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Saturday April 29

12:02
EPA pulls climate science web pages to reflect White...

President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt aren't exactly fans of climate science, and they're scaling back the EPA's website to reflect their views. The EPA has started implementing a site revision that will "reflect the...

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11:31
7 things you don’t know about “Reservoir Dogs as...

I would pay significant amounts of money for a tape of that reunion. Dogs is one of my top 10 favorite movies.

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11:23
Raw images from Cassini

If you’re an astronomy nerd, do not go to this site. Your weekend will be shot. There are 383,000+ and counting images.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:30
'The Circle' takes anti-tech paranoia to...

As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...

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09:40
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s self-driving car, Apple Watch NikeLab, building a Hackintosh, and much more.

more…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

You Want Better Beer?
Good. Here's a Better
Barley Genome
Adam Rogers,
Wired

The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They're doing so...

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09:22
∞ Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” ad

Hey Pepsi – here’s how you do socially relevant advertising. I showed this to The Publisher and he couldn’t post it through his tears of joy so I’m doing it on his behalf.

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09:13
This lawsuit goes to 11

Spinal Tap is one of the most fun movies you’ll ever watch and it’s a travesty it’s creators have been screwed out of millions of well-deserved dollars.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:50
AT&T says it will start throttling grandfathered...

AT&T is no stranger to capping data use and it’s now expanding those efforts to tablet devices. The carrier has started sending emails to users grandfathered into the unlimited data tablet plan, informing them that their data speeds could be throttled once they hit 22GB…

more…

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08:03
Elon Musk gives us a glimpse of Tesla's...

Elon Musk made a few revelations about some his newer projects this week, including the electric semi-truck Tesla has been working on since 2016. The automaker promised to unveil the big rig this September, but the Tesla-slash-SpaceX chief has given...

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07:17
Two San Diego Apple Stores robbed in less than an...

Apple Stores around the world are often targets of robberies and now we’re seeing yet another example of that. According to a report from local news outlet 10 News, two Apple Stores in San Diego were robbed in less than an hour…

more…

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07:00
ICYMI: The Hoff speaks for AI and MIT builds a...

Today on In Case You Missed It: David Hasselhoff stars in a short film about an AI that takes over people's lives and decides what they should do and say. The kicker is that all of The Hoff's lines were written by -- you guessed it -- an AI. As M...

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06:05
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Life imitating art imitating...life? Netflix's series about prison is involved in an actual crime, and Elon Musk is going back into the tunnels. We'll explain.

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06:00
Steven Universe: Attack the Light is a perfectly...

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. 

Licensed games are rarely worth your time, even if you’re a fan, and role-playing games are often too large in scale to really be ideal for mobile devices—although nostalgia might power you through awkward console ports. However, Steven Universe: Attack the Light manages to overcome those expectations, delivering a licensed iOS role-player that really is quite good.

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Today at Apple,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 28, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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00:40
Hackers stole a copy of 'Orange is the New...

The next season of Orange is the New Black isn't supposed to premiere until June 9th, but the first episode has already leaked. That's because a hacker or group of hackers going by the name 'TheDarkOverlord stole the content from a third party, and t...

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00:26
This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay...




By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

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Friday April 28

20:46
There's a slackbot for people who like to shit...

Online dating and work chat apps have been separate entities for entirely logical, productive and HR-compliant reasons. But a dating app-maker has decided that the line dividing office life and love life should be blurred with the help of a chatbot f...

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19:53
Yik Yak's anonymous chat app is shutting down

Just four years after it started, Yik Yak is shutting down. In the past couple of years, issues like bullying have taken a toll on the allure of the anonymous internet, while this app had its own issues with threats and harassment. In a blog post, th...

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18:28
AT&T to throttle tablet data speeds of...




AT&T on Friday warned users with grandfathered unlimited tablet data plans that they might see transmission speeds throttled when consuming more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single billing period.

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17:44
Portland plans to convert poop into fuel

The city of Portland has come up with an unusual way to replace diesel fuel. It's going to convert waste methane from sewage into renewable natural gas. That's right -- trucks in the future could run on poop.

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17:09
Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with...




Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.

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16:37
Elon Musk wants to build a traffic-skipping tunnel...

Back in December, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a frustrated tweet vowing to alleviate traffic by grabbing a tunnel-boring machine and going to work. While this seemed like the usual What If thought Musk dispatches to the Twitterverse, it s...

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16:20
Apple, Tesla Ask California To Change Its Proposed...

Tesla and Apple have asked the state of California to change its proposed policies on self-driving cars to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human back-up drivers, among other things. Reuters reports: In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, Ford Motor Co, Uber Technologies Inc, Toyota Motor Corp, Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. Apple said California should revise how companies report self-driving system "disengagements." California currently requires companies to report how many times the self-driving system was deactivated and control handed back to humans because of a system failure or...

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16:14
Apple extends repair coverage to 3 years for Apple...

Apple has extended its service coverage for Apple Watch (1st gen) models experiencing expanded/swollen battery problems to three years, covering customers for service for an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty that it provides with the device.

more…

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15:31
Fitbit says that Flex 2 didn't explode on its...

Wisconsin resident Dina Mitchell said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit Flex 2 suddenly caught fire on Tuesday, while she was reading a book.

Today, Fitbit says that didn't happen.

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15:15
We destroyed a collectible Doritos bag to get at its...

Junk food and summer blockbusters go hand in hand -- from the nachos, popcorn and candy you buy at the cinema, to action-hero faces plastered on every brand of potato chips at the supermarket. This has been the way of the world as long as I can remem...

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14:46
NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won't get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress' originally estimated it would debut, but space agency off...

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14:44
Robbers target two San Diego Apple stores, make off...




Three men brandishing knives robbed two San Diego Apple stores within the space of an hour on Friday, and the small gang is still on the loose with an unknown amount of merchandise.

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14:22
AWT News Update: April 28, 2017

Alleged iPhone 8 case schematics and mold

It's the last AWT News Update of the month! Today we have:

  • New photos emerge showing an alleged manufacturing mold for an iPhone 8 with all the right openings in all the right places
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump today, says that the iPhone manufacturer is planning several US investments
  • Apple's self-driving test cars are on the roads, and Apple responds to California DMV requests for comments on testing protocols and reporting requirements

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple...

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14:18
Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly...

Part creation tool, part social network, the popular Musical.ly app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service's users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music lib...

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14:00
Rumor: New 'iPhone 8' schematic and...




A set of unverified photos posted online on Friday claim to show manufacturing molds, as well as a schematic diagram for said molds, being prepared for production of Apple's "iPhone 8."

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13:50
The war for the soul of the password

Obviously, whoever invented the password system was a jerk. And whoever started adding all those little rules for password creation is a sadist. Not the kind of sex-positive sadist with a flag for their kink and a set of consensual negotiation rules...

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13:33
Stealthy Mac malware spies on encrypted browser...

A new malware program that targets macOS users is capable of spying on encrypted browser traffic to steal sensitive information.

The new program, dubbed OSX/Dok by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, was distributed via email phishing campaigns to users in Europe.

One of the rogue emails was crafted to look as if it was sent by a Swiss government agency warning recipients about apparent errors in their tax returns. The malware was attached to the email as a file called Dokument.zip.

What makes OSX/Dok interesting is that it was digitally signed with a valid Apple developer certificate. These certificates are issued by Apple to members of its developer program and are needed to publish applications in the official Mac App Store.

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13:26
Red Hat Gives JBoss AMQ a Makeover


Red Hat on Thursday announced JBoss AMQ 7, a messaging platform upgrade that enhances its overall performance and improves client availability for developers. JBoss AMQ is a lightweight, standards-based open source platform designed to enable real-time communication between applications, services, devices and the Internet of Things. It is based on the upstream Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Qpid community projects. JBoss AMQ serves as the messaging foundation for Red Hat JBoss Fuse, providing real-time, distributed messaging capabilities.

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13:22
Merriam-Webster's idea of 'sheeple'...

I'll admit it: I'm an unabashed Apple fanboy. I spent far too much on a Macbook Pro with specs that would cost half as much in the Windows world, I love my pair of ridiculous-looking and easily misplaced AirPods and I may or may not have a box full o...

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13:16
Three Reasons to Try the Opera Web Browser

After writing about the death of Obama-era FCC privacy rules, Josh Centers took another look at the Opera Web browser, which includes a built-in VPN, and found that there was much more to like about the oft-forgotten browser.

 

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13:08
iPhone 8 mold shows vertical dual-lens camera...

Continuing with this week’s flow of supposed iPhone 8 leaks, Benjamin Geskin is back at it again today. The latest images show off the iPhone 8’s mold with the new vertical dual-lens camera system lining up with his previous leaks.

more…

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12:59
Airbnb makes it easier for road warriors to find a...

Airbnb is becoming a more popular option for business travelers. Employees from more than 250,000 companies around the world have signed up to use it for work, the company says. So, Airbnb caters to these road warriors with a new search tool that sho...

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12:51
9to5Rewards: Status Audio’s CB-1 Closed Back Studio...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Brooklyn, NY-based Status Audio, a company with the mission of making premium, high-quality headphones and studio monitors without the branding and inflated price tag of competitors.

The company has two pairs of its extremely well-reviewed CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitors (pictured above and below) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

more…

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12:28
USPS solar eclipse stamps use body heat to reveal...

The United States Postal Service is no stranger to letting its nerd flag fly with special edition stamps. The latest in its space series is a little different, though. Rather than just showing off celestial bodies or NASA spacecraft, the new stamps a...

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12:17
Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming,...




Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is indeed planning to make some form of investment in the U.S., but the exact details are yet to be finalized, the latter company's chairman confirmed on Friday.

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12:14
Macworld’s May Digital Edition: iPad Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the May issue

In the May issue, we review the new iPad—at $329 you may not need to go Pro—and the BeatX headphones, which we can’t help but compare with AirPods. Plus, learn to back up all your data to your NAS box without installing any software.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings

iOS Central: Apple’s acquisition of Workflow could bring automation to iOS

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:59
Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving...




A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

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11:54
NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails

The National Security Agency has enjoyed relatively broad authority to monitor communications among suspected terrorists and their associates, even when those people happen to be American citizens and even without a warrant. However, The New York Tim...

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11:25
Vibrating utensils won't stop you from stuffing...

The weight loss world is full of plausible-sounding advice. We've got apps to count calories, smart scales that measure our body fat and even vibrating utensils that promise to slow our eating down. The problem is really knowing which gadgets work an...

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11:10
Apple proposing self-driving car testing policy...

Earlier this month Apple was granted permission to publicly test a self-driving vehicle on public roads in California, and now the company has reportedly issued a letter requesting changes to autonomous car test policies. Reuters first reported that Apple has formally proposed self-driving car testing policies through a company letter.

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10:59
Your next Lego masterpiece is a $120 NASA Saturn V...

Lego has been inspired by NASA lately. Last month, the toymaker paid homage to women who made great contributions to the space agency, and now it's revealing an Apollo Saturn V set that also looks incredible. As seen in the picture above, this rocket...

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10:48
Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue...

The legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm on licensing modem technology is turning uglier every day.

Apple has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm in countries like the U.S., U.K., China, and Japan, accusing the chipmaker of using its dominant market position to overcharge licensing fees.

The iPhone maker itself doesn't pay licensing fees directly to Qualcomm. The fees are paid by partners like Foxconn, which makes the iPhone and iPad for Apple.

Qualcomm is now accusing Apple of interfering with the licensing payments owed by those partners. Its revenue forecasts for the third quarter are affected, Qualcomm said.

The chipmaker on Friday revised its revenue projections for the third fiscal quarter. It is projecting revenue to be between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. That range runs between a decrease of 12 percent and an increase of 1 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The forecast removes royalty revenues from Apple's contract manufacturers...

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10:38
I sat in on a virtual support group for sexual-...

Thanks to its ability to give you a first-person point of view, virtual reality has quickly become a vehicle for empathetic storytelling. Testimony, a VR project that premiered at Tribeca 2017, does so by putting you in a virtual support group, showi...

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10:20
Qualcomm Says Apple To Stop Paying Royalties

Apple has decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to Qualcomm, until a legal dispute between the companies is resolved, the chipmaker said on Friday. From a report: Qualcomm, the largest maker of chips used in smartphones, said it will not receive royalties from Apple's contract manufacturers for sales made during the quarter ended March 31. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm also slashed its profit and revenue forecasts for the current quarter, to account for the lost royalty revenue.


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10:19
How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a...




Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

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10:03
The Galaxy S8's home button shifts to prevent...

Screensavers were originally a way to prevent burn-in on older CRT monitors. The now-classic moving images in early operating systems were created to keep any single pixel on the screen from remaining in place for too long, leaving behind a ghost on...

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10:00
Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh:...

A few days ago we posted about the hardware used and performance benefits of my most recent Hackintosh build. In today’s tutorial, I’ll step through the entire install process in full unabridged detail.

While it might seem a bit daunting to go through the Hackintosh setup process for the first time, once you understand the basics, it’s not so difficult. Have a look at our hands-on video for more details. more…

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09:49
Fyre Festival turns to chaos as soon as it began

A supposedly opulent music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, which was plugged as an unprecedented V.I.P. event by Instagram influencers including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, descended into dysfunction and disarray as soon as it began on Thursday and has since been postponed indefinitely, organizers said.

Sounds like an incredible scam. Tickets sold for $1,000 to $12,000 for the festival.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:37
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

My thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

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09:36
Uber puts you in control of your user data

Uber is making removing the hurdles to deleting your account entirely. Like so many other services, simply uninstalling the app from your phone doesn't wipe your data on the company's servers. Not any more, according to The Verge. Rather than having...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7-inch iPad Pro $500, Pre-...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets another...

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09:21
Happy Hour Podcast 117 | Carpool Karaoke is Apple...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s first major original series delay, iOS 11 rumored features including a new Apple Music design and Apple Pay features, and the latest iPhone 8 rumors including a new dummy unit leak. 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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09:16
Rumor: ‘Siri Speaker’ Amazon Echo competitor could...

Taking to Twitter, leaker Sonny Dickson has shared more alleged details on the rumored upcoming Siri speaker. Introducing some new concepts not previously shared, Dickson believes that the speaker could see its debut at this year’s WWDC.

more…

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09:00
The best 360-degree camera

By Jeff Carlson

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 its work....

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08:59
iPhone 8 will address ‘pent up demand’ from...

Analysts have been expecting this fall’s iPhone 8 to prompt a so-called ‘super cycle’ for weeks, and now Credit Suisse is the latest to push that expectation. Analyst Kulbinder Garcha at the firm cites ‘pent up demand’ from the iPhone installed base for a very different model than recent hardware updates.

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08:52
Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor rumored to...




More details on Apple's anticipated standalone Siri speaker have emerged, suggesting the device could look similar in some ways to the company's cylindrical Mac Pro desktop, and could be released as soon as WWDC in June.

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08:46
Apple's Lexus RX450h test vehicle hits the road...

Photo source: Bloomberg

That didn't take long. About two weeks after Apple gained permission from the State of California to test out its Project Titan autonomous-car technology, an "anonymous source" provided Bloomberg with pictures and an animated GIF sequence showing the vehicle on the streets.

What you see isn't that pretty; the white Lexus RX450h SUV is covered with a bunch of sensors, and it honestly looks like something that a couple of college students would have cooked up in their dorm room. Bloomberg had an industry expert take a look at the photos, and it appears that's close to the truth -- these are all off-the-shelf sensors, with none of them being...

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08:42
Apple and Qualcomm's license dispute is getting...

Qualcomm's ongoing legal dispute with Apple today took a new turn after the chipmaker accused its device-making partner of further withholding patent royalties. According to a statement, Apple recently stopped paying licensing revenue to manufacturer...

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08:39
A very false narrative: Apple Watch and the future...




It's hard to escape the media pronouncements that iPhones are now boring again after Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8, Apple's Mac business is being overshadowed by more exciting Surface Windows PCs from Microsoft and that Apple Watch is a disappointing dud. But they're all wrong, here's why.

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08:30
Deals: 15" MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $1,993...




Heading into the weekend, AI readers can exclusively save $355 on Apple's 2015 15" MacBook Pro with AppleCare. Or pick up an upgraded 2016 13" MacBook Pro with function keys and 1TB of storage for $2,399 with no tax in 48 states. The spacious 256GB 12.9" iPad Pro is also $50 off.

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08:24
Xbox chief envisions a Netflix model for narrative...

Microsoft has just tipped its hand for what the company will show off at E3 in June. In a wide-ranging interview with The Guardian, Xbox chief Phil Spencer laid out his plans for the future of Xbox software. Since (mostly) fixing a majority of the pr...

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08:18
Photos and video from the stunning new Dubai Mall...

The new Dubai Mall Apple store has been open one day, and the videos and photos from Apple show just how beautiful this new retail outlet is. It's located in downtown Dubai, overlooking the Dubai Fountain (and in fact providing a balcony for watching the nightly fountain shows), and within sight of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.  

Pictures (and video) speak louder than words, so feast your eyes on the video and photos from Apple.









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08:05
Qualcomm's revenue guidance slash possibly...




An analyst has examined Qualcomm's earnings reduction as a result of Apple withholding royalty payments for wireless chips, and believes that Apple is on track to sell about as many iPhones as it did during the same time frame from 2016.

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08:01
New 'Dok' malware targets Macs using...




A new strain of malware targeting Mac users is attempting to slip past defenses through a phishing scheme and a signed Apple developer certificate -- though in practice, it may still not pose much of a threat.

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07:57
iCloud.com gains dynamic wallpaper

Do the Bokeh Pokeh: The iCloud.com login screen

OK, so this isn't big news, but it's actually quite interesting. iCloud.com, which has displayed a static, blue-to-yellow gradient background for the past three years, now has a dynamic wallpaper on both the login and "home" screens.

The backdrop features what I'd refer to as "floating bokeh," referring to the blurred, out of focus patches of light seen in the background of photos that are focused on a foreground object. Those blobs of light actually react to where the mouse pointer appears on the screen, changing direction to head towards the pointer.

Go try it out. You know you want to...

The new, totally bokeh iCloud home screen

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07:45
∞ AirPods, song skipping, and volume

I love my AirPods. I am happy with the sound quality and I love the convenience and the cleverness of the design. Clearly, a tremendous amount of thought has been put into the many and varied use AirPod use cases:

  • Open the case near your iPhone and you are connected automatically.
  • Pull an AirPod out of your ear and the music or video you are playing pauses.
  • Drop the AirPods back in the case and they charge automatically.
  • Double-tap to interact with Siri.

There are two use cases, however, that just don’t work for me.

  • Skip to the next song (something I do reasonably often)
  • Adjust the volume (either due to a song being mixed loud, or my circumstances/environment changing)

In either case, you either need to pull your phone out of your pocket, fire up an Apple Watch app, or you need to ask Siri to help. While these are all fine solutions, they are far less efficient than the solutions I’ve long had...

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07:45
Apple Music + Musical.ly = Love

Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a fun music video app that lets users create their own music videos, then share them with others. Re/Code reports that the app, which now uses song snippets from UK-based provider 7digital, will start using Apple Music content in addition to that from 7digital beginning this weekend. 

The deal is a win-win for both Apple and Musical.ly: Apple gets to promote Apple Music through the Musical.ly app, while Musical.ly will be expanding from 30 countries to 120 thanks to the depth of licensing deals Apple has.

Musical.ly has been in service for almost three years and is just now becoming extremely popular with teenagers. If Apple can attract part of that teen crowd to Apple Music, its subscription service may see an increase in...

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07:30
Apple Watch helps college student after rollover...

[WARNING: AutoPlay]

ABC2 News:

“She kept going, and then I heard a crunch, and I was like ugh, now my car’s going to be in the shop for like two weeks this sucks. The next thought I had was you’re upside down.”

College student Casey Bennett was stuck in his car, had the wherewithal to press and hold his Apple Watch side button to place a call to 911. Great story.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:07
Uber makes it easier to delete accounts, denies it’s...

Uber has announced that an update to the app rolling out over the next few weeks will make it easier for customers to delete their accounts. Previously, deleting the app did not remove your account from Uber servers, leaving your data in place …

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07:00
Musical.ly syncs up with Apple Music

[VIDEO] Recode:

Musical.ly lets its users create and share their own music videos, using snippets of songs. Starting on Friday, Apple Music will be the service that supplies the songs, replacing U.K.-based provider 7digital, according to people familiar with the companies’ plans.

If you’ve never experienced Musical.ly, check out the video embedded in the main Loop post. Some of these are very good. I can see the attraction, the fun of putting one of these together. Good connection for Apple.

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06:30
A quick glimpse of Apple’s self driving car tech

Bloomberg:

The white Lexus RX450h SUV emerged from an Apple facility this week and was kitted out with an array of sensors, according to a person who saw the vehicle and provided photos to Bloomberg News. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

Picture and animated GIF embedded in the Bloomberg piece.

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06:10
Apple to halt royalty payments to Qualcomm until end...




Apple is no longer paying iPhone manufacturers for any of the royalties it owes to Qualcomm, and is planning to withhold them entirely until current lawsuits are resolved, the latter company said on Friday.

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06:03
Chinese manufacturer gambles on new case based on...




A case design has popped up on social media from a Chinese manufacturer, but appears to be based on the assortment of "leaked" schematics from April and may not be accurate.

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06:00
Recode: Apple in talks to launch its own money...

Recode:

The company has recently held discussions with payments industry partners about introducing its own Venmo competitor, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. The service would allow iPhone owners to send money digitally to other iPhone owners, these people said.

Not sure I see the logic in offering a Venmo-type service if it is not universal. When I need to send someone money, I never want to check to see if they have an iPhone first.

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06:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Make music with Audiobus and...

Melody makers

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This week’s roundup includes three new apps that help you make music or put a melodic soundtrack on your iOS videos. Read on!

Audiobus 3

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05:55
Qualcomm slashes profit forecasts as Apple stops...

Qualcomm has substantially cut both revenue and profit forecasts as it revealed that Apple has ceased all royalty payments to the company pending the outcome of lawsuits between the two companies …

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05:43
Watch this real life Iron Man suit in action

Amazing. I would definitely give this a go. Take a look.

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05:38
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the rumors around 'iPhone 8' wireless charging, HomeKit and a possible Siri-driven Echo competitor, the Apple Watch at 2 and more.

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05:29
Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou to meet with Trump

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Chairman Terry Gou of key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, is set to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday, according to people familiar with the plan.

The sources did not disclose details of the first-ever encounter between the two. But with Trump’s persistent pledge to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Gou’s dogged determination to acquire the memory chip business of embattled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, the two will likely exchange their views on related issues.

A lot at stake here. Trump wants Apple to build in the US. Lots of resistance to that, both in terms of logistics and financial impact.

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05:17
Nasty Mac malware bypasses Gatekeeper, undetectable...

We learned recently that macOS malware grew by 744% last year, though most of it fell into the less-worrying category of adware. However, a newly-discovered piece of malware (via Reddit) falls into the ‘seriously nasty’ category – able to spy on all your Internet usage, including use of secure websites.

Security researchers at CheckPoint found something they’ve labelled OSX/Dok, which manages to go undetected by Gatekeeper and stops users doing anything on their Mac until they accept a fake OS X update …

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05:15
Apple to hold Q2 2017 conference call on Tuesday,...

Come next Tuesday, Apple shall once again reveal where it stands where units of currency are concerned.

Apple will hold its Q2 conference call on Tuesday, May 2nd in the early afternoon at 2 PM PST.

Last quarter, Apple’s revenues shrunk for the first time in recent memory. At the time, Apple suggested that its next quarter would generate between $51.5 and $53.5 billion in revenue, which would make it a second straight quarter of slight year-over-year revenue growth.

During the conference call, some things to watch out for will include iPhone sales, Apple’s growth in the Chinese marketplace, what revenues Apple’s services are generating and a general idea as to how the Apple Watch is selling (even if Apple has yet to release specific sales numbers).

Users will also see how Mac sales are doing and if they’ll continue to trend upwards and whether the iPad turnaround has begun following the introduction of a stripped-down $329 model and the updated iPad...

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05:00
Lexus RX450s SUV spotted using Apple’s self-driving...

Less than two weeks after snagging permission to test it test its autonomous-car technology in California, Apple appears to be testing its software on California’s public roads.

A white Lexus RX450h SUV was seen emerging from an Apple facility, complete with a battery of attached sensors. The sensors included Velodyne Lidar Inc.’s top-of-the-range 64-channel lidar, at least two radar and a series of cameras. The sensors appear to be products bought off the shelf from suppliers, rather than custom-made, according to an industry expert who saw the photos.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles cleared Apple to test its software with three vehicles earlier this month. Apple’s “Project Titan”, as it’s been internally dubbed, seems to be an autonomous car project headed up by Apple veteran executive Bob Mansfield. Mansfield took over leadership of the project in 2016 and is said to have reined in the “Apple Car”...

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05:00
Duty Calls Popular Shooter Back to World War II


Call of Duty will return to its World War II roots when the latest title arrives this November. The franchise has been a steady hit maker since its 2003 debut. Various titles in the series have become regular staples in e-sports tournaments and Major League Gaming. Call of Duty is one of the most popular series in video game history, selling a combined 175 million copies -- second only to Take 2's Grand Theft Auto franchise. The game has passed $11 billion in total lifetime revenue.

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Supercharge your Mac file searches with HoudahSpot 4...

For those of us who have worked on the Mac for decades, we know that one of the more frustrating aspects can be finding files. Sure, Spotlight is supposed to do that for you, but it often returns either empty or incorrect search results. The best tool for the job of finding files on your Mac is HoudahSpot 4, now available in the Apple World Today Deals Shop for $19. 

That $19 buys you a family license for HoudahSpot 4 that covers all Macs in a household. With HoudahSpot 4, you'll:

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, file extension, author, recipient, pixel count, & more
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04:45
Here’s how Apple could easily solve its Touch ID ‘...

I’ve been giving more thought to the issue of how Apple might embed Touch ID into the display of the iPhone 8. So far, the various reports and rumors have focused on two possibilities: one hi-tech, one low-tech.

The hi-tech approach would be to embed a fingerprint reader beneath the display. We know from the sheer volume of Apple patents that Apple ...

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04:03
External Link: FCC Chairman Pai Seeks to Reverse Net...

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released a 58-page plan that would reverse most of the Obama-era net neutrality rules, most notably one that classifies ISPs as common carriers. His proposed rules will face an initial vote on 18 May 2017, and the FCC is hearing comments until then. Last time the FCC sought public comment on net neutrality, it was flooded with 3.7 million submissions in favor of requiring broadband providers to treat all traffic equally, rather than selling preferential “fast lane” access to the highest bidders. Any bets on how many comments the FCC gets this time?

 

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03:45
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2017

April's Mac games

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April isn’t usually a particularly prime month for video game releases, but this month bucked that trend in the world of Mac games: this is the busiest month we’ve seen for noteworthy debuts in some time! In fact, we had so many intriguing games on our working list that we had to cut a handful from what you’ll see within. 

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03:00
Why peer-to-peer Apple Pay is a great idea

Even in 2017, paying for things is still mostly terrible—even more so now that a multitude of options seem to confront us every time we step up to a register: Do I swipe? Insert my card? Enter a PIN? Sign my name?

When Apple Pay launched in 2014, it came with the promise of reducing much of that complexity. Just tap your phone or Apple Watch to the reader and you’re done. That hasn’t exactly panned out, thanks to both the fragmentation of payment methods and less-than-universal adoption of Apple Pay.

Still, given the inroads that Apple has made in paying businesses, it’s somewhat surprising that the company hasn’t yet jumped headfirst into person-to-person payments. However, if a report in Recode this week is any indication, Apple may be eyeing just such a move. And the benefits for its users could be tremendous.

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03:00
Apple Patent Hints At Wirelessly Charging Your...

According to AppleInsider, "Apple is experimenting with medium- to long-distance wireless charging technologies that could one day allow users to charge up their iPhones with nothing more than a Wi-Fi router." From the report: Detailed in Apple's patent application for "Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas" is a method for transferring power to electronic devices over frequencies normally dedicated to data communications. In its various embodiments, the invention notes power transfer capabilities over any suitable wireless communications link, including cellular between 700 MHz and 2700 MHz, and Wi-Fi operating at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. More specifically, the document's claims apply to millimeter wave 802.11ad spectrum channels currently in use by the WiGig standard, which operates over the 60 GHz frequency band. Theoretically, the proposal opens the door to wire-free charging from in-home Wi-Fi routers to cellular nodes and even satellite...

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02:36
Apple updates iCloud.com wallpaper from static...

Apple likes rolling out changes to iCloud.com at seemingly random times throughout the year. Today, it’s updated the iCloud.com background from a static blue-yellow seaside gradient to a moving animation that tracks your mouse cursor and mimics the blue Dynamic Wallpaper on iPhone and iPad, which Apple quickly ignored after their introduction in iOS 7.

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02:21
Purported iPhone 8 clear case lacks rear Touch ID...

The latest iPhone 8 leak is an image of a purported case for the device, via KKSneakLeaks. This (admittedly) bare bones clear case gives some clues as to the device’s characteristics by the shape and cutouts in the accessory. Most prominently, the case includes a camera cutout that would snugly fit the vertically-stacked dual camera that we have seen so much in recent weeks.

It also has a noticeably longer power button and notably lacks any hole for a rear Touch ID sensor to reside. This again supports the idea that Apple will successfully integrate the fingerprint scanner into the display, rather than an earlier leak which placed the sensor below the Apple logo on the back. The general proportions of the part also confirms that the physical size of the device is...

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Thursday April 27

20:24
Apple Music reportedly strikes deal with popular...

According to a new report from Recode, Apple has agreed to a partnership with popular music video app Musical.ly. The partnership will see Apple Music supply the song clips in the Musical.ly application, which allows users to create their own videos singing along to popular songs.

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Apple Music to provide song content for Musical.ly,...




Apple Music will provide song clips to music-based social media app Musical.ly in a partnership expected to kick off on Friday, according to a new report.

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