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Thursday October 26

Apple debuts $149 leather 12-inch MacBook sleeve

Apple's iPhone X wasn't the only new item to hit the company's online store on Friday, as a leather sleeve designed to snugly fit the 12-inch MacBook also went up for sale.

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Apple's iPhone X goes up for preorder online [...

As scheduled, Apple took iPhone X preorders live on Friday shortly after 12:01 a.m. Pacific, through the dedicated Apple Store app for iOS and the online storefront.

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Apple’s all-new iPhone X with Face ID & more is...

Update #2, 3:30AM ET: 4-5 week shipping times across the board from Apple.

Update: Most all models are now shipping in 2-3 weeks via Apple.

The iPhone X is now available for pre-order on Apple’s website. After 6 hours of downtime, the Apple Online Store has returned with the iPhone X in tow. Head there now to get the pre-order process started.

The iPhone X is also now available from carrier websites:


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'Basic IT security' could have prevented...

England's National Health Service (NHS) could have avoided the ransomware hack that crippled its systems in May, according to a government report. "Basic IT security" was all that was required to prevent the "unsophisticated" WannaCry attack, which a...

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Saudi Arabia plans $1 billion investment in Virgin...

Richard Branson has gained a powerful and extremely wealthy ally that can make his space tourism dreams a reality: Saudi Arabia. The kingdom will invest $1 billion in the Virgin Group's space companies and might even add $480 million more in the futu...

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Apple seeks permission from SEC to exclude proposal...

Apple earlier this month asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to authorize the exclusion of a shareholder proposal that would tie the company's diversity efforts to CEO performance, an action that could negatively impact Tim Cook's compensation.

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Former Xbox Live policy VP Stephen 'StepTo...

Stephen "StepTo" Toulouse, a tech vet, humorist and author well known for his role in managing Xbox Live over the years has passed away. His brother Jeff Toulouse tweeted that "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of our brother, Stephen...

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The first motorcycle to use Apple CarPlay has been...

The Gold Wing sets the standard for luxury touring motorcycles so it’s no great surprise they would be the first to include CarPlay.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Researchers look deeply within batteries to see why...

High-energy batteries, like the ones in your laptop and smartphone, can fail, which can cause them to overheat and even catch fire. A team of researchers used cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) , a technique that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry...

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Facebook's new tools help build supportive...

Facebook has been steadily improving things for groups on the social network. The company added administration tools like membership insights for community pages. It also created Groups for Pages to let businesses, artists and brands create their own...

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Steel frames rise at next-gen Apple store in Seattle...

Apple is making steady progress on a next-generation retail outlet in Seattle's University Village mall that, once complete, will stand face-to-face with a Microsoft Store located just feet away.

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Apple, other tech companies back LGBTQ efforts in...

Apple is among a handful of companies that have signed a friend of the court brief in a case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. TechCrunch reports Apple, Yelp, Affirm, PayPal, and Salesforce have all signed on in support of the couple…


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Apple online store goes down in preparation of...

As has become tradition, Apple on Thursday took its online store offline as the company prepares to launch preorders for its new iPhone X flagship a minute after midnight on Friday, Pacific time.

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Apple Online Store goes down in preparation for...

In preparation for iPhone X pre-orders tonight, Apple has taken its Online Store down. Pre-orders kick off at 12:01 AM PT/3:01 AM ET, so expect the store to return then. In the meantime, be sure you’re prepared for iPhone pre-orders!


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Apple, other tech companies back LGBT cause in...

Apple and a handful of high-profile technology firms this week signed an amicus brief supporting LGBT rights in a Supreme Court case over a baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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Which iPhone X model are you pre-ordering tonight? [...

The iPhone X officially goes up for pre-order tonight after seemingly months of rumors and speculation that ultimately led up to Apple’s announcement last month. The iPhone X lineup is pretty simple: two colors and two storage capacities and ahead of pre-orders tonight, we’re curious: What model are you going to snag?

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AWT News Update: October 26, 2017

Planning on being up at 12:01 AM PT tomorrow morning to pre-order an iPhone X? We think a lot of people will be and we give you some tips and other news in today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • You might want to consider a Silver 64GB iPhone X if you want a good chance of getting one
  • Concurrent with the iPhone X release on November 3, Apple will be unveiling the revamped Century City store in Los Angeles
  • Another beta of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 (the fifth) was released today
  • A Google engineer shows a proof of concept app that can use social engineering to make it possible for a malicious developer to capture photos or videos from an iOS device camera

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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Best Buy has deals on the iPad and iPad Pro

Is it too early to start your holiday shopping? If you think it is, here’s a good reason why you might want to start: Best Buy has deals on the 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad Pro models. These aren’t older models, these are the current versions.

Best Buy also offers a two-year AppleCare plan for $99. If you order an iPad by October 31 or an iPad Pro by November 3, shipping is free. You can also pick it up at your local Best Buy store.

9.7-inch iPad with 128GB (Wi-Fi only): $350

Best Buy is selling the 128GB iPad (Wi-Fi only) for $350. Apple sells this model for $429, so you’ll save $79.

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SAP, Capital One detail work with Jamf in enterprise...

As Apple cements itself as the dominant vendor of premium PCs and mobile devices, corporate IT is increasingly welcoming support for Macs as part of their business. Representatives from SAP and Capital One recently discussed what's involved in bringing Mac choice to their organizations.

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∞ The never-ending game of Dungeons & Dragons

This is amazing. A little weird maybe but the commitment is still amazing.

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Best iPhone X cases, folios, covers and screen...

The day is finally upon us. Pre-orders for the new iPhone X will be kicking off very soon and we are expecting stock to be limited. But don’t worry we have tips for you right here on how to ensure you get your hands on one. While Apple has encouraged customers to arrive early, it also said there will be iPhone X stock in stores.

But whatever way you plan on getting one, you’re going to need a new case for Apple’s all-new iPhone design and this is the place to get one. We have already brought you our favorite iPhone 8/Plus options and now it is time for the X. Down below you’ll find the best iPhone X cases available now as well as some others ready to ship...

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Spotify planning third reboot of video efforts as...

While Apple is busy readying a slate of high-budget TV shows, Spotify is resetting its attempts at original video for the third time in three years -- hoping to finally find some traction beyond on-demand music, according to one report.

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Spotify restarts video efforts again as it cancels...

Spotify is reportedly again rebooting its video efforts as the service will cancel both existing original video content as well some planned content it hadn’t yet released.


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JNUC 2017: Final Day, Final Thoughts

Four months ago I had never heard of Jamf or the Jamf Nation User Conference. Now I feel like I have a good idea of exactly what Jamf does and how it can help health care, education, and businesses deploy and maintain Macs, iPads and Apple TVs. If you are responsible for maintaining multiple Apple products, Jamf is the go-to choice for doing so.

You can totally maintain the Apple equipment and deploy apps, set policies, and perform all admin functions from the Jamf Pro software. You can choose to run the software on premise or let Jamf run it in the cloud on their servers. No matter where you are, Jamf Pro lets you easily maintain any Apple products on your network. There are businesses now using Jamf Pro to maintain well over 100,000 Macs. Jamf Pro 10 will be available October 31. I can totally recommend Jamf Pro for any person or organization wanting to maintain multiple Apple products.


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Jamf Takes Care of Its Nation

JNUC 2017, the eighth Jamf Nation User Conference, has been an impressive experience. From the organized plans to get here to the excellent hospitality of the Hyatt Regency, JNUC’s venue, this has been the best organized conference I have ever attended.


As a first time JNUC attendee and a total Jamf novice, I was nervous. However, everyone has been helpful and very friendly. JNUC is the largest gathering of Apple IT professionals, of which I am not, but I have felt completely welcomed and, most of all, have learned a lot.

The activities began the evening of our arrival with a mixer where we met educational IT professional and longtime Jamf user, Brian Martin. Martin is passionate about Jamf (he was honored with an award at the opening day keynote) and gave a glowing review of Jamf’s service to their users.

The Customer Experience Bar at Jamf Nation. Photo © 2017, Ruby Edwards

Hyatt Regency...

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Carrier compatibility for the various iPhone X models

Like Apple has done with the iPhone 8/8 Plus, the iPhone X won’t have the same carrier compatibility for all variants. Whether you want to keep as many options open for switching to another carrier in the future, or would like to know which models will work for you if your first choice is out of stock as you go to preorder the device, follow along below…


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How to delete the apps left over after an iTunes 12....

Apple's decision to remove the iOS App Store from iTunes as part of the version 12.7 update controversially took away the ability to download apps to a Mac or PC, but all of the locally-stored apps were kept in place. We show you how to delete these files and free up some storage in the process.

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What happened to Las Vegas shooter’s hard drive? It’...

Enlarge / Vehicles drive past a Las Vegas billboard featuring a Federal Bureau of Investigation tip line number on Interstate 515. On October 1, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured more than 450 after he opened fire on a large crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Local and federal investigators still have not come up with a motive that sparked a Nevada man to commit one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history. More than three weeks after Stephen Paddock opened fire and killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others attending a country music festival below his Las Vegas hotel room, authorities appear stumped about uncovering a critical piece of information—Paddock's hard drive—that could potentially lead...

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The first motorcycle to use Apple CarPlay has been...

Enlarge (credit: Honda)

Apple CarPlay is moving beyond the car and into the motorcycle.

Honda this week announced its new 2018 Gold Wing, the first bike to come equipped with Apple’s infotainment system. It will arrive next February and start at $23,500.

As noted by CNET’s Road Show blog, CarPlay’s implementation on the Gold Wing is a bit different from what it looks like on a four-wheeled automobile. The bike includes a 7-inch LCD display that shows the usual iOS-style interface, but it’s not touch-enabled....

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A review of Belkin's USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD...

Earlier in the week, we looked at three inexpensive Hubs designed for the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro. While these were adequate for work on the road, they didn’t have what it takes turn a MBP into a desktop alternative. Today we're looking at a full docking station from Belkin that will do the job: the $229.99 USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD


The Express Dock HD is designed for those who need both the convenience of a laptop and the ability to use that laptop in an office environment connected to a big monitor and multiple peripherals. As such, it’s meant to be plugged into a power outlet and left on a desk.

Belkin USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

The device itself is 8.17 inches wide (20.75cm), 3.47 inches deep (8.81cm...

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Apple's expanded Century City store in LA to...

Apple has announced that its revamped Century City store -- on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles -- will open Nov. 3, just in time to host people hunting for an iPhone X at retail.

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∞ Watch what happens when a crocodile walks into a...

Do not mess with hippos.

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Instagram releases Halloween themed face filters and...

Instagram today has released several new features. First, the social media service has brought some Halloween face filters along with new stickers for some seasonal fun. Second is a new “Superzoom” feature that works with stories or direct.


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Apple releases fifth macOS 10.13.1 beta

Apple today has released the fifth beta of macOS 10.13.1 to developers. The release comes shortly after the company made the fifth beta of iOS 11.1, and fourth betas of tvOS 11.1 and macOS 10.13.1 available to developers and public beta users earlier this week.


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Apple issues fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta to...

Three days after the last macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta, Apple has issued another one for developers with a very small increment in build numbers.

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iPhone X pre-order livestream: Join Macworld in the...

Tonight’s the night! As Thursday becomes Friday—at 12:01 a.m. Pacific—Apple will make the iPhone X available for pre-order. You can order yours from the comfort of your own home, with only a virtual line to stand in.

The thing is, it can be lonely waiting in a virtual line. That’s why the Macworld Staff will be streaming live. We’ll be broadcasting on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll wait in line with you as we count down to the pre-order opening, and then we’ll be placing our orders.

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

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First look: LIFX Mini smartbulb with Apple HomeKit

LIFX is one of the better-known LED smartbulb brands, but until recently, it was also completely missing from Apple's HomeKit platform. We're currently testing this newfound support with one of the company's latest lights, the Mini.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Loop Band $6,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Preorder hub: How to get iPhone X & keep its all...

Our iPhone X preorder hub is brought to you by Speck and its new line of Presidio cases for iPhone X (pictured above).
9to5 readers can take 15% off the new cases to celebrate the launch with promo code “9TO5MAC”Good for 1 case per user (includes iPhone X). This cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.

Once you know which iPhone and specific model you’re getting, it’s all about the fastest checkout experience possible. With so many people preordering iPhone X simultaneously tonight at midnight PST, a minute or two slower can mean a much longer wait for your device when you are queuing with millions of others.

But there are a few ways to avoid any unnecessary delays at checkout. And you’ll also want to make sure you have your accessories for when the device arrives to protect that new edge-to-edge OLED...

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Apple calls $506M WARF patent ruling 'fraught...

Apple is beginning its appeal of a $506 million penalty for violating a patent belonging to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, calling both the original jury verdict and subsequent rulings "fraught with error."

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Samsung’s new ad features reviewers praising the...

Samsung has released a new ad ahead of iPhone X preorders featuring popular YouTubers sharing how impressed they are with the “Infinity Display” found on the latest lineup of Galaxy smartphones.


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∞ 2009 Chevy Malibu vs 1959 Bel Air crash test

The first inclination is, “Oh, those old cars were built like tanks!” but its quickly apparent that the myriad safety features found on newer cars are literally lifesaving.

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“Despacito” gets over 4 billion views on YouTube and...

What a great story of a small studio helping to create a huge hit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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OWC ships Aura Pro X PCIe SSD flash storage upgrades...

Mac upgrade supplier OWC has released its newest SSDs, the Aura Pro X, with the flash-based PCIe storage said to be the fastest the firm has ever produced, claimed to offer up to 2.3 times better performance compared to the stock storage used by Apple.

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Uber rolling out an app update to offer multiple...

Uber is rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps that allows you to specify multiple destinations. The existing bill-splitting feature also integrates with it when you’re using the facility to drop multiple people home at the end of a night out …


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LG said to be producing Apple iPhone camera modules...

A new LG Innotek factory in Vietnam is allegedly geared toward churning out single- and dual-lens camera modules for various iPhone models, matching Apple's growing demands.

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Apple says $506M judgement against it for patent...

Back in 2015, Apple was found to have infringed a chip efficiency patent belonging to the University of Wisconsin. The company was told at the time that it would have to pay damages that might amount to as much as $862M


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iPhone shipments in India more than double in the...

India’s smartphone market shipments grew 23% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 to reach just over 40 million units. India has now overtaken the U.S. to become the world’s second largest smartphone market after China, according to the Canalys research group.

The top five vendors (Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo) now account for 75% of total shipments in India. Samsung shipped 9.4 million smartphones, almost 30% more than in Q3 last year. Second-placed Xiaomi increased shipments by over 290% to 9.2 million units.

Apple began local production in India earlier this year, and its iPhone shipments more than doubled to 900,000 units in in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter of 2016. That’s impressive growth in a market that is skewed toward low-end smartphones, says Canalys Research Analyst Ishan Dutt.

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AI turns your photo into a Stranger Things poster

Not perfect, but definitely interesting. Tap the link, tap the TV, select a photo, see what you get.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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.”)


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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. now...

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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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