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Friday June 2

17:38
Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John reportedly leaving...

Axios reports that Apple Music executive Bozoma Saint John plans to leave her role at the company. Saint John has served as the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music since the company’s Beats Music acquisition in 2014.

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17:32
Sprint and Rogers connect for iMessage-like RCS...

Nearly every major tech company has come up with their own messaging services with enhanced features and SMS is starting to look long in the tooth. But there's hope for text messaging. A newish standard (it was released in 2012) RCS (Rich Communicati...

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17:16
Apple executive Bozoma Saint John to leave company,...




Apple Music and iTunes marketing executive Bozoma Saint John is planning to leave Apple, according to a report on Friday, though the reason for her supposed departure is at this point unknown.

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17:10
Apple predicted to expand Siri integration to...




Engineers and industry insiders expect Apple to announce an expansion of Siri services at its Worldwide Developer Conference next week that will allow the virtual assistant to interact with more third-party apps, according to a report on Friday.

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17:08
Google Hangouts adds iOS CallKit to make &...

Google has updated its Hangouts messaging and voice calling app with support for Apple’s CallKit, the iOS 10 feature that enables VoIP services to use the iPhone’s built-in dialer and phone app to both make and receive calls.

Once the new feature is enabled within Hangouts, users can initiate phone calls using the iPhone’s built-in Phone app or with Siri voice commands, and also receive incoming calls form Hangouts using the stock iOS call UI.

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17:05
Chinese 'Fireball' Malware Infects Nearly...

Check Point researchers have discovered a massive malware campaign, dubbed Fireball, that has already infected more than 250 million computers across the world, including Windows and Mac OS. The Fireball malware "is an adware package that takes complete control of victim's web browsers and turns them into zombies, potentially allowing attackers to spy on victim's web traffic and potentially steal their data," reports The Hacker News. From the report: Check Point researchers, who discovered this massive malware campaign, linked the operation to Rafotech, a Chinese company which claims to offer digital marketing and game apps to 300 million customers. While the company is currently using Fireball for generating revenue by injecting advertisements onto the browsers, the malware can be quickly turned into a massive destroyer to cause a significant cyber security incident worldwide. Fireball comes bundled with other free software programs that you download off of the Internet. Once...

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16:35
Report: Apple plans to add new supported app...

A new report from Reuters today offers some information on planned Siri updates for iOS 11, part of an expansion expected to come alongside a much anticipated standalone Siri device during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week. The move, according to the report, will see Apple expand the categories for third-party apps that can integrate with Siri in order to help it compete with Amazon’s Alexa.
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16:35
Patent troll Uniloc adds two more lawsuits to...




Notorious "patent troll" Uniloc on Friday expanded its legal barrage against Apple with the addition of two lawsuits lodged in Texas, one relating to automatic device wake-up features and another targeting pedometer technology.

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15:36
Gears of War 4' retools its Horde mode in time...

Gears of War 4 dropped last October with more story, kinetic sound and a revamped version of its signature players-vs-AI Horde mode. Microsoft Game Studios has continued to refine the game in the months since to keep multiplayer fresh, from punishing...

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14:31
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Galaxy S8 comes with its...

Samsung's Galaxy S8, released in April, was the success the tech titan needed after the Note 7's spectacular (and flammable) failure. Now safely underway with high sales, the company has included its new smartphone in another time-honored Samsung tra...

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14:22
Friday 5: Halide – easy-to-use manual camera...

Halide is a recently released iOS camera app developed by former Twitter engineer, Ben Sandofsky, and former Apple designer, Sebastiaan de With. The app, with its focus on swipe gesture controls, is simple to use, but features depth thanks to its manual controls. Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough to see why this $2.99 app (on sale) might be a good alternative option for the stock iOS camera app. more…

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13:50
Audeze debuts Apple store exclusive iSine 10 Black/...




High-end earphone company Audeze this week announced a new addition to its growing product with the iSine 10 Black/Steel Edition, a custom version of its over-the-top in-ear planar magnetic headphones made exclusively for Apple.

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13:49
Walmart recruits its employees to deliver your...

Walmart has been struggling to compete with shipping perks offered by companies like Amazon. And in its latest attempt to contend,it has turned to employees -- asking them to deliver packages on their way home.

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13:35
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week we have a new audio mangler from Audio Damage, major updates to Korg Gadget for Mac, the release of the latest Elektron drum machine and much more… more…

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13:26
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he never joined Trump...




Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook never joined President Trump's "Office of American Innovation," despite an invitation to do so in March, according to an email response received by an AppleInsider reader.

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13:20
'Instant Tethering' comes to Chromebooks...

When you're nowhere near a Wi-Fi hotspot, tethering to your smartphone's data connection is a great solution. Doing it quickly and easily makes it even nicer. Apple has had what it calls Instant Hotspot since 2014, while Google added Instant Tetherin...

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13:01
Review: Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, the hub Apple should...

When Apple unveiled the 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I wasn’t so sure I was ready to go all-in on USB-C. I’m not against using dongles, but the idea of having to carry multiple around was not appealing.

After spending a week with the Satechi Type-C Pro Hub, it has quickly become a staple accessory for me. With its functionality, design, and construction, Satechi built a hub I would expect out of Apple.

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13:01
If hacking back becomes law, what could possibly go...

Representative Tom Graves, R-Ga., thinks that when anyone gets hacked -- individuals or companies -- they should be able to "fight back" and go "hunt for hackers outside of their own networks." The Active Cyber Defense Certainty ("ACDC") Act is getti...

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13:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Minecraft adds new features to...

Make more in Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes a major new update to Minecraft, plus news apps for taking pictures, celebrating JFK, and tasting coffee. Really. Read on!

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Image by Minecraft: Pocket Edition

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12:44
Study suggests Airbnb hosts are unfair to people...

A recent study conducted by researchers at Rutgers University found evidence that Airbnb hosts might be less likely to rent to people with disabilities. But there are some important limitations to consider in regards to the findings.

The researchers...

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11:48
AWT News Update: June 2, 2017

Apple Park senior arborist David Muffly. Photo via Apple.

Happy Friday! As we go into the last weekend before WWDC, we have some fascinating, funny, and even disturbing news to pass along:

  • Apple is wrapping up testing of a program in which freelancers will be hired to help correct or verify places in Apple Maps for $0.54 per location
  • Apple Park senior arborist David Muffly had a remarkable amount of similarity in background to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs...which is why he was hired
  • What happened to all those recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s? It appears Samsung may flood the South Korean market with refurbed Note 7s in September in a feeble attempt to counteract the iPhone 8

Our thanks this week to indie developer John Mackay and his amazing Looking FWD countdown timer app for sponsoring Apple World Today and...

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11:00
9to5Rewards: Belkin Wemo Dimmer Light Switch [...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Belkin, makers of accessories for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch and other mobile devices, and the company behind the popular Wemo smart home product line.

Belkin has its brand new Wemo Dimmer switch — a 2017 CES Innovations Award Honoree and Best of CES winner from 9to5Toys — to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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10:41
Join AppleInsider for live coverage and analysis at...




This Monday, June 5, Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference with a keynote presentation where it is expected to unveil iOS 11, macOS 10.13, new hardware and more. AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger will be there live -- join us for exclusive in-depth coverage and analysis.

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10:29
Plex Advances Cord-Cutting Case With Live OTA TV


Video streaming service Plex on Thursday announced the availability of a beta version of its Plex Live TV. The live-TV streaming launch follows last year's introduction of the Plex DVR, which provides users with free over-the-air access to 86 of Nielsen's 100 most watched shows in the United States. The Plex DVR service allows users to manage their recorded programming via Android TV, iOS devices, Windows and Mac, as well a variety of set-top boxes, such as Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Apple TV, and the Xbox and PlayStation gaming systems.

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10:27
Nintendo Switch online services include iPhone-based...




Owners of the Nintendo Switch will have to pay a fee for online services in 2018, with subscribers to the currently-free service receiving access to a selection of classic Nintendo games and smartphone-based voice chat with others as part of the deal, a service which will cost $20 per year.

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10:14
WWDC 2017: New Macs, Siri Speaker, iPads, iOS 11,...

The biggest week of the year for many Apple fans is almost here. The company’s Worldwide Developer Conference officially kicks off on Monday at 10AM PT, and throughout the week we’ve been breaking down everything that’s on the docket.

Now, we’ve compiled all of that information into one big roundup, outlining everything that we expect to see when Tim Cook and other Apple execs grace the stage of the McEnery Convention Center on Monday morning

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09:54
Winner of the Apple AirPods giveaway announced [Jake...




AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Jake B., who will receive a pair of brand-new Apple AirPods sealed in box.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Dock $6, Pad...

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09:00
The immortal life of John Tesh’s NBA anthem “...

When I saw the headline, I had no idea what it was about. I’ve never associated Tesh with anything in the NBA.

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08:52
Apple turns to contracted freelancers to help boost...




Apple is reportedly using paid freelance contributions to help improve the accuracy of Apple Maps, and may kickstart a new phase in the work later this month.

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08:42
Monitor Roundup: The best external displays to use...




Mac users looking for an external display have a variety of options ranging from budget-friendly TN panels to high-end HDR displays. We're rounding up a list of the top monitors -- some with USB-C support and some without -- to use with your Mac.

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08:39
Apple's senior arborist reveals Steve Jobs...




As the external completion of Apple Park draws nearer, an interview with Apple senior arborist David Muffly reveals how he became the man in charge of planting the 9,000 trees and other shrubbery around the new Cupertino campus, and founder Steve Jobs' plan to recreate the local landscape before it became the modern-day Silicon Valley.

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07:52
Leaked iPhone 8 images claim to show rear Touch ID,...

A handful of images have emerged this morning claiming to show the upcoming iPhone 8 with rear-placed Touch ID. The images come from Chinese site iPhoneros and are the clearest look yet at a design that has seemingly been at least prototyped by Apple…

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07:49
Questionable 10.5-inch Anker brand iPad Pro screen...




A 10.5-inch iPad screen protector manufactured by accessory manufacturer Anker has appeared on Amazon, but it is unclear on where the data has been gleaned to manufacture the product.

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07:17
What If the iPad Smart Keyboard Had a Trackpad?

John Gruber, Daring Fireball:

Here’s an idea I tossed out on the latest episode of The Talk Show, while talking with Jim Dalrymple about what Apple might do with the iPad Pro: what if they added a trackpad to the Smart Keyboard?

And:

I’m not talking about adding an on-screen mouse cursor to iOS for clicking and dragging. That’s a terrible idea.

And:

When you’re using the iPad’s on-screen keyboard, you have a crummy (or at the very least sub-par) keyboard for typing but a nice interface for moving the insertion point around. When you’re using the Smart Keyboard (or any other hardware keyboard) you have a decent keyboard for typing but no good way to move the insertion point or select text. Using your finger to touch the screen is imprecise, and, when an iPad is propped up laptop-style, ergonomically undesirable.

Great read. Moving the insertion point and selecting text is one of the least satisfying things about iOS. Not sure this is exactly...

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07:11
Apple Park’s tree whisperer

Steven Levy, Backchannel:

As the campus came into shape, Muffly — who was granted full-time status as Apple’s senior arborist in 2011 — had to actually get the trees. This task was even harder because the arborist and his small team (he calls them his “elves”) needed more trees than originally estimated. When Jobs presented his plan to the Cupertino City Council in June 2011, he said that Apple would add to the 3,700 existing trees for a total of 6,000. But when Muffly began his work, he realized that nearly all the (non-indigenous) existing trees would have to go.

“It was all junk trees and parking lots here,” he says. “So it was a long process.

There’s a lot to enjoy in this story. There’s the background on Steve Jobs and his history with trees, coupled with the process of selecting trees for Apple Park, with an emphasis on saving and planting native trees. Native trees are built to consume the rainfall for a specific area, grow well in the native soil...

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07:00
Live Blog: Apple’s WWDC 2017 starts June 5 at 1PM ET...

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It's June, and that means Apple's WorldWide Developers Conference is right around the corner. This year, the show kicks off Monday, June 5th at 1pm ET/10am PT/6pm UK with Tim Cook's keynote. We'll be there live from the keynote bringing you the latest news from Apple's annual developer event.

As usual, we expect to see updates to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and also as usual, Apple has kept a tight lid on what exactly these updates will contain. There has been one reliable tidbit out there, though: Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to show off an "updated user-interface" for iPhones and iPads at WWDC.

Another report claims Apple is...

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06:56
Google plans limited ad blocking in Chrome starting...




Google this week confirmed plans to implement native ad-blocking in its Chrome browser, available for multiple platforms including Apple's iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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06:56
Another major manufacturer preps accessory for 10.5-...

The evidence for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro being launched at WWDC keeps building. We’ve seen a stock reference to a UAG case citing June availability, got a hands-on with a Pelican one, seen photos of several others – and now an Amazon ad has appeared for an Anker screen protector for the as-yet unannounced device.

Amusingly, the product already...

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06:51
Gigabyte pairs GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with external...




Gigabyte has shown off an external graphics card enclosure at Computex that aims to offer better value to those who want to add a graphics card to their MacBook Pro over Thunderbolt 3, with the Aorus-branded GTX 1070 Gaming Box bundling the high-specification graphics card with the enclosure at a lower cost than current alternatives.

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06:02
An iceberg flipped over, and its underside is...

Melissa Wiley, Smithsonian:

While exploring Cierva Cove, a glacial bay off the peninsula, a scientist aboard Cornell’s boat became excited by one iceberg in particular. “Everything I was seeing was pretty exciting,” Cornell admits. “This particular iceberg at the time kind of blended in with all the crazy stuff we were seeing.”

But as they approached the mass, which rose about 30 feet out the water, Cornell understood his guide’s excitement. Whereas most iceberg tips are covered in snow or have been weathered by the elements, this one was free of debris, exposing glassy, aqua-green ice with water flowing through it—“almost like an ant colony,” he says.

Hard to argue with the headline. Pretty cool image. And in some ways, this is like seeing an endangered species.

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06:00
‘Need for Speed Payback’ adds higher stakes and...

On paper, Need for Speed Payback sounds a lot like Grand Theft Auto V crossed with a modern Fast and the Furious movie. Tale of revenge? Check. Three distinct protagonists with differing skillsets? Check. Heist missions? You see where I'm going with...

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05:55
Tim Cook: Apple will continue its environmental...

CEO Tim Cook issued an internal email to Apple employees yesterday saying that corporate environmental efforts will continue even though a personal appeal to President Donald Trump failed to stop him from pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement.

In the email — obtained by Axios — Cook had this to say:

“Team,

I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn't enough. 

“Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today's developments will have no impact on Apple's efforts to protect the environment. We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe...

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05:55
Siri creator, now with Samsung, on the future of AI...

Arjun Kharpal, CNBC:

Adam Cheyer was one of the people behind Siri which was acquired by Apple in 2010. Since then, Cheyer has created a next generation voice assistant called Viv which was acquired by Samsung in 2016. Viv is [now] a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung with the South Korean titan looking to integrate the technology into future products.

Watch the video embedded at the top of the article. Interesting to hear Cheyer’s point of view. Interesting that he specifically leaves out Google in his list of companies competing in this space.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:42
Apple CEO Tim Cook slams US decision to withdraw...

Saheli Roy Choudhury, CNBC:

After President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement, Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed his disappointment with the decision.

In an email to employees, which was obtained by CNBC, Cook said he had tried to push Trump prior to the decision to keep the U.S. in the agreement.

And here’s the email:

Team,

I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.

Climate change is real and we all share a responsibility to fight it. I want to reassure you that today’s developments will have no impact on Apple’s efforts to protect the environment. We power nearly all of our operations with renewable energy, which we believe is an example of something that’s...

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05:30
ABBYY Business Card Reader launches cloud-based web...

ABBYY has launched a cloud-based web client for ABBYY Business Card Reader. The web version gives mobile users access to their digitized contacts on a computer, in addition to a smartphone, tablet and Apple Watch. 

BCR Web makes working with long contact lists comfortable and efficient, while the mobile app digitalizes business cards in 25 languages, enables users to search, sort and group their contacts, exchange digital cards and export them to Excel and Salesforce, according to Ivan Bodyagin, vice president, Head of Text Recognition Products at ABBYY.

Due to the cross-platform synchronization, business cards digitized using the mobile app are instantly uploaded to the cloud storage, which is encrypted and protected to guarantee user security and privacy, he adds. To use ABBYY Business Card Reader's web client, open BCR's website, click Login and enter the email and password you used to synchronize your contacts...

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05:20
AppleInsider podcast talks about what to expect at...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Dan and Victor talk about what to expect at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, Siri, HomeKit, and Swift programming for all ages.

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05:17
Apple reportedly rolling out ‘Mechanical Turk’-esque...

Apple is advancing its data accuracy efforts with Apple Maps, according to a new report from iGeneration. The report details a new website app program where freelancers can sign up and get paid a small fee each time they correct/verify a Point-of-Interest or placemark in Apple Maps.

Similar to a Mechanical Turk system, people in the program can get paid about 54 cents per task, with a maximum of 600 tasks per week …

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05:05
Code suggests Facebook prepping Talk, a new chat app...

Code spotted inside the main Facebook app contains some pointers to plans by the company to launch a new chat app aimed specifically at teens.

The app, whose actual or working name is Talk, looks set to contain some features likely to prove popular with teens, and others not so much …

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05:00
Apple releases details about Swift Playgrounds 1.5,...

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Apple released an update on Thursday in which it provided a detailed update as to Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

The announcement reads as follows:

Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, its educational coding app for iPad®, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift™, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps.

Apple says Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will let students control Bluetooth-connected bots including “LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more.”

In the announcement, Craig Federighi says Swift Playgrounds already has over 1 million users around the world. Apple specifically details compatibility between Swift Playgrounds 1.5 and these...

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05:00
Get Pagico 8.7 task manager for $19.99 and...

Pagico has always been one of our favorite apps for keeping projects and contacts straight. The app runs on all platforms (Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Ubuntu Linux), and turns your work life into beautiful flowcharts that can be "deep-dived" with a click. Today's deal gives you Pagico 8.7 for Mac for just $19.99, 60% off the usual $50 price tag. 

With Pagico 8.7, you can: 

  • Easily manage all your projects and contacts and stay on track with the interactive flowchart
  • Use sub-projects & sub-containers to get details about targets without actually opening them
  • Manage and browse hundreds of projects with ease using the powerful tag browser
  • View an integrated timeline of a container that includes content from sub-containers so you can...
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04:30
What I want to see in tvOS 11

On Monday, there's a 99.99% chance Apple will preview tvOS 11 at the 2017 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. And while I’m waiting for an Apple TV with 4K support, following are some things I want to see in the operating system upgrade (besides, obviously, support for 4K hardware):

1) “Hey, Siri” hands-free activation to “wake up” my Apple TV.

2) Why is “Picture-in-Picture” not part of tvOS? Heck, it’s already on the Mac as of macOS Sierra. I want PiP in tvOS 11.

3) Supposedly, Amazon Prime is coming to the Apple TV. I want Apple and Netflix to work things out so that we have full Netflix support with tvOS 11.

4) Unlike an iPhone, the Apple TV is intended to be a shared device so let’s seesupport for multiple users. Users could then switch to their individual profiles and access all the content tied to their individual...

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04:29
These are the 14 European countries where you can...

If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive way to capture short First Person View (FPV) video footage of your adventures, Snap Spectacles are a decent buy. Originally sold only in the USA, they are now available in 14 European countries.

We were impressed when we reviewed them

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04:00
How to change the default search scope in the macOS...

Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, the macOS Sierra Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have.

Normally, when you do a search, the Finder will search through your entire Mac to find what you’re looking for. However, you can change the default search scope. Here's how:

  • From the Finder, go the Apple menu at the top left side of your Mac’s screen and click Finder.
  • Select Preferences from the drop-down menu. 
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Navigate to the bottom of the Preferences window and locate the drop-down menu labeled “When performing a search and click on it.”
  • You’ll have three options from which to chooses: Search This Mac, Search the Current Folder and Use the Previous Search Scope. Pick the one you want.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's...

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03:58
Twitter users call on Tim Cook to follow Elon Musk’s...

Twitter users are calling on Tim Cook to leave the President’s Council in protest at Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Cook had previously urged President Trump to remain party to the agreement, and yesterday sent a company-wide email expressing dismay at the decision. In it he underlined Apple’s own commitment to environmental initiatives, and repeated that pledge in a tweet …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for June 2, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Rubicon Development has introduced Epic Little War Game 1.0. The $6.99 strategy game has a single player mode, online one-on-one or six player skirmishes, and lots of maps to dominate (not to mention a random map generator).

macOS Apps/Updates

HDRsoft has revved Photomatix Pro to version 6. It's the latest version of their Mac compatible software app that helps photography pros and enthusiasts create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos in a large range of styles, from realistic to artistic.

Version 6 provides: more style choice for realistic results; more...

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from May 2017

May's Mac games

Image by 2K Games

Summer is nearly upon us, but if you’d rather spend your days in the warm glow of a Mac rather than the hot sun, then you’re in luck: May brought us another fine bounty of new games to check out. The big-budget, open-world crime quest Mafia III headlines the latest stack of Mac releases, letting you battle for control of a massive, New Orleans-esque city in 1968—and that’s not all. Check out our picks for the 10 most exciting releases from May, and if you need a few more recent options, then please loop back on our April list as well.

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Thursday June 1

22:41
Update on The Talk Show Live From WWDC 2017

On Wednesday I put the first 500 tickets on sale for next week’s live show from WWDC. They sold out in 7 minutes.

The California Theatre in San Jose has both an orchestra level and a balcony. That first bunch of tickets separated the two. After talking with the staff at the theater today, they recommended making all tickets general admission and allowing their ushers to fill the orchestra level first, and then direct remaining ticket holders to the balcony. So, all tickets, including those sold Wednesday, are now simply general admission. Everyone paid the same price, so I think this is fair, but I do apologize for any confusion. The theater is beautiful, and there are no bad seats.

The next batch of tickets will go on sale today, Friday, at 1p ET/10a PT. Given what happened Wednesday, I expect them to sell out in a few minutes. I hate writing that because it sounds braggy, but I’m putting it out there just as fair warning. You’re going to...

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17:35
Apple's Tim Cook condemns Trump decision to...




Apple CEO Tim Cook issued an internal email to employees on Thursday saying that while a personal appeal to President Donald Trump to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement failed, corporate environmental efforts will continue.

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17:14
Tim Cook slams Trump’s decision to withdraw from...

Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook was among a handful of influential executives urging President Trump to remain in the Paris climate accord. Despite pleads from Cook and others, however, President Trump today announced that the United States will withdraw from the pact, marking a blow to climate change efforts.

In wake of Trump’s announcement, Tim Cook has sent an email to Apple staff reiterating the company’s stance on climate change and slamming the president’s decision…

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17:04
The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA...

How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

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15:20
BitKey Unlocks Mysteries of the Bitcoin Universe


BitKey is a Debian-based live distribution with specialist utilities for performing highly secure air-gapped bitcoin transactions. This distro is not for everyday computing needs, but if you are obsessed with the use of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, this distro might be just what you need. I am a high-tech sort of guy with a keen interest in diving through Linux distros both simple and complex. I'm on the lookout for new twists to old desktop environments and unique use case distros. However, cryptocurrencies clearly are my match.

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15:16
Latest Apple Park footage shows trees installed in...




Drone pilot and videographer Duncan Sinfield is back with a new Apple Park progress video, this time taking a closer look inside main structure's caf, as well as views of traffic driving in and out of the facility.

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15:00
Man Sentenced To 180 Days In Jail For Refusing To...

schwit1 quotes a report from Miami Herald: A Hollywood man must serve 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his iPhone password to police, a Broward judge ruled Tuesday -- the latest salvo in intensifying legal battles over law-enforcement access to smartphones. Christopher Wheeler, 41, was taken into custody in a Broward Circuit Court, insisting he had already provided the pass code to police investigating him for child abuse, although the number did not work. "I swear, under oath, I've given them the password," a distraught Wheeler, his hands handcuffed behind his back, told Circuit Judge Michael Rothschild, who earlier in May found the man guilty of contempt of court. As Wheeler was jailed Tuesday, the same issue was unfolding in Miami-Dade for a man accused of extorting a social-media celebrity over stolen sex videos. That man, Wesley Victor, and his girlfriend had been ordered by a judge to produce a passcode to phones suspected of containing text messages showing their...

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14:57
AWT News Update: June 1, 2017

Photo via Twitter user @TachibanaKaoru

Thanks for another record month of the AWT News Update podcast in May! Here are today's stories:

  • Decorations are popping up around the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA in preparation for WWDC next week
  • Developers have now received $70 billion on payments from Apple
  • Those Nike+ Apple Watch bands that matched some Nike shoes? They're now available...but sold out in many locations
  • A digital camera site has posted a review of Halide, a new iPhone app that lets photographers take more control of the photo-shooting process

Many thanks to Looking FWD and indie developer John Mackay for sponsoring this week of Apple World Today.

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To...

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14:25
Latest flyover footage offers look at Apple Park...

Drone video of Apple’s new Apple Park campus continues to roll in as construction moves forward. Today, Duncan Sinfield is back with more beautiful footage of the new spaceship campus that shows landscaping and interior work continuing…

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13:30
Apple puts up WWDC 2017 decorations at San Jose...




In preparation for Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off next week, workers have begun putting up decorations around the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

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12:45
Waze Carpool expands throughout California

Beginning June 6, users of the Waze Carpool app will be able to find rides from Waze drivers already going their way – and vice versa – throughout the state, expanding on a service only available to date in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sadly, my first thought was to be careful of who you drive with. However, it is an interesting experiment.

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12:28
Apple begins decorating McEnery Convention Center in...

Ahead of WWDC officially kicking off next week, Apple has started decorating the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The company has begun hanging banners on the outside of the building touting the developer conference, though we’ve not yet gotten a peak inside…

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11:52
Macworld’s June Digital Edition: Take Better iPhone...

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

In the June issue

Take better iPhone videos with 6 apps and accessories the Pros recommends. Plus, see 8 ways the iPhone 8 could beat the Samsung Galaxy S8.

Also in this month’s issue:

MacUser: Apple’s confusing method of device authorization and association

• MacUser Reviews: PDFpen 9 and PDFpenPro 9: Editing apps get solid enhancements over previous versions

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11:24
Adobe Scan turns documents into editable PDFs

For those of you who need to do this kind of stuff, this might be just the ticket.

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10:56
Happy Hour Podcast 122 | Latest WWDC rumors and iOS...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss more evidence new MacBook Pros are coming, the first rumor of a new Magic Keyboard, Carpool Karaoke’s release date on Apple Music, the WWDC podcast studio and what it might suggest, and our iOS 11 wishlist ahead of WWDC 2017. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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10:56
Fuck Facebook

Dave Winer, “Why I Can’t/Won’t Point to Facebook Blog Posts”:

1. It’s impractical. I don’t know what your privacy settings are.
So if I point to your post, it’s possible a lot of people might
not be able to read it, and thus will bring the grief to me,
not you, because they have no idea who you are or what you
wrote.

2. It’s supporting their downgrading and killing the web. Your
post sucks because it doesn’t contain links, styling, and you
can’t enclose a podcast if you want. The more people post
there, the more the web dies. I’m sorry no matter how good
your idea is fuck you I won’t help you and Facebook kill the
open web.

I’ve made exceptions a handful of times over the years, but as a general rule I refuse to link to anything on Facebook either, for the same reasons as Dave. Last week...

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10:50
Google Sheets adds new chart tools on the web and...

Google Drive is full of powerful tools, and Sheets is one that many rely on as an alternative to Microsoft Excel. Today, Google is debuting several new features for Sheets that are bound to become incredibly useful to its users, including those on the iPhone and iPad.

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10:06
Microsoft Partners Heed Mixed-Reality Call


Microsoft showcased a new series of mixed reality headsets from partner firms Acer, HP, Asus, Dell and Lenovo at Computex 2017. The preview marked the company's commitment to establish Windows 10 as a leading driver of mixed reality capabilities, as well as to open up the market to a wider variety of price points and consumer demographics. "These devices, coming to market this holiday, use Microsoft's platform to enable a single and consistent user interface, standardized inputs and a universal app platform for developers," noted VP Peter Han.

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10:05
WWDC roundup: Apple prepares new 10.5-inch iPad Pro...

WWDC is set to kick off on Monday, June 5 next week and based on the latest intel, it looks like Apple will have new and maybe refreshed iPad models to show off. Here’s what we know so far…

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09:34
Sonnet launches new Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (...

Sonnet Technologies has announced the eGFX Breakaway Box, a Thunderbolt 3-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis with a single slot for connecting any size Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card, including high-performance graphics (GPU) cards to a Thunderbolt 3-equipped computer. 

The eGFX Breakaway Box is designed specifically for gamers and professionals who need to run bandwidth-intensive graphics applications on their eGFX-compatible notebook, all-in-one, or other small-form-factor computers, according to Sonnet CEO Robert Farnsworth. The company’s goal is to provide the quietest GPU card enclosure that is both affordable and supports the most popular graphics cards, he adds.

Additionally, the eGFX Breakaway Box is Thunderbolt-certified for both Mac and Windows, enabling customers with PCIe cards such as the RED ROCKET-X and Avid Pro Tools | HDX to benefit from using this enclosure...

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Twelve South MacBook Stand $40...

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09:26
AppleInsider's official iOS app redesigned from...




The official AppleInsider app for iPhone and iPad has reached a milestone version 3.0 release, packing in new features such as 3D Touch support, split view and slide over, easy access to our growing video library, and access to the popular AI podcast. And, it's all available for free with ad support, or ad-free with an optional subscription plan priced at just 83 cents per month.

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09:17
Swift Playgrounds expanding coding education to...

Apple says that Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift, will soon offer a new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. 

Playgrounds is designed to teach basic programming concepts like loops and conditionals using an animated character that the budding programmers direct by writing code. The app offers suggestions for code to be used, and Swift Playgrounds also has a special iOS coding keyboard to ease entry of all of those pesky brackets. Swift Playgrounds is compatible with all iPad Air and iPad Pro models and iPad mini 2 and later running iOS 10 or later.

Apple says it's working with device makers to make it easy to connect to Bluetooth-enabled robots within the Swift Playgrounds app, allowing kids to program and control popular devices, including LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more....

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09:16
WWDC silly season grows with seemingly baseless...




A high-profile Apple stock analyst has suggested virtually all of Apple's upcoming hardware pipeline could at least be previewed at WWDC, including the "iPhone 8" and an Apple TV with 4K. Needless to say, that's highly unlikely.

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09:07
Developer earnings from the App Store top $70 Billion

Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The App Store is home to the most innovative apps in the world and in the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70 percent.

“People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Seventy billion dollars earned by developers is simply mind-blowing. We are amazed at all of the great new apps our developers create and can’t wait to see them again next week at our Worldwide Developers Conference.”

Those numbers are just insane to think about. The types of apps being developed have become more complex in recent years, allowing us to do so much more with our iPhones and iPads. Having powerful hardware is very important, but having a thriving ecosystem of apps to run on the hardware is important too.

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09:02
Visual Studio for Mac, finally!

Last month, Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio for Mac: a full-featured development environment to help developers on the Mac create apps, games, and services for mobile, cloud, and web. It’s natively designed for macOS, so both the design – from the toolbar to the file dialogs – and the developer workflow should feel right at home to Mac users. It is also a best-in-class advanced C# code editor – with IntelliSense and a refactoring experience that includes a preview of the proposed code changes. 

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09:02
Apple's Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will teach kids...




Apple on Thursday revealed that with a version 1.5 update on June 5 -- the beginning of WWDC 2017 -- Swift Playgrounds will include new material teaching people how to write programming for drones, robots, and similar electronics.

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08:30
Hands on with Halide, a new gesture-based iPhone...

While much of the Mac Tech Media have raved about Halide from Chroma Noir LLC, I really appreciate DPReview’s hands-on description that includes the pluses and minuses, helping me to make a better buying decision.

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08:25
Apple updating Swift Playgrounds to control drones,...

Apple’s annual developer conference kicks off Monday, but we’re already seeing WWDC related announcements from the company which suggests the keynote will be packed from start to finish.

Earlier today we saw an update on how much it has paid developers and how the App Store is performing, and now Apple has detailed an update to Swift Playgrounds coming Monday that will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

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08:20
App Store Earnings For Developers Exceed $70 Billion...

Apple announced today that since it launched in 2008, developers have earned over $70 billion from the App Store. From an article: "People everywhere love apps and our customers are downloading them in record numbers," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "Seventy billion dollars earned by developers is simply mind-blowing." According to Apple's press release, subscriptions saw a 58 percent increase year over year, fueled by their availability in all 25 app categories. Games and Entertainment are the App Store's top grossing categories, Lifestyle and Health and Fitness apps have experienced 70 percent growth, and the Photo and Video category is up over 90 percent.


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08:15
Chevy Bolt review: an affordable long-range electric...

The video isn’t hugely interesting (it’s not Top Gear after all) but it does point out the challenges of an all-electric vehicle for those who don’t live in a major city. Would you buy a Chevy Bolt?

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08:13
Plex adds Live TV support for Plex Pass subscribers...




Plex on Thursday introduced a Live TV feature for Plex Pass subscribers with antennas, letting them watch shows as they air in addition to taking advantage of existing DVR features.

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08:00
∞ Apple adds robot, drone and instrument support to...

Apple on Thursday will announce some great new features for Swift Playgrounds, the company’s educational coding app for iPad. With version 1.5, being released on the opening day of its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5, Swift Playgrounds will feature support for robots, drones and musical instruments. I sat down with Apple executives and a couple of educators to talk about the news.

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08:00
Apple’s new Swift Playgrounds 1.5 includes controls...

When Apple released Swift Playgrounds in 2016, it opened the world of coding to kids (and adults) who thought just the idea of creating an app was intimidating. Swift Playgrounds makes codes approachable and fun to learn, combining tutorials, a touch interface, and “challenges” on an iPad that anyone can use for free.

While Swift Playgrounds can be a very satisfying experience that results in your very own app, technology moves forward—we’re now in a world where drones and robots are prevalent. With that in mind, Apple on Wednesday announced Swift Playgrounds version 1.5, which includes tools that teach students how to control drones and robots over Bluetooth using an iPad.

To read this...

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07:32
As component shortages continue to bite, Sony...

We’ve been hearing a number of reports of late about component shortages threatening production timings or volumes of the iPhone 8, but there does appear to be some good news at least.

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07:09
Review: Elgato Eve Degree, a pretty but pricey...

One of my complaints about HomeKit devices is that too many of them look like what father-of-the-iPod Tony Fadell once described as ‘ugly white plastic crap.’ My Philips Hue switches and motion sensors, for example, work well, but they are undoubtedly both white and plastic – and while I wouldn’t go so far as to call them ugly, they are certainly not beautiful.

This is an issue Elgato’s latest HomeKit offering aims to address. The Eve Degree is a standalone room thermometer capable of measuring both temperature and humidity, reporting it back to your iPhone.

With an anodized aluminum surround and black front, it aims to look rather more Apple-like than your average HomeKit accessory …

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06:57
New MacBook Pro BookArc in color-matching Space Gray...

TwelveSouth is out with a new version of its popular BookArc vertical stand that color-matches the latest MacBook Pros.

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06:55
Apple escalating use of Intel modems for '...




Faced with an ongoing legal battle with Qualcomm, Apple is reportedly ramping up its use of Intel baseband chips in iPhones -- despite previously weak performance from Intel's parts.

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06:30
Man jailed for refusing to disclose iPhone passcode...

The law lags badly behind technology in a great many areas. One area where there is still huge uncertainty is whether the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination protects someone who refuses to disclose the passcode to their phone.

We’ve seen conflicting rulings in the past, and a Miami report shows that rulings may even vary between courts in the same state …

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06:26
Sony prioritizing Apple's supply of iPhone...




Reports from the supply chain suggest that Sony is giving priority to CMOS image sensor production to Apple, forcing other vendors to source smartphone camera components elsewhere.

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06:18
Apple’s Siri-controlled smart speaker could be...

Enlarge / $159/£159 Apple AirPods.

Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference next week, a report from Bloomberg suggest the company could announce a long-rumored, Siri-controlled smart speaker. "People familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg that the device could be revealed as early as WWDC, but likely would not ship until later this year.

Details about the speaker are slim, but the report states the Siri-controlled smart speaker will have "virtual surround sound technology" and integration with Apple's existing product lineup. This would be Apple's first device to compete with...

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06:00
Plex brings over-the-air live TV support for Plex...

Plex Pass users will be getting an additional benefit from their subscription today as the company announces the addition of Live TV. Currently in beta, the service allows users of indoor and outdoor antennas to watch their favorite shows live through Plex. Combined with Plex’s DVR feature, Live TV becomes another veritable option for cord-cutters.

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05:57
With WWDC set to kick off, Apple announces App Store...




Since it launched nearly 9 years ago, the iOS App Store has delivered more than $70 billion to developers, while downloads have surged 70 percent in the last year alone.

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