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Wednesday May 3

09:36
Brookfield Residential is first homebuilder to make...

There have been a few homebuilders that have announced and started offering HomeKit upgrade packages for new home buyers, but this is the first time a builder has announced it will make Apple’s Siri-controlled home automation accessory platform standard in its new developments.

Brookfield Residential announced today that it will begin installing a handful of HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building starting with a few neighborhoods in California.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch MacBook Pro 512GB $399...

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08:23
Volkswagen makes iPhone internal standard, Capital...




Two more large corporations -- German automaker Volkswagen, and U.S. bank Capital One -- are deploying Apple products as internal standards, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly results call.

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08:15
May is “Motorcycle Awareness Month”

This is a personal plea from me to all of you folks out there who drive cars.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:52
JPMorgan analyst makes outlandish claim that Apple...

Off the back of Apple’s earnings, JPMorgan has distributed its latest analyst report on the company’s outlook. Amidst the financial predictions, JPMorgan says that there is a ‘high likelihood’ that Apple will announce the iPhone 8 at WWDC in June.

The analyst believes Apple will preview the new iPhone lineup in June, but the device wouldn’t go on sale until the fall. This is a surprising claim to make given how unlikely it seems, flying in the face of everything else we’ve heard about the 2017 iPhone …

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07:50
13" MacBook Pro Deals: $1,399 base model ($100...




Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros this week with $100 discounts on non-Touch Bar models and up to $250 off Touch Bar configs with AppleCare. Plus, enjoy free shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:42
Wall Street dismisses Apple's March quarter as...




Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2017 was largely a mixed bag, in the eyes of investors, who saw some positives but were also disappointed by some results. Analysts reacting to the quarterly results were largely indifferent on the short term, remaining focused on growth of the company's Services business and an anticipated "iPhone 8" super-cycle.

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07:40
ecobee announces the ecobee4 with built-in Alexa

Apple World Today will soon be publishing a full review of the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat, but today that device is out of the limelight as ecobee announced the next-generation smart thermostat -- the ecobee4 with Alexa (US$249). 

Basically, what ecobee has done is to add Amazon Echo capabilities and the Alexa AI to a thermostat. The existing ecobee3 lite ($169) can be controlled by both Siri and Alexa, but this new feature means that your smart thermostat can now respond directly to queries for "everything" from across the room, be used to read the news, or control other devices in the home.

ecobee is also planning to bring an Alexa-enabled smart light switch to market later this year. That switch will also listen and respond to questions, and will act as a room sensor for the ecobee4 providing occupancy and temperature information. Like the ecobee3 lite, you'll still have remote control of your home...

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07:34
'Hulu With Live TV' service and streaming...




Hulu has launched its rumored "Hulu with Live TV" service with an app debuting on the iOS App Store, offering live streaming access to major television networks -- but similar to the early DirecTV launch, the service is labeled as beta.

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07:32
The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to Spotify’s...

SoundCloud has unveiled a new feature today to help listeners discover even more new music. The Upload is SoundCloud’s answer to the music discovery playlists that have become popular with other streaming services. By analyzing what its users are already interested in, The Upload will recommend new content that has been added to SoundCloud within the last few days.

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07:16
Hulu officially launches live TV service: 50+...

Hulu is officially launching its new live TV streaming service after several months of teasing out the new product. Hulu with Live TV will be available in beta on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and other platforms to start with over 50 channels available from $39.99/month.

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07:16
∞ AirPods, song skipping, and volume

I love my AirPods. I am happy with the sound quality and I love the convenience and the cleverness of the design. Clearly, a tremendous amount of thought has been put into the many and varied AirPod use cases:

  • Open the case near your iPhone and you are connected automatically.
  • Pull an AirPod out of your ear and the music or video you are playing pauses.
  • Drop the AirPods back in the case and they charge automatically.
  • Double-tap to interact with Siri.

There are two use cases, however, that just didn’t work for me.

  • Skip to the next song (something I do reasonably often)
  • Adjust the volume (either due to a song being mixed loud, or my circumstances/environment changing)

Jump to the main Loop post for thoughts on solutions, what I settled on.

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06:56
I’m an ex-Facebook exec: don’t believe what they...

Antonio Garcia-Martinez:

For two years I was charged with turning Facebook data into money, by any legal means. If you browse the internet or buy items in physical stores, and then see ads related to those purchases on Facebook, blame me. I helped create the first versions of that, way back in 2012.

And:

The ethics of Facebook’s micro-targeted advertising was thrust into the spotlight this week by a report out of Australia. The article, based on a leaked presentation, said that Facebook was able to identify teenagers at their most vulnerable, including when they feel “insecure”, “worthless”, “defeated” and “stressed”.

Facebook claimed the report was misleading, assuring the public that the company does not “offer tools to target people based on their emotional state”. If the intention of Facebook’s public relations spin is to give the impression that such targeting is not even possible on their platform, I’m here to tell you I believe they’re lying...

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06:50
Sprint offers free LTE signal booster to homes...

Sprint has announced the Magic Box, a signal booster that it’s making available free of charge to ‘qualifying’ homes and businesses. The booster – which it bills as ‘the world’s first all-wireless small call’ – amplifies LTE data signals from nearby cell towers, increasing both upload and download speeds by an average of 200%.

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06:49
Google reports a big gain in Android Nougat adoption...

Android Police:

Google has updated the developer dashboard for May, giving us an overview of the Android device ecosystem. Nougat continues to inch upward at a respectable rate—it’s now over 7% of devices.

True, that is significant growth for Nougat, absolutely, but compare to iOS 10 adoption, which last reported (back in February) at 79%.

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06:45
Ecobee4 HomeKit thermostat with built-in Alexa...

The Ecobee4 smart thermostat is officially available for pre-order for $249 starting today. The model Wi-Fi thermostat model works with Apple’s HomeKit feature for Siri control from Apple devices and now features built-in Alexa integration for standalone voice control. Ecobee has also unveiled its first-ever smart light switch for new features.

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06:45
Hulu Live TV launches in beta: What you need to know

Nearly one year after Hulu revealed plans to sell a bundle of TV channels, it’s finally here.

The Hulu Live TV bundle is now available to everyone, though Hulu is calling it a paid public beta. The service costs $40 per month for more than 50 channels, and it includes access to Hulu’s ad-supported on-demand service. Hulu is charging extra for certain features, however, such as more cloud DVR storage and ad-skipping.

Read on for all the details on the new Hulu bundle.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:40
∞ Apple Pay growth not just steady, it’s phenomenal

More users, more iPhones/Apple Watches, more places that accept Apple Pay, fueled by Apple finding more ways for a merchant to take advantage of Apple Pay. I expected steady growth, surprised by that blossoming transaction volume.

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06:34
With AirPods, Beats & surging Apple Watch sales...




Apple Watch sales "nearly doubled year-over-year" in the March quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company's quarterly results call, helping to push combined wearables revenues into Fortune 500 levels.

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06:28
The Microsoft Surface Laptop, creeping in on Apple’s...

Michael Tsai pulled together some coverage of Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop.

There’s this bit from Bloomberg:

Microsoft has already cracked the professional and creative markets with inventive tablets and a desktop that turns into a virtual drafting table. Now it’s chasing another category many believe is Apple’s to lose: the $1,000 laptop for everyone.

That’s one side of the coin. Me, I found this bit telling:

@davemark this sure looks like a magical experience to use… https://t.co/2Ga3iB7wnd

— Robert Davey (@RobJDavey) May 2, 2017

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06:16
Feature Request: Create a quick & easy method to...

I’m a huge fan of Apple’s Continuity features. Being able to start writing something on one device and continue it on another is fantastic. Pasting between devices is really handy. Being able to answer a phone call on my Mac is often more convenient than doing so on my phone when I’m working. And so on.

The ability to focus on the task I want to achieve, rather than the device I want to use, is a very nice illustration of the benefit of working within a single ecosystem.

But there’s one thing Apple appears to have forgotten, and that’s a quick, easy and reliable method to switch FaceTime calls between devices …

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06:11
Lufthansa Group rolls out new solution based on...

IBM has announced that Lufthansa Group, the largest German airline, is introducing a new mobile offering for employees, powered by MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline's ground operations and boost customer service. 

With Manage Gates for iPhone, flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for Lufthansa passengers, says Mirco Bharpalania, director, Ground Operations IT, Lufthansa.

With IBM MobileFirst for iOs app, Manage Gates, Lufthansa flight managers are equipped with up-to-date critical information to help ensure safe and on-time travel for passengers. Credit: Lufthansa

Traditionally, Lufthansa flight managers had to login to multiple systems numerous times a day to access information about flight assignments. Using Manage Gates, Lufthansa supervisors will now have access to relevant, real-time...

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06:05
Inventec allegedly tapped for Apple's rumored...




Long-time Apple supplier Inventec has been selected by Apple to churn out Apple's rumored Siri speaker, if supply chain reports out of China are to be believed.

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06:01
Apple's cash reserve stands at $256 billion

Apple's cash reserve reaches over $256 billion, making it larger then the market capitalization of General Electric, according to Excon Fuji Securities, a private international investment brokerage. In the previous fiscal quarter, the company was at $233 billion.

The company's cash reserves have long fueled speculation of acquisitions that Apple might make, with lots of rumors suggesting that they are entering the electric car market. With Apple keeping majority of its cash holdings outside the U.S mainly for tax reasons, President Donald Trump has made it clear that the rules on repatriation of cash held overseas will change. Excon Fuji Securities says this means is that when/if Apple does spend money on acquisitions, it can do so without taking a major tax hit.

"While Apple has yet announced such a deal despite many reports, majority of analysts are extremely bullish on its stock over a long-term period,”...

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06:00
Daily Deal: The Mac PDF Processing Bundle for $29.99

Handle a lot of Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files? Many of us do, which is why today's Apple World Today Mac PDF Processing Bundle deal is so important. For just $29.99, you get four Mac apps that can handle even the most vexing PDF needs in a flash. You'll get:

PDFConverter (normally $39.99)

  • Convert native PDFs to .docx, .pages, .rftd, .ppt, & many more
  • Retain original fonts, images & formatting when converting 
  • ...
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05:15
Apple posts $11 billion profit on $52.9 billion in...

Apple on Tuesday announced the financial results for Q2 of 2017, the company posting revenue of $52.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.0 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

The company cited sales of 50.8 million iPhones from the quarter, down slightly from 51.1 million iPhones a year ago. Mac sales rose slightly to 4.2 million units from 4.03 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad unit sales declined to 8.92 million from 10.25 million a year ago.

“We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue...

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05:00
Microsoft releases sub-$999 Surface notebooks, seeks...

Apple might have some competition form Microsoft in the sub-$999 notebook market.

Microsoft’s new Surface notebook now arrives in gold, platinum, blue and burgundy colors, has switched from a metal area around the keyboard for a softer microfiber lining, features a 13.5-inch touch screen, runs the latest Intel processors and gets 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft.

The notebook also runs the new Windows 10S operating system, which Microsoft stated would be faster and offer better security than previous versions of Windows 10.

Microsoft is presently targeting the notebook and Windows 10S at the education market, which is estimated around $15.6 billion, according research firm IDC. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft and Apple had long dominated the school computing market, but Alphabet Inc.’s Google has made inroads recently with its low-priced and simple Chromebooks.

Windows 10S will be available on cheaper computers targeted at...

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05:00
How to supercharge your Mac’s sidebar

Many users underestimate the convenience of the Sidebar, never bothering to customize it to suit their needs. That’s a big mistake. Although Apple populates a stock Sidebar with some useful folders, if you want to make it really useful, you need to populate it with the folders you use most.

To add a folder to the sidebar (WSM e-book in this example), drag the folder onto the Sidebar. Make sure it’s positioned between two folders (Dr. Mac Columns and Mac Observer Columns in the figure below) and you see a little line between the folders as shown on the left in the figure below.

When you release the mouse button, WSM e-book appears in the Sidebar between the two folders where the line was, as shown on the right in the figure below.

If you drag the folder onto another folder in the Sidebar (the Column Fodder folder in the figure below), rather than dragging it between two folders (Dr. Mac Columns and Mac Observer Columns in the figure above), you...

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04:30
Apple files for patent for ‘dynamic music authoring’

Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,640,158) for “dynamic music authoring,” which could hint at changes in future versions of GarageBand and Logic Pro X.

According to the patent filing, in some implementations, a computing device (think a Mac or, perhaps in GarageBand’s case, an iPhone or iPad) can be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the device. The Apple device can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. The cells can be configured to playback the music segment once or playback the music segment in a repeating loop. 

The user can select (e.g., touch) one or more cells in the grid to cause the corresponding music segment to play. While playing selected cells, the user can provide input selecting various musical effects to apply to the playing music. The user can record a dynamically selected sequence of cells and musical effects to create an original musical...

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04:25
Early analyst reactions suggest AAPL optimism...

AAPL stock may have taken a hit in pre-trading following missed Q2 expectations and relatively weak guidance for Q3, but early reactions suggests that analysts remain largely optimistic.

Analysts did note that continued declining revenues in China was cause for concern, but this was offset by strong and growing services revenue, increased capital returns, and expectations of an iPhone 8 superc-cycle…

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04:08
6 key takeaways from Apple’s Q2 2017 earnings call

On Tuesday Apple announced its latest corporate earnings, a relatively flat quarter that still brought in $11 billion in profits. As always, if you look beyond the raw numbers on its reports and listen to its hour-long phone call with select Wall Street analysts, you can get some interesting perspective on where the company is going.

Rumors suppress demand

If there’s anything Apple likes less than discussing its future product plans, it’s probably other people discussing its future product plans. Aside from a tossed-off joke on stage at a product launch, Apple rarely discusses rumors of what it’s working on. Which is why I was struck by Tim Cook’s response to a question by UBS’s Steve Milunovich about a recent survey from 451 Research that suggested a drop-off in intent from...

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04:00
Visio Viewer lets you easily, quickly view and save...

By Aaron Lee

When you need to open and view .vsd format Visio drawings and diagrams, Enolsoft's Visio Viewer is helpful. It enables you to view, save and print Microsoft Visio drawings and diagrams on a Mac.

A Visio file is created on a Windows PC using the Microsoft Visio program. It's used to simplify complex information with professional diagrams.

With Visio Viewer, you convert Visio to PDF with the original elements retained. Visio Viewer supports multi-tab viewing so you can easily switch between multiple Visio files. 

To view a large multi-page Visio file, you can select a display mode from four choices: Single Page, Single Page Continuous, Two Pages and Two Pages Continuous. A multi-tab display is also supported in case you need to switch between several visio files for comparison.

Besides providing Visio viewing for Mac users, the app also allows you to convert Visio files to PDFs. The converted PDF file all original...

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03:51
AAPL stock down 1.7% in pre-trading as iPhone sales...

As of the time of writing, AAPL stock was down 1.7% in pre-trading following the company’s announcement that Q2 iPhone sales had missed expectations. Sales were down 1% year-on-year, though a higher average selling price meant that iPhone revenues were up by the same percentage.

The share price of Apple suppliers was also hit when markets opened in Europe …

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02:00
Strava introduces Athlete Posts, announces second...

Strava is a social network for athletes with an amazing iPhone (and Apple Watch) app to match. Yesterday Strava announced a new feature -- Athlete Posts -- that lets 36 top athletes post their stories, photos, questions, gear tips, race reports, recommendations and workouts as well as their shared activities. 

By adding athletic storytelling to the social network, Strava hopes to let people share more about their active lives. Later this summer, Athlete Posts will be available to all Strava users, allowing them to inspire each other to new levels of fitness and share useful tips and content with a world of athletes.

In addition to Athlete Posts, Strava announced the second annual Global Bike To Work Day Challenge on Thursday, May 11, 2017. To participate in the Challenge, cyclists simply need to...

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00:15
This ostrich robot doesn't need to think to run

This tiny ostrich bot, unlike rival robots, doesn't using computers and sensors to balance. It manages to keep running (at up to 10 mph) thanks to its built-in dynamic stability. Jerry Pratt, the senior research scientist at IHMC who leads the team d...

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Tuesday May 2

22:20
World's fastest camera can capture rapid...

Those high-speed cameras that capture over million or even over a billion frames per second have got nothing on Lund University's creation. The Swedish University's invention can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second -- that's...

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20:10
Apple Pay adds support for 21 U.S. banks, HSBC in...




Overshadowed by Apple's earnings call for the second fiscal quarter of 2017, Apple Pay on Tuesday officially added support for 21 new U.S. financial institutions, as well as HSBC for Australian customers.

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20:02
Google Chrome will automatically migrate to 64-bit...

If you can use the 64-bit version of Chrome you probably should, for memory management, graphics performance and security reasons, but some people might not be on it yet. As of Chrome version 58, Google says that Windows users with a 64-bit OS and ov...

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18:46
Hands-on: Mantiz Venus – a Thunderbolt 3 eGPU +...

Mantiz’s Venus is an upcoming eGPU box and docking station for Thunderbolt 3-enabled laptops like the 2016 MacBook Pro. The Taiwanese-based company is working on bringing two eGPU boxes to market — the eccentric-looking Saturn, and the more subdued-looking Venus.

The friendly folks at Mantiz agreed to send over a Venus eGPU/docking station, allowing me to take it for a quick test drive when paired together with my 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro. Featuring an all-aluminum outer shell with classic Mac Pro cheese grater-inspired perforated design, the Venus is one of the more attractive eGPU solutions that I’ve seen thus far. Have a look at our hands on video walkthrough inside for more details. more…

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18:39
Senate bill would make it harder to delete...

It has only been a bit over 100 days, but the Trump administration is already known for making previously available date harder to find. Within just one month, it not only decided to hide the White House's visitor logs, but also to shutter the Open.g...

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18:02
Friday Labs ships crowdfunded smart lock, adds...




Two years after a successful funding round on Indiegogo, startup Friday Labs on Tuesday said it began shipping its HomeKit-enabled Friday smart lock to backers, while at the same time opening pre-orders to new customers.

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17:59
Major apps pull support for Apple Watch




After going largely unnoticed for weeks, AppleInsider discovered a few major companies like Google and eBay recently pulled their dedicated Apple Watch apps from the App Store. AppleInsider takes a closer look at the quiet removals and what it means for watchOS in this video.

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17:12
Apple Watch, AirPods, Beats sales hit Fortune 500...

Apple Watch sales, along with AirPods and Beats headphones have hit Fortune 500 level, which means they’re bringing in over US$5 billion to Apple’s “other products” category. Company CEO Tim Cook shared that detail during the company’s second fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

I know some people question whether these products are successful or not, but come on, That’s an incredible amount of sales. I vote successful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:10
China increases restrictions on internet news outlets

The Chinese government has been ramping up tighter control of its internet in the past year. The latest set of new restrictions released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) adds more limitations on what news can be created and distributed...

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16:50
Numbers from Apple’s Q2 earnings release: China...

Apple earlier today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2017, offering up a variety of different looks at the company’s performance over the last three months. While we’ve already offered up a variety of details related to the release, there are always a few tidbits that get lost in the craziness…

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16:44
In-stock alert: Apple AirPods ready to ship for...




Shoppers can order Apple AirPods from AT&T Wireless for delivery in two to five business days depending on the shipping method selected, beating Apple's reported 6-week wait.

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16:18
Kobo's latest waterproof e-reader is sized for...

Kobo's Aura One e-reader was potentially the dream device for anyone who likes to read in the bath or at the beach, but it had some catches. Its big 7.8-inch screen didn't make it the most portable device around, and that $229 price could be off-put...

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16:15
Apple increases R&D spend to nearly $2.8B in...




Apple increased its research and development budget to nearly $2.8 billion during the second fiscal quarter of 2017, meaning the company spent a almost $5.7 billion on the line item over the past six months.

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16:11
Friday Labs unveils new minimalist & easy-to-...

As HomeKit continues to expand in popularity, a pair of new smart locks have been introduced that both embrace the platform. Friday Labs has introduced the new Friday Lock, while Danalock has unveiled a new V3 smart lock.

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16:09
∞ Vintage Oil Can Guitar

This is actually a nice sounding guitar.

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15:56
Transcript of Apple’s quarterly earnings conference...

In case you wanted to read Tim’s comments on this quarter’s earnings.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:53
Apple's Tim Cook says increasing pace of '...




Some of Apple's problems with iPhone sales can be traced to more rapid leaks posted on news sites, CEO Tim Cook claimed during a quarterly results call on Tuesday.

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15:27
Proterra wants to build autonomous vehicles for...

The company that built an electric bus capable of driving 350 miles before needing a recharge wants to take public transit to the next level: autonomous driving. Working with the University of Nevada, Proterra has launched an autonomous driving progr...

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15:26
AWT News Update: May 2, 2017

Today Apple announced its earnings for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 ending April 1, 2017. Rather than parrot back all of those results to you, we're inviting you to do two things:

  • Visit the Apple World Today site for more posts and information on topics from the earnings call
  • Watch the one-hour Facebook Live show we did today discussing the earnings and questions asked by analysts

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.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 2nd, 2017.

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15:16
Tim Cook: Apple is ‘investing aggressively’ in the...

In a press conference with analysts, CEO Tim Cook said that Apple saw “great” Mac results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. Revenue grew 14% to set a new March quarter record. Unit sales were up 4%.

Cook said that Apple gained market share thanks to strong response to the new MacBook Pro models introduced late last year. Macs have generated over $25 million in past four quarters. Overall laptop growth was up 10%.

Macs now account for 11% of Apple’s revenues. The iPhone accounts for 63%, Services (iTunes, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple Pay, etc.) accounts for 13%, and the iPad accounts for 7%. The “other” category (Apple TV, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, AirPods, etc.) accounts for 5%.

Cook says Apple is keen on the Mac platform and is "investing aggressively in its future.

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15:13
Active installed base of iPhones grew by double...

The active installed base of iPhones grew by double digits year-over-year for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. During a press conference with Apple Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that iPhone sales in line with expectations

The average sales price (ASP) for the smartphone was $655. That's up from $642 in the same period a year ago.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company made a mistake in its estimates for the iPhone 7 Plus. 

“One of the things we didn't get right was the mix between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus," he said. “Demand was much stronger towards iPhone 7 Plus than we expected. It took us a little while to adjust all the way through the supply chain and to bring iPhone 7 Plus into balance — which finally occurred early in this quarter. Every time we launch something, we learn something, and we apply everything we learn for the next time.”

Maestri cited surveys that showed a 96% satisfaction among iPhone 7...

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15:11
Despite shrinking sales, the iPad has 81% of U.S....

iPad sales continued to shrink in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017, but sales came in ahead of Apple's expectations, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri in a press conference with analysts.

He added that the iPad remains very successful. Maestri says that recent data from the NPD research group shows that the Apple tablet has 81% share of tablets priced above $200 that are sold in the U.S. What's more, 451 Research reports a 95% customer satisfaction rate for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 100% customer satisfaction rate for 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

CEO Tim Cook added initial reaction to the new $329 iPad has been excellent.

“iPad results were ahead of expectations,” he added. “We believe we gained share during the March quarter in a number of major markets, including the U.S., Japan, and Australia. The iPad remains the world's most popular tablet, and it's the primary computing device for millions of customers around the...

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15:06
Apple Watch sales nearly double year-over-year

Apple Watch sales nearly doubled year-over-year in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. CEO Tim Cook says it’s “the best-selling and most-loved smart watch around the world,” though the company won't report unit sales.

However, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 1% annually to hit a record 8.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016. Apple Watch drove growth and dominated with 63% global smartwatch marketshare, while Samsung maintained second position, adds the research group.

According to Canalys, another research group,Apple set a new quarterly shipment record in in the fourth quarter of 2016, contributing to total smartwatch shipments exceeding nine million units,. This global market figure was largely driven by Apple’s six million shipments, representing year-on-year growth of 12%. Canalys estimates that Apple cumulatively shipped 11.9 million Watches in 2016, holding market share...

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15:00
Apple Q2 Earnings: iPhone Sales Fall Flat

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Apple Inc reported a surprise fall in iPhone sales for the second quarter on Tuesday, indicating that customers had held back purchases in anticipation of the 10th-anniversary edition launch of the company's most important product. Apple sold 50.76 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter ended April 1, down from 51.19 million a year earlier. Analysts on average had estimated iPhone sales of 52.27 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet. However, revenue from the smartphones rose 1.2 percent in the quarter. Expectations are building ahead of Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone range this fall, with investors hoping that the launch would help bolster sales.


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14:59
Apple Services sees its highest revenue ever for a...

Apple’s Services business -- which includes, among other things, Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud and iTunes — saw its highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter in Apple's fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

App Store revenue grew 40% year-over-year for an all-time quarterly record. There was double-digit revenue growth from Apple Music subscriptions and iCloud storage subscriptions. Paid subscriptions now exceed $165 million.

CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay is experiencing “phenomenal traction." Its now live in 15 countries. Apple’s mobile payment services now account more than 20 million contactless-ready locations, including more then 4.5 million the U.S. alone. Transaction volume was up 450% over last 12 months.

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14:59
Apple's growing cash hoard surges to $256.8...




As of the end of the March quarter, Apple held $256.8 billion cash on hand, with the vast majority of it held overseas awaiting possible repatriation tax reform -- if the U.S. government is inclined to cooperate.

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14:52
PGA Tour will livestream a single iconic hole in VR

Golf officials are building out their 4K broadcasts and even starting to livestream smaller events in VR, but the sport's biggest tournaments are taking awhile to try out the new broadcasting tech. After testing the waters with a handful of virtual r...

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14:45
AirPods demand significantly exceeding supply, Apple...

During its Q2 fiscal earnings call today, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that demand for the company’s cord-free AirPods headphones is significantly exceeding supply. Cook also said that revenue from sales of Apple Watch along with AirPods and Beats products is now the size of a Fortune 500 company, hinting that those products have driven growth of its “Other Products” category this quarter.

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14:31
'Code Vein' blends anime vampires with...

Towering enemies? Check. Moody atmosphere? Check. Slow, methodical combat? Check. Bandai Namco has released the first trailer for its upcoming action RPG Code Vein, and it wears its Dark Souls influence on its bloody sleeve.

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14:30
iPhone holds steady while Macs and services keep...

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Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2017, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. So far, Apple is back to modest growth in 2017: iPhone unit sales are down just a little, and iPad sales continue their precipitous slide. But iPhone revenue is actually up, and the Mac, the Services division, and the Other Products divisions all posted solid growth.

Apple made $11 billion in profit and $52.9 billion in revenue, compared to $10.5 billion in profit and $50.6 billion in revenue in Q2 of 2016. The company's gross margin was 38.9 percent. These results were toward the upper end of Apple's guidance for the...

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14:22
Apple Pay adds support for 20+ banks and credit...

Apple today added over 20 additional banks and credit unions to its list of those that officially support Apple Pay. The new additions follow over 20 added a couple of weeks back for users in the U.S. and China.

Today’s update includes 23 banks and credit unions in total for the US, and brings support for HSBC in Australia with both MasterCard and Visa credit cards supported.

Apple typically adds support for new banks and credit unions every 2-3 weeks and keeps track of supported institutions for all regions where Apple Pay is available on its website.

In addition to the U.S., the service is now available in Canada, France, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong...

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14:15
Apple services, "Other" revenue sources...




In a strong second fiscal quarter performance, both services and the "other" categories stand out, with 18 percent and 31 percent growth versus 2016, respectively.

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14:09
Dubai is the first city to design its own Microsoft...

It's not as flashy as having the world's tallest building, but the city of Dubai can now claim a new achievement -- it's the first to create its own Microsoft font. The Dubai Font, which combines Latin and Arabic texts, can be accessed globally throu...

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14:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2017...




After returning to growth for the holiday quarter, iPhone sales dipped once again in the March frame, though Apple's revenue grew to $52.9 billion. Following the news, the company held a conference call with media and analysts, and notes of interest follow.

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14:05
Apple to boost capital return program by $50B,...




Despite revealing mixed quarterly results on Tuesday, Apple simultaneously announced plans to extend its capital return program by $50 billion and a full year, reaching the $300 billion mark by March 2019.

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14:02
Apple in Q2: Sold fewer iPhones than last year, but...

Fresh off a record-breaking $78.4 billion first quarter, Apple reported a decidedly more muted Q2 of fiscal year 2017: a profit of $11 billion, or $2.10 per share, on revenue of $52.9 billion.

The quarter ending April 1 saw no new flagship iPhones, though there was a refreshed iPhone SE and a special edition red model. But Apple usually sees a decline from Q1 to Q2. And the results are better than the year-ago Q2, which saw profit of $1.90 per share on $50.6 billion in revenue.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company saw “continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus” and “strong momentum of our services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter.”

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13:57
Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone and...

Mac sales are up year-over-year, while iPhone sales are down in units but up in revenue for Apple’s fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017.

Apple sold approximately 4.2 million Macs during the period. That’s up from just over four million in the second fiscal quarter of 2016. 

The company sold about 50.1 million iPhones during the fiscal 2017 second quarter, compared to just over 51 million in the year-ago period. However, smartphone revenue rose 1% year-over-year.

iPad sales were down again. In the fiscal second quarter 2017, Apple sold approximately 8.9 million tablets compared to 10 million in fiscal quarter 2016.

A note of interest for those who think the iPad is replacing the Mac. For Apple’s most recent fiscal quarter, the latter brought in about $5.8 million in revenue compared to $3.9 million for the former. Of course, the iPhone dwarfs both of them in terms of revenue with $33 million for the fiscal 2017 second quarter.

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13:48
iPhone sales continue their slow and steady slide

Apple just released earnings details for the last quarter, and the company couldn't quite keep iPhone sales growing for the second quarter in a row. The company sold 50.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, down a scant one percent from the 51.2 mil...

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13:47
Apple falls just shy of expectations with $52.9B in...




Apple on Tuesday revealed the results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2017, earning $52.9 billion in revenue and posting year-over-year growth, but once again saw iPhone sales shrink from the same period a year ago.

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13:44
Apple posts quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion,...

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. The tech giant posted quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. 

These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 65% of the quarter’s revenue.

In a press release Apple CEO said the “strong March quarter” saw revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued “robust demand” for the iPhone 7 Plus. He added that there had been “great” customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition.

“We’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter," said Cook. “Looking ahead, we are excited to welcome attendees from around the world to our annual Worldwide Developers Conference next month in San Jose.”

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13:44
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q2 2017 earnings call

Apple just announced its earnings for Q2 2017, reporting profits of $11.03 billion on revenues of $52.9 billion. The company sold 50.7 million iPhones, 8.92 million iPads, and 4.19 million Macs. Next on today’s schedule is Apple’s quarterly earnings call, which will kick-off at 2PM PT/5PM ET and we’ll have live coverage right here.

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13:38
∞ Apple reports second quarter results

Apple on Tuesday reported its fiscal second quarter results. According to the company, it had quarterly revenue of $52.9 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10. These results compare to revenue of $50.6 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.90 in the year-ago quarter.

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13:33
Apple announces Q2 2017 revenue of $52.9 billion: 50...

Apple has announced its latest quarter results including $50.6b in revenue with $11.03b from 50.7m iPhones, 8.92m iPads, and 4.19m Macs sold. In terms of new products, the quarter includes launch day sales for the cheaper $329 iPad and Product RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

FY17 Q2 results compare to the previous quarter’s $78.4 billion in revenue, $17.89 billion in profit, 78.3 million iPhones, 13 million iPads, and 5.3 million Macs. In the same quarter a year ago, Apple reported $50.6 billion in revenue, $10.5 billion in profit, 51.1 millions iPhones sold, 10.2 million iPads sold, and 4 million Macs sold.

Full press release after the break, and stick around for our earnings call live blog at the top of the hour:

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13:30
Surface Laptop vs. the competition: Back to basics

Microsoft finally built a real laptop -- not a tablet with a keyboard, or a machine with a detachable display. Just a solid traditional laptop, though one with an incredibly slim build, smooth touch and the stripped down Windows 10 S along for the ri...

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13:28
Apple’s Q2 2017 Financial Results Show Slight Growth

Apple saw yet another quarter of growth in Q2, but just barely, and most of that came from strong performances from the Mac, Services, and Other Products categories.

 

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Australian cops broke data law while checking a...

There's a good reason why privacy and civil rights advocates object to far-reaching data collection laws: even if most police and spies are well-meaning, it's all too easy for others to abuse their power or make mistakes. And the Australian Federal...

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13:14
ParkerVision extends its lawsuit against Apple

Another day, another lawsuit. Well, at least an extension of an existing lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, a company called ParkerVision, who has sued Apple for patent infringement, is extending the lawsuit.

In 2015 the RF technologies research and development firm sued the tech giant, as well as Samsung, LG and Qualcomm, for allegedly infringing upon four wireless networking patents. The ITC complaint asked for an embargo on imports and sales of infringing products, while the lawsuit seeks as-yet-unspecified damages. For Apple, the list of named devices at the time included iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2 and "many other products." Now ParkerVision wants to add the iPhone 7 to the list.

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Apple AirPods Customers 'Satisfied' With...

Columnist Ben Bajarin, writing for TechPinions: The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% said they were very satisfied. The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%. Bajarin notes that the site surveyed 942 AirPods customers.


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The Strong Museum's latest addition digs deep...

Video games are a unique, nascent art form and it makes sense to preserve them. While efforts by the Internet Archive have been underway for a while, it hasn't been a priority for the gaming industry to archive their own products. Most archival proje...

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NYPD faces lawsuit for withholding info on facial...

A think tank is suing the NYPD over its failure to reveal details about its secret facial recognition program. Georgetown University's Center on Privacy and Technology (CPT) alleges that the department hasn't complied with New York state's Freedom of...

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Ask Slashdot: What Is the 'Special Appeal...

Reader dryriver writes: As someone who comes from MS-DOS/Windows PCs background, I've never quite understood the appeal of Apple's products. I don't think Apple's products are terrible or anything, but I just fail to see what is so special and different about Apple's electronics that many Apple users would never dream of switching to a non-Apple product. Where does the 'special appeal' of Apple products reside? And why are Apple users so very loyal to Apple products, even though with Apple's pricing policy, you rarely get the best bang-for-the-buck in a product?


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12:17
ParkerVision extends RF tech patent lawsuit against...




After a successful patent battle with Samsung, RF chip designer ParkerVision heats up its legal battle with Apple, adding the iPhone 7 to a list of infringing devices in lawsuits underway both in Germany and in the U.S.

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You can fix the HTC Vive's sub-par headstrap on...

Despite hitting the market before the Oculus Rift with motion control, room-scale virtual reality support and more connectivity options, the HTC Vive has always trailed behind Facebook's VR headset in one incredibly important regard: comfort. The Viv...

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Malwarebytes researcher discovers variant of new OSX...

Macs usually aren't the targets of malicious hackers, but a researcher at Malwarebytes discovered a new variant of the new OSX.dok Trojan that is installing a powerful, previously unknown backdoor malware on Macs. Adam Thomas of Malwarebytes found the variant and it was featured on the Malwarebytes blog yesterday

The Trojan is delivered via a zipped app named "Dokument.app" that is allegedly a document. It's signed with a revoked certificate, and after copying itself to /Users/Shared/AppStore.app, it displays an alert claiming that the app is damaged:

After clicking the OK button, the app closes and deletes itself after about a minute. However, in the meantime the OSX.dok Trojan delivers an open-source backdoor malware named Bella. What does Bella do? It allows surreptitious stealing of iMessage and SMS cat transcripts, location...

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∞ How a Zippo lighter is made

I still remember the very first Zippo lighter I ever got. My dad was stationed on the HMCS Iroquois, a Canadian Navy destroyer and I went on a deployment with him. He gave me a Zippo branded with the ship’s crest that only the ship’s sailors could buy. I treasured it for years.

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11:53
Microsoft's lie-flat Surface Arc mouse is a new...

Microsoft didn't just limit its latest hardware introductions to the Surface Laptop -- there's a new (if familiar) mouse as well. The Surface Arc Mouse is an evolution of the well-established Arc Touch Mouse that takes advantage of several years of p...

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Sheeple is now an official word – but iPhone fans...

Screw you, Merriam-Webster.

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11:48
Study Finds Gender Bias in Open Source Community


Gender bias affects contributions to the open source community, according to a paper published Monday. Female programmers' suggestions for code changes in open source projects -- called "pull requests" -- were accepted more often than those of their male counterparts when gender was unspecified. However, that changed when the gender of a pull request's author could be identified. Authors who could be identified by name or a profile picture as women had lower pull request acceptance rates than those who could be identified as men.

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11:38
Theranos' financial troubles are starting to...

Theranos has been having an awful time of it lately, mostly of its own making, with several lawsuits in place, including ones from Walgreens and hedge-fund Partner Fund Management (PFM). The company that promised investors a revolutionary blood-testi...

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11:20
Apple added three million new users in the last...

New data from Verto Analytics finds that Apple continued to grow its user base last quarter. CEO Hannu Verkasalo says the tech giant quietly added three million new users in the last quarter to its overall user base for Apple related web sites, online services, apps, in the U.S. 

Some of Apple’s services can be easily used also on Windows devices, or Android smartphones, even though a bulk of Apple related usage is driven by its own devices and proprietary operating systems. In December 2016, Apple had 114.8 million users in the US, and grew to 117.1 million users in March, according to Verto Analytics. In total, users spent an average of 7 hours and 51 minutes in March interacting with Apple related digital services and content.

 “Apple’s services business also experienced a bump. In March, Apple’s App Store had 88.1 million users – a three million user increased from December’s 85.3 million total users,” says Verkasalo. “...

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11:20
WSJ: Facebook rejects female-authored code more...

Facebook has been accused of issues with bias before, but that was about suppressing conservative political views. Today's allegations run into sexism territory. But rather than being something surface-level seen explicitly by its users, the Wall Str...

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11:14
New Elevation Lab BatteryPro charging kit contains...




Accessory manufacturer Elevation Lab has launched a battery pack with a built-in Apple Watch charging base, eliminating the need to buy Apple's charging cable for use with the device.

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11:11
New video from the drone-filled skies over Apple Park

First it was Matthew Roberts and Duncan Sinfield, reporting monthly from Apple Park with enticing aerial footage of the construction in progress. Now it's possible to visit YouTube and see much more drone footage from seemingly anyone in the Bay Area who has a drone. But the best footage is always from the first two videographers, and today we have a May update from Matthew Roberts

Oddly enough, Roberts is no longer including the helpful captions that he put onto his videos that named each building and what was new or different. But it's still impressive footage, especially when views in 4K. 

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11:10
Facebook's revamped Marketplace goes after...

Last year Facebook relaunched its online classifieds, Marketplace, as a way to take on Craigslist. Now the social network is giving the system a makeover, TechCrunch noticed. There are dedicated sections for categories of for-sale items including too...

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10:52
Obsolete: The last polycarbonate MacBook

Yesterday, Apple placed a few MacBook and MacBook Pro models on the growing list of "obsolete" and "vintage" hardware. Among the sad, discarded few was the 2010 13-inch MacBook, which was the last MacBook to use a polycarbonate outer shell instead of Jony Ive's beloved "aluminium". 

My obsolete 2010 13-inch MacBook... Long may it continue to run Linux!

The 13-inch MacBook had two distinctions. When it was introduced in 2006 to replace the iBook, it was the last of Apple's laptops to move from PowerPC processors to Intel processors. Secondly, it was made from polycarbonate in two available colors -- white and black. The last 13-inch MacBook was sold at retailers in 2011, while educational institutions could purchase them until 2012. 

The models declared obsolete (or vintage in California and Turkey) are:

  • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010) 
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