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12:02
You can now manage TD Ameritrade portfolios &...

Just a few days after adding support for peer-to-peer payments with PayPal, Facebook Messenger today has gained support for placing trades with TD Ameritrade. The online broker announced the new partnership in a press release, saying that it is “going where customers are to deliver the best of TD Ameritrade.”

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12:02
Snapchat reportedly has 'hundreds of thousands...

Sure, they were a hot commodity when they first dropped, but almost a year later and Snapchat has "hundreds of thousands" of pairs of Spectacles sitting in Chinese warehouses. The news, via The Information, comes after CEO Evan Spiegel boasted that s...

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12:01
Survey: iPhone X demand will be ‘substantial, but...

A survey by the Bernstein broker firm has found that demand for the iPhone X will be “substantial, but not exceptional.” Forty-eight percent of respondents said they are “excited” for the upcoming smartphone.

Three percent of respondents said they wouldn’t get another iPhone as their next phone. Bernstein says the result shows that purchase intent sits far lower than the excitement around the premium iPhone. The survey included 1,112 iPhone owners located in the U.S., UK, and China. 

Ordering for the next gen Apple smartphone will start on Oct. 27, and they’ll ship Nov. 3 (though demand will almost certainly surpass the supply). The iPhone X will come in...

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11:53
∞ Drone footage of a mailman delivering mail after...

So many questions. Why are they bothering to physically deliver the mail? Why are so many of the mailboxes fireproof?

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11:52
Apple opens up pre-approval for iPhone X buyers in...




People in Apple's annual iPhone Upgrade Program can now get their loans pre-approved ahead of this Friday's iPhone X preorders, a critical step if they want a chance at getting one of the few launch-day units likely to be available.

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11:40
New York City to start phasing out the MetroCard,...

A big change is coming soon to the New York City transit system. According to a report from The New York Times, the transit system will move towards replacing the MetroCard with contactless payments via platforms such as Apple Pay. The full rollout will take several years, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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11:38
Survey finds iPhone X & 8 purchase intent at...




Amid concerns over the debut of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, a new survey finds that the trio of those phones plus the iPhone X is generating considerable buying buzz, with 69 percent of North American consumers planning to buy a new iPhone within the next 3 months.

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11:38
Singapore bans additional cars to keep traffic from...

Starting next February, residents of of Singapore won't be able to drive additional cars in the small city-state. It's introducing the ban as a line in the sand to keep the island from being overrun with vehicles and clogging traffic, especially as i...

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11:20
How to add favicons to Safari tabs and bookmarks bar...

I love Safari, but one of the things that always tempts me to go back to Google Chrome is the lack of favicons in the tabs bar. It sounds like such a simple thing, but when you have several tabs open at the same time, having to rely on text to differentiate one tab from another proves to be quite difficult. more…

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11:20
Don’t bother playing ‘South Park’ unless you’re a...

"South Park used to be a lot funnier," I catch myself thinking as I play through the franchise's latest game, The Fractured But Whole (TFBW). Maybe I'm just too old, or has the world moved on while South Park stayed the same? Humor is crucial to the...

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11:14
∞ SoundShare: The social music app, adds Party Mode...

SoundShare was already a great social music app, but it just got better with the release of 3.0 and new features like Party Mode.

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11:11
Documents show Clinton administration chummy with...




While Steve Jobs had friendly ties with President Bill Clinton and the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton -- and hosted Jobs on several occasions -- the White House did reject two of Jobs's suggestions for cabinet members.

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10:55
New York City subway will replace MetroCard with...




The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday approved a new $573 million contract that will see subway turnstiles support contactless payment services, including Apple Pay on iPhone and Apple Watch.

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10:50
Twitterrific for Mac update includes new features...

On the heels of officially bringing back Twitterrific for Mac just under two weeks ago, The Iconfactory has released the first update to its totally refreshed Mac client with Twitterrific version 5.1 that includes a mix of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

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10:42
Ford's on-demand van service is running again...

The Ford-owned on-demand commuter van company, Chariot, paused its service in San Francisco last week to fix compliance issues with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP had found that some Chariot drivers did not have required Class B licenses. The...

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10:21
NYC subways get tap-to-ride turnstiles starting late...

New York City's plan to modernize its mass transit payments is getting underway... although you definitely won't want to chuck your MetroCard any time soon. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is greenlighting a hefty $573 million contract that...

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10:02
Facebook tests split News Feed that keeps friends...

Facebook is currently testing a new dual-feed setup that separates Page-generated posts from ads and posts from friends, The Guardian reports. The trial is currently underway in six countries -- Bolivia, Guatemala, Cambodia, Slovakia, Serbia and Sri...

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09:49
Former Apple employee launches beautiful iOS focused...

A new Reddit client has launched today for iPhone and iPad that has been built specifically with iOS in mind. Apollo is a full featured Reddit client with 3D Touch support, customizable gestures, a fast Jump Bar, and much more.

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09:43
TiVo’s rumored voice-controlled DVR pops up at...

We've been looking forward to a voice-controlled TiVo for a few months thanks to a leak about a new peanut-style Bluetooth remote and trademark for new products with the "Vox" name appended. Now it appears that both the TiVo Bolt Vox and TIVo Mini Vo...

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09:21
Play the first set of original Xbox games on the...

In terms of new software, Microsoft doesn't have much to offer Xbox One owners this holiday unless you want to play the fourth Forza in as many years. What it does have though, are a baker's dozen of games from the original Xbox. Some we already knew...

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09:19
Fifth iOS 11.1, fourth tvOS 11.1 and macOS High...




Apple has again short-cycled the developer testing release cycle with a new fifth beta of iOS 11.1 accompanying fourth betas of macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 and tvOS 11.1.

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09:11
Apple releases iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers

Update: Apple has also released the fourth beta of tvOS 11.1 to developers, as well as macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple today has released iOS 11.1 beta 5 to developers. The update comes just a few days after Apple released beta 4. iOS 11.1 includes changes such as hundreds of new emoji, the return of the 3D multitasking gesture, and more.

iOS 11.1 beta is available via the Settings app.

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09:07
YouTube smash 'Despacito' shot in one day...




"Despacito," the most viewed video on YouTube, has garnered over 4 billion views -- and was edited and produced using Final Cut Pro X.

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09:00
'Stranger Things 2' basically gives...

The second season of Stranger Things takes place in 1984, in a carefully curated world of mullets, muscle cars and arcades. Pick any scene, study it closely, and the obsessive attention to detail becomes clear: Yard signs proudly read, "Reagan/Bush '...

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08:56
Apple suppliers now prepping AMD Vega video cards...




Signalling that the iMac Pro will likely meet its December ship date, Apple suppliers are reportedly preparing the AMD Radeon Pro Vega cards that will power the computer's graphics.

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08:44
FBI tried and failed to unlock 7,000 encrypted...

In an 11-month period, the FBI failed to gain access to around 7,000 encrypted mobile devices, BBC News reports, which is about half of those targeted by the agency according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. In a speech given at the Association of C...

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08:40
Apple's Jeff Williams lauds TSMC's...

Apple COO Jeff Williams at far left at today's TSMC 30th Anniversary Celebration

Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.) is now 30 years old, becoming a giant in the industry recently due to its close relationship with Apple. Apple COO Jeff Williams spoke at the company's 30th anniversary celebration, lauding the company for that relationship and also talking about how artificial intelligence will have major implications for the future.

Williams talked about TSMC's willingness to invest in plant that has helped both companies thrive. "TSMC invested $9 billion and had 6000 people working around the clock to bring up a ... fab in a record 11 months -- and in the end the execution was flawless. We've gone on to ship over. half a billion chips together in that short window." Williams remarked while thanking TSMC CEOs Mark Liu and C.C. Wei. "There are not many companies that will spend $9 billion on a single bet."

In his remarks,...

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08:30
What is the future of Puerto Rico’s energy grid?

Delivering power to the inhabitants of a small island is a very different challenge to the sort found in other places. Resource poverty can mean that vital supplies need to be brought in, either by air or sea, purchased at a premium. The environment...

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08:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $1,110,...

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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08:25
ExtraBITS for 23 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the Mac mini is important to Apple’s future (we’ll believe him when we see a real update!), Apple recommends running a specific Terminal command before selling a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, and we learn what the iPod’s creator is up to now.

 

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08:25
Apple Pay continues to dominate contactless pay;...

There's a lot going on behind the scenes with Apple's contactless pay system Apple Pay and the associated Wallet app. Platform executive Jennifer Bailey attended the Money 20/20 conference yesterday, where she noted that Apple Pay is now in 20 countries around the world with about 4,000 card issuers. In those countries, Apple Pay accounts for 90 percent of mobile contactless payments.

Bailey also announced that US grocery store giant Albertsons Companies is in the process of deploying Apple Pay to 2,300 stores including all Safeway branches. Dick's Sporting Goods now takes Apple Pay at 675 locations, and high-end retailer Saks Fifth Avenue is starting to roll out Apple Pay. 

Ticketmaster is planning to support Wallet passes at all locations, which lets customers store tickets on iPhone or Apple Watch. The digital tickets can be scanned when entering a venue, making paper tickets a thing of the past for concerts, sporting events, and more.

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08:24
External Link: Tim Cook Calls the Mac mini “...

It has been three years since Apple last updated the Mac mini, and that revision was in many ways a downgrade from its predecessor. Despite that dubious history, Apple CEO Tim Cook told a MacRumors reader via email that Apple plans for the Mac mini to be an “important part of the company’s product lineup in the future.” Given that Apple has ignored the Mac mini for so long, we’re taking Cook’s claim with the proverbial grain of salt, but we’d love to see Apple put a new spin on the idea of a miniature Mac.

 

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08:21
Nintendo teases Animal Crossing for iOS with...

Nintendo today has shared it will reveal details this week about its release for the mobile version of its popular title, Animal Crossing. First expected back in March of this year, Animal Crossing will be the second Nintendo title to come to iOS this year.

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08:08
Take Control Books Having a 50%-Off Sale This Week

Our friends at Take Control are having a 50-percent-off sale this week, so if you’re looking for help with Apple’s latest releases, check it out now.

 

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07:49
Apple suppliers upping production of AMD Radeon Pro...

Apple is reportedly ordering the parts it needs for the iMac Pro in volume, as it readies for the debut of the new lineup. Back at WWDC, Apple officially announced the iMac Pro would be released in December.

The iMac Pro uses high-end GPUs from AMD including the Radeon Pro Vega 56 and 64 graphics cards; these parts are packaged using a newer 2.5D technology …

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07:49
Deals: 2017 15" MacBook Pros as low as $2,199...




Exclusive discounts are in effect now on Apple's Mid 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro. Save $200 to $320 on popular configurations with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or snap up a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and save $50 to $130. The 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) with a Space Black Case and Milanese Loop Band is now shipping for $749 as well.

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07:44
Insurer John Hancock offers Apple Watch Series 3 for...




Life insurance firm John Hancock will soon offer everyone in its Vitality program an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 plus tax, with the caveat that they must engage in regular exercise over the next two years.

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07:38
The iPod is old enough to drive...

On this day in 2001, Apple co-founder and legend Steve Jobs introduced the first iPod to the world. That makes the iPod platform old enough to get a restricted driver's license in most of the United States. The iPod has been eclipsed by many other Apple products since then, but it was one of the products that first brought Apple to the attention of many consumers.

Up until the iPod was introduced, most MP3 players in existence were difficult to use and had limited flash storage. That first iPod had a 5GB hard drive built in that could hold "up to 1000 songs". The click wheel and menu interface of the early iPods made them incredibly easy to use with one hand, and the iconic white earbuds that came with the player quickly became a status symbol. 

The only iPod still in existence is the very iPhone-like iPod touch, with all other models discontinued over the years as the iPhone -- which brought the ability to not only play music but run a large variety of apps (more...

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07:16
John Hancock lets life insurance customers earn...

John Hancock is the first life insurer to offer an almost free Apple Watch as it brings this benefit to all existing and new customers of its Vitality life insurance program. The new initiative offers customers the option to earn an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25 if they exercise regularly for two years.

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07:15
FYFD

Their NSFW name aside, this is a fascinating site with great, easy to understand descriptions of the phenomenon represented.

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07:06
COO Jeff Williams praises TSMC for 'intense...




Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams spoke at TSMC's 30th anniversary celebration, and not only praised the company for an "intense" relationship with Apple developing the A11 Bionic processor, but also noted that the iPhone will be a driving force to advance artificial intelligence in the future with implications for the world.

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06:58
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.1, SEE Finance 1.1.11, Merlin Project 4.3, Fantastical 2.4.3, Delicious Library 3.7, EagleFiler 1.8.1, BBEdit 12.0.1, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.16.

 

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06:45
Apple COO Jeff Williams says AI will change the...

Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams attended the 30th anniversary celebrations of A-series chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and took the opportunity to say a few words about the importance of AI in general – and the phone as an AI tool in particular.

I think we’re at an inflection point, with on-device computing, coupled with the potential of AI, to really change the world.

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06:43
John Hancock Vitality program members: Get an Apple...

Life insurance companies understand just how important activity is to the health and wellbeing of their customers, and for customers of one company, it can really pay off in the form of an Apple Watch Series 3 for $25. John Hancock's Vitality program, which provides rewards to members who stay active, is now offering the GPS-only version of the latest Apple Watch for an initial payment $25 plus tax. 

Now there IS a catch: if you don't want to pay any more money out of pocket for the watch, you have to "pay it off" by completing exercises like walking, running, biking, swimming and so on. Members must earn 500 Vitality Points per month over two years, and then they will own the watch outright. 

The Vitality rewards program is available with specific John Hancock life insurance policies in the United States, and the Apple Watch Series 3 program starts on November 6...

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06:41
Google investigating reports of screen burn-in on...




Google is "actively investigating" accounts of OLED screen burn-in on its new top-end iPhone rival, the Pixel 2 XL, according to a spokerperson.

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06:22
VW claims it will really make its electric VW Bus,...

Volkswagen has talked on a number of occasions about making an electric version of its iconic camper van, the VW Bus. It got as far as making a concept vehicle, called the I.D. Buzz, and it says this one really will make it into production …

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06:02
Quicken 2018 offers three Mac subscription plans w/...

Quicken 2018 for macOS is out with updated billing features, three editions, and a new subscription plan available to Mac users. The latest version of the finance software starts with an enhanced bill management center.

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06:00
Quicken 2018 for Mac debuts, switches to...




Quicken on Monday released the 2018 Mac edition of its personal finance software, making upgrades in areas like bill payments and investments, but primarily transitioning to a subscription-only model with Starter, Deluxe, and Premier packages.

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05:36
With iPhone X imminent, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus...




New data collated from the retail chain suggests that the iPhone 8 Plus outsold the iPhone 8 in September, with the pair grabbing 10 and 8 percent of total U.S. iPhone sales across the entirety of the third calendar quarter, with the pair only available for eight days of the measurement period.

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05:35
Create custom logos with free online tool

This is a nice tool for playing with logo ideas, homing in on a design you might then pass along to a professional designer to refine.

To get started, click the Make a Logo link in the top bar. Fun and useful.

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05:33
Bloomberg suggests Apple has lost its supply-chain...

Bloomberg piece points to weak sales by several key Apple suppliers, and suggests this is evidence that the iPhone maker has lost its famed supply-chain management expertise.

Thanks to Taiwan rules requiring the disclosure of monthly sales, we can track endemic weakness at its exclusive processor maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and primary assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

Columnist Tim Culpan argues that with the iPhone X, Apple let its desire for innovation get ahead of its ability to source the necessary components …

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05:17
Apple Pay heading to four new countries in days,...




Apple Pay should be launching in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates within a matter of days, and the service is also arriving at more U.S. merchants, platform executive Jennifer Bailey revealed at Sunday's Money 20/20 conference.

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05:09
How to pin a note to the top of your list in macOS...

This is a new feature. Easy enough to do. And once pinned in macOS, the note stays pinned in iOS.

To pin or unpin a note in iOS, swipe the note to the right. You’ll see a pin/unpin button. Nice.

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05:03
External Link: Use This Terminal Command Before...

Before you sell or give away a MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (which has a Touch ID sensor), Apple recommends that you boot the Mac into macOS Recovery and execute this Terminal command: xartutil --erase-all. We’re not entirely sure what it does, and Apple doesn’t offer any explanations, but we suspect it acts to clear the Secure Enclave that stores your fingerprint data. Regardless, it would be wise to follow Apple’s advice.

 

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05:00
Travel without worry with these Twist World Charging...

Do you do international travel for business or pleasure? If you do, and if you go to a large variety of countries, you probably know what a hassle it can be to not have the correct plug for the outlets in a particular country. The Twist Plus World Charging Station and Twist World Charging Station sell for $31.99 each, but you can save an additional 15% using code SAVE15 in the Apple World Today Deals Shop through 10/29

The Twist Plus World Charging Station showing various MacBook AC Adapters

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04:59
Apple’s first big break came because of the...

Nice look back at the critical role the world’s first spreadsheet had on Apple’s early success.

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04:56
Apple, Spielberg, and Bond

Steven Mallas, Seeking Alpha (free regwall) on Apple and Steve Spielberg inking a deal to bring the series of Amazing Stories to Apple TV:

The plan is for there to be 10 episodes at a cost of $5 million each. That’s nothing to Apple, a drop in the bucket.

And:

Spielberg could shift some of his slate over to streaming services that are aching to differentiate themselves from the pack, primarily the alpha Netflix. Again, here’s where Apple and its cash hoard and its enormous market cap and its platforms that need to be programmed come in – they could help Spielberg distribute concepts that might not find a place elsewhere. Netflix arguably already does this. Think the recent Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game. On Netflix, it stands out. In theaters, maybe it wouldn’t have. There’s no way that Cook and Spielberg don’t understand that.

The whole article is interesting, especially when Mallas chews on the possibility of Apple buying the rights to James...

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04:44
CIRP: iPhone 6s/6s Plus selling better than the...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) — as noted by 9to5Mac --  suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The research group says that the iPhone 8/8 Plus accounted for just 16% of Apple smartphone sales in the previous quarter, while the iPhone 6s/6s Plus accounted for 24%. In the same time frame last year, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together accounted for 43% of sales [and] three years ago, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were 46% of sales in their launch quarter.

CIRP’s data — based on a survey of 500 U.S. Apple customers who purchased a product during the quarter — suggests that some of those who would otherwise have bought the iPhone 8 have instead gone for last year’s model following the price cut made by Apple. Others are waiting for the iPhone X, notes the research group.

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04:40
External Link: What the iPod’s Creator Is Up To

Tony Fadell designed the iPod at Apple and then created the Nest thermostat that was eventually purchased by Google. Now with his new venture, Future Shape, Fadell is going after the concept of Silicon Valley as a tech hub by funding startups from Paris, France. Fadell has taken his fair share of criticism over the years for being overbearing and opinionated (shades of Steve Jobs), but he is also one of the most successful Apple alums and is worth keeping an eye on.

 

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04:35
It’s alive! Apple vs. Samsung patent battle with...

Will this never end? Judge Lucy Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has determined that a new Apple v. Samsung trial on design patent damages, which Samsung had been fighting for in courts on both coasts of the U.S. States since the 2012 verdict, is going to happen, reports FOSS Patents.

Koh said Apple “shall bear the burden of persuasion on identifying the relevant article of manufacture and proving the amount of total profit on the sale of that article.” In a separate ruling, the judge said that a case management meeting set for Oct. 25 will still be held and that both Apple and Samsung must file plans “advancing the case schedule and trial date” by that point.

This is all part of the ongoing, global legal battle. Apple and Samsung have filed more than 30 lawsuits against each other across four...

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04:34
Samsung patent shows company working on AirPower-...

A patent application published on Friday shows that Samsung is working on what looks like its own equivalent of Apple’s upcoming AirPower wireless charging mat. A patent illustration shows it simultaneously charging both a phone and a smartwatch …

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04:29
Apple and Samsung headed back to court for iPhone...




The first Apple versus Samsung smartphone trial is headed back to the courtroom again, with the presiding judge ordering a new trial to determine damages for Samsung's willful violation of Apple's design patents in an early round of smartphones because of a century-old law overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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04:26
Apple allowing iPhone Upgrade Program customers to...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Starting on Monday, October 23, iPhone Upgrade Program customers will be able to get a “head start” on the iPhone X pre-order process by getting pre-approved for an iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

If you are part of the iPhone Upgrade Program, this is worth a look, will get you through checkout that much quicker this Friday.

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04:15
Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to...

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

This should allow iPhone Upgrade Program customers to grab the iPhone X first, scale down the checkout process time and complete their transactions as quickly as possible. In addition, customers buying through carrier upgrades or without a contract already have fewer steps at checkout.

Unfortunately, the “head start” period doesn’t...

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04:15
Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2...

Over the weekend, Alex Dobie, Executive Editor of Android Central, posted this Tweet, showing what appeared to be screen burn-in on his Google Pixel 2 XL review unit […]

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04:00
Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help...

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

Apple offered the following statement:

“We are working with AT&T to activate cellular service for iPhone users in Puerto Rico as the island recovers from Hurricane Maria. Apple engineers have created a special carrier settings update which users connected to Wi-Fi or who are connected to a cellular network will automatically be prompted to download throughout the week. The update allows iPhone customers with iPhone 5c and...

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04:00
Apple patent is for displays with improved color...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170301310) for “displays with improved color accessibility” to aid folks who have trouble distinguishing between different colors on the display of an iOS, watchOS, or macOS device. 

Users with color vision deficiencies may miss a significant amount of visual detail in the images on a display screen, ranging from textual information to photographs and videos. Apple’s solution: “daltonization,” a process through which colors on a display are adjusted to allow users with color vision deficiencies to distinguish a range of detail they would otherwise miss. 

Daltonization is sometimes offered by applications such as websites, web browsers, or desktop applications. These applications adjust the display colors in a targeted display area to make the display content in that area more accessible to the user. These daltonization applications typically apply a single static daltonization algorithm with uniform daltonization strength to...

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03:43
CIRP data suggests iPhone 8 selling worse than an ‘S...

Purchase data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) suggests that the iPhone 8 is selling in smaller numbers than an ‘S’ model.

The company says that the iPhone 8/Plus accounted for just 16% of all iPhone sales in the past quarter, against 24% for the iPhone 6S/Plus …

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03:09
Apple asked to justify why it should keep the patent...

That years-long patent infringement battle between Apple and Samsung isn’t over yet. A judge has just ordered the two sides to return to court yet again.

Apple was originally awarded $1B after a court ruled that Samsung infringed its iPhone patents. That was later reduced to $339M, but Samsung argued that it was still too much and fought the case all the way to the Supreme Court – where it won. But it didn’t end there …

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03:00
MacDaddy’s Mac Backup is a handy Guru for macOS

By Aaron Lee

MacDaddy's Mac Backup Guru for macOS has three main, and very useful, features: 1) It provides a contextual menu to copy and paste a bootable volume in the Finder, 2) It's the only third party disk utility that provides Incremental Snapshots in macOS (as far as I know), and 3) It provides straightforward clone/sync functionality, with security that the sync is reliable.

Incremental Snapshots use only a small fraction of the disk space to store daily versioned backups which can be accessed via the Finder and appear to be standard copies. This is done by employing hardlinks to the original files for unaltered files. Mac Backup Guru  also offers the more traditional clone and sync functionality, with built in Contextual Menu Items in the Finder to make it easier access its capabilities and streamline the user interface.

Mac Backup Guru Incremental Snapshots work differently from traditional disk backups. These initially makes a full...

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03:00
How to get the latest flight info in macOS High...

Picking up a friend at the airport? You can get the latest flight info in macOS High Sierra. Here’s how:

Press Command-Space to open Spotlight, then type the airline and flight number to see the status. If you end up with multiple results in the list, you can just click through them to find the particular flight you’re looking for.

(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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02:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 23, 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

Mobo Kids has grown Mobo Greenhouse Garden 1.0. Aimed primarily at children, the $2.99 education app helps young players learn about nature and taking care of seeds. Players need to grow crops, protect them from moles, harvest, extract the weeds and find out what to do with magic beans.

VOLV has launched Black Operations 2. It’s a free strategy war game with multi-touch controls. You train your troops, deploy armies, and battle other players online.

macOS Apps/Updates

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00:43
Apple COO Jeff Williams met with Foxconn CEO today...

As previously rumored, Economic Daily News today reports that Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams had a meeting with Foxconn CEO and chairman Terry Gou in Taipei.

‘Market participants’ familiar with the matter would not disclose details of what was discussed but we would expect production of iPhone X to be a key topic. On Friday, KGI said just 2-3 million iPhone X would be ready to deliver to customers at launch.

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Sunday October 22

21:26
Google looks into reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-...

It's well-known that OLED displays can suffer from screen burn-in if objects regularly remain on screen for long periods -- that's why Samsung uses tricks like shifting the home button on newer phones. It's not supposed to crop up mere days after you...

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21:10
Jennifer Bailey talks Apple Pay: 20 markets, 4000...

Jennifer Bailey who runs Apple Pay gave a keynote presentation on Sunday as part of the Money20/20 Las Vegas event. Here are some Apple Pay stats and updates shared during the presentation:

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20:44
The Factory Where Robots Build Robots

turkeydance shared Bloomberg's profile of Fanuc, a secretive Japanese company with 40,000-square-foot factories "where robots made other robots in the dark...stopping only when no storage space remains." About 80% of the company's assembly work is automated, and its robots then go on to assemble and paint cars, build motors, and make electrical components. "King of them all is the Robodrill, which plays first violin in one of the great symphonies of modern production: machining the metal casing for Apple Inc.'s iPhones..." With 40% profit margins, the robot vendor has become a $50 billion company controlling most of the world's market for factory automation and industrial robotics, Bloomberg reports:
In fact, Fanuc might just be the single most important manufacturing company in the world right now, because everything Fanuc does is designed to make it part of what every other manufacturing company is doing... The company even profits from its competitors' sales, because more...

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19:01
Stephen Hawking makes his doctoral thesis available...

Ever wondered how Stephen Hawking saw the universe as a doctoral candidate, when his theories about black holes were just coming into fruition? You don't have to hear about it second-hand -- you can now go straight to the source. The legendary cosm...

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17:25
Google aims to share revenue with news publishers

Google isn't kidding around when it says it wants to make amends with subscription-based news outlets. The search giant's head of news, Richard Gingras, told the Financial Times that the plan is to share revenues with publishers who take advantage o...

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16:01
How to: teach Siri to correctly pronounce names on...




Asking Siri to text or call contacts is one of the virtual assistant's basic functions, but some names can be hard for the system to understand and pronounce. AppleInsider shows you how to ensure correct pronunciation, and contact retrieval, in this video.

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15:42
Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

It's no secret that the Essential Phone isn't a hot seller. Whether or not you believe the sales estimates, it's difficult to move large volumes of a $699 phone with limited carrier deals (in the US, only Sprint) and no brand recognition outside of s...

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14:29
Feds warn energy, aviation companies of hacking...

Hackers have been targeting the nuclear, energy, aviation, water and critical manufacturing industries since May, according to Reuters. It's even serious enough for Homeland Security and the FBI to email firms most at risk of attacks, warning them th...

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13:46
GraphicConverter 10.5.1

Adds a Show Depth Data context menu item if data is available in HEIC files. ($39.95 new, free update, 177 MB)

 

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13:01
Tesla reportedly lands deal to build an EV factory...

It's difficult for foreign car makers to crack the Chinese market. Unless they're willing to partner with a local brand (and thus give up both profits and technology), they have to pay for shipping vehicles and swallow a 25 percent import duty fee. T...

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11:42
Apple no longer sells a 256GB iPhone 7

As noted by Mashable, Apple no longer sells a 256GB iPhone 7, previously the largest capacity, leaving consumers with 32GB and 128GB. If you want a 256GB iPhone, you’ll have to go for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus or iPhone X.

Apple stopped selling the 256GB model on Sept. 12, the same day it unveiled the iPhone 8. Mashable says it also talked to an Apple customer service rep, who confirmed that the company no longer directly offers a 256GB iPhone 7.

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11:30
The best DSLR for beginners

By Mike Perlman

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full artic...

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11:03
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, we have Audio Damage’s Axon 2 drum synth for iPad, a sub-$100 iOS/Mac interface, PreSonus gear, some free sounds for Logic Pro X and much more….. more…

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10:06
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts: We will not...

Apple is usually pretty good about not “encouraging” customers to buy more than they need.

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10:03
Photo tour of Apple’s new flagship Chicago store

I’d love to visit this store. Chicago is a great city and these photos really show off the new space.

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09:58
UK orders shutdown of online casino games aimed at...

Have you ever seen a gambling machine or website that was all too conspicuously aimed at children? British regulators certainly have. The country's Gambling Commission and advertising overseers have ordered over 450 gambling sites to "immediately"...

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09:26
Apple sued by Japanese company that owns Animoji...

Apple plays hardball but $20 says this gets settled out of court for “an undisclosed sum”.

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09:11
Tim Cook talks education, diversity, and more in...

Apple this week opened its new flagship retail store in Chicago, and present at the opening were several Apple executives. Tim Cook, Angela Ahrendts, and Eddy Cue were all in attendance, giving interviews, taking selfies, and more. While there, Cook sat down with the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, for an in-depth interview on Emanuel’s podcast “Chicago Stories.”

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08:30
Fitbit Ionic review: Good fitness tracker, passable...

Fitbit's first real smartwatch was the worst kept secret in tech. After months of rumors, leaks and the acquisition of smartwatch pioneer Pebble that all but revealed the company's intentions, Fitbit presented the Ionic to the world. It was a promisi...

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07:00
After Math: The fix is in

It was a difficult week for the truth -- and not just how the president coerced a four-star general to lie about the sentiments he made to a grieving war widow. More than half of tech experts now doubt we can fix the "fake news" problem, Congress rol...

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04:30
Ben Heck's oscilloscope throwdown

Let's get started reviewing oscilloscopes! In the world of electronics engineering, an oscilloscope is crucial to helping diagnose problems with noise and data communications. Each of the five oscilloscopes reviewed in this episode, from Tektroni...

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03:36
SEE Finance 1.1.11

Maintenance release for the personal finance app with a number of adjustments and fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 34 MB)

 

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02:26
Air traffic controllers may get a break from non-...

Air traffic controllers have it bad enough managing full-size aircraft, but they face an extra headache when you throw drones in the mix. You see, controllers get calls when drone pilots want approval to fly within 5 miles of an airport -- and with...

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Saturday October 21

22:36
Logitech's Circle 2 Wired is the best camera...




Logitech's Circle 2 has been available for a little while, but only recently did the company add HomeKit support to the Wired model -- making it just one of two security cameras in the entire smarthome market with that integration. The results are reasonably good, but some missing features prevent a whole-hearted recommendation.

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21:47
Fiber optic lines can double as earthquake detectors

You might not need an extensive sensor network or a host of volunteers to detect earthquakes in the future -- in fact, the lines supplying your internet access might do the trick. Researchers have developed technology that detects seismic activity t...

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19:04
Windows 10 now includes anti-cheat protection for...

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is full of changes, but one of the understated additions could make a big difference if you're a gamer. Microsoft has switched on its previously teased TruePlay feature, which promises to protect against "common" che...

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18:25
Merlin Project 4.3

Project management app brings full support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and adds Japanese and Simplified Chinese localizations. ($289 new, free update, 25.3 MB)

 

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