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Tuesday January 23

01:45
Murdoch's Sky takeover blocked by UK...

Rupert Murdoch has been blocked by the UK's competition watchdog from completing a full buyout of Sky. The media tycoon, which already owns 21st Century Fox and a range of newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun, launched a &poun...

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01:00
Acer's Spin 11 hybrid Chromebook supports...

You can add Acer's new Spin 11 to the list of Chromebooks to choose from if you're looking for one that can run Android apps. It's a laptop-tablet hybrid/convertible with flexible joints, so you can fold it if you want to use it as a tablet and have...

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00:29
Facebook 'Flicks' last slightly longer...

Facebook has just launched something new, and it's not a product you'll be able to buy or a feature we'll all be able to enjoy. It's a unit of time called "Flicks," which is 1/705600000 of a second. That's slightly longer than a nanosecond, but still...

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Monday January 22

21:21
Supply chain rumors again point to OLED and LCD...




A new report claims Apple is meting out display orders for its next-generation iPhone lineup, which is rumored to include two OLED versions -- 5.8 and 6.5 inches -- and a 6.1-inch LCD variant.

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18:19
Renders imagine future iPhone X w/ smaller notch...

Following a report last week indicating that the new iPhones introduced next year would feature several design improvements, iDropNews has published new renders imagining an iPhone XI with even smaller bezels, as well as a smaller notch…

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17:39
China-based company sues Apple for breach of contract

Another day, another lawsuit. China-based, material producer Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material is suing Apple for breach of contract and demands a jury trial for disagreement with the tech giant over terms of a contract for high purity alumina melt stock, a material used to produce sapphire glass, notes AppleInsider. Such glass is used in some Apple Watch screens, Touch ID fingerprint sensors, and protective covers for rear-facing cameras on iPhones.

Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit by Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material seeks to revoke a current Apple contract and collect damages from the tech giant for an undisclosed breach of contract. If the court determines such action is not possible, Hengbo wants the tech giant to adhere to the original...

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17:05
Apple CEO Tim Cook pops up in Canada to promote...




Following his European tour last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday showed up at an Apple store in Toronto to discuss the importance of coding in education, talk up the company's Swift programming language and visit a few local developers.

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16:48
Intel asks customers to halt patching for chip bug,...

Intel Corp said on Monday that patches it released to address two high-profile security vulnerabilities in its chips are faulty, advising customers, computer makers and cloud providers to stop installing them.

Wow Intel, that is awful.

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16:21
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.4, Microsoft Office 2016 16.9, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.17, Mailplane 3.7.2, Fantastical 2.4.5, Ulysses 12.3, SoundSource 3.0.3, Piezo 1.5.6, 1Password 6.8.6, and Typinator 7.4.

 

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16:21
ExtraBITS for 22 January 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has been hit by a double dose of bad: a new form of DNS hijacking malware that targets the Mac and another crashing link bug for Messages in both macOS and iOS.

 

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16:14
Tim Cook makes surprise appearance at Toronto Apple...

Tim Cook today made his first ever visit to Canada since becoming Apple CEO. As reported by The Globe and Mail, Cook visited a downtown Toronto Apple Store to talk with shoppers and students…

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16:10
Apple's TestFlight increases cellular data...




Apple on Monday updated its TestFlight beta testing app with a few new features including the ability to download app versions up 150MB in size over cellular connections.

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15:38
Apple's sapphire curse strikes again as glass...




Years after a disastrous first foray into sapphire production, Apple's troubles with the super hard glass, or more precisely its manufacturers, continue, as the company on Monday was saddled with a lawsuit from material producer Hebei Hengbo Fine Ceramic Material claiming breach of contract.

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15:08
How to set up Medical ID and customize SOS on iPhone...

iPhone and Apple Watch provide some awesome features when it comes to health and fitness, but they also include important ways to get help in case of an accident, injury, and more. Follow along for how to make sure your Medical ID is set up or up to date, along with how to customize the SOS settings on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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14:56
TestFlight update raises cellular download limit to...

Apple has today pushed an update to its TestFlight beta testing application. This brings the app version to 2.0.1 and includes a handful of new features.

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14:44
Apple employees can earn special Apple Watch band in...




Apple in February will hold its annual fitness challenge for employees, and participants who complete the event with "gold" metrics will net themselves a specially designed Apple Watch band featuring an Activity Rings motif.

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14:43
Netflix expects Apple’s TV shows to be bundled with...

Netflix today announced its fourth quarter results for 2017, reporting $3.29 billion in revenue and 8.33 million additional subscribers. Hidden in the company’s announcement, however, is also acknowledgment that Apple may soon be a major competitor…

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14:28
011: New HomePod details, Apple’s top investigator...

Today we’ve got new details on Apple’s upcoming HomePod smart speaker, Apple’s Director of Worldwide Investigations leaving the company for Facebook, Apple supporting the Malala Fund, and DroneDJ’s scoop on the upcoming DJI Mavic Air.

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14:16
On Rumors of the iPhone X Only Being Produced for...

Mike Wuerthele, writing for AppleInsider (headline: “If iPhone X Demand Is Less Than Expected, Analyst Expects It to Be ‘End of Life’ When Replacements Ship”):

In a research note seen by AppleInsider, KGI securities believes
that Apple will ship around 18 million of the iPhone X in the
first calendar quarter of 2018. Contrary to other predictions
based on the supply chain, KGI says that the iPhone X has not been
as impactful in China as predicted because of the notch holding
the sensors for the device, giving consumers the impression that
there is less usable space than on the iPhone 8 Plus.

KGI also expects a trio of iPhone models in the fall of 2018. He
predicts the iPhone X will be “end of life” in the summer of 2018,
instead of being retained as a lower-cost...

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13:18
Running Microsoft 'Xbox Watch' discovered...




An "Xbox Watch" prototype has been unearthed and brought back to life, showing what Microsoft had in mind for its first, true smart watch after a failed effort in the beginning of the century.

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13:16
External Link: Mysterious DNS Hijacking Malware...

A new piece of Mac malware is making its rounds. OSX/MaMi hijacks macOS’s DNS settings to intercept traffic by routing it through malicious servers. Additional capabilities, which didn’t seem to be active in the version that research Patrick Wardle analyzed, including taking screenshots, generating simulated mouse events, persisting as a launch item, downloading and uploading files, and executing commands. The motive, author, and how OSX/MaMi is spread are currently unknown, and when the Hacker News article was published, antivirus apps weren’t able to detect it. To see if you’re infected, check your DNS settings in System Preferences > Network, and look for the DNS servers 82.163.143.135 and 82.163.142.137.

 

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13:13
Apple creates activity rings-themed watch band for...

Apple Watch fitness lab

Apple is kicking off its second-ever internal activity challenge company wide next month, and this year the competition includes a new prize. Employees who finish the challenge with gold will earn a special nylon Apple Watch band themed after the activity rings that isn’t sold in stores.

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12:38
Feature Request: How Activity Sharing for Apple...

Apple Watch Activity Sharing is a great way to share your fitness progress with friends and stay motivated. The feature lets you easily share completed workouts, achievements, and more with your Apple Watch friends.

Activity Sharing has its limitations, however, and I’m hoping watchOS 5 and iOS 12 can address them with a few changes.

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12:21
Apple World Today News Update: January 22, 2018

It's time to Ragna Rock 'n Roll!

Beat the Monday blues with a few upbeat stories on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast!

  • The new Apple Park campus is so large that the company is making 1,000 bicycles available for employees to get from place to place
  • Drone manufacturer DJI has the same problems Apple does in terms of having new products leaked
  • A developer beta of iOS 11.2.5 shows that HomePod owners will be able to disable Siri when desired
  • A glitch with Movies Anywhere made it possible for some iTunes users to get the movie "Thor:Ragnarok" one month before it's due to be released

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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12:05
'Apple Music for Artists' dashboard beta...




Apple is giving musicians a way to examine the listening habits of their fans, debuting 'Apple Music for Artists' in beta as a dashboard offering data to bands and artists about the performance of their tracks on the streaming service as well as sales through iTunes.

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11:42
Apple launches Apple Music for Artists

Apple has rolled out Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points that provide analytical insight into their fans’ listening and buying habits, reports Billboard.

The article says the initial beta rollout involves a few thousand artists who will test the product and see what adjustments and expansions, if any, should be made. Beta testing is expected to end in the spring with “several million” artists using it with content on the iTunes and Apple Music platforms. Later plans call for a mobile app. 

The Apple Music for Artists’ navigable dashboard’s home page provides artists with their current number of plays, spins, song purchases and album purchases. The user can specify the time period ranging from the past 24 hours to the 2015 launch of Apple Music. An...

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11:20
Screenshots show HomePod customization in Apple...




Early testers of Apple's upcoming HomePod have shared screenshots of customizable settings for the speaker, which will be configured through the iOS Home app. Users will be able to disable features such as "Hey Siri," and the lighted display on top of the unit.

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11:15
Rescue drone saves two boys from drowning on its...

What a great story. I was caught in a small rip when I was in Australia last month and it was all kinds of terrifying.

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11:10
T-Mobile tops OpenSignal network tests as AT&T...

This morning OpenSignal has published its annual report on the four major U.S. carriers. In 2017, the two largest U.S carriers, AT&T and Verizon, unleashed their unlimited data plans, which means all four major carriers now offer an unlimited data plan in some form. But the major two networks are seeing some challenges.

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10:59
Apple’s top leak investigator departs for Facebook,...

Apple’s top investigator Lee Freedman has departed the company for a new role at Facebook. Freedman previously served as the Director of Worldwide Investigations at Apple.

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10:40
iTunes Snafu Made 'Thor: Ragnarok'...

An anonymous reader shares a report: When you check out the 'Thor: Ragnarok' page on iTunes, it says pre-orders of digital copies are expected to arrive on February 20th. But as TorrentFreak reports, some people got their hands on the Marvel film about a month early due to some sort of snafu with iTunes and Movies Anywhere. According to TorrentFreak, a Reddit user said in a now-deleted post that their legal purchase of the film on Vudu landed them an iTunes copy of it the next day. "I pre-ordered Thor Ragnarok on Vudu yesterday and it links it to my iTunes also. But curiously it showed up in my iTunes library this morning (pre-orders shouldn't). And now I can watch the full movie in HD," they wrote. "I obviously downloaded it right away. I know its supposed to come out February 20th." Others then responded that going that same purchase route made the movie available to them in iTunes as well.

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10:29
DJI 'Mavic Air' drone leak ahead of launch...




A drone expected to be released by DJI on Tuesday has reportedly leaked ahead of its public unveiling, with alleged images and specifications said to reveal the 'Mavic Air' as a smaller and lighter drone compared to the Mavic Pro, while still offering 4K resolution video and similar functionality to its predecessor.

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10:24
Spotify Limited & Apple Records

It’s hard to argue with the logic. It’s just a matter of time.

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10:23
iTunes mishap allowed some users to snatch ‘Thor:...

The iTunes page for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ says that the film will be available on 20 February. However, due to a mishap, a small amount of users were able to snatch the film nearly a month early, according to TorrentFreak.

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10:17
Apple teams with Malala Fund to support girls’...

A very worthy cause but why stop at 12 years of education? If finishing high school is important, isn’t a college education just as important?

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10:13
By Odin's beard! Marvel's 'Thor:...




The hit Marvel Studios film "Thor: Ragnarok" isn't scheduled to get a digital release until Feb. 20. But some lucky customers received an early download of the blockbuster, thanks to a glitch in iTunes.

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09:56
Apple makes the AI STOXX Global Artificial...

German stock exchange operator Deutsche Boerse has launched the AI STOXX Global Artificial Intelligence Index, which uses an algorithm to select 200 companies that are early AI innovators. Not surprisingly, Apple is on the list. 

Deutsche Boerse says it’s found a way to identify AI-related patent filings to select the 200 companies that compose the index. The patents are an early indicator of AI innovators and the index, the first of its kind, will help index-tracking funds interested in companies focused on artificial intelligence, the stock exchange operator added.

Apple has applied for...

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09:49
‘Apple Music for Artists’ debuts as a new analytics...

Apple has released a new dashboard specifically for musicians called Apple Music for Artists. The new dashboard has been created to give “deep analytical insight” about fans’ buying and listening habits.

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09:29
HomePod settings interface, volume controls, more...

Leading up to the much-anticipated launch of HomePod, Apple’s first entry into the smart speaker space, many details about the device have continued to trickle out. Today, new images from employees testing the HomePod in France reveal how you’ll manage the speaker’s settings.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $100 off iPad Pro, Apple Watch...

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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09:25
iPhone 8 outsold iPhone X in Apple's holiday...




Apple's active shipping of eight iPhone models during the holiday season has led to some interesting data, with the fall 2017 releases outselling older models nearly two to one.

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09:24
Gboard for iOS adds built-in GIF creator tool...

Over the weekend, Google’s Gboard for iOS began rolling out a handy tool for creating GIFs right from the keyboard. Based on Motion Stills, users can create animations with a variety of effects, with quick access to them in the future.

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09:21
How ‘Cops’ became the most polarizing reality TV...

It’s a show I’ve never watched much of but its longevity certainly raises some interesting questions.

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09:15
Deals: $600-$1,000 off 15" MacBook Pros; DJI...




Gearing up for the big game? This week, save up to $2,700 on Ultra HD TVs just in time for the Super Bowl. Plus, pair your new set with the Apple TV 4K, which is now $10 off. Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pros are also on sale with prices starting at $1,799, and DJI's Phantom 4 Advanced is $330 off today only. All with free delivery and no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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09:00
GoPro Fusion: Full review of the new 360° VR action...

I’m a very avid VR photographer who started by taking 360° spherical photos with iPhone apps, then moved to an iPhone-controlled Ricoh Theta S camera a few years ago. The photos and videos I have taken are quite popular; as a Google Street View photographer I have 10.8 million views! But as a photographer I always strive to improve my imagery, and the Theta S had two issues — first, images always seemed to be low resolution and grainy, and second, in bright sunlight there’s always a bright purple-red lens flare. The quest for better 360° photos led me to the new GoPro Fusion (US$699.99).

GoPro Fusion 360° Action Camera. Photo © 2018, Steven Sande

About 360° VR Photography

To start with, let me explain what I mean when I’m talking about 360° VR photography. VR cameras can take photos one of two...

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08:36
Skip the space gray Magic Trackpad 2 with your iMac...

A few weeks ago I purchased a base model iMac Pro in store, so of course it came without a space gray Magic Trackpad 2. In my excitement to get the new machine, I totally forgot about the Magic Trackpad 2, and it didn’t fully dawn on me until later that there was no real way to acquire one from Apple after purchase.

In fact, Apple explicitly states on its website that space gray accessories [including the Magic Trackpad 2] are available only at the time of your iMac Pro purchase. So what’s a person who bought an iMac Pro without a Magic Trackpad 2 supposed to do? Does it mean that you’ll have to go through the annoying process of returning it and buying it again online in order to get one? Apple’s excellent customer support may be able to help… more…

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08:20
CARROT Weather Predicts Cloudy with a Chance of Snark

CARROT Weather’s AI would kill you if it could, but since it can’t, it instead provides accurate and attractive weather forecasts. Josh Centers explains why CARROT Weather has become his favorite weather app.

 

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07:49
Sphero slashes 45 jobs, pivots to educational market...




Sphero, the producer of iPhone-controlled toys and programmable robots, has laid off a number of its staff following reportedly lackluster sales over the holiday period, with the firm intending to realign itself more towards the educational robotics market.

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07:43
Logic Pros Review: Apogee’s next generation...

Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… more…

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07:32
Pixelmator Pro adds new cropping features alongside...

The Pixelmator team has today released an important update to Pixelmator Pro (currently $60), adding new cropping abilities that didn’t quite make the cut for the 1.0 release. Other changes include tweaks to selection and text tools and many more bug fixes. Pixelmator Pro is available exclusively in the Mac App Store.

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07:29
CIRP: 2017 models comprised 61% of the year’s iPhone...

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X comprised about 61% of iPhone sales in the U.S. according to a new consumer study from CIRP — as noted by 9to5Mac. That sounds good, but it’s lower than the 72% share iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus took in the same quarter in 2017.

From October to December 2017, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for about a quarter of sales in the US as reported by CIRP. The 6s and 6s Plus held an 8% share. The SE sold about as much as the 6s series in the same period despite no update.

The CIRP study analyzes product mix within the iPhone range. As noted by 9t5Mac, it doesn’t comment on total iPhones sold in the U.S., which other reports have claimed are on the weaker side.

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07:24
Comment: Nokia scale shows us a third risk of today’...

Buying a gadget can be a risky business these days. We’ve already seen two ways things can go wrong. The first and most obvious is when a company takes your money and then goes bust before it can deliver. Otto locks was just one recent example – crowdfunding sites are littered with others.

A second risk is a company discontinuing support for a gadget that relies on an app or a server. When the app is discontinued, or the server goes offline, you can be left with a useless hunk of metal. A recent example of that was Logitech discontinuing its Harmony Link remotes, informing owners that the products ‘will no longer function’ beyond March 16 of this year. (Consumer and media pressure did at least result in...

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07:21
Analyst: iPhone X gives Apple two years’ advantage...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo says the iPhone X, though not selling as well as expected, has been a "strategic success" for Apple due to long-term competitive advantages such as Face ID and the TrueDepth cameras.

He explains that the 3D sensing capabilities in the high-end smartphone will pave the way for more advanced augmented reality and artificial intelligence applications. Kuo also believes that, though copycats will be in “full effect” in 2018 to implement their own versions of Face ID, Apple's technical advantages give it up two years’ advantage over the competition.

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07:14
How about a curved iMac with a Surround Sound system?

In 2014 Samsung announced the ATIV One 7 Curved (in the first image below), the first curved all-in-one computer. I don’t think the model sold particularly well. However, I’d love to see this idea incorporated into an iMac because I have no doubt that Apple could do a better implementation.

At the time of its release, Samsung had this to say about the curved design of the Samsung ATIV One 7 — which sold for $1,299: It offers a unique entertainment perspective and realistically immersive gaming experience. It draws users in and brings details to life on the Full HD panel, while the 4000R curvature makes the screen feel even larger than its already ample 27-inches.

While I think curved TVs from Samsung and other companies are a gimmick, a curved screen on a desktop computer makes more sense. The upside of such a screen (such as immersion and less glare) are more obvious when you're sitting right up against it instead of looking at it from six feet away on your...

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07:07
iPhone X seen as 'strategic success' for...




Fretting over iPhone X sales data is a fool's errand, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes, as he told investors on Monday that the premium-priced handset is a key strategic move for the company, positioning it far ahead of competitors for years to come.

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07:00
∞ Woman runs through landscape of iconic album...

This ad (embedded in the main Loop post) ran last year, but I just encountered it this weekend, thought it worth sharing.

I feel like the days of iconic album covers are all in the past. It’s not that the covers are any less creative, it’s more that I tend to get my music via links or as part of crafted playlists.

At the same time, album art went from 12″ album covers, to less than 5″ for a CD cover, down the the tiny thumbnails we have today.

No matter, enjoy the ad.

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06:51
Elbi philanthropy app now supports Apple Pay

The Elbi philanthropy app now supports Apple Pay. The app “brings together people, brands and charities to make philanthropy simple and rewarding.” Now users can make $1 micro-donations with Apple’s mobile payment system.

Elrid was created by model Natalia Vodianova (pictured) to allow users to “love” charities and causes. In return for micro donations, users receive "LoveCoins" that can be redeemed for items including Beats by Dre products.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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06:39
Apple Pay donations now accepted in philanthropic...

Apple Pay is now an accepted form of payment for donations made through Elbi. The philanthropic app created by model Natalia Vodianova lets users “love” charities and causes which prompts micro donations.

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06:30
Spoiler: DJI Mavic Air revealed a day early with 4K...

From DroneDJ

Today we discovered the first photos and specifications of the DJI Mavic Air drone which will be officially released tomorrow morning at a special DJI event in New York City. Some of the main features of this new unmanned aerial vehicle from DJI are 4K video, 32-megapixel camera, and 4 foldable legs…

Click over to DroneDJ for the rest 

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06:24
Free augmented reality apps that are actually useful

The VeeR VR Blog has rounded up the “Top Free Augmented Reality Apple That Are Actually Useful". In this article, The VR bloggers include different kinds of AR apps that they’ve tried.

“Augmented reality has made our life so much easier in respect to acquiring information, gaining new knowledge, and sometimes completely changing the way of how we live,” writes Mina Bradley for VeeR VR Blog. “If you haven’t tried these apps we list, you’re missing out.”

Read the article for complete details. However, the apps recommended are Quartz (pictured above), Chalk, TapMeasure, JigSpace, Drops, Standland, Night Sky, and Math Ninja.

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06:22
VPN Unlimited protects your online activity with a...

Now through Tuesday night, 9to5Specials is offering a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $18 when promo code VPN18 is applied during checkout. Originally $50, but typically going for $40, today’s deal is over 50% off. Subscribing to VPN Unlimited delivers a secure connection over public or private Wi-Fi, the ability to bypass geolocation restrictions, and dedicated 24/7 support. Better yet, VPN Unlimited just added support for Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer, which is great for accessing locked content.

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06:11
Apple partners with Malala Fund to provide...




Apple has pledged support to the Malala Fund, the organization led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, with the assistance expected to increase the Fund's impact in providing education to girls living in developing countries, including new programs in India and Latin America.

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06:06
Report: iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X accounted for 61% of...

Apple’s new 2017 iPhone models – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X – made up for about 61% of iPhone sales in the United States, according to a new consumer study from CIRP. This is lower than the 72% share iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus took in the same quarter a year ago.

Comparisons to the 2016 cycle are difficult due to the staggered debut of the (higher priced) iPhone X in November, but it seems like older iPhone models sold better than usual during the holiday season.

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06:06
Agenda is a new note-taking app for macOS

Momenta B.V. has introduced Agenda, its debut application for macOS (10.12 and higher). Agenda is a date-focused note taking app for planning and documenting projects. 

The app is made available under an interesting sales model: it’s free to use with no time restrictions, but an in-app purchase will permanently unlock all premium features released in the coming year. With Agenda, you group notes for each project into a timeline. 

Notes can be manually ordered in the timeline, or given a date. They can also be coupled to events in the Calendar app.

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05:46
Asset icons pulled from iOS beta show muted HomePod...




Delves through iOS beta firmware released on Friday has revealed some HomePod iconography, showing an Apple TV, assorted environmental icons probably for HomeKit, a muted microphone icon associated with the HomePod, and other graphics associated with use and setup of Apple's Siri speaker.

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04:02
3D printers could let you produce your own drugs

You might imagine that drug production only happens at gigantic pharma corporations with millions of dollars worth of equipment. However, researchers at the University of Glasgow have unveiled a new process of building "reactionware," or small reacto...

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03:40
FilmStruck's alternative streaming service is...

A movie streaming service backed by Warner Bros. and Turner is launching in the UK in the "coming weeks," the pair have announced. FilmStruck has been lighting up screens in the US since late 2016, and will arrive across the pond with a slightly diff...

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03:01
The Morning After: Nike's PlayStation sneakers...

Hey, good morning!

Welcome back to the week. Playboy demonstrates once again that it doesn't understand the internet, Nike and PlayStation come together in a sneaker and Amazon's checkout-free store opens to the public this week.

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01:20
Apple may be close to launching its HomePod speaker

Apple's HomePod has been sitting in limbo for the better part of a year, but a few new clues suggest that it's on the cusp of launching -- and hint at what it can do. To begin with, the HomePod recently received FCC approval. The filing itself does...

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Sunday January 21

23:04
Sphero cuts jobs and refocuses on education

Sphero was supposed to have a banner holiday with a slew of toys themed around Star Wars, Cars 3 and Spider-Man on top of its own self-branded creations. However, things turned out very differently. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it rec...

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20:58
Rocket Lab reaches orbit for the first time

Rocket Lab has reached orbit for the first time, even though it's only the private space company's second flight. Even more impressive? The test mission, dubbed "Still Testing," had three customer satellites in tow: one is an Earth-imaging satellite,...

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Tuesday January 13

15:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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12:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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12:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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12:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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10:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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09:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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09:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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09:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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09:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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08:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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08:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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07:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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07:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
06:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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04:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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03:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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01:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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Monday January 12

23:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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19:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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15:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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13:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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11:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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10:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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10:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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09:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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08:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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07:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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06:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
01:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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