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Friday September 1

16:56
Boom 3D 1.1

Adds option to reduce bass for those using bass booster headphones. ($16.99 new, free update, 26.6 MB)

 

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15:51
Google's iOS app now shows trending searches

Earlier this year, Google added a "trending" widget in its iOS search app that shows off what people are looking for at any given moment. Now, Google's adding that info right into the main part of the app. After installing an update that's live in th...

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15:30
Leaked Apple document shows how iPhone service...

A recently leaked Apple document seen by Business Insider gives specific details with images on how Apple handles whether an iPhone is eligible for service or replacement.

more…

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14:43
Roku's IPO filing reveals plans to raise $100...

Roku has come a long way from its origin as the Netflix streaming player, and today the company filed for its IPO. The documents reveal that it hopes to raise as much as $100 million, and give more insight than ever into exactly how it's doing. The c...

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14:40
Deutsche Bank drops last BlackBerrys to standardize...




After many years of allowing its employees to replace their corporate-assigned BlackBerry phones with iPhones under a "Bring Your Own Device" policy, Germany's Deutsche Bank is finally officially phasing out all of its BlackBerry devices for new Apple gear.

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14:08
Alphabet finalizes restructuring with a new company...

Back in 2015, Google announced that it was restructuring its company into multiple parts, with a new giant company called Alphabet to oversee all of Google's various businesses. The reasoning behind the move was to essentially separate out some of Go...

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14:05
Leaked doc shows what is & isn't covered in...




A copy of a "Visual/Mechanical Inspection Guide" has reportedly leaked online, giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what Apple will and won't cover under an iPhone's warranty.

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13:50
Tech CEOs sign letter urging Trump to keep immigrant...

Hundreds of CEOs have signed an open letter urging President Trump not to dissolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Started in 2012 under the Obama administration, DACA allows undocumented immigrants who arrived to the US be...

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13:35
Serfing on the Giants’ Farms

Josh Marshall has a great post describing in detail the control Google wields over the advertising industry, “A Serf on Google’s Farm”:

But here’s where the rubber really meets the road. The publishers
use DoubleClick. The big advertisers use DoubleClick. The big
global advertising holding companies use Doubleclick. Everybody at
every point in the industry is wired into DoubleClick. Here’s how
they all play together. The adserving (Doubleclick) is like the
road. (Adexchange) is the biggest car on the road. But only
AdExchange gets full visibility into what’s available. (There’s
lot of details here and argument about just what Google does and
doesn’t know. But trust me on this. They keep the key information
to themselves. This isn’t a suspicion. It’s the model.) So Google
owns the road and gets first look at what’s on the road. So not
only...

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13:32
AWT News Update: September 1, 2017

It's September, and the month will bring us some amazing new Apple devices. For now, we have some stories about your favorite fruit-flavored company:

  • The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus may be the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but who knows what the so-called "iPhone 8" will be called
  • The Simi Valley, CA Apple Store is closing on September 15
  • Apple's fitness guru Jay Blahnik talked to Men's Health about the company's amazing fitness lab

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for September 1, 2017. It’s going to be a fascinating...

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13:32
Facebook has mapped the population of 23 countries...

In its research into the best way to provide the internet to the entire world, Facebook has mapped where all 7.5 billion people on the planet live. By combining government census data and satellite images along with some help from Facebook's image re...

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13:19
9to5Rewards: WD’s new My Cloud 4TB Storage Solution...

This week we’ve partnered with Western Digital to give away its just announced My Cloud Home 4TB storage solution. Just released on Wednesday, this new hard drive offers fully wireless backups of your devices and more. Head below to learn how you could win one for yourself.

more…

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13:14
Play as Mega Man and Ghost Trick in 'Dead...

Patience is paying off for Dead Rising fans on PlayStation 4. Last year's (formerly) Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 4 is making its way to the PS4 with a few extras in Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package. Yup, Capcom's marketing department thought tha...

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12:51
Apple's fitness lab has collected 66,000 hours...

Men's Health writer Ben Court got to take a look around Apple's not-so-secret-anymore exercise lab and the company's director of fitness for health technologies had some bold claims about the work the lab has done. Apple's Jay Blahnik told Court, "Ou...

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12:30
Watch Tim Cook’s FaceTime cameo in Auburn University...

Auburn University has just released a new commercial featuring notable alumni including a surprise cameo of a very animated Tim Cook. The Apple CEO also participated in a longer ad where he talks about his experience at the school.

more…

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12:30
Engadget Podcast Ep 40: This Is Your Night

Hello there! After a summer-long hiatus, The Engadget Podcast is back, starting with a five-episode run through the month of September. Because our usual host Terrence O'Brien is out on paternity leave ('grats, Terry!), you're stuck with yours truly...

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12:18
iOS-controlled Smarter Coffee coming to US in October

The Internet of Things keeps getting bigger, this time with a full "grind and brew" coffee maker from Smarter that's expected to hit the US in October of 2017. The Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation isn't HomeKit-enabled yet, but does come with an iOS app that also controls the company's iKettles and the upcoming FridgeCam that was shown at CES 2017.

The Smarter Coffee 2nd Generation is indeed smarter when compared to the only other "smart coffeemaker" on the market, the Mr. Coffee Wi-Fi Enabled WeMo Coffeemaker (affiliate link). That device is also a 10-cup coffeemaker, but requires pre-ground coffee while the Smarter Coffee just needs to be filled with coffee beans and water before it brews on a pre-set...

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12:16
Justice Department takes aim at Hurricane Harvey...

This week a number of federal and state law enforcement agencies teamed up to prosecute any scammers taking advantage of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath. Texas-based agencies along with the SEC, FBI, FTC and others have created a working group that wi...

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12:13
Neato Botvac D7 Connected smart home vacuum enhances...




The new Neatmo Botvac D7 Connected and a concurrent software update allows users with an iPhone and Apple Watch to configure when to clean -- plus when and where not to.

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12:00
Google’s comment ranking system will be a hit with...

A recent, sprawling Wired feature outlined the results of its analysis on toxicity in online commenters across the United States. Unsurprisingly, it was like catnip for everyone who's ever heard the phrase "don't read the comments." According to The...

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11:42
A look inside the underground Steve Jobs Theater...

So far, we’ve mostly only seen photos and videos of the ground level lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater, which doesn’t reveal much since the theater is underground. Now, some user submitted photos to Google Maps of the theater give us a good look at the actual auditorium before Apple’s September 12 event.

more…

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11:38
Rumors rename 'iPhone 7s' to 'iPhone...




A pair of reports from differing sources claim that Apple has allegedly shifted branding of the 2017 iPhones, with the "iPhone 7s" family now being called the "iPhone 8" -- but the name of the high-end OLED device is in conflict between the two sources.

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11:38
Juicero, the ridiculous $400 juicer company, is...

Juicero -- the company that shot to notoriety last year for selling an overpriced, overly complicated juicer -- is closing up shop. The company is immediately suspending sales of its Juicero Press and Produce Packs, and is offering refunds for the ne...

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11:36
Labor Day Deals: 13" MacBook Pro for $1,199 ($...




Holiday weekend deals are in full swing with instant and coupon savings on 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, as well as Mid 2017 27-inch iMac 5Ks. Each system ships for free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ as well.

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11:26
macOS High Sierra Developer Beta 9 now available

Yesterday, Apple made the ninth beta version of both iOS 11 and tvOS 11 available to developers. Today, the company followed up with the latest (ninth) developer beta of macOS 10.13 High Sierra. 

It's quite likely that this will be the last beta version of macOS High Sierra, as the new OS is likely to ship on or around September 12 -- the day of Apple's product announcement event. However, one feature may not be available for all users at launch time, and that's the highly-anticipated Apple File System (APFS). 

Recent articles note that while APFS is enabled by default on those devices like the MacBook that use solid state drives (SSDs) for storage, issues have apparently come up with the migration of HFS+ formatted hard disk drives and Fusion drives. Apple could possibly delay the ship date of macOS High Sierra, or just ensure that at least for now, HDDs and...

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11:21
Nike’s ‘self-lacing’ engineer now works at Tesla

Tiffany Beers, the designer known for exploring the boundaries of athletic shoe technology with Nike, is headed to Tesla, according to a report at HypeBeast. As the Nike Senior Innovator, Beers had a hand in some of the coolest new sneaker designs, l...

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11:10
Apple Acknowledges Siri Leadership Has Officially...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Apple has updated its executive leadership page to acknowledge that software engineering chief Craig Federighi now officially oversees development of Siri. The responsibility previously belonged to Apple's services chief Eddy Cue. "Craig Federighi is Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Craig oversees the development of iOS, macOS, and Siri. His teams are responsible for delivering the software at the heart of Apple's innovative products, including the user interface, applications and frameworks," Apple says. Apple's leadership page is only now reflecting Federighi's role as head of Siri, but the transition has been apparent for several months, based on recent interviews and stage appearances at Apple's keynotes.


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11:06
Carbon Copy Cloner 5: The best backup utility for...

Thanks to Bombich Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 5, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for macOS. The upgrade features scheduled task grouping and sorting, guided setup and restore, task history trend charts, a health check for backups, advanced file filtering, and includes hundreds of improvements and fixes.

Carbon Copy Cloner 5 requires macOS 10.10 or later and will be compatible with APFS and Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra release this autumn. A full-featured thirty day trial version is available.

Carbon Copy Cloner is an app that I’ve used for years, in fact, since it was first released. The new version goes a long way to make the software easier to use, while still adding more advanced features.

You can get 15% off Carbon Copy Cloner until September 3 by using the code LOOPINSIGHT at checkout.

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11:00
IBM is teaching AI to behave more like the human...

Since the days of Da Vinci's "Ornithoper", mankind's greatest minds have sought inspiration from the natural world for their technological creations. It's no different in the modern world, where bleeding-edge advancements in machine learning and arti...

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10:51
High Sierra beta 9 available for developer testing,...




Apple makes the ninth developer beta of High Sierra available four days after its last update, and one day after iOS 11 and tvOS 11 releases.

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10:41
Netflix nabs 8-part musical series from ‘La La Land...

Netflix snagged an exclusive deal for The Eddy, an eight-episode series from Damien Chazelle, the Oscar-winning director of La La Land and Whiplash. Like the former, his new show will be a musical drama, and will focus on a modern-day Parisian club,...

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10:35
Apple closing Simi Valley store with no replacement...




Apple will close its Simi Valley, Calif. store on Sept. 15, the company has announced, despite an iPhone launch likely happening as little as a week or so later.

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10:19
Technics' SP-10R is its latest high-end...

If you thought Technic's SL-1200 reissue was expensive, you haven't seen anything yet. Meet the SP-10R. Technics calls the throwback deck its "most premium turntable ever" and its 7kg (almost 15.5 pounds) brass, rubber and aluminum platter drives tha...

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10:08
Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 9

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 9 for developer testing, the second release this week. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

more…

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10:00
Samsung's 43-inch Frame TV is like a fancy art...

When Samsung announced The Frame TV earlier this year, it quickly became a product of interest for people with minimalist taste. That's because it's essentially designed to double as an art piece, and its aesthetics can easily blend in with any paint...

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09:55
Apple announces Simi Valley store to permanently...

In an update to its retail website, Apple has noted that its 11-year-old location in Simi Valley, California, will be permanently shuttered on September 15th. The closure will occur just after the introduction of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone Edition, but likely before the new models officially go on sale.

more…

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09:44
totallee's minimalist iPhone case goes jet red...

When it comes to protecting your iPhone with a minimum of bulk and weight, there's probably nothing better than the cases from totallee. While these cases won't keep your iPhone protected from a 40-foot fall onto sharp rocks, they're perfect for day-to-day use, keeping the phone's surface from scratches and nicks. Now the company has released a jet red version of the iPhone case for just $25, and buying one does more than just protect your phone -- 10% of proceeds from sales of this case go to the United Nations Foundation and the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

totallee jet red iPhone 7 Plus case. Image ©2017, Steven Sande

Design

You may have been lusting after one of the...

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09:41
Video: Everything you can do with the Apple Pencil




The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro brings about a number of new ways of using and interacting with Apple's touchscreen tablet. AppleInsider brings you up to speed on everything it can do, including unique use cases, and new features coming in iOS 11.

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09:41
Sharp is ready to sell 8K consumer TVs now that we...

While other electronics companies are just getting to consumer 4K screens, Sharp is once again focusing on the next resolution milestone. Today, Sharp announced its 8K AQUOS televisions will be coming to Japan and China in December, with releases in...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Labor Day Event,...

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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09:18
Apple is reportedly planning to set up shop in...

In June, Apple announced that it had hired Sony bigshots Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to head its video programming division. The move signaled that Apple might be more serious about its TV and film aspirations than its currently small offerings...

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09:03
Apple's Watch-oriented fitness lab tops 66,000...




Apple's dedicated fitness lab in Cupertino -- which has so far contributed mostly to the Apple Watch -- has managed to log over 33,000 workout sessions and 66,000 hours, "more data on activity and exercise than any other human performance study in history," the company's director of fitness for health technologies said in a recent interview.

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09:00
The best personal breathalyzer

By Séamus Bellamy

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support...

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08:43
iPhone 8/Edition Diary: It hasn’t even been...

Those who follow my various diary series’ (Apple Watch, iPad Pro, Apple MusiciPhone SE, Smart Home, Drone) won’t be too surprised that I’m beginning this one before the device has even been officially announced.

The idea behind the diary format is that a single review will always provide an incomplete impression, and sometimes even a misleading one. It represents one particular slice in time. With things I use as heavily as Apple kit, it’s almost...

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08:39
Panasonic's fridge of the future comes when you...

We don't know how the kitchens of our future will work, but Panasonic's vision includes a moving refrigerator that responds to voice commands. The company was showing off a concept for such a device that, if we're lucky, might make it to our homes in...

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08:30
Apple updates leadership page with new hires, shift...




An update to Apple's executive summary page has added a few new faces and some new particulars about responsibilities -- most notably the shift in responsibility for Apple's Siri to Craig Federighi, and away from services chief Eddy Cue.

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08:19
Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets are coming on...

In addition to Microsoft debuting Windows Mixed Reality on October 17th, as part of the Fall Creators Update, its hardware partners will also have their VR headsets ready to go on the same day. That's not a major shock, though it's a surprise to see...

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08:18
Apple: Watch exercise lab ‘collected more data on...

Apple has granted Men’s Health a behind-the-scenes look at its exercise lab where it develops health and activity tracking features for the Apple Watch. Apple first unveiled its fitness facility in the run up to the original Apple Watch in 2015, and a new Apple Watch with LTE is expected to be unveiled on September 12 at the iPhone 8 event.

more…

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08:00
Sony's smart speaker gives Google Assistant a...

Google announced a slew of new devices running its Assistant software here at IFA 2017, and one of the most interesting additions is Sony. The electronics maker today showed off its new smart speaker, which has the unfortunately clunky name of LF-S50...

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07:55
China's Pisen sues Apple for ‘suspected...

Another day, another lawsuit. China-based Guangdong Pisen Electronics has filed a lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court against Apple for the “suspected engagement in monopolistic behavior.”

Apple's MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) compulsory certification is a logo using permission for peripherals made by the tech giant’s licensed accessory manufacturers. This hacks off Pisen, China's largest accessory manufacturer, which claims that data cables are only transmission channels for data and current and are less technically inclined. In other words, the company claims the MFi compulsory certification is just a superfluous toll station set up on the channel.

Pisen is claiming a compensation for economic loss of 1 yuan (less than an U.S. dollar) from Apple. The company said its economic loss is, in fact, much more than 1 yuan; however, it only claimed a symbolic restitution from the perspective of the protection of consumer choice and a company's right to...

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07:46
Craig Federighi now overseeing Siri development

Here's a bit of good news: Apple's leadership page now officially shows that oversight of Siri development has passed from services chief Eddy Cue to senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig "Hair Force One" Federighi

The change has been apparent for a while, with Federighi and marketing head Phil Schiller discussing the opening of Siri to third-party developers in WWDC 2016 and Federighi doing a solo presentation at WWDC 2017 discussing Siri's improvements in iOS 11. 

Cue oversees Apple's services, including Apple Music, Apple Pay, Apple Maps, iCloud, iWork/iLife, and the iTunes Store. Apple's desire to generate more original content will benefit from Cue's additional focus on that 

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07:37
Apple Pay Cash coming to Europe, trademark...




Apple is pursuing a European Union trademark for Apple Pay Cash, a service initially set to launch in the U.S. this fall alongside iOS 11.

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07:34
macOS and iOS market share down in August

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS was down last month. Which is a bit strange, since Macs continue to defy the industry sales trend for traditional computers and iPhone sales are strong.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 5.94% of the global market share in August down from from 6.02% percent in July (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 90.70% as of August.

iOS had 32.93% of the mobile operating system market share in August, down from 33.09% in July. This compares to 64.76% for Android, 0.81% for Windows Phone, and 0.59% 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...

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07:27
Rumor: Apple wants Culver Studios and an original...

Apple wants to move its original video content division to Culver Studios, a place with a long history in the Hollywood film industry, according to the subscription-based Financial Times. Although the location has 13 sound stages suitable for both TV and feature films, Apple is primarily looking for office space, the article adds.

The Cupertino, California-based company has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, and could acquire and produce as many as 10 television showsOne of the first acquisitions the tech giant is said to be eyeing is a high-profile drama starring Jennifer Aniston...

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07:17
NPD: AirPods were 85% of wireless headphone market...

NPD says 900,000 wireless headphone units were sold in the U.S. so far this year with AirPods leading the market.

Apple’s earphones accounted for 85% of totally wireless headphone sales in the period due to ecosystem compatibility that makes the headphones work like an iPhone extension, according to the research group. NPD says new entrants to the totally wireless market will need to bring feature differentiation, improved sound quality, or service and app integration to have a shot at taking on the AirPod dominance.  

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music. 

Using Siri, AirPods allow you to access the “...

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06:54
Tado Smart Climate Assistant leverages HomeKit for...




Home automation company has launched the Smart Climate Assistant utilizing HomeKit for controlling its thermostats and smart radiator valves for its customers mostly in the EU and UK-- but the HomeKit support promised for the Intelligent AC Control by the same company will likely never surface.

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06:45
Apple’s new Greater China and People VPs join...

It’s the first of September and Apple’s new China and People VPs have started their new roles at the company. Both Deirdre O’Brien and Isabel Ge Mahe have joined Apple’s Leadership page for their respective roles as Vice President of People and Vice President and Managing Director of Greater China.

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06:40
The cool AR apps keep coming, with virtual art and...

Augmented Reality may have been around for decades in various forms, but it’s clear that Apple’s enthusiastic backing in the form of ARKit has breathed new life into the medium.

We’ve already seen demo apps for such diverse things as virtual make-up counters, car...

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06:20
Apple said to be eyeing Culver Studios as homebase...




Apple is reportedly in talks to move its original video content division to Culver Studios, a place with a long history in the Hollywood film industry.

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06:00
Amazing pricing on the MacX Media Conversion...

Do you ever need to rip DVDs and convert them into a format that's compatible with your iPhone or other mobile device? Then you need the MacX Media Conversion Bundle, which is made up of MacX DVD Ripper Pro and MacX Video Converter Pro -- one app for ripping, the other for converting. Even better, get every minor and major update to both apps forever for just $19.99 with the MacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle

MacX DVD Ripper Pro gives you the following capabilities:

  • Convert DVDs to popular video/audio formats for convenient viewing
  • Decrypt copy-protected DVDs
  • Trim, crop, merge, add external subtitles, cut video clips/segments, crop frame size,...
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05:51
Office for Mac 2011 not supported on High Sierra,...

Microsoft has announced in a support document that Office for Mac 2011 will not be supported under macOS 10.13 High Sierra. It doesn’t go as far as to say the software will not work, but hints at this.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided.

It also notes that users of Office 2016 for Mac may experience problems with High Sierra …

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05:43
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8,'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the "iPhone 8" in advance of Apple's Sept. 12 event, including what it means to have a phone without a home button, and much more.

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05:30
Sonnet releases 1TB version of Fusion Thunderbolt 3...

Sonnet Technologies has introduced a new version of its FusionThunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with Thunderbolt 3 interface.

Equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage, the latest Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. It leverages the 40Gb/s bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/s.  

Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies, says the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users requiring “ultimate performance in a truly portable storage device, unencumbered by the need for a power supply.” The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gb/s) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the...

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05:30
The XCOM 2: War of the Chosen expansion pack now...

Feral Interactive has announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, the expansion pack for the 2016 strategy game, XCOM 2, is out available on the Mac. 

Developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K for PC and consoles, XCOM 2: War of the Chosen adds new content to XCOM 2 and the fight against ADVENT, the human enforcers of the alien regime occupying Earth. When additional resistance factions emerge to eliminate the invaders, a sinister new enemy, the Chosen, arises. 

They have one goal: to recapture the Commander of XCOM. The expansion includes new Hero classes to counter the “Chosen”, new enemies, missions, even more challenging environments and increased depth in strategic gameplay.

War of the Chosen is available now from the Feral Store and Steam for $39.99.

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05:26
Nanoleaf offers audio add-on to sync Aurora light...

Both Zac and I are fans of the HomeKit-compatible Nanoleaf Aurora smart lighting panels – which Zac dubbed ‘a screensaver for your wall.’ The device just got even better with a small plugin that allows it to sync displays to your music …

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05:00
SIGGRAPH 2017: Virtual Reality Is Alive and...


The SIGGRAPH conference is a year event that focuses on the latest in computer graphics and other interactive arts. It is a multidiscipline show, mixing computer imaging with other physical creations. It is also a crossroads for the film, video game, commercial, research and education industries. It has a forward-looking vision while celebrating the recent and not-so-recent past.
Although the conference is not a typical launchpad for new products, companies often use it for technology-related debuts.

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05:00
It's not the destination, it's the journey...

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.

When it comes to mobile gaming, immersion isn’t usually high on the list of priorities—it’s pretty hard to lose yourself in a 4.7-inch screen, no matter how engaging the story is. And that’s why games that are able to transport you to another world—or rather, multiple other worlds—are so impressive. Old Man’s Journey is an incredibly atmospheric, narrative-driven adventure game that will take you through quaint French villages, past pastoral countryside, and across the sea on a surprisingly relatable journey.

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05:00
Future Macs may adjust their audio based on where...

Future Macs may adjust their audio depending on where you’re sitting or standing — and based on how many folks are in a room. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170249122) for “devices with enhanced audio.”

The patent involves a system for enhancing audio including a Mac and an output device. The Mac includes a sensor configured to determine a user location relative to the computer. The sensor is also configured to gather environment data corresponding to an environment of the computer. 

The Mac also includes a processor in communication with the sensor and configured to process the user location and the environment data and adjust at least one of an audio output or a video output. The output device is in communication with the processor and is configured to output at least one of the audio output or the video output.

In other words, the system may rely on sensors and imaging devices to interpolate user inputs so that the user doesn’t have to physically...

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04:52
Apple reportedly bidding for rights to produce TV...

It certainly seems like Apple is approaching original content more seriously now, with Eddy Cue reportedly wanting to challenge the likes of Game of Thrones with Apple’s TV shows. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple is bidding on a new drama series starring Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon, battling against Netflix for rights.

The concept of the show relates to morning television chat shows, pitched by HBO’s former head of drama. A previous report said Apple has budgeted a billion dollars towards original content efforts for the coming year.

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04:49
Trademark reveals unsurprising news that Apple Pay...

Apple hasn’t said much about its upcoming peer-to-peer payment system Apple Pay Cash since announcing it at this year’s WWDC, and the iOS 11 betas haven’t shed any further light …

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04:39
iOS 11 beta hits uncharted territory

Two things about this detailed chart of iOS beta releases since the days of iPhone OS:

  1. The chart itself. Great work by Will Hains pulling this together. He’s been doing it for quite some time.

  2. Yesterday’s iOS 11 beta 9 release was uncharted territory, the first iOS release to hit this lofty beta territory. So new, Will had to add a new color to the chart. Will iOS 11 hit a beta 10?

Fun chart, Will. Great job.

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04:30
Hyper Plan for macOS lets you easily create cards...

By Aaron Lee

Oryx Digital's Hyper Plan is a planning solution for macOS (10.8 and higher) and Windows. It allows anyone to easily create cards with user-defined properties, such as status, priority, assigned to and budget.

The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. Users can arrange cards in rows by priority, or even colored by who they have been assigned to. Hyper Plan can also arrange cards in a timeline and total numerical properties by row and column.

Hyper Plan allows you to create cards with properties such as status, priority, assigned to and budget. The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. For example, you could arrange cards into columns to do, doing, done and waiting with rows for each member of staff, and colored according to priority.

Or you could arrange them in rows by priority, colored by who they have been assigned to. You can switch between views with a...

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04:25
More OLED iPhone 8 components surface as video...

With less than two weeks before Apple’s blockbuster event on September 12th, there’s still time for more iPhone 8 parts to leak out as production ramps. Today, new photos allegedly reveal the internal iPhone 8 speaker and Lightning connector components. Whilst Apple is pushing wireless inductive charging as a flagship feature of the new phones, the Lightning connector will be upgraded to support Type-C fast charging when using a wire …

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04:22
Apple, Google & other tech companies urge Trump...

Apple is one of around 300 businesses signing an open letter to President Trump urging him not to deport those young adults nick-named ‘the Dreamers’ – first brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but now registered, working and paying taxes.

The Obama administration introduced a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which gave them permission to remain living & working in the USA so long as they obtained and renewed work permits. Trump plans to eliminate this program later today …

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04:15
Apple releases iOS 11 beta 9 to developer community

Only three days after its last release, Apple has made the ninth beta version of iOS 11 available to the developer community to test and provide feedback on.

The timing suggests that a release is imminent in conjunction with new products that need the operating systems to function.

The most notable changes for Apple’s iOS 11 mobile operating system are back-end enhancements as well as an improved voice for Siri, plus Apple Pay and Photos services enhancements. The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature was introduced during the second beta. The ninth beta of iOS 11 has build number 15A5370a, with the previous holding number 15A5368a.

If you’ve had a chance to play with the iOS 11 beta 9 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via AppleInsider

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04:00
Apple confirms September 12th media event, sends out...

The picture says it all.

Apple has sent out the long-awaited official invitations for its media event on Tuesday, September 12th.

The invitations confirm the rumor that Apple will hold the event in the just-completed Steve Jobs Theater on the company’s new campus in Cupertino, California. The event is slated to begin at 10 AM Pacific time.

Stay tuned for up to the minute details as they become available on the 12th.

Via Twitter

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04:00
LendEDU Poll: 70% of millennials report anxiety when...

Okay, folks, calm down. The results of a new LendEDU poll that surveyed 7,076 millennials (those born between 1982 and 2004) showed that a clear majority (69%) of millennials claim to get anxiety when they don't have their phone with them.

When the results were broken down by gender, 76% of females reported anxiety after not having their cell phone, while 63% of males reported the same.

This data coincides with a recent 60 Minutes segment where one Silicon Valley programmer discussed how our cell phones have been engineered like slot-machines, roping us in to keep us coming back for more. On the same show, psychologist Larry Rosen discussed his findings that revealed that the brain releases the hormone cortisol, a chemical that initiates a flight-or-fight response to danger, when someone...

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03:50
Major Apple casemakers updating internal SKUs to ‘...

I’m here at IFA in Berlin, Germany which opens to the public today. Behind the scenes I’ve been discussing the upcoming iPhone launch on September 12th with many case vendors. At least two have heard, and have moved on, knowledge of the upcoming iPhone nomenclature and some details which they’ve separately learned from sources in Shenzhen who claim to have seen the new iPhone packaging.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 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

Tanks Mobile: Battle of Kursk has released its full version, users are now able to collect WW2 tanks on the Apple Store. Tanks Mobile is based on WW2 history bringing players back to the battlefields. Players can collect all the WW2 tanks from both Alliance and Axis powers, they can then build a powerful squad to smash the enemies. Be it a Tiger or Sherman, the choice will make a big difference when applying different tactics and formations. Tanks Mobile is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

Full Fat has introduced ...

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Thursday August 31

22:30
Winners of the BlackPods (customized AirPods)...




AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winners of our latest giveaway, Shawn G. and Efren G., each of whom will receive a pair of BlackPods delivered to their door.

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21:24
Apple's Cook, other CEOs call on Trump to keep...




Apple CEO Tim Cook is counted among the more than 350 executives of major U.S. corporations who on Thursday signed a letter imploring President Donald Trump keep legal protections in place for undocumented immigrants brought into America as children.

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20:56
Samsung gets DMV's OK to test autonomous cars...

The California DMV has just updated the list of companies that can test self-driving technologies in the state, and there's one notable addition: Samsung Electronics. In a statement, a company spokesperson confirmed that it's participating in Califor...

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20:10
Happy Hour Podcast 135 | iPhone 8 event at Steve...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s upcoming September 12 event, the iPhone 8 and gestures replacing the Home button, 4K movies in iTunes and the next Apple TV, and if we’ll see more from the HomePod at this event.

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

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19:58
Spotify's head of video and podcasting leaves...

Last year Spotify rolled out a package of original video shows, however, they've mostly failed to make an impact and now the executive in charge of the initiative has left the company. Bloomberg first reported that Tom Calderone, a former head of VH1...

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18:55
Amazon’s latest drama ‘Tin Star’ premieres September...

Tin Star, a new drama coming to Amazon Prime Video, just got a premiere date and a trailer. The show stars Tim Roth who plays ex-British detective Jim Worth who recently moved his family to a small Canadian town called Little Big Bear. But a big oil...

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17:38
Facebook will use AI to help correct skewed 360-...

Ever since Facebook added 360-degree photos to your news feed last year, more and more images of this type have appeared. You can even take and share these full-circle images right from your mobile device, as well, making them even more ubiquitous. F...

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17:16
Sphero rolls out BB-9E, R2-D2 droid toys...




Toy producer Sphero has launched two more robots based on droids from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi,' with the introduction of R2-D2 and BB-9E accompanied by new Swift Playgrounds content that can teach users how to control the Sphero toys by programming in Swift.

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16:48
Paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' teased for...

We love Oxenfree around these parts. The paranormal thriller captures the awkwardness of being a teenager incredibly well, tasking players to uncover the mystery of an abandoned military base while managing relationships with friends along for the ri...

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16:44
Spotify ousts head of video & podcasts as early...

Spotify’s foray into creating original video content hasn’t garnered as much attention as the company would have liked, despite launching a multitude of shows. Now, Bloomberg reports that the streaming service has ousted its head of original video and podcasting operations…

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16:12
Fueled by Apple Watch sales growth, smartwatches...




The wearable market is at a tipping point, with smartwatch sales showing strong growth on the back of popular devices like Apple Watch, while basic fitness bands slumped for the first time, according to fresh segment statistics.

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16:10
Twitch streamers will soon customize their page with...

Twitch released a desktop app earlier this month offering more functionality than its browser version, but they saved even bigger news for PAX West. Today at the games show, the streaming channel platform announced that creators will soon be able to...

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15:48
AirPods dominating wireless headphone market despite...

Apple’s AirPods have been plagued by availability issues, but that hasn’t stopped them from dominating the truly wireless headphone market. A new report from market research firm NPD shows that Apple has overwhelmingly dominated the industry so far this year, fending off competition from the likes of Samsung and Bragi…

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15:32
Nintendo ordered to pay $10 million in Wii patent...

Today, a Dallas jury awarded iLife Technologies $10 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo of America. The suit, which was brought forth in 2013, alleged that Nintendo used iLife's technology when creating its motion-sensing Wii...

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15:05
Apple AirPods dominant, despite late entrance in...




A new market analysis of the headphone market suggests that Apple's AirPods have driven the growth of the totally wireless headphone subcategory, accounting for nearly 85 percent of sales in the segment, as measured by dollars in the US.

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14:59
Parallels makes Windows apps work with your MacBook...

If you're one of those Apple users who likes (or needs) to run Mac OS and Windows side by side, you'll probably be into Parallels Desktop 13. Especially if you have one of those MacBook Pros with a TouchBar. The latest version of the software makes c...

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14:42
Second ‘Battlefield 1’ DLC deploys on September 19th

At Gamescom last week, EA showed off a timeline of future expansions headed to Battlefield 1, including the next to come, In The Name of the Tsar. The game's second DLC just got a global release date on September 19th, but players who bought the Prem...

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14:21
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update may arrive on...

We've known that Microsoft planned to release a large Windows 10 update this fall, but the company has been mum on the exact date. The Fall Creators Update is slated to feature some big changes, too, including built-in AI to fight malware, new Cortan...

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14:20
Apple Calls For FCC To Keep 'Strong,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Apple Insider: Apple has written to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in support for the concept of net neutrality, with its four-page commentary arguing for the government agency to "retain strong, enforceable open internet protections" instead of rolling back the rules forbidding "fast lane" internet connections. "An open internet ensures that hundreds of millions of consumers get the experience they want, over the broadband connections they choose, to use the devices they love, which have become an integral part of their lives," starts the comment signed by Cynthia Hogan, Apple's Vice President of Public Policy for the Americas. Citing a "deep respect" for its customers' privacy, security, and control over personal information, Apple believes this extends to their internet connection choices as well. "What consumers do with those tools is up to them -- not Apple, and not broadband providers," the statement claims, before urging...

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14:19
Apple updates iTunes Affiliate program with new...




Apple on Thursday announced a change to its iTunes Affiliate program, allowing members to receive commissions in the form of iTunes Store Credit instead of direct electronic bank transfers.

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14:06
We wish 'Destiny 2' looked as good as this...

Are you getting excited about the upcoming launch of space-shooter Destiny 2? If the impactful shared-world experience doesn't grab you and the themed PS4 Pro bundle is out of your reach, this new trailer might help ratchet up your anticipation. Dire...

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