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Wednesday September 27

05:53
Apple: a fix is coming for the iPhone 8 crackling...

Some iPhone 8 owners have a problem with the phone’s earpiece. When making a call, the earpiece makes a disruptive “crackling” or “static” sound that disrupts the audio.

Apple said in a statement to The Verge that the issue only comes up in a “small number” of cases and that the company is working on a software update to fix the problem. “We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

The problem seems to impact both the 8 and 8 Plus. Owners indicate that it’s happening across different carriers and in different parts of the world, too, notes The Verge.

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05:48
Analyst: iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are off to a...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales are off to a solid and stable start despite claims from analysts and media citing a lower than usual turnout at Apple store locations as evidence of decreased interest in the new lineup. 

He thinks Apple is expecting a 50/50 demand split between the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Sales of the latter two smartphones are on target when taking that into consideration, the analyst says. 

“We previously estimated the production weighting of new 2017 iPhone models at roughly 50% iPhone X and 50% iPhone 8/ 8 Plus,” Kuo tells clients. “This matches what we believe is Apple's (US) estimate for demand. At first glance, the combined first-week adoption rate for the iPhone 8/ 8 Plus might appear low (...

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05:20
WSJ backs report of 3D sensor problem causing delays...

The WSJ has now backed a supply-chain report that poor 3D sensor yields were delaying mass production of the iPhone X.

Yesterday’s report said that Apple’s suppliers were hitting significant yield issues with the 3D sensors used in the TrueDepth camera module of the iPhone X. The problems were said to be so severe that production was being measured in the tens of thousands of units per day …

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05:15
Apple states fix is in progress for “static” sounds...

Apple has announced that it’s working on a fix for some of the “static” and “crackling” sounds some users have experienced from the newly-released iPhone 8’s earpiece.

The company offered the following statement:

“We are aware of the issue which is affecting customers in a small number of cases,” an Apple spokesperson said. “Our team is at work on a fix, which will be included in an upcoming software release.”

The issue itself has been perplexing, as users have reported that the static noise is intermittent and doesn’t occur during every call, nor does it occur when the device is in speaker mode. A user on Apple’s support forums describes it like this:

Apple this morning released iOS 11.0.1 to the public, but that update seemingly doesn’t include a fix for this issue. The company hasn’t offered a timetable for when the update correcting this problem will be released.

If you’ve experienced this issue on your end, please let us know in the...

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 update, focuses on bug...

There’s always a software update to be had.

And this is a good thing.

Only one week after Apple’s release of its iOS 11 operating system, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

The update is described by Apple as including bug fixes and improvements for the operating system. This isn’t a feature update, so you won’t be seeing anything new after you install the update.

To install the update over-the-air, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

If you’ve had a chance to try the iOS 11.0.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.

Via Macworld

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05:00
DataTraveler Bolt Duo can help free up storage space...

Storage space doesn’t come cheap on Apple devices. For example, a 64GB version of the upcoming iPhone X costs $999; a 256GB model is $1,149. Pricing for a 64GB iPad Pro (10.5 inches) starts at $649; the price of a 512GB model starts at $999.

You can help alleviate a lack of storage space with the DataTraveler Bolt Duo, Kingston Digital’s first dual interface USB with a Lightning connector for smartphones and tablets. Capacities allow for storing up to 8,000 photos (the 32GB for $59.99), 16,000 photos (64GB for $89.99) and 32,000 photos (128GB for $119.99). New photos and videos taken with your iOS device can be sent directly to the Bolt. 

The front of the flash drive has a standard Lightening...

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04:56
PSA: Here’s how to get access to 280-character...

Twitter revealed yesterday that it would be doubling the maximum length of a tweet from 140 characters to a full 280 characters. Initially, it is rolling out the new limit to a small percentage of users ahead of a wider deployment later …

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04:30
How to arrange, hide and delete Apple TV apps in...

Downloaded an app to your Apple TV, but don’t use it any more and are tired of seeing it take up space on the tvOS interface? No problem. You can move and hide apps with ease.

  • Highlight the app that you want to move.
  • On your Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, hold down the Touch surface until the app starts to jiggle. 
  • To move the app on Siri Remote or Apple TV Remote, swipe left, right, up, or down. 
  • When you're finished, press the Touch surface or press Select. 
  • Repeat these steps to move other apps.

To delete an app:

  • Highlight the app you want to delete.
  • Hold down the Touch surface or Select until the app starts to jiggle. 
  • Then press the Play/Pause button and choose Delete or Hide. 
  • Repeat these steps to delete other apps.

(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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04:21
External Link: Nutty Hack of the Week: Pair an Apple...

In the Stupid Apple Tricks department, iMore’s Serenity Caldwell has discovered that it is possible to pair a cellular-capable Apple Watch Series 3 with an Android phone, although she admits that it’s a terrible idea. The process involves tricking the Apple Watch by inserting the SIM from an Android phone into an iPhone, pairing the Apple Watch, and then moving the SIM back to the Android phone. It works, but your Apple Watch will lose many features and have awful battery life. In other words: don’t try this at home.

 

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04:00
Apple files a patent for ‘flexible room controls’...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,772,720) for “flexible room controls” that shows the company has big plans for its HomeKit technology. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that locations of room controls, such as electrical switches and climate-control thermostats, are generally chosen during the architectural design of a building, and the controls are then hard-wired in place within the walls during construction. If the resident subsequently wishes to add controls or move existing controls to another location, it will generally be necessary to break holes in the wall, run new wiring, and then repair and repaint. 

Obviously, that’s inelegant. Apple thinks it has a better way.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “Control apparatus includes an optical subsystem, which is configured to direct first light toward a scene that includes a hand of a user in...

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03:54
Apple remains world’s most valuable brand based on...

Interbrand’s annual report on the world’s most valuable brands sees Apple keep the top slot for the fifth consecutive year, ahead of Google and Microsoft. The top ten brands are rounded out by Coca Cola, Amazon, Samsung, Toyota, Facebook, Mercedes Benz and IBM.

Interbrand assesses the all-in value of a brand by analysing three factors …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 27, 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

Cheetah Mobile has debuted ARCam, which allows users to create a 3D moment by inserting augmented reality features into photos and videos. It was built on Apple’s ARKit introduced with iOS 11 and is available for free.

macOS Apps/Updates

Twocanoes Software has announced macOS High Sierra compatibility for Boot Runner 2, its OS selection manager for dual boot Macs. 

It offers a customizable startup screen and remote boot control, ensuring Windows or other operating systems are available to receive critical security updates at the right time. Boot Runner 2.2 includes customization...

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01:59
KGI: Initial iPhone 8 sales were not ‘weak’, stable...

A new report from KGI rebuts some of the industry pessimism around the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Although it is true that lines were shorter than the usual blockbuster iPhone release, KGI says that opening weekend sales were about half that of last year’s.

Given that many early adopters are waiting for the iPhone X, 50% sales volume is inline with expectations. KGI says they are seeing stable demand from carrier sales.

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Tuesday September 26

23:00
Little Snitch 4 on sale at 30% off, one day only!

If you read yesterday's review, you know that I got pretty excited about Objective Development's Little Snitch 4. As luck would have it, the company has a sale going on today where you can buy this powerful Mac app at 30% off the usual price -- just $31.50 (regular price is $45). 

No discount code or anything is required; just point your browser at the Objective Development online store and Little Snitch 4 will be available at the sale price. The discount is also valid for upgraders from earlier versions of Little Snitch. 

The sale started today (September 27, 2017) at 6:00 AM UTC and ends tomorrow at 8 AM UTC. That's 11 PM PT on the 26th / 2 AM ET on the 27th for the start of the sale, and it will end at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET on the 28th...

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22:51
KGI: iPhone 8 sales in line with expectations,...




Sales of Apple's iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are off to a solid start despite claims from analysts and media citing a lower than usual turnout at Apple store locations as evidence of decreased interest in the new smartphone lineup.

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21:13
President Trump deletes tweets that supported a...

Last year, Twitter cut off and then reinstated Politwoops, a project that stores and reports deleted tweets by politicians. CEO Jack Dorsey said at the time that Twitter reinstated its access to "bring transparency" - similar to reasoning the company...

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20:22
Amazon's Echo Show loses its access to YouTube

In an unexpected turn, Amazon's Echo Show has suddenly lost its ability to stream videos from YouTube. The Verge points out that the ability disappeared this afternoon, quoting Amazon and Google blaming each other for the issue. While YouTube claims...

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18:30
Super fast bionic glass: iPhone 8 Review




Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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18:17
Apple retains top spot as world's most valuable...




For the fifth year in a row, Apple fended off the likes of Google, Microsoft and other fast-rising tech titans to be named the most valuable brand in the world, as ranked by global brand consulting firm Interbrand.

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18:05
RIAA report shows music industry continue to rebound...

Streaming music services such as Apple Music continue to contribute to the rebirth of the music industry. The Recording Industry Association of America this week has released its mid-year update for 2017, showing continued growth thanks in large part to streaming services…

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17:26
macOS Server 5.4

Adds support for APFS volumes, plus new restrictions, payloads, and management commands for Profile Manager. ($19.99 new, free update, 194 MB)

 

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17:13
D-Link's HomeKit-compatible Omna 180 Cam HD...




Accessory maker D-Link on Tuesday updated its Omna iOS app with all new features for its Omna 180 Cam HD, one of the first internet-connected security cameras to feature Apple HomeKit support.

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16:52
Tesla switches from NVIDIA to Intel for its...

Ever since Tesla took the wraps off the Model S, its electric cars have had NVIDIA hardware powering the infotainment system and the giant touchscreen that controls it. However, it's apparently breaking with tradition: Bloomberg sources hear that the...

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16:36
Super fast, big bionic glass: iPhone 8 Plus Review




Apple's latest iPhone 8 is supercharged by its new A11 Bionic chip, which does the heavy lifting for a series of major new camera features as well as making everything faster. It also packs iPad Pro's True Tone display and Fast Charging, and adds Qi wireless charging through its beautifully glossy rear glass back, built in a familiar shape but with a new steel structure ringed in an aluminum band with precision seams that continue the water and dust resistance of the previous 7 generation.

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16:19
Apple says fix coming for 'crackling'...




Apple on Tuesday issued a statement confirming a small number of iPhone 8 handsets suffer from an audio glitch that causes a "crackling" noise during phone calls, saying a fix for the problem is in the works.

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16:18
Apple says a fix is coming for iPhone 8 devices...

Apple today said that it is working on a fix for iPhone 8 users experiencing crackling sounds from their device’s earpiece. Since the iPhone 8 was released last week, some users have reported a “static” and “crackling sound,” but that shouldn’t be the case for much longer…

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15:45
AWT News Update: September 26, 2017

As the month of September winds down and the daylight hours start getting shorter, we have a shorter than usual podcast for you today. 

  • iOS 11 is now installed on 25% of all iOS devices, a bit slower than last year but a much higher uptake rate than Android ever sees
  • You can now fill your Starbucks card from Apple Pay on the Apple Watch
  • Twitter is testing longer tweets, for even longer rants by unhinged individuals
  • Amazon and Apple are apparently best buds now, with the Apple TV reappearing on Amazon after a two-year hiatus

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

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World...

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15:24
Kalashnikov's next military gear might be...

Popular Mechanics reports that a Russian defense company has developed a flying vehicle that took to the air earlier this week as manufacturers demonstrated what it can do. The hovercraft, built by Kalashnikov Concern, gets its lift from 16 sets of r...

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15:14
Photos in macOS High Sierra now works with these...

One of the neatest features in macOS High Sierra is hidden within the Photos app and allows users to seamlessly integrate with third-party photo services for Projects.

Since macOS High Sierra became available yesterday, several third-party apps have been upgraded to integrate with Projects in Photos, head below as we round them up.

more…

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15:13
Twitter to test 280-character tweets, doubling...




A select set of Twitter users are being freed from their 140-character shackles, at least temporarily, as the ubiquitous social network tests methods by which users can better express themselves while maintaining the brevity that popularized the platform.

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14:31
AMC will install room-scale VR at six of its...

Movie theater chain AMC is committing to virtual reality in a big way. The company has announced a $20 million investment in Dreamscape Immersive, a VR storytelling studio with a focus on room-scale installations and real-time motion tracking.

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14:14
Twitter to double the length limit for tweets to 280...

Twitter today is moving away from its traditional 140 character tweet limit. The company has announced that it is testing a new 280 character limit for some users. Product manager Aliza Rosen made the likely controversial reveal in a blog post this afternoon

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14:00
Twitter experiments with doubling its character limit

Over the past couple of years, Twitter has slowly chipped away at its 140-character constraint. It removed @replies from the limit earlier this year, and exempted photos, videos and quotes from it last year. Now, it's ready to push those character re...

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13:35
Airbnb reportedly wants to offer apartment rentals...

For a service that began as a simple house-sharing service, Airbnb has definitely expanded to include some interesting, if off-target, promotional initiatives. The company recently stepped into the restaurant reservation space, and has even offered u...

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13:04
You can get a refund on Oculus Rift and Gear VR...

Buying games and apps digitally is less risky when there's a solid refund policy in place. Apple offers refunds for purchases through its iTunes app store and Microsoft has a self-service system. PC distribution portal Steam allows for refunds within...

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12:59
iMovie 10.1.7

Adds support for Apple’s new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) format, and now requires macOS 10.12.2 Sierra or higher. (Free, 2.14 GB)

 

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12:59
OmniOutliner Essentials and Pro 5.1.2

Adds a new Go to Search Field menu option to the Find menu and improves compatibility with macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($9.99/59.99 new, free update, 37.3 MB)

 

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12:59
London's ex-mayor Boris Johnson pitched Apple...




While mayor of London, British politician Boris Johnson tried to sell Apple on sponsoring the ultimately abandoned Garden Bridge -- to which the company allegedly said it was willing, if it could have a store on the bridge itself.

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12:45
Apple, Alphabet and Fitbit test FDA fast track for...

A few of the tech giants you know are about to get fast-track approval for their digital health efforts. The US Food and Drug Administration has named the companies involved in a recently-instituted "pre-certification" program that determines whethe...

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12:22
Google will reportedly separate shopping service...

Google is reportedly separating its price-comparison shopping service into a standalone unit after getting fined for a record-setting $2.8 billion by the EU after a legal battle over antitrust practices. The internet titan appealed the decision, but...

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12:00
The NBA’s big eSports push begins in May 2018

The line between eSports and traditional sports is blurring, and organizations like the National Basketball Association are looking to stay ahead of the curve. Seventeen teams from the NBA will be part of the upcoming 2K League, a competition it crea...

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11:59
iOS 11: How to improve iPhone battery life

Since iOS 11 has been available for over a week, many users are now running Apple’s latest mobile OS. While there are lots of great new features, one downside many users are experiencing is decreased battery life. Let’s take a look at the best ways to improve battery life on your iPhone.

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11:51
The DHS plans to monitor immigrants’ social media...

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently posted a new rule in the Federal Register set to go into effect next month. The update is largely to note that certain government electronic documents are also part of immigrants' official records as...

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11:43
Starbucks now lets you reload store cards with Apple...

Starbucks just made its Apple Watch app a whole lot more useful. Starting today you can reload your Starbucks Card using Apple Pay right on the Apple Watch. Paying with your Starbucks Card was previously supported but was possible with the built-in Wallet app; reloading required using the iPhone app.

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11:43
SQL Server 2017 Embraces Linux, Docker


Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of SQL Server 2017, now with support for Linux, at its Ignite conference in Orlando. The company first announced its plans for the newest iteration of its database software a year and a half ago. This is the first version of SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux and Docker, noted Scott Guthrie, EVP, cloud and enterprise, at Microsoft. SQL Server offers "mission-critical performance and security," he said. It now has everything built in, including AI, "on the platform of your choice."

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11:36
Uber vows to leave Quebec over tougher regulations

Uber appears to be making its second big exit in as many weeks. The ridesharing company intends to shut down operations in the Canadian province of Quebec if stricter rules are implemented for the October 14th renewal of a pilot project that lets Ube...

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11:34
Thanks to the FDA, your next Apple Watch might be...

Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung may be competing for smartwatch sales, but the companies have similar issues when it comes to health advancements in their wearables: too much red tape. Now the three companies are part of a new government-run pilot program that aims to change that.

The Food and Drug Administration has selected nine tech companies out of a pool of more than 100 to participate in the program, which aims to fast-track health innovations in software and products. The companies participating in the program will have an advantage when it comes to the months-long application and review process for new health products.

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11:33
Inside High Sierra: HEVC promises to keep quality...




Support for HEVC, also known as H.265, was announced at the WWDC Keynote by Apple Senior Vice President Craig Federighi. AppleInsider examines the technology from a user's standpoint, said to be needed to keep 4K videos down to a manageable size.

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11:23
iOS 11.0.1 Fixes Mail Bug with Microsoft-hosted...

Apple has released the first update to iOS 11 with almost no notes, but it appears to fix Mail problems with Microsoft-hosted email accounts.

 

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11:18
Rocket Lab’s second test launch will deliver a...

Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab's first test flight in May was mostly a success, and now it's ready for a second round. The New Zealand-based startup will begin the final tests on its Electron launch vehicle next month. The launch window will ope...

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11:11
Apple, other tech companies on FDA fast-track...

The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees new drugs, medical devices and much of the U.S. food supply, has selected nine tech companies, including Apple, for a pilot program that may let them avoid some regulations that have tied up developers working on health software and products, according to Bloomberg.

“We need to modernize our regulatory framework so that it matches the kind of innovation we’re being asked to evaluate,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

The FDA program is meant to let the companies get products pre-cleared rather than going through the agency’s standard application and approval process that can take months. Such products could include the Apple Watch and the iPhone, considering the health and fitness features packed into each.

Under the pilot, the FDA will scrutinize digital...

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11:11
Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 software update to improve...

Just one short week after Apple released iOS 11 to the public, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

It doesn’t seem to be that exciting of an update—the update notes say that it includes bug fixes and improvements for both the iPhone and iPad—but you should install it anyways to keep your devices working as smoothly as possible. iOS 11.0.1 is likely just addressing minor performance issues that have been discovered in the last week. This isn’t a feature update, so you won’t be seeing anything new after you install the update. 

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To install the update over-the-air, go to Settings > General > Software Update. We’ll report back with any noticeable changes.

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11:05
Apple’s new file system will eventually support...

Enlarge / High Sierra is less about the visible changes and more about under-the-hood features (like external GPU support). (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

MacOS High Sierra just came out of beta and is available to the public, but some users may feel left out by the current limitations of Apple's new file system (APFS). The new system currently supports machines with all-flash built-in storage, so those with Fusion Drives can't use it. However, a report from MacRumors cites an e-mail...

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11:04
Shazam watchOS 4 update brings new design, faster...

Shazam has released a new version of its Apple Watch app that accompanies the iOS software. The update to the popular music discovery app features a fresh design, faster performance, and LTE support for Apple Watch Series 3.

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10:59
Giphy taps Google AI tech to help you find the right...

Giphy's collection is a good way to find the right GIF to express your feelings... up until you're tracking down that one elusive GIF that's improperly tagged. The company has a clever solution, though: make AI technology look through the GIFs itself...

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10:56
Apple TV 4K listing appears on Amazon, after two-...




A listing for the 64-gigabyte version of the Apple TV 4K on Amazon is buoying hopes for an imminent release of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple's set-top box

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10:50
Apple just received a fast lane for developing...

Apple is among nine technology companies chosen by the United States Food and Drug Administration to test a new pilot program that could allow health products to be developed and released with less delay. This could allow Apple to use the Apple Watch and iPhone for medical uses that would previously require a longer approval process which slows down deployment.

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10:41
Showtime websites used visitors’ browsers to mine...

Over the weekend, visitors to Showtime's website or its streaming site ShowtimeAnytime might have noticed their computers slowing down a bit. That's because someone slipped in some JavaScript into the sites that caused them to siphon off processing t...

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10:24
Apple joins FDA pilot program allowing it to skip...




Apple has been picked as one of nine companies for a pilot program by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which which will let the firms avoid regulations that can slow the development of health-related products.

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10:23
Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 software update

Apple has released iOS 11.0.1. It’s a maintenance release with “bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone or iPad,” according to Apple.

The iOS 11.0.1 update can be downloaded over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.

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10:19
Apple TV returns to Amazon after a 2-year exile (...

Amazon drew no small amount of flak when it pulled the Apple TV from its online store 2 years ago. Was it really so determined to push Prime Video that it would limit your device options? Well, yes, but it's thankfully having a change of heart. The i...

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10:07
Apple squashes iOS 11 bugs with quick release of iOS...




Just a week after iOS 11 was launched to the public, Apple has quickly followed up with iOS 11.0.1, a small update intended to address bugs and fix various issues with the software.

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10:02
Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 software update for iPhone...

Apple has released the first software update to iOS 11 with iOS 11.0.1 for iPhone and iPad. The build comes in at 15A402, up from 15A372 for iOS 11.0.

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10:02
Vimeo finally adds livestreaming to its set of video...

Today, Vimeo announced that there is an agreement in place for its acquisition of the streaming company Livestream. It also launched Vimeo Live, which offers livestreaming solutions directly through the Vimeo platform. When the acquisition is complet...

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09:50
Dyson plans to release its own EV by 2020

An unlikely player has stepped onto the electric vehicle playing field. Vacuum cleaner and hairdryer producer Dyson announced today that it has already begun working on its own EV and that it should be ready for launch by 2020.

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09:44
Microsoft plans Office 2019 release for next year

The next version of Microsoft Office is coming to a computer near you soon. The company announced today that Office 2019 will be released sometime in the second half next year. Previews will ship in mid-2018. It will include the applications we're us...

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Leather Apple Watch Band $7,...

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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09:30
Boeing offers a $2 million prize for a working...

It's 2017, and as the refrain goes, where are the flying cars? Boeing is more interested in "personal flying devices" -- aka, jetpacks or flying taxis -- and is partnering with new organization GoFly to post a $2 million bounty for working designs. K...

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09:15
Plex News comes to Apple TV, iPhone & iPad with...




Making use of its Watchup acquisition, Plex on Tuesday announced a new feature for its media streaming software, Plex News, which assembles a personalized video montage based on a range of global sources.

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09:14
Tech companies support Trump’s STEM education plan (...

Yesterday, Donald Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum that directed the Secretary of Education to prioritize STEM and computer science education. The directive includes establishing a goal to put $200 million per year towards expanding this type o...

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09:06
A sociology of the smartphone

The smartphone is arguably the single most important “gadget” in the history of the world. For many of us, it affects and informs almost every aspect of our lives.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:01
Intel unveils an AI chip that mimics the human brain

Lots of tech companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, NVIDIA and Intel itself have created chips for image recognition and other deep-learning chores. However, Intel is taking another tack as well with an experimental chip called "Loihi." Rather...

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08:51
watchOS 4: How to customize and use the new Siri...

watchOS 4 introduces a new Siri watch face on Apple Watch that intelligently updates to show you relevant content throughout the day. The Siri watch face pulls data from 14 different sources by default, but customizing these sources can help remove information from the timeline that you don’t need and make the watch face more useful.

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08:50
Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who...

Office 2019 will be Microsoft's latest suite of perpetual apps, where users pay once for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more.

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08:39
Report backs up claims of slow 3D sensor production...




3D sensor suppliers for the iPhone X are "still struggling" to achieve significant output and improve yield rates, according to a report, which also reiterated expectations that the phone will be in very short supply.

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08:39
Kano combines its coding kits for a DIY 'laptop...

Kano, the company behind a variety of build-it-yourself computer and coding kits, has unveiled a "laptop" today. A portable computer is probably more accurate. Whereas most laptops have a clamshell design, the new "Computer Kit Complete" keeps the sc...

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08:35
macOS High Sierra: How to stop autoplay videos in...

I hope Macworld sees the irony in posting this tidbit.

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08:29
Deals: Apple TV for $134 ($15 off); Radeon 560 15...




For one day only, shoppers can snap up a 32GB 4th gen Apple TV for $134. Apple's 2017 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded Radeon 560 graphics is also $200 off, and AirPods are in stock with free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:28
iStat Menus 6 released

There was a time when I needed/loved the level of detail iStat provided. If you still do, the new version looks pretty cool.

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08:22
Jeff Bezos’ rocket company has its first Asian...

Blue Origin, which is Jeff Bezos' rocket company, just announced a milestone at the 68th Annual International Astronautical Congress. It has partnered with the connnectivity company mu Space, based in Thailand, to launch a satellite with the New Glen...

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08:15
How to make your iPhone shoot JPEGs again after iOS...

The new .heic format seems great but without widespread adoption, many users might want to switch back to the more common/compatible JPEG format.

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08:13
Apple Watch Diary: How Apple finally persuaded me to...

Despite having made the journey from a smartwatch skeptic to an Apple Watch convert, I was – until very recently – still using my original model, aka the Series 0. It had become something I wear every day, and now wouldn’t want to be without, and Apple hadn’t shown me any reason to upgrade to Series 3.

When the Series 2 was launched, I concluded that despite the improvements it offered in some areas, there would be no benefit to me given the four things for which I use it.

The Series 3 is, of course, a much bigger upgrade, but I was fairly sure that wasn’t going to persuade me either …

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08:08
Little Snitch 4: Keeping a constant eye on your...

One Mac app I’ve heard about for years but never used is Little Snitch ($45) from Objective Development, designed to keep an eye on network connections to and from your computer. That’s a big task; your Mac is constantly sending and receiving information over the internet, and most of the connections that are made are benign. Occasionally your Mac might pick up something you wouldn’t ordinarily know about — malware, perhaps a keyboard sniffer, maybe a trojan of some sort. Little Snitch 4 is designed as a fast and reliable gatekeeper to help you protect your Mac from unexpected and undesirable network traffic.

The app provides a free trial so you can decide whether it’s right for you or not. Once installed, the user makes a choice on whether to run the app in Alert Mode or Silent Mode. In Alert Mode, Little Snitch displays a connection alert whenever an incoming or outgoing connection is made...

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07:20
Poor 3D sensor yields mean Apple may not fulfill all...

A supply chain report out of Taiwan claims that Apple is facing significant yield problems with the 3D sensors used in the TrueDepth camera module of the iPhone X. One source says that production volumes for the flagship phone are so low that they are being measured in tens of thousands of units per day …

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06:52
Shutterfly, Mimeo announce integration with macOS...

Shutterfly and Mimeo have announced an integration with the Apple Photos app for macOS High Sierra. 

The new Shutterfly extension for Photos allows users to create, customize and purchase Shutterfly photo books without leaving the app. Users can also begin creating a photo book within Photos and then complete it on Shutterfly.com. Users can find and install the Shutterfly extension from within the MacApp Store, or from within Apple Photos for macOS.

The Mimeo Photos is a new photo project extension. Itempowers hobbyists and professional photographers to create high quality photobooks, cards and calendars from directly within the Photos app on the Mac. After installing the Mimeo Photos project extension from the Mac App Store, customers can build their projects directly in Photos for macOS.

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06:50
Tips: Turn off iOS 11 Smart Punctuation to avoid...




An unexpected side effect of Apple's new Smart Punctuation feature in iOS 11 has manifested and is causing some problems with apps that use Core Data to store strings. Here's how to turn off Smart Punctuation, and why you might want to for now.

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06:44
A fix for the Keychain password vulnerability...

The Keychain password vulnerability affecting macOS —including High Sierra —was reported to Apple on Sept. 7, and should be fixed by the tech giant soon, Patrick Wardle, the research who first publicized the issue, told Gizmodo

He reported that code that appeared to extract plaintext passwords from the Keychain. If users opt into using Keychain, they can use it to store their login information, credit cards, and WiFi passwords.

All Keychain info is normally locked down with a user’s master password. However, Wardle was able to extract passwords from the Keychain without entering a master password, showing that an attacker with access to an unlocked computer might be able to steal Keychain data.

“Applications running on your system are able to access all the information...

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06:41
macOS 10.13 High Sierra: The Ars Technica review

This is a detailed review, definitely a solid place to start learning about macOS High Sierra.

Before you update, you might want to read the section on APFS, the Apple File System called A one-way ticket to APFS-ville (if you have an SSD).

The High Sierra installer does do one major thing that the Sierra installer didn’t do. Behind the scenes, it converts your boot partition from the longstanding HFS+ filesystem to the new APFS.

Well, it does that for most Macs, anyway.

Though most people will never even know what’s happening, there are plenty of caveats and details to know about how the APFS conversion happens, the cases when it doesn’t happen, and why it doesn’t happen when it doesn’t happen.

Read this section, consider your Mac’s particular configuration. Do you have a spinning hard drive? Do you have an SSD that you installed yourself? Do you have a Fusion drive setup? None of these are dealbreakers, but it’s worth spending the time...

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06:34
KKR & Co. wants Apple to switch sides in attempt...

KKR & Co. — an American multinational private equity firm, specializing in leveraged buyouts — is trying to persuade Apple to switch sides and join the private equity firm in a bid for Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory chip business. According to Bloomberg, Toshiba told creditors that the Bain-backed winning consortium wasn’t finalized yet, because Apple hadn’t agreed to all the terms.

Apple previously objected to Western Digital’s participation, fearing the company would try to control the unit and create a power concentration in the chip market. Western Digital has threatened to legally block the chip unit sale without its permission, which essentially means complicating a sale...

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06:34
High Sierra automatically checks firmware integrity...

The Eclectic Light Company:

Upgrading to High Sierra brings a new and significant security feature: your Mac will automatically check its EFI firmware. In a series of tweets, Xeno Kovah, one of the three engineers responsible for the new tool, has outlined how this works.

The new utility eficheck, located in /usr/libexec/firmwarecheckers/eficheck, runs automatically once a week. It checks that Mac’s firmware against Apple’s database of what is known to be good. If it passes, you will see nothing of this, but if there are discrepancies, you will be invited to send a report to Apple.

And:

eficheck depends on a small local library of ‘known good’ data, which will be automatically and silently updated if you have security updates turned on in the App Store pane.

That checkbox is in the App Store pane in System Preferences and should be checked by default.

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06:22
macOS High Sierra keychain vulnerability should not...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

macOS High Sierra, released to the public today, could be impacted by a major security flaw that could allow a hacker to steal the usernames and passwords of accounts stored in Keychain.

Here’s the tweet that brought this to light:

on High Sierra (unsigned) apps can programmatically dump & exfil keychain (w/ your plaintext passwords) vid: https://t.co/36M2TcLUAn #smh pic.twitter.com/pqtpjZsSnq

— patrick wardle (@patrickwardle) September 25, 2017

The timing of this reveal is terrible, as it coincides with the release of macOS High Sierra. I know a number of people who have held off updating for just this reason.

Don’t let this story stop you from updating:

  1. This exploit...

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06:07
Apple TV listing appears on Amazon ahead of Prime...

The Apple TV is listed again on Amazon and whilst it isn’t in stock just yet, it does suggest that the Amazon Prime app for Apple TV is imminent.

Amazon pulled the Apple TV from its site as it won’t sell media players that don’t support Prime. Tim Cook announced back in June that Amazon would release an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV later this year …

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06:05
Apple’s High Sierra press release

Nice job highlighting the major features in macOS High Sierra. Don’t miss the section towards the bottom called “Additional app refinements”.

My favorite is the very last one:

Spotlight provides flight status information, including departure and arrival times, delays, gates, terminals and even a map of the flight path

Interesting.

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06:03
macOS's Keychain vulnerability reported earlier...




The Keychain password vulnerability affecting multiple versions of macOS -- including High Sierra -- was reported to Apple on Sept. 7, and will likely be patched by the company in the near future, according to the security researcher who first publicized the issue.

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05:56
∞ Apple Park drone footage — Looks ready to move in

[VIDEO] This is gorgeous. For me, this footage (embedded in the main Loop post) tips the scales: Apple Park looks more like a finished product than a work in progress.

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05:56
Comment: Why the iPhone X appears to be power-hungry...

We noted earlier a Chinese regulatory filing that appears to confirm an earlier report that the iPhone X will come equipped with 3GB RAM. That same filing also contains another interesting number: the apparent battery capacity.

Serial leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer tweeted the image showing a battery capacity of 2716mAh – even higher than the 2691mAh battery found in the iPhone 8 Plus, with its far less power-efficient LCD screen …

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05:52
Apple patent shows that you shouldn’t count Touch ID...

Apple’s new iPhone X, which goes on sale in October, will sport cutting-edge facial recognition technology dubbed “Face ID” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that, if it’s a hit, we’ll see it replacing Touch ID on future iPhones and iPads. If it’s not a big hit, expect to see iOS devices sporting Face ID and Touch ID.

Don’t count Touch ID out just yet. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,772,721) for “ultrasound-based force sensing and touch sensing” that hints at iPhones and iPads with Touch ID implemented under the screen itself rather than via a button.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that ,when interfacing with a graphical user interface (like iOS) or with an app, it can be advantageous for the user to be able to indicate an amount of force applied when manipulating, moving, pointing to, touching, or otherwise interacting with, a touch device. For example, it might be handy to be able to manipulate a screen element or other object in a first way...

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05:51
Every single iPhone, bar one

Nice image. Wish Rene had shot this on a less scratchy surface. Makes me uncomfortable just looking at it. But a great shot.

The missing iPhone? The iPhone X, understandably.

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05:48
BMW is set to offer a pad to wirelessly charge your...

The Verge:

According to BMW, the 9.4kWh battery in the 530e can be charged in about 3.5 hours at 3.2kW of power, or close to the level you’d get if you just plugged the car in with a cord.

A BMW North America spokesperson told The Verge in an email that the technology depicted in the video is still in the testing and evaluation phase for the US and Canada. It still needs UL approval, too.

In other countries, BMW plans to launch the wireless charging system early next year, but only on the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan.

I wonder if this technology will make its way through other car manufacturers and, eventually, be a standard feature in the garage of all new homes.

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05:41
Craig Federighi: APFS is coming to Fusion Drives

As macOS High Sierra became available yesterday, some folks (like me) were disappointed that the new Apple File System (APFS) wouldn’t be implemented on traditional hard drives or Fusion Drives (which is what my iMac has). But there’s good news.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, tells MacRumors that the APFS would be coming to Fusion drives in an upcoming High Sierra update. According to Apple, APFS features strong encryption, space sharing, snapshots, fast directory sizing, and improved file system fundamentals.

Fusion Drive is Apple’s name for its implementation of a hybrid drive. It combines a hard disk drive with a NAND flash storage (a solid-state drive of 24GB or more) and presents it as a single Core Storage managed logical volume with the space of...

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