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Thursday March 9

06:00
Apple offers 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar on...

If you were hankering for a late 2016 MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar, it just went online in Apple’s refurbished store.

Although selection is somewhat limited, Apple is offering two models via its refurbished store, one in silver and another in space gray. The first comes in at $1,869 and packs 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, an Intel Core i7 2.4Ghz processor, and silver casing.The second model includes all of the same specifications, but you’ll get 1TB of storage with the included SSD and space gray casing. This model comes in at $2,209.

The refurbished units arrive with a one-year warranty as well as a 14-day return window.

Supply for refurbished Apple products can vary wildly, so don’t expect these machines to be around for too long.

Happy shopping and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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06:00
Half the AirPods for a Tenth the Price

If Apple’s AirPods are just too pricey for you, and you’re looking for an inexpensive wireless audio solution, Adam Engst has identified a category of cheap, single-ear Bluetooth earbuds that are worthy of consideration. Just don’t expect AirPods quality from a device that costs between $5 and $20.

 

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05:46
Renault supporting CarPlay in Megane, Scenic,...

Renault has announced that many of its new cars will offer CarPlay compatibility from April.

R-LINK 2, available in Megane, Scenic, Talisman, etc will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Our clients will benefit of the widest combination ever: onboard R-LINK apps and Google/Apple apps. All integrated onto the car screen – with easy switch from one to the other. The customer has the choice, safely, thanks to voice control straight from the steering wheel.

The announcement is a little vague – including that ‘etc’ in the quote above – but appears to indicate that CarPlay support will not be available in either the Clio or Captur …

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05:30
How to open docs and downloads from stacks

You can open documents and downloads from “stacks” in macOS Sierra. A stack is a folder shortcut in the Dock that provides fast, direct access to files in a folder. 

A stack can contain anything you can place in a folder. When you click a stack, it springs open. You can drag items in and out of stacks, just as you do with regular folders.

By default, the Dock comes with a Downloads stack so you can easily access items you download from the Internet, receive as attachments, or accept using AirDrop.     To open a stack, click it in the Dock. To open a file in a stack, click it in the open stack.

To open the corresponding folder, click Open in the Finder.

To change a stack’s preferences, control-click the stack, then select how files are sorted, whether the stack looks like a folder or stack, and how items in the stack are displayed. To add a stack, drag a folder to the right of the Dock’s separator line.

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05:16
‘There is no such thing as absolute privacy in...

FBI Director James Comey – who has previously attacked Apple for refusing to create a weak version of iOS to allow government access to iPhones – has said that Americans have no right to expect absolute privacy. CNN has a video clip of Comey making the statement yesterday at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity.

Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America […] There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach …

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05:00
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is a convenient (...

Western Digital has increased the capacity of its line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, a plastic USB flash drive that measures 3.08 x 0.82 x 0.48 inches and weighs 0.8 ounces. It’s a nice accessory for iPhones and iPads, though it has drawbacks.

The Wireless Stick allows iOS device users to store and stream more content. It works in conjunction with the SanDisk Connect app — a free download at the Apple App Store — that enables management of content between iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, Macs and PCs viapassword-protected Wi-Fi connectivity. The app can stream music, videos or HD movies to three devices at a time. SanDisk Connect also supports streaming on large displays using AirPlay and an Apple TV.

This is very convenient. However, connecting wirelessly to a computer is still less convenient than...

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04:43
After legal scuffle, Uber gets permit to test self-...

Uber Technologies’ self-driving cars could be returning to California soon after state authorities permitted the company to test the vehicles.

The ride-hailing company is now listed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as one of over 20 companies, including Waymo, Tesla and Baidu,  that have been issued autonomous vehicle testing permits as of Wednesday.

The resumption of the tests that were stopped abruptly in December over Uber’s refusal to take a permit from the DMV reflects a significant change of stand by the company, which had argued that its vehicles did not need the permit as the rules apply to cars that can drive without someone controlling or monitoring them.

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04:22
Apple speech team head explains how Siri learns a...

One area where Apple is the undisputed king of the personal assistant space is localization; Siri supports twenty four languages across 36 country dialects. In contrast, Google’s Assistant can only understand five languages and Alexa (popularized by the Amazon Echo) just two, English and German.

iOS 10.3 is introducing another language, Shanghainese, extending its international advantage even more. In an interview with Reuters, Apple’s head of speech explains how Siri is taught to learn a whole new language …

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02:37
Apple patent filing sheds light on iPhone 7 Plus...




An Apple patent application published Thursday details an intelligent method of introducing photo background blur using a depth map compiled from data captured by a stereo camera system. The document could shed light on the inner workings of Portrait Mode on iPhone 7 Plus, details of which are sparse.

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Wednesday March 8

22:01
Living and dying on his own terms

Tom has been a friend to the Mac Community and a personal friend for many years. It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see him have to go through this but, I know Tom is doing what he can to do this on his own terms. He’s a stubborn guy and he fought hard. But now it’s time for him to go. Be well, my friend.

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19:45
Apple starts selling 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch...

As it generally does after a product has been on the market for long enough, Apple today added the 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar to online refurbished store. While the selection is limited, these refurbished models represent a good way to get a discount while still buying straight from Apple, though we’ve seen better on 9to5Toys for devices in brand new condition…

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19:30
Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare...

Yesterday we told you about Jason Chaffetz, a Republican Congressman who thought that the reason some low-income Americans couldn’t afford healthcare was because of the iPhone:

“You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” the House Oversight Committee chairman told CNN’s ‘New Day,’ one day after the House GOP unveiled its plan to replace ObamaCare.

“And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.”

Now, the folks at the Conan O’Brien show are poking fun at the notion with a mock advertisement for “Apple Healthcare.”

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19:08
How to check an iPhone's Activation Lock status...




Apple scrubbed its iCloud Activation Lock status check tool from its website earlier this year, but a newly discovered workaround promises an alternative online resource for buyers in the market for a secondhand iOS device.

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18:51
What do you think Apple should call this year’s...

Late last night, a report emerged claiming that Apple is considering naming its flagship iPhone this year the “iPhone Edition.” This rumor, rather unsurprisingly, was met with a generally negative response from potential customers.

This makes us wonder, what do you think Apple should name its flagship iPhone this year?

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18:14
Electric jet ski promises eco-friendly watersports

For all of the choices you now have when it comes to electric cars, you're not so fortunate if you're looking for a personal watercraft. There have been attempts, but you're usually looking at a big hydrofoil rather than something as nimble and porta...

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17:21
Apple's Green Bonds funded $441.5 million of...




Last February, Apple issued its first Green Bond, a $1.5 billion vehicle for investors seeking to put their capital to work on projects that will reduce the global human impact on climate change, help develop technology products using safer materials and work to conserve scarce resources. The company has now reported on a series of projects financed by those bonds last year.

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16:56
'Left 4 Dead' character returns to haunt...

Dead by Daylight, the hit survival-horror game that pits a team of four players against a dangerous killer, is getting a new character as part of the title's free "Left Behind" DLC. Players of Valve's successful Left 4 Dead series of zombie games wil...

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16:41
Apple-backed Didi Chuxing opens new self-driving lab...

Last year, Apple invested $1 billion in the Chinese Uber competitor Didi Chuxing, receiving a seat on the company’s board as well. According to a report from Recode, Didi Chuxing is today opening a new artificial intelligence lab right in Apple’s backyard…

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16:39
Didi opens self-driving car lab near Apple in...




Apple-backed Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi on Wednesday opened an artificial intelligence lab in Mountain View, Calif., where the firm will develop intelligent driving systems and AI-based transportation security.

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16:38
Head of Uber’s AI labs leaves company

Gary Marcus, a research scientist who joined Uber four months ago as director of its AI labs, is leaving the company, according to sources. Uber bought Marcus’ startup, Geometric Intelligence, in December, using its 15 employees to form a new artificial intelligence unit.

No word on where he’s going, but I wondered if he’s going to Didi with the others.

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16:33
This anti-social robot's only task is to avoid...

Robots are usually created to help us, but that's not always the case. Last week, California's Palm Desert was home to a machine that was different. ShyBot didn't serve us at all, instead -- as its name suggests -- it had a reclusive mission: stay as...

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16:28
Why women in tech aren’t surprised by the Uber saga

Imagine reading a woman’s story about being denied a team reward because she’s in the female minority, or a story about a sexual harassment complaint being dismissed by an HR manager, and thinking, “That sounds about right.” Or reading a follow-up story in The New York Times about inappropriate groping at work parties and saying to yourself, “That’s not surprising.”

We have to be better than this.

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16:24
∞ 50 AC/DC riffs

Respect.

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15:58
Burger-flipping robot has its first day on the job...

The next time you place an order at a fast food joint, you could see a robot behind the counter. Flippy is an AI-driven kitchen assistant that can flip burgers and place them on buns, and it debuted today at a CaliBurger restaurant in Pasadena, Calif...

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15:52
Rollout.io responds to Apple’s ‘hot code push’...

Yesterday evening, Apple started cracking down on apps that use third-party services to update without App Store approval. The majority of the affected apps seemed to use Rollout.io, an SDK that allows developers to modify their app in “real-time.”

Now, Rollout’s CEO and co-founder, Erez Rusovsky, has issued a statement on Apple’s policy shift…

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15:43
Apple backed Didi has opened a self-driving lab in...

Didi, China’s largest ride-hail player, is getting serious about self-driving cars. The company, which acquired Uber’s China assets in August 2016, today is opening an artificial intelligence lab right in the backyard of many of its self-driving competitors in Mountain View, Calif.

They poached some good people from their competitors too.

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15:30
CIA responds to WikiLeaks with an extra long '...

A day after a WikiLeaks post claimed to reveal inside details of the CIA's hacking apparatus, the agency has responded with a "no comment" and then some. In a statement, the folks at Langley said: "We have no comment on the authenticity of purported...

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15:13
Founder of Apple-acquired WiFiSlam leaves for...




The founder of WiFiSlam -- an indoor positioning tech company Apple bought in 2013 -- has left Apple after staying four years with the iPhone maker, a report said on Wednesday.

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15:09
Looking for in-stock Apple AirPods? AT&T online...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apple’s AirPods aren’t easy to get your hands on with such long wait times from the Apple Store (up to 6 weeks or more). Luckily AT&T has them right now with a 3-day shipping time at the usual $159 shipped. There’s no telling how long they will be available, so jump in now if you’re interested. More details below:

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15:07
Honda reveals Clarity Electric & Plug-in Hybrid...




Honda on Wednesday announced two upcoming cars, the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid, that will add to a growing roster supporting Apple's CarPlay platform.

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15:07
China ridesharing giant opens a self-driving car lab...

Didi's ever-expanding ridesharing empire might be centered in China, but it's still willing to head overseas to advance its goals. The company is opening an AI lab in Mountain View, California for the sake of its self-driving car ambitions. This does...

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15:00
Apple Says It's Already Fixed Many WikiLeaks...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from USA Today: Apple says many of the vulnerabilities to its devices and software that came to light in WikiLeaks' revelations of CIA cyber weapons were already fixed in its latest updates. Late Tuesday, Apple emailed the following statement to USA TODAY: "Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers' privacy and security. The technology built into today's iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we're constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users running the latest version of our operating system. While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest OS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities. We always urge customers to download the latest iOS to make sure they have the most recent security...

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14:50
Wi-Fi Widget Simplifies Wi-Fi Work in iOS

Wi-Fi Widget from Puppy Ventures offers an easy shortcut to commonly needed Wi-Fi settings.

 

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14:43
The Terminal Is Where Linux Begins - and Where You...


Once you have a sense of the vast potential of Linux, you may be eager to experience it for yourself. Considering the complexity of modern operating systems, though, it can be hard to know where to start. As with many things, computers can be better understood through a breakdown of their evolution and operation. The terminal is not only where computers began, but also where their real power still resides. I'll provide here a brief introduction to the terminal, how it works, and how you can explore further on your own.

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14:42
Experiment suggests potatoes really will grow on Mars

It looks like Mark Watney, the fictional, stranded astronaut in The Martian, was right about one thing. Potatoes can grow on Mars. The International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima placed a special potato inside a sealed container that simulates Mars tem...

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14:37
iPhone 8 rumors: New Edition name, later launch date...

The iPhone 7 is nearly six months old, which means the time is ripe for speculating about the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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14:18
Final 'Destiny' add-on revives old raids...

At the end of this month, Bungie will release the last extra content for its shooter MMO Destiny before it moves on to the game's sequel. In a livestream today, the studio's developers and community manager Deej outlined what's coming for players in...

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14:00
AWT News Update: March 8, 2017

The Apple World Today news podcast runs the gamut today from sending money with Siri to taking piano lessons with an iPad:

  • Honda announced that two new vehicles to be show next month at the New York International Auto Show will support Apple CarPlay
  • RBC customers can make money transfers with Siri after an app update
  • More betas arrived today, including those for iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2...and Xcode 8.3 as well
  • A new iPad app called Skoove can interactively teach you piano, and it even listens to your progress

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

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13:55
CloudApp launches new Annotate visual tool as...

Annotate is a new visual tool from cloud-based sharing service CloudApp launching today for Mac. Annotate lets you quickly create GIFs and annotated images or capture HD video workflows in a modern native tool. Dropbox also has news for Mac users as the cloud service detailed a new auto-updater for the service coming soon to macOS.

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13:52
Tesla's new solar energy station will power...

Renewable energy supplies are great because they produce power without filling the air with pollution. Yet, once the sun goes down solar panels become pretty useless. But Tesla and Hawaii have a solution that'll use the sun's rays both day and night...

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13:48
New iPhones could get PowerVR Furian GPU...

Imagination Technologies today unveiled its next-gen PowerVR Furian architecture, its upcoming next-gen GPU design that could give clues to enhancements ready for future iPhones. Most notably, the company says Furian enables enhanced power efficiency for mobile devices that will pave the way for high-resolution, immersive graphics content including AR and VR applications. In other words, the GPU could help upcoming iPhones achieve higher (4K?) resolutions with big computing and gaming performance improvements:

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13:35
Pinterest acquires Jelly, the startup from Twitter...

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone's startup Jelly has seen plenty of twists and turns since its 2013 introduction: it launched as a crowdsourced question-and-answer service, pivoted, and then pivoted back to its original concept in 2016. Now, however, it'...

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13:14
Switch owners will wait longer (and pay more) for...

If The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has piqued your interest in whimsical open-world adventure games featuring young men solving puzzles, Rime has you covered. It's coming out on May 26th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, developer Teq...

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12:55
Snapchat 'celebrates' women with more...

Snapchat has a really hard time celebrating without coming off as offensive. Last 4/20, the app introduced a Bob Marley filter that prompted accusations of racial insensitivity. A few months later, it rolled out an anime-inspired filter that sure loo...

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12:38
'No Man's Sky' update adds more than...

When Hello Games teased big things coming with No Man's Sky's Path Finder update, it wasn't joking around. The studio has taken the wraps off the upgrade, and there's a lot more than what was hinted at. For one thing, there are multiple ground vehicl...

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12:32
WikiLeaks documents show CIA struggling to crack...




While the revelations that the CIA has its own device penetration department, including a section for Apple equipment, a closer look at the revealed data shows an agency struggling with the realities of modern surveillance, and a increasingly sophisticated investigation target base.

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12:20
Tech's Ruling Class Casts a Big Shadow

Veteran technology columnist Walt Mossberg believes that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, or Gang of Five -- as he likes to call them, are casting a big shadow over how today's startups foster, a phenomenon he believes will continue to happen over the years to come. From his column for The Verge: What we have now in consumer tech, in 2017, is an oligopoly, at least superficially similar to the old industrial-era American corporate groups that once dominated key industries. I think that their enduring and growing power casts a shadow over the Silicon Valley legend that there are lots of great new consumer tech innovations being incubated right now in garages or dorm rooms somewhere that will be taken all the way to becoming great companies, the way each of the Gang of Five was. What I fear is more likely to happen to any such startup is that, if they're good, they get acquired by a member of the Gang, or that their idea is turned into a feature for one of the Gang's...

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12:19
NASA highlights women in STEM with a virtual field...

NASA and Google Expeditions are celebrating International Women's Day with a series of virtual field trips highlighting the careers of seven women and their contributions to America's space program. The tours are part of the Modern Figures program, w...

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12:17
Report: Apple is the most popular company among U.S...

According to new data from comScore MobiLens, Apple has taken the top spot as the most popular OEM among U.S. smartphone subscribers. As for the top smartphone platform, Apple came in second behind Android, but not by much…

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12:10
iTunes video competitor Vudu coming to app for...




Vudu -- Walmart's online video rental and purchase service -- is coming to an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, according to an engineer with the company.

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12:08
Apple dedicates iTunes Store Movies and TV Shows...

Apple’s iTunes Store is celebrating International Women’s Day 2017 by dedicating the entire Movies and TV Shows pages to titles and collections featuring actresses, directors, producers, TV series, films, and documentaries. IWD’s official theme this year is ‘#BeBoldForChange’ and focuses on the goal of a gender inclusive world.

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12:00
A renewable planet is almost inevitable

When the leader of the free world denies climate change and fills his cabinet with like-minded individuals, it's hard not to panic. The world is, after all, hurtling toward an irrevocable ecological catastrophe that threatens all of our lives. There...

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11:59
Honda’s latest w/ Apple’s CarPlay, Clarity Plug-in...

Following announcements from Porsche with the 911 GT3 and Honda with the Civic Type R earlier this week, today Honda announced its two latest vehicles that will get Apple’s CarPlay platform standard with the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric debuting next month.

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11:58
Twitter for iOS adds new storage setting for...

Twitter today is rolling out an update to its iOS app that makes it easier to manage the storage space used by the app, allowing you to regain some of your device’s internal storage.  The update brings Twitter for iOS to version 6.7.31 and is available now on the App Store.

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11:53
Lamborghini open to all-electric supercar

Lamborghini is open to an all-electric addition to its line-up of luxury sports cars, its chief executive said on Wednesday, evidence that German parent Volkswagen’s interest in producing zero-emission vehicles could extend to the very top end of its brands.

I think it’s safe to say that all manufacturers are working on electric models, especially those owned by Volkswagen.

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11:50
76 women on a glacier are changing the world

Happily posting this in honour of International Women’s Day.

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11:50
RBC iOS app update adds pay-by-voice commands to...




Customers of the Royal Bank of Canada can now perform money transfers with Siri, with an update to the bank's mobile app for iOS adding the ability to make payments from their checking accounts to individuals and companies using a verbal command.

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11:40
China bans new South Korean games over a political...

China is rather irate that South Korea is starting to install the US' THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system to protect against North Korean threats. To that end, it's punishing the South with retaliatory policies... incl...

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11:37
Founder of WiFi mapping company acquired by Apple...

Back in 2013, Apple quietly acquired indoor smartphone locating company WiFiSlam for around $20 million. The company, founded by Joseph Huang, aimed to construct indoor mapping solutions using WiFi signals.

According to TechCrunch, however, Huang has now departed Apple to take over the reigns as CEO of StartX, the startup accelerator that helped launch WiFiSlam in the first place.

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11:24
Steve McQueen’s lost ‘Bullitt’ car reportedly has...

This is one of the most recognizable cars in film history. While I personally find the film dated and the revered chase scene boring with continuity errors that make me crazy, car and action film buffs love it.

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11:21
Airbus unveils an autonomous, modular flying car...

Flying cars face many obstacles, but one of the biggest is accommodating all the parts needed to both drive and fly -- their designs amount to big, heavy compromises. Airbus and Italdesign want to try something different. They've just unveiled the Po...

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11:19
Quake is coming back. Here’s how you can be a beta...

Personally, I was a bigger fan of Unreal Tournament, even though I sucked mightily at it.

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11:15
Apple makes available fifth developer beta releases...




A day after the macOS Sierra beta release, Apple on Wednesday published the fifth betas of iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 for developers to download and test.

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11:01
QardioArm blood pressure monitor with HealthKit...




Qardio on Wednesday announced that its HealthKit-enabled blood pressure monitor, the QardioArm, is now being sold through Apple retail stores, as well as Apple.com.

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11:00
Judge blocks FBI from forcing fingerprints from...

This is a very interesting case and it’s not over yet. It’s always been said that you can’t be compelled to give up something you know (your password) but you can be compelled to give up something you have (your fingerprints). The judge in this case is turning that on its head.

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11:00
Facebook's Gear VR app helps you find 360...

A ton of 360-degree photos and videos are uploaded to Facebook every day. The challenge, if you own a Gear VR headset, is finding the best stuff in the Oculus Video store, or amongst the deluge of selfies and viral videos that make up most News Feeds...

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11:00
IBM built an atomic hard drive

While the rush to keep pace with Moore's Law is getting rather "chaotic", researchers at IBM announced on Wednesday that they have drastically reduced the space required to store a bit of information down to that of a single atom.

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10:58
Apple releases iOS 10.3 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad

Apple is rolling out the fifth iOS 10.3 beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The upcoming software update includes Find My AirPods support, CarPlay improvements, Apple’s new filesystem, and more. We’ll update and highlight any additional changes discovered below.

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10:58
tvOS 10.2 beta 5 rolling out for Apple TV

Apple is rolling out the fifth tvOS 10.2 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. tvOS 10.2 focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK” according to developer release notes.

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10:58
Apple releases watchOS 3.2 beta 5 for Apple Watch

Apple is rolling out the fifth watchOS 3.2 beta for developer testing on Apple Watch. watchOS 3.2 beta includes Theater Mode which disables raise-to-wake and mutes alerts.

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10:54
Apple has already fixed most of the iOS exploits the...

WikiLeaks is back at it again, this time with more than 8,700 leaked documents apparently from inside the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. According to those documents, the CIA had knowledge of zero-day exploits it could use to hack iPhones. But Apple said many of those bugs have already been patched with the latest version of iOS.

The WikiLeaks documents didn’t include details of the bugs or whether the CIA has actually used them, so it’s unclear if or how Apple knows the exploits have been patched. But the company released a statement to multiple media outlets following the WikiLeaks dump on Tuesday:

“Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ privacy and security. The technology built into today’s iPhone represents the best data security available to consumers, and we’re constantly working to keep it that way. Our products and software are designed to quickly get security updates into the hands of our customers, with nearly 80 percent of users...

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10:50
Apple's iTunes highlights movies, books &...




Apple helped mark International Women's Day on Wednesday by promoting related themes and content on its iTunes movie, book, and TV stores.

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10:47
WikiLeaks Dumps CIA Hacking Docs Online


WikiLeaks on Tuesday dumped thousands of classified documents onto the Internet, exposing hacking programs used by the CIA. The torrent of data is just the first in a series of dumps WikLeaks is calling "Vault 7." This first installment includes 8,761 documents and files stolen from an isolated high-security network within the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence. This first batch of data introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal, and dozens of zero-day product exploits, WikiLeaks claimed.

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10:43
Look for Furian GPU architecture in 2018 iPhones and...

Apple partner Imagination Technologies has unveiled its next-generation PowerVR Furian architecture, an entirely new GPU [graphics processing unit] architecture designed for the evolved graphics and compute needs of next-generation consumer devices. I’d expect to see it in 2018 iPhones and iPads.

Applications such as VR/AR and convertibles require higher graphics resolutions and frame rates, and emerging applications such as ADAS and machine intelligence require increased compute efficiency. Devices designed for these applications are often designed in sub-14nm process technologies. 

According to Mark Dickinson, EVP PowerVR business unit, Imagination, Furian addresses these needs through a multi-dimensional approach to performance scalability, with an extensible design and a focus on easy system integration and layout in the latest processes. With the architecture, embedded products will be able to deliver high-...

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10:43
PS4 Pro's Boost Mode arrives on March 9th

After more than a little teasing, Sony's PS4 version 4.50 update is almost here. The sweeping upgrade is now slated to arrive on March 9th, and is now confirmed to include that rumored Boost Mode for PS4 Pro owners. Enable it on the higher-end PlaySt...

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10:30
Skoove is a new iOS app that transforms your iPad...

Skoove is a new iPad app launching today that helps you learn how to play piano from iOS. The app includes more than 250 interactive lessons and courses that you can follow along with at home as if your iPad was a private piano instructor.

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10:30
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10:26
FileMaker Cloud is now available in EMEA

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has announced that its cloud platform for managing and running custom apps, FileMaker Cloud, is now available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

In addition to the U.S.-based data centers in Oregon and N. Virginia, customers may select from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Regions of Ireland and Frankfurt. FileMaker Cloud provides the simplicity, performance and reliability of the FileMaker Platform without having to spend time and resources deploying and maintaining a server, according to Ann Monroe, vice president of worldwide marketing, FileMaker, Inc.

FileMaker Cloud provides organizations looking to develop and manage custom mobile apps with minimal administrative overhead, speedy deployment, low up-front costs and instant scalability, she adds. This builds on FileMaker's commitment to empower organizations of all sizes to improve business...

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10:25
Imagination announces PowerVR 'Furian'...




Apple partner Imagination Technologies on Wednesday unveiled PowerVR Furian, its next-generation mobile graphics processing architecture likely to be a key part of future iPhones, and also the first new GPU architecture since 2010.

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10:20
Big Tech Lobbying Is On the Verge of Killing Right...

Jason Koebler, writing for Motherboard: Statehouse employees in Minnesota say that lobbying efforts by big tech companies and John Deere are on the verge of killing right to repair legislation in the state that would have made it easier for consumers and small businesses to fix their electronics. According to two of the bill's sponsors, the bill, which would have introduced "fair repair" requirements for manufacturers in the state, will not get a hearing that's necessary to move the legislation forward. Minnesota Senate rules automatically kills any bills that do not have a hearing scheduled by a certain date (this year, it's March 10). Last year, tech industry lobbying killed a similar bill in New York. "Unfortunately, it's not going to make deadline this session," Republican Sen. David Osmek, one of the sponsors, told me in an email. Osmek would not give additional specifics about his colleagues' concerns with the bill, but a legislative assistant for the bill's other sponsor...

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10:19
Nintendo sorta cares about getting Netflix on the...

Nintendo will bring streaming video services to the Switch, but don't hold your breath, because it'll probably take a while. That's the main takeaway from a Washington Post interview with the company's Reggie Fils-Aime that was published earlier toda...

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10:00
Engadget's editors on the Nintendo Switch

We were lucky enough to get an early look at the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But now that the console and its killer launch game are finally available to all (if you can find them, at least), we've asked several of ou...

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09:38
Bentley unveils its first all-electric grand tourer

If you ever wanted a sign that the world is moving toward a greener future, you could find a big one at the Geneva Motor Show. Bentley, a company that makes enormous gas-guzzling vehicles for the one percent, surprised attendees with its first all-el...

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09:22
Future iPhones will get 4K with new PowerVR graphics...

A new PowerVR graphics architecture from Imagination Technologies will give a serious graphics boost to Apple's future iPhones, including 4K graphics.

Imagination is announcing Furian, the first major graphics architecture upgrade since Rogue, which was announced in 2010. Apple's iPhone 7 currently has graphics based on the Rogue architecture.

The Furian architecture also sets up future iPhones for graphics-intensive applications like virtual reality. Furian will be used in new PowerVR GPUs like the Series8XT, according to Imagination.

The architecture has already been licensed to device makers and should be available in mobile devices by the end of 2018. Apple modifies PowerVR graphics architectures for the iPhone, meaning the graphics capabilities may also reach its devices next year.

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09:22
Nest said to be working on home security and a low-...

Notice how Nest hasn't had any truly new products lately? If you believe insider accounts, it's no coincidence -- management troubles, and the struggle to develop a home security system, left it with little to show. However, it now looks like it's ba...

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09:18
Review: KRFT for iOS lets you build addictive,...

KRFT for iOS takes a unique approach to music production and performance allowing producers to not only create the musical notes, melodies and chords in a particular song or set, but also the Surface with which it will be performed on.

Using a simple system of touch-controlled geometric shapes, users can arrange a series of hand-crafted loops, drum beats, modifier Dials, Morph buttons and more into a custom-made performance control surface. Due to the almost modular nature with which the app treats the various elements of your song, KRFT’s performance Surface becomes a new and interesting way for coming up with entire song arrangements as you morph riffs and beats with the app’s built-in effects. Here’s how it works:  ...

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09:00
Peter Panic is a delightfully demented video game...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Just as it has done with late night television, Adult Swim has built up an impressive selection of strange and wonderfully offbeat mobile games over the years. Pocket Mortys is one of the more recent treats, but Robot Unicorn Attack, Amateur SurgeonHeads Up...

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09:00
The world's largest solar farm, from space

Just over two years ago, California's 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm was the world's largest solar project. A year later, the 579-megawatt Solar Star farm, also in California, laid claim to the crown, and in 2016, India's 648-megawatt Kamuthi Solar Po...

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08:51
FileMaker Cloud arrives in Europe, Middle East, and...




The Apple-owned FileMaker has expanded the availability of its FileMaker Cloud service to countries outside North America, with customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa now able to use the cloud-based server platform for their apps.

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08:20
Apple Begins Rejecting Apps With 'Hot Code Push...

Apple has long permitted "hot code push", a feature that allows developers to continuously deploy changes to their mobile apps and have those changes reflect in their apps instantly. This allowed developers to make quick changes to their apps without having to resubmit the new iteration and get approval from the Apple Store review team. But that's changing now. In response to a developer's query, Apple confirmed that it no longer permits "hot code push." The company told the developer: Your app, extension, and/or linked framework appears to contain code designed explicitly with the capability to change your app's behavior or functionality after App Review approval, which is not in compliance with section 3.3.2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement and App Store Review Guideline 2.5.2. This code, combined with a remote resource, can facilitate significant changes to your app's behavior compared to when it was initially reviewed for the App Store. While you may not be...

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08:18
Apple Pay donations turn on for 22 UK charities such...




Apple on Wednesday introduced support for Apple Pay donations in the U.K., starting with a wave of 22 organizations such as the Alzheimer's Society, Oxfam, the Royal British Legion, and UNICEF.

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08:06
BritBox streaming service brings old & new...

If you’re a fan of British TV shows, the BritBox streaming service – launching in the U.S. today – offers access to both old-time classics and brand new series’ for $6.99 per month. You can watch it on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and the web, reports Variety.

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08:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Black AirPods?

Back in black!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

Wish your new AirPods were any other color but white? We have the solution for you in this week’s roundup. Read on!

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07:53
Netflix adding tech that lets you edit storylines...

Daily Mail:

Whether you love happy endings or a harsh blast of reality in TV dramas, you could soon be able to decide what you get.
Netflix, the TV-streaming company behind hit shows such as The Crown and House Of Cards, is working on ways to give viewers control of key plot decisions.

Some of the storylines will be simple and linear, like the Choose Your Own Adventure books many grew up with.

For example, viewers might decide whether an inmate in the prison drama Orange Is The New Black joins a gang or not.

This is a fascinating development. Imagine a future where you can steer movie plots based on your preferences. Or, perhaps, an AI in your Apple TV could know you well enough to choose and customize content for you. The future!

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07:45
Searching your Mac and iOS photo library

If you’ve never tried doing a search in your Mac or iOS photo library, check out this post for Mac and this post for iOS. There are some searches you can do without any prep work on your part (search for “cat” or “water”), but some searches do require some effort on your part (search for a particular person, for example).

I do wish there was a way to run a search on all images on my device, rather than just the images that have been imported into Photos. I suspect that eventually, images on our devices will all be tagged in some way, all backed up, and all searchable, whether we created them or not.

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07:44
Third-party Home app developer releases Finances 2...

Finances 2 is a new personal and business bookkeeping app for iOS and macOS from developer Matthias Hochgatterer. Prior to Finances 2, Hochgatterer created the excellent third-party HomeKit app Home before Apple’s version in iOS 10. Like his Home app, Finances 2 takes advantage of modern iOS technologies including 3D Touch, Spotlight integration, and Split View on the iPad.

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07:38
Apple addresses iOS concerns regarding exposure of...

The CIA faces what could potentially be the biggest ever leak of its secrets, after Wikileaks published thousands of documents claiming to show how the agency uses cyber espionage tactics to hack into smartphones and other devices.

The methods could reportedly capture text and voice messages on iPhones, Android devices and Whatsapp before they were encrypted. They could also hack Microsoft software and Samsung "smart" TVs.

However, Apple has issued a response, saying "many" of the supposed iOS exploits have already been addressed in the most recent version of its mobile operating system. In a statement issued to news outlets, and posted to Twitter by BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski, the tech giant says the latest public version...

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07:38
Team plagiarizes Golden State Warriors. Team is...

New York Times:

Steve Green, the men’s basketball coach at South Plains College, was recovering from an up-and-down season last summer when he decided he needed to make a change. So he planted himself in front of the television in his living room and began to study — really study — his favorite team.

Green scribbled down every cut, every back screen and every curl. In pursuit of a goal that was so ambitious that it bordered on audacious, he consulted with his assistants and overhauled his playbook.

The results? His team is 28-0 entering the post-season. Audacious plan. Visionary. And it worked.

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07:21
Apple’s official comment on Wikileaks, CIA, and...

From the New York Times:

In what appears to be the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks released on Tuesday thousands of pages describing sophisticated software tools and techniques used by the agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.

And from Business Insider:

According to the WikiLeaks files, it appears that the CIA has teams specifically dedicated to breaking into Apple products, including iOS, the software that runs on iPhones and iPads, and even Apple’s line of routers, AirPort.

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07:21
Two Apple suppliers tapped for 'iPhone 8'...




A new supply chain report pegs touch panel manufacturers General Interface Solution and TPK Holding as OLED touch panel suppliers for Apple, with the pair spending millions of dollars to expand capacity in time for the "iPhone 8."

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