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18:00
Apple Music reportedly leads Spotify, Pandora in...




According to fresh market research data, Apple Music's three-month free trial helped push the service ahead of competitors Spotify and Pandora in terms of unique monthly users for the month of February.

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17:36
PSA: Apple’s USB-C accessory + UltraFine display...

Apple first announced that it would be discounting certain USB-C accessories back in November to coincide with the release of the new MacBook Pros. Originally, the promotion was set to run through the end of the year, but Apple extended it through March 31st to supplement the launch of the LG UltraFine 5K displays, which are also discounted.

That day is quickly approaching, though, so you’re running out of time to take advantage of the promo…

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15:57
Android app industry expected to surpass iOS App...

Mobile app analytics firm App Annie is today out with its latest report. As usual, the data shows that Apple’s App Store has a significant lead in terms of revenue when compared to Google Play, but this report notes of a change. The firm estimates that Android will overtake iOS in terms of app revenue this year…

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15:42
FCC stops federal approval of low-income broadband...

When FCC Chairman Ajit Pai froze the plan to include nine broadband companies in the commission's Lifeline program in February, the future of low-cost, government subsidized internet access suddenly seemed uncertain. Now, nearly two months later, Cha...

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15:40
Take over the world (over and over and over) in The...

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

I downloaded The Battle of Polytopia on a whim. The game’s bright colors and retro-style graphics drew me in—and the promise of sweet turn-based strategy and world domination was just too much to resist.

And, honestly? I can’t stop playing it.

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15:25
Cloud Foundry Aims to Close Cloud Skills Gap


The Cloud Foundry Foundation has announced the launch of a worldwide cloud-native developer certification initiative. The foundation created the program to fill the widening gap of trained programmers for cloud apps and services. The Linux Foundation -- which has trained and certified more developers on open source software than any organization in the world -- will provide the instruction. More than a dozen leading technology, education and systems integration organizations around the world will participate in the cloud certification program.

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15:20
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15:00
Samsung's Galaxy S8 is the first phone with...

You didn't have to wait long to see the first phone packing Bluetooth 5.0 -- in fact, it's less than a month away. When Samsung posted the specs for its brand new Galaxy S8 line, it quietly let slip that the smartphones would use the bleeding edge wi...

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14:58
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 prepares Apple fans for all the...

Today was an exciting day over at 9to5Google as Samsung unveiled a suite of new features coming to their new Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices. What made today’s announcements uncanny was just how many features Samsung unveiled in their new Galaxy S8 that we’ve already heard reported for the upcoming iPhone 8. The Galaxy S8 may not be iPhone fans want today, but it surely prepares them for what we may be seeing later this year.

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14:51
AWT News Update: March 29, 2017

A thank you, a new iPad app that's long overdue, a record high, custom app icons, Facebook VR and just a tiny bit of schadenfreude...

  • We've hit another record month in listenership. THANKS!
  • Google released its Calendar app for iPad...finally
  • AAPL shares closed today at $144.12
  • MLB and NHL apps now offer custom team app icons under iOS 10.3
  • Facebook goes VR with 360-degree live streaming for everybody
  • Samsung has another fiery experience the day before the Galaxy 8 was unveiled

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

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14:48
Apple Music saw over 40M users on mobile last month...

While Spotify may lead in terms of subscribers, it’s already been proven that Apple Music can dominate even with its smaller user base. A new report from analytics firm Verto further highlights the sometimes underestimated reach of Apple Music.

The report shows that Apple Music comes out on top in terms of monthly unique users, thanks in large part to the three-month free trial Apple offers.
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14:38
Galaxy S8, S8+ Dazzle in Samsung's Comeback...


Samsung on Wednesday launched the Galaxy S8 and S8+, its next generation of smartphones. They feature major improvements in design and security processing power, as well as new digital assistant technology that may challenge the best devices on the market. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are available with 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch screens respectively. Both sport an infinity display using Corning Gorilla Glass, and a bezel-less design that provides a wider viewing area and more immersive experience than traditional smartphones.

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14:37
Tribeca announces art-focused Games Festival with...

Tribeca was the first film festival to embrace video games as a storytelling medium, showcasing the world premiere of detective game L.A. Noire nearly six years ago. Now, the organization is teaming up with publication Kill Screen to launch the inaug...

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14:26
Apple investors shrug off Samsung Galaxy S8 event,...




The launch of Samsung's 2017 flagship Galaxy S8 isn't causing any apparent concern among Apple's investors, who collectively pushed the company's stock even further upward today despite the announcements--and the continuous run up in Apple stock that has occurred since the iPhone maker last released earnings in January.

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14:20
App Store Sales For Android To Overtake Apple's...

An anonymous reader shares a report: For years, Apple's App Store, the place where people download apps for games and social networking services on their iPhones, has generated far more revenue worldwide than its Android competitors. This year, things are changing: The App Store will fall second to the amount of revenue generated by Android app distributors, predicts analytics firm App Annie. In 2017, the App Store will generate $40 billion in revenue, while Android app stores run by Google and other parties will generate $41 billion, App Annie said. That gap is expected to widen in 2021, with Android app stores generating $78 billion in revenue and Apple's App Store at $60 billion in revenue, according to App Annie's report released on Wednesday. The surge in revenue for Android comes from a growing number of consumers in China who are buying Android phones and are willing to pay for apps. In 2021, App Annie expects there to be eight Android smartphone users to every single iPhone...

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14:06
One of Jupiter's asteroid 'moons' is...

As a rule, you can safely assume that moons and asteroids will all orbit a planet in the same direction. If they didn't, interactions with their host would likely send them flying off course. However, it's now clear that there are exceptions to thi...

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14:03
Notable apps and app updates for March 29, 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

Active User Co. has introduced Puggy 1.0. The $1.99 widget, calendar, weather and sticker app allows users to interact with a cute pug on their iOS device's lock screen. Pug tells about the local weather forecast, becomes a user's calendar assistant, alerts when the their phone battery is low, and sometimes gives funny comments. Puggy even includes a sticker pack that allows the user to send funny Pug animation in iMessage.

David Wolff has debuted Garden Flowers 1.0 for the iPad. The $2.99 gallery app showcases a collection of...

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13:40
Blizzard puts a smidge of 'Overwatch' in...

Blizzard is working hard to overhaul its free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) Heroes of the Storm. The studio has announced some big changes are coming in the game's 2.0 update, including a new reward system similar to Blizzard's hugel...

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13:38
The Deck Network shuts down

Jim Coudal made the announcement on his site today. This is who The Loop and others used to display the one small ad on the sidebar. I’ll be working with companies to fill sponsorship spots on the The Loop, as well as a new membership backend, so those that want to, can help support the site too.

A big thanks to Jim for all that he with The Deck.

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13:15
Watch Samsung's Galaxy S8 event in under nine...

After a 15-minute "you can still trust us" intro, endless inspired-by-your-dreams cliches and enough specs to benumb the most caffeinated tech blogger, Samsung actually unveiled two damn good phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. We wouldn't be so cruel as...

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12:50
Google Calendar finally comes to the iPad

Google’s Calendar app is making a long-awaited move to a new device: Apple’s iPad. You read that right: Until Wednesday, the tech titan hadn’t optimized its marquee calendar application to run on Apple’s tablets.

The app provides users with a view of the calendars that they have and that are shared with them through Google’s service. In addition, they get a handful of features Apple’s native calendar app doesn’t have, like the ability to more easily find time and space for a meeting with other people inside their organizations.

Making iPad users wait for a native Calendar app is hardly a surprise coming from Google, considering that it’s the company behind Android, and frequently ships new features first to apps for devices running its mobile operating system.

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12:45
Samsung's 'unbox your phone' event...

Before Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 to the world, it teased the audience with a device that would break the conventions of the traditional smartphone. The event's pre-roll animation showed an enormous 1980s brick phone morphing into a 1990s-era fli...

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12:35
Apple shares latest vision for new Chicago River...

We’ve known for a while now that Apple is planning a new flagship waterfront retail store along the Chicago River, and now Apple has shared a new render of what the location will look like after construction wraps up. We also get a look at progress at the site with a new video walkthrough this week.

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12:20
Horror MMO 'The Secret World' returns and...

While horror MMO The Secret World never quite became the next World of Warcraft, its unique supernatural vibe made it a cult hit among MMO fans. The game's publisher, Funcom, plans to relaunch the game as a free-to-play "shared-world action RPG," no...

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12:14
Apple Mail engineering manager departs for Readdle

Former Apple Mail engineering manager, Terry Blanchard, has joined Readdle’s team “to build the future of email with Spark.” Founded in 2007, Readdle makes iOS and macOS apps.

Blanchard has spent the last six years leading the engineering and QA teams responsible for Apple Mail. Spark was named by Apple as one of the  of “App Store Best of 2015” apps, and it arrived on the Mac last year.

“Spark is modernizing email as we know it,” Blanchard says in a Readdle blog post. “We share a fundamental vision of what the future of email should be. I’ve always admired Readdle for their beautiful and innovative products, which makes them the ideal company to turn that vision into a reality.”

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12:03
Inside America’s last great pinball factory

I love the old, mechanical pinball machines of my misspent youth. The newer electronic ones don’t compel me to pump quarters into them.

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11:55
Blue Origin offers a look inside its tourist rocket...

Blue Origin has given you plenty of glimpses of the outside of its tourism-oriented New Shepard rocket, but what about the inside -- you know, the place where you'll spend all of your time? You now have an idea of what to expect. Jeff Bezos' spacef...

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11:47
Google Calendar gains native Apple iPad interface...




Google on Wednesday released a long-awaited update to its Calendar app for iOS, finally introducing a native iPad interface that makes use of the extra screen space on Apple's tablet.

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11:35
This designer clothing line is stylish and...

I hope I’m never important enough to need this.

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11:15
Podcast 552: Working on my Night Shift

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.3, a major and minor release which adds a lot of little features, and macOS 10.12.4, which brings Night Shift to the Mac. Glenn Fleishman and Leah Yamshon talk about new features, follow-up security and conflict minerals stories, and explain how an iCloud breach is almost certainly not that on this week’s episode.

Show notes

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11:07
Apple releases first public beta for iOS 10.3.2,...




As is normal with Apple beta releases, Apple has followed up a developer-only release of iOS 10.3.2 with one for public beta program participants -- but as with the initial release it still lacks a 32-bit binary.

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11:00
tvOS 10.2 may cause third-party streaming apps to...

If you use a third-party streaming app to transmit from your Mac or iOS device to the fourth-generation Apple TV, you should check to see if the third-party developer has an update for its software before updating your Apple TV to tvOS 10.2.

According to a report by AppleInsider, tvOS 10.2 including functionality that makes the Apple TV require device verification from an AirPlay streaming device. AppleInsider says that only Apple hardware can provide such verification.

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10:48
How to use Facebook Messenger's new Live...




Facebook this week introduced Live Location to its Messenger app for iOS, letting people temporarily track each other when trying to rendezvous. Here's how to make use of the feature on your iPhone.

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10:35
Photo Editing as One with Luminar

Luminar is a new application from Macphun that combines technologies the company has developed in stand-alone applications into one photo editing environment. Is it good enough to stand up to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Apple’s Photos?

 

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10:17
Google finally releases Calendar app for iPad

Google today announced the release of its Calendar app for iPad, which was previously only available for iPhone, Android smartphones and tablets and on the web.

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10:08
Apple releases first iOS 10.3.2 public beta

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3.2 public beta 1 follows one day after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.

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10:06
Apple Mail engineering manager heads to Readdle to...




A former engineering manager on Apple's Mail app, Terry Blanchard, has left the company to play a key role in developing Readdle's Spark email client, according to an announcement.

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10:00
Killer Deals: 13" MacBook Pros from $1,299 ($...




For the next 48 hours only, grab Apple's current 13-inch MacBook Pro in Silver or Space Gray for $1,299 ($200 off) with free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states. Upgraded models are being slashed by $200-$300, including 13-inch Touch Bar configurations for $1,599 ($200 off). Meanwhile, save $300 on 15" MacBook Pros that start at just $2,199.

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09:55
Readdle hires former Apple Mail engineer for Spark

Readdle has hired former Apple Mail engineering manager Terry Blanchard in a position that will focus on creating the “future of email” for Readdle’s popular email client “Spark,” working with an entirely new team of his choosing in Silicon Valley. Blanchard’s new role, per his LinkedIn page, is vice president of engineering for Readdle.

It’s hard to argue that this isn’t a good move for Readdle.

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09:52
Samsung upgrades Gear 360 camera with 4K video and...




Alongside the launch of the Galaxy S8, Samsung has unveiled an update to its Gear 360 camera, with the new version of the 360-degree camera now offering support for iPhones for the first time, as well as the ability to live stream and capture true 4K-resolution video.

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09:31
Opinion: iPhone 8’s top feature needs to be design

Apple surely has lots of whiz-bang new features planned for the new flagship iPhone this fall, but the number one feature on my wish list this year is a radical new design. Given the choice between a new iPhone with the same design plus new features like wireless charging and facial recognition or a new iPhone with a new design and no new features, I’d absolutely choose the new design.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: AirPort Extreme $159, iTunes $...

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09:30
∞ Can you spot a fake Rolex?

I’ve never been nor will I ever be in the market for a Rolex. But we’ve all seen the fake ones on street corners around the world. Those are easy to spot. But how good have professional fakes gotten? Watch this video and see that they are frighteningly well done.

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09:17
Samsung Galaxy S8 fires first salvo against Apple...




Samsung on Wednesday confirmed a multitude of rumors by announcing its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8 -- a device with an OLED "Infinity" display and no physical home button, much like Apple's rumored "iPhone 8."

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09:15
Apple just made a historic and risky change to all...

I don’t think Apple is getting enough credit for pulling this off without a hitch. Remarkable achievement.

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09:10
5 Samsung Galaxy S8 features Apple should steal for...

Samsung just took the wraps off its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones in a bid to make people forget about last year’s exploding Note 7 disaster. While the Galaxy S8 has a few things working against it—namely that it runs Android—Samsung gave its new flagship an impressively slick redesign. We wouldn’t mind if Apple lifted a few of the S8’s features for its 10th anniversary iPhone.

In fact, Apple is reportedly working on a few of these features already. We’re not saying that Samsung looks at Apple product rumors to define its own roadmap, but…anything’s possible.

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09:04
Over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for iPhone 5, 5c pulled...




After a few hours of availability, Apple pulled the over-the-air iOS 10.3 update for the iPhone 5 and 5c, though the legacy devices can still be updated through iTunes on a Mac or PC.

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08:57
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 & S8+ w/ near edge-to-...

Samsung is today showing off its latest flagship smartphones that will compete with Apple’s next-generation iPhones this fall, officially unveiling its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices and its new Siri competitor called Bixby that will debut on the new phones. We’re covering all of the announcements over at 9to5Google and taking a look at how they compare to what’s reportedly being planned for iPhone 8 below.

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08:32
Spotify plans ‘Traffic Jams’ TV show and, yes, it’s...

Ahead of the debut of Apple’s previously announced Carpool Karaoke TV series on Apple Music next month, Spotify is planning what sounds a lot like a knockoff of the series with its own show called “Traffic Jams,” Variety reports.

But instead of having celebrities and musicians perform a song karaoke-style, Spotify is going to have artists produce a song in a moving vehicle (innovation!). It’s hosted by comedian DoBoy who will also drive the vehicle while the artists perform in the back. So, in other words, it’s exactly like Carpool Karaoke. Not a great look for Spotify’s answer to Apple’s original content plans. The first show is set to debut April 4th and feature artists T-Pain and Southside:

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08:23
Cloud services compared, or why I’m all-in on Apple...

I’ve been an Apple guy since forever. I bought the very first Macintosh back in 1984. My current mobile technology line-up is a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, 11-inch MacBook Air (now just a backup Mac), 9.7-inch iPad Pro and an iPhone SE. I’m all-in on Apple, and the ecosystem is a large part of that. Things may not always Just Work, but the Apple ecosystem gets closer to that than anyone else.

However, while I do make some use of iCloud, I’m not all-in on Apple’s cloud storage. In this piece, I compare the main cloud services out there, and finally describe the mix-and-match approach I use to get what I consider to be the best of all worlds …

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08:14
Samsung retail outlet in Singapore catches fire...




Samsung's long period of bad luck doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon, after one of the manufacturer's stores in Singapore caught fire early on Tuesday morning, with the incident occurring the day before the South Korean electronics giant reveals the Galaxy S8 smartphone.

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08:07
Apple’s long-time head of Apple Mail leaves to lead ...

Apple’s long-time head of Apple Mail Terry Blanchard is leaving the company, but he will continue working on mail apps for iOS and Mac as he joins software company Readdle as the VP of Engineering for its Spark email app. The move comes after six years as the lead of Apple’s Mail app development. Blanchard joined Apple in 2011 and led the development and QA teams for Apple Mail until joining Readdle this month.

While it’s unclear exactly why Blanchard has decided to part ways with Apple,he does hint that he shares “a fundamental vision of what the future of email should be” with Readdle.

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08:00
Apple World Today Video Review: IK Multimedia iRig...

Last week, we took a look at the IK Multimedia iRig Studio Mic, a compact microphone made especially for recording sound from iPad or iPhone. The mic received a five-star rating (the top rating we give in reviews), so I was looking forward to reviewing the latest version of software designed just for the mic -- IK Multimedia iRig Recorder 3 for iOS ($7.99 plus in-app purchases). 

Sadly, I can't say as many good things about iRig Recorder 3 as I could about the iRig Studio Mic. The app comes in two flavors -- free and a $7.99 version. Right off the bat, I'd suggest getting the free version because you still have to make some significant in-app purchases in order to get the app to do anything useful. 

The big change in iRig Recorder 3...

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07:42
Privacy advocates plan to fight Congress'...

Privacy advocates haven’t given up the fight after the U.S. Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell customers’ browsing histories and other personal information without their permission.

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 215 to 205 to strike down ISP privacy regulations approved by the Federal Communications Commission only months ago. House’s passage of a resolution of disapproval followed a Senate vote to pass the same resolution days earlier. 

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the Republican-pushed bill. But Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he will introduce new legislation to require the FCC to pass new ISP privacy rules.

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07:40
What Killed Adobe Flash?

An employee, who claims to have worked on the development of Flash, writes: Apparently, the world settled on the "One True Cause" for why Flash "died". Take for example this blogpost by John Gruber about FedEx... it ends with this consideration on Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Flash": "If it had been an angry rant, it would have been easily dismissed without needing to be factually refuted -- "That's just Jobs being a prick again." The fact that it wasn't angry, and because it was all true, made it impossible to refute." Impossible to refute. There's no doubt that this was the beginning of the end for Flash, right? Except that this is utterly wrong. I worked on Flash, and I worked on the thing that actually killed Flash. It is my strong belief, based on what I observed, that Steve Jobs' letter had little impact in the final decision -- it was really Adobe who decided to "kill" Flash. Yes, Flash was a bad rap for Adobe, and Steve's letter didn't help. But ultimately, what was probably...

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07:32
GigSky adds 40+ regions for iPad data plans on Apple...




GigSky -- a company specializing in data plans for iPad users with Apple SIMs -- on Wednesday announced it's adding over 40 more regions, while improving the value of existing plans in North America.

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07:28
tvOS 10.2 update requires AirPlay hardware...




Apple's tvOS 10.2 is preventing third-party AirPlay streamers from sending audio to the fourth-generation Apple TV, and it is unclear at this time if the functionality can be restored.

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07:08
Here’s all the new stuff in Apple’s latest iOS...
07:02
A musical walk through the impact of Chuck Berry

If you are a fan of music, take a few minutes to dig through this multimedia piece by the New York Times. Year by year, you’ll make your way through the critical work in Chuck Berry’s catalog, focused on the beat and guitar licks he introduced to the world, each accompanied by covers of his songs, as well as songs that influenced his evolution and songs derived from his work.

Great job by Guilbert Gates and the Times multimedia team. The songs load instantly, stop on a dime, making it easy to quickly shift gears, control the pace. I love this.

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06:54
MLB and NHL take advantage of custom icons in iOS 10...

Sarah Perez, TechCrunch:

The MLB.com At Bat and NHL iOS applications have been updated today to take advantage of one of the new, but still under-the-radar features available in the just-launched version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 10.3: personalized home screen icons. That’s right — you now can replace either of these apps’ default icon with one featuring your favorite team’s logo instead.

These are terrific examples of custom icons at work. Makes me wonder if Apple implemented these in response to requests from MLB and the NHL.

Excuse me, gotta go change my icons.

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06:51
GigSky now offers data plans in over 180 countries...

GigSky, global connectivity solutions for travelers on the go, will now offer mobile data plans for iPad users with Apple SIM in over 180 countries and territories, up from 140 countries announced last July. 

Thirty day plans in Canada and Mexico now include 5GB for $50; this was previously 1GB for the same price. Plans in the U.S. and Puerto Rico include 5GB for $50, up from 3GB for the same price. Most $50 GigSky plans in Europe offer 3GB of data. Customers will receive a minimum of 1GB in all other destinations, with many plans offering 2GB or more. GigSky also offers flexible shorter-term plans at lower prices.

iPad travelers with Apple SIM can select a GigSky data plan right on their device, giving customers the convenience of getting online worldwide without searching for local SIM cards, Wi-Fi hotspots, or worrying about high roaming costs.

iPad travelers with Apple SIM can...

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06:50
UBS says AAPL could reach $200/share as it hits 11th...

A UBS analyst says that AAPL stock could reach as high as $200/share over the next 2-3 years, as the stock hit its 11th record high so far this year. It has already hit the equivalent of $1,000/share when you factor in the share split.

MarketWatch notes that the stock yesterday set two records: its highest ever value, at $143.80, and its highest intraday price of $142.80. Many analysts are setting high target prices for the stock, and one of them even predicts a possible $200 level, notes Business Insider – though he does add some crucial riders …

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06:48
2017 Supplier Responsibility Report line entry may...




The most recent Apple supplier report is mostly a rehash of previous years -- but includes one entry from a facility that appears to exclusively produce car parts and support equipment for automobiles.

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06:47
∞ On the House vote to wipe away the FCC’s landmark...

OK, so this is bad. But as always, read up on this and on what you can do to protect yourself. Here are a few pieces to start. Readers, please do add in your own suggestions (both habit and reading) in the comments, or send to me via Twitter.

The Washington Post:

In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast of protections approved just last year that had sought to limit what companies could do with information such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules also...

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06:38
Waze lets you order coffee and a donut from Dunkin...

The next time you drive near a Dunkin' Donuts on the way to work, Waze won't just offer to reroute your there—it'll let you place an order, too. The navigation app recently announced a partnership with Dunkin' Donuts that lets users order items while they're en route.

The new feature is rolling out now. If you don't see an option to order ahead you may need to update Waze. You'll also need to install the Dunkin' Donuts app.

To start, the new Waze feature only works with Dunkin', but the company plans to partner with other businesses in the near future, according to the Associated Press. Pretty soon, you could be ordering ahead via Waze for groceries, prescriptions, parking spaces, and take-out.

To...

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06:25
A map showing electrical plug/socket used by country...

British Business Energy:

The map above, shows the various electrical plugs and sockets used around the world. As you can see, few countries use just one type of plug or socket.

And:

The map was created by us by combining this map from Wikipedia, along with plug and socket types from the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Here’s a link to the map. For more detail, check this Wikipedia page. Bookmark ’em both.

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06:21
Apple recruiting computer vision & robotics...




Apple appears to be quietly operating a research facility in Switzerland, possibly with the company's self-driving car project in mind, according to a local news site.

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06:17
Amazon and Apple top customer experience ratings for...

Amazon and Apple deliver the best customer experience across computer & tablet makers, according to the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual customer experience ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. 

Amazon took the top spot out of the 12 computer and tablet makers included in this year's ratings, earning a score of 74% and coming in 74th place overall out of 331 companies across 20 industries. Apple earned the second highest rating with a score of 68% and an overall rank of 189thh.

The ratings of all computer and tablet makers in the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings are: Amazon, 74%; Apple, 68%; Barnes & Noble, 67%; Dell, 65%; Hewlett-Packard, 65%; Sony, 64%; Acer, 63%; Compaq, 63%; Gateway, 62%; Lenovo, 62%, Asus, 61%; and Toshiba,58%

Overall, the computer and tablet makers averaged a 66% rating in the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings and...

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06:10
GigSky expands international iPad data plans to 180...

After expanding to include a total of 140+ countries back in June last year, international iPad data plan provider GigSky announced today that it is now available in an additional 40+ regions using an Apple SIM. The company first launched its service for iPad back in 2015, offering no-contract cellular data plans in around 90 countries by leveraging Apple’s new carrier-agnostic Apple SIM card included in the device.

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06:08
Apple Pay comes to Taiwan

Apple Pay is now rolling out to users in Taiwan, according to The China Post. Seven banks in Taiwan — Taishin International Bank, Taipei Fubon Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Cathay United Bank, CTBC Bank, E.SUN Bank, and Union Bank of Taiwan — have signed up to allow their cards to be used via Apple's mobile payment service.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.  It also works in macOS Sierra.

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06:04
Apple says ‘no’ to developers pushing the word ‘free...

Apple’s iTunes Connect service is now blocking submissions to Apple’s app stores when app metadata includes pricing information in an effort to stop developers from touting the price of their applications in app names and screenshots, according to VentureBeat.

Instead, Apple wants developers to highlight prices and discounts in the app’s description. Try to submit an app for review that contains the word “Free” in the name of the app and you’ll get this error message:

“Your app’s name, icons, screenshots, or previews to be displayed on the App Store include references to your app’s price, which is not considered a part of these metadata items.

“Please remove any references to your app’s price from your app’s name, including any references to your app being free or discounted. If you would like to advertise changes to your...

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06:03
Oh Samsung

This is a CNET headline that caught my eye:

Samsung store catches fire a day before Galaxy S8 announcement.

An omen?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Get this great deal on the Digiarty MacX Media...

Back in the good old days when Apple included an optical media drive (usually the SuperDrive) with each Mac, there were tools available from the company that were pretty decent for burning or ripping DVDs. Well, those days are gone, but if you still have a need to handle video files of any sort, then this deal is for you. We have three of Digiarty's amazing MacX Media Management tools available as a $19.99 bundle.

What's in the bundle? You get:

MacX DVD Ripper Pro

  • Convert DVDs to popular video/audio formats for convenient viewing
  • Decrypt copy-protected DVDs
  • Trim, crop, merge, add external subtitles, cut video clips/segments, crop frame size, combine separate movies titles into a single video file & add subtitles
  • Upload DVD videos or segments to YouTube
  • Adjust parameter settings 
  • Extract audio & snapshot images from DVD

MacX Video Converter Pro

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06:00
Adobe announces Creative Cloud updates to...

Adobe just announced updates to four of its Creative Cloud applications: Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Experience Design CC (also known as Adobe XD), and Project Felix. The changes, based on user feedback, will be welcome news to Creative Cloud subscribers.

The InDesign CC and Illustrator CC updates are coming soon, while Project Felix and Adobe XD are available right now.

Illustrator CC 2017
IDG

Illustrator CC 2017 now lets you crop an image within the app.

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05:15
Apple clears through almost 350 security...

Apple cleaned house via a slew of operating system updates on Monday, pinning down nearly 350 known vulnerabilities between its changes to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Starting with iOS 10.3, Apple’s latest version includes Find My AirPods, Apple’s new file system, CarPlay, and a few other small visual tweaks. With nearly every update Apple does, they also include a handful of security fixes that easily go unnoticed by the user. iOS 10.3 is no exception with over 85 different common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) listed.

In one case, the iOS 10.3 update patched a security hole that allowed attackers to spam Safari with a ‘Cannot Open Page’ dialog. Lookout, a cybersecurity company, learned of the attack after one of their users complained of losing control over their browsing experience. The dialog was meant to trick users into eventually paying money to “unlock” their Safari browser.

Another update for both iOS and macOS repaired a vulnerability in...

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05:00
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto go head to head in...

In an informal – but funny – showdown between Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, the mighty Yuri and Jakub hopped into a car and tested both systems out in terms of voice recognition, finding directions and making quick calls from your car.

The results speak for themselves, especially when Siri comes into play.

Given that there are presently 248 comments and counting on this video, please let us know what you think of Apple’s CarPlay or Android Auto, what your experience has been and where either platform can stand to see some improvement.

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05:00
Elon Musk Plans to Build a Human-AI Interface


Tech visionary Elon Musk, who currently helms both Tesla and SpaceX, has launched a startup, Neuralink, dedicated to developing technology that will connect human brains directly to a computer.
This venture is in its very early stages, Musk confirmed. Neuralink, which Musk is funding privately, is a medical research firm that aims to develop "neural lace" -- a technology that could allow the implanting of small electrodes into the brain. Musk reportedly has recruited leading academics in the field to work with the company.

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04:56
Comment: I don’t believe Apple is dumb enough to...

The iPhone 8 reports to date mostly point to Apple embedding the Home button and a new type of fingerprint sensor into the display itself, as a way to lose most of the ‘chin’ of the device. Today, however, the sketchiest of reports suggests that the company will instead move the existing Touch ID sensor to the rear of the phone.

The report mixes this in with a raft of things we’ve heard before. Glass backs, vertical cameras (which would be horizontal when used in the more common landscape mode) and...

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04:30
BoostEngine Portable Car Jump Starter can charge my...

iClever’s $65 BoostEngine Portable Car Jump Starter is described as a “powerful, compact power bank with the ability to jump start dead car batteries and charge phones, cameras and other devices.” The problem is that it wouldn’t jump start my vehicle.

The gadget has a 15000 mAh and 600A power bank that’s supposed to let you jump start your vehicles up to 20 times. However, I tried to jump start the (extremely) dead battery on my old, six-cylinder Ford Ranger and got no response at all. There wasn’t even a hint that ol’ pickup might spring to life.

Obviously, I can’t recommend the BoostEngine Portable Car Jump Starter as …. well … a car starter. However, its “quick charge” technology did juice up my iPhone and iPad Pro quickly. 

The folks behind the BoostEngine say it can “charge phones and other devices at up to 75% faster than other chargers.” I didn’t find it to be THAT fast, but it did the job quickly...

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04:07
Congress dismantles Internet privacy rules, allowing...

The U.S. House of Representatives has followed the Senate in voting to repeal privacy rules that can prevent broadband providers from selling customers’ internet-browsing histories and other data without their permission.

On Tuesday, the House voted 215-205 to do away with the privacy rules that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed last year. The rules had yet to come into effect.

They require broadband carriers to first obtain opt-in approval from customers before using and sharing their sensitive personal information, such as web browsing history, geo-location data and what applications they've used.

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04:00
How to use Night Shift in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra 10.12.4, introduced this week, added Night Shift, a feature brought over from iOS. It helps you reduce the amount of blue light you're exposed to during the evening by shifting the display of a Mac to a more yellow tone.

Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be disruptive at night. The proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown and may affect sleeping patterns.

Apple hasn't made it especially easy to figure out how to implement Night Shift in macOS, but here’s how you do it:

  • Open the System Preferences app.
  • Click Display.
  • Select Night Shift.

You can turn Night Shift on or off. Set it to come on from sunset to sunrise — or you can use the Customize options to implement it for the hours of your choosing.

You can...

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03:52
PSA: If you loved the Serial podcast, the same team...

When a friend recommended the This American Life podcast Serial, I got so hooked I ended up binge-listening to the entire first series in a single weekend. The same team has now created a new 7-part podcast, S-Town – and it sounds like it may be just as compelling …

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03:02
Sketchy report suggests iPhone 8 will be named ‘...

Many features of the iPhone 8 have been well documented at this point, with a general consensus on a 5.8-inch OLED screen on a chassis with almost no front bezel, along with wireless charging, 3D-sensing front camera and much more.

However, the ‘bezel-less frame’ has left one rather big open question. What happens to the Touch ID sensor? There have been murmurs of Apple integrating the fingerprint sensor below the display glass. This sounds cutting-edge and modern, but has not been well substantiated. A report coming out today...

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01:57
Trump using new iPhone to tweet despite prior calls...




President Donald Trump is the proud owner of a new iPhone. America's commander-in-chief is now confirmed to be tweeting from a device he called on supporters to boycott during last year's campaign, citing the tech giant's refusal to cooperate with authorities investigating the San Bernardino shootings.

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00:01
Review: Ultimate Ear’s Wonderboom packs a loud punch...

Just in time for spring adventures, Logitech’s Ultimate Ears has launched the latest addition to their speaker line, the Wonderboom. Gaining a reputation in previous years for their compact and well-designed speakers, UE’s Wonderboom is gunning to become the new no-fuss choice for portable speaker shoppers. We got to go hands-on with the company’s new pint-sized speaker offering.

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21:15
After once calling for a boycott of Apple, President...

Over a year ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a boycott of all Apple products amid the company’s battle with the FBI over unlocking the San Bernardino iPhone. Fast forward to to present day, however, and President Trump has seemingly rescinded his call for boycott and switched to using an iPhone…

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20:44
Customizable app icons debut with iOS 10.3, MLB and...




Sporting apps MLB.com at Bat and NHL on Tuesday became the first iOS titles to take advantage of a new iOS 10.3 feature that allows users to change an app's home screen icon after installation.

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20:01
Apple seemingly ends support for 32-bit devices with...




With the release of iOS 10.3.2 beta, Apple is not offering iTunes restore images for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad, suggesting the forthcoming point update will mark a watershed for iOS.

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19:29
Apple rejecting app submissions with names that...




Apple is no longer allowing developers to include pricing information in the name of their respective app store submissions, a practice commonly used to promote free or inexpensive software.

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18:38
Apple Pay now rolling out in Taiwan with support...

After several months of speculation, it appears that Apple Pay is now rolling out to users in Taiwan. According to a report from The China Post, Apple’s mobile payment platform has started rolling out to users in the country…

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18:03
Apple no longer allows developers to advertise...

Apple is apparently ramping up its efforts to clean up the App Store. According to a report from VentureBeat, Apple has started rejecting applications which tout their price in the name, icons, screenshots, or previews…

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17:53
Apple Pay launches in Taiwan with support for 7 banks




Apple introduced Apple Pay to Taiwan on Wednesday local time with support for seven banks in the region, bringing the touchless payments system to to its 15th market.

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16:59
Hands-on with what’s new in iOS 10.3 [Video]

iOS 10.3 was released yesterday and it was a major release. Headlined by a brand new file system, the update brings major changes to the backbone of iOS. There are also a whole host of big and small user-facing features to be found as well. In this video walkthrough, we step through some of the changes you can expect to find in this latest release. more…

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16:05
Sometimes It Really Is the Cover-Up

Brian Solomon, writing for Forbes about Uber’s South Korean “karaoke/escort bar” scandal:

If true, that incident would be bad enough, but it appears to have
emerged solely due to Uber’s attempts to cover it up. According to
Holzwarth, Emil Michael called her three weeks ago as the news
about Uber’s workplace culture became a full-fledged scandal.
Michael allegedly asked her not to speak to the press and to
pretend the visit was simply to a regular karaoke bar. From The
Information
:

When Mr. Michael called, he told her that “things have been
really rough out here,” referring to Uber’s issues. He then said,
“Remember that night in Korea?” There are reporters, he said, who
will try to “...

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15:47
Congress votes to overturn FCC privacy rules, paving...

Last week, the US Senate voted to overturn Internet privacy rules that were introduced by the FCC last year. As we noted last week, the next step for the issue was to pass through Congress and today it did just that…

This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

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15:40
AWT News Update: March 28, 2017

More updates after the updates, a security whitepaper, and a great way to start weeding out 32-bit iOS apps:

  • One day after swamping the internet with OS updates, Apple releases developer betas of new updates to its operating systems
  • Want to know what makes Apple device security so good? There's a whitepaper that just got published that gives the details on how they do it
  • 32-bit apps are going away later this year. Here's how to start getting them off of your iOS devices

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14:59
Google's iOS app comes with its GIF-friendly...

It's no secret that Google is hoping to make its own lineup of search, navigation and email apps the go-to services for Apple users. The folks in Mountain View have even gone so far as to introduce new features in iOS apps months before rolling them...

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14:44
Apple again pulls drone strike tracking app after...

Over a year ago, Apple removed an app called Metadata+ from the App Store. The app sent iPhone users alerts when a United States drone strike led to death. Apple’s reasoning at the time was that the app contained “content that many users would find objectionable.”

Fast forward to this week and Metadata+ is again in the news for being approved and removed, all in the span of less than 12 hours…

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14:38
Immigration chat bot can help you with the H1-B visa

When Visabot went live last November, the Facebook Messenger-based artificial intelligence attempted to simplify the US visa application process and help many people skip the fees associated with a visit to an immigration lawyer. At the time, however...

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14:29
Should Apple offer more color/customization options...

There has been a lot of hype for the new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone that Apple introduced last week, despite the only new features of the iPhone 7 update being its red color and charitable cause. Apple might have impressed us with its new black and jet black finishes on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but should it offer even more color and customization options in the future?

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