Update podcast today; we'll be back tomorrow.

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09:48
The New York Times failed attempt to lambast Apple

I read this article this morning from The New York Times about how Apple wasn’t creating working class jobs in the U.S. Then I got to the end of the article and there was a correction:

An earlier version of this article misstated a difference between Apple today and Kodak decades ago. Apple, like Kodak, has created tens of thousands of working-class jobs; it has not failed to do so.

So they admit in the correction that Apple did create tens of thousands of working-class jobs, which fundamentally undermines what they were trying to say throughout the entire article.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:16
Siri saves sick girl from Harvey floodwaters

Stranded outside in the rising waters of Hurricane Harvey, feverish and in great pain, 14-year-old Tyler Frank tried desperately to think of ways to get herself and her family to safety.

Calling 911 didn’t work. Begging for help on Facebook and Instagram failed, too.
“I was like, ‘Siri’s smart enough! Let me ask her!’ ” Tyler said.

And indeed, Siri was smart enough. With one inquiry to the Apple personal assistant — “Siri, call the Coast Guard” — Tyler got her whole family rescued after two days out in the storm.

I don’t even know what to say. Wow.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:00
The smart kitchen revolution is a slow one

Of all the spaces in our homes, the kitchen is the one that has seen the least change in the last few years. Sure, that countertop CD player has given way to an Echo, but you've probably not invested in a smartphone-controlled oven or DRM-enabled jui...

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08:50
Apple shifts responsibility for Siri from Eddy Cue...

Apple Inc has transferred responsibility for Siri, its voice assistant, from content chief Eddy Cue to operating systems chief Craig Federighi, a sign that the company is looking to embed the voice assistant more deeply into its core systems amid rising competition from Alphabet Inc’s Google and Amazon.com Inc.

This makes perfect sense.

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08:33
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,...

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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08:12
Stanford toughens up cheap solar cells by mimicking...

While silicon solar panels are already providing electricity for a lot of homes and buildings, it doesn't mean researchers have stopped looking for better and cheaper alternatives. Case in point, a team of Stanford scientists working to make a cheape...

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08:05
Apple pulls ProTube from App Store following...




Despite it being available for nearly three years, Apple has removed a popular alternative YouTube client -- ProTube -- from the App Store, allegedly bowing to pressure by Google.

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07:42
Readers report Apple unofficially offering free...

Readers in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey are reporting that in at least some cases Apple is offering free repairs to water-damaged devices, as well as those which suffered impact damage during the evacuation. Neither type of damage would normally be covered under warranty.

We’ve reached out to Apple, but at present there does not seem to be any company-wide policy in effect, so it seems that this is being done on a case-by-case basis by individual stores – though likely with corporate endorsement …

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07:33
South Korean court rejects Qualcomm request to...




In a move likely to aid Apple, a South Korean court has turned down a Qualcomm motion to suspend a December order by the Korea Fair Trade Commission, which leveled a $912.34 million fine against the chipmaker and directed it to fix how it handles patent licensing and chip sales.

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07:02
Leaked Apple warranty guide shows what it will and...

It's pretty tough for individuals and even third-party shops to repair Apple products, and often hard to predict whether Apple itself will repair, decline to fix or replace a busted iPhone. However, Business Insider has unearthed a 22-page "Visual/Me...

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06:41
Almost 2/3rds of Americans now use a VPN, leading...

An international cybersecurity awareness survey found that 65% of Americans now use a virtual private network (VPN) on either work devices, personal ones or both …

(want to try a VPN? Specials.9to5Toys.com has a wide selection starting from Free Trials to lifetime plans.)

more…

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06:22
Daimler and Via to launch ride-sharing shuttle...

Minivans, while not the most exciting form of transportation, could have a role to play in society's shift away from car ownership. Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz, is teaming up with Via to launch a new ride-sharing service across Europe....

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06:17
Drone Diary: new iPad, new firmware, and some new...

When I finally gave in and bought a drone, the DJI Mavic Pro sold itself to me primarily on its portability. This was the first drone on the market that combined the ability to shoot high-quality footage with a form-factor that made it sufficiently portable for handbaggage-only travel.

I used it on weekend trips to both France and Portugal, as seen in my original review video. Sadly, it didn’t get to accompany me on a holiday in Havana. Doing a little research found that the Cuban government takes a dim view of anyone flying drones anywhere around the capital of Havana, where we were staying, so I had to leave it at home.

I have, though, found a couple of unexpected uses for it which I’...

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06:03
Walter Becker, Steely Dan guitarist, arranger,...

I was on a long drive from upstate New York when I heard the news. Walter Becker was dead. Damn.

Hard to explain just how important Steely Dan was to me. They were the first band I ever loved deep down in my musical bones.

Click through to the main Loop post for my appreciation, and a bit of shared music.

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06:00
Filmora video editing software and assets for Mac:...

To be brutally honest with our readers, iMovie is a fairly ho-hum video editor and Final Cut Pro X has more features than most people need. That's why Filmora -- a C|NET top-rated video editing package -- is gaining popularity with Mac users. We've got a tremendous deal on Filmora and a pack of educational assets right now; $49 for a lifetime license to Filmora.

What do we mean by a lifetime license? You'll spend just $49 for all minor and major updates to the app for as long as it's around! What can you do with Filmora?

  • Transform your videos w/ a variety of filters & graphic overlays
  • Communicate using a huge selection of titles, openers, & lower thirds
  • Drag...
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05:55
Prolific leaker claims 'iPhone 8' will...




One of the more visible sources of "iPhone 8" rumors has chimed in on the price of the device, claiming that a 64-gigabyte configuration will cost $999 -- with the rumored 512-gigabyte version retailing for $1,199.

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05:02
Behold the cameras destroyed by the solar eclipse

The eclipse came and went amidst a media hullabaloo. Much of the coverage focussed on where and how you could watch the event. And, almost every report carried a word of warning: Protect your eyes. Trump didn't listen, but most others did. Photograph...

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05:00
Steve Jobs Theater construction photos leaked

If you’re hankering to see what the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus looks like but don’t know when you’ll be invited/get to take a tour/have a chance to pass by, you might like this.

iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has posted several nifty pictures of the site under construction. The theater itself looks pretty breathtaking as they put on the finishing touches.

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so please take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Via Twitter and Instagram

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04:52
Taiwanese sources illustrate likely depth of impact...

With the iPhone 8 (or Edition) expected to generate record sales for Apple, it’s obvious that iPhone assemblers like Foxconn will benefit, alongside major suppliers like Samsung Display, which is making the OLED panels.

But Taiwanese sources provide an illustration of just how far that benefit reaches into the upstream supply chain …

more…

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04:04
Latest Telegram update adds new sticker features and...

Popular messaging app Telegram received an update over the weekend that adds a couple of new sticker features, and provides an easy way to ensure you don’t miss any replies or mentions in group chats …

more…

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Sunday September 3

23:24
VR throwback 'Duck Season' arrives...

Stress Level Zero's Duck Season caught our eye for a number of reasons. It's not just a VR callback to the NES hit Duck Hunt, it's a broader celebration of '80s culture... with a horror twist, to boot. And now, you'll get to see whether or not it's...

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20:59
Jaguar's steering wheel of the future revolves...

The steering wheel as we know it doesn't have a bright future -- in fact, it might disappear altogether as self-driving cars hit the road. Jaguar Land Rover, however, has an idea as to how it might survive. The British automaker has unveiled a conc...

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19:29
The reborn Lily drone isn't what you were...

To say that Lily drone backers were disappointed would be an understatement. They were promised a cutting-edge machine only to watch the $34 million crowdfunding campaign go up in flames, and only some contributors have received their funds so far. H...

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17:33
Here's how Xbox One games will handle mouse and...

Microsoft has been promising mouse and keyboard support on the Xbox One for ages, but it's finally getting close. As part of a PAX West panel, the company's Mike Ybarra revealed that the first Xbox One games to support these peripherals are coming "s...

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17:09
Evernote 6.12

Makes improvements to tables, enhances multitasking, and adds a new image gallery. (Free update, 55.1 MB)

 

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16:02
Reddit turns off access to its main source code

Reddit has made its website source code available since 2008 in a bid to keep the community alive no matter what, but it's having a change of heart now that it's older and larger. The company has announced that it's turning off access to a monolithi...

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15:19
Is Apple Copying Palm's WebOS?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Salon: Released in 2009 by Palm -- the same company that popularized the PDA in the 1990s -- WebOS pioneered a number of innovations, including multiple synchronized calendars, unified social media and contact management, curved displays, wireless charging, integrated text and Web messaging, and unintrusive notifications [that have all been copied by the mobile operating systems that defeated it on the marketplace]. The operating system, built on top of a Linux kernel, was also legendary for how easily it could be upgraded by users with programming skills. WebOS was also special in that it used native internet technologies like JavaScript for local applications. That was a huge part of why it was able to do so much integration with Web services, something its competitors at the time simply couldn't match. Apple's upcoming iOS 11 once again demonstrates how far ahead of its time WebOS really was. The yet-to-be-released Apple mobile system has...

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14:31
Honda sets aside $605 million to settle Takata...

The Takata airbag scandal affected several companies, but Honda felt its impact the most. Now, the Japanese automaker has agreed to a $605 million settlement to pay for buyers' claims related to the deadly airbags in the US. The money Honda set aside...

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13:53
Tim Cook tweets support for Apple's 250 '...




Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to Twitter to continue spreading his message of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DECA) program, posting that he stands with the 250 "Dreamers" employed by the company who are able to work for Apple via the immigration initiative.

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13:11
Tim Cook expresses support for the ‘Dreamers’ at...

Tim Cook this afternoon took to Twitter to express his support for the Dreamers that work alongside him at Apple. The company, according to Cook, employs some 250 Dreamers – children of undocumented immigrants who have lived in the United States for a significant amount of time.

Cook’s tweet comes after reports emerged claiming that President Trump was considering ending the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which allows for Dreamers who are registered with the Federal government to stay in the United States.

In his tweet, Cook said that he stands with the Dreamers at Apple and that “they deserve our respect as equals.” Furthermore, the Apple CEO said that a solution for DACA should be one that is “rooted in American values.”

250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.

Earlier this week,...

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13:06
Hands On: Lucidchart online service for macOS and...




Lucidchart brings rapid diagrams and flowcharts to Mac and iOS, in an interface that should feel very comfortable to old-time Mac users familiar with the classic MacDraw II or Microsoft Vizio.

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13:04
Huawei Unveils AI Mobile Chipset Said To Rival A11...

On Saturday, Chinese mobile maker Huawei unveiled its first artificial intelligence smartphone chipset, which it hopes will lure customers away from Apple's upcoming range of new iPhones and towards the Asian company's "most powerful handset yet," the Mate 10, which is set to debut next month. Mac Rumors reports: Huawei touted the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset's built-in "neural processing unit" at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin, claiming that the technology is "20 times faster" than a traditional processor. The world's third largest smartphone maker claimed that mobile devices powered by the Kirin 970 will be able to "truly know and understand their users," by supporting real-time image recognition, voice interaction, and intelligent photography with ease. According to Nikkei, the Kirin 970 integrates 5.5 billion transistors in a single square centimeter about the size of a thumbnail, which includes an octa-core central processing unit, a 12-core graphics...

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13:02
The LG V30 is better for video recording than...

LG has made a name for its V series by stuffing the phones with top-notch multimedia recording features, and its latest addition takes this much further than before. The new V30, unveiled here at IFA 2017, is the first smartphone to offer a glass len...

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12:59
You can pay at a restaurant by smiling at a camera

As easy as it is to make purchases in the era of tap-to-pay services, it's about to get easier still. Alipay (which handles purchases for Chinese shopping giant Alibaba) has launched what it says is the first payment system that uses facial recognit...

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12:39
Apple moves sixth-generation iPod nano to obsolete...

Apple this week has added another product to its obsolete category: the sixth-generation, Apple Watch-esque iPod nano. In being obsolete, the device is no longer supported by Apple customer service for repair or servicing.

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12:32
Introversion's 'Prison Architect'...




The incarceration sandbox game 'Prison Architect' has tunneled itself into the Mac App Store, at the same time as Feral Interactive releases the 'War of the Chosen' expansion for 'XCOM 2' for macOS.

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11:32
Nokia 8's dual-camera is good, but rival phones...

The Nokia 8 broke cover in the run-up to IFA 2017, so while it wasn't officially launched at the show in Germany, it's one of several phones vying for your cash ahead of a certain company's next phone. It's the most accomplished Android phone that No...

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10:00
ASUS’ first mixed reality headset has plenty of...

ASUS has been teasing us with details of its Windows Mixed Reality headset, but now is ready to let folks try it for themselves. At IFA 2017, we were also able to spend a decent amount of time using the Windows Mixed Reality controllers that will shi...

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09:30
The best compact washer and dryer

By Liam McCabe

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Rea...

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09:23
Huawei: Apple at disadvantage with Kirin 960...

Huawei, the world’s 3rd largest smartphone maker, has shared some details about its newest smartphone chip, and the company says it will help its upcoming Mate 10 smartphone outperform Apple and Samsung devices.

more…

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09:09
Tinderbox 7.2

Adds support for Markdown and other markup languages. ($249 new, free update, 32.1 MB)

 

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08:00
After Math: Business as Usual

It was a fairly uneventful week for the tech industry. Apple continued its quest to know everything about its customers. The FDA finally approved a genetic therapy for the first time Lyft spread its operation to 32 more states. And Juicero, purveyors...

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05:30
Ben Heck's smart bike, part 2

The team is on the road with the IoT on Wheels design challenge, trying their best to make their smart bike, well, smarter. Using ST Microelectronics Nucleo hardware with Bluetooth Low Energy means the device can pair with other devices, such as a...

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05:02
Yamaha's smart pianos work with Alexa and teach...

Of the many things we expected to see at IFA 2017, cutting-edge instruments weren't one of them. But Yamaha is using its time in Berlin to showcase the Clavinova all-electric, smart pianos, which use an iOS device and LEDs above each key to teach you...

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Saturday September 2

23:23
'The Division' finally adds to its open-...

After spending much of the past year upgrading The Division's core gameplay and its player-versus-player content, Ubisoft is ready to turn its attention to fresh player-versus-environment material -- and that finally includes a new area to play in....

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22:59
Lowest Price Ever: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro...




For one week only, AppleInsider readers can exclusively save $600 on Apple's Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.6GHz, 16GB, 256GB, Radeon 450) in Space Gray or Silver. At $1,799 with free expedited shipping, this deal offers shoppers the absolute lowest price from an Apple authorized reseller with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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20:22
Mercedes teases hybrid supercar with Formula 1 tech

You've seen hybrid supercars before, but likely nothing quite so exotic as this. Mercedes-Benz is teasing the debut of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, a hybrid "supersports showcar," at the Frankfurt International Motor Show beginning September 14th....

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18:52
SpaceX finishes testing Falcon Heavy's first...

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been in the works for so long that it almost feels like the stuff of legend at this point (Elon Musk first unveiled it in 2011), but there are signs that it might make that promised November launch. The private spacef...

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17:18
Alexa can brief you on the latest in music news

Alexa's Flash Briefings can help start your day by telling you about the latest headlines from various news sources and podcasts. Now, the voice assistant can also tell you what's going on about your favorite musicians. Amazon has launched "Today in...

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16:48
Apple HomePod generates tones for device pairing,...




When Apple's HomePod launches later this year, users will be able to take advantage of an automated pairing and setup process in which a special tone generated by the speaker is detected by a host iPhone.

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15:50
Data leak exposed millions of Time Warner Cable...

Verizon isn't the only big US telecom whose corporate ally left customer data out in the open. MacKeeper developer Kromtech has discovered that BroadSoft, a frequent partner to service providers, was storing over 4 million Time Warner Cable customer...

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14:19
Apple's OS chief is taking over Siri from Eddy...

Apple's Eddy Cue has been in charge of Siri since software chief Scott Forestall left the company in 2012. Now, the executive has handed Siri over to Craig Federighi -- and it might be a bigger deal than your usual shuffling of responsibilities. See,...

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14:16
∞ The Dalrymple Report: With guest Jason Snell

Jason Snell joins me this week to discuss the Apple event scheduled for September 12 and what could be released. 

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12:40
Bosch's stain scanner knows what you spilled on...

German technology giant Bosch is mostly known for making home appliances. And at IFA 2017, the company is showing off a concept that it hopes can add a new dimension to those products. The X-Spect is a portable device that detects fabric composition,...

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11:35
Alexa, Cortana Become New BFFs


Microsoft and Amazon this week announced a deal that will let their voice-controlled digital assistants, Cortana and Alexa, engage in cross-platform communications. Microsoft customers will be able to access Alexa voice commands by saying "Cortana, open Alexa" on any device that supports Cortana, which is available on millions of desktops, laptops, tablets and other devices. Under the agreement, Microsoft customers first will be able to access Alexa via Cortana on Windows PCs, and later on Android and iOS devices.

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11:10
Watch record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson's...

NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson has broken more than one record for time spent in space, but now she's ready to come home. Whitson, fellow American astronaut Jack Fischer and Russia's Fyodor Yurchikhin are leaving the International Space Station to...

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10:58
Trump's pick for NASA's new leader sparks...

After weeks of rumors, the White House has officially picked a new NASA leader... and he's already proving to be controversial. President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Rep. Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma Republican and former executive...

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10:34
iPhone 8/Edition may include option to invoke Siri...

The latest discovery by developer Guilherme Rambo indicates the iPhone 8/Edition could use the sleep/wake button to invoke Siri in place of the Home button.

more…

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09:51
∞ 2017 North America total solar eclipse close-up in...

Spectacular.

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09:37
This week’s top stories: Apple’s Sept. 12 event is...

In this week’s top stories: Apple officially announces its iPhone 8/Edition event for September 12, major case makers say new premium model will be named iPhone Edition, new details on iPhone wireless charging, two new beta releases, redesigned multitasking for iPhone Edition/8, and more. Read on for a full recap of this week’s news.

more…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Japan's eSports struggle

The Crazy Laws
Keeping Japanese
Out of Video
Game Competitions
Yuji Nakamura and
Takako Taniguchi,
Bloomberg

Japan is a popular locale for video games, but laws are keeping eager players from participating in the eSports revolution. Bloomberg has...

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09:11
Apple's 'iPhone 8' may allow...




To get around the absence of a physical home button, the "iPhone 8" may let people trigger Siri by holding down the sleep/wake button when they're not using "Hey Siri."

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08:10
Samsung's 'AI-powered' washer is just...

IFA 2017 isn't all about smartphones, smartwatches and cute droids. The event is also a chance for companies to showcase their latest innovations for home appliances. Samsung did its part this year with the WW8800M washer, which sports technology cal...

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07:33
Microsoft tells some Mac Office users to pass on...

Office isn’t officially dead on the Mac but it might be on life support.

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07:28
NYPD needs to replace 36K useless smartphones

Ouch. It’s bad enough to have to make this turnaround but it sounds like the entire process and decision was driven by one person. That’s a recipe for disaster. The big question should be, of the other choices available, why choose Microsoft-based phones over those that run Google’s Android software or Apple’s iOS?

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07:14
Apple announces the permanent closure of their Simi...

To my recollection, this is the first store Apple has ever permanently closed. It’s not a portent of things to come, however.

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07:12
Recode your health

There’s no doubt that Apple sees health and fitness as another platform for their products. It’s really interesting watching them do so many little things that will eventually add up to really big things.

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07:00
Here's all the big launches from IFA 2017

The first half of the year saw companies flock to CES in Las Vegas and MWC in Barcelona to show off the devices they hope you'll want to buy for the rest of the year. As we approach the holiday season, tech companies are clamoring for your attention...

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05:15
Huawei's next mobile chipset is ready for our...

A big part of Huawei's multi-year push to improve its image has been improving the hardware it builds to go inside them, and its latest processor is more than up to the challenge. Unveiled today at IFA 2017, the Kirin 970 chipset goes beyond the init...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. In the US it's a holiday weekend, which we hope you'll take advantage of and have plenty of time to read back through all the big news from Gamescom and IFA. Plus, the Engadget Podcast is...

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04:01
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Aug....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of August 28-September 2.

It's official. Apple has sent out invitations to the media for a Sept. 12 press event. Apple's expected to introduce the iPhone 8 -- or whatever it will be called -- and a host of new products across the board.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees in an email to employeesthat the company has helped raise over $3 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, both through its own donations and donations from customers.

RESCUECOM has released its 2017 back-to-school Computer Reliability Report, which compares the brand market share of computer makers with their repair share, based on the number of computer repair calls received per brand, to create an overall reliability score. The report...

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03:13
BusyCal 3.2 and BusyContacts 1.2.1

Both apps fix Google Login errors and Exchange 2016 autodiscovery issues. ($49.99 new for each, free update, 11.3/5.4 MB)

 

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01:39
Harman now has smart speakers for Alexa, Cortana and...

When you're looking for a smart home speaker, you might think you're stuck with those made by Amazon, Apple or Google in order to use the specific intelligent assistants from the respective companies. Now, however, you can pick up a speaker that work...

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Friday September 1

23:01
Nintendo and Western Digital bring branded SD cards...

Nintendo has partnered with Western Digital on a line of officially official SanDisk microSDXC cards for its Switch console. What makes them so different? Well, Mario and Link are on the packaging and the 64-and-128 gigabyte cards have Nintendo brand...

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21:42
The iPhone ecosystem needs strength training...




For people into running and other cardio activities, there's a plethora of apps and accessories available in the iPhone ecosystem. So why are major accessory makers -- including Apple -- largely ignoring strength training?

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21:41
This week on AI: Apple's Sept. 12 'iPhone...




Most of the rumors should come to an end soon, as Apple has finally set a date for its fall press event -- Sept. 12. Of course talk about the "iPhone 8's" features and even its name continued this week, joined by current events and word of the company's video plans.

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19:57
Hackers tried selling celebrity info stolen from...

News that someone exploited an Instagram security hole to steal info from some of its most popular accounts got worse when they began selling it. The Verge reports this dark web service is no longer available, but The Daily Beast chatted with operato...

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17:50
Friday 5: Final Cut Pro tips for YouTubers [Video]

Final Cut Pro X is by far my most used app on the Mac, as I use it to produce a large swath of the content on our YouTube channel. As a long-time proponent of Apple’s flagship NLE, I’d like to use this week’s edition of Friday 5 to share some of my favorite Final Cut Pro X tips for those of you who use the app to create content for YouTube. Watch our hands-on video for a brief look at five handy tips.

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17:50
Sony’s new ‘Crystal’ DualShock 4s are red, white and...

DualShock controllers for PlayStation 3 and 4 have both had a translucent option as far back as 2013. The top case of the "crystal" controller lets you see through to the inner workings of the wireless gaming device, which for some reason is pretty d...

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17:00
Classic board game ‘Catan’ is coming to VR, of all...

If you've ever thrilled to a hot game of Catan on your table before, you'll love that you'll be able to experience the classic territory-building board game in virtual reality. Created by VR developer Experiment 7, with the collaboration of the Catan...

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16:57
TextExpander 6.2.2

Paves the way for compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and adds a new “expand string” scripting command. ($40 new, free update, 6.4 MB)

 

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Quicken makes managing your money easier than ever. Whether paying bills, upgrading from Windows, enjoying more reliable downloads, or getting expert product help, Quicken's new and improved features... Read more
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Narrative games have been around for ages, but only now have they been creeping into the mainstream spotlight. These games tell some of the industry's finest stories, and they break new ground in terms of gameplay and mechanics regularly. Here are... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
It's pretty much been one big release after another. We were privy to a bunch of surprises this week, with a lot of games we'd been waiting for quite some time dropping unexpectedly. We hope you're free this weekend, because there is a lot for... | Read more »
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars guide - how to...
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is an excellent new RTS turned card battler out now on iOS and Android. Lovers of strategy will get a lot of enjoyment out of Stormbound's chess-like mechanics, and it's cardbased units are perfect for anyone who loves the... | Read more »
The best AR apps and games on iOS right...
iOS 11 has officially launched, and with it comes Apple's ARKit, a helpful framework that makes it easier than ever for developers to create mobile AR experiences. To celebrate the occassion, we're featuring some of the best AR apps and games on... | Read more »
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of...
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Kpressor (Utilities)
Kpressor 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The ultimate ZIP compression application for iPhone and iPad. - Full integration of iOS 11 with support for multitasking.-... | Read more »
Find out how you can save £35 and win a...
Nothing raises excitement like a good competition, and we’re thrilled to announce our latest contest. We’ll be sending one lucky reader and a friend to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th. It’s the... | Read more »
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story...
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just... | Read more »
The Witness (Games)
The Witness 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don't remember who you are, and... | Read more »
Egg, Inc. guide - how to build your gold...
Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »

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Sunday sale: 13-inch 3.1GHz MacBook Pros for...
Amazon has 2017 13″ 3.1GHz MacBook Pros on sale today for up to $150 off MSRP, each including free shipping: – 13″ 3.1GHz/256GB Space Gray MacBook Pro (MPXV2LL/A): $1649.99 $150 off MSRP – 13″ 3.1GHz... Read more
Looking for a 2017 12″ Retina MacBook? Save $...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Apple Offering Up To $455 Credit Toward iPhon...
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available at the Apple Store, and you can receive up to $375 credit toward a new iPhone purchase when you trade in your eligible smartphone. Photo Courtesy Apple Just... Read more
AnyTrans Offers iOS Users Three Ways For Movi...
iMobie Inc. today announceed AnyTrans v6.0.1, which now can help iOS users move all data to iPhone 8/8 Plus seamlessly. The software is available both on Mac and Windows and fully able to move all... Read more
Snag a 13-inch 2.3GHz MacBook Pro for $100 of...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ 2.3GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook... Read more
Verizon offers new iPhone 8 for $100-$300 off...
Verizon is offering the new iPhone 8 for up to $300 off MSRP with an eligible trade-in: • $300 off: iPhone 6S/6S Plus/7/7 Plus, Google Pixel XL, LG G6, Moto Z2 Force, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge/S8/S8... Read more
Apple Refurbished 2017 13-inch MacBook Pros a...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and available for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is... Read more
OWC USB-C Travel Dock with 5 Ports Connectivi...
OWC have announced the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock, the latest addition to their line of connectivity solutions. The USB-C Travel Dock lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop... Read more
Pelican Products, Inc. Unveils Cases For All...
Pelican Products, Inc. has announced the launch of its full line of cases including Voyager, Adventurer, Protector, Ambassador, Interceptor (for the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus backwards compatible... Read more
$100 off new 2017 13-inch MacBook Airs
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more

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