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Thursday October 26

05:48
Google engineer proves any iPhone app with...




A Google engineer has demonstrated it is possible for a malicious iOS app to spy on a user, with a proof of concept app capable of photographing or recording from both iPhone cameras without the user's knowledge, all by exploiting the permissions granted by the user allowing access to the cameras.

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05:44
The absolute fastest way to preorder iPhone X

If you are planning on ordering an iPhone X at just past witching hour tonight, this is worth a read. Lory Gil walks through the process, highlights things you can do to squeeze every second out of the purchase process, make sure you maximize your chances of success.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
The iOS privacy loophole

Felix Krause:

Once you grant an app access to your camera, it can:

  • access both the front and the back camera
  • record you at any time the app is in the foreground
  • take pictures and videos without telling you
  • upload the pictures/videos it takes immediately
  • run real-time face recognition to detect facial features or expressions

Have you ever used a social media app while using the bathroom?

All without indicating that your phone is recording you and your surrounding, no LEDs, no light or any other kind of indication.

The point is that when you grant an app access to your camera, you grant complete access. There is no granularity, no access limitation for a single task.

Is this paranoia? Perhaps. But seems like this is worth some thought.

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05:24
After throttling video on unlimited plans, Verizon...

After throttling video streaming to as little as 480p on its so-called unlimited plan back in August, Verizon is now offering access to 4K streaming – but at a price. Access costs $10 per month per user.

more…

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05:22
Apple versus Samsung patent damages retrial slated...




The Apple v. Samsung patent damages retrial will begin May 14 and run for five days, U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has ruled, agreeing with a timeline proposed by both parties.

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05:14
Sketchnoting in educational settings: using your...

During the opening day of the 2017 Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC), Vanessa Perez, technology integration and library media specialist for Clinton Public Schools, Clinton, Oklahoma, presented a session on using Sketchnoting as a different way of taking notes.

She stated that the benefits of using sketchnoting using the iPad include retention and recall, visible thinking, archiving, choice of what works best for the learner, sharing (airdrop, email, social media), and processing. Perez presented a number of examples of how sketchnoting is used in her school system and noted that it is great for early grade students who may not yet be writing. Students of all ages may find sketchnoting useful.

Prior to using the iPad for sketchnoting, students are instructed in how to sketchnote using paper and markers. Students then transfer their sketchnotes to the iPad. Once the technique is learned, students no longer need paper and markers for note taking. Sketchnotes may be...

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05:14
Face ID FUD

John Gruber deconstructs yesterday’s Bloomberg article that accuses Apple of downgrading its Face ID technology to make it easier to meet production goals.

Read Gruber’s detailed post, then consider the damage done by Bloomberg’s article. Will people accept Apple’s official response? Will the accusation of a weaker Face ID shift the thinking of potential buyers? It’d be interesting to see a poll of buyer thinking.

Gruber brings up some really interesting food for thought. In these days of fake news, is it possible Apple is the victim of a disinformation campaign here? Or is there a nugget of truth at the core of it all?

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05:10
JNUC keynote session focuses on user ID security,...

The second day of the Jamf Nation User Convention (JNUC) kicked off with the second keynote session focusing on user identity security, Apple use in healthcare, device choice in the workplace, and “Apple plus Jamf” in education.

The session began with a video from Simplifeye demonstrating how Simplifeye with Jamf and Apple provides efficiency and connectivity for healthcare providers.

Following opening remarks, Jamf CEO Dean Hager welcomed Microsoft’s corporate vice president Brad Anderson to the stage to discuss better security protection. Anderson explained how security parameters for enterprise have changed and stated that organizations have to move from a parameter based security model to an identity based security model. With identity being common across all user devices, that is the place where everything is being attacked. Anderson stated that identity is the most important element of security protection.

Anderson further explained how Jamf’s integrated...

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04:55
Apple patent involves devices with millimeter wave...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170309991) for devices with millimeter wave yagi antennas. They should appear in upcoming iPhones, iPads, and perhaps Macs designed for next generation 5G networks. Said said networks should begin arriving in 2020.

Millimeter wave, which is also known as extremely high frequency (EHF)  or very high frequency (VHF) by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), can be used for high-speed wireless broadband communications. Millimeter wave is an undeveloped band of spectrum that can be used in a broad range of products and services like high speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks (WLANs) and broadband access. 

In telecommunications, millimeter wave is used for a variety of services on mobile and wireless networks, as it allows for higher data rates up to 10 Gbps. Antennas with wide bandwidth, high-gain, compact size and low profile with easiness of integration in-package or on-chip with other components are...

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04:51
Angela Ascendent: The Buzzfeed interview with Angela...

If you haven’t already, take a few minutes and watch this quick interview with Angela and Tim Cook. As the title suggests, Angela Ahrendts is ascendent.

The Buzzfeed interview covers a lot of ground. A few highlights:

In 2013, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted, “I just saw Future Apple CEO @AngelaAhrendts on her farewell Burberry tour! The most important hire Tim Cook has ever made!” (Both Cook and Ahrendts batted down “future CEO” rumors in an interview with BuzzFeed News at the recent opening of Apple’s Chicago flagship store: “Fake news … silly,” the retail chief said immediately, shaking her head. Cook, smiling, responded: “I see my role as CEO to prepare as many people as I can to be CEO, and that’s what I’m doing.”)

And:

This year, Toys ‘R’ Us, RadioShack, and a dozen others filed for...

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04:41
Apple vs. Samsung $400 million damages trial set for...

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has delivered on promises to expedite a jury trial to determine damages for Apple in its $400 million smartphone patent war with Samsung, moving up the trial date by two weeks to May 14, 2018, and imposing limits on pretrial motions, reports Law360.

In January Samsung told the Federal Circuit that Apple was flat wrong in arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court finding on design patent awards didn’t disturb its claim on a $400 million award, saying it took “chutzpah” for the iPhone maker to try to stop Samsung’s new trial. In December 2016, the Supreme Court sided with Samsung, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its...

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04:39
Smart light switch w. built-in OLED panel is an...

One of the key decisions you need to make when adding smart lighting to a home is whether to have the smarts in the switches or the bulbs. Switches tend to be the easier option if you have non-techies in the home, while bulbs offer more flexibility.

A new smart switch system called Noon Home aims to offer the best of both worlds …

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04:37
Apple wants patent infringement ruling to the...

Apple has told the Federal Circuit that a Wisconsin federal court’s $506 million judgment that the company infringed a computer processor patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation was “fraught with error” and must be overturned, reports Law360.

In October 2015, a U.S. jury ordered Apple to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's iPhones and iPads without permission. The amount was less than the $400 million the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) was claiming in damages.

In early 2013, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation filed a lawsuit saying that Apple's A7...

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04:30
Guide book released for iPhone X and iOS 11

Tap Guides has published the iPhone X Pro Guide, a $3.99, 476-page ebook available in the Apple iBookstore that serves up lots of info about the just-released iPhone X and iOS. 

The book looks at exclusive iPhone X features such as Face ID, every built-in app and the iPhone X hardware. It's also packed with large color images that help to visually explain tips and tutorials for the next gen smartphone and iOS 11.

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04:15
Rumor: Apple acquires InVisage, purchases possible...

Apple has reportedly snagged yet another image technology company, or at least hired some of its core staff away.

Per Image Sensors World, two anonymous sources claimed that Apple may have acquired InVisage.

The blog highlighted that InVisage is no longer listed as a current investment in the portfolios of venture capital firms Nokia Growth Partners and InterWest Partners.

InVisage also removed a news page and a list of employee profiles from its website, compared to an archived version from February. Many companies acquired by Apple in the past have simplified or even removed their websites.

According to recently changed LinkedIn profiles, at least six Apple employees now apparently work at Apple, although only two joined Apple this year. One of the two joined Apple as a hardware engineer in July, the same month as the reported acquisition.

Interestingly, InVisage also filed to register a manufacturing subsidiary in California, though it...

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04:00
Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM notes released, include...

The golden master release notes for watchOS 4.1 apparently leaked out on Wednesday, the update list confirming that streaming support will arrive for Apple Music and iCloud Music Library.

The notes, posted to Twitter by developer Guilherme Rambo, include a list of new features, improvements and bug fixes slated to debut when watchOS 4.1 sees release.

Among the more anticipated features, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library will gain the ability to stream over LTE, as was initially promised to arrive this fall. Apple COO Jeff Williams stated these features were in the works, but would not be available when the Apple Watch Series 3 launched last month. Instead, the features would arrive as part of a software update in October.

Developer beta versions of watchOS 4.1, released in late September, incorporated Apple Music and iCloud Music Library streaming in Watch’s Music app. It appears the feature will be included in the public version of Apple’s forthcoming...

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03:50
Twitter over-counted number of users, but may make...

Announcing its quarterly financials, Twitter admitted that it had over-counted the number of users it had, but said that the error amounted to less than 1%. It said that even with the correction, it had seen the number of active users grow by 4M in the past quarter …

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03:30
How to set up Family Sharing in macOS High Sierra

With macOS High Sierra, you can hare a single iCloud storage plan, and give everyone in the family their own private space to store their backups, documents, and photos. Here’s how:

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Click iCloud.
  • Click Manage Family (or set up your family). 
  • Click Apps & Services.
  • Click iCloud Storage.

And you’re good to go.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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03:27
“I would prefer to not keep doing this until I...

District Court Judge Lucy Koh has told Apple and Samsung that she would like to see a final end to the five-year legal battle over patent infringements by the Korean company.

I would prefer to not keep doing this until I retire. I would like this to be some closure for all of us.

She made the comment as she set a date for what is expected to be a five day hearing …

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03:00
iOS camera permissions allow rogue apps to...

One of the privacy features of iOS is that apps are required to ask permission if they want to access things like your photos, camera and location. But a Google engineer has created a demo app to show how a rogue app could abuse permissions to surreptitiously photograph you as you use the app – or even livestream video from your front or rear cameras.

The issue, says Felix Krause, is that users are asked to grant blanket permission. There may be a legitimate-seeming reason for an app to request access to your camera, to take a photo within the app, but it is then able to shoot photos and video anytime it is in the foreground without alerting you in any way …

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03:00
Pixplant is a simple, but powerful, pro texturing...

By Aaron Lee

FaronStudio's PixPlant is a professional texturing tool for macOS and Windows. The app offers an integrated environment for the creation of 3D maps from plain photos.

The purpose of PixPlant is to offer a simple way to transform realistic images into useful seamless textures and 3D maps, preserving the beauty and drama of everyday life. It’s a tool that allows you to quickly add realism, variety and value to your 3D projects.

Select an image, run PixPlant, and the result is seamless texture maps. The app is used by those in the architectural visualization, interior design, 3D virtual prototyping, visual FX and game development industries.

Based on real-life photos, PixPlant generates interesting realistic textures without the complication of procedural texture generation tools. It provides easy 3D map editing with whole-image tools as well as displacement sculpting and image painting tools and real-time 3D rendering preview...

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03:00
Smart bulb or smart switch? Startup Noon Home says...

Noon Home’s OLED switches promise to deliver designer lighting using your home’s existing fixtures.

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02:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 26, 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

NantHealth — an evidence-based, personalized healthcare company — says its Vitality Mobile app is now available for download for iOS devices. When linked with Vitality GlowCap, it delivers users a mobile experience for tracking and improving medication adherence. 

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.10.2, a compatibility update to company's file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. 

The software automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders. Package Central can serve unlimited users on...

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02:00
The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

Will higher internet prices make cord cutting futile? Here’s some perspective.

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00:00
Facebook opens its Workplace Chat desktop app to...

Facebook brought its Slack-competing service out of private beta last year and rebranded it as simply 'Workplace.' Its messaging side offering, Workplace Chat, had browser and mobile components -- and today, it's bringing its desktop app out of beta...

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Wednesday October 25

23:00
Roku Wants To Start Streaming To Third-Party Devices

According to Variety, Roku is looking to start streaming videos on devices made or controlled by competitors like Apple and Google. The company's first foray into streaming on third-party hardware will likely involve mobile devices. From the report: The move could further accelerate Roku's efforts to transition from a hardware-revenue-based to a services-based business model -- a transition that has been in progress for years. Now, it plans to also stream some content on devices that don't run its operating system, with mobile being a likely first step. Key to Roku's expansion into mobile video is going to be the company's existing mobile app, which has already been downloaded tens of millions of times on iOS and Android. The app's current primary function is remote control, as it allows owners of Roku streaming devices and Roku-powered TVs to control these devices directly from their phones. In fact, the app can't currently be operated if there is not a Roku device available on...

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22:18
Harvard's new RoboBee can fly in and out of...

Apparently, we haven't seen RoboBee's final form yet. Harvard researchers introduced the robot back in 2013 and developed a version that uses static to stick to walls in 2016. Now, the scientists have created an upgraded robotic bee that can fly, div...

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21:46
How to preorder iPhone X with Apple's battle-...




Apple's iPhone X is by far the most hotly anticipated device of 2017. With all signs pointing to a quick sellout of initial stock, prospective buyers will have to go into Friday's preorder process with a game plan.

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19:03
Face ID FUD

Seemingly-sensational Apple story from Bloomberg today, reported by Alex Webb and Sam Kim, “Inside Apple’s Struggle to Get the iPhone X to Market on Time”:

As of early fall, it was clearer than ever that production
problems meant Apple Inc. wouldn’t have enough iPhone Xs in time
for the holidays. The challenge was how to make the sophisticated
phone — with advanced features such as facial recognition — in
large enough numbers.

As Wall Street analysts and fan blogs watched for signs that the
company would stumble, Apple came up with a solution: It quietly
told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the
face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture,
according to people familiar with the situation.

That sounds terrible. But what exactly does it mean? Does it mean Face ID...

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19:01
Verizon will allow 4K video streaming for $10 extra...

Starting on November 3rd, Verizon customers who want to stream full 4K video on their phones can finally do so. Just two months ago, the company had split its unlimited plans into two tiers; one capped streaming at 480p, while the more expensive one...

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18:21
Cochlear releases new Made for iPhone hearing...

Apple and Cochlear originally announced their partnership back in July, and today the first product out of that partnership is available. As detailed in a report from The Australian, Cochlear has released its Made for iPhone Nucleus 7 Sound Processor in Australia and it will soon come to other countries….

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18:11
Review: Logitech's Craft Advanced Keyboard...




Priced at $200, Logitech's new Craft Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial is a definitively premium keyboard, justifying its price with a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac apps. AppleInsider gives you the full rundown in our review.

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17:46
Microsoft's game broadcast service Mixer now...

You certainly don't need to speak English to watch or broadcast games on Microsoft's Mixer, but wouldn't it be nice if you could navigate in whatever your native language happens to be? There's now a good chance you can do just that. Mixer.com now...

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17:22
Walmart working w/ Apple to broaden its Mac rollout...

At the ongoing Jamf enterprise conference, Walmart teased plans for a broader rollout of the Mac to its employees and retail stores. Speaking at the event, Miles Leacy, Walmart’s ‘technical expert for Apple technologies’ explained that the retail giant is working with Apple and Jamf to expand its rollout of Macs…

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16:44
'Social robot' Jibo reaches Indiegogo...

Three years after an astronomically successful crowdfunding campaign raised over $3.6 million, Jibo the robot is finally ready. The social bot is available to buy on its site for $900; Those who backed its Indiegogo have already started receiving the...

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15:59
Android 8.1 preview unlocks your Pixel 2 camera...

Remember how Google said the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both have a custom imaging chip that's just laying idle? Well, you can finally use it... in a manner of speaking. Google has released its first Developer Preview for Android 8.1, and the highlight...

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15:32
Hands-on: CalDigit AV Pro 2 – an external storage...

CalDigit is no stranger when it comes to producing peripherals for the Mac. In particular, the California-based company has concentrated on Apple’s laptops with USB-C and Thunderbolt. The CalDigit AV Pro 2 is its latest such product: an external storage solution wrapped in a high-grade aluminum enclosure.

CalDigit has merged external storage with a USB 3.0 hub to create a product capable of providing three things of interest to MacBook owners — access to more storage, additional USB ports, and charging up to 30W. Have a look at our video walkthrough as we unbox and go hands-on with the CalDigit AV Pro 2. more…

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15:19
First Look: Yale Assure Lock SL with iM1 HomeKit-...




Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family in the form of the iM1 Network Module -- and AppleInsider has the Assure Lock SL with the module on-hand.

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15:05
Apple and Cochlear partner on new hearing implant...




Australia-based company Cochlear on Wednesday debuted its latest hearing implant sound processor, the Nucleus 7, which was developed in cooperation with Apple to connect with and integrate sound from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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15:05
Steam introduces digital gift cards ahead of holiday...

Got friends who wait for Steam's holiday sales to buy a ton of games they might not get around to playing? Is that friend you? Now you can help your friend soften the blow by sending them digital gift cards that add to their Steam Wallet balance. Or,...

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14:31
Reddit's stricter stance on violence bans more...

Reddit has previously had success cleaning up its act by banning hate communities, and now it's expanding those crackdowns. The social site has widened its policies on violent content to forbid material that "encourages, glorifies, incites or calls...

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14:14
Leaked watchOS 4.1 GM release notes suggest no Apple...

Apple is currently in the process of beta testing watchOS 4.1, as well iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and macOS 10.13.1. With each release the company provides detailed change logs identifying any bug fixes, feature additions, and known issues. Developer Guilherme Rambo has now gotten his hands on the release notes for the watchOS 4.1 GM release, which will likely come next week…

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14:09
AWT News Update: October 25, 2017

Picture courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.

The leaves have all fallen from the trees at Apple World Today headquarters in Colorado, and Steve's been spending too much time getting them rounded up. But he did have enough time today to gather some stories for another episode of the AWT News Update podcast:

  • The 2018 Honda GoldWing touring motorcycle (at right) will come with an option for Apple CarPlay integration
  • watchOS 4.1 is getting close to release, and the golden master release notes were leaked today, showing support for GymKit, Apple Music and iCloud Music Library streaming, and more...
  • Huge US retailer Walmart is planning a huge deployment of Macs that could reach 100,000 employees over the next year

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

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13:46
Supposed watchOS 4.1 GM release notes tip music...




Apple's watchOS 4.1 golden master release notes supposedly leaked out on Wednesday, with the update list confirming Apple Music and iCloud Music Library streaming will soon arrive on Apple Watch Series 3.

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13:46
Google's sentiment analysis API is just as...

Google developed its Cloud Natural Language API to give customers a language analyzer that could, the internet giant claimed, "reveal the structure and meaning of your text." Part of this gauges sentiment, deeming some words positive and others negat...

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13:32
Walmart plans to deploy 100,000 Macs to save on...

This is another in a line of these kinds of stories and a direct result of the work Apple and IBM have been doing in the enterprise market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:25
iPad Pro for photographers

Fstoppers did a review of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro geared specially to photographers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:24
Hisense's $10,000 'Laser TV' is a...

Hisense announced a new theater system today -- the 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV -- which is essentially a projector with speakers. The company says it uses movie theater technology to provide crisp, bright images that don't depend on the ligh...

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13:03
New CRISPR tool alters RNA for wider gene editing...

The CRISPR gene editing technique can be used for all sorts of amazing things by targeting your DNA. Scientists are using it in experimental therapies for ALS and Huntington's disease, ways to let those with celiac disease process gluten proteins and...

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13:01
Uber’s new credit card rewards you with ride-hailing...

Uber, as it continues to refocus and regain customer trust amid a string of public mishaps, today announced that it is teaming up with British bank Barclays on a branded credit card. The card, which consumers will be able to apply for beginning next month, offers rewards for purchases at restaurants, hotels, and Uber rides, as well as a few other perks…

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12:55
Walmart plans to deploy 100,000 Macs to save on...




As the world's largest retailer, Walmart is known for its "Everyday Low Prices" slogan. It's now in the planning stages of rolling out an employee Mac choice' program in an effort to save costs long term while enhancing the productivity of its employees using premium Apple hardware.

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12:47
Apple TV -- more than meets the eye

When we think of the Apple TV, we usually think of movies, TV and other entertainment we can stream to our televisions. At a Jamf session today at the Jamn Nation User Conference, we were shown how much more Apple’s set-top box can do in business and institutions.

Two Jamf speakers, Jen Veech and Alex Ekblad, showed how hospitals, schools and businesses are utilizing Apple TV in various ways. 

Hospitals are using Apple TV to turn hospital rooms into living rooms. As stated by the speakers, hospital stays are stressful for anyone, but an Apple set-top box set up in the room can make the stay much more like home. The Apple TV is used to display whatever someone in the room has on their iPhone or iPad and can stream media that the patient wants to hear or watch.

Businesses are using Apple TV in conference rooms or lobbies to display information to the public. Schools are using them to easily broadcast what is on an iPad or Mac for the whole class to see. A single...

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12:42
Roku streaming may soon be available on many more...

Roku is still synonymous with its media devices, but you may have to shake that notion before long. Variety tipsters claim that Roku is planning a first move into streaming video on third-party hardware. Reportedly, it's negotiating rights to offer...

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12:23
Uber’s new credit card could be a tough sell (...

Uber isn't exactly known for protecting the privacy of its drivers or riders. Tim Cook reportedly had to threaten to remove the Uber app from iPhones after he discovered the app was "fingerprinting" iPhones with a permanent ID. The ride sharing compa...

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12:02
Council representing Apple & other tech...

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) — of which Apple is a member — today has shared a new document outlining AI Policy Principles for the tech industry, the government, and public-private partnerships, as well as projecting how valuable AI could become in the near future.

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12:02
DJI's scanner can nab info on drones mid-flight

This morning, Chinese drone company DJI demonstrated its new AeroScope device that can track UAVs in a 5-kilometer radius. At the moment, it can only monitor the company's drones, but it's a potentially potent tool for law enforcement (or other DJI-a...

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12:00
With Camera Permission, iPhone Apps Can...

An anonymous reader writes: Whenever you give iPhone apps permission to access your camera, the app can surreptitiously take pictures and videos of you as long as the app is in the foreground, a security researcher warned on Wednesday. This is not a bug, but keep it in mind when a random app asks you for permission to access your camera. What this means is that even if you don't see the camera "open" in the form of an on-screen viewfinder, an app can still take photos and videos. It is unknown how many apps currently do this, but Krause created a test app as a proof-of-concept. This behavior is what enables certain "spy" apps like Stealth Cam and Easy Calc - Camera Eye to exist. But even if this behavior is well-known among iOS developers and hardcore users, it's worth remembering that all apps that have camera permission can technically take photos in this way. "It's something most people have no idea about, as they think the camera is only being used if they see the camera...

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11:41
AT&T's Netgear mobile hotspot promises...

AT&T has just announced the first mobile hotspot router, the Netgear Nighthawk, that can connect to the telecom company's "5G Evolution" network, which AT&T claims offers up to twice the speed of typical 4G LTE. The service is only available...

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11:29
∞ Lego builds life-size Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1...

This is amazing.

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11:21
Researchers observe the first known interstellar...

To date, every comet humanity has seen inside the Solar System has come from the Solar System, whether it's the Kuiper Belt or the billions of comets believed to make up the Oort Cloud. Now, however, it looks like astronomers might have found a comet...

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11:10
Microsoft has stopped manufacturing the Kinect

I couldn’t wait to get the Kinect and thought it was a pretty cool use of the tech. But there was never much further direct development of it (it lives on in HoloLens) and the games that used it never seemed to make advancements or be compelling enough.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:10
Nintendo's next mobile game, Animal Crossing:...

As expected, Nintendo’s next mobile game will be a new entry in its popular Animal Crossing life simulation franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp—and it’s coming out in about a month.

Nintendo’s strategy thus far with mobile games has been to streamline and adapt its enduring franchises instead of awkwardly porting games originally designed for physical gamepads, and so far it’s worked out wonderfully. Super Mario Run did a fine job of automating enough of the classic Super Mario Bros. experience for one-handed play, while last spring’s...

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11:02
How y’all, youse and you guys talk

Interesting survey on dialects and what words mean depending on where you live in the US. Apparently, as a Canadian, I talk like people from Spokane, Boise, and Salt Lake City.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:00
You can’t buy a self-driving BMW until 2021 (and...

At this point, if you're an automaker and you're not talking about autonomous cars, you might want to take a long, hard look at your product road map. During a briefing at its Mountain View research campus, BMW talked about how it plans to bring a Le...

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10:58
How to fix problems with iOS 11 on your iPhone or...




For some, iOS 11 has proven to be problematic -- but not for everyone, and not on every device. Here are a few things to try to (hopefully) clean up some issues before Apple issues a fix in software.

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10:48
Apple’s new TV shows will be family friendly

One thing Apple does know, though: It doesn’t want them to feature sex. Or violence. Or any of the mature stuff you can find in hit TV shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” or “The Walking Dead.”

…Apple wants comedies and emotional dramas with broad appeal, such as the NBC hit ‘This Is Us,’ and family shows like ‘Amazing Stories,’” the show Apple has already agreed to fund.

I suspected this would be the case. I’m not sure how I feel about it, to be honest—if the company is hiring talented people, they can probably put together whatever kind of show Apple wants. However, most of the biggest hit shows these days are not from traditional network TV stations. Apple could fall further behind Netflix, Amazon, and others before it even gets started.

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10:47
Trump announces program to test drones beyond FAA...

President Trump and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program today -- an initiative aimed at exploring expanded use of drones. While the Obama administration began allowing some drone a...

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10:34
Comparative review: Do you need a GoPro, or will a...

If you’re looking to shoot 4K video from a sedate position, your iPhone already has you covered. The latest iPhone 8 and upcoming iPhone X both offer 4K video recording at up to 60fps for buttery-smooth slo-mo. But if you’re looking to ride a mountain bike (or, indeed, a commuter bike on London’s potholed streets), abseil off a building or do anything else adventurous, you probably want a dedicated action cam.

You know a company has really hit the big time once people start using the brand name as a generic name for the product category. Biro and Hoover are the obvious examples from years gone by, but one of the best examples in today’s world is GoPro. Half the time people refer to ‘a GoPro,’ they really mean it as a generic term for a compact action cam …

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10:28
Honda's Sports EV Concept puts an AI assistant...

If you thought Honda's Urban EV Concept was a clever mix of modern electric car technology with boxy retro style, you'd better brace yourself. The automaker has unveiled the Sports EV Concept, which adapts that new-and-old formula to a low-slung, ni...

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10:12
Apple aims to debut TV slate in 2019, sans any HBO-...




Apple is reportedly aiming to have a "small slate" of TV shows ready to debut in 2019, but with sanitized content devoid of the violence, profanity, and/or nudity allowed on networks like HBO and Showtime.

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10:09
Amazon Prime members won’t have to pay for ‘premium...

Amazon's latest perk for Prime subscribers? "Free" access to some premium Alexa skills. It's starting small, with Prime members getting access to an additional six Double Jeopardy! clues within the Jeopardy! skill. If you aren't ponying up for Prime,...

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10:08
Strategy Analytics: Apple is in second place when it...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, one out of every three smartphones sold worldwide this year will use artificial intelligence (AI) to power virtual assistants. The research group says that Google leads in AI-powered smartphones (45.9%) with Apple’s iPhone a close second (41.1%) — for now.

“Google has a narrow lead in total smartphones sold with onboard virtual assistants in 2017,” says Ville Ukonaho, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “That lead will only grow as Android smartphone sales, with Google Assistant onboard, continue to expand into lower price tiers.”

Virtual assistants have already become common in premium tier smartphones. In 2017 already over 93% of premium tier smartphones (with a wholesale...

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10:01
Checkout.com brings Apple Pay to its customers in...

Checkout.com, an international online payments company, says it will bring Apple Pay to its customers in the UAE. Already offered in Europe for Checkout.com customers, Apple Pay is now available in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), the first country in the Middle East to accept the mobile payment system.

This news follows Checkout.com's recent expansion into the U.S. market. Apple Pay will go live in the UAE with 10+ leading Checkout.com customers by the end of October, including popular the loyalty and rewards service, the ENTERTAINER. Headquartered in Dubai, the ENTERTAINER app offers deals on experiences to customers in 20 destinations across 15 countries.

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

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09:52
Apple may have bought camera sensor firm InVisage...




Apple has bought out camera sensor firm InVisage, a blog post and extended evidence suggest, potentially paving the way for future iPhone cameras that perform better in low-light environments.

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09:50
Apple denies it reduced accuracy of Face ID to aid...

Apple has very quickly sent out a press release refuting the rumor.

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09:47
Apple reportedly delayed 'Carpool Karaoke...

When Apple delayed the release of 'Carpool Karaoke,' it wasn't very clear on why. According to a report at Bloomberg, though, the tech titan had to edit and shoot additional episodes because the ones that were ready had too much "foul language and re...

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09:44
New renders imagine iPhone X notch + bezel design...

The iPhone X goes up for pre-order this week with its all-new bezel and notch design, and now a fresh set of renders imagines if Apple brought that same design to its other products. From Curved.de, the renders showcase what the iMac, MacBook Pro, iPad, and Apple Watch could all look like in the future…

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09:30
Pharrell Williams will co-own Roli's modular...

There's no question that Pharrell Williams has had at least some fondness for technology (his Daft Punk collabs and gold-tinged smartphones were big clues), but now he's taking that appreciation to Will.I.Am levels. Roli has revealed that Pharrell is...

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09:20
Apple Reduced Face ID Accuracy To Ease Production,...

In order to speed up the production of iPhone X, which Apple plans to begin shipping starting November 3, the iPhone-maker told its suppliers that they could reduce the accuracy of the Face ID facial recognition system, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing multiple people familiar with the matter. Earlier reports suggest that suppliers were facing difficulties manufacturing the Face ID system, something that was holding them back from manufacturing enough iPhone X units for the holiday season. From the report: As Wall Street analysts and fan blogs watched for signs that the company would stumble, Apple came up with a solution: It quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture, according to people familiar with the situation. Apple is famously demanding, leaning on suppliers and contract manufacturers to help it make technological leaps and retain a competitive edge. While a less accurate Face ID will...

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09:20
Netflix’s DVD queue app is available on Android

Earlier this year, Netflix released a new app that allows users to manage their DVD queues. That feature had previously been available on Netflix apps until an update in 2011 removed it, but surprisingly the now separate DVD portion of Netflix is sti...

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09:02
Amazon Key is a new service that lets couriers...

I get the convenience factor of this (having missed many deliveries due to not being at home) but I can see a lot of people reticent about allowing this kind of internet-connected (and, therefore, hackable) lock on their home. I would much rather a system where the delivery driver calls or texts that they are outside and then you would unlock the door.

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09:02
Apple calls report of reduced iPhone X Face ID specs...

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Apple lowered the specifications for the components that make up the iPhone X’s Face ID sensor to help its supply chain manufacture the upcoming phone faster, according to a new Bloomberg report, but Apple has publicly denied the report.

The report generally highlights the struggles with Apple’s new facial recognition system during the iPhone X manufacturing process. It says the company gave its suppliers the okay to reduce the accuracy of Face ID to speed up production sometime in “early fall.”

The report does not specify how...

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09:00
Slack screen sharing will let your coworkers control...

Virtual-office app Slack is adding one of its most requested features: screen sharing. And more than just simply letting a coworker look at what's on your display, you can grant control so that they can add a few lines of code, or values to a cell in...

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08:53
How audio mixers make sports sound great on TV

Vox:

When you watch a baseball game, you’re also listening for the hum of the crowd and the crack of a baseball bat. People like Andrew Stoakley make that happen.

He mixes audio for teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, which means he combines a tangle of audio feeds to create the soundscape you hear when you watch the game at home.

How do they keep the crowd from cursing into the microphones? What makes a baseball bat sound so good? And what’s it really like making all that noise into an incredible show?

This kind of audio mixing is crucial to make the sports we watch sound as if we’re there. But we only really notice it when it’s done

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08:32
Jamf accelerates Mac growth in the enterprise with...

At this week’s Jamf Nation User Conference, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president, Microsoft, today demonstrated Jamf’s integrated solution with Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), which provides automated compliance management for Mac devices accessing applications set up with Azure AD authentication.

"Organizations are often overexposed today. More and more, corporations have Mac devices, but they aren’t necessarily managed,” said Joe Bloom, product manager, Jamf. “Further, leveraging only traditional login methods makes it hard for organizations to ensure that all of the data and email passing through Office 365 or other corporate applications is indeed secured. With Microsoft EMS and Jamf Mac management, organizations can validate user credentials, while also confirming a Mac is managed and compliant...

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08:31
US-UK plan would share tech companies’ data with...

Companies like Microsoft and Google store some of their data overseas and when US agencies want access to that data, during a criminal case, for example, they often have a fight on their hands. That's because current laws don't require these companie...

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08:24
Apple denies it reduced accuracy of Face ID to aid...




In a statement, Apple has directly refuted claims that Face ID has been compromised by changes in how it certifies parts for the Face ID system.

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08:22
Apple reported buys InVisage (or at least lures away...

Apple has acquired or at least hired some talent away from InVisage, a developer of QuantumFilm camera sensors, according to Image Sensors World (as noted by MacRumors.com), citing two unnamed sources.

The article claims the deal was finalized in July. However,  Image Sensors World  hedges its bets by noting that it's possible Apple hired some of the company's employees rather than buying it outright.

QuantumFilm is an imaging and sensing technology. InVisage’s products capture high fidelity, high-resolution images for a variety of mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including smartphones, laptops, and...

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08:16
Microsoft kills Kinect just as Apple dives into...




With days until the launch of the iPhone X and its Face ID camera array, Microsoft's own motion sensing and facial recognition system for Xbox, dubbed Kinect, has been officially discontinued after a long period of languish. AppleInsider explains how Apple and Microsoft's separate facial recognition technologies -- one failed, one upcoming -- both share common roots.

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08:14
Deals: Top of the line 2016 12" MacBooks for $1...




Shoppers this week can exclusively save $195 on Apple's current 27" iMac 5K with upgraded graphics and a faster processor. The ultraportable 12" MacBook (1.3GHz, 8GB, 512GB) is also $450 off when you pick up a 2016 model. Meanwhile, 9.7" iPad Pros are $150 to $200 off with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ (prices start at $449).

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08:12
Apple hires former BBC and Channel 4 exec, Jay Hunt

Apple has brought on board BBC and Channel 4 executive Jay Hunt, the company’s first high-profile broadcasting executive hire outside of the U.S., the Financial Times reports. She will start at Apple in January 2018 and be part of the team with a $1 billion budget for original content creation, the article adds. 

Hunt’s title at Apple will be creative director of worldwide video, Europe. She green lit TV shows including Sherlock and Luther at the BBC before helping Channel 4 lure away the Great British Bake Off.

Apple 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...

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08:07
Apple hires Jay Hunt to serve as European creative...




Apple has reportedly picked the former chief creative officer of Channel 4, Jay Hunt, as its new creative director for European video, further signalling that it intends to spend some of its $1 billion programming warchest overseas.

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07:27
Macphun to change its name to SKYLUM in 2018

Macphun, the Ukraine-based software house that has created photographic editing software for the Mac including Luminar and Aurora HDR, has announced that it will be changing its name to SKYLUM in 2018.

The name change was brought about by the realization that the company's products now run on a variety of platforms, not just the Mac. The company expanded to Windows recently and also has products that run on iOS devices. 

The company also has big goals; it wants to become a viable alternative to Adobe's line of photographic editing apps. According to SKYLUM CEO Alex Tsepko

We now have a vision of bringing photographers a truly worthy Adobe alternative. We feel we are among the few companies who can achieve this goal. Adobe is a fantastic company and a well-deserved industry leader. We admire them and our products work within their...

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07:19
Users continue to experience sluggishness, battery...




Problems with battery life and instability proliferate on social media and Apple support forums after the launch of iOS 11, but have persisted through three sub-point updates, don't seem to have a common cause, or are easily rectifiable.

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06:54
AWT TV Episode 26: October 24, 2017

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.

We had a "live remote" tonight that was the focus of the show. Marty and Ruby Edwards are representing Apple World Today at Jamf Nation, a large annual conference held by Jamf, a software company that crafts incredibly powerful device management systems. Ruby provided us with a walk-around tour of the venue in Minneapolis, MN, and the large amount of signboards and sponsor lists that were seen gave a good indication of the participation at this event.

Events like this are great for those in the business of deploying many Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs, as they have a chance to meet up with others in their fields and in other...

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06:51
Apple hires Channel 4 TV exec as company reportedly...

Apple’s latest hire to help in its push for original video content is BBC executive Jay Hunt, which is notable as it is the company’s first high-profile broadcasting executive hire outside of the US, Financial Times reports. That news comes today as a separate report details Apple’s reportedly not-so-edgy approach as it shops for content…

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06:40
Jony Ive told Angela Ahrendts ‘Don’t mess with the...

When Angela Ahrendts was head-hunted by Apple to head up its retail operations, she said she was given one constraint on what she could change.

“In one of those very early conversations,” Ahrendts recalled, Ive said, ‘Don’t mess with the tables. They’re the same tables we used in our design studio and I love that it goes from the studio to the stores.’ He said, ‘They’re sacred.’”

She recounted the instruction in a new profile of her work …

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06:11
External Link: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your...

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key, which combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could possibly go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”

 

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External Link: Amazon Wants to Let Strangers In Your...

Amazon has announced a home automation bundle called Amazon Key that combines a smart lock with the new Amazon Cloud Cam. The sales pitch is that this hardware will enable Amazon delivery people to unlock your front door so they can leave packages inside your house — you can watch the process on the webcam. Of course, Amazon recommends disabling your home security system on days you expect a delivery and doesn’t recommend using the service if you have a pet. What could go wrong? (How long do you have?) File this one under “Not just no, but hell no!”

 

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