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Friday March 31

Samsung could have its own Apple Park with $5...

There are a lot of ways to blow through $5,000,000,000. Apple supposedly spent that much building its new Apple Park campus, while Samsung says it figuratively (and literally) will burn through that much capital in the aftermath of rushing its flawed Galaxy Note 7 to market and then pulling it off shelves in one of the worst operational catastrophes in the history of the smartphone industry.

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Verizon announces plans to install spyware on all...

Within days of Congress repealing online privacy protections, Verizon has announced new plans to install software on customers’ devices to track what apps customers have downloaded. With this spyware, Verizon will be able to sell ads to you across the Internet based on things like which bank you use and whether you’ve downloaded a fertility app.


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Heavy Metal clock

I love this! Dave Mark sent it to me on Twitter this morning and I just sat there laughing.

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Testing the new Apple File System

Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton did some tests on the new Apple File System (APFS) and posted the results. There’s certainly a lot to like, but as with most low-level systems there will be plenty of debate.

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It's World Backup Day! Here are the best iCloud...

In honor of World Backup Day, we're rounding up the best backup alternatives to Apple's iCloud service to keep your data safe and secure.

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'Skylanders' learns what Amiibo knew all...

The paradigm for toys-to-life games is well-established: one part kid-friendly video game, one part expensive, collectible figurines -- and a tethered NFC "portal" that ties them together. When Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure introduced this model in 2...

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Review: PhotoFast’s new 4-in-1 Lightning drive w/...

Back in December I reviewed the Photofast iType-C thumb drive, the first MFi thumb drive we’ve seen that includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and micro-USB in a single device. That makes transferring files between iPhone and iPad and your various other devices like computers, drones and cameras a lot easier. And a companion app for iOS lets you view media files directly from the drive for offline viewing and sharing, a useful feature especially for those without extra storage on their device.

This week PhotoFast launched a new version of the iType-C drive, this time adding a microSD card slot to the equation…


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Next-gen RAM will be twice as fast ... whenever it...

PC gamers and video professionals alike (among many others) live and die on fast performance. For the speed demons out there, we have some good news. JEDEC, the organization that sets standards for the microelectronics industry, says it's currently...

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AWT News Update: March 31, 2017

Welcome to Friday, World Backup Day and the day before the dreaded April Fools' Day. We have some real news stories for you today on the podcast to offset those reports you'll see this weekend:

  • Verizon is said to be working on a streaming TV service to be introduced this summer
  • Apple's touting April as Autism Awareness Month with an app collection and specially designed Field Trips
  • Barclays analysts think that the top-end iPhone coming out later this year may include front and back "structured light" cameras with custom 3D sensors

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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German law urges parents to rat out kids'...

When it comes to piracy, institutions typically go after individual offenders and platforms, especially illicit ones. But Germany's highest court just ruled that children aren't just on the hook for illegally downloading music or movies -- their pare...

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Pornhub adds HTTPS to keep your kinks hidden

Now that your ISP will soon be able to sell your browsing history to advertisers, it's good to know which companies have your back, privacy-wise. Around the web, the recent switch to HTTPS encryption has been a step in the right direction, but adult...

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Amazon is making Twitch a destination for original...

You'll probably have to get used to the idea of Twitch streaming a bunch of Amazon Prime Video shows. Starting at 4PM Eastern on April 5th, three of Prime Video's spring pilots will air on repeat for 24 hours on the Twitch Presents page, which just f...

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Apple marks Autism Acceptance Month at App Store,...

Apple is engaged in a pair of activities to promote April as Autism Acceptance Month, including a new collection at the App Store, and tailored "Field Trips" at its retail outlets.

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∞ Game of Thrones season 7: “The Long Walk”

“Winter is coming…”

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Twitter changes its default profile photo from an...

Twitter has ditched the egg, abandoning the bird motif for a more generic option.

On Friday, Twitter introduced a new default profile picture, switching from the well-known egg to a simple human silhouette. Twitter hopes this change will encourage users to replace the default image with a real photo of themselves, dissuading people from remaining anonymous or being associated with trolls.

The egg has been Twitter’s default profile picture for seven years, but recently it has taken on a new meaning beyond the cute bird motif. Obviously, Twitter trolls, bots and others who use the site solely for abuse and harassment choose to remain anonymous, so the egg photo has become a signifier for this type of user. As playwright Ken Armstrong put it, “...

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When the 'S' in HTTPS also stands for shady

Just when we'd learned the importance of HTTPS in address bars, spammers and malicious hackers have figured out how to game the system.

Let's Encrypt is an automated service that lets people turn their old unencrypted URLs into safely encrypted HTTP...

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Snapchat adds another feature Facebook will copy

Snapchat is in a tough spot right now and we're not just talking about all of those insensitive filters. Users love Stories, but because of that, everybody from Medium to Bumble to Facebook is adding its own version of the feature to its platforms. A...

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Snapchat announces new Stories search feature,...

As it continues to improve upon its search features, Snapchat today announced an update targeted at Stories. The company says that the new feature allows users to find relevant Stories by entering a single keyword. Called Stories in Search, the feature makes it significantly easier for users to discover additional content…


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Analysts claim True Tone technology will be included...

The next generation of iPhones may include True Tone technology, a research note from Barclays analysts claims, suggesting the 'iPhone 7s,' the 'iPhone 7s Plus,' and the 'iPhone 8' will have the same ambient light sensing feature as used on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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The government plans to crack down on sketchy...

The Federal Trade Commission is going back to an old well, and possibly will actually exercise some of its authority. We're talking about the FTC's stance on sponsored editorial posts that aren't clearly labeled as such. "The FTC will soon begin hold...

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How to securely back up your iPhone or iPad to...

It was probably prudent to make a backup of all of your iPhone's data before the shift to APFS with iOS 10.3 was applied, but fortunately it all went okay -- but what if it hadn't? In celebration of Backup Day, AppleInsider shows you how to back up your iPhone or iPad.

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Apple launches new Field Trips and App Store page...

Steven Aquino, a self-proclaimed tech journalist covering Apple accessibility, has taken to Twitter today to share some of Apple’s efforts for April’s Autism Acceptance month. Apple hopes to celebrate the unique experiences of those on the Autistic spectrum with new classes at retail stores and with a dedicated App Store page.


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9to5Rewards: Mujjo’s high-quality leather iPhone...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Mujjo. The Netherlands-based maker of quality handcrafted cases for iPhones and other Apple products uses leather, wood and other premium materials to make some of our favorite cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 

The company has three of its high-quality leather cases available for iPhone 6(s)/Plus, iPhone 7/7Plus (normally up to $46 each) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 


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Netflix nabs 'Archer' team for its first...

Netflix is making its animated feature film debut with the grandly titled America: The Motion Picture. According to Deadline, the original movie is an R-rated, comedic take on the founding of our country. The production team is stellar and will be le...

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Why iOS 10.3 requires an extra tap to make a phone...

When you install iOS 10.3, if you haven’t already, you’ll notice that there’s now an extra step to make a phone call. Before the update, tapping on a phone number would immediately initiate a call. Now, you have to confirm that you want to dial that number before the dialing begins. There’s a really good reason for this weird change.

According to the Wall Street Journal, an 18-year-old hacker allegedly wrote malicious code that, when tapped, would force your iPhone to dial 911 over and over. The prank led to thousands of 911 calls that overwhelmed emergency response systems in several states. There may have been people trying to reach a 911 operator that couldn’t because of the auto-dialing.


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Rumor: new iPhones to get True Tone technology

According to a new investor note from Barclays — as noted by 9to5Mac, Apple currently plans to bring its True Tone display technology to all three 2017 iPhones. True Tone was introduced with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (and has yet to make it to the 12.9-inch tablet, though that’s expected to change soon).

The research group thinks that new iPhones will feature a “full spectral sensing” ambient light sensor, thus giving the devices the “True Color” display. Barclays expects that the ambient sensors will be supplied by Austrian semiconductor manufacturer AMS.

A True Tone display uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. True Tone displays can alter the...

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Twitter replaces infamous ‘egg’ default profile...

Twitter announced in a blog post today that it is doing away with the iconic (and infamous) egg default profile picture. The company explained in the exhaustingly thorough blog post that in place of the egg, it has developed a new default profile picture that encourages expression and diversity…


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'Final Fantasy XIV' live action drama...

Japan's unique Final Fantasy XIV-based drama is making its way to the rest of the world thanks to Netflix. Daddy of Light isn't really an adaptation of the hit MMO -- it's a live-action show that focuses on a father and son who play the game together...

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Rumor: Apple considered a potential bidder for...

While speculation on bidders for Toshiba's NAND business has centered on Broadcom, as well as Micron, Western Digital and SK Hynix, Apple may be among the bidders as well, according to a Japanese publication.

Barron's notes that a Google translation of Yomiuri Shimbun suggests such a purchase is interesting Apple as well. Fair value for Toshiba Memory may be around ¥1T, though Toshiba would like to see ¥2T (about $17.9 billion), and that's the price reports are attaching to the Broadcom/Silver Lake bid. An Apple acquisition of Toshiba Memory would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other...

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Apple’s newest Apple Watch ad touts it as ‘the...

Apple today has shared a new commercial for the Apple Watch Series 2. The new ad is titled “Live Bright” and highlights using the Apple Watch to live an active and healthy lifestyle.


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A Seagate 4TB external hard drive is just $130 today

It's World Backup Day, and to celebrate the made up occasion, retailers are putting their storage products on sale. Today Amazon's offering a nice deal on a 4TB Seagate external hard drive for $130. That's $70 off the price at competing retailers, and the best price Amazon's offered in almost a year.

Seagate's Backup Plus Fast 4TB hard drive uses USB 3.0, and the company says this 7,200 RPM drive has a maximum data transfer speed of 220 megabytes per second. It's designed to work interchangeably with PC and Mac, thanks to the drive's preloaded NTFS driver. (However, if you're going to use this only with a Mac, reformatting it is a better option.) Seagate has also...

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‘Which?’ says Mac laptops meet or exceed Apple’s...

Well, this is interesting considering the Consumer Reports testing hoopla over 2016 MacBook Pro’s battery life): Apple’s Mac laptops are the only current laptops to meet or exceed their makers' battery life according to a report by Which?, a British testing publication.

Which? tested laptops for battery life while actively browsing the web over Wi-Fi, running the laptops in this fashion until the battery was fully drained. The number of laptops tested: Acer (8); Apple (3), Asus (8), Dell (10), HP (12), Lenovo (20), Toshiba (6).

Which? says, for example, that Apple's claimed battery life for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 12 hours; the testing site tallied 12 hours...

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EquiSeq CEO Lexi Palmer: Act Like You're Not...

Lexi Palmer is CEO of EquiSeq, a biotech firm that does genetic testing of horses. Palmer was brought on as CEO by the company's founder, genetic researcher Paul Szauter, in 2015. "I was just finishing up my degree in interpersonal communications, and he told me about the company he'd started," Palmer recalled. "I told him I knew everything about horses and said I could learn everything he did and market it. Two weeks later we were discussing my title. He asked, "Where do you see yourself? What title do you want?" I said "CEO."

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New Apple Watch Series 2 ad showcases waterproofing...

Apple on Friday debuted a new ad, "Live Bright," once again highlighting the fitness-connected features on the Apple Watch Series 2, particularly its waterproofing.

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'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' patch improves...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a near-perfect game, but its performance on the Nintendo Switch is far less so. While it plays smoothly in handheld mode, it's not unusual to see lower frame rates when you dock the console. Mostly, that's b...

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Apple invests in Indian developers with a new app...

In a bid to take advantage of India's growing developer community, Apple opened the doors to an App Accelerator in Bangalore today. True to its name, it'll serve as a place to speed up app development with weekly training, guidance and one-on-one app...

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∞ Samsung Gear VR headset commercial

Wonderfully silly and funny ad ruined by utterly incoherent taglines at the end.

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Report: Next iPhone models to include True Tone...

According to a new investor note from Barclays, Apple currently plans to bring its True Tone display technology to all three of this year’s new iPhones. The note explains that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 will all feature the True Tone technology, which was first introduced with the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

The report also offers new information regarding the 3D sensors that Apple is expected to include in the iPhone 8 for facial recognition and augmented reality features.


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macOS Server 5.3

Enhances control over caching server size and adds configuration options for iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Sierra, and tvOS 10.2. ($19.99 new, free update, 198 MB)


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Twitter eggs are bad news so the company got rid of...

The day before April Fools isn't the best time to make big announcements, but that's not stopping Twitter from dropping some big news. The social network revealed its new default profile picture today, an icon that looks more like a real person and g...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ 512GB MacBook Pro $1,799,...

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.


Apple’s 13-inch 512GB MacBook Pro w/ Touch Bar...

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ESPN has seen the future of TV and they’re not...

It was always assumed sports would be immune from cord cutters because there was no other way to get sports live. The pundits ignored the fact people simply aren’t watching live sports as much.

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No joke, Google lets you play Ms. Pac-Mac in Google...

April Fools Day is practically a national holiday in Mountain View, so you can expect a series of pranks and jokes over the weekend. But Google is starting early this year, and everyone can get in on the joke.

Open up your Google Maps app and you’ll find a new icon above compass symbol that looks suspiciously like an 8-bit Ms. Pacman. Tap it and you’ll be transported to a random location (we were sent to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Munich, Germany) where the roads will be filled with dots and power pellets, and you’ll be able to control Ms. Pac-man as she traverses the streets to eat them. And of course, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde will be there as well.

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A brief history of random numbers

This is another of those articles I love – ones that turn out a lot more interesting than they have a right to be.

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Apple World Today Video Tip: A quick look at photo...

Today we're taking a quick look at the photo editing tools that are available in the iOS Photos app. The iPhone is a wildly popular camera, but not many people know that they can use editing tools available in the included Photos app to adjust and annotate their photos. In this video tip, we'll show you how to bring up the editing tools, use some of them (including the new Markup tool), and even revert to your original unedited photo.

This by no means a complete tutorial in how to use the Photos app; our aim is to show you some of the basics and let you explore the tools on your own. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video tips and reviews

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The best portable document scanner

By Amadou Diallo

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

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Test finds Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro only...

Apple's MacBooks are the only current laptops to meet or exceed their makers' battery life claims, British testing publication Which? found in a comparison of several major brands.

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Apple's 'we're sorry we took away...

When Apple rolled out its controversial new MacBook Pro last fall, potential buyers were a bit miffed at the need to buy a host of expensive dongles to make the computer work with their old devices. Apple quickly responded by cutting prices on a host...

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Wishlist: Here are the things that we’d love to see...

My Smart Home Diary series describes my decision to go all-in on HomeKit, even though it meant the expense of replacing some older, non-HomeKit-compatible devices. For me, it just makes obvious sense to have a complete ecosystem of connected devices that can all be controlled by a single app – and by Siri.

I’d even go as far as arguing that HomeKit-compatibility is now the entry fee for companies wanting to launch smart home devices. I’ve turned down several pieces of kit offered for review because they didn’t work with HomeKit.

But great as it is, HomeKit isn’t perfect. I described earlier some of my irritations, and in this piece I’ve compared notes with my colleagues to compile a wishlist of things we’d love to see …


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Amazon's NFL series goes inside the huddle for...

Amazon debuted its All or Nothing NFL series back in 2016 with a look at the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 season. Now the online retailer is bringing back the original for a second act. The company announced that it greenlit the second season of the show,...

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Verizon reportedly plans to launch own 'over-...

Verizon is reportedly working on its own internet television service, with the carrier said to be securing streaming rights from a number of television networks in preparation for a nationwide launch this year, possibly as soon as this summer.

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Homemade 'Iron Man' suit requires a...

Remember the, insane record-shattering flight of a jet-powered hoverboard? UK inventor Richard Browning thought that riding on top of a jet pack wasn't crazy enough, so he strapped six kerosene-powered microjets to his arms. That transformed him into...

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Second consumer-test organization finds MacBook Pro...

Following extremely puzzling Consumer Reports tests that showed the 2016 MacBook Pro offering substantially better battery-life than Apple claimed, a UK consumer-testing organization has reported the same thing.

Which found in tests of 67 laptops that Apple was the only manufacturer to deliver greater than promised, while other manufacturers delivered as little as half the claimed life.

As with the previous report, though, I’m struggling to understand the stated results …


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Facebook challenges GoFundMe with personal...

Facebook is making it easier to support your friends' causes. The company recently announced a new feature that lets users create personal fundraisers. The new option is meant to raise money for medical treatments, classroom support, and similar efforts.

A GoFundMe-style feature is a no-brainer for the social network, as Facebook sees it. When you're trying to crowdfund for a personal cause you go straight to Facebook to enlist your friends' help anyway. This new feature simply cuts out the middle man.


Personal fundraisers on Facebook.

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The Engadget Podcast Ep 34: Intergalactic

On this special all Samsung edition of the Engadget Podcast host Terrence O'Brien is joined by executive editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Chris Velazco. First all three will debate some of the most burning questions surrounding South Korea's big...

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Apple fixes iOS loophole that overloaded 911 centers...

Last October, a teenage hacker figured out how to trick some iPhones into calling 911 repeatedly, racking up thousands of bogus calls. That attack took place months ago, but Apple has just now updated iOS to keep such an incident from occurring again...

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Apple assembler Foxconn sees quarterly revenues...

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, reportedly saw its net income jump 30 percent to $2.3 billion in the December quarter, fueled heavily by the first full quarter of iPhone 7 sales.

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Research and Markets launches Apple Market Research...

The research group, Research and Markets, has launched its Apple Market Research Portal, a subscription service that will provide visitors with the opportunity to browse a collection of company reports on Apple, as well as in-depth market research and analysis of activities in the consumer electronics, computer software, and online services industries.

For example, Apple is one of the companies profiled in the Affective Computing Market report. The affective computing market is forecast to increase from $12.20 billion in 2016 to $53.98 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate of 34.7%.

"The new research portal provides up-to-date statistical and analytical information on Apple's performance in the affective...

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Apple’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator...

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, has announced the official opening of the company’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds. Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. 

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BlipWall brings Facebook photos to macOS

Raaza has introduced BlipWall 1.0, a photography app for macOS. With it you can create desktop wallpaper from a random selection of your Facebook photos. 

BlipWall sits in the background and creates a new collage of random photos at regular intervals, without any work from you. The macOS desktop is occasionally updated with a new selection of pics.

Users of the BlipWall app can choose the update interval, whether it’s one hour or 24, and can also save and share the collages created by the app. BlipWall makes use of all your Facebook photo albums for maximum exposure of old memories. It can also make use of multiple displays if the user has multiple screens.

BlipWall requires macOS 10.9 or later. It’s free and available at the Mac App Store.

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Himax reportedly joining 3D sensor supply chain for...

Rumors of 3D-sensing features being included in Apple's rumored OLED iPhone are continuing to grow, with the Taiwanese Himax Technologies reportedly joining the supply chain for the device, providing glass for a module constructed by Lumentum.

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Comfort, style and exceptional value: ARMOR-X GO-X3...

Spend a lot of time at the health club or outside working out? You may have found that other Bluetooth headphones just haven't been as comfortable as you'd like, or that sweat damaged them after only a short time. ARMOR-X has created the GO-X3 Bluetooth Headphones just for you, and with this deal you'll get 'em for just $29.99. 

What are the features of these comfortable waterproof Bluetooth headphones?

  • Bluetooth 4.1 + EDR seamlessly syncs w/ wireless devices to deliver superb sound
  • Full charge delivers up to seven hours of play time
  • Voice prompt allows notifications of incoming calls & phone numbers so...
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ICYMI: Moving arms with thought and painting faces...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A quadriplegic man can now move his right arm thanks to the miracles of modern science. No, not like that. A team of doctors from the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation center bridged the gap in his severe...

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∞ Lexus April Fools’ Day prank

[VIDEO] This is so well done, you might be fooled into thinking this was real. At least if you didn’t read the fine print about 38 seconds in.

If only this was real. Video embedded in main Loop post.

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iOS 10.3 resolves 911 issue

Apple's iOS 10.3 update, which was released this week, has reportedly resolved a 911 flaw. At issue was an iPhone feature allowing users to click on a phone number to immediately start a call.

The update requires folks to now always press a 2nd confirmation. In October 2016 a teenager allegedly designed code that would cause iPhones to repeatedly dial 911. The code went viral, and teenagers all over began using it as a prank, overwhelming 911 call centers in numerous states.

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∞ Galaxy S8 facial recognition can be bypassed with...

[VIDEO] Well, that didn’t take long. As seen in the video embedded in the main Loop post, a user’s picture taken by one Galaxy S8 is used to unlock another Galaxy S8. Not good, not good.

Wait, we can spin this. That’s how good the camera on the S8 is. So realistic, it can hack itself!

Face palm.

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Verizon launching its own streaming TV service in...

AT&T will soon have competition for its DirecTV Now service, according to a Bloomberg report, which says that Verizon is preparing to launch its own service in the summer.

Verizon Communications Inc. has been securing streaming rights from television network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter. The telecommunications giant plans to start selling a package with dozens of channels this summer.

The service is expected to be available via both set-top boxes and smartphones and tablets …


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Apple hits veteran product manager who worked at...

Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman, a veteran product manager from YouTube and Spotify, to help shape the company’s video strategy, according to The Information, citing three unnamed “people briefed on the hiring.” 

He’s the latest in a string of folks the tech giant has gathered in recent months to strengthen its position in video. For example, last month it was reported Apple hired former Amazon Fire TV head and Netflix executive Timothy D. Twerdahl to head its Apple TV business.

Rajaraman will also be working on the look and feel of Apple Music, Spotify’s top rival, as well as on Apple’s other media products, including news and books, according to The Information. He’ll report to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services. In addition to YouTube and Spotify, Rajaraman has also worked for Google, Twitter, and Informatica.

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∞ Three new iPad Pro ads

[VIDEO] Three new iPad Pro ads, hitting themes that should resonate with students. The titles are “Light and powerful”, “All day battery”, and “All your school stuff”. Videos embedded in the main Loop post.

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AppleInsider podcast talks new iPads, Samsung, and...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about the new iPads, the Samsung Galaxy S8 launch and what happened to Apple's stock price, and the impending iOS switch to only 64-bit apps that could break apps you may rely on.

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Apple debuts App Accelerator in Bangalore as Phil...

Apple on Friday inaugurated its promised App Accelerator center in Bangalore, India, which will support developers through means like talks by experts and one-on-one app reviews.

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EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android...

Who'd have thought that just days after the house rolled back privacy protections for internet users, ISPs would take advantage? The EFF did, pointing out that Verizon has already announced that it will install spyware, in the form of the launcher Ap...

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First Apple Indonesian R&D center to begin...

Apple’s first Indonesian research and development (R&D) center is expected to begin operating in the second quarter in Tangerang, Banten, reports The Jakarta Post.

Industry Ministry expert staff member Sanny Iskandar said the tech giant was looking to rent an office as its first R&D center at Green Office Park in BSD City, Tangerang. The center will develop educational programs for 300 to 400 local students told The Jakarta Post. Mentors will teach students how to create applications. 

Apple is investing $44 million in three Indonesian R&D facilities for the right to market current and future iPhone models in the region. Beyond the Tangerang center, the company is setting up two more facilities in Java. 

Jakarta is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia. Located on the...

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It's World Backup Day! What's YOUR backup...

March 31 is World Backup Day, a day set aside to remind computer users everywhere that backups aren't just a good idea; they're something that should be done religiously. Most of our readers are good about running backups on external hard drives with Time Machine or other apps (Carbon Copy Cloner, for example), doing online backups with services like Backblaze or Carbonite, and making sure that their iOS devices are backed up to iCloud nightly. Let's make sure that your backups will be able to help you in an emergency.

iOS Backups to iCloud

iOS backups are your guarantee that it will be easy to move to a new iPhone or iPad. Let's say you lose an iPhone or have an iPad stolen. When you replace it, just sign into your iCloud account and you'll be asked if you wish to restore the device with an iCloud backup. Select a backup and let it restore, and within hours your device is back up and running the way you had it set up.

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The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: Better off Red

Red cred

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes several new accessories for your red iPhone—and even a little something crimson for the iPad. Read on!


Image by Casetify

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Australian banks can’t collectively barter with...

Australia will bar its banks from collective bargaining with Apple over access to the tech giant's contactless payments. That could set a global precedent, Reuters notes. 

The move will stop the banks from creating their own apps for contactless payments to rival Apple Wallet -- advantageous for the banks, in saving transaction fees and holding customers within their own apps longer. In July 2016, Australia's three biggest banks — including the top lender, National Australia Bank — lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks were seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's...

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Watch the latest SpaceX launch, a historic first...

If you have even the slightest interest in space and rocketry, take a minute to watch the latest SpaceX launch. This is the first time a previously launched rocket has been reused. This will change the equation, make it much cheaper to launch a satellite. Amazing accomplishment.

You can watch the launch here.

If you just want the launch itself, jump to about 18:45 in. The landing of stage 1 back on Of Course I Still Love You (the drone ship) is a little trickier, as the video feed was cut off due to a line of site issue, but jump to about 27:30 in to get the crew reaction. First there’s a groan of disappointment as the folks watching find out the video cut out, but then…well, watch for yourself.

I absolutely love what SpaceX has accomplished here. They have changed the future of space exploration.


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Netflix has a new translation test to avoid subtitle...

Netflix supports over 20 languages, many of which aren't dubbed, so subtitles are often the only way for foreign viewers to follow the plot. While the streaming company holds itself to a high standard, the internet abounds with tales of wonky transla...

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Apple repairs iOS 10.3 vulnerability that caused iOS...

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier this week, a number of users reported that their iOS devices were repeatedly attempting to call 911.

The flaw was discovered by an 18-year old who found a way to use Javascript to remotely cause iOS devices to open popup alerts, open apps, and make phone calls. In an effort to show the severity of the problem, he created a code that caused iPhones to dial 911 repeatedly. All in all, he ended up being arrested and charged with four counts of computer tampering after causing thousands of accidental 911 calls.

It appears that Apple has worked with app developers to examine the issue and close the loophole.

The code only triggered 911 calls from iPhones, which exploited a feature in the underlying software that allows users to tap on a phone number and immediately initiate a call.

Apple says the update supersedes that capability and now requires users to always press a second confirmation before initiating a call...

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iFixit tears down 9.7-inch iPad, finds similar...

The new 9.7-inch iPad is built on a pretty familiar framework.

Last week, Apple unveiled its 9.7-inch iPad. According to the teardown performed by the coolest of felines at iFixit, the new iPad is essentially a spruced-up version of the original iPad Air released in 2013. They share the same battery and the same display. There are some minor tweaks, too, including the integration of the third-generation A9 chip and Touch ID capabilities.

The new model is a minor upgrade, but arrives at a nice price point wherein the 32GB model is $329, compared to the previous entry-level iPad Air 2 that went for $399.

Like the original iPad Air, the new 9.7-inch iPad has an LCD and digitizer that are unfused, which makes it easier to repair. In fact, iFixit could fit the LCD and digitizer connectors from an Air 1 into the new iPad but haven’t tested if they worked and were actually compatible.

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Apple patent filing hints at the return of the...

With the 2016 MacBook Pro line, Apple ditched the beloved MagSafe connector, which disengaged with the slightest amount of pressure. This saved many Mac laptops from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. However, a recent patent filing (number 20170093104) for a “magnetic adapter” hints that it could return.

The patent is for adapters that may have a MagSafe connector receptacle and a Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector insert. This may allow MagSafe chargers to be used to charge devices having Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector receptacles. This also may provide the breakaway characteristic of a MagSafe connector system for a device that does not include a MagSafe connector receptacle. Other adapters may have other types of magnetic connector receptacles and connector inserts.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light...

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Verizon reportedly wants in on this streaming TV...

It looks like Comcast isn't the only cable operator considering a Sling TV-like live streaming service. Verizon has also been acquiring the digital rights to TV stations like CBS and ESPN, according to Bloomberg. However, unlike Comcast, which is rum...

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A look at the Synology DS416j after four months of...

On Nov. 28, 2016, I wrote a review of the Synology DS416j for Apple World Today. It’s been running 24/7 in my garage for over four months. How has the Synology NAS fared in a moderately harsher environment than in my home office?

I use the NAS to host and record two security cameras. The DS416j was sent to me with the cameras as a review unit. It has performed flawlessly, easily handling the cooler environment. It has run nonstop and never fails in its intended purpose of being a surveillance system.

I repartitioned the NAS to not only be a surveillance system, but to use part of the space for Time Machine backups. Setting up the Synology NAS to serve as a backup device for Time Machine was very easy and quick. I have my Mac as well as my wife's Mac backing up to it, and it works perfectly.

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Phil Schiller announces official opening of Apple’s...

Phil Schiller has announced the official opening of Apple’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. The center is designed to provide free guidance, inspiration and one-on-one app reviews for local developers.

App Accelerator Bengaluru – now open for iOS developers

— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) March 31, 2017

The company first promised the center back in May of last year, the company explaining then why it had chosen the location …


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Skype 7.49

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro. (Free, 44.4 MB)


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The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2017

March's Mac games

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The Mac App Store didn’t get the same kind of promotion that brought so many great indie games to the iOS App Store this month, but that’s OK—March brought macOS players plenty of great options to consider. Atmospheric puzzler The Witness leads the latest stack of releases, giving you a vast island of conundrums to solve, but there’s plenty more in the mix. 

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Apple Opens App Accelerator in Bangalore, India To...

From a report: Apple is taking further steps to foster the developer ecosystem in the world's fastest growing smartphone market. The Cupertino-based company said it has opened a new App Accelerator in Bangalore, India. The announcement comes less than a year after the company said it would open an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in India's Silicon Valley. Through the new App Accelerator, the company hopes to offer specialised support to developers as well as tools to help them push the boundaries. At the centre, a group of experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. [...] With Apple's push to turn India into its next major market, it will pay in the long run to have quality apps that solve local problems on the App Store.


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Apple hires former YouTube, Spotify exec to further...

According to a report published Thursday, Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman, a former YouTube and Spotify executive, to help architect a video content strategy as it takes on established industry players like Netflix.

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Apple hires former YouTube & Spotify exec as it...

As it continues to ramp up its focus on video content, Apple has recently hired a former YouTube and Spotify executive. According to a report from The Information, Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman to work on Apple’s video and music efforts…


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BBEdit 11.6.5

Adds two buttons to the Menus & Shortcuts preferences pane for toggling between simplified and advanced menus. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)


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Video review: eero mesh Wi-Fi system is perfect for...

Following up on AppleInsider's review of the eero mesh Wi-Fi product, we dive deeper into the system's strengths and foibles with this in-depth video review.

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Apple & SAP launch enterprise-oriented Cloud...

As promised in February, enterprise software firm SAP has released its Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, built in collaboration with Apple.

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Apple to begin iPhone 7 sales in Indonesia tomorrow...

As originally reported in December, Apple is currently in the process of building its first research and development center in Indonesia. According to a new report from The Jakarta Post, the research and development center will begin operations during the second quarter of this year while iPhone 7 sales will begin in the country tomorrow…


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Apple’s new $329 iPad features a display 44%...

Earlier today, the folks at iFixit put Apple’s latest $329 iPad through the teardown process, noting of its similarities to the iPad Air 1. The repair team also, however, expressed doubts as to Apple’s claim that the device’s screen was brighter than that of previous generations.

Now, however, the iFixit team has put the new iPad through additional tests to further confirm or refute Apple’s brightness claim…


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New Apple ads tout on iPad Pro battery life, laptop...

Apple on Thursday continued its iPad Pro ad campaign with three new installments featuring the tablet's abilty to act as a desktop replacement, long battery life and educational features.

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Australian banks officially denied right to...

Standing firm on the decision it originally handed down in November, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has officially rejected a proposal from a handful of big Australian banks that would have allowed them to negotiate in a group with Apple.

The news comes as Apple Pay’s rollout continues to lag in Australia due to disagreements between Apple and the big banks.


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Zephyr Linux: Zippy Performance, Zero Decor

Zephyr Linux, a newcomer to the Linux scene, is still morphing from developmental releases. However, it takes an interesting approach to removing desktop clutter and default software bloat. Zephyr is a collaboration between Leonard Ashley and other developers. Ashley built this distro on Devuan, a fork of Debian, and with it he gives the concept of minimalist design a fresh twist. Zephyr Linux is stripped down so you can remake it your way. Version 1.0 beta 2 stable is available in a separate ISO file for Fluxbox, JWN and Openbox.

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DEVONthink 2.9.11/DEVONnote 2.9.11

Adds support for Markdownifier Web service and improves sharing notes from Apple Notes and Evernote. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)


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ACCC denies Australian banks to collectively bargain...

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Friday local time issued a determination denying the country's big-three banks authorization to collectively negotiate bargain with Apple over access to Apple Pay NFC technology.

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McDonald’s will start using fresh beef, Wendy’s...

This is just hilarious. Much respect, Wendy’s.

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