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17:36
10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular...

A few weeks ago I posted about 10 handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis. To follow up, I’d like to share 10 additional iOS tips that I often use. Like I said before, chances are that hardcore iOS users will know most of these, but there’s usually at least one or two tips that catch users by surprise. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for the full list. more…

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17:04
Over 8,000 Uber, Lyft drivers fail new Massachusetts...

More than 8,000 Uber and Lyft drivers have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new, stricter state background check law, according to the Boston Globe. The most common reason? Issues with the driver's license status, including su...

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16:45
OmniOutliner 5

OmniOutliner now comes in two editions: Pro and Essentials. The Pro edition has all the power that we’ve always brought to OmniOutliner, with support for multiple columns, attachments, focus, automation, and so on—and for version 5 we’ve added even more, with advanced filtering, word count, typewriter mode, customizable keyboard shortcuts, and so on.

For the new Essentials edition, our goal was to introduce the joys and benefits of outlining to a much broader audience than our core Pro customers. Our focus for this edition was on making OmniOutliner much simpler, and much more affordable.

Ken Case and the folks at Omni are just great people and developers.

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16:45
Fight your way through a mansion-dungeon of early...

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

Who doesn’t miss the black-and-white Game Boy-era world of pixelated platformers and dungeon-esque traps and obstacles? Magic Mansion sweeps you right back into your childhood—skull cannons, sleeping ghosts, and all.

Nitrome’s Magic Mansion has all the makings of your next favorite iOS game: Cute characters, casual-yet-frustrating gameplay, and a totally retro feel. The game is super simple to play, with just one control, but it’s an endless, auto-run platformer with a variety of different obstacles to hop over and traps to dodge, so you won’t get bored too...

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16:42
Photoshopping Mr. Bean into things

As you would expect, I laughed loudly.

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16:40
Following Fitbit acquisition, Pebble rolling out...

Last December, Pebble was acquired by Fitbit with all future hardware plans being canceled. Since then, however, there have been questions about the fate of existing Pebble devices on the market. Now, Pebble has pushed an update to the Pebble app on iOS and Android to ensure that existing smartwatches will keep working…

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16:39
YouTube TV is live in five cities

Here are the main features:

  • Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and popular cable networks

  • Cloud DVR with no storage limits

  • 6 accounts per household included

It costs $35 a month and there are a lot of other stations available, but they are still missing some big ones. Not having storage limits on the cloud DVR is a great feature.

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16:30
Judge warns Uber in self-driving car lawsuit

“I’ve never seen a record this strong in 42 years,” [U.S. District Judge William] Alsup said. A hearing on Waymo’s request for an injunction on Uber’s self-driving program is scheduled for May.

Waymo sued ride services company Uber earlier this year, claiming that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving the company to join Uber. Waymo said Uber benefited from those documents and has sued for damages and to stop Uber from using the technology Levandowski allegedly stole.

Wow.

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16:25
Giant murderbots will fight for their countries in...

Who's ready for a robot rumble? Back in 2015, we told you about MegaBots, a team of American engineers building a piloted combat robot to battle Kuratas, a 13-foot mech built by Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industries. Two years later, it looks...

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16:14
Apple shares new demos of its proposed WebGPU...

Earlier this year, Apple proposed a new GPU on the Web Community Group to work towards more powerful graphics on the web. The WebGPU standard Apple proposed is much more object-oriented than WebGPU and allows developers to create and store objects that represent state. Additionally, it allows for objects that can process a broader set of commands. This reduces the work needed to perform during a drawing operation.

Now, Apple has shared a WebGPU prototype and demos to show developers what the new standard is capable of…

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15:53
Major League Soccer gets its first eSports player

A number of European soccer teams have their own eSports players, but what about American clubs? Don't worry, they're catching up. New York City FC has signed Major League Sports' first eSports player, Christopher Holly, to represent the outfit in FI...

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15:22
New York could open its roads to autonomous car...

While automakers have successfully negotiated with certain cities to let them test their self-driving prototypes, other areas haven't budged to accommodate. In New York's case, a 45-year-old law requiring motorists to keep one hand on the wheel has b...

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15:18
Zunum's Hybrid-Electric Planes Could Disrupt...


Zunum Aero, a startup backed by Boeing and JetBlue, on Wednesday announced that it was developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft with backing from Boeing's HorizonX innovation cell and JetBlue Technology Ventures. The planes, which will have 10 to 50 seats, are scheduled for launch in the early 2020s. Zunum is three years into development. With its regional aircraft, Zunum aims to democratize access to fast, affordable travel over distances of 700 miles at launch, to more than 1,000 miles by 2030.

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15:18
Microsoft's new iOS 10 iMessage App "Who...




Microsoft is expanding its presence on Apple's iOS 10 messaging platform with a new iMessage App designed to allow groups to search for movies, food, events and other entertainment options and vote on what to do.

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15:10
AWT News Update: April 5, 2017

Today's news update is a bit longer than usual, but that's because there was a lot of fascinating Apple news to let you all know about:

  • YouTube Live debuts in five US cities, and Google will even throw in a free Chromecast to get you excited
  • AT&T is giving away free HBO subscriptions to those who are subscribers to its Unlimited Plus plan
  • Another car manufacturer will debut a CarPlay-compatible car at the NY International Auto Show next week
  • Apple has added a second manufacturer for Apple Watches
  • Some interesting patent filings point towards a more secure future for Siri

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

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15:00
Forget Apple. Xiaomi CEO Now Wants to Be More Like...

Xiaomi says it's misunderstood. Once compared with Apple for its sleek smartphones and charismatic leadership, the Chinese startup is seeking an image makeover as it tries to recover from a sales-growth slide. From a report: And the brand its billionaire co-founder Lei Jun wants to be compared with: Costco Wholesale Corp., the Issaquah, Washington-based warehouse retailer that sells everything from wine and diamond rings to bulging boxes of cereal and fruit at knockdown prices. Xiaomi's revenue will probably reach $15 billion this year as the Beijing-based maker of products ranging from pens and air purifiers to TVs and smartphones adopts a new business model and fine-tunes operations, Lei, 47, said in a recent interview. "We are not Apple," Lei, clad in a black polo shirt and blue jeans, said at Xiaomi's Bengaluru office in India, its biggest overseas market. "We have the same value system as Costco. We want users to enjoy better products at an affordable price."

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14:45
WhatsApp's digital payments push will begin in...

Three years after buying WhatsApp, Facebook still hasn't quite figured out how to make money off of messaging service's massive user base. According to a report from India-based media company The Ken and confirmed by Bloomberg WhatsApp will be jumpin...

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14:34
TextExpander By Subscription One Year Later

A year ago, Smile made TextExpander a subscription service, causing much hubbub in the Apple community. How has that worked out for the company?

 

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14:20
Review: Decks by FluidStance bring motion and fun to...

From 9to5Toys:

As soon as I saw FluidStance’s decks with beautiful designs, materials and a goal to bring motion to standing desks and other settings, I knew that I wanted to give them a try. For the last week I’ve been using two of the three models they offer, and without a doubt, I’m totally hooked.

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14:16
The Army could save hydrogen cars from a premature...

Over the past 25 years, hydrogen fuel cells (HFC) have been the butt of countless jokes in the automotive industry. Many critics see the technology as something long in the works that will never have a future. It's seen some spotty progress over the...

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13:51
Germany backs fines for social networks that ignore...

Germany is backing its crusade against online hate speech with some legal clout. The country's cabinet is backing a proposed law that would fine social networks up to €50 million (about $53.3 million) if they don't block or remove illegal hate s...

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13:47
Skype for Mac version 7.50 brings share extension...

Skype for Mac is getting an update today to version 7.50 and with it comes support for the macOS Share extension, allowing users to easily share files, videos, photos, and more directly from within the app.

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13:46
Formula 1: A technical deep dive into building the...

As a MotoGP motorcycle racing fan, I find Formula 1 to be sometimes boring from a racing point of view but these kinds of technical details are fascinating.

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13:29
iPhone 8 rumors: Launch date has been pushed back to...

We’d forgive the iPhone 7 for feeling a little underappreciated, since it seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special.

We’ll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we’ll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest.

If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8—or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use—it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don’t expect the headphone jack to return.

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13:24
Intel's 360 replay tech is coming to more NFL...

The National Football League just announced that it's moving its Thursday Night Football streaming coverage from Twitter to Amazon, but there's more news to share this week. Through its on-going partnership with Intel, the NFL plans to install the co...

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13:19
Microsoft releases ‘Who’s In’ iMessage app for event...

Microsoft today released a new app for Apple’s iMessage platform, giving users tools to plan events with friends via the messaging app.

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13:04
Google’s Project Sunroof

Solar has become not only a lot less expensive but a lot easier to install so it’s become very popular. If you are in the US, you can use this tool to see whether it makes financial sense for you to go solar.

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12:58
Running with Apple Watch Nike+: NRC is an effective...

Athleticism has never been my strong suit. I didn’t play any sports growing up and I don’t closely follow any today. I only started being physically active one year ago thanks in large part to my Apple Watch, and even then running has not been something I’ve enjoyed. Until recently that is…

I’ve been running with Apple Watch Nike+ ($379-$399) and tracking my workouts with the Nike+ Run Club app. My super short review is that I think any Apple Watch Series 2 is an excellent running watch while the NRC app has some kinks to work out. More on my experience below.

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12:56
Apple could make a MagSafe to USB-C adapter if it...

Dongles are a sad part of life for new MacBook Pro owners: The 2016 laptops infamously replaced all of its ports with USB-C, except for the headphone jack. So, it's going to take a lot of adapters to make your existing peripherals compatible with you...

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12:34
Watch as NASA lays John Glenn to rest on Thursday

Astronaut and four-term US senator from Ohio, John Glenn, will be buried at Arlington Cemetery tomorrow, April 6th at 9 AM ET. The ceremony will air live on NASA TV to honor the first American to orbit the earth. The US Marine Corps will also webcast...

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12:21
YouTube TV rolls out in five cities with free...




YouTube TV, Google's live TV streaming service, is now live in five major markets in the United States, with Google tempting users to try out its $35 subscription service by offering a free Chromecast, allowing shows to be viewed on a television instead of through the iOS and Android apps.

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12:13
AI predicts the layout of human stem cells

The structures of stem cells can vary wildly, even if they're genetically identical -- and that could be critical to predicting the onset of diseases like cancer. But how do you know what a stem cell will look like until it's already formed? That's w...

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12:11
YouTube TV goes live in five cities, promises more...

YouTube TV launches with all major broadcast networks and plenty of sports, but only in a handful of markets

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11:52
Stream Showtime on Sling TV for $10 extra a month

Showtime is coming to Dish's cord-cutting service, Sling TV. Showtime content will include eight linear channels and "nearly 2,000" on-demand titles, with more to follow weekly.

Sling is far from the first service to offer Showtime over-the-top. It'...

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11:30
How Microsoft plans to make 3D building mainstream...

Paint 3D was a surprise. Even longtime Microsoft watchers had no idea the company was working on a 3D spin on Paint, and it seemed like a left-field choice for most consumers. But after diving into Paint 3D in the Windows 10 Creators Update, I can sa...

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11:25
Lawyers win again in latest privacy class-action...

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Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, Foursquare and a few other apps are agreeing to a $5.3 million settlement to an invasion-of-privacy class action in which the companies' apps were accused of accessing the address books of iOS users without their knowledge or consent. About 30 percent of the deal likely will go to the lawyers who sued—about $1.59 million. The remainder is earmarked for the estimated 7 million members of the class. If distributed evenly, that's about 53 cents for each class member—and within the ballpark of distribution ratios of other Silicon Valley privacy class-action settlements.

The lawsuit (PDF) was filed in 2012 and alleged that the apps engaged in "unconscionable,...

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11:21
AT&T bundles free HBO subscription with...




Beginning on Thursday, AT&T will include a free HBO subscription as a perk of its high-cost Unlimited Plus plan, intensifying recent competition among U.S. cellular carriers.

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11:06
Vote for Engadget R+D's 'Superhumans...

Engadget R+D's first documentary Superhumans debuted back in September and now the series is up for a Webby Award. The look inside the first cyborg games is nominated for a People's Voice award in the Technology Film & Video category, but we need...

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11:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: Create a new checklist...

Are you a checklist maker? Checklists are a wonderful way to organize tasks and then make sure they've been accomplished, and the Notes app on the iPhone is a handy tool for keeping track of those tasks as soon as they're completed. In today's video tip we show you how to use 3D Touch on an iPhone to quickly create a new checklist:

Note that 3D Touch is currently available only on the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus. For more video tips, subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel. 

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10:58
Why iOS 10.3.1 is a "must-install" update

This week's iOS 10.3.1 update might have seemed anticlimactic by comparison to the original 10.3 update, but a quick look at the security notes issued for the update shows a very good reason why every owner of an iOS device running 10.3 should install the new update immediately.

The update patches a vulnerability discovered and documented by Gal Beniamini of Google Project Zero in which "an attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip". This vulnerability took advantage of a bug in the code in Broadcom's Wi-Fi stack, which Apple uses in its devices.

At this point, Craig Young of cyber security firm Tripwire's Vulnerability and Exposures Research Team is suggesting that anyone with a device with an affected Broadcom chip -- which includes the iPhone 4 and newer, all iPads and all iPod touch devices -- should disable Wi-Fi in public spaces until a fix is...

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10:50
GoPro expands stabilized sports cam mounting options...




The ability to mount an iOS-connected GoPro with the image stabilizing Karma Grip can be greatly enhanced with a newly launched extension cable accessory, though it carries a $100 price tag.

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10:45
Google's next smart speaker may double as a...

If you're Google and you want the next Home speaker to clearly one-up the Amazon Echo, what do you do? Stick another device inside, apparently. A source speaking to the Information claims that an upcoming Home model will include a built-in WiFi rou...

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10:37
Apple updates Safari Technology Preview to Release...

Apple has just pushed out the 27th release of the Safari Technology Preview. The preview browser is specifically designed for developers to get an upcoming look at the new web technologies macOS and iOS will eventually receive. Today’s update comes with a few overall browser changes, and a lengthy list of Web Inspector updates.

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10:28
YouTube TV officially launches in select U.S....

After first announcing the service back in February, today YouTube TV is officially launching in select U.S. markets.

The standalone TV service that offers users 4 big networks and other channels with unlimited DVR functionality for $35 a month comes today to both mobile devices and desktop users in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Chicago ahead of a broader roll out.

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10:26
Apple has no plans for ARM-based or touchscreen Macs...

Senior Vice President Phil Schiller told a handful of reporters in a discussion at Apple's offices in Cupertino, California, on Tuesday that the tech giant company has no plans for touchscreen Macs, or for machines powered solely by the kind of ARM processors used in the iPhone and iPad. 

However, executives left open the possibility ARM chips could play a broader role as companion processors, something that showed up first with the T1 processor that powers the Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro. The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) still thinks we’ll see Apple-developed chips in Macs at some point in the future. A February Bloomberg report, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter,” saidApple...

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10:16
Take Command of Your Linux System's Processes


Who's afraid of the Linux terminal? Not you, if you've learned the basics of navigating your system. But how will these newly acquired skills help improve your computing life? To give you a sense of the terminal's everyday usefulness, here are some examples of tasks the terminal is well-disposed to handle. To start with, system administration is much more straightforward on the terminal. The operating system manages silent background services, or "daemons," in order to keep your computer's many programs running seamlessly.

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09:37
Review: Apple's 2017 9.7" iPad with A9 CPU...




The 2017 9.7-inch iPad isn't intended to revolutionize Apple's tablet offerings, but it does go a long way to unifying the product line, and paving the way for the future of the platform -- all starting at just $329.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Anker PowerLine Lightning...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Anker’s new PowerLine II Dura Lightning Cables get a nice discount,...

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09:15
Sling TV gains Showtime add-on as AT&T bundles...

Sling TV announced today that it will be begin offering Showtime as an add-on channel for subscribers. The monthly rate when bundled with Sling TV’s live video streaming service is competitive to Showtime’s standalone option. While Sling TV is expanding its channel lineup, AT&T is using free access to HBO to promote its new unlimited data plans.

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08:59
GIPHY Says: The most fun you'll have all day!

OK, this is without a doubt one of the most fun apps I've played with in a while. You know GIPHY, the app that lets you search for or submit GIF animations? Well, they've just shipped GIPHY Says, a free app that takes a short video of you or someone else talking, then turns it into a GIF complete with a cartoon balloon of your words.

No, you don't need to type in the words. GIPHY Says uses the speech recognition capabilities of your iPhone and turns what you say into text automatically. Within seconds,  you can be annoying friends, relatives and co-workers with your latest GIF creations. 

GIPHY Says takes videos in both landscape and portrait orientation -- I just did these examples in landscape because they're easier to embed on a web page. My only wish? That the app would allow you to switch to the rear camera. 

Sharing is easy - once the GIF...

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08:22
Mitsubishi reveals 2018 Outlander Sport with Apple...




An upcoming crossover SUV, the 2018 Outlander Sport, will be Mitsubishi's next vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay, the Japanese automaker announced on Wednesday.

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08:11
Comment: Apple’s announced intention to design its...

Apple’s announcement earlier this week that it plans to design its own GPUs for future iPhones and iPads did more than signal bad news for Imagination Technologies. It also added weight to the idea that Apple will at some point want to ditch Intel chips in Macs in favour of its own design of ARM-based CPUs.

The arguments in favor of Apple designing its own Mac processors are exactly the same ones that led the company to design its own A-series chips for iOS devices. Apple gets total control – something the company values highly.

Control of costs is part of it, of course. Tim Cook in particular got to the position he’s in today in large part by demonstrating a mastery of the supply-chain, and a significant goal there is to keep costs as low as possible in order to maximise margins. Apple eliminates royalty...

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08:07
Koogeek Smart Plug converts regular light socket...




Smarthome vendor Koogeek has updated its line of HomeKit products, and has released the Smart Socket -- a device that plugs into any Edison-style lightbulb receptacle turning it into a Siri-controllable light.

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07:54
Western Union enables Apple Pay for money transfers...




Western Union on Wednesday announced support for Apple Pay in its iPhone app, potentially speeding up international money transfers versus using a credit card or a bank account.

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07:31
Report: Apple Watch Series 3 late this year;...

A supply-chain report backs an earlier claim that the next-generation Apple Watch – which would be dubbed the Series 3 if Apple retains its existing naming scheme – is scheduled for launch in the second half of this year. It also suggests that Apple will continue to offer a choice of two generations of Apple Watch at different price points.

Digitimes reports that while Quanta will remain the sole supplier of the new model, a new supplier, Compal Electronics, will be added to the roster to continue production of older models …

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07:28
Thursday night NFL games now stream on Amazon Prime...

Thursday night NFL games streamed with stunning success on Twitter last year, but for the season, football’s jumping ship. The NFL and Amazon announced they’ve reached a $50 million agreement for streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games for the 2017 season—a five-fold increase over the $10 million Twitter paid for last year’s games.

The agreement’s a major win for Amazon, which has been pushing hard to expand its TV offerings. It’s a bummer for folks who’ve ditched cable, though. While Twitter streamed TNF games to the world, making them freely available to cord-cutters even if watchers weren’t Twitter users, Amazon’s NFL livestreams will be limited to paying Amazon Prime subscribers. An Amazon Prime subscription costs $100 per year.

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07:12
Apple said to diversify Apple Watch manufacturing...




The Apple Watch is currently manufactured by one company, but that's reportedly set to change in the latter half of this year, when Apple is rumored to bring on a second partner to build the flagship Series 2 model.

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07:11
Mitsubishi 2018 Outlander Sport and Scania trucks...

The latest vehicles with support for Apple’s in-dash CarPlay platform get announcements today, including the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and a new infotainment system from Scania that will bring CarPlay to that company’s next-generation of trucks.

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06:59
Rumor: ‘Apple Watch 3’ to ship in the second half of...

The “Apple Watch 3” is expected to ship in the second half of the year, according to DigiTimes Research. Based on past releases, this makes sense. The report says that Taiwan’s Compal Electronics will join Quanta Computers, also based in Taiwan, in making the Apple smartwatch.

Apple is estimated to have shipped 11.9 million Apple Watches in 2016. This gives the Cupertino, California-based company 49% of overall smartwatch shipments, according to the Canalys research group.

The fanciful images accompanying this article are courtesy of “Daily Star” and “SmartStockNews.”

Susquehanna Financial Group semiconductor analyst Christopher Rolland said in a March note to clients that the next gen Apple Watch will include a SIM card and support LTE (a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals).

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06:52
Scania brings Apple's CarPlay to semi trucks...




A Swedish manufacturer, Scania, on Wednesday announced plans to build CarPlay into some of it heavy trucks, marking perhaps the first time Apple's platform has been integrated into non-consumer vehicles.

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06:44
Sweden-based Scania is Introducing Apple CarPlay

Scania — a major Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles, specifically heavy trucks and buses — is introducing Apple CarPlay to the new truck generation's infotainment system. The company is among the first in the industry to offer Apple CarPlay in heavy trucks.   

"Scania's infotainment system will work with Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while on the move," says Björn Fahlström, vice president, Product Management, Scania Trucks. "Apple CarPlay support is being introduced in June 2017, and earlier devices can be updated, provided that they have voice recognition. By intro­ducing this functionality, we will offer even more driver comfort and increased safety. For truck drivers, who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, everything that makes life on the road easier, simpler and safer is very much appreciated...

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06:37
Western Union announces Apple Pay support

The Western Union Company (www.westernunion.com), which specializes in global payment services, says U.S. customers using its mobile app can now pay with Apple Pay when sending money transfers originating in the United States to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, including domestic bill payments. 

The capability to pay with Apple’s mobile payment system to send money transfers through the Western Union app in the United Kingdom is planned for later this year. Today, 60 percent of all Western Union digital money transfer transactions globally are initiated via a mobile device, says Khalid Fellahi, senior vice president and general manager, Western Union Digital. 

The company continues to expand its digital footprint. Consumers can now send money globally via WU.com in 37 countries, the Western Union mobile app in 18 countries (five of these apps offer omni-channel choice with digital...

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06:31
∞ Cabel Sasser hilariously roasts Firewatch rip-off

Firewatch is an excellent game. If you’ve never played it, consider carving out some time. It’s US$19.99 and available on Xbox One, PS4, and on Mac/Linux/PC via Steam. Here’s a link to the website.

If you are familiar to the game, you’ll appreciate this tweet from Cabel Sasser, co-founder of Panic, the folks who published Firewatch, upon encountering an iOS game called New Firewatch:

And here's my LET'S PLAY of the [complete rip-off] iOS game, NEW FIREWATCH!!! Enjoy!!! pic.twitter.com/QuloTCTwxD

— Cabel Sasser (@cabel) April 4, 2017

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06:31
Apple Pay agreements with credit card companies,...




This year could prove to be pivotal for Apple Pay in a number of ways, including adoption and merchant availability, but also in support from card issuers, many of which have contracts with Apple up for renewal.

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06:27
Apple, Samsung draw a line in the sand over $400...

Apple and Samsung “dug trenches” in California federal court Monday for the latest battle in their long-running war over smartphone patents, laying out arguments for how a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on Apple’s nearly $400 million damages award should be applied, reports Law 360.

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 American...

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06:27
Western Union now lets you Apple Pay for mobile...

Western Union has long supported Apple Pay in stores for sending money and paying bills, and now the service is bringing in-app support for Apple Pay to mobile money transfers. This lets you send cash from your bank account to someone else using Apple’s fast and secure payment service rather than manually entering in and saving your debit card information.

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06:15
iPhone: New iBook is an excellent, detailed...

I dug into Christoph Kabisch’s new iBook with zero expectations. A look back at the original iPhone? How good could this be?

As it turns out, the book was a fascinating read with lots of detail, both in word and images. I owned the original iPhone, was there when it was announced and rolled out. I thought I remembered the details, but this book made it clear how much slipped out of my memory.

When you read it, be sure to tap on each image. Some move to a larger frame, others are 3D models that rotate.

The book is only 99 cents. Here’s a link. Worth it for the pictures alone. A terrific journey back in time.

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06:00
New Siri patent

Patently Apple:

In the future, if Siri doesn’t recognize the voice of the owner of the device, accessing Siri or the computer associated with it will be impossible.

And:

Today a user will say “hey Siri” and Siri will respond. In the future, the command to call up Siri may be customized to your voice. For instance, a user sets up Siri to recognize the phrase “Hey there, Boss.” The customized phrase and the voice must match what’s in Siri’s database before the digital assistant will respond. The customized phrase is technically referred to in Apple’s patent filings as a “Lexical Trigger.”

And:

In the future, in order to access Siri, a person will have to know a passcode, use a fingerprint or be recognized by the system via face recognition. Unless your iDevice recognizes you on multiple security levels, Siri will remain unresponsive to commands or requests.

As long as I can turn this off via a setting, this seems like a natural evolution....

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Our popular deal for iPhone 7/7 Plus is back! 3 pack...

You asked for it, we brought it back. When we ran a deal last month for a 3 pack of 2-in-1 Lightning to Headphone Jack Charging Cables for $21.99, we didn't realize how popular it was going to be. Apparently there are a LOT of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners who need the convenience of being able to charge their phones while listening to music on headphones. We've brought back the deal for a limited time.

That price tag is 56% off the regular retail price of these cables from Sky Innovations. Here are some of the details:

  • Use your existing wired headsets or headphones w/ your new iPhone
  • Enhance audio experience by allowing wired listening
  • Charge your phone...
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05:57
Rumor: ‘iPhone 8’ might not launch until October or...

Normally, new iPhones launch around September. However, a report from the Chinese language site, Economic Daily News (as noted by MacRumors.com), says the “iPhone 8” may not arrive until October or November because suppliers are encountering "technical issues" because of differences in the display lamination process and challenges involved in integrating the 3D sensing front camera system. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) says that this rumor makes sense. And I think we’d all rather that Apple take time to get the new smartphone just right instead of trying to meet an arbitrary deadline.

Also, in regards to the next generation iPhone (shown in a fanciful mock-up), that have been rumors that it will cost upwards of $1,000. However, in a note to clients — as noted by 9to5Mac — UBS analyst...

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05:56
Tim Berners-Lee wins $1 million Turing Award

MIT News:

MIT Professor Tim Berners-Lee, the researcher who invented the World Wide Web and is one of the world’s most influential voices for online privacy and government transparency, has won the most prestigious honor in computer science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) A.M. Turing Award. Often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing,” the award comes with a $1 million prize provided by Google.

Tim Berners-Lee changed the world as much as anyone else in the computing or business world. Folks like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk etc. all changed the world, no doubt. But all of them became incredibly wealthy in the process. Nice to see this announcement.

On a related note, here’s an interview with Tim...

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05:50
Is $1000 an important psychological barrier when it...

We’ve been hearing conflicting reports about the likely retail cost of the iPhone 8. Some reports have suggested that the price could exceed $1,000, the price reflecting its premium positioning in the line-up thanks to features like an OLED screen and augmented reality.

A report yesterday contradicted this, suggesting that the price will actually remain in three figures, somewhere around the $850-900 range.

Does this kind of difference matter … ?

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05:47
NFL and Amazon reach one year deal, Thursday night...

Wall Street Journal:

The National Football League has reached a deal to stream 10 Thursday night games with Amazon.com Inc., the online retailer that is aggressively trying to position itself as a premier source of entertainment content.

The one-year agreement is valued at around $50 million, according to people familiar with the matter. That price tag represents a fivefold increase over the NFL’s agreement with Twitter Inc. for the same number of games last season.

To me, this deal makes much more sense than last year’s Twitter deal. The Twitter deal seemed like dipping a toe in the waters, an experiment with no real end goal. With Amazon, the deal seems more practical, a move to drive traffic, to increase Amazon Prime signups. Note that the games will still be available on TV via CBS and NBC.

Not sure this kind of move would ever make sense for Apple, unless buying an Apple TV was the only way you could watch Thursday Night Football.

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05:44
Rumor: Supply chain issues with 'iPhone 8...




New supply chain reports suggest that Apple is having difficulty with the design and sourcing of components of the "iPhone 8," affording credence to earlier reports that the high-end device may not launch in September.

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05:15
Recently published patent application shows how...

Apple may be looking to bring both the Touch ID and Touch Bar features to an updated version of the Magic Keyboard.

A new Apple patent application, or at least some form of the application, shows a device may also include a processing unit positioned within the housing, and a primary display positioned at least partially within the housing and configured to display a graphical-user interface executed by the processing unit. In some embodiments, the display is an organic light-emitting diode display. The electronic device may be a keyboard device.

This change would address one of the main concerns expressed about the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro, in that its advantages would become moot if the user were using an external keyboard.

Apple has also been rumored to have been holding discussions with dynamic keyboard maker Sonder, so there may be some interesting things coming down the pipe in this area.

As always, stay tuned for additional details as...

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05:00
Apple offers slight speed bump for current Mac Pro,...

Apple’s pro-grade machine got a bit of a speed bump today, albeit it might not be the overhaul that users were expecting.

The tower, which has remained without an update for more than three years, is still available with the two base models retailing for $2,999 and $3,999. The lower-end model jumps from from a quad-core Xeon CPU to a 6-core one, and gets dual G500 GPUs (an upgrade over the G300 GPUs), while the step-up model gets an 8-core CPU (up from 6) and dual D700 GPUs (up from the D500). At present, there’s still no onboard USB-C and no Thunderbolt 3, which means it still won’t be able to run the LG UltraFine 5K display.

Apple also stated that new, pro-level iMacs are due later this year.

Apple has stated in past interviews with senior vice presidents Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi that “The current Mac Pro … was constrained thermally and it restricted our ability to upgrade it” and engineering, wherein the company has apparently “designed ourselves...

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05:00
How to change the email address linked to your Apple...

If you’ve set up an Apple ID in macOS Sierra, but need to change the email address associated with it, it's an easy procedure. In fact, you can change your iCloud name and photo, and your iCloud contact, security, devices, and payment information in iCloud preferences.

To change contact information, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click iCloud, then click Account Details. Click Contact, then view or change the following:

  • Email addresses: Add and remove email addresses and phone numbers associated with your iCloud account. Friends and family can use these to share notes and documents with you, and reach you using iMessage, FaceTime, Game Center, and more.
  • Primary address: Change the mailing address for your iCloud account.
  • Email preferences: Select the kinds of information you want Apple to send to your iCloud email addresses.
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04:30
This guy built a (kind of) working Lego Macintosh,...

Take some Lego, an e-paper display, a Rasberry Pi Zero and what do you get? Something that may well qualify as the cutest Lego project ever: a Wi-Fi-enabled Macintosh Classic with the ability to remotely change the display.

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04:30
The YUNMAI is an excellent ‘smart scale’ with iOS...

I’ve been testing Yunmai’s $66.99 YUNMAI “intelligent body composition scale” for about a week and find that it’s iPhone integration is helpful and it’s very accurate in tracking your weight. However, like every other “smart scale” I’ve tried, it doesn’t accurately measure body fat. More on that in a second.

The YUNMAI keeps track of body statistics through a free iOS app that can be downloaded to an iPhone (alas, there’s no iPad support yet). According to the folks at Yunmai, it records body statistics through bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), a method of estimating body composition. BIA measures weight, fat, body mass index (BIA), muscle, visceral fat, bone mass, water, basal metabolic rate, body age and protein

The YUNMAI sports four pressure sensors and four human body sensors for its readings. The iOS app keeps track of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly weight changes, allowing you to set weight goals and...

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04:04
Apple considers teaching Siri to recognize your...

Allowing Siri access from the lock screen is a potential security threat that has, in the past, allowed someone to access personal data like photos. Additionally, Siri will respond to any command given by anyone when your device is unlocked.

Apple thinks it has a solution, using a combination of special phrase to ensure that Siri responds to you and only to you …

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04:00
Apple patent filing hints at iPhones with flexible...

There have rumors that the “iPhone 8” will have a flexible display. I’m a little dubious, but the company has filed for a patent (number 9614168) for a “flexible display panel with bent substrate.”

In the patent filing, Apple says it may be desirable to bend an edge of a display to hide inactive display components along the edge of the display from view. However, the process of bending a display can create stresses within the structures of the display. For example, bent metal traces may become stressed. Stress-induced damage such as cracks may adversely affect display reliability. Apple says it would “be desirable to be able to provide improved displays with bent portions.”

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A display may have an array of organic light-emitting diodes that form an active area on a flexible substrate. Metal traces may extend between the active area and an inactive area of the flexible substrate. Display driver circuitry such as a display driver...

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02:21
Launch of next-generation iPhone 8 may be pushed to...

The iPhone 8 may debut later than we have been used to, according to a new report. For the last few years, Apple has announced its new iPhone lineup at a September event in the fall with a release date a couple weeks later. For example, the iPhone 7 was announced on September 7th and released on September 16th.

This year, Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) is suggesting that the launch may be pushed back to October or November, as production of the radical new iPhone has faced challenges …

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20:51
Zoe Quinn's book about fighting online hate...

Zoë Quinn, perhaps one of the most qualified people to talk about online harassment, has written a book on her fight against online hate. It's called Crash Override, just like the volunteer group she founded to support harassment victims, and it...

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20:20
FX reel shows how 'Ghost in the Shell'...

By most accounts, the movie adaptation of Ghost in the Shell didn't live up to the visionary manga and anime it's based on, but it did create some stunning visuals. The film's holo-saturated neon cityscape was designed in major part by digital creati...

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18:44
Valve only wants to sell you good games

As Steam continues to grow its expansive catalog, Valve is still figuring out how to separate the quality titles and undiscovered indie hits from the legions of mediocre games that are only designed to make a quick buck. The platform is already repla...

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17:55
Your kid's 'accidental' Amazon app...

It's finally time to put a bow on Amazon's case with the Federal Trade Commission. In 2014, the online shopping juggernaut cam under fire for not fully warning parents that free apps could still contain in-app purchases. Last year a federal judge rul...

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17:14
Amazon Prime will replace Twitter to stream Thursday...

Last year Twitter made Thursday Night NFL games a centerpiece of its video streaming/group chat efforts. This year, the NFL is taking its 10-game simulcast package to Amazon Prime, according to reports by Recode, the Wall Street Journal and Variety....

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16:38
Apple executives net more than $13M each in vested...




Eight Apple executives, including senior vice presidents Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi, saw batches of restricted stock units vest last week, six of which were worth some $13.6 million.

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16:35
Why Apple's new GPU efforts are a major...




Apple's plan to decisively migrate iOS to its own internally-developed GPU within the next two years obviously shocked Imagination Technologies, its current supplier of PowerVR graphics technology. It should also rattle Nvidia. Here's why.

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16:29
'Lego Star Wars' and more Lucasfilm...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out on DVD and Blu Ray today, and (perhaps not-so) coincidentally four classic Star Wars video games have joined Sony's subscription-based streaming service, PlayStation Now. Oh, and there's some Lego Indiana Jones tit...

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16:20
Apple granted patent for Griffin BreakSafe-like...

One of the most common complaints about Apple’s recent MacBook Pro lineup has been the lack of MagSafe. Apple’s magnetic charging solution was a staple of MacBooks for many years, but the company did away with it with the switch to USB-C. Now, however, a patent hints that Apple is working on a way to integrate MagSafe with USB-C.

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16:00
Samsung's Tizen OS Riddled With Security Holes


There are more than three dozen previously unknown flaws that pose a potential threat to consumers using some Samsung TVs, watches and phones, a security researcher has reported. Hackers could exploit the vulnerabilities found in Samsung's Tizen OS to gain remote access and control of a variety of the company's products, according to Amihai Neiderman, head of research at Equus Software. Neiderman presented his findings at a security conference sponsored by Kapersky Lab. Tizen is running on some 30 million smart TVs and other devices.

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15:51
Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee wins computing's...

World Wide Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee just chalked up another accolade, and it's one of his greatest yet. The Association for Computing Machinery has given him the 2016 Turing Award, frequently considered the Nobel Prize of the computing industry....

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15:45
Dropbox rolling out all-new user interface on the web

Dropbox today announced a redesigned interface on its website. The new interface makes it significantly easier for users to navigate throughout interface, preview files, and much more.

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15:19
Stream Coachella live on YouTube without the dusty...

Spring has sprung in the US and that means it's time for music festival season. Coachella is typically the first major event of the year and the 2017 installment is set to kick off April 14th. Just like previous years, you'll be able to watch perform...

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15:17
Apple warning some iCloud users that disabled...

One of our longtime readers and supporters, Hal Sherman, let us know today that he had received an email from Apple regarding iCloud and the iOS 10.3 update. The email notes that a bug in 10.3 "impacted a small number of iCloud users. This may have inadvertently reenabled some iCloud services that you had previously disabled on your device."

The note, seen above, suggests opening iCloud settings (now found at the top of Settings > iCloud) and making sure that services that had previously been disabled are still set that way. If not, iCloud users can tap the green buttons to disable the services again (see image below).

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15:09
Apple tells users iOS 10.3 may mistakingly re-enable...

Apple last week released iOS 10.3 to the public after a lengthy beta process. The update includes a handful of new features such as Find My AirPods. One issue related to the update that is just now emerging, however, relates to iCloud. Some users have apparently had iCloud services they once turned off, automatically come back on…

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15:09
AWT News Update: April 4, 2017

'iPhone 8' concept rendering by Marek Weidlich.

It's been a good day for Mac users, with word coming down from Cupertino of new Mac Pros and iMacs in the product pipeline. Other news:

  • The surprise announcements from Apple today point to a company that's willing to admit mistakes and move on from them
  • The third Apple retail store in the UAE is under construction, with artwork at the site touting local artists and entrepreneurs
  • Construction continues on the flagship Chicago store, with huge roof panels being lifted into place this week
  • One financial analyst believes the iPhone 8 (or iPhone X, or...) won't be as expensive as previously thought

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

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14:59
What users could expect from Apple's homegrown...

Apple has one big reason to move to a homegrown GPU: It wants full control over the hardware and software in its devices.

The device maker is apparently developing its own GPU from scratch after dumping Imagination Technologies' PowerVR architecture, which is being used in the iPhone 7. The smartphone runs on the PowerVR A10 Fusion chip.

It's not certain when Apple's homegrown GPU will appear in devices, and the company didn't respond to request for comment.

Apple has made graphics improvement a priority in its iPhone and iPad models, so users should get better gaming experiences.

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

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14:53
'Serious Sam' returns to VR for a '...

If you're a fan of bombastic early-2000s first-person shooters and you own a HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift, Croteam has you covered. Serious Sam, the studio's fast-paced, over-the-top and gratuitously violent ode to big guns, explosions and cheesy one-l...

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