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Sunday January 29

Five of the best apps for getting started with...

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

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NASA's reconfigurable radio can track planes...

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

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Saturday January 28

Ireland votes to stop investing public money in...

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

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US internet providers stop sending piracy warnings

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

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Twitter discloses two far-reaching FBI data requests

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

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Apple removes iCloud Activation Lock status tool...

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

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LG's Nexus-like Watch Style surfaces in photos

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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook pledges support to employees...

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

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Apple, Microsoft and Uber help staff stranded by...

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

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

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


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Adobe announces plans to shutter Contribute,...

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


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The Doomsday Clock is the closest to midnight since...

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple Formally Joins High-Powered AI Partnership

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

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Recommended Reading: Is Mark Zuckerberg going to run...

Zuckerberg 2020?
Adrienne LaFrance,
The Atlantic

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making his way around the US after promising to meet with people in each state before the end of the year. This nationwide tour has a very similar feel to that of som...

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Apple an honoree at the 2017 Louis Braille Awards

Apple is the 2017 Corporate Award Honoree at the 57th annual Louis Braille Awards bestowed by the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB). 

Since 1959, the ASB has annually bestowed the award to honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions on behalf of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The award has also been given to people who are blind or visually impaired who have overcome great odds to make outstanding achievements and have provided inspiration to others living with a visual disability. Proceeds raised from the awards ceremony directly benefit ASB’s programs and services.

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple engineer Jordyn Castor, who has been...

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This week’s top stories: iOS 10.3 beta & Find My...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10.3 beta arrives with a new Find My AirPods feature, Ben walks through Getting started with HomeKit in his first Smart Home Diary, macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta brings Apple’s Night Shift feature to Macs, and much more.


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Apple inexplicably removes iCloud Activation Lock...

Apple has inexplicably removed the iCloud Activation Lock status page, which used to exist at, but that URL now leads to a 404 error instead. The utility let anyone type in the IMEI or serial number of an iOS device to find out if Activation Lock had been turned off, handy to verify the authenticity of a seller when buying a used iPhone online.

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


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'Resident Evil 7' is the most terrifying...

I didn't recognize Resident Evil 7: Biohazard when Capcom revealed it at E3 2016 with a mysterious teaser trailer. To begin with, it was a first-person game, when Resident Evil is famously a third-person perspective series. Secondly, the trailer show...

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Hands on with jimmyCASE, a top-notch iPhone case...

For the last few weeks I’ve been using jimmyCASE for iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6/6s. This iPhone case has a unique mix of materials including mahogany, silicone, and high performance elastic that work well together both aesthetically and functionally. Keep reading after the break to learn more and why jimmyCASE is worth picking up.


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Surgical robot makes highly precise eye injection...

For the first time ever, a team of eye surgeons were able to inject a thrombolytic drug directly into a patient's retinal vein to dissolve a blood clot. It was a success despite the fact that the vein is as thin as human hair thanks to a surgical rob...

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Become Tech Savvy: How to approach and manage...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning and here is the series overview. The previous article in this series is How to set up automatic backups in macOS and iOS.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this is designed as a resource you can give to those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Priority #2: Password Management
Background, Expectations, & Best Practices |

A big benefit of our hyper connected world is that we have access to almost any service or system almost anywhere in the world. Because we can access accounts and information without being physically present, unique...

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Apple Pay spreads to over a dozen countries

Apple Pay, launched in the U.S. in the fall of 2014, has now spread to over a dozen countries, according to the "Apple Pay Profile 2017” report from Research and Markets. 

Figures from Apple Pay's largest market, the U.S., indicate that over a third of retailers of various segments now accept Apple Pay, according to the research group. Surveys cited in its report show that utilization of the Apple mobile payment system trails awareness of the ability to do so among iPhone users, but usage has increased over the past two years.

What’s more, according to the latest procurement market intelligence report from Technavio, the global mobile wallet services market — such as Apple Wallet — is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate [CAGR] of 42% over the next five years due...

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Analyst: 2017 iPhone may offer facial recognition (...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider -- Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said that the “iPhone 8” could include "some form of facial/gesture recognition.”

He writes: "Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging.”

Cowen is also expecting a new 5.8-inch iPhone in addition to existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models. The super-sized smartphone will reportedly have an OLED screen, which uses less power and produces deeper blacks. Cowen prognosticates that the 5.8-inch model will have a "wraparound" design and will integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor "under the glass and in the active display area.”

My crystal ball says he’s probably right...

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iPhone 7 Ousts Samsung Galaxy Note 4 As 'Device...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Stack: Apple is to offer its iPhone 7 as the "device of choice" for the UK military's secure communications. British telecom giant BT is said to be hardening the Apple device in order for it to be able to handle the Ministry of Defense's military communications, including state secrets and highly-sensitive data. While BT has not provided further details on the development, due to security reasons, the telco is reportedly in the process of upgrading the iPhone 7 to support various modes of operation and to add secure apps or "storage containers," as well as military-grade encryption features among other enhancements. The iPhone 7 will now replace Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which was originally selected for the project, as security in the Samsung model was found to be inadequate.


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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

A week into the Trump administration, and it seems that many of the president's actions are courting disaster -- at least if you're a fan of open government or the environment. Meanwhile, Samsung appears to have recovered from...

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FileMaker 2017 State of the Custom App Report:...

FileMaker has released the "2017 FileMaker State of the Custom App Report," which examines how citizen developers are creating custom apps to solve real business challenges and increase job satisfaction. The global report is based on surveys of hundreds of citizen developers across North America, Japan and Europe.

According to the folks at FileMaker, Inc., an Apple subsidiary, the report provides insight into how these individuals are using custom apps to drive better end results. Those surveyed said they didn't consider themselves to be IT professionals and developing custom apps wasn't their full-time job. Key findings of the report include:

  • Citizen developers are proactive problem solvers;
  • Eighty-three percent wanted to create a better way to work;
  • Forty-eight percent saw an increase in satisfaction at work;
  • Custom apps can be developed quickly and solve diverse business...
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Google reacts to Trump immigration order by...

The President's latest executive order could spell bad news for the tech industry that's known for hiring overseas talents under a working visa. In fact, Google chief Sundar Pichai has just issued a memo to employees overseas, urging them to fly back...

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The Week in Apple News: iOS 10.3 public beta, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 27, 2017

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During this past week, we were able to look into the future—specifically, the future of iOS and macOS, as Apple released betas of updates to those operating systems. Apple also made news in other venues; check out the important ones in this slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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This week on AI: New beta builds, Apple sues...

Apple released its first betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 this week, promising a slate of new features such as a "Find My AirPods" feature and Night Shift for the Mac. We also got a hint of secret projects underway at the company, and the possibility of a $7 billion Foxconn plant in the U.S.

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Tim Cook in Washington: Meetings w/ Sen. Hatch...

Tim Cook has held a pair of notable meetings in Washington D.C. this week according to reports. First, BuzzFeed News reports that Cook met with Senator Orrin Hatch on Capitol Hill, while Politico reports that he also went to dinner with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson was also in attendance at the dinner.


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Friday January 27

NASA uses pressure-sensitive paint to test its...

How can NASA make sure its rockets are ready to handle the intense buffeting produced during launch? Scientists have recently started using pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) that reacts with oxygen to produce light. That way, scientists can actually vis...

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Oculus explains how room-scale VR taxes your USB...

We've been dealing with USB for about two decades now, and to be honest, we're not usually asking that much from it. Plug in an adapter, microphone or game controller, then keep it moving. All of that changes, however, when it comes to virtual realit...

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'Fully loaded' Kodi box seller pleads not...

Whether the makers of Kodi (by now you should know that's the new name for what used to be XBMC) like it or (definitely) do not, people have built businesses around preloading their software on players like a Fire TV stick and advertising it as an av...

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Apple honored with Louis Braille Award for efforts...

The Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired on Friday featured Apple as a corporate honoree at the 57th annual Louis Braille Awards, a ceremony that recognizes those who contribute to the blind and visually impaired community.

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Researchers figure out trick to a fruit fly's...

If you've ever tried to swat a fruit fly out of the air, you know how crafty the little buggers can be at avoiding your swings. Turns out that not only are they incredibly agile, they're super efficient as well, using only 12 muscles (each controlled...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Sen. Orrin Hatch,...

As President Donald Trump settles in at the White House, Apple chief Tim Cook this week visited Washington, D.C., to meet with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and take a dinner with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

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Windows 10 finally displays download progress for...

Turns out that Game Mode and streaming via Windows 10's built-in Beam app were only the tip of the update iceberg. A post on the Windows 10 blog also details a handful of extra additions for folks in the Windows Insider program.

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Apple Is Moving Its Entire International iTunes...

Starting February 5th, Apple will be moving its entire international iTunes business from Luxembourg to its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland, according to a note sent to developers this week. The non-U.S. iTunes business consists of Apple Music and the individual stores for iTunes, iBooks and Apps. Internationally, iTunes is available in over 140 countries, while Apple Music is streaming in roughly 115 territories. Billboard reports: Apple announced its intentions to move its iTunes biz to Ireland in September when it transferred an estimated $9 billion of iTunes assets. At that time it also shuffled all existing developer contracts to Ireland-based Apple Distribution International. Like Luxembourg, Ireland is known for being a low-tax haven for international businesses. Last month, both Apple and Ireland announced they would appeal a record $14 billion tax bill from the European Commission, which earlier found it had been underpaying tax on profits across the European bloc...

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Study shows Uber created some new taxi jobs, but...

One of the taxi industry's biggest complaints against its competition at ridesharing companies like Uber in Lyft is the idea that these newcomers have been siphoning away jobs from regularly employed taxi drivers. According to a new study of data fro...

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NASA will use Apollo 1 hatch to honor fallen crew

Apollo 13 might be the space mission that everyone knows offhand thanks to director Ron Howard's movie, but it wasn't the first to experience critical failures. On January 27th, 1967 the three-man Apollo 1 crew was trapped inside its spacecraft, stil...

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Tim Cook sells another $3.6M batch of Apple stock

Continuing a planned stock selloff that began earlier in January, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week sold a chunk of 30,000 AAPL shares worth $3.64 million, bringing his full-week total to nearly $11 million.

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9to5Rewards: Grovemade’s solid wood and leather...

9toRewards is officially out of beta, which means you’ll see a new giveaway as part of the program here every Friday on the main site (and our Twitter, Facebook, etc). Our sister site, 9to5Google (and soon 9to5Toys and is also now running weekly giveaways.

This week’s giveaway is from Portland-based Grovemade, makers of high-quality wood and leather accessories for your Apple products. They are giving out their wood and leather iPhone cases...

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Hands-on: Incase ICON and new ICON Lite backpacks...

Incase is launching a new laptop backpack this week called ICON Lite ($99, pictured right) that packs MacBooks up to 15-inches, any iPad, and more for under $100. ICON Lite joins Incase’s existing lineup of ICON backpacks that also includes ICON ($199, pictured left) and ICON Slim ($149) to create three sizes at three price points. Check out our hands-on with Incase ICON and the new ICON Lite below:


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Mark Zuckerberg lightly criticizes Trump order on...

Tonight President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and suspends admissions from Syria and several other mostly-Musl...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Brown Sugar offers movie fun

The week's best new apps

This week’s roundup includes a new app that lets you watch great 1970s movies like “Shaft” and “Foxy Brown.” Read on!

Brown Sugar

Image by Brown Sugar

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'Pillars of Eternity II' breaks...

The sequel to Obsidian's critically acclaimed isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity is officially a go. The studio announced Thursday that it's campaign to crowdfund development on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire reached its $1.1 million goal in less th...

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Apple's new patent is a hi-tech vaporizer

Apple wants to revolutionize several industries, from auto to TV. Could vaping also be on that list or is the company just blowing smoke?

Apple has been granted a new patent to develop a hi-tech vaporizer. The patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes an “apparatus” that uses proprietary Apple technology to create a consistent vaporization rate, meaning more liquid is vaporized and not as much is lost to cooling. Apple originally filed for this patent in June 2016.

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Podcast 543: What’s up with WhatsApp

After last week's focus on security, this week Glenn and Susie...focus on security. Specifically, we discuss the smack of controversy around WhatsApp, and how to make it more secure. Elsewhere, Apple's fixing bugs in macOS, losing employees to Tesla, possibly building a manufacturing plant in the United States, and getting us excited with rumors about depth sensors in an upcoming iPhone.

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A whole new low in government trust

Our country changed so quickly in the past week that it feels like the pod doors have been sealed shut and an antigravity switch flipped inside our borders. From the outside, it probably looks like a snowglobe scene of hell. The Doomsday Clock advanc...

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Friday 5: GarageBand’s new update, the creator of...

In search of a few apps to keep you occupied this weekend? Then you’ll want to check out the latest edition of Friday 5. Inside you’ll find a major GarageBand update, a new game from the creator of Flappy Bird, an awesome iOS imaging app that’s currently on sale, and more. Watch our brief hands-on video for additional details. more…

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It’s official, Apple joins the partnership for AI

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft.

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ZeniMax now wants $4 billion from Oculus as case...

VR pioneer Oculus has been on trial for several weeks now, defending itself against claims it stole crucial code from ZeniMax. But the ultimate judgement is now in the hands of a jury. As reported by Polygon, closing arguments have concluded and the...

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Apple Patents a Vaporizer

Apple's product lineup may extend beyond cars and the connected home. A patent filed last year and published January 26 reveals a concept for a vaporizer. From a report on CNN Money, shared by reader JoshTops: The details are a bit hazy -- that is, Apple's patent only describes "a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor," not what the substance might be. The patent, filed by Apple employee Tetsuya Ishikawa, outlines plans for a temperature-regulated plate inside a chamber that heats up a substance to form a vapor. Many people use vapes to inhale nicotine or marijuana, and they are sometimes used as a replacement for cigarettes. The FDA began regulating vaping last year, and set rules for the manufacturing and distribution of vapes and their components. Vaporizers are also used in industries like healthcare and agriculture, so it's possible Apple is thinking bigger than personal use.


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The Chevy Bolt makes green driving fun

I've driven the Chevy Bolt a few times. At CES, briefly in San Francisco, and after a tour of the GM plant where the electric car will be assembled. But all those tests were in preproduction vehicles. Sure, they were working cars, but they weren't qu...

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AWT News Update: January 27, 2017

TGIF! We have some fascinating stories about the world of Apple to get your weekend started off right:

  • A UK insurance company that offered a discount on Apple Watches in return for customers being more active finds that its app isn't making those customers happy
  • One of the hackers caught in connection to a 2014 iCloud data theft was sentenced to jail yesterday
  • We tell you what Apple's doing around the globe to help celebrate this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year festivities

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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Review: Fabriq is a $50 AirPlay speaker with a small...

from 9to5Toys

We first featured the Fabriq Wireless Speaker last fall as one of our New Toys of the Day. What particularly struck us about this product was its wide range of connectivity. We aren’t just talking Bluetooth here. It is also has AirPlay, multi-room connectivity, and support for Amazon’s popular Alexa Service. And at $50, it has big-time value.

The question is, can its compact design hang with the big boys like JBL and UE?


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Trump Clings to Personal Phone Despite Security Risks

President Donald J. Trump apparently has continued to use his personal Android smartphone despite security concerns. Trump was concerned about losing access to his personal phone even prior to taking his oath of office, according to aides who said he worried about how isolated he could become in the White House without his phone to keep in touch with friends. The president recently reportedly told a friend he had given up his phone as security officials urged him to do, but it appears that he has continued to use his personal Android to tweet.

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Apple celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with curated...

As part of ongoing festivities to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year this weekend, Apple is highlighting apps and stickers in the App Store in new curated lists, while some Apple retail stores are hosting specially themed workshops.

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Now Anyone Can Create Interactive Native iOS and...

Thanks to Ingage for sponsoring The Loop this week.

A new iPad app called Ingage hit the App Store this week that lets anyone easily create and share interactive presentations, portfolios, real estate listings, product catalogs and more, without needing a designer or developer.

Simply drag and drop photos and videos into Ingage’s interactive page templates to bring your content to life. Videos become touchable product 360s, virtual walkthroughs or time lapse demonstrations. Images are layered with pop-up hotspots or scrubbable before and afters.

While you build on an iPad, the software automatically creates a responsive HTML webpage of your interactive presentation that can be viewed by anyone, on any device. Sharing is done with just a tap with an instantly formatted text message, email or social media post. Any changes to your content are instantly reflected anywhere it’s been shared.

The app is free to download from the App Store, where you can...

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External Link: Apple Joins the Partnership on AI

Apple has officially joined a group called “Partnership on AI” as a founding member, alongside other major tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Also joining the board of trustees are representatives of non-profit groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, MacArthur Foundation, OpenAI, Peterson Institute of International Economics, and UC Berkeley. The stated goals of the partnership are to support best practices for, advance understanding of, and create an open platform for discussion about artificial intelligence. Given Apple’s tendency toward secrecy, it will be interesting to see what role it will take in the group. Regardless, considering the promise and risks associated with artificial intelligence, it’s good to see tech giants and non-profits coming together in this way.


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Slack Shoehorns Threaded Messages into Its Interface

Slack has added its most-requested feature, threaded messages, to its group messaging service, but since it’s awkwardly integrated into the system’s existing interface, the result isn’t entirely successful.


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HBO Go for Apple TV finally adds single sign-on...

HBO Go and Netflix have been noticeably absent from Apple TV’s TV app and its single sign-on feature, but today HBO is getting on board with both.

The HBO Go app for tvOS and iOS has been updated so you can use your stored cable login to access content without having to enter your username and password yet again. And now HBO Go shows will appear in the TV app, which Apple designed as a central database for your favorite streaming apps.

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Apple's 'differential privacy' policy...

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta.

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A deep dive into HandBrake and Video Transcoding

A friend of mine used to be the “encoding Guy” at Apple back in the early days of the iTunes store. He described encoding as “a Black Art. You don’t have to kill a goat at midnight under a full moon to get it right but it helps”. Griffiths does a good job at explaining what happens when you encode, why it happens and what to expect, quality and file size wise.

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Steve Jobs saved Apple—and Nike—with the same piece...

The advice, while perhaps specific to business, fits in with a lot of our personal lives, too.

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UK health insurer Vitality under fire for app sync...

An offer from UK insurer Vitality that provided a discounted Apple Watch to customers if certain levels of activity are maintained for two years has drawn complaints, as app synchronization issues are apparently causing unwarranted extra charges.

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Apple collaborates with rivals to advance AI research

Apple has joined rivals as it takes a step ahead to advance research and development of artificial intelligence technologies.

After months of collaborating, Apple is joining the Partnership on AI, with other founding members including Google, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.

The Partnership of AI was founded in September last year to also steer debate on best practices on AI. The group believes AI could help in the areas of health care, transportation, and automation in factories.

Apple's most visible AI technology is Siri, a voice assistant that can answer questions. But a larger AI strategy is still a subject of speculation. Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, and Google have well established AI strategies.

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HR 8799 star with four exoplanets

With all the political insanity going on, I really appreciate these kinds of stories that take me out of the day to day crap we’re going through. The images of theses planets circling HR 8799 is increadible.

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Satechi’s new USB-C Power Meter can detect faulty...

Satechi is launching a new USB-C Power Meter that can detect faulty cables, batteries, and chargers before they damage your MacBook or other hardware. USB-C Power Meter measures voltage, current, and power input over time so you can tell if an accessory is working as advertised or misbehaving.


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Final Cut Pro Diary: A video novice takes the step...

I’ve been a photographer since I was 14, but am very much a novice when it comes to video. I’ve used bicycle-mounted action cams to put together some basic cycling videos, but these were nothing more sophisticated than taking clips straight from the camera, importing them into iMovie and adding cross-dissolves.

In an age when tech writers are increasingly expected to be videographers too, I decided it was time to take the plunge into the world of moving images. Although iMovie is a remarkably capable piece of software, I reckoned I was inevitably going to want to take the step up to Final Cut Pro at some stage, so I might as well make the transition now, rather than have to learn everything twice.

If you’re also a basic iMovie user with ambitions of getting to grips with more professional video production, you may enjoy sharing the journey with me. And if you’re an accomplished FCP X user, I’m sure that I and others in my position would love to hear your top tips …...

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Happy Hour Podcast 104 | iOS 10.3 and Find My...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss issues with the LG 5K display, SiriKit and Theater Mode coming to watchOS, what’s new in iOS 10.3 including Find My AirPods, Night Shift for Mac with macOS 10.12.4, upcoming changes to the App Store, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 + AppleCare from $...

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.


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Microsoft Says It Is Winning Its New War Against Macs

Windows PCs are starting to chip away at Apple's strong grip of the high-end computer market, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said on an earnings call Thursday. From a report: Microsofts licensing business, which sells Windows to third-party PC makers, was up 5 percent last quarter, confirmed CFO Amy Hood during an earnings call on Thursday. The "non-pro" (consumer) market grew 5 percent, beating the overall decline of the PC industry. "Our partner ecosystem continued to see growth and share gains in the Windows premium device category," Hood continued. Those gains would have eaten into Apple's share of that market, which has been dominated by Macs until recently. There are other things that could have contributed to this, of course. Many long-time Mac users have been somewhat disappointed with Apple's most recent releases, which come with big changes that not everyone is willing to embrace.


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Apple demands specially-certified chips &...

One of the factors slowing down adoption of Apple's HomeKit platform is the company's demand that accessory makers not only buy specific chips, but have products manufactured at Apple-certified factories, a report said on Friday.

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Deals: $200 off 2016 12" MacBook; 128GB 9.7...

Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up Apple's 2016 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,399 or opt for a 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $749 ($80 off). An upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro is also $100 off instantly with no tax outside NY.

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Satechi USB-C Power Meter shows power usage of...

Satechi has launched its USB-C Power Meter, a device that aims to protect MacBooks from potential damage caused through unsafe cables and accessories, by providing users with accurate readings of power drawn through the connection.

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Apple competitor Alphabet earnings up on Google,...

Apple rival Alphabet saw its revenues grow dramatically in the December quarter, while Intel -- a key Apple supplier -- saw mixed results, in spite of delivering more parts in the form of wireless chips for the iPhone 7.

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How to sync and play music from Apple Watch without...

Any Apple Watch can play music without iPhone which is especially useful for outdoor workouts, but you have to decide what music and how you’ll listen ahead of time. It’s fairly simple if you follow the right steps, however, there are a few tricks to make syncing music to Apple Watch easier.


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I happily moved away from the Apple ecosystem, and I...

Tony Heupel committed and moved away from the Apple ecosystem, embracing a platform agnostic lifestyle wherever possible. Long story short, Tony and his family are back (mostly).

This is a very interesting read. Lots of detail on where the non-Apple universe fell short, and where Apple’s approach really does make a difference.

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How to enter and exit Apple Watch power reserve mode

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With Power Reserve Mode enabled, Apple Watch will cease all functions except a limited onscreen clock display. While you can enter Power Reserve at any time, this is not something you’d probably use for fun since it disables basically all features of Apple Watch like fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring, messaging, notifications, etc. With that said, it’s an incredibly effective way to continue to use the Apple Watch as a time-telling device in situations when it would otherwise run out of battery.

Good to know how to do this.

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∞ Hypnotic video of milling metals

[VIDEO] There’s something magical about watching a machine cut through metal like butter, forming a velvety smooth curve. Video in the main Loop post.

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My first 3 months on the iMessage App Store

iOS developer Genady Okrain writes about his experience making money (or not) developing an iMessage app. Cutting to the chase:

As you can see the iMessage App Store was very promising at the beginning but nowadays it is somehow abandoned. This led me to release the app as an iOS app with an iMessage extension, and it is much more successful than just the iMessage app.

Interesting read. Not easy to make a living as an indie app developer.

My 2 cents: Articles like this are good input for folks just getting started, trying to sort out the best direction to take.

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Change where macOS saves screenshots

Yesterday, we posted a few links to articles on taking screenshots on your Mac and, more specifically, how to eliminate the drop shadow when you take a screen grab of a window.

This morning, Kirk McElhearn wrote a complementary piece showing how to change where your screenshots are saved. Me, I like saving them on my desktop, the easier to drag them into my Twitter client.


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Unicode progress bars

Not exactly sure where I’d ever use these, but I love design exploration and definitely enjoyed playing with this. I could see this as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Twitter is replacing the Moments tab with a new...

I do think the explore tab is a step in the right direction, though what’s missing is the ability to customize it or, tipping the cap to AI, for Twitter to learn the areas that interest you.

As is, there’s a top 20 “Trending Now” list and a seemingly structureless “Today’s Moments” list. To me, these could easily be blended together into a single interface, perhaps with the ability to favorite things you like, and reorder the list by hottest trending topics, chronologically, or by preference.

I love Twitter, both for communicating with the folks I follow and who follow me, and for keeping up to date on the larger Twitterverse. So much potential. And such a valuable resource, if we can get it right.


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Hands On: New Setapp service brings subscription...

For one monthly fee Mac users can have full use of 61 apps using the subscription-based SetApp. AppleInsider investigates whether "software as a service" is a good model, and delves into the financials of it for mainstream users.

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Will AAPL return to growth in Q1, or will it report...

When Apple announces its sales and revenue figures for the holiday quarter – calendar Q4 2016, Apple’s fiscal Q1 2017 – it will answer one crucial question. Following three straight quarters of year-on-year decline in sales, will the iPhone 7/Plus have been enough to return the company to growth, or will the quarter make it a full 12 months of decline?


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Fight your way through flying space debris in...

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. 

Space-flying fanatics take note: Hyperburner lets you take a trip to a galaxy far, far away, where you can dip, dive, and barrel-roll your way through futuristic space highways.

The first thing you’ll notice about Hyperburner is that it’s beautiful and unique—this isn’t some cobbled-together endless runner full of procedurally-generated geometric obstacles. The game features smooth, high-resolution graphics and six visually stunning (and distinct) zones. Each zone has its own unique atmosphere and obstacles—one zone is orange and cloudy and full of rocks and asteroids, while another is yellow-red and features hovercraft space-buses that zip toward you. You’ll need...

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Chrome 56 for macOS offers faster reload times,...

The latest release of Chrome offers macOS users a number of performance and security improvements, with version 56 of the Google-developed browser claimed to make page reloads 28 percent faster than before.

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Apple issues reminder of Q1 2017 earnings call,...

Apple has issued a reminder of the earnings call for its fiscal Q1 2017 (calendar Q4 2016) financial report. As usual, there will be a live audio webcast of the call.

Apple will provide live audio streaming of its FY 17 First Quarter Results Conference Call using Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 31, 2017, at and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. Live audio streaming requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

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Apple officially named as founding member of...

As expected, Apple has been formally inducted into the Partnership on AI as a founding member, naming Siri-founder and Apple exec Tom Gruber to the board of trustees for the group.

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Microsoft claims Windows licensing gains are...

Licensing of Windows to PC makers was up 5 percent in the December quarter, according to Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, driven in part by sales of "premium" devices over $900 -- a category Apple's Macs have traditionally enjoyed a comfortable position in.

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Apple will move its entire international iTunes...

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Apple is moving its international iTunes business assets from Luxembourg to Ireland at the start of next month.

From February 5, the non-US side of its business, including the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store, will operate from its European HQ in Cork, according to a note sent out to developers yesterday.

The move isn't coming as a total surprise; Apple first announced its intentions in September, and it transferred an...

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AppleInsider podcast talks about macOS, iOS betas...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about what's new in macOS and iOS betas, the rumors surrounding 'iPhone 8' and TouchID, and a series of Qualcomm lawsuits with Apple.

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Satechi ships USB-C Power Meter

Satechi has released its USB-C Power Meter, which allows users to measure the volts, amps, and mAh output from their accessories to ensure they are safe, effective and compatible with their new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones such as the 12-inch MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pros.

When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they don’t permanently damage their hardware, according to the folks at Satechi. The USB-C Power Meter measures voltage in real time, amps being input a device, and how much power has travelled into your device since it started charging.

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter features a compact design. It’s available for $29.99 at and...

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Editors Keys launch new keyboard skins for the...

Editors Keys has launched shortcut keyboard covers for the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The new keyboard covers protect the laptop from dust and liquid spills, in addition to offering over 150 shortcuts for programs such as Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs.

The new covers fit into the larger trend of Apple's focus on visible program shortcuts to help users become more productive on their machines. Priced at approximately $30, they fit both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Apple recently updated its MacBook Pro range to feature a new Touch Bar in place of the traditional physical “F” keys. The touch bar can be programmed to show a few handy shortcuts for the program you’re using.



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“Find My AirPods” feature emerges in iOS 10.3 Public...

If you’re an iOS public beta tester, this could be pretty neat.

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 public beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 1 follows two days after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.

The iOS 10.3 public beta 1 includes the following new features and changes, including the first chance to play with the :Find My AirPods” app:

– Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app

– Siri learns cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

– Safari now supports Reduced Motion preference in web apps

– New prominent user security section in Settings app

– iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS)

– Podcasts app now has a widget like Music app, same app design

– New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings

– No “Theater Mode” or Control Center toggle on iOS 10.3...

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Daily Deal: iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac

Have both a Mac and an iPhone? We have a great deal for you! iMyFone is well known for its apps that can keep your data safe, and the iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac ($34.99, 64% off the usual price) provides two of those apps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

The first component is iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac, a powerful app that is used to permanently delete your sensitive data from your iPhone. As iMyFone points out, "this is the nuclear option to ensure your data is completely unrecoverable" when you're selling your iPhone to get a new one.

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