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Saturday October 28

17:55
New video & images offer look at iPhone X...

As the first iPhone X pre-orders start shipping to customers today ahead of the November 3rd release, new videos and images offer a closer look at the device’s packaging. Shared on Twitter by Benjamin Geskin and sourced originally from Instagram, these images offer a look at the iPhone X packaging in person, while a brief video puts the device through the unboxing process…

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17:12
Xbox One will save your console's settings in...

Microsoft is about to make life easier if you're upgrading to an Xbox One X or just want to play on a friend's Xbox One. It just released alpha firmware for Xbox Insiders that focuses in large part on easier setup. The preview version now saves your...

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16:58
First iPhone X orders start shipping to customers...

Not long after pre-orders began yesterday morning, the first iPhone X orders have started shipping to customers. While Apple has yet to update order statues on its website, some customers who purchased the device through their carrier have started receiving shipping notifications…

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16:58
Chicago flagship Apple store dimming lights at night...




After a watchdog agency devoted to tracking bird impacts on Chicago buildings alerted Apple to a possible problem, the new North Michigan Ave. flagship store will dim the lights nightly until the fall migration season ends.

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16:46
Mactracker 7.7

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases. (Free, 103 MB)

 

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15:37
Apple sacks iPhone X engineer after daughter posts...




Apple has reportedly fired an engineer who worked on iPhone X after his daughter posted a hands-on video of the device to YouTube, breaking the company's non-disclosure agreement policies.

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15:37
Twitter bans Trump adviser Roger Stone for...

Twitter is no stranger to taking down high-profile users' accounts when it believes they've crossed the line, but its latest takedown is arguably the biggest yet. The social network has suspended former Trump adviser Roger Stone after he hurled threa...

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15:33
Apple TV and tvOS deliver managed digital signage,...




Apple's expansion in Mac enterprise sales to large corporate customers has greatly accelerated with the arrival of mobile iOS devices. But there's also new interest emerging for Apple TV's tvOS platform among enterprise buyers.

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14:16
Apple fires employee after daughter's iPhone X...

Just because a tech company has announced a product doesn't mean employees are free to share or talk about it before release -- just ask Microsoft. And unfortunately, one Apple engineered has learned that the hard way. Apple has reportedly fired a...

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12:56
You can now use Apple Music with Google Assistant on...

While most would argue that Google Assistant on iPhone is inferior to Siri in a lot of ways, it’s still a fairly handy tool for those using Google’s services. Recently, Google has given Assistant on iPhone a bit of extra functionality with Apple Music integration.

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12:47
Default Folder X 5.1.8

Fixes a bug on macOS 10.13 High Sierra that prevented a selected file or folder from being recognized. ($34.95 new, free update, 6.6 MB)

 

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12:31
The Academy awards its first Oscar for virtual...

Virtual reality experiences aren't just games and cheap thrills -- some creators use the medium to start a dialogue and tell worthwhile stories. Take the VR exhibition Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible) by Alejandro G. Iñ&...

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10:59
Arcade shooter 'Nex Machina' gets a...

Resogun creator Housemarque has earned a reputation as a specialist in digital-only game releases (its last hard copy release was 2012's Angry Birds Trilogy), but it's about to buck that trend. The studio has announced that its well-received, Smash...

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Is 'Stranger Things'...

In Netflix's Upside Down Reality, 'Stranger Things' Is a Hit Before It Even Premieres
Victor Luckerson,
The Ringer

The excitement around Stranger Things season 2 has been building for months. We've seen soundtracks, merchandise and all kinds of pr...

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08:00
LG V30 review: LG’s latest flagship needs more polish

The LG V30 caught me by surprise. The G6 was a strong contender when it was released earlier this year, but we've seen so many flashy flagships hit store shelves since then that I almost forgot LG was preparing another phone for the fall. And when th...

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06:53
This week’s top stories: iPhone X availability...

In this week’s top stories: The iPhone X is officially available to pre-order and Apple says demand is “off the charts,” a YouTube video shot on Apple’s campus provides a close-up look at the new device, the best cases, folios, and more for iPhone X, iPhone’s new retail efforts, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories…  more…

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06:37
U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per...

U.S. iPhone users will spend an average of $88 per year on paid apps and in-app purchases by 2020, according to a new forecast out this week from Sensor Tower, as noted by TechCrunch

The research group found that the dollar amount spent on apps and in-app purchases is continuing to increase, year-over-year. iPhone users spent an average of $63 this year, up 33% over 2016. By 2019, the increase over 2016 will have grown to 86%, predicts Sensor Tower. In 2018, the research group estimates the average spending per active U.S. device will grow to $77, before reaching $88 by 2020. The majority of spending — almost 70 percent — will come from games. As much as $60 of that $88 will be on paid game downloads and in-game purchases.

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06:00
Kinect: Seven years of strange experiments

Kinect is dead. The writing has been on the wall for years, at least since Microsoft de-bundled the motion-tracking system from the Xbox One in 2014, knocking $100 off the price tag and making the system more competitive with the PlayStation 4.

The...

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05:07
Were you able to get the iPhone X model you wanted...

For many, the iPhone X pre-order process was surprisingly smooth, but for others, it was as frustrating as ever. With issues ranging from the Apple Store not coming back online on time to iPhone Upgrade Program failures, some customers weren’t able to get the model they wanted when they wanted it.

Were you successful on iPhone X pre-order night?

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04:30
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We'll recap this week's news highlights, like Amazon's latest service: a security camera and smart lock combo that will let its delivery people inside your house.

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04:14
Newsweek magazine signed ‘I love manufacturing’ by...

A Newsweek magazine signed by Steve Jobs fetched far more than initial expectations at an auction this week. According to a report from CNET, the 1988 magazine was originally expected to go for between $10,000 and $15,000, but ultimately brought in $50,587. Meanwhile, Jobs’ BMW Z8 is predicted to fetch between $300,00 and $400,000 at auction in December…

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03:47
Apple reminds developers to get their apps ready for...

Ahead of the release of the iPhone X in less than a week, Apple has reminded developers to get their apps ready for the device. In a post on its developer blog, Apple is reminding developers to test their apps using the iPhone X simulator in Xcode code…

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03:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Oct....

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Oct. 23-27.

Will this never end? Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has determined that a new Apple v. Samsung trial on design patent damages, which Samsung had been fighting for in courts on both coasts of the U.S. States since the 2012 verdict, is going to happen, reports FOSS Patents.

Apple says it will have a limited supply of iPhone X models for walk-in customers on Friday, Nov. 3, at 8 a.m. local time. If supply is as limited as I suspect, you might want to camp out in front of your local store — today!

Why? Preorders for the iPhone X started at 12 a.m. Pacific Time today, and the delivery window is already...

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00:46
Google plans software update to fix another Pixel 2...

Google just announced software updates are incoming to deal with issues Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners are reporting with their screens and speakers, and now there's another one on the list. Its audio recordings seem to have an issue that makes them s...

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Friday October 27

21:16
Keep your iPhone X safe with one of these protective...




Anyone looking to buy an iPhone X at launch is probably concerned with keeping their new mobile device as safe as possible. AppleInsider has rounded up a selection of the cases on the market that offer protection with style.

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21:14
This week on AI: iPhone X preorders sell out fast,...




The iPhone X of course was the leading story this week, instantly selling out of launch-day units when preorders opened on Friday. Rumors also swirled around compromises Apple may have made, and the company's plans for big-budget TV shows.

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19:08
Best Buy bets you'll pay $100 extra for an...

After half an hour of iPhone X preorders going live, the first ship date of November 3rd had already filled up. New owners were told they would have to wait 4-5 weeks for their new Apple device to ship. Maybe that has something to do with Best Buy's...

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17:58
Now T-Mobile is working with Project Loon in Puerto...

Last week AT&T announced it was the first carrier working with Alphabet's balloon-distributed wireless setup in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and now T-Mobile customers have access too. Project Loon started off in the X Labs at Google -- whi...

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17:37
Magazine autographed by Steve Jobs sells at auction...




A 1988 copy of Newsweek signed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs sold for $50,587 in an auction this week, more than tripling estimates set by auction house RR Auction.

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16:57
Apple announces Final Cut Pro 10.4 with support for...




Apple at the Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit on Friday debuted Final Cut Pro 10.4, a hotly anticipated update to the flagship professional video editing suite that includes support for VR, HDR footage, direct integration for iOS video and more.

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16:15
Apple updates iPhone X preorders with improved...




Many customers who went online early Friday to preorder an iPhone X were unable to snag a launch day device due to expectedly high demand, but it seems Apple is working on supply issues and has updated certain orders to reflect improved ship times.

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16:05
Final Cut Pro 10.4 announced and demoed with VR, HDR...

Today was the first day of the third-annual Final Cut Pro X Creative Summit in Cupertino, CA. The event is geared towards professional video editors using Final Cut Pro X. Talks, demonstrations, along with a visit to the Apple campus is involved. There’s also communication with the product team behind the popular NLE.

The first day of the event started off with quite a bang, as Apple took the wraps off of the next big edition of Final Cut Pro X, version 10.4. Although there is no designated date for release, the update will be pushed sometime before year’s end and includes enhanced color tools, support for VR and HDR workflows, and lots more. more…

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15:28
Canada's Rogers sees 'tremendous'...




After calling iPhone 8 demand "anemic," Canadian wireless carrier Rogers Communications on Friday upgraded the smartphone's status to "good," while touting interest in iPhone X as "tremendous."

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15:19
Why you need AppleCare+ to protect your new iPhone X




Apple's iPhone X demands not only a higher purchase price, but also comes with a more expensive AppleCare+ coverage charge. If you managed to snag a copy, you'll want to spring for the warranty plan. AppleInsider explains why.

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15:17
Some iPhone X pre-order customers seeing delivery...

Apple’s new iPhone X officially went up for pre-order last night, and as expected, shipping times began to slip pretty quickly. Estimates currently sit at 5 to 6 weeks, but for those who got their order in early and have a 1-2 week delivery, Apple is working to improve that date…

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15:12
NASA and Germany are about to refresh their climate...

Cassini might have gotten a very emotional send-off at the close of its 20-year journey, but it's not the only long-term space mission being retired this season. Today, the joint NASA-German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has ended o...

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14:40
PSA: Apple's iPhone X Screen Repair Will Cost...

We already know the iPhone X is expensive: it starts at $999 for the 64GB variant. But what about the cost of a screen replacement? If you don't have the extended warranty, a screen replacement will cost you $279, which is more than twice the price of an iPhone 6 screen replacement ($129) and about 65 percent higher than a new iPhone 8 screen ($169). MacRumors reports: In the United States, Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs and $549 for any other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty. The fees vary in other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
-Australia: $419 for screen repairs, $819 for other damage
-Canada: $359 for screen repairs, $709 for other damage
-Germany: 321 Euros for screen repairs, and 611 Euros for other damage
-United Kingdom: 286 British Pounds for screen repairs, 556 British Pounds for other damage...

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14:17
AWT News Update: October 27, 2017

As you'd expect, today's Apple World Today News Update podcast is mostly about...the iPhone X. In related news, we talk about an older product that's about to go on the Apple obsolete and vintage tech list:

  • Apple shares rose sharply today after word of unprecedented demand for the new iPhone X
  • Didn't get an iPhone X? Head over to eBay, where some people are scalping their pre-orders at ridiculous prices
  • Be sure to get AppleCare+ for that iPhone X you just picked up, because repairs out of warranty are going to cost you big bucks
  • There's a new Apple product out that isn't the iPhone X, and it's made out of leather
  • The iPad 3 becomes official obsolete on Halloween Day

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.

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14:02
India passes US to become second largest smartphone...

The US is now the third largest smartphone market in the world, according to a new report by global technology market analyst firm Canalys. The number of smartphone shipments to India grew 23 percent in the third quarter of this year, reaching just o...

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13:47
Apple calls on developers to update apps for iPhone X




Hours after Apple initiated preorders for iPhone X, the company on Friday called on developers to submit updated apps built to take advantage of the new flagship's advanced capabilities -- and unique design.

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13:34
Honda's cutesy robot cooler keeps drinks within...

Honda didn't just unveil a slick-looking EV coupe concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. It also had a robot... though it's definitely not the kind of robot you'd expect from the company. Its RoboCas Concept is a super-cute cargo bot that can follow you...

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13:01
Senator wants more details on Russian Twitter and...

As Twitter and Facebook prepare to attend Senate hearings about Russian interference in the 2016 election, they're hit with yet more investigative queries. This time, the queries come from California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is demanding both co...

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12:59
Best Buy charging a $100 premium on full iPhone X...

In the lead up to iPhone X preorders today you may have noticed that Best Buy’s website was showing the full price cost of both iPhone X models $100 above the retail price. I also noticed it last week and figured it was just a mistake it would correct sooner or later. As it happens, Best Buy is doing this intentionally, and provided a preposterous statement to Bloomberg.

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12:37
WhatsApp lets you delete your embarrassing texts, if...

Have you ever accidentally sent a message on WhatsApp that you wish you hadn't? Well, starting today, you can delete it -- as long as you catch it within the first seven minutes. If you do, however, your recipient will instead see a "This message w...

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12:11
'Stranger Things' invades 'Minecraft...

Minecraft players who love the upside down of Stranger Things have a new skin pack to acquire. It's available now in concert with the new season of the hit retro-horror show on Netflix. It looks like the whole cast is represented as a Minecraft chara...

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11:45
YouTube creators are less likely to lose ad money

YouTube riled its community when its effort to automatically demonetize offensive videos led to an "adpocalypse" that stripped innocent creators of revenue, and it's taking one of its first big steps toward making amends. The service is pushing an u...

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11:36
Twelve South HiRise Duet really sings in organizing...

Twelve South HiRise Duet. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

Multi-taskers are great. Think of anything that can perform more than one function, and you've suddenly reduced storage space requirements by half or more. That's the point behind the Twelve South HiRise Duet ($119.99), a charging stand for both an iPhone and Apple Watch. The HiRise Duet was originally released late last year but disappeared from the Twelve South website; it's back again, and better than ever.

As illustrated in the product photo at right, the HiRise Duet doesn't take up a lot of space on a nightstand or desk. The base is 3.75 inches (9.53cm) on a side, weighted heavily (15.1 ounces/428.1 grams) for stability with an iPhone on top (even the iPhone 7 Plus seen in the photo), and with a base that's padded with premium black leather. 

Rising from the base is a pillar dominated with the familiar white...

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11:20
Kinect's value to artists overshadowed its...

The Kinect is officially dead. But the reality is that Microsoft signed the do-all sensor's fate years ago. Faced with slumping hardware sales in 2014, then-new Xbox chief Phil Spencer had a decision to make. Microsoft could either drop the price of...

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11:10
Spigen’s iPhone X cases, screen protector &...

Thanks to our sponsor Spigen. Check out its new line of iPhone X cases X available today. 

With preorders kicking off earlier today, Spigen has launched its updated line of cases and tempered glass screen protectors for iPhone X available to order now and shipping in time for when your new device arrives. The cases arrive alongside the company’s latest F303W Wireless Charger compatible with the new iPhone.

Head below for a hands-on video look at the new cases:

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11:10
Twitter's new hate and violence policies go...

Just a couple of weeks ago, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the #WomenBoycotTwitter movement on his company's microblogging platform with a promise to help Twitter "take a more aggressive stance" toward hate speech and sexual harassment. A few...

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11:05
Happy Hour Podcast 144 | Apple TV content plans,...

This week Benjamin and Zac catch up on Apple’s recent TV hires and upcoming show plans, reports of Face ID security changes and video hands-on leaks, which iPhone X we plan to pre-order, and a fast-forward to the middle of the night where we discuss how pre-orders went.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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11:00
Great, now there's 'responsible encryption...

Trump's Department of Justice is trying to get a do-over with its campaign to get backdoors onto iPhones and into secure messaging services. The policy rebrand even has its own made-up buzzword. They're calling it "responsible encryption."

After Dep...

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10:40
If You Type 1+2+3 Into Your iPhone's Calculator...

A reader shares a report: If you've upgraded your iPhone's operating system to iOS 11, try this: Go to the calculator app and quickly type 1+2+3. You likely won't get 6. You might get 23, or 24, or 16, or 32, or something else, depending on what buttons you tap and in what order, and, obviously, none of which is the right answer. It seems to be because of a new animation in the calculator app, where a button briefly fades to white when you press it. The result is that if you press an operator button (i.e., the plus sign) before the short animation finishes, the app ignores it. So, 1 + 2 + 3 accidentally gets read as 1 + 23.


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10:31
The real consequences of Patreon's adult...

NSFW Warning: This story may contain links to and descriptions or images of explicit sexual acts.

On October 17th, crowdfunding website Patreon amended the terms of its acceptable use policy as part of a wider program of reform. The new document was...

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10:14
Sprint website still showing iPhone X shipping for...

Sprint is still estimating that it will deliver most iPhone X orders placed directly through its website for launch day. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is giving an updated window to some customer who previously received a Nov. 3 date.

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10:00
Seawater desalination will quench the thirst of a...

Humanity has sought to make the Earth's oceans potable for thousands of years. The Norse tale of Utgarda-Loki tells of Odin being tricked into drinking from a horn connected to the sea, while Exodus 15:22–26 of the Bible likely describes Moses...

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09:48
Apple calls iPhone X preorders 'off the charts...




Preorders of the iPhone X are off to a strong start, Apple commented on Friday, reflecting the long delays already facing prospective buyers.

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09:43
Facebook will require political advertisers to...

Facebook has had a rough few months since the election. At least 10 million people saw Russian-placed political ads on the platform, which may have helped widen the rift between political sides during the 2016 US presidential election. In reaction, t...

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09:26
FIFA and EA will put on the first-ever 'eWorld...

FIFA and Electronic Arts are taking their partnership to the logical conclusion point: the pair will put on the first-ever eWorld Cup next August. Competition starts next month on November 3rd. From the press release:

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09:21
Apple introduces international iPhone warranty for...




Apple has reportedly introduced an international warranty for iPhone buyers living in India, letting them get an iPhone outside the country and still receive support at home.

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09:14
iPhone X available to order from Virgin and Boost...

Both Virgin and Boost Mobile have announced that they will make the iPhone X available for ordering starting November 3 and 10, respectively.

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09:04
Getting to and living on Mars will be hell on your...

While NASA and SpaceX figure out how to get to Mars, they're also thinking about how the 200-day journey and life on the red planet will affect humans. Astronauts will be dealing with nasty things like muscle atrophy and bone loss, intra-cranial pres...

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08:38
‘Overwatch’ director details plans to improve...

eSports are becoming a bigger and bigger industry, and game directors are taking notice. Today, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan released a YouTube video detailing changes the team is making to the game based on user feedback when it comes to eSpo...

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08:37
Cases from Apple generally shipping before iPhone X...




Apple appears to be shipping cases separately than the iPhone X -- with some reports seeing expected deliveries of the protective enclosures more than a month before the sought-after OLED phone arrives.

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08:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: BeatsX Headphones $109, 2017 9...

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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08:19
The best learning apps

By Courtney Schley

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full ar...

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08:17
Don’t drop that iPhone X—a screen repair will cost...

Enlarge / Web browsing in portrait mode gives you more text on the screen at once than previous iPhones.

Some of us are phone-case people and some of us aren't. Those in the latter group who preordered the iPhone X may want to consider some kind of protection for their new smartphone, though, because the iPhone X will be quite expensive to repair. According to Apple's service pricing support page, it will cost $279 to repair the iPhone X's screen for customers who don't have AppleCare+, the company's extended warranty. All other damages to the iPhone X that need repairing will cost a whopping $549, over...

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08:15
Giveaway: Enter to win an iPhone X case from...




On the heels of our iPhone 8 case giveaway, Casetify is partnering with AppleInsider again this week to offer readers the chance to win a case for the new iPhone X. Fifteen winners will each receive a gift card code to use on any Casetify X case priced at $49 or less.

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08:00
Amazon Echo review (2017): Good price, bad sound

Two years after its birth, the device that inspired dozens of copycat smart speakers and spawned thousands of integrations is getting a makeover. Amazon's "all-new" Echo is smaller and cheaper and promises better sound. But with a pile of new competi...

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07:41
Amazon's 'Breakaway' game is on hold...

Breakaway, a competitive battle game under development Double Helix and published by Amazon Game Studios, is going on a bit of a break. Following a report from Kotaku claiming that the game was being put on "indefinite hiatus," the team working on th...

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07:37
iPhone X orders held up by credit freezes put in...




Some customers scrambling to preorder the hotly anticipated iPhone X early Friday morning hit an unexpected roadblock: Credit freezes put in place after the Equifax data breach held up authorization of payment plan loans.

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07:31
Have an iPhone X on order? Lock in a $20 cash bonus...




With iPhone X preorders underway, now is the time to lock in a price for your used device before values drop. Plus, take advantage of a $20 cash bonus on iPhone and iPad trades (on top of competitive payouts) with our exclusive coupons.

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07:22
‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ fans will have to read a...

Fans of Mass Effect who have been waiting for the conclusion of the Quarian ark storyline in Andromeda, we have a good news/bad news situation for you. The good news is that we'll finally find out what happened aboard the ark, called the Keelah Si'ya...

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07:15
Boost & Virgin Mobile customers to get Apple...




U.S. prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile -- both connected to Sprint -- have announced that they will officially launch the iPhone X on Nov. 10, a week after Apple, Sprint, and many other parties.

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07:01
Tech companies face scrutiny from Congress over data...

Facebook, Twitter, Google and other tech companies are about to face some close scrutiny from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has oversight over the tech and telecom industries. According to Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), it's all in the...

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06:57
Apple says demand for iPhone X is ‘off the charts’...

Apple stopped disclosing preorder numbers for iPhone sales a few years ago, so exact metrics on iPhone performance will have to wait at least until the earnings call on November 2. However, Apple has released a statement confirming that demand is indeed very strong for the radically redesigned iPhone X …

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06:42
'Nonplayer' comic series is being turned...

You might not be familiar with Nonplayer right now, but if Legendary does it right, then everybody might know the name "Dana Stevens" in the future. According to Deadline, Legendary has acquired the movie rights to the beautifully drawn comic book se...

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06:32
The iPhone X pre-order experience

1 AM MDT...

Today's the day, and our pre-orders for the iPhone X have been made. Earlier this week, Dennis and I were discussing how easy or difficult our pre-order process had been, so we decided to write a joint article showing how the process went. Here are our experiences:

Steve Sande

On Monday, October 23 I received an email from Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program notifying me that I could pre-qualify for a new iPhone X before Friday. I joined the iPhone Upgrade Program last year, and I like the fact that I can get a new iPhone every year -- AppleCare included -- for one monthly fee. 

The pre-approval process was simple for me. I launched the iOS Apple Store app, tapped on iPhone, then tapped on the type of iPhone I wanted -- the iPhone X. The app "knew" that I was an iPhone Upgrade Program member and then started me on the pre-approval process. That was done entirely in the iPhone app and took about two minutes as it pre-filled most of...

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06:23
Apple quietly introduces an international warranty...

Apple has quietly introduced an international warranty on iPhones sold within India. Previously, you could only get warranty repairs on phones bought within the country, but you’re now covered wherever it was bought.

There are, however, a couple of catches …

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05:58
Google reveals higher traffic acquisition payouts,...




While Google parent company Alphabet beat forecasts in this week's third-quarter results, pulling in $27.77 billion in revenue, the company simultaneously warned of higher traffic acquisition costs -- likely supporting claims that it's paying Apple more to be the default option in Safari search.

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05:58
WhatsApp rolling out ability to delete sent messages...

We saw last month that WhatsApp was testing the ability to recall sent messages, and it is now rolling out the feature to all users …

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05:35
iPhone X out-of-warranty repairs eclipse iPhone 8...




Apple has announced repair costs for the iPhone X, with AppleCare+ fees remaining the same as other phones, but out of warranty fees commensurate with the higher retail price of the phone, and similar in price to screen repairs on the Galaxy S8 with Samsung parts.

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05:32
Apple iPhone X screen repairs: $279, other non-...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

In the United States, Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for iPhone X screen repairs and $549 for any other damage to the device, unless it is a manufacturing defect covered by Apple’s standard one-year limited warranty. The fees vary in other countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

These prices do not apply to customers who purchase AppleCare+ for the iPhone X, which costs $199 upfront in the United States.

Is it just me, or is it getting pricy in here?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:13
∞ The iPhone X is sold out, currently offering...

The iPhone X opened for pre-orders early this morning (just after midnight PT).

In the first few minutes, folks were getting November 3rd ship dates. I’ve gotten feedback from folks who used the online Apple Store, as well as AT&T and Verizon. Some international reports as well, obviously via other carriers. No reports of T-Mobile orders delivering on Nov 3, though that could simply be the small sample size.

About 15 minutes in, the ship dates slipped first to 1-2 weeks, then 2-3 weeks. By this morning, delivery was 5-6 weeks out.

From this Bloomberg article, from yesterday afternoon:

Given reported production bottlenecks, iPhone X delivery times will be four to six weeks by 8 a.m. New York time and should remain largely unchanged in the following days, said Gene Munster, a veteran Apple...

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05:11
Just as it did with iPhone 8, Best Buy tacks $100...




Customers in a rush to preorder the iPhone X from Best Buy on Friday morning may be in for a bit of sticker shock when they double-check the final bill, as the retailer tacked on an extra $100 for full-price purchases of the handset.

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05:05
Repairing your shiny new iPhone X could cost you $549

One of the decisions any iPhone buyer has to make is whether to take out AppleCare+ coverage, rely on other insurance policies or just pay out yourself for a repair should you break it.

For anyone tempted to assume the risk themselves, Apple’s newly-revealed pricing on iPhone X repairs may make you think again …

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05:03
Apple offers a Leather Folio for the iPhone X

If you’ve ordered an iPhone X — and, apparently, lots of us have — Apple also want you to buy its iPhone X Leather Folio. It’s a $99 case that comes in “cosmos blue,” “taupe,” “berry” and black.

Apple says the case is crafted from “specially tanned and finished European leather for a luxurious look and feel, the iPhone X Leather Folio fits snugly around your iPhone.” Open it, and the smartphone wakes up. Close it and it goes to sleep. 

Inside there’s a soft microfiber lining for added protection, and space to hold your bills, small notes, and several cards. You can keep it on all the time, even when you’re charging wirelessly.

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05:00
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One of our most popular deals is back, and if you would like to learn how to program apps for iOS 11 using Apple's Swift programming language, you're going to love it. Rob Percival's "The Complete iOS 11 & Swift Developer Course" is available for a limited time in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for just $15. 

Fifteen bucks! That's like buying a trio of lattes, and instead of getting wired, you're gaining a life skill that can get you a job or make you an indie developer. Here are the course modules:

  • Getting Started

  • Getting Started With Xcode 9 and Swift 4

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04:57
Apple launches a leather sleeve for the 12-inch...

In addition to the iPhone X, Apple also added another item to its online store (and, presumably, at its brick-and-mortar retail stores: a $149 leather sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook.

It’s available in “saddle brown” or “midnight blue.” According to Apple, the sleeve is crafted from high-quality European leather with a soft microfiber lining. The design of this sleeve allows you to charge your 12-inch MacBook while keeping it protected.

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04:53
JFK Files: British reporter got call about...

The Guardian:

A reporter on the UK’s Cambridge Evening News received an anonymous call telling him to ring the US embassy for some big news, 25 minutes before the murder of John F Kennedy in Dallas, newly released documents say.

I realize this is off topic for me, but this hits me deep. The call was local, meaning someone in Cambridge knew of the assassination before the shots were fired. And in all the years since, this significant detail was kept under wraps.

Conspiracy theory? Perhaps. But this comes from MI-5, and is a startlingly new and major development in a story that has been scraped to the bone in the press for many years.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:52
Apple announces non-warranty service pricing for the...

Apple has updated its website with non-warranty service pricing for the iPhone X, which is already back-ordered.

In the United States, Apple will charge flat rates of $279 for screen repairs on the next gen smartphone and $549 for any other damage to the device — unless it’s a manufacturing defect covered by Apple's standard one-year limited warranty. The fees vary in other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

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04:46
Delivery window for iPhone X already pushed back to...

Preorders for the iPhone X started at 12 a.m. Pacific Time today, and the delivery window is already pushed back to six weeks.

The first units are due to arrive to customers on Friday, Nov. 3. The iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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04:42
The iPad Pro as main computer for programming

Jannis Hermanns explores the idea of using an iPad Pro as his main computer for backend development. He’s not doing iOS development, nothing that requires Xcode. But there are a lot of developers for whom this model would work perfectly.

I love the portability, but even with the larger size of the iPad Pro screen, would feel cramped without my large screen second display. Nonetheless, well worth the read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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04:38
Apple asks SEC for permission to exclude new...

Apple has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for permission to exclude a new shareholder proposal on tying diversity figures for its executives to CEO performance as a way to improve diversity in the company, reports Silicon Beat. The proposal involves Apple’s diversity efforts, or lack thereof, especially regarding senior management positions.

Apple Vice President of Corporate Law Gene Levoff wrote to the SEC on Oct. 9, seeking exclusion on the grounds that the same issue has been proposed twice before in the past five years and received less than 6% of the shareholder vote in its last election, the article adds. Per SEC rules, any proposal that didn’t make the 6% mark can be left off the proxy materials for the next shareholder meeting.

The proposal asks Apple to consider “...

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04:36
Google officially addresses Pixel 2 issues, doubles...

From the Google Forums:

Since launch, we’ve also received reports of suspected issues related to the Pixel 2 XL display. We take these reports very seriously and wanted to provide an update. First, there’s been some feedback about the Pixel 2 XL displays not appearing as vibrant as other phones, and in the past few days, there have been a small number of reports of differential aging (also referred to as “burn-in”) on the Pixel 2 XL’s pOLED screen.

And:

Regarding differential aging, we put all of our products through extensive quality assurance before launch and in the manufacturing of every unit. Thorough testing of the Pixel 2 XL display shows that its decay characteristics are similar to OLED panels used in comparable products. Our current investigation of burn-in, which started as soon as we received the first user report on October 22, confirms that the differential aging is in line with that of other premium smartphones and should not affect the normal,...

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04:26
Surgeon uses iPhone-based ultrasound device to...

A vascular surgeon using his own neck to test an iPhone-based portable ultrasonic scanner found that cancerous cells were present. MIT Technology Review reported

Black-and gray images quickly appeared. John Martin is not a cancer specialist. But he knew that the dark, three-centimeter mass he saw did not belong there. “I was enough of a doctor to know I was in trouble,” he says. It was squamous-cell cancer …

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04:25
AppleInsider podcast tells the best way to get an...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike talk about new iPhone cameras provided by LG, the top tips for getting an iPhone X, HomeKit and Amazon door locks, and more.

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04:22
Twitter pulls “election tampering” advertising

Official Twitter blog:

Twitter has made the policy decision to off-board advertising from all accounts owned by Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, effective immediately. This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government. We did not come to this decision lightly, and are taking this step now as part of our ongoing commitment to help protect the integrity of the user experience on Twitter.

As the blog mentions, Twitter is taking those funds and redirecting to external research “into the use of Twitter in civic engagement and elections, including use of malicious automation and misinformation, with an initial focus on elections and automation”.

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04:00
Apple posts carrier compatibility specs for upcoming...

As with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants.

While GSM is the standard for most carriers around the globe, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S. still use CDMA. Apple hasn’t shared the iPhone X’s exact cellular specifications on its website, but it has stated that the AT&T and T-Mobile variants will be GSM only and won’t work with Verizon and Sprint.

The company has also announced that all models are unlocked, but that the Verizon and Sprint models will have the most carrier flexibility, until Apple offers a SIM-free version.

As of now, potential buyers can pay on a monthly basis, purchase an iPhone X via Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program or buy the iPhone X outright, paying a bit more for an unlocked iPhone X with no carrier and no contract.

The iPhone X is on schedule for release on Friday, November 3rd and Apple has stated that it will have some stock available at its retail locations,...

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04:00
Apple patent involves the Face ID tech on the iPhone...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170308163) for “user detection by a computing device.” It involves the Face ID feature of the iPhone X.

Apple says FaceID is “even more convenient than Touch ID.” With Face ID, the iPhone X unlocks only when you’re looking at it. It’s designed to resist spoofing by photos or masks. Your facial map is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave. And authentication happens instantly on the device, not in the cloud.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally identifies a person's face, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the identification. In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally determines a gaze location in a user interface, and optionally performs an action in accordance with the determination. 

“In some embodiments, an electronic device optionally designates a user as being present at a sound-playback device in accordance with a determination...

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