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Friday January 27

Microsoft Says It Is Winning Its New War Against Macs

Windows PCs are starting to chip away at Apple's strong grip of the high-end computer market, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said on an earnings call Thursday. From a report: Microsofts licensing business, which sells Windows to third-party PC makers, was up 5 percent last quarter, confirmed CFO Amy Hood during an earnings call on Thursday. The "non-pro" (consumer) market grew 5 percent, beating the overall decline of the PC industry. "Our partner ecosystem continued to see growth and share gains in the Windows premium device category," Hood continued. Those gains would have eaten into Apple's share of that market, which has been dominated by Macs until recently. There are other things that could have contributed to this, of course. Many long-time Mac users have been somewhat disappointed with Apple's most recent releases, which come with big changes that not everyone is willing to embrace.


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Apple demands specially-certified chips &...

One of the factors slowing down adoption of Apple's HomeKit platform is the company's demand that accessory makers not only buy specific chips, but have products manufactured at Apple-certified factories, a report said on Friday.

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Deals: $200 off 2016 12" MacBook; 128GB 9.7...

Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up Apple's 2016 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,399 or opt for a 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $749 ($80 off). An upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro is also $100 off instantly with no tax outside NY.

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Satechi USB-C Power Meter shows power usage of...

Satechi has launched its USB-C Power Meter, a device that aims to protect MacBooks from potential damage caused through unsafe cables and accessories, by providing users with accurate readings of power drawn through the connection.

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Apple competitor Alphabet earnings up on Google,...

Apple rival Alphabet saw its revenues grow dramatically in the December quarter, while Intel -- a key Apple supplier -- saw mixed results, in spite of delivering more parts in the form of wireless chips for the iPhone 7.

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How to sync and play music from Apple Watch without...

Any Apple Watch can play music without iPhone which is especially useful for outdoor workouts, but you have to decide what music and how you’ll listen ahead of time. It’s fairly simple if you follow the right steps, however, there are a few tricks to make syncing music to Apple Watch easier.


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I happily moved away from the Apple ecosystem, and I...

Tony Heupel committed and moved away from the Apple ecosystem, embracing a platform agnostic lifestyle wherever possible. Long story short, Tony and his family are back (mostly).

This is a very interesting read. Lots of detail on where the non-Apple universe fell short, and where Apple’s approach really does make a difference.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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How to enter and exit Apple Watch power reserve mode

OS X Daily:

With Power Reserve Mode enabled, Apple Watch will cease all functions except a limited onscreen clock display. While you can enter Power Reserve at any time, this is not something you’d probably use for fun since it disables basically all features of Apple Watch like fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring, messaging, notifications, etc. With that said, it’s an incredibly effective way to continue to use the Apple Watch as a time-telling device in situations when it would otherwise run out of battery.

Good to know how to do this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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∞ Hypnotic video of milling metals

[VIDEO] There’s something magical about watching a machine cut through metal like butter, forming a velvety smooth curve. Video in the main Loop post.

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My first 3 months on the iMessage App Store

iOS developer Genady Okrain writes about his experience making money (or not) developing an iMessage app. Cutting to the chase:

As you can see the iMessage App Store was very promising at the beginning but nowadays it is somehow abandoned. This led me to release the app as an iOS app with an iMessage extension, and it is much more successful than just the iMessage app.

Interesting read. Not easy to make a living as an indie app developer.

My 2 cents: Articles like this are good input for folks just getting started, trying to sort out the best direction to take.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Change where macOS saves screenshots

Yesterday, we posted a few links to articles on taking screenshots on your Mac and, more specifically, how to eliminate the drop shadow when you take a screen grab of a window.

This morning, Kirk McElhearn wrote a complementary piece showing how to change where your screenshots are saved. Me, I like saving them on my desktop, the easier to drag them into my Twitter client.


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Unicode progress bars

Not exactly sure where I’d ever use these, but I love design exploration and definitely enjoyed playing with this. I could see this as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Twitter is replacing the Moments tab with a new...

I do think the explore tab is a step in the right direction, though what’s missing is the ability to customize it or, tipping the cap to AI, for Twitter to learn the areas that interest you.

As is, there’s a top 20 “Trending Now” list and a seemingly structureless “Today’s Moments” list. To me, these could easily be blended together into a single interface, perhaps with the ability to favorite things you like, and reorder the list by hottest trending topics, chronologically, or by preference.

I love Twitter, both for communicating with the folks I follow and who follow me, and for keeping up to date on the larger Twitterverse. So much potential. And such a valuable resource, if we can get it right.


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Hands On: New Setapp service brings subscription...

For one monthly fee Mac users can have full use of 61 apps using the subscription-based SetApp. AppleInsider investigates whether "software as a service" is a good model, and delves into the financials of it for mainstream users.

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Will AAPL return to growth in Q1, or will it report...

When Apple announces its sales and revenue figures for the holiday quarter – calendar Q4 2016, Apple’s fiscal Q1 2017 – it will answer one crucial question. Following three straight quarters of year-on-year decline in sales, will the iPhone 7/Plus have been enough to return the company to growth, or will the quarter make it a full 12 months of decline?


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Fight your way through flying space debris in...

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. 

Space-flying fanatics take note: Hyperburner lets you take a trip to a galaxy far, far away, where you can dip, dive, and barrel-roll your way through futuristic space highways.

The first thing you’ll notice about Hyperburner is that it’s beautiful and unique—this isn’t some cobbled-together endless runner full of procedurally-generated geometric obstacles. The game features smooth, high-resolution graphics and six visually stunning (and distinct) zones. Each zone has its own unique atmosphere and obstacles—one zone is orange and cloudy and full of rocks and asteroids, while another is yellow-red and features hovercraft space-buses that zip toward you. You’ll need...

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Chrome 56 for macOS offers faster reload times,...

The latest release of Chrome offers macOS users a number of performance and security improvements, with version 56 of the Google-developed browser claimed to make page reloads 28 percent faster than before.

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Apple issues reminder of Q1 2017 earnings call,...

Apple has issued a reminder of the earnings call for its fiscal Q1 2017 (calendar Q4 2016) financial report. As usual, there will be a live audio webcast of the call.

Apple will provide live audio streaming of its FY 17 First Quarter Results Conference Call using Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 31, 2017, at and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. Live audio streaming requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

The big...

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Apple officially named as founding member of...

As expected, Apple has been formally inducted into the Partnership on AI as a founding member, naming Siri-founder and Apple exec Tom Gruber to the board of trustees for the group.

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Microsoft claims Windows licensing gains are...

Licensing of Windows to PC makers was up 5 percent in the December quarter, according to Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, driven in part by sales of "premium" devices over $900 -- a category Apple's Macs have traditionally enjoyed a comfortable position in.

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Apple will move its entire international iTunes...

(credit: Steve Rhodes)

Apple is moving its international iTunes business assets from Luxembourg to Ireland at the start of next month.

From February 5, the non-US side of its business, including the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store, will operate from its European HQ in Cork, according to a note sent out to developers yesterday.

The move isn't coming as a total surprise; Apple first announced its intentions in September, and it transferred an...

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AppleInsider podcast talks about macOS, iOS betas...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about what's new in macOS and iOS betas, the rumors surrounding 'iPhone 8' and TouchID, and a series of Qualcomm lawsuits with Apple.

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Satechi ships USB-C Power Meter

Satechi has released its USB-C Power Meter, which allows users to measure the volts, amps, and mAh output from their accessories to ensure they are safe, effective and compatible with their new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones such as the 12-inch MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pros.

When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they don’t permanently damage their hardware, according to the folks at Satechi. The USB-C Power Meter measures voltage in real time, amps being input a device, and how much power has travelled into your device since it started charging.

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter features a compact design. It’s available for $29.99 at and...

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Editors Keys launch new keyboard skins for the...

Editors Keys has launched shortcut keyboard covers for the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The new keyboard covers protect the laptop from dust and liquid spills, in addition to offering over 150 shortcuts for programs such as Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs.

The new covers fit into the larger trend of Apple's focus on visible program shortcuts to help users become more productive on their machines. Priced at approximately $30, they fit both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Apple recently updated its MacBook Pro range to feature a new Touch Bar in place of the traditional physical “F” keys. The touch bar can be programmed to show a few handy shortcuts for the program you’re using.



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“Find My AirPods” feature emerges in iOS 10.3 Public...

If you’re an iOS public beta tester, this could be pretty neat.

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

The iOS 10.3 public beta 1 includes the following new features and changes, including the first chance to play with the :Find My AirPods” app:

– Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app

– Siri learns cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

– Safari now supports Reduced Motion preference in web apps

– New prominent user security section in Settings app

– iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS)

– Podcasts app now has a widget like Music app, same app design

– New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings

– No “Theater Mode” or Control Center toggle on iOS 10.3...

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Daily Deal: iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac

Have both a Mac and an iPhone? We have a great deal for you! iMyFone is well known for its apps that can keep your data safe, and the iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac ($34.99, 64% off the usual price) provides two of those apps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

The first component is iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac, a powerful app that is used to permanently delete your sensitive data from your iPhone. As iMyFone points out, "this is the nuclear option to ensure your data is completely unrecoverable" when you're selling your iPhone to get a new one.

  • Cleans all iOS files, including photos, videos, account passwords, messages, & more
  • Completely eliminate previously deleted & existing data w/...
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Comment: Sales figures show importance of India as a...

If you were in any doubt why Apple was going to so much trouble to deepen its foothold in India, new figures from Counterpoint Research provide the answer. While the global smartphone market grew only 3% last year, smartphone shipments in India grew by 18%.

The growing middle class in the country also meant that, for the first time, there were no Indian brands in the top five as consumers start to spend more on their handsets. There was also good news for Apple …


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The GoPower Watch should go with you if you’re...

Kanex’s $99.95 GoPower Watch is a portable, cordless charging solution for the Apple Watch. The key words are “portable” and “cordless.”

It’s small (about 3 inches square and one inch tall) and only weighs 4.9 ounces, so it’s easy to toss it into a purse or travel bag. It’s an Apple Certified magnetic charging dock that uses the same inductive charging connector that comes with the Apple Watch.

With a 4,000 mAh battery capacity, the GoPower Watch can charge you Apple Watch up to six times before it needs to be recharged. That makes it very handy when you’re on multi-day trips.

You can even charge your smartwatch and an iPhone simultaneously. Just plug in your Lightning cable into the USB port of the GoPower Watch. You have to press the button on the side of the charger to start power flowing to your devices. An LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status. Since the Apple Watch lays flat...

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Microsoft says Windows PCs competing more strongly...

Announcing a 5% increase in revenue from Windows licenses to third-party manufacturers, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood said that PCs were succeeding in encroaching on the premium end of the market traditionally dominated by Apple …


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How to create and modify a Smart Folder in macOS...

With macOS Sierra, you can implement Smart Folders, which automatically gather files by type and subject matter. They’re updated as you change, add, and remove files on your Mac. Here’s how to create a Smart Folder:

In the Finder, choose File > New Smart Folder. (Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, the Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have.

To search for files, enter a topic, a phrase, or another parameter in the search field.

To determine whether the search should include only the names of files or their entire contents, choose “Name matches” in the search suggestions that appear below the search field, then click Name, then choose either Filename or Everything.

To search for additional specific attributes, click the Add buttonbelow the search field, then make choices using the search attribute pop-up menus...

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Software Engineers Are the Heroes of New Computer...

Tekla Perry writes: The Computer History Museum set out to turn the spotlight on software engineers and show how they are the changing the world. But what projects to feature in the new, permanent exhibit [called "Make Software: Change the World!"] (that opens to the public this Saturday, January 28th)? The curators whittled a list of 100 technologies that owe their existence to breakthroughs in software down to seven: Photoshop, the MP3, the MRI, car crash simulation, Wikipedia, texting, and World of Warcraft. They expect these choices to be debated at length, in particular, World of Warcraft, but hope the exhibition elevates the prominence of software engineers and gets more than a few middle schoolers talking about targeting their career plans in that direction.


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Tesla sues ex-Autopilot chief for stealing company...

Tesla is suing its former Autopilot director, claiming he took confidential, proprietary information about its self-driving technology and destroyed evidence to cover his tracks, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court. It alleges...

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A different shade of green | 2018 Porsche Panamera 4...

Acid Green, the color Porsche uses for details on its electrified cars, doesn't exactly sound environmentally friendly. After driving the new Panamera E-Hybrid, you don't really get a tree-hugging vibe either. Porsche's third attempt at a gas-electri...

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Thursday January 26

Scientists found a way to bring back lost tomato...

Tomatoes don't taste like they used to, because breeders have been prioritizing other traits like pest and disease resistance. To bring that lost flavor back, a team of researchers from the University of Florida went on a quest to find the chemical c...

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Ford SmartLink brings WiFi, LTE-connected features...

If you want new car features like the ability to remote start via an app or have a WiFi hotspot onboard without buying a new car, then Ford's new SmartLink is one way to add them. Chrysler has offered WiFi and other features as a part of Uconnect sin...

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NVIDIA updates older Shield TVs for 4K HDR game...

Remember when we told you the old NVIDIA Shield TV would be getting the new units smarts via firmware update? It's rolling out now as part of an over-the-air patch, TechCrunch has noticed. That means 4K HDR for NVIDIA's GameStream (which lets you bro...

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Acer penalized $115k for leaving credit card info...

It wasn't nearly as bad as Yahoo leaking 500 million users' data, but Acer had its own hacking scare last year. Back in June, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer admitted that somebody stole credit card information for nearly 35,000 individuals who b...

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Second hacker who targeted celebrity Apple accounts...

A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to hacking into the Apple email and cloud storage accounts of multiple celebrities in 2014 was on Thursday sentenced to nine months behind bars.

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Scientists reverse Alzheimer's-like symptoms in...

Scientists have discovered a way of counteracting the proteins that cause Alzheimer's-like symptoms including memory loss. In mice, at least. Whereas other treatments have focused on beta-amyloid clumps (which the University of Michigan recently disc...

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Apple's 'single sign-on' feature now...

Apple's "single sign-on" feature has only been live since mid-December but it's already attracted some impressive services. In addition to A&E, Bravo, NBC, Syfy and USA, which launched with the feature, WatchESPN added the functionality in Januar...

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'Overwatch' boasts over 25 million players

Last we'd heard, online shooter Overwatch had 15 million players. A little over three months later, and that number's gone up by quite a bit. Developer Blizzard has just announced that the current count has crossed 25 million across PC, PlayStation 4...

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First look: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My...

AppleInsider takes a look at the new AirPods tracking tool integrated into the Find My iPhone app, a feature set to launch with iOS 10.3 later this year.

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∞ Volbeat: Seal The Deal

I love this song—great heavy groove and chorus.

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Second 'celebgate' hacker sentenced to...

For his part in the "celebgate" celebrity hacking scandal, 29-year-old Chicago man Edward Majerczyk will be sentenced to nine months in federal prison. Last July, Majerczyk agreed to plead guilty to felony computer hacking charges, admitting that he...

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Chrome warns you when a shopping site isn't...

Paying bills and shopping online is great, but sometimes it's difficult to tell when the site you're using is protecting your sensitive information. The latest update for Chrome should make that a bit easier. Now, when you're on a site that asks for...

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FCC approves $170 million for New York broadband...

The FCC's first action under new Chairman Ajit Pai will direct up to $170 million in federal funding to help ease the digital divide in New York State. The commission voted Thursday to approve the funds as part of the Connect America program, which i...

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Alphabet's moonshots are making more money,...

Alphabet, Google's parent company, continues to rake in money hand over fist. In its fourth and final quarter for 2016, the company reported $26.02 billion in revenue, which is a growth of 22 percent compared to this time last year. According to a pr...

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HBO Go updated with support for Apple’s Single Sign-...

Apple’s Single Sign-On feature and accompanying TV app were launched towards the end of last year and have been slowly adding support for new providers and apps since then. Today, HBO updated its HBO Go app for iOS with support for both Single Sign-On and the TV application.


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Apple extends $100 credit expiration for developers...

A $100 promotional credit for Apple's App Store Search Ads has been extended until March 30, according to a notification, in a bid to get more developers using the service to highlight their titles in search results.

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AWT News Update: January 26, 2017

Just three short news stories today to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of Apple:

  • Do you drink enough water? Apple's made a hydration app free as part of the App of the Week promotion
  • An update to HBO Go enables support for Apple's TV app and brings single sign-on 
  • The UK's Ministry of Defence is switching from insecure Samsung phones to iPhone 7s for a secret communications device

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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Apple's international iTunes business moves to...

Apple has assigned a definitive date to the planned relocation of its international iTunes assets, saying the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store and iBooks Store businesses will make the transition to Cork, Ireland, in early February.

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The Wirecutter's best deals: The 15-inch...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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The cloud and Office keep Microsoft afloat during PC...

It's been clear for a while that a big part of Microsoft's future is ensconced in the cloud, and its latest (Q2 2017) earnings report just drives that point home. Wall Street types have been paying close attention to the company's Azure cloud service...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 26, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Mary Shaw has introduced Candy Hearts - Animated Valentine Stickers 1.0 ($0.99) on the iMessage App Store. Similar to traditional Valentine conversation candies, each colorful Candy Heart sticker has its own message plus a playful animated heartbeat. Stickers include familiar Valentine's Day greetings such as "Hug Me," "Be Mine," "So Fine," "Luv U" and more. Users will also see common text message phrases such as "LOL," "BRB," and "BFF."

Palindrome Mobile has rolled out WordGenius 1.0. It’s a free “hidden word” game...

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Should Apple include inductive wireless charging for...

There have been a lot of reports for over a year now about wireless charging coming to the iPhone 8, but also still a lot of questions about what it will look like if it does indeed arrive on this year’s 10th anniversary iPhone update.

Will Apple have long-range wireless charging ready in time for its new iPhones this fall? And will you settle for an inductive charging solution like the competition if not?


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PlayStation is still getting away with 'minimum...

When game consoles stumbled into the modern era, their digital-content stores were a mess. Nintendo's Wii locked its customers into an annoying point system. The Xbox 360 obfuscated the value of Microsoft Points by using an odd 0.8 conversion rate. S...

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2TB Apollo Cloud is Touch Bar-enabled for the new...

Promise Technology has unveiled the latest version of its Apollo Cloud personal cloud storage appliance: the 2TB Apollo Cloud, which has an entry level price of $199. Building on the popularity of the original version, it comes with an app and is designed for on-the-go consumers who need simple, fast, secure access to their content. 

Apollo Cloud offers allows families, small businesses and work groups to store and share data from anywhere -- from any device (macOS and Windows on computers and iOS or Android on smartphones and tablets). It can be accessed by up to 10 users, each with full sharing and privacy control over their own digital files.

Every transaction is encrypted using government-level AES-256 encryption to safeguard your privacy. Apollo Cloud offers optimized hardware encryption and SMB support for macOS Sierra and supports Time Machine backup for Mac.

Features include scheduled...

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HBO Go adds support for Apple's TV app, single...

HBO on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app for cable subscribers, HBO Go, enabling support for Apple's dedicated TV app, as well as single sign-on with compatible cable or streaming providers.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 will likely debut on March...

It's almost time for Samsung's traditional February unveiling of a new Galaxy flagship, but, as we already learned, we might have to wait a little longer this year. We now have a clearer idea of when to expect the new handset, though. VentureBeat is...

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∞ Doyle Bramhall II on building Blues tones

Doyle is a great guitarist. I love the way he plays left-handed, but with the strings upside down.

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iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods enters public beta

Just two days after Apple unleashed iOS 10.3 to developers, members of the public beta program have access to it too. Anyone who wants to kick the tires of the first public beta can join the beta program by visiting and signing in with your Apple ID.

The big selling point of iOS 10.3 is a great new feature for AirPods owners, letting them locate a misplaced AirPod by firing up the Find My iPhone app and having the AirPods play a sound. The sound plays if the AirPods are anywhere in Bluetooth range of any of your Apple devices (think Macs, iPads, iPhones) signed into the same iCloud account. If your AirPods are out of range or totally dead, the Find My iPhone app can let you know where they were last “seen” by Bluetooth. It’s pretty handy.


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Ludacris releases new 'Slang N' Friendz...

If you've ever been disappointed when Words With Friends refused to accept "bae" as a real word, then noted actor, rapper and pun aficionado Ludacris has a new app for you. The wordsmith behind Word of Mouf and Back for the First Time has partnered w...

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How to turn the 2016 MacBook Pro into a Windows...

While they’ve existed before the most recent MacBook Pro, the surge of interest in external GPUs is largely thanks to the implementation of Thunderbolt 3 in the latest Mac hardware. As we’ve shown in a previous post, an eGPU can make a significant performance difference, turning an otherwise graphically pedestrian MacBook Pro into a competent gaming machine.

In our previous tutorial, we showed you how to wield an AMD RX 480 in macOS. While that solution yielded definite benefits, it was also hindered by difficulties caused by macOS itself.

It should come as no surprise that the setup process and support with Windows is, in some ways, quite a bit better than using an eGPU with macOS. That’s not to say that you should run out and buy a Windows laptop if you want to play the latest games requiring a more powerful GPU. Instead,...

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Insufficient Samsung security forces UK military...

A program in the United Kingdom to allow members of the armed forces to discuss military secrets using a smartphone will now involve a modified iPhone 7 with hardened security, replacing insecure Android devices

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Apple extends developer promotion for free $100 App...

Apple is extending the introductory offer for App Store Search Ads until March 30, for developers who have yet to use the program. Search Ads launched in October last year, promoting apps above organic listings in the search result, with a $100 promo code for app makers who began an ad campaign.

This $100 credit offer was originally set to expire on December 31st, at the end of 2016. Apple has today announced that it is keeping the offer running for another three months.


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LG's G6 reportedly packs Google Assistant...

LG's G6 smartphone is a leaky flagship: CNET is reporting some good and bad points about the company's incoming G6 we've already heard. It will be water-resistant. Great! But it won't have a removable battery. Not so great. While phones with batterie...

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Twitter rolls out upgraded 'Explore' tab...

Completing a test phase, Twitter on Thursday announced the widescale debut of a new "Explore" tab for iPhone and iPad users, grouping together several features including a relocated Moments interface.

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Pokémon Company caught almost 6,000 'Sun'...

Cheating in online games is awful because it creates an uneven playing field against those who do play by the rules and those who do not. The Pokémon Company (TPC) noticed some irregularities in Pokémon Sun and Moon online matches and h...

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Hands On: Air Display 3.0.3 turns your iPad into a...

The Air Display app combo for iPad and macOS is one of several options to expand your Mac's desktop to the iPad -- AppleInsider examines a wireless way to connect the two and expand your macOS screen.

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Google Maps warns you about parking woes before you...

A parking difficulty icon popped up in an Android beta for Google Maps earlier this month, but now the feature is officially rolling out. However, there are a couple of caveats. First, the parking warnings are only available in the Android version of...

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Apple’s Swift among the fastest-growing skills in...

Apple’s Swift is among the fastest-growing skills in the U.S. freelance job market, according to Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing website. Apple’s programming language placed second on a chart of the 20 fastest-growing skills during the December quarter.

Upwork has released its latest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the marketplace’s 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers — now 35% of the U.S. workforce.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, watchOS, and a tvOS. After Apple unveiled the Swift programming language, it quickly became one of the fastest growing languages in history. Because it’s open source, Swift skills can be applied to a broad range of platforms, from mobile devices to the desktop to the cloud.

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Apple’s icons have that shape for a very good reason

This is a really interesting article. It would be even more interesting if I was smart enough to understand half of it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple releases public betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS...

Apple has released public betas of macOS 10.12.4 and iOS 10.3. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

macOS Sierra 10.12.4 brings iOS's Night Shift mode to the Mac, allowing users to cut down on blue light exposure. It also includes Shanghainese dictation support, cricket scores for Siri, and PDFKit improvements.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What...

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Facebook Slideshows are slowly rolling out on Android

Last June Facebook launched the Google-Photos-like Slideshow feature on iOS and now the social network is ready to spread the love. Android Police reports that the feature is in a slow rollout, so you might not be able to upload photos into a mini-mo...

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Editors Keys launches Logic/Final Cut/Adobe shortcut...

Editors Keys is known for its line-up of custom Apple keyboards/covers for everything from Logic and Final Cut Pro X to the Adobe Creative suite, Pixelmator and even...

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Apple achieves an iPhone landmark in India

According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor service, the smartphone shipments in India grew 18% annually in 2016 compared to the global smartphone market which grew 3%.     Apple achieved a landmark with the iPhone, crossing 2.5 million units in a calendar year, with one-third of its total shipment coming alone from the record fourth quarter driven by seasonality and the launch of iPhone 7.

Apple captured 10th position in the smartphone rankings during the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Counterpoint. However, it led the premium segment (above US$450) with 62% market share.

Chinese brands OPPO, vivo, Lenovo and Xiaomi continued to grow at the expense of Samsung and Indian brands. Their success was attributable to a variety of factors including strong marketing and channel push, as well as better access to components that were in limited supply. As a result Chinese brands...

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Google adds instant Japanese translation to...

Google Translate has received an update that adds support for Japanese to the iOS app's augmented reality Word Lens feature, one that allows users to see Japanese words and phrases replaced by English equivalents when viewed through an iPhone or iPad's camera.

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The gear you need to make your iPad your only...

I could never make the iPad my only computer but this article has some good advice for those of you who can.

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Apple releases first macOS 10.12.4, iOS 10.3 betas...

After just two days in developer's hands, Apple has made the betas for iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 Sierra available for all registered in the public testing program.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 1 with Find My...

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


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Apple releases macOS 10.12.4 public beta 1 with...

Apple has released the first public beta version of macOS 10.12.4 which includes Night Shift for Mac. macOS 10.12.4 public beta 1 follows two days after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.


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Customizing a Computer? Here's What You Need

There are plenty of reasons to build a custom computer. While custom computers may initially be more expensive than prepackaged desktops or laptops, they can provide you with nearly endless possibilities, whether you're looking for a top-notch gaming machine, a system for mixing music, or the ideal choice for developing Web applications. A custom computer is the way to go if you want both performance and flexibility. Upgrading individual parts often is less expensive than buying a new computer, which could save you money in the long run.

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Apple's Swift ranks second in fastest-growing...

When looking to hire independents, organizations have quickly made Apple's Swift programming language one of the most sought-after skills, freelance marketplace Upwork said on Thursday.

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Best Buy is slashing prices on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook: save $300 on all models, priced from $1,000 +...

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Parking difficulty indicator in Google Maps

Factoring in time for parking can make or break a night out, let alone making it to that big meeting on time. So in 25 metro areas throughout the U.S., we’ve introduced a new parking difficulty icon in Google Maps for Android that’ll give you a heads up on what kind of parking crunch to prepare for when you’re on the go.

That’s helpful.

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Facebook adds macOS-compatible USB security keys for...

As part of a security and privacy revamp, Facebook is offering users worried about their privacy and potential account compromises a new authentication procedure, one that relies upon a physical security key to perform extra authentication before an account can be accessed.

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Apple sued over singer’s right of publicity in...


An iPhone ad featuring the Jamie xx song "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is the subject of a lawsuit filed Tuesday in California Superior Court.

The plaintiff's convoluted connection to Apple is laid out by The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report the case. "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" is the most popular track on Jamie xx's 2015 Grammy-nominated album In Colors. That album includes samples from a 1971 song by The Persuasions called "Good Times."

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Apple Support iPhone app now available in 22 markets

Apple's Support app for iPhone and iPad is a really useful tool to have, giving users instant access to support articles on a variety of topics as well as a way to immediately work with an Apple rep through chat, phone or email. This week, the app was expanded to France, Germany, Spain and the UK, bringing the total number of markets covered by the Support app to 22. 

The free app identifies all devices linked to a specific Apple ID, displays guides for common issues or tasks, and also offers a fast way to set up appointments with Apple retail Genius Bar personnel or Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Support was first rolled out in the Netherlands last November, followed by the US, Turkey and Sweden in December. Users in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Macau, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden,...

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Apple Support iPhone app reaches 22 markets with...

Apple's official Support app for iPhone and iPad is now available to download in 22 regions, some additions this week being France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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Google Maps for iOS now offers live Popular Times...

There's a war going on, and it's between the Apple Maps app and Google Maps. Yesterday's update of the Google Maps iOS app gave it the lead in the battle with the addition of a new live integration of the Popular Times feature. 

Popular Times is nothing new -- it's been available since 2015, showing users the times to avoid going to popular places. It does so by taking anonymized GPS data from users to see how many people are at a particular location. The update now adds live data to the mix, showing iOS users if a place is less or more crowded than usual.

There's also a new bit of data that shows how long people usually spend at a location, which can be helpful if you're looking to squeeze in a quick lunch at a popular spot. Google Maps also added  support for quick access to addresses that have been copied to the iOS clipboard. 

I personally prefer...

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Apple’s Swift ranks No. 2 in Upwork’s Q4 2016 Skills...

Upwork, the world’s largest freelancing website, today released its latest quarterly index of the hottest skills in the U.S. freelance job market. The Upwork Skills Index ranks the marketplace’s 20 fastest-growing skills being hired for among freelancers — now 35 percent of the U.S. workforce.

The 20 fastest-growing freelance skills in Q4 2016 all experienced more than 100 percent year-over-year growth with the top 10 experiencing more than 200 percent year-over-year growth.

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How to eliminate drop shadows in macOS screenshots

Got into a nice Twitter discussion this morning about screen shot technique. Make your way through the responses for some solid tips.

The linked Tidbits article (from 2015 but still fresh) covers two important points: How to disable drop shadows for all screen shots as well as a really nice technique to add a border to a screenshot. Good stuff, worth a look.

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Three ways to enhance your Mac Safari experience

Nice set of tips from The App Factor.

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Wine reaches milestone version 2.0 release, with 64-...

The team behind Wine, a tool that allows Windows programs to run on macOS and other operating systems, has released version 2.0 of the open source software, with 64-bit support for macOS included as part of 6,600 changes.

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How to download a Windows disk image for free

OS X Daily:

Did you know you can download a Windows 10 disc image free from Microsoft? This is seemingly little known, but yes you can download a complete legitimate Windows 10 ISO without registering or even having a product key, and you can install and run the entirety of Windows 10 using the image too.

I have not done this, but good to know, especially if you want to do a Boot Camp install to run a single application or test. Bookmark and pass along.

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Apple ships 2.5M iPhones in India during 2016,...

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones in India during the whole of 2016 -- a third of those in the fourth quarter, when the iPhone 7 launched in the country, according to Counterpoint research data released this week.

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Apply for credentials to attend the next SpaceX...


Social media users are invited to apply for credentials to attend the launch of the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon cargo spacecraft with to the International Space Station. The launch from Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida is currently targeted for no earlier than February 2017. The exact launch date and time still are under review. This will be the first cargo mission launched from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A, where numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions lifted off.

If your passion is to communicate and engage the world via social media, then this is the event for you! Seize the opportunity to be on the front line to blog, tweet or Instagram everything about SpaceX’s tenth commercial resupply mission to the space station. The rocket will deliver several tons of supplies, including new science experiments and technology research.

A maximum of 50 social media users will be...

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Dan Aykroyd’s tribute to Carrie Fisher

Dan Aykroyd, writing about his romantic relationship with Carrie Fisher:

While in Chicago we obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor. Contemplating marriage, I gave Carrie a sapphire ring and subsequently in the romance she gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil, which I kept for years until it began to frighten my children.

The writeup is a bit bizarre, but really captures something of Carrie’s spirit.

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Apple Set To Join Amazon, Google, Facebook in AI...

Apple will take a significant step toward disclosing more of its artificial intelligence research this week by becoming a member of a non-profit AI research consortium founded by five of the tech industry's biggest players, reports Bloomberg. Last September, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and IBM publicly announced The Partnership on AI, an organisation established "to study and formulate best practices, to advance the public's understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society." Apple released its first AI paper to the public last year.


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Apple said to join Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Google,...

From the partnership page:

In support of the mission to benefit people and society, the Partnership on AI intends to conduct research, organize discussions, share insights, provide thought leadership, consult with relevant third parties, respond to questions from the public and media, and create educational material that advance the understanding of AI technologies including machine perception, learning, and automated reasoning.

As much as we’ve learned about artificial intelligence, we’re still on the steepest part of the learning curve. We’re still working out the mechanics, just barely touching on the important philosophical issues.

Glad to hear news that Apple looks to be joining this group. Keep an eye on...

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