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Thursday August 31

Kaspersky turns tables on patent troll — Patent...

Eugene Kaspersky:

It all started in the fall of 2016. We received a claim alleging infringement of a patent on data packet filtration technology, together with a ‘kind’ offer to settle the matter out of court – for a large packet of American greenbacks. In other words – the same old script worn out with overuse.

But, as you’ll know, we don’t never give in to patent trolls. We don’t do deals with them; if we did, they’d only be back for more later on. So – also on script – they came back with sterner words: ‘see you in court’. A while later they did see us in court, in their fave court in a rural district of Texas.

Go on, click through. The rest is best told by the person who made it happen. Love this!


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Apple adds June 2017 21.5-inch Retina iMac to...

A good deal’s a good deal.

Apple on Wednesday updated its refurbished products web site, adding the new 21.5-inch iMac models that were initially released in June of 2017.

The refurbished iMacs feature Kaby Lake processors, upgraded displays, faster solid state storage, and discrete graphics.

At present, the refurbished selection only includes the 4K models with Retina display and there are no offerings for the non-Retina 21.5-inch iMac models for purchase.

When last seen, there were eight different refurbished 4K 21.5-inch iMacs available in various configurations, with prices discounted by approximately 15 percent. An entry-level 4K model with 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a Radeon Pro 555 is available for $1,099, for example, a $200 discount off of the regular $1,299 starting price.

Apple’s refurbished inventory goes through a rigorous inspection, repair, cleaning, and repackaging process before hitting the shelves. Refurbished units...

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Apple’s TV plans still stuck in neutral

Peter Kafka, Recode:

Apple and Hollywood studios are wrangling over pricing for “4K” movies Apple plans to sell on a new version of its Apple TV box.


As The Wall Street Journal reports, the studios want a higher price and Apple wants a lower one. That is: This is the same fight Apple continually has with its media partners, whether it’s music, books or TV channels.

But the bigger story for Apple is that this used to be a fight that Apple would ultimately win, because Apple was the dominant player in digital media. That’s not true anymore.

Apple has played from behind plenty of times. This is another example of that. But, as Peter points out, this is a much more crowded playing field and the model Apple brings to the table is already commoditized. Amazon, Google, et al, already do streaming, 4K is more of a wrinkle in an existing model than a new twist.

Supposedly, the 4K pricing is still not in agreement. It’ll be one of many things to...

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Apple patent hints at ‘smart’ watch bands and other...

A smarter watch band will play a crucial role in Apple Watch's future as a personal technology device as they begin to incorporate technology and gain additional importance for wearable computing, Neil Cybart of Above Avalon — which is focused on analyzing Apple from a Wall Street and Silicon Valley perspective — said in a 2016 Seeking Alpha article. A newly granted patent shows that Apple is looking into such technology — and is considering taking it beyond the smartwatch.

“The Watch's future is not found by simply taking the way we use our iPhone and putting it on a smaller screen on our wrist. Instead, the Watch will gradually handle tasks we used to give to our iPhones,” Cybart wrote. “We already see this taking...

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Apple raises more than $3 million in aid for...

Apple was able to raise more than $3 million in aid for Hurricane Harvey via its employees and iTunes donations which opened on Sunday.

On the ground, Apple dispatched its global crisis management team to help Texas based employees impacted by ongoing flooding, according to company CEO Tim Cook. Apple currently employs more than 8,700 in Texas, most of whom work at the state’s 18 Apple stores and a large headquarters in Austin. According to Apple’s website, stores in the Houston region are currently closed due to the storm, but Cook says the company is working to get “as many as possible” open by tomorrow.

Cook also mentioned that the company’s hardware is being used by the U.S. government to coordinate search and rescue operations with nearly 24 United States Coast Guard helicopters equipped with iPads participating in the effort.

Finally, Cook released the following email regarding the situation:


As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having...

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Alexa Can Make Music Echo All Through the House

Amazon's Alexa has a new musical talent, the company announced Tuesday. "Today, we're making Alexa even smarter with an all-new feature that lets you play music synchronized on multiple Echo devices to provide room-filling music throughout your home," said Amazon Alexa Vice President Toni Reid. Setting up the syncing is easy. Using the Alexa app, you give a group of devices a name -- "first floor," for instance. Then you can play music through all the devices simultaneously by saying something like "Alexa, play Allman Brothers first floor."

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Facetune maker launches Quickshot camera with auto...

Quickshot is a new camera app for the iPhone from Lightricks, the makers of the popular Facetune and Enlight photo editing apps. Quickshot features four AI-powered modes with auto adjustment features as well as a photo gallery with batch editing tools.


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Apple and its customers raise over $3 million for...

Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees in an email to employeesthat the company has helped raise over $3 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, both through its own donations and donations from customers. As noted by BuzzFeed, the full email is below:

As you know, Hurricane Harvey is having a devastating impact on Texas and Louisiana. Our thoughts are with our employees in the storm zone and the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by rain, wind and floods. I want to update you on some of the things Apple has been doing to help, and ways that you can get involved. 

“On the ground, Apple's global crisis management team is working to support our employees directly affected by the flooding in Texas. The team is in close contact with Apple employees in the Houston area, and they're actively doing everything they can to...

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Garmin’s latest fitness watch goes head-to-head with...

Garmin’s latest fitness-focused smartwatch appears to be targeted directly at the Apple Watch market, with a $300 price tag and the inclusion of a contactless payment facility, Garmin Pay.

Like Apple Pay, Garmin Pay supports both Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards from major banks, and it offers the same approach to security as the Apple Watch. It uses token-based payments, and entering a passcode activates the payment functionality while it is disabled as soon as the watch is taken off your wrist …


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How to recover files deleted from your iCloud Drive

Apple’s iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even a Windows PC. If you need to access a file that you deleted within the last 30 days, you can recover it from Here’s how:

Sign in to

  • Click Settings.
  • Under Advanced, click Restore Files.
  • Browse the list of files in the Restore Files window.

After 30 days, files are removed from Restore Files.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new...

But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.

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Sketchy but plausible supply-chain report repeats...

A supply-chain source is echoing an earlier rumor that Apple is planning on an even larger OLED iPhone next year.

Hinting at a source within Samsung Display, the report suggests that next year’s iPhone will be offered in two sizes: a 5.85-inch one with the same screen size as the iPhone 8, and a larger 6.46-inch ‘Plus’ model …


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3D Molecules Editor is a good tool for beginner...

By Aaron Lee

Virtual Space OOO's 3D Molecules Editor for macOS makes it easy to build and manipulate 3D molecular models of organic and inorganic compounds. The app is great for any high school or college student in chemistry courses, and there's a help button that provides screen shots showing how to use it.

3D Molecules Editor allows organic and inorganic molecular structures to be built with single, double and triple bonds, as well as cyclic compounds. The molecules can be visualized in 3D using stick, ball and stick and space-filling (CPK) models.

Important information about the molecule can be displayed. For example, you can visualize the atomic orbitals, see electronic effects using arrows and identify bond lengths and element symbols.

The key feature of 3D Molecules Editor full version is the “Test yourself” mode. It allows learners to check their knowledge of chemistry and chemical compounds.

3D printing offers a...

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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 31, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

FOCUS: Map of Your World has launched a self-titled mobile app that combines social networking and personalized mapping. It’s purportedly the first personalized map that integrates a user's interests with the people, places and happenings that align with those interests — in real time. FOCUS is available for free to users in Los Angeles County for iPhone devices running on iOS 10 or later. FOCUS plans to launch in major US cities first, with a nationwide rollout later this year.

Wahrheit Ventures has debuted City Vs City. The free app is a...

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Future Apple Watch straps might feature functional...

Apple is actively investigating methods of embedding electronic components into woven fabric materials, technology that might be applied to Apple Watch strap designs to offload user interfaces into physical space and expand device functionality.

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Philips Hue starter kits now better value with 4...

Philips have announced several updates to their HomeKit-compatible smart home lighting range, Hue. Firstly, the new starter kits offer better value for money.

The flagship White and Color Ambience kit bundled three bulbs and a hub for $180, the new generation adds a fourth bulb and sells for just $199. The new white ambience kit sells for $150 and the cheapest entry point into the Hue ecosystem is now the White starter kit for $99, which features 4 A19 white bulbs and a hub.

Hue also announced that new suspension and ambience ceiling Hue lights will go on sale from October, as well as selling multi-pack bulbs for the first time (i.e. four standalone additional bulbs, no hub) …


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Qardio launches new QardioBase with improved sensors...

Qardio, a company focused on personal health technologies, has today announced an update to their original smart scale. The QardioBase 2 builds off of the success of its predecessor and its iconic design. The updated smart scale brings an improved base for stability, a new sensor system, and a rechargeable internal battery.


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Android TV: The Oreo update isn't enough

Android 8.0 Oreo crash-lands on the Nexus Player. Now what?

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iOS and macOS automation: What does the future hold?

One of the great things about computers is that they’re machines we can use to perform repetitive tasks that would bore human beings to tears. Power users have access to utilities and scripting languages to become incredibly productive, cutting out hours of busy work.

But in the past year, two events have occurred that call into question the future of tools to boost our productivity on both macOS and iOS. Longtime Automation product manager Sal Soghoian had his position at Apple eliminated, and Apple bought the leading iOS automation app, Workflow.

To read this article in full or to leave...

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Philips sweetens its Hue smart bulb starter kits and...

Hue starter kits now come with four bulbs instead of three, and there are new downlight and suspension fixtures.

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Logitech unveils powerful Craft keyboard and MX...

Today, Logitech is adding two new accessories to its desktop computing lineup: the Craft keyboard and the MX Sound speakers. Logitech’s new Craft keyboard looks to bring customizability and extensibility to your fingertips. The MX Sound speakers produce a refined, clean look to traditional desktop speakers.

In building out a more advanced keyboard, and bringing an elegant look to desktop speakers, Logitech is looking to take over your desktop space.


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Logitech intros dial-equipped Craft Advanced...

Logitech on Thursday took the wraps off the Craft Advanced Keyboard, its signature feature being the "crown," a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac and Windows apps.

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Libratone will convert its Zipp and Zipp Mini...

Own one of these upscale wireless speakers? It’s about to get a whole lot more capable.

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Wednesday August 30

Nest brings HVAC energy saving to the masses with $...

Nest on Thursday unveiled Thermostat E, a redesigned and less expensive version of the firm's original Learning Thermostat that launched in 2011.

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Nest unveils the simpler, cheaper Nest Thermostat E

The company is implementing a better, best strategy in pursuit of more buyers.

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Andy Rubin apologizes for Essential's massive...

The suspicious email some people who pre-ordered the Essential phone received wasn't a scam or a phishing attempt at all. Andy Rubin, the company's founder, has apologized and revealed that it was a legit email from an account that's gone rogue. In a...

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Watch: Everything Apple is expected to announce at...

Apple is anticipated to hold its annual iPhone event on Sept. 12, where a slate of new products like a flagship "iPhone 8," LTE Apple Watch and more are expected to debut. Check out all the latest launch rumors in this video.

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Hackers exploit Instagram bug to access phone...

Instagram on Wednesday said one or more hackers accessed email address and phone number information associated with certain high profile accounts using a previously unknown API "bug," but notes the flaw has since been patched.

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Magic Leap’s rumored AR glasses may have been...

Magic Leap's much-hyped augmented reality system has been an object of skepticism ever since the company was funded at a high level back in 2014. The tech world seems fairly obsessed with the possibilities, as is the company's founders, but no one is...

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Apple raised more than $3M Hurricane Harvey relief,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed Hurricane Harvey in a letter to employees on Wednesday, detailing the company's efforts to help those impacted by the storm, including its own workers, as well as ongoing projects to offer aid and assistance in the region.

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Tim Cook pens employee email in wake of Hurricane...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week penned a company-wide email in wake of Hurricane Harvey. In the email, obtained by BuzzFeed, Cook said that “the storm’s impact is felt by all of us” as Texas is home to some 8,700 Apple employees and outlined Apple’s efforts to help…


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TCL is reportedly reviving Palm with new devices in...

Chinese electronics company TCL boldly claimed it would release devices under the BlackBerry name to revive the brand, and its recently-released KEYone smartphone proved them right. But according to Android Planet, the company is eyeing another class...

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Instagram says emails & phone numbers of ‘high-...

Instagram this evening is alerting users that it has suffered a security breach exposing the contact information of “high-profile” users. The news of this hack comes just days after celebrity Selena Gomez had her account comprised, but it’s unclear if the two events are related.


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Robots are now better at targeting individual...

The brain is a delicate thing, and scientists keep looking for high tech ways to make it easier and safer to to learn more about it. In the area of brain surgery, there have been smart scalpels that know the difference between tumors and healthy tiss...

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Astronomers use AI to reduce analysis time from...

Gravitational lensing is when the image of a distant object in space -- like a galaxy, for example -- is distorted and multiplied by the gravity of a massive object, such as a galaxy cluster, lying in front of the smaller, faraway object. It's a usef...

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Instagram says hackers swiped contact info for...

Instagram just suffered a potentially serious (and this time, very real) data breach. The social photo service is sending out alerts that intruders got access to the phone numbers and email addresses for a number of "high-profile" users by exploitin...

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AWT News Update: August 30, 2017

Steve's finally back from his eclipse and national parks trip, and in the process of trying to get caught up with his work he actually found some really good stories for today’s podcast:

  • A group of 17 automotive engineers working for Apple on the Project Titan autonomous car program have jumped ship for a Silicon Valley startup
  • The implementation of Siri on the fourth-generation Apple TV has won a special Emmy award
  • Bombich Software’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner Mac backup app receives an update to prepare it for macOS High Sierra and APFS

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve...

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Robots learn to understand the context of what you...

It can be frustrating when telling robots what to do, especially if you aren't a programmer. Robots don't really understand context -- when you ask them to "pick it up," they don't usually know what "it" is. MIT's CSAIL team is fixing that. They'v...

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Samsung reveals iPhone-compatible Gear Sport and...

Samsung on Wednesday announced two new fitness-oriented wearables, the Gear Sport and Gear Fit2 Pro, which will square off with the Apple Watch "Series 3" coming this fall.

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Western Digital unveils updated My Cloud Home NAS...

Western Digital’s My Cloud Network Attached Storage solutions are among some of the most consumer friendly options on the market. Many of the other cloud-enabled hard drives out there can be much more complicated and look like you have a server in your living room.

WD has been a trusted name in consumer storage for years, so it doesn’t come as much surprise it would bring this tech to the masses. Personally, I think everyone should have some kind of NAS-like technology made available to them these days, so we were excited to hear about Western’s Digital’s next generation personal NAS drives… more…

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iPhone event on Sept. 12? iPhone 8 vs. Galaxy Note 8...

Apple may have an event on September 12 that showcases the new iPhone. What would it take for you to be more productive with your iPhone? And reports say that 4K video is in the works for the Apple TV.

Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah YamshonMichael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about these topics and more in the Macworld Podcast, episode 571.

Editor’s note: We had technical issues with this episode and we were not able to broadcast the live video feed on the Macworld Facebook page or on Twitter. We hope to have those issues resolved by next week’s podcast.


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Best Buy plans to send sales consultants to more...

Best Buy, the company that'll sell you overpriced HDMI cables and charge a premium for making basic adjustments to your TV, wants to put its sales people in more houses. The Associated Press reports that the expanded service will be free, and this fa...

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Researchers create a new fusion recipe that boosts...

Nuclear fusion is an attractive way to create energy. It generates hardly any waste, doesn't pollute the planet and takes advantage of elements that we have plenty of. But fusion takes a lot of work and the energy payout isn't yet at the level that m...

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Kingston Digital rolls out the the Lightning USB for...

Kingston Digital has announced its first dual interface USB with a Lightning connector: the DataTraveler Bolt Duo for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. It’s designed specifically to free up space on Apple devices with limited memory.

Capacities allow for storing up to 8,000 photos (32GB), 16,000 photos (64GB) and 32,000 photos (128GB). Photos and videos can be taken directly on Bolt and its slim form factor, protective rubber case and keyring makes it conveniently portable, says Andrew Ewing, Senior Manager Consumer Business, Kingston and HyperX.

DataTraveler Bolt Duo is available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities for $59.99, $89.99, and $119.99, respectively. It’s backed by a two-year warranty and...

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'Nexus Dawn' explores story leading up to...

Blade Runner 2049 picks up 30 years after the classic original movie, but what happened in the interim? Denis Villenueve, the sequel's director, tapped three creators to make short films exploring the events between the films. Watch the first one, 20...

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Twelve South Curve desktop stand for MacBook is a...

Twelve South Curve stand for MacBook. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

One term that doesn't get quite the mileage as it did in the days of desktop PCs is "ergonomic". The term is defined as being an adjective that means "relating to or designed for efficiency and comfort in the working environment", and ergonomic design of computer workspaces and surfaces can make a huge difference in the day-to-day comfort and health of computer users. Twelve South has just released the $49.99 Curve for MacBook, a stand that places the screen of modern MacBooks at the precise height for comfortable viewing. 


Back in 2003, Twelve South co-founder and creative director Andrew Green was working for Griffin Technology when it occurred to him that he needed some way to match the screen height of a Titanium Powerbook with an original Apple Cinema Display. He invented the iCurve for...

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Watch ASUS' IFA 2017 event in under seven...

The first official day of IFA 2017 isn't until Friday, September 1st, but the pre-event festivities are already in full force. Like Acer and Samsung, ASUS had its big press conference today in Berlin, where it revealed a slew of new mainstream, multi...

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Mercedes-Benz sees self-driving EVs as the future of...

Earlier this year, Daimler announced plans to develop a self-driving, car-sharing system with fully autonomous vehicles geared towards city living. Today, the company says that the first part of that vision -- Smart's Vision EQ Fortwo concept vehicle...

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Squad of Apple car staffers jump ship to self-...

A group of 17 Apple engineers said to be working on Apple's automotive ambitions has reportedly left the company for self-driving company Zoox after Apple scaled back plans.

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Verizon's Pixel phones will be among the first...

Carriers are notorious for their protracted phone update processes, particularly Verizon. It's not uncommon for Big Red subscribers to wait weeks longer than others to get an upgrade -- and its promises that Google Pixel owners would get updates qui...

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Too Few Candidates to Fill Growing Number of Open...

Open source hiring has been hampered by a lack of trained job-takers, according to The Linux Foundation, which released its sixth annual summary of career opportunities in open source last week. The report provides an overview of open source career trends, along with factors that motivate industry professionals, and methods employers use to attract and retain qualified talent. The 2017 report, developed in cooperation with Dice, follows the research approach taken in last year's report, with a focus on all aspects of open source software.

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'Onliner' malware spambot targets 711...

A security researcher who goes by the name Benkow has discovered a spambot with 711 million email addresses at its disposal. Troy Hunt, who runs the website Have I Been Pwned, said it's "the largest single set of data" he's ever loaded into his searc...

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Project Titan engineers leave for autonomous vehicle...

According to a new report out from Bloomberg today, multiple engineers who had been working on Apple’s car project have left for automotive startup Zoox. The Project Titan employees have made their departure from Apple as the company scales back its autonomous vehicle program.


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Kid Koala drops the beat in 'Floor Kids'...

Floor Kids heads to Nintendo Switch this holiday season, featuring badass breakdancing moves, hand-drawn art, and music by Kid Koala, a member of legendary hip hop group Deltron 3030 and one of the DJs behind Baby Driver's soundtrack. The game's char...

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The best way to customize a supercar is in VR

To paraphrase Robin Williams, buying a $2.8 million supercar is God's way of telling you that you're making too much money. And yet there's a certain thrill in picking out the red leather trim that goes so well with a black carbon-fiber shell. Becaus...

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Western Digital launches internet-connected My Cloud...

Western Digital on Wednesday released the My Cloud Home, a network-attached storage (NAS) drive intended to provide both local and remote access to personal files.

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'No More Heroes' sequel hits Nintendo...

Suda51 and the snarky, over-the-top, ultra violent titles he makes -- like the Wii's No More Heroes and the more recent free-to-play experiment on the PS4, Let It Die -- are some of the best gaming experiences around. During Nintendo's live stream fo...

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'Kentucky Route Zero' will finish its...

Believe it or not, there hasn't been a console version of the mysterious, narrative-driven Kentucky Route Zero since the first act arrived in 2013. Well, it's here... and you may have a good reason to get it even if you've played the adventure title...

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China Regulator To Review Apple Antitrust Complaint

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce is reviewing an antitrust complaint accusing Apple of abusing its dominant position in smartphone applications, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. From the report: The regulator is studying the information following a complaint filed on behalf of developers before deciding if a formal investigation is necessary, said the people, who asked not to be named because the matter isn't public. The review is preliminary and Chinese antitrust agencies usually review such information before deciding whether a official probe is needed. Beijing-based law firm Daxiao, or Dare & Sure, said earlier this month it filed complaints on the developers' behalf to the SAIC and the National Development and Reform Commission. The lawyers accused Apple of removing apps without a proper explanation and taking an excessive 30 percent cut of in-app transactions, it said in an Aug. 8 statement. The law firm now represents close to 50...

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Acer Switch 7 hands-on: A compelling Surface...

There are plenty of pretenders to Microsoft's Surface throne, but they often come with compromises that force you to default to the original. Acer is hoping to buck that trend with the Switch 7 Black Edition, a tablet-laptop hybrid that may succeed w...

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First FDA-approved genetic therapy fights leukemia

The first gene therapy treatment has been approved for use in the United States. The FDA greenlit a procedure that uses a patient's own cells to combat a particular type of leukemia, but will only permit it for children and young adults up to age 25.

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MIT's latest robot politely weaves through...

We're still trying to get robots to walk through difficult terrain (or gallop like ostriches), but sooner or later they'll need to master another important skill: Not getting in our way. MIT researchers have built a wheeled 'bot that can safely navig...

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Samsung announces massive 49-inch curved widescreen...

Today at its “Your New Normal” event at IFA 2017, Samsung unveiled the world’s largest QLED gaming monitor. While the new monitor is geared to gaming, this new monster could be an awesome addition to a variety of setups.


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'Super Meat Boy Forever' lands on Nintendo...

Super Meat Boy Forever, the sequel to successful twitch platformer Super Meat Boy, will hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android with a squishy, bloody splat in 2018.

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AT&T brings fixed 5G trials to three more cities

AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless 5G trials to new cities around the US in a bid to master the technology before its official standards are released. In addition to the previous test city of Austin, the company will roll out trials in Waco, Te...

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No, the iPhone home button is not dead (yet)

Gesture controls are the touchscreen equivalent of keyboard shortcuts on a traditional computer -- that is to say they are meant for pro users. For that reason, users shouldn't expect that Apple will kill off the iPhone home button entirely anytime soon, despite radical changes expected on the pro-focused "iPhone 8."

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ASUS' Windows Mixed Reality headset may come...

After a teaser back in the spring, ASUS is ready to talk in-depth about its Windows Mixed Reality headset... and it's clear that this is a premium design, with the price to match. The headgear (known as the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset) isn't j...

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NYC's Citi Bike adds Apple Pay to make bike-...

Next time you rent a Citi Bike in New York or New Jersey, you'll be able to pay with your iPhone. The latest update for the bike-sharing service's app adds support for Apple Pay, as spotted by AppleInsider. No, this isn't the most exciting update, bu...

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New renders & video picture status bar &...

Hot on the heels of a report describing the buttonless interface on the "iPhone 8," designers and developers have begun circulating media hinting at what it might look like in practice.

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Today is the deadline for offering feedback on net...

By the end-of-day (Eastern time), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stopping to accept all feedback on its proposal to reverse net neutrality.

Without waiting for the official revocation of the neutrality rules, such companies as Verizon have started to meddle with Internet traffic. It’s been reported that Verizon has been throttling streaming speeds for video services such as Netflix, capping the streaming at 10Mbps.

Instead of undoing the net neutrality order wholesale, the FCC is essentially splitting it up into two parts: one part undoes the legal authority used to implement net neutrality — a classification known as “Title II” — and the other part asks whether or not it should keep the rules, such as no blocking or...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch MacBook Pro $300 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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The 10,000 Track Limit: Why I Switched from Spotify...

The streaming music service Spotify turns out to have a 10,000 track limit on music collections. That was a deal-breaker for Adam Engst, despite Spotify’s better algorithmically generated playlists.


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∞ How a traditional Korean inlaid lacquer box is made

I see these kinds of boxes all over Vancouver (it’s a very Asian-influenced city) but I had no idea the amount of work that went into the handmade ones.

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Dropbox Paper update brings new tool integrations,...

An update today to Dropbox’s Paper  app brings new creative tools, a new API for developers, fresh ways to stay organized, and more.


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Amazon & Microsoft reveal plans to allow cross-...

In an industry first, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that people will soon be able to access Alexa from Cortana, and vice versa, including through iOS.

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Art in the shadows: artist enlivens city with...

Similar to the story we posted back in July about an artist doing similar things in New York City, this artist is using the mundane aspects of the city to create wonderfully whimsical work.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Toshiba chip business sale process continues, with...

In a last-minute effort to secure Toshiba's chip manufacturing business before another deadline passes, Bain Capital in conjunction with Apple has reportedly placed a bid of $18.2 billion.

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New video & renders showcase iPhone 8’s new dock...

Earlier today, a report from Bloomberg offered a bit more information on the iPhone 8’s software interface, saying that the device will adopt the new dock interface used by the iPad on iOS 11. Now, new renders and a video show just what that could look like…


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How to use a cell phone for dramatic night...

I mentioned this tip on “The Dalrymple Report” last week. It’s a great way to get a little bit more light when you’re shooting portraits at night.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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APFS Is Not Optional

From a new Apple knowledge base article: When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won't be converted to APFS. You can't opt-out of the transition to APFS.


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First look: Eradicate the adapters and dongles with...

Plugable has thrown its hat into the Thunderbolt 3 ring with a pair of new docking stations, and the lower-cost TBT3-UD1-83 appears to be a good option for most at first glance.

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How Apple plans to change the way you use the next...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the gadget.


Apple is preparing three new iPhones for debut next month. One of the models, a new high-end device, packs in enough changes to make it one of the biggest iPhone updates in the product’s decade-long history. With a crisper screen that takes up nearly the entire front, Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button—even a digital one—in favor of new gesture controls for tasks like going to the main app grid and opening multitasking, according to the people and the images.

Are we about to enter the buttonless era?

With cameras capable of scanning sophisticated enough to verify your face, there’s a world of...

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TeamViewer to provide real-time iOS 11 screen sharing

One of the features of the soon-to-be-released iOS 11 is a way to record your screen for sharing video clips with others. TeamViewer, which is a multi-platform screen-sharing service, announced that it has used that feature to enable a way for iOS users to share their screens with each other. The company says that the feature will be available as soon as iOS 11 ships -- most likely on September 12, 2017 -- and it's currently available in a demo format for devices running the iOS 11 beta.

This doesn't allow full screen control, but it will still be handy for those who are doing remote support or troubleshooting. Users with issues can share the screen of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a support technician, who can then see what's going to and provide tips on how to resolve the problem. 

Currently TeamViewer can control Android devices from the iOS app; it would...

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Cortana and Alexa join forces, Microsoft and Amazon...

New York Times:

For the past year, the two companies have been coordinating behind the scenes to make Alexa and Cortana communicate with each other. The partnership, which the companies plan to announce early Wednesday, will allow people to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa, by the end of the year.

Important to note that both companies have tried to take on Apple, Google, Samsung, et al, in the smart phone marketplace. And both companies have failed to make a dent. Without a major smartphone partner, not sure this partnership will have much of an impact.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple reportedly back in the running as a part of a...

Things had gone very quiet since it was reported back in June that Apple would be part of a consortium bidding to buy Toshiba’s chip-making division. This would help Apple secure NAND chips in a market in which there is strong competition for components.

More recently, it had appeared that Western Digital would emerge as the successful bidder. But a new report suggests today that Apple is back in the running, this time without Foxconn …


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Get ready for APFS

From a new Apple knowledge base article spotted by 512 Pixels:

When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won’t be converted to APFS. You can’t opt-out of the transition to APFS.

From everything I’ve heard, the transition to macOS High Sierra was easy and rock solid. But, even with that said, the transition of a file system makes it especially critical that you have a reliable, up-to-date backup of your Mac before you give High Sierra a try.

If you are planning a move to High Sierra, read the knowledge base post for specifics. It’s not long.


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CNBC: Thousands of ‘innocent’ Android apps watch...


That cute cat wallpaper for your Android phone or free photo-editing software app you downloaded may be using your phone without your permission and running up fraudulent ad views, according to a recent report from online marketing firm eZanga.

EZanga used its Anura ad fraud protection software to look at one module from a software development kit (otherwise known as an SDK) that hides in apps, then activates to run advertisements and play videos while the user is not on their phone. While the person may be sleeping, the malware chews up bandwidth and battery life.


A Google spokesperson said all apps submitted to Google Play are automatically scanned for potentially malicious code and spammy developer accounts before they are published. Google said it also recently introduced a proactive app review process, as well as Google Play Protect, which scans Android devices to let users know if they are downloading a malicious app. There is also...

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Google introduces ARCore, plays catch up with Apple...

Back in May, just before Google I/O, Google released this blog post, updating developers with the latest on their Augmented Reality project, known as Tango:

With Tango, devices can track motion and understand distances and their position in the real world. For VR, we’ve used technology from Tango as the foundation of WorldSense. For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.

That last sentence is key. Tango was a device specific technology.

A month later, at WWDC, Apple rolled out ARKit, as part of their iOS 11 announcement. Though there is a minimum hardware requirement (requires A9 or later), it will run on any devices that meet the spec.

This is a huge difference. Tango plays to an audience limited to a few...

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Apple now supporting WeChat payments in Chinese App...

While Apple has been trying hard to push Apple Pay in China, offering a range of discounts and rewards, it doesn’t appear to have met with much success to date. Its market share in the country has been described by iResearch as ‘negligible.’

One big reason for that is the popularity of WeChat Pay, and Apple has now given in to the inevitable and started accepting the payment service for local App Store purchases …


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Apple reportedly choosing not to hide sensor '...

Making a firm design decision, Apple is said to be choosing not to hide the sensor "notch" cut into the top of the "iPhone 8's" OLED display, taking after the look of some other devices like the Essential Phone.

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Apple wins Emmy for Apple TV and Siri

The National Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy in the category:

Contextual Voice Navigation for Discovering and Interacting with TV Content

The award went to:

  • Comcast
  • Universal Electronics (UEI)
  • Apple TV
  • Nuance Dragon TV

Interesting that Comcast and UEI got the award as a company, but Apple TV and Nuance Dragon TV got the award as a product.

Congrats to the Apple TV and Siri teams.

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Twelve South to donate 12% of all sales to Hurricane...

Twelve South — which makes a variety of Apple accessories and peripherals — calls Charleston, SC home, which means they’re no strangers to hurricanes and the devastation that follows.

In an effort to support those who have been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, the company is donating 12% of all sales from Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 4, to the Red Cross. Twelve South is extending a 12% discount site-wide on all Twelve South accessories. To redeem this discount use promo code HelpHouston2017 at checkout.

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Hint that upcoming Apple TV may offer HDR as well as...

While it seems pretty clear that the upcoming Apple TV will support 4K resolution – aka Ultra HD aka UHD aka UHDTV – we may have just received a further hint that this won’t be the only improvement offered to the image quality.

A tweet from Rene Ritchie yesterday indicated that he’d been given a demo of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, and the timing suggests that this is likely to have been driven by a tip from Apple about the new Apple TV …


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Western Digital unveils new personal cloud storage...

Western Digital has launched My Cloud Home, a new personal cloud storage solution designed to let you take control of your digital content. 

With the My Cloud Home solution, you can aggregate all of the photos, videos and files from your iPhones, Macs, iPads, USB storage, cloud and social media accounts in one central place. Then, using your smart phone, tablet or computer from anywhere with an Internet connection, you can view your content and share it with others.  

With their data spread across 14 different devices on average, consumers are faced with growing, disparate collections of data and no way to easily access it all, according to Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. Those collections are expanding to an approximately 4.5TB of data per U.S. household in 2017 and are expected to grow further with increasing popularity of...

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Matias seeks to fill void left by Apple with new...

Taking some design cues from Apple's old keyboard line, Matias has released a new Wired Aluminum Keyboard to accommodate those not looking to replace batteries or charge an input device.

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Compare Anything 1.0 is new file comparison tool for...

B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type. 

With Compare Anything you can compare two files and check for them for differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window where the differences are high-lighted.

Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $0.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

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Daily Deal: Add a plethora of ports to your MacBook...

There's only one problem with Apple's svelte little MacBook -- it only has one USB-C port, and if you need to plug it in, you're down to zero ports. That's why mBeat created the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock -- you can power your MacBook, plug into a wired network, and connect those old USB peripherals as well. We have the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock for the incredible price of $69, 30% off of the usual price. 

What all does the Multi-Function Dock do?

  • Connects to keyboard, mouse, storage, computers, & much more to extend functionality
  • Built-in 4K HDMI port & Gigabit Ethernet port let you watch & browse in high-quality
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Matias releases Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac

Matias has announced the Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac, which the company is positioning as a replacement for Apple’s discontinued wired Mac keyboards. The new keyboard sports a built-in USB 2.0 hub and precision volume dial.

"When Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, they discontinued their original wired model, leaving the Mac community without a suitable replacement, Matias CEO Edgar Matias said in a press release. “Our new Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is more than suitable. It captures the essence of the Apple original -- and even improves on it, with the addition of a precision volume dial," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias.

He adds that the new volume dial is perfect for users with external speakers, providing 4x finer control over the volume. That's 64 volume levels, compared to the 16 levels you get from the volume keys.

The keyboard will be available in a wide range of international layouts and will cost $59. It can be pre-ordered...

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Consortium that includes Apple making a ‘last-ditch...

Reuters reports that a consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple has offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba's chip division that’s worth $18 billion.

Under the new proposal, Bain and Toshiba would both hold 46% each of the unit, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports. The article says that talks between the conglomerate and a Western Digital-led consortium have stalled.

Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and has been seeking outside investors in it. Apple is apparently interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

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'iPhone 8' software bar expected to...

Rather than presenting a virtual home button, the so-called "iPhone 8" is expected to instead offer a new software bar that could dramatically change how the iPhone is used, introducing new gesture controls for returning to the home screen and switching between apps.

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