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Wednesday March 1

Apple Daily Report for March 1, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Target this week instructed its stores to return a number of iPhone SE models to Apple by today, March 1, according to a company memo obtained by MacRumors. iPhone SE devices that are to be returned include six unlocked 16GB and 64GB models in Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, and Space Gray, and two Sprint models. 

Apple has implemented carrier billing in Italy, Austria, and Singapore, allowing some people in those countries to charge iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music expenses to their phone bill instead of a credit card.


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Notable apps and app updates for March 1, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

PlayToddlers has launched Sweet Home Stories 1.0. The free educational doll house game allows children aged 2 to 8 to join a family of six characters in their day-to-day life at their house. Every room is an exploring adventure itself, filled with hundreds of interactive objects and dozens of activities.

macOS Apps/Updates

BinaryNights has released Forklift 3.0, an update to their file manager and file transfer utility for macOS (10.11 and higher). The tool allows Mac users to connect and manage their files via FTP, SFTP, WebDAV and more. 

Forklift offers a way to remotely sync, preview, and edit files....

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Spotify app prompts hint at $20 lossless audio...

Spotify is testing out the pricing for a new service providing lossless audio streams, with reports claiming a prompt for "Spotify Hi-Fi" offers the higher quality audio tracks and other benefits to subscribers, in exchange for a higher monthly fee.

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Google's Chromebook Pixel ends up another F for...

In a meeting with journalists at Mobile World Congress, Google's senior Vice President of hardware Rick Osterloh reportedly described the "end of the line" for the company's premium notebook bearing the Pixel brand, after shipping just two editions of the product since 2013.

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US federal appeals court tosses $533M Smartflash...

A U.S. federal appeals court on Wednesday tossed a $533 million verdict in favor of patent holder Smartflash, which in an earlier court battle had argued that Apple violated its data storage concepts by way of iTunes.

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Murderball is the toughest sport you’ve never heard...

You probably know it as “wheelchair rugby” but that name doesn’t do it justice. It really can be awfully, wonderfully brutal.

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iMac Deals: Save $145 to $275 on 27-inch iMac 5K...

In the market for a new iMac? Readers this week can save $145 to $275 on current-generation 27-inch iMac 5Ks (Late 2015) paired with AppleCare extended protection plans. Or take $145 to $245 off 21.5-inch iMac 4Ks bundled with AppleCare. Apple's 21" iMac HD line is also up to $170 off with our exclusive coupon -- all with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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AAPL beats $140 per share in mid-day trading, inches...

Apple's stock price on Wednesday afternoon broke $140 per share and is only a few dollars short of both a pre-split $1000 valuation and breaking the company's previous market capitalization record of $774.69 billion set in 2015.

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Microsoft adds Google Calendar & Contacts...

Microsoft on Wednesday launched preliminary support for Google Calendar and Contacts data in Office 2016 for the Mac, filling in a significant gap in the email and scheduling app. Along the same lines, Gmail accounts can now make better use of Outlook features.

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Appeals court rules in Apple’s favor in iTunes...

A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents.

Not only did they win the appeal, the judge said the patents should have been ruled invalid.

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Spotify is launching a Hi-Fi lossless audio tier...

Spotify is now trying to lure the audiophiles.

According to The Verge, a few Spotify users have started seeing prompts on the app to upgrade to Spotify Hi-Fi, a new premium tier offering lossless audio quality. In addition, Spotify Hi-Fi could offer one free vinyl record and other discounts on limited-edition vinyls. Spotify is testing the price for the service, which will be either $5 to $10 extra on top of the $10-a-month subscription to Spotify Premium.

Spotify has not confirmed when or if its Hi-Fi tier will eventually be rolled out as an official option to all users. When people who got the prompt tried to upgrade they received an error message or were told that the service was not yet available in their area, signaling that Spotify could just be testing whether there's enough interest and what the right price point should be.

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Court throws out $533 million verdict against Apple...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made a decision today to throw out the verdict of a two-year old legal case against Apple based on data storage patents. The original verdict reached by a Texas jury stuck Apple with $533 million in damages.


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As Apple invests heavily in AR, Microsoft plans...

Microsoft apparently sees the same market potential for augmented and virtual reality as Apple CEO Tim Cook, and will include support for "mixed reality" in future Windows and Xbox updates in conjunction with future headsets heralded by the new Mixed Reality Development Edition headset.

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The tale of the Tommy Gun

I loved old gangster movies as a kid (and even still) and you always saw the bad guys with a Tommy Gun. I had no idea of the history behind it.

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Google Meet video conferencing app goes live on iOS...

A new video conferencing service for business users from Google called Meet has partially gone live before an official launch, with an iOS app for the enterprise-focused meeting tool briefly appearing in the App Store before being pulled.

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Peugeot concept learns from your IoT gear to improve...

While the Geneva Motor Show is just days away, Peugeot didn't wait for the festivities in Switzerland to debut its latest concept. Instead, the automaker revealed an autonomous car here at Mobile World Congress. Dubbed the Instinct Concept, the vehic...

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Why some cars have gas tank fillers on the left or...

This is one of those things you don’t think about but, when it gets explained, makes a lot of sense.

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The Oculus Rift and Touch bundle is now $200 cheaper

We're just a few weeks away from the one-year anniversary of Oculus shipping the Rift to consumers, so now would be a good time for the company to drop some news. And here it is. Starting today, Oculus will begin selling Rift and Touch bundles on its...

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Uber CEO gets in argument with driver

Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Travis Kalanick on Tuesday said it was time for him to “grow up” and get help after a video was published showing him getting into an argument with a driver for the ride service who complained about pay rates.

Uber has certainly been in the hot seat of late.

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Apple brings carrier billing to Italy, Austria...

Apple this week turned on carrier billing in Italy, Austria, and Singapore, allowing some people in those countries to charge iTunes, iBooks, App Store, or Apple Music expenses to their phone bill instead of a credit card.

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'MindGamers' clip shows off the dangers of...

The upcoming science fiction film MindGamers has an intriguing hook: 1,000 audience members are going to wear cognitive headbands to monitor their brain activity during a screening. And when it's over, researchers will go over the results of the "mas...

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Pad & Quill’s Leather Apple Pencil Grip

This is truly one of those Apple Pencil accessories you never knew you needed until you see it in action. No more hunting for lost lightning caps, that pesky charging cap stays put, even when plugged in. No more rolling away from you when you set it down or storage difficulties, the custom pen clip keeps your Apple Pencil in place on the table and in the pocket. And no more slippery fingers, the leather grip provides a sturdy tactile feel while letting you be as precise as you want.

I do love Pad & Quill’s products.

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Lego is making a ‘Women of NASA’ set designed by fans

This is pretty cool. Congratulations to the women honoured and to Lego for creating this set.

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The surprising history of Canada’s most iconic...

Try naming an iconic Canadian designer. You can’t? Here are three: Allan Fleming, who created the Canadian National Railway logo. Georges Huel, the guy behind the symbol for the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. And Burton Kramer, whose work includes branding the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

I’m embarrassed to say, but I couldn’t have named three designers.

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USB-C Port, Curved Display Top Latest iPhone Rumor...

Apple poked a hornet's nest when it removed the standard headphone jack from the iPhone 7. It may do it again by replacing the Lightning port with USB-C in the next iPhone. The Lightning port, introduced in 2012, is used to charge and connect accessories to the iPhone, but Apple reportedly plans to swap it for USB-C, which the company has been introducing into its computer lines. "It would be a bold step for Apple, because it would mean Apple would be dependent on the advance of the USB-C standard," said IHS Markit Senior Director Ian Fogg.

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How to find and watch Facebook Live streaming video...

I’m not a heavy Facebook user but I can see how this could be very popular among those who like watching videos on and from the site.

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Epic Games shows the potential of high-end augmented...

Epic Games has a reputation for bringing bizarre demos to its GDC keynotes. The company loves to show developers what Unreal Engine can do, not just in gaming but other genres as well. As such, Epic Games has now demoed "Project Raven," which makes i...

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Microsoft bringing Google Calendar and Contact...

Microsoft announced today that it plans to bring Google Calendar and Contacts support to Outlook 2016 for Mac later this year. Outlook for Mac already works with Gmail accounts for managing email, but this update will mark the first time Gmail users can manage contact databases and calendar entries using Microsoft’s software.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk 128GB Flash Drive $25...

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Prisma lets you create your own photo filters

If you like to use filters in photo apps, you've probably had that moment where the available filters weren't quite what you were looking for. Wouldn't it be nice if you could craft your own? Prisma thinks so. It's updating its service with an option...

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Nobody Likes Uber Anymore, Recent Reviews and...

Alison Griswold, writing for Quartz: The public is not happy with Uber. Incensed by allegations of sexism and harassment in the company's corporate halls, people are once again #deleting Uber, while one-star ratings and withering critiques of its service are piling up in Apple's iOS App Store. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 22, Uber accumulated 4,479 one-star reviews from US users in the iOS App Store, according to data from analytics firm App Annie (the highest possible rating is five stars). Several of the most recent reviews cite the horrifying and explosive account of sexual harassment published by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler over the weekend. "Was harassed and scammed by an Uber driver for two hours in the car," reviewer "Jorwl" wrote on Feb. 20. But far more reviewers have another gripe: Uber's apparent disregard for user privacy. The monthly volume of one-star ratings for Uber in the App Store first spiked last November, after the company redesigned its app and infringed on...

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Nintendo finally gives us a glimpse at the Switch...

The launch of Nintendo's very hyped (and very strange) Switch is only a couple of days away. And we're only just now getting our first look at its digital storefront the Switch eShop. If you've touched an electronic device at all in the last few year...

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Netflix teases its Brad Pitt film 'War Machine...

If it wasn't already clear that Netflix has enough clout to get the biggest names in entertainment, it is now. The streaming service has posted its first teaser for War Machine, a satire of the war in Afghanistan starring a slew of major actors inclu...

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Watch Epic Games' GDC 2017 keynote right here!

Unity already had its moment at GDC 2017, and now it's Epic Games' turn to take the stage in San Francisco. The company's "State of Unreal" keynote will be presented by founder Tim Sweeney, who is expected to share new developments around the Unreal...

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With rumors of a 128GB model swirling, Target...

U.S. retailer Target is allegedly telling its stores to return some iPhone SE units to Apple, a report claimed on Wednesday, ahead of a March press event in which the company could announce a new high-capacity 128-gigabyte model.

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Apple expands mobile phone billing for App Store and...

Apple has slowly been expanding mobile phone billing (or carrier billing) to additional countries, and three more have been added to the short list of supported countries this week. Customers in Austria, Italy, and Singapore can now use mobile phone billing with select carriers where available.


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External Link: YouTube TV to Offer Another...

Google will soon be competing with the likes of Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV NOW. Set to debut within a few months in a new standalone app, the $35-per-month YouTube TV service will feature about three dozen channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as cable stalwarts like ESPN and Fox News. Google says the service will be designed primarily for mobile but will also work with computers and its Chromecast streaming devices. It’s slated to have a cloud-based DVR with unlimited storage and a Google AI-powered recommendation system. We’re guessing YouTube TV will be limited to U.S. viewers, but no details on international possibilities were mentioned.


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Google unveils 'Meet,' a Hangouts app for...

Google has quietly unveiled Meet by Google Hangouts, a big part of its strategy to shuffle the Hangouts app towards businesses and away from consumers. While it hasn't made a formal announcement, it launched an iOS app and partially-functional websit...

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YouTube is entering the cable cord-cutter business

This might be a good deal for some but no CBS, MTV, Comedy Central and the other channels from Time Warner and Viacom might be a dealbreaker for many.

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OverSight mic and webcam monitor

It’s free and offers a little piece of mind for the paranoid among us.

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'Please Knock on My Door' is a digital...

At first, depression doesn't sound like the most thrilling topic to explore in a video game. It's antithetical to the boisterous, action-packed, neon-tinted tone that generally dominates the industry -- but that doesn't mean depression doesn't make f...

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Beefed-up Twitter abuse tools let you silence those...

Twitter's escalating its fight against abusive behavior once again by introducing new tools and officially announcing older ones

The company confirmed that it’s taking punitive actions against harassers, which were spotted in the wild earlier in February. When Twitter’s algorithms discover an abusive tweeter, the company will temporarily reduce that person’s reach. Anyone who doesn’t follow that user won’t be able to see their tweets for a set cool down period, such as 12 hours.

If anyone feels they get hit with a reach limit when they shouldn’t, Twitter asks for patience. “We aim to only act on accounts when we’re confident...[are]..abusive. Since these tools are new we will sometimes make mistakes, but know that we are actively working to improve and iterate on them everyday,” the company said in a...

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Netflix encoding tool aims to retain video quality...

Netflix is attempting to try and make its video streaming service accessible to its subscribers through lower-bandwidth connections, as well as minimizing buffering, with a new Dynamic Optimizer tool.

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The hunt for Windows Phone

MWC -- the world's biggest phone show -- is happening all around me. Nearly every new phone that's been announced here in Barcelona is Android-powered, while the ever-influential iPhone keeps other halls filled with cases, add-ons and every color of...

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Pizza Hut's smart shoes will order a pie for you

Pizza Hut is no stranger to using tech as a promo tool, but its latest may be particularly appealing if you're looking for new footwear. It just unveiled a pair of Bluetooth shoes, Pie Tops (yes, we know), that order a large pizza for you at the pres...

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Facebook testing AI that helps spot suicidal users

Facebook has unveiled new tools to help prevent suicides, pointing out that they happen every 40 seconds worldwide and are the second leading cause of death for young people. While it already has self-harm prevention features, they rely on users to s...

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External Link: Apple Kicks Provisioning Profile...

Provisioning profiles have been expiring recently, causing popular apps like 1Password and PDFpen to stop working suddenly. Apple has “solved” this problem by making it so that Developer ID provisioning profiles generated after 22 February 2017 will be valid for a whopping 18 years, regardless of the expiration date of the associated certificate! That puts the problem off for so long that only institutions and individuals trying to keep historical systems functional will be likely to suffer. After all, some of us still have decades-old Macs that can run software of the 1990s without difficulty.


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Survivor's guide to taxes: The best tax...

Tax Day 2017 falls on Tuesday, April 18 this year, and although taxpayers get a few extra days to file, you'll need the right tools to get the job done. AppleInsider is rounding up the best tax prep software and filing tools to not only meet, but beat the deadline.

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New Galaxy S8 leak shows high-quality render of...

The latest leak of the Samsung Galaxy S8 offers what may be the clearest view yet of the phone, which will apparently beat Apple's "iPhone 8" to the punch in combining a curved edge-to-edge OLED display with no physical home button.

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BioLite's new off-the-grid gear doubles down on...

BioLite released most of its 2017 product line today, spearheaded by the new and improved CampStove 2. All the products share common design features, centered around either battery improvements, expanded lighting possibilities, or both. Along with th...

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Aol starts to shut down third-party AIM apps

Aol has revealed that it will soon block third-party apps from accessing its aging AIM messenger service. According to reports from 9To5Mac, the internet provider has notified Adium users that the app will stop functioning on March 28th. So far, Adiu...

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How to find and watch Facebook Live streaming video...

Facebook has recently launched its Videos app for the Apple TV, providing shared videos to users freed from most of the commentary the social network provides -- AppleInsider examines the offering.

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Smartphone volumes expected to rebound this year

Coming off the smartphone market's lowest year-over-year growth of 2.5% in 2016, a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker shows worldwide smartphone shipments rebounding in 2017 and beyond. 

While growth is expected to remain in the low single digits, the research group predicts shipment volumes to grow 4.2% in 2017 and 4.4% in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% over the 2016-2021 forecast. Shipments are forecast to reach 1.53 billion units in 2017 and grow to 1.77 billion in 2021.

From a platform perspective, IDC doesn't expect much change throughout the forecast with Android accounting for roughly 85% of smartphone shipments and Apple making up the rest. The outlook for Microsoft-based smartphones remains virtually nonexistent given the lack of...

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Twitter app adding new features to tackle trolls,...

As part of an ongoing effort to tackle abuse and offensive users, Twitter is adding some new muting features to its apps.

Similar to what has been offered by third-party Twitter clients for sometime, users will be able to hide tweets from specific users or tweets that contain certain keywords from ever appearing in their timeline …


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Nokia got better at Android phones, fast

In case you forgot, Nokia's new 6, 5 and 3 aren't actually the company's first Android devices. Many years ago, it made a mistake the Nokia X. It wasn't really aimed at western markets and (if you ever got to play with one), it wasn't really all that...

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Feature Request: Add a bar tab/restaurant bill...

Bar tabs are one of those conveniences that can sometimes feel like they’re more trouble than they’re worth. In theory, it’s super convenient to hand over your card at the beginning of the evening, allow anyone in a group to order by quoting a tab number or waving a bar card, then settle up at the end of the night.

In practice, though, there are drawbacks – not least, security. You are leaving your card unattended and out of sight for what may be hours. It would take just seconds for any of the bar staff to slip it out of its slot, photograph both sides and then have all your card details, including the three-digit security number.

There’s also the hassle factor of paying at the end of the evening – usually at the same time everyone else is trying to do the same thing. Mastercard has come up with an interesting solution to both problems through an app, and it’s an approach I’d love to see offered in Apple...

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New Settings UI for Ethernet connectivity available...

iOS has long been able to accommodate Ethernet connectivity, but up until recently, the OS has lacked any real UI related to such connections. In iOS 10.2, Apple has added configurable Ethernet-specific UI to the Settings app. When connecting a compatible Ethernet adapter via something like Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera adapter, an Ethernet preference panel will automatically appear below the Wi-Fi section in the Settings app.


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Netflix learned how to stream good video on bad...

This morning, a gaggle of journalists and I huddled around a table full of smartphones, watching a clip from Netflix's Stranger Things. There was plenty of grain and blockiness to be sure, but it was sufficiently -- even perfectly -- watchable. The k...

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QuarkXPress 2017 coming in the second quarter of the...

Quark has announced QuarkXPress 2017, the next major release of the company’s graphic design and layout software for professional print and digital production. It’s due in the second quarter of this year.

Designers can look forward to the addition of even more wish list features, enhanced text and typography functionality, new graphics and image editing capabilities, continued digital publishing innovation, and Quark’s lifetime licensing model, according to Matthias Guenther, director of the QuarkXPress Business Unit. The new features and functionality designers will find in QuarkXPress 2017 fall into four major categories: images and vectors, typography and text, customer wish list items, and digital publishing. 

QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017 support the newest three operating systems from both macOS and Windows. On the Mac platform, it supports macOS 10.10 and higher.

QuarkXPress 2017 is officially available...

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Apple supplier Foxconn 'very serious'...

The chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn declared Wednesday that he is "very serious" about bidding for Toshiba's memory chip business, which could potentially guarantee supplies for products like iPhones and consolidate Foxconn's position as a primary Apple manufacturer.

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Facebook turns to artificial intelligence to help...

Facebook is using a combination of pattern recognition, live chat support from crisis support organizations and other tools to prevent suicide, with a focus on its Live service.

There is one death by suicide every 40 seconds and over 800,000 people kill themselves every year, according to the World Health Organization. “Facebook is in a unique position—through friendships on the site—to help connect a person in distress with people who can support them,” the company said Wednesday.

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macOS and iOS market share both down in February

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS was down in February.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.19% of the global market share in February, down from from 6.32% percent in January (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 91.76% as of February.

iOS had 29.55% of the mobile operating system market share in February, up from 32.03% in January. This compares to 66.71% for Android, 1.481% for Windows Phone, and 1.09% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that...

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Want an action camera that's also a watch?

Back in the days of Google Glass, people balked at the idea that people could, or should, walk around with a camera on their face. Spacemap wants to see if there's similar hostility to those folks who are effectively carrying an action camera on thei...

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Nintendo Switch review: revolutionary, but it still...

There's a certain magic in the air ahead of a console launch. Unlike with phones and other gadgets, we don't see new game systems very often, so each new release feels momentous. That's particularly true for Nintendo, a company that's been striving t...

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Twitter offers more controls for muting abusers

Twitter's attempt at automatically fighting abuse hasn't worked flawlessly. However, you might not mind the missteps quite so much now that it's implementing some (arguably overdue) improvements to both mute controls and abuse report feedback in its...

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Apple launches limited time promo for Apple Pay...

Apple has activated a two month-long Apple Pay promotion offering cash back, points and more to users of its digital payments service, just in time to take advantage of six new supporting card issuers, reports Japanese blog Ata Distance — as noted by AppleInsider.

Apple has posted a dedicated webpage for its "New Life" campaign. Customers using a variety of company-issued credit cards between March 1 and April 30 can see benefits like cash back on purchases and special store rewards. 

Apple Pay is currently available in 13 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and...

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Apple places 20th on the 2017 list of the top...

Apple has placed 20th on the 2017 Global RepTrak 100, a list of the top companies with the best reputation in the world, as determined by the Reputation Institute, a proper of stakeholder measurement, membership and management services. 

The company dropped 10 places from 2016. Apple’s ranking has been falling since it finished in the No. 2 spot in 2011, 

Based on over 170,000 ratings collected in the first quarter of 2017, the survey is the largest corporate reputation study of its kind, and includes comparative ratings, trends by demographic cuts, and “unique insights into which companies are best regarded by stakeholders as well as what drives trust and supportive behaviors such as willingness to purchase a company’s products, recommend the brand, invest in or even work for the company.”

The top 10 companies in RI’s 2017 Global RepTrak 100 are: Rolex, LEGO Group, The Walt Disney Company, Canon...

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BTIG analyst predicts significant growth for Apple...

Apple appears to be the darling of analysts at the moment. A week after one analyst opined that the company ‘has Samsung on the ropes like never before,’ investment bank and brokerage company BTIG has raised its price target for the stock from $133 to $165. At the time of writing, the stock is trading at $136.99.

BTIG says that it is basing the large boost in valuation on anticipated growth in both 2017 and 2018, as well as the potential for new product categories …


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Mastercard app enables credit-card-free bar tabs

One of the most worrying things about going to a bar is the possibility that the credit card you handed over to open your tab with might get skimmed, or worse, stolen. Mastercard has a new digital payment tool that will let you open a bar tab through...

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Rumor: Apple tasking 1,000+ engineers on augmented...

When you task more than 1,000 engineers towards something, odds are it’ll get done.

A UBS research note states that Apple is believed to have more than 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality project, and that the company’s first AR offering may be seen in the iPhone 8.

A group of sources has stated that Apple may over over 1,000 engineers working on an AR-related project in Israel. The project may include “moderate 3D mapping … and possibly an AR software development kit,” according to the note.

The statement is also consistent with a previous rumor noted by KGI that

The note is consistent with a KGI one stating that the iPhone 8 will include a ‘revolutionary‘ camera able to sense 3D space …

That report suggested that the new camera would be used for facial recognition and to create ‘3D selfies’ which can be used as avatars in augmented reality games.

KGI last year suggested that Apple will get a 3-5 year lead in AR, as the...

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'Overwatch' Season 4 brings a server...

Big news for Overwatch players: Season 4 has begun and a bevy of changes and additions have arrived alongside it. First up, the competitive shooter's server browser. It's live! This means that from here on out, you can set your own parameters for how...

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LG UltraFine 5K display available to order again...

You can now snag the LG UltraFine 5K Display via the Apple Store.

The display, developed in collaboration with Apple and LG, was plagued by both connection and interference issues upon launch. Placing the unit within six feet of a Wi-Fi router caused interference, resulting in continued disconnections and even the MacBook Pro freezing up. LG confirmed that these issues stem from “poor shielding.”

As of early February, Apple pushed back the delivery date for online shipments of the UltraFine 5K from 2-3 weeks to 5-6 weeks. The display is currently on sale for $974 until March 31, when the price will go up to $1299.

As of now, the manual does warn that the display should be placed “where no electromagnetic interference occurs,” but there is no mention of Wi-Fi routers. LG has also said that this display is the only one that experiences this type of interference.

The unit is currently available and on the shelves, although time will tell if LG has fully...

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Cloudflare Nips Cloudbleed Bug in the Bud

Cloudflare has fixed the Cloudbleed software bug responsible for a buffer overrun problem that caused its edge servers to return private information in response to some HTTP requests. That private information included HTTP cookies, authentication tokens and HTTP POST bodies. However, SSL private keys weren't leaked, said Cloudflare CTO John Graham-Cumming in an online post. "This happened in response to a very small number of requests in the Cloudflare system -- about 1 in 3.3 million," a Cloudflare spokesperson noted.

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AOL Is Cutting Off Third-Party App Access To AIM

An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: AOL announced today that it is starting to cut off third-party app access to its Instant Messenger service. As first noticed by ArsTechnica, AOL began notifying users of at least one third-party app, Adium, that it would become obsolete starting on March 28th. At this point, it's unclear whether or not all third-party applications will be rendered useless come March 28th, but the message presented to Adium users seemed to strongly imply that: "Hello. Effective 3/28, we will no longer support connections to the AIM network via this method. If you wish to use the free consumer AIM product, we invite you to visit for more information." What this likely means is that AOL is shutting down the OSCAR chat protocol that is used to handle AIM messages. The service will, however, continue to be available via AOL's own chat app that is supported on macOS, Windows...

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As US suicide rate surges, Facebook using AI to...

Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify those who may be at risk of committing suicide, reports the BBC.


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Why can't preparing my Mac for sale be as easy...

If Apple releases new iPads anytime soon, I’ll likely sell my current Apple tablet. Preparing iPads for resale is a breeze. Why can't preparing my Mac for sale be just as easy?

If you're going to sell any of your gadgets you need to wipe all your personal data from them. To do this on an iPad, you open the Settings app. On the left-hand side of the settings, choose the General settings and scroll down the page until you see "Reset." 

There are a variety of options, but if you're selling it to someone outside your family, you'll probably want to choose "Erase All Content and Settings." This zaps all data is off the iPad, including information for your iTunes account. 

Deleting all your personal data off your Mac is a more laborious process. It would certainly be convenient if wiping all personal data off a Mac were as simple as it is with an iOS device. 

How about a macOS reset button that disables your iTunes account (and deactivates the Mac),...

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Polk Audio parent company nabs Hi-Fi brands Denon,...

There's big news for audiophiles: Sound United, the company behind Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, has purchased D+M Group, the owner of Denon, Marantz and Boston Acoustics brands. That will let Sound United, a company mostly known for speakers...

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NYT: Snapchat built its own drone

Snapchat's second or third reinvention was to describe itself as a "camera company," but really it wants to become a hardware maker. At least, that's the theory coming out of the New York Times, which has spoken to three anonymous employees who claim...

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Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks preview the kind of form...

With the iPhone 8 expected to adopt a near-bezel-free design, featuring a curved OLED screen, we’ve today been given a preview of the type of look we might expect – from Apple’s biggest competitor. The latest leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8, due to be launched next month, show exactly this type of form factor.

Samsung has, however, taken a less hi-tech approach than that rumored for the iPhone 8 …


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The DISCO 2 is a decent, but not exceptional,...

The DISCO 2 from Supertooth is a portable wireless stereo speaker with decent audio quality and an attractive design.

It can stream music from any Bluetooth A2DP device such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Pairing and set-up is easy; just follow the directions, and you’re quickly ready to go. The speaker also has a line-in port for wired connectivity to other devices, including the Mac.

The DISCO 2 has a squished hour glass design in a sleek, dark body. It's convenient to use with iDevices; the top of the unit has volume, fast forward, rewind, and power on/off buttons that are backlit. The Supertooth speaker is also small enough to pack into a suitcase or backpack, boasts about 10 hours of play on a full charge of its rechargeable battery, and comes with a travel pouch. It has an impressive wireless range of about 30 feet.

The system has a mid-speaker and a high speaker on the...

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UK government unveils its post-Brexit Digital...

After a year of delays, the UK government has finally shared its plans for a more prosperous digital Britain. Unveiled by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Digital Strategy report outlines steps to plug skills gaps and deliver f...

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2017

February's Mac games

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Need something fresh to play on your Mac? Luckily, February brought a pretty compelling stack of fresh game releases, and we’ve picked 10 that should absolutely be on your radar. Torment: Tides of Numenera is arguably the month’s most anticipated release, as the long-awaited spiritual successor to isometric role-playing classic Planescape Torment is finally here.

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Tuesday February 28

Apple Pay Japan gains support for six new credit...

Apple on Wednesday local Japan time activated a two month-long Apple Pay promotion offering cash back, points and more to users of the digital payments service, just in time to take advantage of six new supporting card issuers.

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Facebook Video launches for Apple TV with support...

Facebook on Tuesday launched Facebook Video, a new tvOS app that allows fourth-generation Apple TV owners to view pre-recorded video content, including live streams, on the big screen.

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Chameleon Run is a short but super-sweet color-...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Like the namesake lizard, there’s more to Chameleon Run than initially meets the eye. It’s a side-scrolling auto-runner with compact, yet typically complex stages, quite like Rayman Fiesta Run and other series entries, but there’s more to it than just leaping at the right moments: you’ll also need to change your character’s color quite frequently.


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Facebook officially releases new Video app for...

After announcing its plans for the app earlier this month, Facebook this evening officially released its video-centric app on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Facebook touts the new application as a prime source for the latest and greatest video content and the launch on tvOS comes a day after the app made its debut on select Samsung smart TVs.



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AOL seemingly cutting off third-party app access to...

AOL announced today that it is starting to cut off third-party app access to its Instant Messenger service. As first noticed by ArsTechnica, AOL began notifying users of at least one third-party app, Adium, that it would become obsolete starting on March 28th.


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AT&T executive talks DirecTV Now’s early...

Earlier today, YouTube’s foray into the streaming cable bundle market was officially unveiled earlier today, offering the “big four” networks and unlimited DVR at $35 per month. YouTube’s solution, of course is meant to be a competitor to existing services like DirecTV Now.

Just prior to the announcement of YouTube TV, though, AT&T executive Tony Goncalves talked the future of DirecTV Now in an interview with The Information.


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Apple's corporate reputation in slow decline,...

According to an annual study by the Reputation Institute on Tuesday, Apple is experiencing a slow but certain deterioration in perceived corporate reputation, with research showing a significant decline over the past year.

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On Today’s Curious Wall Street Journal Report...

Takashi Mochizuki, reporting for The Wall Street Journal:

People familiar with Apple’s plans said the iPhone releases this
year would include two models with the traditional LCD and a third
one with an OLED screen.

Exactly in line with Ming Chi Kuo’s report from a few weeks ago:

  • A single new high-end (and higher-priced) iPhone with a physical width similar to that of an iPhone 7, but with an edge-to-edge design that allows for a display closer in size to a 7 Plus. (I’m guessing “iPhone Pro”.)
  • Two new models similar to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus (presumably the “7S” and “7S Plus”).

    They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C
    port for the power cord and other peripheral devices, instead of
    the company’s...

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Survey claims Apple is now the world’s 20th most...

While Apple still holds a commanding lead, a new survey from research firm Reputation Institute claims that both Apple and Samsung have suffered significant drops in their reputations over the last year. The data, which was collected from over 170,000 consumers, shows that Apple has slipped to the 20th spot on the list, while Samsung dropped to number 70.


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Zero W Joins Raspberry Pi Family on 5th Birthday

Raspberry Pi turned 5 years old on Tuesday, and to mark the occasion, the foundation announced a new member of the family, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, and a case to go with it. Raspberry Pi Zero W adds wireless LAN and Bluetooth capabilities to tiny computer's growing list of capabilities. Priced at just $10, the device is affordable for anyone who wants to take the Pi for a test drive. "We imagine you'll find all sorts of uses for the Zero W," said Raspberry PI founder Eben Upton."It makes a better general purpose computer because you're less likely to need a hub."

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Florida pro soccer team's new iOS app cuts out...

The Orlando City Soccer Club this week launched a new app for iOS and Android that leverages the team's paperless ticketing process to sell passes directly to customers, effectively cutting out third party ticketing sites.

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YouTube launches streaming TV service with 40...

If you’ve been on the fence over cutting the cord, YouTube might have just given you a reason to jump over. The Google-owned company has announced a new live and on-demand video service, but it's only available in limited markets for now.

Dubbed YouTube TV, the $35-per-month service offers access to around 40 TV networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and ESPN. It also includes unlimited cloud DVR storage. According to YouTube, the cloud DVR feature will let you simultaneously record as many shows as you want and store them for up to nine months. Every YouTube TV membership also comes with six accounts, each with its own personal DVR storage silo, and subscribers can watch up to three concurrent streams at once.


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Apple Daily Report for February 28, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Google is taking the wraps off YouTube TV, its new $35-a-month TV service that will package a bundle of channels from the broadcast networks and some cable networks. YouTube says the service will launch later this spring. It’s separate from YouTube Red, the ad-free subscription service the company launched last year.


A new analyst report sheds some doubt on the "super cycle" concept because of a probable limit in OLED screen supply, suggesting that the pent-up demand for...

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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 28, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Duccats has released Intro to Real Life, a new iBook with an accessible photo-based introduction to the Christian worldview. It costs $2.99 and is available at the iBookStore.

macOS Apps/Updates

Static Z Software has updated Sound Control, a sound volume mixer for the Mac, to version 2. The app enables users to quickly change app volumes, as well as selectively apply a system-wide EQ to app audio.

Sound Control does this by adding a software mixer to the menu bar of your Mac. In addition to the volume mixer, Sound Control also adds a software EQ to your audio output allowing you to tailor the sound of...

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Pad & Quill's new Leather Apple Pencil Grip...

The Apple Pencil is a wonderful accessory and companion to the iPad Pro, but there's always the question about what to do with the Pencil, the "charger cap" and so on. Put it on a desk that's slanted more than just a bit and it will roll off, and if you have beefy hands it may feel too slim. Pad & Quill's craftspersons have come up with the new Leather Apple Pencil Grip (regular price $59.95, currently on pre-sale for $49.95)  to resolve all of these problems.

Available in three different leather finishes -- Chestnut, Whiskey, and Galloper Black -- the Leather Apple Pencil Grip is made of full-grain American leather that's stitched together with nylon parachute-grade cord in a baseball stitch. The leather grip adds a nice bit of width to the Pencil, while the upper portion provides a stainless steel pen...

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Old versions of ESET anti-virus for macOS subject to...

A newly discovered exploit in an update made to ESET anti-virus package in October 2016 contains an outdated XML parser from 2007 that is vulnerable to attack, allowing root-level code execution, and ultimately a compromised machine.

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YouTube TV offers big 4 networks & 39 other...

YouTube has finally announced its long-rumored online television service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. Known simply as YouTube TV, it features local broadcast networks and channels like ESPN for $35 a month.


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Learn to bargain before you buy these 3 big-ticket...

We don’t have a “haggling mentality” in North America but I’ve haggled on all three of the items mentioned in this piece and have literally saved thousands of dollars off the sticker price.

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