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Wednesday February 1

Huge stream of lava plunges into sea

Seeing this in person is definitely on my bucket list. Until then, watch the video and marvel at the power of nature.

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Report: Apple-developed ARM chip may appear in...

Bloomberg reports that Apple is currently developing a new ARM-based chip that could appear in future MacBook Pros as soon as this year. According to the report, the new Mac chip may be used for low-power tasks that currently rely on Intel’s chip to process.


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Apple developing ARM chip for Mac to handle low-...

As it looks to lessen reliance on outside chip manufacturers, Apple is developing an ARM-based Mac processor designed to take some of the burden off primary Intel silicon, a report said on Wednesday.

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See how Apple's 'Services' revenue...

The encompassing "Services" business has proven to be a reliable source of income growth for Apple, but its tremendous performance --?accomplished during an overall company sales decline --?can be difficult to visualize. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the booming segment Apple believes will double over the next four years.

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Alphabet's Waymo sharpens self-driving car tech...

Even as Apple tests remain shrouded in secrecy, prototype self-driving cars by Waymo -- formerly under Google -- are dramatically improving their skills, data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed on Wednesday.

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Apple bumps Samsung from top spot in smartphone...

With Apple reporting all-time record high iPhone sales and revenue in its earnings call yesterday, IDC’s latest data out today confirms that the company surpassed Samsung to take the top spot in the fourth quarter of last year. That was despite, as IDC notes, a first full year of decline for iPhone with a 7% drop year-over-year for 2016:


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The 25 most influential Super Bowl ads of all time

This weekend is the proverbial “Big Game”. It’s no secret that a large number of people are more interested in the advertising than they are the football. We all know which one is number one, right?

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Snapseed makes it easier to add drama to your photos

I have literally dozens of image editing apps on my iPhone to adjust photos but Snapseed remains my favorite.

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iPhone 8 concept imagines dual screens on all-glass...

In a new video released today, ConceptsiPhone shows off some wild possibilities for Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, including a dual screen feature. While reports suggest that iPhone 8 will move to an all glass design, the concept dreamed up in iPhone 8 Commercial by Thadeu Brandão imagines a unique and stunning use of such a design.


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Snapchat looks to extend iPhone app's Lenses...

Future versions of Snapchat for the iPhone could reportedly recognize and overlay images onto the world around you, extending well beyond just facial recognition.

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Macworld’s February Digital Edition: AirPods Reviewed

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

In the February issue

We review Apple’s wireless earbuds, AirPods, and recommend 10 must-have utilities for macOS Sierra. Plus, our Mac and IOS wish list for 2017.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: Pastebot 2, a Mac utility combines a deep clipboard with clever conversions

iOS Central: AirPods teardown reveals the magic and glue that make Apple’s wireless earphones work

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10 years after Apple axed 'Computer' from...

In a move that carries some parallels to the company formerly known as Apple Computer from a decade ago, Tesla on Wednesday announced it will no longer be known as Tesla Motors, signaling that it is more than just a car company.

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Retro Keyboard

Inspired by a typewriter—I think this will certainly have its fans when released.

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Updating your AirPods firmware

I had no idea there was a firmware update available for the AirPods, but I followed the instructions on TidBITS and sure enough it updated. To be clear, the way the update is done, you’ll eventually get the update, but I did it manually anyway.

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BookArc updated to support the latest MacBook Pros

Twelve South has released a new model of its BookArc — which allows you to run your setup from the power of your Mac laptop while in closed clamshell mode — that supports the 2016 MacBook Pros.

To use you slide your MacBook Pro into the silicone slot, connect it to an external display, add a full-size keyboard and mouse to enjoy the comfort of a desktop setup. Unplug the MacBook, and BookArc’s newly designed cable-catch feature keeps your cables from falling to the floor. The BookArc for 2016 MacBook Pros costs $49.99.



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Ten meter tower

I still remember my first jump off the ten meter (approx 33 feet) tower at a public pool. I was ten years old and I was utterly terrified.

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Tesla drops ‘Motors’ from name

Tesla Motors Inc changed its name to “Tesla Inc” as Chief Executive Elon Musk looks to transform the Silicon Valley firm from an electric car maker to a diversified energy products company.

It’s weird, I never really considered Tesla as just an automobile company. I always just referred to it as Tesla, knowing that the company had its fingers in a lot of different tech.

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Tim Cook: Apple may take legal action over...

After sending an email to employees expressing Apple’s opposition to the Trump administration’s new immigration restrictions, Apple CEO Tim Cook is now making a forceful stand.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds,” Cook told the Wall Street Journal. “That’s what makes us special. We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

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Analysts raise Apple targets, see shares going as...

Led by the blockbuster debut of the iPhone 7 series, Apple exceeded Wall Street's expectations with its holiday quarter, sending shares of the company's stock higher and prompting analysts to revise their price targets upward.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: LG 34-inch Widescreen Monitor...

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GoPro puts iPhone-connected Karma drone back on sale...

GoPro on Wednesday re-released the Karma, its first aerial camera drone, having dealt with an issue that was causing some early models to drop out of the air.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Trianium's new...

New cases and accessories of the week

Image by IDG

This week’s roundup includes new cases for your iPhone and iPad, as well as batteries, audio equipment, and more. Read on!

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It's Time To Admit Apple Watch Is a Success

At company's quarterly earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the holiday period was the company's "best quarter ever" for Apple Watch -- both units and revenues -- "with holiday demand so strong that we couldn't make enough." He added: Apple Watch is the best-selling smartwatch in the world, and also the most-loved, with the highest customer satisfaction in its category by a wide margin. Apple Watch is the ultimate device for a healthy life, and it's the gold standard for smartwatches. We couldn't be more excited about Apple Watch. Long time Apple commentator Rene Ritchie writes: There's a strange narrative in the tech community concerning Apple Watch being a flop, a failure, or in some way, shape, or form, a disappointment. It's particularly bizarre given Apple Watch, as part of the wearable market, is doing record numbers. It could be that there is no real "Smartwatch market", just an Apple Watch market. Much like there's no real "tablet market", just an iPad market. Since it's...

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Participating companies shed light on Apple's...

Beyond commerce giants IBM, SAP, and Cisco, Apple works with other businesses under the auspices of its "Mobility Partner Program" -- which isn't widely discussed. But a recent loosening of Apple's fabled secrecy has led a few smaller companies to open up about their experiences with the program.

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Turn good photographs into great ones with these...

For those who want to become better photographers, sometimes it feels like you've reached a plateau and just can't get the results that professionals do. You've taken classes, you shoot a lot of photos, you've even started shooting RAW format and you're now dabbling in High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. Maybe it's not you -- it's the software you're using for post-processing. That's why we've partnered with Macphun to get you a deal on two of their hottest applications for Mac: Luminar and Aurora HDR 2017. Just use the promo code APPLEWORLD to get $10 off on each app.

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I’m a Mac. And now I’m a Huawei.

[VIDEO] Say it ain’t so, Justin Long. Say it ain’t so. See the main Loop post for the new Huawei commercial starring our old friend the Mac.

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The iPad keeps frowning

One down point in Apple’s numbers was reported iPad sales. Jason Snell:

Apple sold half as many iPads for the 2016 holiday quarter as it did in 2013.


Meanwhile, average selling price sagged, after a brief buoying caused by the release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro—a sign that during this sluggish holiday period, iPad sales were largely comprised of older, cheaper models.

I chalk this up to iPad maturity. My iPad is more than a year old, and I don’t have any sense that it is slow, outdated. I use it regularly, and have no performance complaints. Sluggish performance is a major factor that would drive me to replace my iPad.

Jason again:

The iPad has 85 percent of the market of tablets priced over $200. The important facts here: Apple’s not interested in selling a sub-$200 iPad, and so that means it’s doing spectacularly well in the market.

If there’s a problem, it’s that Apple built a product that does what it is supposed to do and...

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It’s time to admit Apple Watch is a success

Rene Ritchie pulls together quotes from Apple’s earnings call, tweets from Apple watchers, and sales estimates, to make the case that Apple Watch is not only a success, but a critical part of Apple’s ecosystem.

My 2 cents: I agree wholeheartedly. At the very least, the Apple Watch is a reliable, elegant, affordable timepiece.

Add in the most basic of its capabilities, the ability to receive a steady stream of notifications, and the Apple Watch is a no-brainer. If you then layer in fitness tracking, calendar management, and the ability to run third party apps, the Apple Watch climbs onto its own worthy perch in the ecosystem.

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Killer Deals: 15" MacBook Pro for $1,399; DJI...

In what is the absolute lowest price available, eBay has Apple refurbished Mid 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros for $1,399.99 ($600 off) with no tax collected outside NY. B&H is also slashing prices of DJI Inspire 1 Pro and Raw drones by $600-$800 today only with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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Apple considers legal options against Trump’s...

Trip Mickle, Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. is weighing legal action and continuing to press the Trump administration to reverse its executive order on immigration, Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview.

Mr. Cook said hundreds of Apple employees have been affected by the order, which suspended entry to the U.S. for refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. He added that he continues to contact “very, very senior people in the White House” and impress on them why repealing the executive order is important not only for Apple but for the country.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Mr. Cook. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”


Mr. Cook declined to elaborate on Apple’s possible legal options, except to say that “we...

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iOS beta alert spells the end of the line for 32-bit...

Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

Beta builds of iOS 10.3, the first of which was issued last week, generate warning messages when you try to run older 32-bit apps. The message, originally discovered by PSPDFKit CEO and app developer Peter Steinberger, warns that the apps “will not work with future versions of iOS” and that the app must be updated by its developer in order to continue running. The apps still run in iOS 10.3, but it seems likely that iOS 11 will drop support for them entirely.

Apple planted the seeds for this a few years ago when they mandated that all new apps be 64-bit compatible. Then, last summer, warning alerts appeared when 32-bit apps were run, reminding the user that using the app “may affect overall system performance”. So this is simply the next step in the progression.


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Apple’s record quarter, chart by chart by chart

Jason Snell pulled together a terrific series of charts breaking down Apple revenues, units shipped, sales growth, and more, all broken down quarter by quarter.

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Transcript of Apple’s first quarter earnings call

Serenity Caldwell does her usual amazing job transcribing the call for our reading, searching, and quoting pleasure.

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Animal Crossing may be the last Nintendo iOS game...

We learned yesterday that Nintendo’s Animal Crossing – originally expected to make it onto iOS devices in March – has been delayed until later in the year. If you were hoping for any further games from the company this year, though, you may be disappointed …


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Apple's Q1 iPhone numbers knock Samsung out of...

Apple's record iPhone sales during the December quarter allowed it edge ahead of Samsung and once again become the world's top smartphone vendor, though not for whole of 2016, according to new research data.

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As slow purchase cycles likely explain falling iPad...

While Apple yesterday announced record sales of three major products – iPhone, Mac, Watch – there was one notable omission from the celebrations: the iPad. Far from setting any records, the iPad continued its year-on-year decline, with a 19% fall in sales and 22% drop in revenue.

Marco Arment suggested that the prevailing wisdom that tablets are the future while computer sales dwindle might be wrong, and that iPads remain a largely additional device rather than a replacement for a Mac.

But either way, one factor more than any other is likely to be at play …


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Fantastical for iPhone and iPad gains iMessage...

Fantastical has a new update out today for iPhone and iPad that delivers new iOS 10 features and enhancements plus a brand new iMessage sticker pack for the Messages app. Aside from fun and cute, Fantastical’s sticker pack is actually useful for communicating schedule-related messages.


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Following Mario's mobile success, Nintendo...

Fresh off announcing results for "Super Mario Run"-- which for now remains an exclusive to Apple's iPhone -- Nintendo will reportedly be sticking to a schedule of just two or three mobile games per year.

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The Future of iOS is 64-Bit Only -- Apple To Stop...

Your ability to run 32-bit apps on an iOS device is coming to an end. As several other Apple news sites have reported, Apple has updated the pop-up warning in the iOS 10.3 beta to say that the 32-bit app you're running "will not work with future versions of iOS." The warning goes on to say that the "developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility." From a ComputerWorld article (edited for clarity): In October 2014, Apple told developers that all new apps created after February 1, 2015 must have 64-bit support. Shortly after, Apple announced that all updates to apps must also be 64-bit compatible. Any 32-bit apps submitted to Apple after June 2015 would be rejected. Last September, Apple announced that it was going to remove apps from the App Store that did not "function as intended, don't follow current review guidelines, or are outdated." Presumably, this would include apps that did not meet the 64-bit requirement. Apple does not state which version of iOS...

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Magnetic fields could explain an 'erratic...

Scientists think they've discovered why an unusual star system is emitting "sudden, erratic and extremely intense" bursts of X-rays. Using three different space telescopes, the team set out to investigate "Rapid Burster," a binary system first discov...

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Google overtakes Apple as world’s most valuable brand

Google has overtaken Apple as the world’s most valuable brand. Google’s brand value rose by 24% during 2016 (from $88.2 billion to US$109.4 billion) whilst Apple’s declined from $145.9 billion to $107.1 billion, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report. Google last occupied the position of the world’s most valuable brand in 2011. 

“Apple has struggled to maintain its technological advantage, with new iterations of the iPhone delivering diminishing returns, while the Chinese market is now crowded with local competitors,” says David Haigh, CEO of Brand Finance. “Apple has been living on borrowed time for several years by exploiting its accumulated brand equity. This underlines one of the many benefits of a strong brand, but Apple has finally taken it too far.”


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AAPL stock opens up >5% after Apple reports...

Last night, Apple reported all-time record earnings with revenue topping $78.4 billion, beating analysts consensus. The stock market investors appear to be pleased with Apple’s results; AAPL stock opened up more than 5%.

The company reported sales of 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads and 5.3 million Macs. Spiking at over $127 this morning, Apple stock is once again close to its all-time high of $135 after rallying following Trump’s presidential victory.


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Apple releases AirPods firmware 3.5.1

Apple has released AirPods firmware 3.5.1. AppleInsider says it’s probably already been downloaded to a synchronized device. 

Installation is automatic when the AirPods are in their charging case, the case is plugged into a charger, and the linked iPhone is in close proximity and connected to Wi-Fi. You can check the installed firmware revision in the "General" settings menu, by selecting "About," then “AirPods.” AppleInsider says the update contains "miscellaneous minor bug fixes."

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Apple AirPods silently receive bug fix firmware...

Apple has silently updated the Apple AirPods firmware to version 3.5.1, from 3.3.1, earlier today. The AirPods automatically update to the latest software when the earbuds are charging in the AirPods Case and close to a paired device. The new firmware does not appear to contain any new front-facing features.

There is no onscreen alert or notification that an update has taken place. You can however verify if your AirPods are up-to-date by checking the AirPods firmware version number in Settings on an iPhone …


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Apple considering legal action on President Trump’s...

CEO Tim Cook has told the Wall Street Journal that hundreds of Apple’s employees have been affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, and says that the company is considering taking legal action.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” he told the WSJ. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

Cook said that Apple is pressuring the Trump administration to reverse its executive order on immigration. The company is also matching employees’ donations to refugee relief funds on a two-to-one basis, effectively tripling the value of their contributions.


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Facebook reportedly working on an app for Apple TV...

The WSJ reports that Facebook is developing an app for the Apple TV and other set-top boxes, citing sources familiar with the matter. It appears the plan is for the videos to be ad-funded, as with existing Facebook content …


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Apple overtakes Samsung as the top global smartphone...

Apple shipped 78.3 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of the year, moving it ahead of Samsung (by about 800,000 more smartphone units) to recapture the top global position among smartphone manufacturers, reports Strategy Analytics. The research group says Apple has 18% of the worldwide market.

Smartphone shipments grew an improved 9% annually from 403.0 million units in quarter four (Q4) 2015 to 438.7 million in Q4 2016. This quarter was the smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for over a year. Smartphone growth is recovering slightly due to stronger demand in major developing markets like China and Africa, according to Strategy Analytics. Global smartphone shipments grew 3% annually from 1.44 billion in full-year 2015 to a record 1.49 billion in 2016.

“Apple shipped 78.3 million smartphones worldwide and captured 18 percent...

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Apple pushes AirPods firmware 3.5.1 to synchronized...

A firmware update for Apple's AirPods is being distributed now, which brings undisclosed bug fixes to Apple's sought-after wireless earbuds.

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macOS and iOS market share both up in January

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS rose in January.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.32% of the global market share in January, up from 6.07% percent in December (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 91.41% as of January.

iOS had 32.03% of the mobile operating system market share in January, up from 29.52% in December. This compares to 63.99% for Android, 1.48% for Windows Phone, and 1.14% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s...

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Daily Deal: Get over 82 hours of online training in...

There's never been a better time to learn iOS development, and with this Apple World Today deal you can get the training you need at a price you'll love. For just US$45, the iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle provides over 82 hours of online training in five courses to teach you development by doing hands-on coding. 

Bought separately, these five courses would cost you $654. With our 93% off discount on the bundle, you get the following courses included:

The Complete iOS 10 Developer

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Justin Long, actor who played the Mac in Apple ad...

Justin Long, the actor who played the Mac in the highly successful and long-running ‘Get a Mac’ ad campaign, is now appearing in an ad for the Chinese Android smartphone maker Huawei. Huawei’s ad agency told Campaign that Long’s starring role in the Apple ads was the main reason Huawei chose him.


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Apple Pay transactions up 500 percent in Q1, Comcast...

Apple Pay did extremely well in the December quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed this week, growing transactions 500 percent year-over-year thanks in part to the platform now being in over a dozen markets worldwide.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebooks banned from...

If you have a new Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro notebook and are looking to take the bar exam, you might need to leave the notebook behind.

According to an announcement from testing software company ExamSoft, the Touch Bar’s predictive text feature could compromise “exam integrity.”

For law students looking to take the North Carolina bar exam, test proctors have been instructed to keep a look out for models with the Touch Bar and technicians will be on hand to ensure the feature is disabled. Test takers will be approved to use the laptops provided they followed ExamSoft’s helpful instructions for reverting the Touch Bar back to a row of standard function keys.

In other states, the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro has been banned outright from bar exams.

Per notices from the New York State Board of Law Examiners and the Colorado Supreme Court, users who show up with a Touch Bar-equipped model in those states will have to write their answers by hand, but...

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Apple Silently Updates AirPods Firmware to 3.5.1

Apple has stealthily updated the firmware in the AirPods with minor bug fixes. Josh Centers explains how to apply the update if you don’t already have it.


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Apple reports $78.4 billion in revenues, $17.9...

Where Apple’s profits had been down in the past few quarters, the company came back hard in the Q1 2017 financial report. Apple on Tuesday posted quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion, setting an all-time record for the company with a total net profit was $17.9 billion.

The lion’s share of the profits came from the iPhone, which saw sales of 78.3 million units in the company’s first quarter of fiscal 2017. That was an increase from the 74.8 million iPhones the company sold in the same quarter a year ago, holding the record until now.

The Q1 timeline also included Apple’s December/holiday sales for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets.

Mac sales were up slightly, reaching 5.4 million in the holiday period. That bested the 5.3 million units Apple shipped a year ago.

iPad sales were reported in at 13.1 million, down from 16.1 million for Q1 of 2016.

Apple guided revenue between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion with a gross margin between 38 and 39...

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3 Teams Advance in Hyperloop Competition

Elon Musk's hyperloop dream began to take shape in reality last weekend as 27 teams, including six from outside the United States, participated in a competition to create the mass transit vehicle of the future. The competition in Hawthorne, California, sponsored by SpaceX, which Musk founded, attracted teams made up mostly of students who created pods designed to run on hyperloop transportation systems. In a hyperloop system, the vehicles, or pods, travel in a vacuum in tubes at speeds close to the speed of sound.

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Apple’s Q1 2017 record numbers in colorful context

With Apple having confirmed analyst predictions by reporting a record quarter for both revenue and sales of iPhones, Macs and Watches, Six Colors has done its usual great job in pulling together a set of colorful charts that put the numbers into historical context …


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How to save your Desktop and Documents folder to...

With macOS Sierra, you can store your Desktop and Documents folder in iCloud Drive and access them on all your devices. That means you can start a document on your Desktop, then work on it later from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and on (make sure your iOS devices are running iOS 10, preferably the latest version). Everything automatically stays up to date everywhere.

Make sure that you’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. Set up iCloud on all of your devices and turn on iCloud Drive.

Turn on Desktop and Documents on every Mac that you want to use with iCloud Drive. Here’s how:

  • From your Mac, go to Apple menu  > System Preferences > iCloud.
  • Make sure that iCloud Drive is turned on.
  • Next to iCloud Drive...
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Tim Cook: Hundreds of Apple employees affected by...

Tim Cook has told the WSJ that hundreds of the company’s employees have been affected by Trump’s executive order on immigration, and says that Apple is considering taking legal action. He also said that the company would be supporting employee fundraising efforts for organizations providing relief to refugees.

Cook said that he hopes that the White House can be persuaded to rescind the order, but that the company may resort to the courts if not …


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PicGIF makes it easy, fun to create your own GIFs

Animated images -- otherwise known as GIFs -- have been around for 25 years, but they saw a resurgence of popularity starting in 2013. If you want to make your own, PicGIF from Pearl Mountain offers a quick, easy solution. 

With PicGIF you can turn continuous snapshots into animated GIFs, create GIF photo slideshows from your pics in iPhoto (or other apps), and transfer short videos to animated GIFs. What's more, it lets you re-edit your existing GIFs.

PicGIF supports can import lots of file formats, including hundreds of image formats (JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PGN, TGA, RAW, PIC, etc.), GIFs, and just about all common video formats (MOV, MPEG, MP4, M4V, 3GP, AVI, etc. You can combine multiple formats into a single GIF.

To get started, open PicGIF and click "Add Photo" to add photos or existing GIFs. Click "Add Video" to add short videos. Alternatively, you can drag pics or videos to the Add Photo and/or Add Video windows in the PicGIF user interface. Note that there's...

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Huawei hires 'I'm a Mac' pitchman to...

Actor Justin Long, who in the mid to late 2000s served as the de facto face of Apple for his part in the "Get a Mac" ad campaign, has been hired by Huawei to star in a new series of commercials touting the Chinese upstart's smartphones.

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Tuesday January 31

Apple weighing legal action against Trump...

Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is mulling legal options in light of President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration, while he personally puts pressure on "very, very senior people in the White House" to repeal the policy.

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Prince’s music reportedly coming to Apple Music,...

While Apple has been able to win over certain streaming service holdouts, one artist is still limited in streaming availability: Prince. According to report from The New York Post, however, that will soon change. The report claims that Prince’s Warner Music Group albums will come to Apple Music on February 12th.


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Apple crosses Samsung in smartphone market, helped...

Apple has regained the top place in the smartphone market helped by the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, while rival Samsung Electronics grappled with the recall of its flagship Galaxy Note7 over overheating batteries, according to a research firm.

The iPhone maker shipped 78.3 million smartphones in the fourth quarter for a market share of 17.8 percent in comparison to 77.5 million smartphones shipped by Samsung, which had a market share of 17.7 percent, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.

For the full year, Samsung was the clear winner with shipments of 309.4 million smartphones to Apple’s 215.4 million, in part because Apple saw shipments of the iPhone drop in recent quarters.

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Prince songs expected to hit Apple Music, other...

More than 19 months after Prince pulled his songs from all streaming music services save for Jay-Z's Tidal, the musician's estate is set to release a selection of top hits to Apple Music and other providers on Feb. 12, according to reports.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pros Are Being Banned From Bar...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: When it launched late last year, the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar was largely reliant on first-party applications to show off what it could do. Since then, a number of other companies have jumped on board, helping the secondary screen grow into something more than novelty. Of course, as with any new technology, there's going to be some unanticipated downside. Test taking software company Examsoft, for one, believes the input device could help facilitate cheating among students taking the bar exam. What's perhaps most interesting here, is that the company's calling out one of Touch Bar's more mundane features: predictive text. "By default," the company writes, "the Touch Bar will show predictive text depending on what the student is typing, compromising exam integrity." It's hard to say precisely how the company expects a standard feature on mobile devices to help students pass one of the more notoriously exam out there, but The...

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Facebook reportedly developing video app for Apple TV

In its latest push toward becoming a video-first company, Facebook is said to be working on a video content delivery app designed for set-top streaming boxes like Apple TV.

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Tim Cook says he’s open to settling Qualcomm lawsuit...

One of the more pressing questions during Apple’s earning call earlier this afternoon centered on the company’s current litigation battle with Qualcomm. Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein pressed Tim Cook for comments on Apple’s decision to sue Qualcomm, bringing up a past instance of Cook saying that he hated litigation:

“I’ve always hated litigation, and I continue to hate it, and I highly prefer to settle versus battle.”


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Tim Cook says more features planned for Apple TV,...

We just offered up a full breakdown of everything Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri had to say during the company’s Q1 2017 earnings call and there are a few things worthy of mention on their own.

Perhaps most notably, Tim Cook offered up more details on Apple’s plans for original content and the Apple TV, noting that thus far, the company has only dipped its toe in the water…


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Facebook is reportedly working on a video app for...

Facebook wants you to not only log in but tune in.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Facebook is working on a video app to bring to set-top boxes, including Apple TV. This new tvOS app would bring Facebook videos to our living rooms, thus expanding Facebook’s ad reach. 

The company’s forthcoming TV apps are part of Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to make Facebook a “video-first” company. An Apple TV app will give the social network another advertising stream. Recently, Facebook has been pushing its live-video feature, as well as incorporating video-sharing into both the Facebook mobile apps and ...

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Cook calls Apple's $1B litigation against...

In Tuesday's post-earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated that while the company is not a fan of litigation, Qualcomm's actions and refusal to negotiate fair patent licensing terms forced the iPhone maker to sue.

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Apple sees light at end of tunnel in China as...

Though Apple posted record-setting highs for the first quarter of 2016, revenues are still facing headwinds in China due to a weak yuan and continuing difficulties wth the Hong Kong market.

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Apple is firing on all cylinders (well, not counting...

Except for the iPad and Apple TV, Apple is firing on all cylinders (at least fiscally), posting great financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2016. The company made $7.17 billion with its Services category (Apple Pay, AppleCare, iCloud, online stores, and more). 

In a conference call about the fiscal results, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s Services is on the verge of being a Fortune 100 business unto itself. He adds that the goal is to double the $7.17 figure over the next four years. Services now accounts for 9% of Apple’s revenue.

Cook said that Apple Pay is also setting records. Transaction volume for the mobile payment service is up over 500% year-over-year. Apple Pay on the web has almost two million small businesses now accepting it. Comcast will start accepting it later this month, according to Cook.

During the quarter, Apple also sold a record 78.3 million iPhones. That’s up slightly from 74.8 million in the year-ago...

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Apple Watch sales set new 'record' during...

A "record" number of Apple Watches were sold in Apple's fiscal first quarter of 2017, CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, though the company is still refusing to break out specific figures.

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AWT News Update: January 31, 2017

Today's podcast is designed to provide our listeners with the highlights of today's Apple first fiscal quarter 2017 earnings call in five minutes. We listened to the call so you didn't have to, then distilled the hour-long discussion down to a five-minute overview of the most salient points.

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to a special AWT News Update covering Apple’s first quarter 2017 earnings call.

Apple had a stunning first fiscal quarter of 2017, with record revenues of $78.35 billion exceeding expectations...

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How to back up and restore a Boot Camp Windows...

As we showed you in our step-by-step tutorial, creating a Boot Camp partition on your Mac to install Windows is easy. The tedious part of the installation is taking Windows through its initial setup process, and configuring it to your liking.

The configuration portion of the install process — initial setup, installing drivers, and downloading needed applications — can take a significant amount of time, so it’s worth backing up your Boot Camp installation after you have it configured to your liking. By doing so, you can easily restore a snapshot of Windows in mere minutes.

Watch our hands-on video walkthrough, as we show you how to back up and restore a Boot Camp Windows partition using Winclone Basic for macOS....

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Apple Sets a New Record For iPhone Sales

Apple has reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2017. According to CEO Tim Cook, the "holiday quarter results generated Apple's highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way." The company took in $78.4 billion in revenue and sold 78 million iPhones. The Verge reports: Apple reported a profit of $17.8 billion, and said its earnings per share were boosted by the high demand for the larger models of its iPhones, which have higher margins. On the earnings call, Chief financial officer Luca Maestri said that customer satisfaction with iPads, and the new iPad pro, was very high. He predicted strong growth in that category. But the sales figures don't reflect that optimism, with unit sales and revenue from iPad both down around 20 percent year over year. With over a billion iOS devices active around the world, Apple has been able to shore up its flagging hardware sales growth with an increase in revenue from services to those devices. This...

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Apple still acquires 15-20 companies per year, Cook...

Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday that his company's ambitions as far as acquisitions continues apace, with no acquisition apparently too big or too small for the company to consider from a strategic standpoint.

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Tim Cook: Repatriation of $231B in overseas cash...

With the newly anointed administration of U.S. President Donald Trump signaling a business-friendly environment, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said he's hopeful that his company will be able to finally bring some of its massive $231.3 billion cash hoard back home at a reasonable tax rate.

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Apple iPad decline continues with 19 percent drop in...

In contrast with Mac and iPhone performance, the iPad continued a long-term decline in Apple's first fiscal quarter of 2017, seeing shipments fall 19 percent year-over-year.

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Google has open-sourced Chrome for iOS

Google has finally figured out how to open-source Chrome for iOS.

On Tuesday, Google announced that developers could now modify and compile the iOS version of Chrome. Previously, developers could compile open-source versions of Chrome for the web and Android. With this new update, Chrome for iOS is now joining Google’s open-source Chromium project repository. 

Chromium started as an initiative for desktop web development, and in May 2015 Google incorporated Android mobile web browser The iOS version of Chrome was kept apart from Chromium because Apple required “additional complexity” to create a web browser for iOS. Google worked for years to make Chrome for iOS be built on top of both WebKit, the iOS rendering engine, as well as Blink, Google’s rendering engine.


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Apple sets revenue and iPhone sales records in Q1 of...

Enlarge / iPhone growth helped propel Apple to a much-improved Q1 of 2017. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, which runs from the beginning of October to the end of December. Things are off to a solid start after a weak 2016—total revenue, iPhone sales, Mac sales, and services all did well, and Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed it was the Apple Watch's best quarter ever, as well. Profit, iPad sales, and sales in China were all down, but they're the only dim spots.

Apple made $17.9 billion in profit and $78.4 billion in revenue, compared to $18.4 billion in profit and $75.87 billion in revenue in Q1 of 2016. The...

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Apple Q1: Apple Pay users tripled, transaction...

During the company’s Q1 2017 earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some new milestones for Apple Pay. The company also confirmed that Comcast would soon begin accepting Apple Pay on the web for bill payments.


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Apple's iPhone hits ASP of $695 in record-...

Apple returned to growth during the holiday quarter thanks in large part to iPhone, sales of which hit an all-time high of 78.3 million units with an average selling price of $695, also a record.

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Notes of interest from Apple's Q1 2017...

Apple returned to growth and exceeded Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, when it reported record revenue, profits and iPhone sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Following the news, the company held a conference call with media and analysts, and notes of interest follow.

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Driven by its App Stores, Apple's '...

Apple's earnings once again broke records for the company, but Services stands out, earning the company $7.17 billion just on Apple Pay, digital content, and others.

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Apple’s Q1: iPhone 7 slays in a record-setting $78.4...

One year ago, in the first quarter of 2016, Apple reported a record-breaking profit: $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue. That was great news, but setting the bar so high was a mixed blessing—Apple’s huge uptick in growth ended there, with declining iPhone sales and profits in the three quarters since.

But the company turned that around with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in Apple’s Q1 earnings report on Tuesday. The company broke its own record with $78.4 billion in revenue for the quarter ending December 31—and $54.3 billion of that came from iPhones, of which Apple sold 78.3 million. That’s another record, in case you were wondering.


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Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q1 2017 earnings call

Apple just announced its earnings for Q1 2017, reporting profits of $17.89 billion on revenues of $78.4 billion. The company sold 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM and we’ll have live coverage right here.


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Apple Q1 2017 Earnings beat the street

Apple just announced its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 ending December 31, 2017. 

The company beat the street today, reporting the following:

  • Earnings Per Share (EPS): $3.36 vs. $3.21 expected by a Thomson Reuters consensus estimate
  • Revenue: A record $78.4 billion vs. $77.25 billion expected
  • iPhone sales: 78.3 million, beating 77.42 million expected
  • Services revenue: $7.17 billion
  • Q2 guidance: $2.08 EPS, expected revenue of $53.79 billion

Apple shares have risen a little more than 6 percent over the past quarter during the holiday season, following the release of the iPhone 7, the new MacBook Pro models, and AirPods. Analysts are bullish on Apple, expecting a sustained trend of year-over-year growth. 

The only dark side to the data for the quarter is the iPad. 13,081,000 of the units were sold, down 19 percent from 2016 but up from the previous quarter's sales of 9,267,000 units. Revenue...

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∞ Apple reports record first quarter results

Apple on Tuesday reported results for its fiscal first quarter and they were really good. The company posted all-time record quarterly revenue of $78.4 billion and all-time record quarterly earnings per diluted share of $3.36. These results compare to revenue of $75.9 billion and earnings per diluted share of $3.28 in the year-ago quarter. […]

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Apple smashes expectations: record setting $78.4B in...

Apple's holiday 2016 quarter was the company's biggest ever, soaring to new heights on sales of 78.3 million iPhones following the launch of the blockbuster iPhone 7 series.

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Apple announces record quarter with Q1 2017 revenue...

Apple has announced holiday quarter results including $78.4b in revenue and $17.89 billion in profit from 78.3m iPhones, 13m iPads, and 5.3m Macs sold. In addition to holiday sales, Apple’s first quarter for fiscal year 2017 includes the bulk of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales, Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2, AirPods, as well as the launch of new MacBook Pro models.

FY17 Q1 results compare to $46.9 billion in revenue, $9 billion in profit, 45.51 million iPhones, 9.28 million iPads, and 4.89 million Macs reported in the previous quarter. Apple’s last record quarter occurred a year prior, Apple reported $75.9 billion in revenue, $18.4 billion in profit, 48 million iPhones, 9.8 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs for comparison. Analysts...

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Apple Sees a Return to Growth with Q1 2017’s Record...

Apple’s still not dead, nor even pining for the fjords, as it sees a return to growth thanks to record-setting iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch sales, as well as an ever-growing Services segment. However, the results weren’t so rosy for the iPad and Apple TV.


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Dogs have music preferences

All of us know that animals respond to music (my cats Roger and Chloe love to hang with me when I mix), but are there certain genres that they like better? A new study by the University of Glasgow in conjunction with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found out that shelter dogs definitely had some music preferences.

My dogs loved Ozzy.

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 31, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Lakehorn AG has introduced PixWebcam 1.0. The $0.99 app turns any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into an ad-hoc webcam for taking photos in definable intervals. PixWebcam can be used to capture events and activities, like setting up a piece of furniture or a birthday celebration. The interval at which photos are taken can be specified from one minute up to 12 hours. Photos can be customized by changing the size and aspect ratio, adding a date/time stamp, or by adding a custom caption text.

The Iconfactory has launched Linea, a digital drawing app. It’s available for the iPad in the App...

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Feature Request: iCloud Photo Library support for...

Over the years Apple has made steady improvements to how our devices sync content. On the whole, it’s becoming more seamless to keep photos, videos and other content synced and organized across multiple iOS devices and Macs with software like iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Music Library.

However, one area I believe Apple could really improve the user experience is with photo and video management for multiple users. While iCloud Photo Sharing is a nice social way to share and organize photos with others, it’s not a great option to mange your photo and video collection. A feature I’d really like to see is iCloud Photo Library support for multiple Apple IDs.


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Apple missed deadline to pay €13 billion in Irish...

Apple is behind with its taxes, but the tax inspector doesn't mind.

Last August, the European Commission closed a three-year investigation of Apple's tax affairs with an order to the Irish government that it should recover about €13 billion (US$14.5 billion) in taxes that it believed Apple had underpaid over the last decade.

Ireland has missed the deadline for recovering the billions, but Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who gave the Irish government four months to collect the taxes, is proving very understanding about the delay.

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Pandora joins Apple Music in contributing to Hot 100...

Song plays on Pandora are now contributing to how songs rank on Billboard's famous music charts, putting the streaming service in the same league as rivals like Spotify, Google, and Apple Music.

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Plex acquires Watchup, plans to integrate...

Plex, the company behind the media storage and playback tools, has acquired the personalized streaming news service Watchup, as part of a plan to provide users of the Plex ecosystem more content to watch from their devices.

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Future iOS release will soon end support for...

Enlarge / iOS 10.3 betas generate warning messages when you run 32-bit apps. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Beta builds of iOS 10.3, the first of which was issued last week, generate warning messages when you try to run older 32-bit apps. The message, originally discovered by PSPDFKit CEO and app developer Peter Steinberger, warns that the apps "will not work with future versions of iOS" and that the app must be updated by its developer in order to continue running. The apps still run in iOS 10.3, but it seems likely that iOS 11 will drop support for them entirely.

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