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Monday May 1

04:36
eBook sales down 18.7% in the US, 17% in the UK, as...

US eBook sales fell by 18.7% in the first nine months of 2016, while UK sales dropped 17% across the year, reports CNN. There appears to have been a resurgence in reading physical books, where sales grew during the same period.

In the UK, sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%. The same trend is on display in the U.S., where […] paperback sales were up 7.5% over the same period, and hardback sales increased 4.1%.

The popularity of print format books is not necessarily very literary in nature, however …

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04:30
Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should...

Dan Counsell

Apple is working on new desktop Macs, including a ground-up redesign of the tiny-but-controversial 2013 Mac Pro. We’re also due for some new iMacs, which Apple says will include some features that will make less-demanding pro users happy.

But we don’t know when they’re coming, and the Mac Pro in particular is going to take at least a year to get here. Apple’s reassurances are nice, but it’s a small comfort to anyone who wants high-end processing power in a Mac right now. Apple hasn’t put out a new desktop since it refreshed the iMacs in October of 2015, and the older, slower components in these computers keeps Apple out of new high-end fields like VR.

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04:30
ChargeHub X5 is a great item for family trips that...

On our recent vacation, my wife, daughter and I all had multiple electronic gadgets in tow. They needed charging at night, and the $49.99 ChargeHub X5 made this easy without dealing with cord tangle.

We connected three iPhones, my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a GoPro to the five-USB universal charging station, so we didn't have to carry multiple chargers on our trip.   The ChargeHub X5 charges five devices simultaneously (there's also a $39.99 X3 model that charges three gadgets at once). Just one power cord goes from the charging station to the outlet,

SmartSpeed Technology provides a quick charge, up to 2.4 amps per port, or 5 amps overall (the charger doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge). A blue LED power indicator light shows the ChargeHub X5 is on and functioning.

When multiple devices are connected, the ChargeHub may sometimes reach its maximum...

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04:30
How to connect to a remote Mac in your Back to My...

With macOS Sierra’s Back to My Mac, you can connect to your other Macs securely over the Internet. It’s an iCloud feature that lets you set up a network of Macs that you can access remotely. 

After you set up each Mac or AirPort base station, you can connect to it remotely. Here's how:

  • From the Finder menu, choose Preferences, and click the Sidebar tab.
  • In the Shared section, select Back to My Mac. 
  • Open a Finder window, and look for the Shared section in the sidebar. If you don’t see any shared computers or base stations, place the pointer over the word Shared and click Show.
  • Select the remote computer or base station that you want to access and click Connect As. (To share a screen with your remote Mac, select the Mac and click Share Screen.) If you don't see the Mac or base station that you're looking for, click All to see a list of available Mac computers and...
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03:58
Apple’s cash reserves now exceed a quarter of a...

Apple’s cash reserves now exceed more than $250B, reports the WSJ. The company will report the actual number in tomorrow’s earnings report.

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled corporate hoard that is greater than the market value of both Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the combined foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

While there’s as yet no official confirmation of the number, it seems a pretty safe bet …

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03:30
11% of active smartphones globally will be...

According to new analysis from the IHS Markit research firm, 3.4 billion smartphones will be ready for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by the end of 2017, and the number is expected to increase to 5.3 billion by 2021.

IHS Markit estimates that by the end of the 2017, 11% of active smartphones globally will be compatible with Apple Pay; 61%with Android Pay; and 3% with Samsung Pay, which overlaps with Android Pay, as Android Pay is also available on Samsung smartphones. 

“To reach these smartphones, Apple, Samsung and Android must strategically expand mobile payments services and build partnerships with banks and financial institutions,” says Ruomeng Wang, Mobile & Telecoms analyst at IHS Markit. 

By the end of the first quarter of 2017, Apple had launched Apply Pay in 15 international markets; Samsung...

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02:29
New macOS malware OSX/Dok requires a lot of manual...

Check Point, a security analysis firm, posted an alarming blog entry on Thursday about a new malicious macOS Trojan horse that appeared able to bypass Apple’s protections and could hijack and sniff all the traffic entering and leaving a Mac without a user’s knowledge. This would include SSL/TLS encrypted connections, because the malware installs a local digital certificate that overrides normal man-in-the-middle warnings and protections.

The malware, called OSX/Dok by Check Point, spreads via a phishing attack that Check Point says mostly targets European users. One message shown is in German and the signature portion says it’s from the Swiss tax office. The email contains a ZIP file attachment which has to be saved, opened, and an item within it launched. It’s unclear from the description whether a user has to enter an administrative password, although based on the steps, this...

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Sunday April 30

21:33
Canadians singing the national anthem at the...

No big deal, right? Except….

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20:55
Atom-thin water layers may lead to faster electric...

So many battery breakthroughs focus on longer battery life (and for good reason), but what about the speed of delivering that energy? That's what North Carolina State University researchers want to solve. They've produced a material, crystalline tu...

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19:40
'Major scale' malware targets your Mac...

Mac users are increasingly being targeted by malware after years of being relatively safe, and that means they're facing attacks that other users have unfortunately come to expect for a while. Check Point researchers have discovered Dok, the first "...

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18:22
AAA launches its own app-based car sharing service

Few companies connected to the auto industry can resist the allure of starting their own car sharing service, it seems. After a brief tease, AAA's venture wing has launched Gig, an app-centric car sharing service, in Berkeley and Oakland. You pull...

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17:21
Tweetbot 2.5

Adds support for sending images in Direct Messages and keeping usernames from counting against the character limit in replies. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)

 

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16:57
China takes its turn at a giant fighting robot

MegaBots' giant robot duel might just turn into a full-scale brawl. Beijing outfit Greatmetal has unveiled a prototype of Monkey King, China's take on an enormous battle machine. It's still human-piloted, but it has a distinct trick up its sleeve:...

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15:29
'Orange is the New Black' hackers may have...

When the hackers who swiped Netflix's unreleased Orange is the New Black season warned that they had shows from other TV networks, they might not have been kidding around. TheDarkOverlord has reportedly provided DataBreaches.net with a "preview" of...

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15:00
iPhone sales remain flat in the first quarter

According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17). Worldwide shipments grew 4.3% in 1Q17, which was slightly higher than the research group's previous forecast of 3.6% growth.

Apple remained essentially flat with shipments reaching 51.6 million units in the first quarter, up slightly from the 51.2 million shipped last year. The strong holiday fourth quarter carried into the month of January as the larger iPhone 7 Plus returned to stock across most channels in numerous regions, according to IDC. Apple introduced a refreshed iPhone SE with more storage capacity (32GB and 128GB) that puts the mid-tier device in line with the rest of the iPhone portfolio.

The tech giant also...

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14:25
1Password 6.7.1

Collects a number of long gestating bug fixes and improvements. ($64.99 new, free update, 47.3 MB)

 

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13:58
DNA in dirt can reveal where human ancestors lived

When you want to know where humans have lived, you typically look for direct signs like bones or buildings. But that's not always easy, especially with hominid ancestors who didn't exactly leave an abundance of remains. Thanks to a new genetic rese...

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12:26
Gene editing could lead to a vaccine for arthritis

Right now, arthritis treatment tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition: the drugs you take affect your entire body, causing havoc with your immune system and leaving you prone to infections. But how do you narrow the treatment to just those areas...

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12:23
ChronoSync 4.7.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.2

Updates the synchronization and backup app and its background utility with enhancements and bug fixes. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 42.8 MB, 12.7 MB)

 

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11:34
Microsoft And Apple Target Schools In War With...

An anonymous reader writes:
"Google [is] commanding 58% of U.S. K-12 schools. Windows is in second with around 22% and the combined impact of MacOS and iOS are close behind at 19%," reports TechCrunch, citing figures from consulting firm Futuresource. But now Chromebooks are under fire from cheaper iPads and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Cloud laptop with its cloud-based software. "For many schools, the dream of a one-device-per-child experience has finally been realized through a consumer technology battle waged by the biggest names in the industry... Fostering an entire generation of first-time computer users with your software and device ecosystem could mean developing lifelong loyalties, which is precisely why all this knock-down, drag-out fight won't be drawing to a close any time soon."
That raises an interesting question. Do Slashdot readers remember the computers that were used in their own high schools -- and did that instill any lifelong brand loyalty?

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10:56
Tesla ends SolarCity's door-to-door sales...

Tesla is used to selling cars online, but that's not how the recently acquired SolarCity liked to roll -- it preferred door-to-door sales pitches to get panels on your roof. Thankfully, you won't have anyone interrupting dinner going forward. Tesla...

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10:14
Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 brings refined contact...




Interact Scratchpad makes adding contacts fast and accurate, bringing the best features of the iOS app to the Mac.

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09:30
The best rice cooker

By Karen Solomon & Tim Barribeau

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that...

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09:00
Apple adds one more year to first-generation Watch...

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple added one extra year to its warranty for some first-generation Apple Watches, according to a note sent to authorized service providers obtained by 9to5Mac. The company will now cover eligible Apple Watches for three years after the original purchase date. The first-gen devices covered by this warranty are those experiencing ballooning battery issues.

"Apple has extended Service coverage to eligible Apple Watch (1st gen) models with an expanded/swollen battery to three years after the original date of...

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08:45
The best 360-degree camera

I’ve used the recommended camera and, while it’s very specific in its application, can produce some interesting pictures and video.

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08:15
Salt life

Settle in for a long but very interesting read on one of the things you rarely think about but can’t live without.

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08:06
EduTech: With Swift Playgrounds, Apple has a chance...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

This week’s EduTech is a guest post from Apple Distinguished Educator Michael Cohen, founder of The Tech Rabbi. Apple’s Distinguished Educator program recognizes professionals who are using Apple to “transform teaching and learning.” 

When Apple announced the Swift programming language at WWDC in 2014, they aimed to change the way...

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08:00
∞ Big wave surfing in Portugal

Just watching this video makes me want to go in a corner and weep in fear. I can’t imagine the courage of a surfer willing to try and ride these waves.

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08:00
After Math: Keeping it 100

As America's least likeable plutocrat rounds out his first 100 days in office, we're taking a look at other centennial achievements from the world of technology. Google and Facebook were named as victims in $100 million scam, Instagram now boasts 700...

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06:30
Ben Heck's logic gate board game: Fun with LCD...

With Karen's laser cutting design skills and Felix's soldering, the team has created a prototype of the logic board game using Karen's magnetic clasp design. Now it's time to give the concept a test run with help from The Game Craft proprietor JT...

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00:25
MIT fires a rocket motor made using 3D-printed...

If you're going to 3D-print rocket parts, you'd want to make them out of metal to handle the stress, right? Not necessarily. MIT has successfully test-fired what it believes is the first completely 3D-printed rocket motor to be made with plastic casi...

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Saturday April 29

20:55
Apple adds one more year of warranty to first-gen...

Apple will still repair your first-gen Apple Watch if it breaks due to battery issues even if it's already older than two years. The tech titan has extended its wearable's repair coverage related to battery woes to last two years instead of one, acco...

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19:27
Tesla revives automatic braking in response to lower...

Apparently, public pressure works... to a degree. Tesla has reintroduced automatic emergency braking to the Model S and Model X through an update after their continued omission led Consumer Reports to lower its ratings for the electric cars. It's a t...

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19:03
Latest drone footage shows work continue on Apple...

Apple Park is taking shape after a lengthy construction period and more proof of that progress can be seen in the latest drone footage of the campus. Earlier today, Matthew Roberts released his latest 4K flyover drone footage, showing work slowly but surely continue…

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18:30
Amazon's free Android app program is nearing...

Back in 2015, Amazon launched a program called Underground that gave users free access to paid Android apps and in-app purchases. For those who've never heard of it before, you can think of it as a way to find applications you never knew existed or t...

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17:00
Hideo Kojima on his cinematic influences, '...

If you're starting a new gaming festival, having Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima aboard is a good way to prove you mean business. That was the case for the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival, which featured Kojima in a keynote conversation tonigh...

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16:32
Apple, Tesla want changes to California's self-...

Califonia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will soon review the new set of proposed regulations that could change how testing works in the state. If the proposals are approved, we might see some truly unmanned autonomous vehicles with no steering...

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15:45
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. Last week we saw some major announcements from SuperBooth 17, and this week we are focusing on iOS. We get an interesting new sequencer from Reactable, a new AI-powered iOS drum app from Positive Grid, artificial reverb processing from Mac and the limited run of a Moog legend… more…

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14:58
Turkey blocks Wikipedia over an alleged 'smear...

Turkey may have just stepped up its efforts to quash online free speech. The country has blocked Wikipedia for supposedly running a "smear campaign" by allowing articles claiming that the Turkish government was coordinating with militant groups. The...

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13:34
How to change Backblaze password and add two-factor...

A lot of Apple World Today readers are also customers of online backup pioneer Backblaze, and yesterday they all received an email from the company titled simply "Protecting Your Account". In this short post, we'll show you how to change your Backblaze password and set up two-factor authentication. First, here's the email in its entirety if you haven't yet seen it:

To start the process of changing your password and setting up two-factor authentication, first go to backblaze.com and sign into your account. Once you're logged in, follow these simple steps:

1 - From the account overview page, click My Settings (circled in blue in image above). This takes you to your account settings page, which includes a section for security settings.

2 - To begin with, make sure that you have verified the email address associated with your...

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13:29
Watch SpaceX try a picture-perfect rocket landing at...

Many SpaceX rocket landings have gotchas for viewers. Drone ship landings frequently mean shaky satellite video feeds, and nighttime launches just aren't very photogenic. You're about to have a much better look, however. SpaceX is launching a US sp...

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13:26
Latest Apple Park drone footage shows rough edges in...




New drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino indicates that while the complex may be largely complete, significant work remains -- particularly in landscaping and on the Steve Jobs Theater.

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12:10
Apple Dubai Mall opening

The inside of the store looks pretty much like every other Apple store. But Apple has really taken advantage of the location and the outside of the store is magnificent.

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12:02
EPA pulls climate science web pages to reflect White...

President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt aren't exactly fans of climate science, and they're scaling back the EPA's website to reflect their views. The EPA has started implementing a site revision that will "reflect the...

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11:31
7 things you don’t know about “Reservoir Dogs as...

I would pay significant amounts of money for a tape of that reunion. Dogs is one of my top 10 favorite movies.

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11:23
Raw images from Cassini

If you’re an astronomy nerd, do not go to this site. Your weekend will be shot. There are 383,000+ and counting images.

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10:30
'The Circle' takes anti-tech paranoia to...

As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...

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09:40
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s self-driving car, Apple Watch NikeLab, building a Hackintosh, and much more.

more…

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09:30
Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

You Want Better Beer?
Good. Here's a Better
Barley Genome
Adam Rogers,
Wired

The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They're doing so...

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09:22
∞ Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” ad

Hey Pepsi – here’s how you do socially relevant advertising. I showed this to The Publisher and he couldn’t post it through his tears of joy so I’m doing it on his behalf.

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09:13
This lawsuit goes to 11

Spinal Tap is one of the most fun movies you’ll ever watch and it’s a travesty it’s creators have been screwed out of millions of well-deserved dollars.

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08:50
AT&T says it will start throttling grandfathered...

AT&T is no stranger to capping data use and it’s now expanding those efforts to tablet devices. The carrier has started sending emails to users grandfathered into the unlimited data tablet plan, informing them that their data speeds could be throttled once they hit 22GB…

more…

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08:03
Elon Musk gives us a glimpse of Tesla's...

Elon Musk made a few revelations about some his newer projects this week, including the electric semi-truck Tesla has been working on since 2016. The automaker promised to unveil the big rig this September, but the Tesla-slash-SpaceX chief has given...

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07:17
Two San Diego Apple Stores robbed in less than an...

Apple Stores around the world are often targets of robberies and now we’re seeing yet another example of that. According to a report from local news outlet 10 News, two Apple Stores in San Diego were robbed in less than an hour…

more…

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07:00
ICYMI: The Hoff speaks for AI and MIT builds a...

Today on In Case You Missed It: David Hasselhoff stars in a short film about an AI that takes over people's lives and decides what they should do and say. The kicker is that all of The Hoff's lines were written by -- you guessed it -- an AI. As M...

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06:05
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Life imitating art imitating...life? Netflix's series about prison is involved in an actual crime, and Elon Musk is going back into the tunnels. We'll explain.

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06:00
Steven Universe: Attack the Light is a perfectly...

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. 

Licensed games are rarely worth your time, even if you’re a fan, and role-playing games are often too large in scale to really be ideal for mobile devices—although nostalgia might power you through awkward console ports. However, Steven Universe: Attack the Light manages to overcome those expectations, delivering a licensed iOS role-player that really is quite good.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Today at Apple,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 28, 2017

Image by Apple

Plenty of important news and juicy rumors from the past week. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the link to get more information.

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

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00:40
Hackers stole a copy of 'Orange is the New...

The next season of Orange is the New Black isn't supposed to premiere until June 9th, but the first episode has already leaked. That's because a hacker or group of hackers going by the name 'TheDarkOverlord stole the content from a third party, and t...

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00:26
This week on AI: Apple's Siri & AirPlay...




By far one of the most popular stories this week was that Apple's Siri-based Amazon Echo competitor might not only be alive, but nearly finished. We also caught a glimpse of Apple's self-driving testbed SUVs, and news that the fight between Apple and Qualcomm is stepping up a notch.

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Friday April 28

20:46
There's a slackbot for people who like to shit...

Online dating and work chat apps have been separate entities for entirely logical, productive and HR-compliant reasons. But a dating app-maker has decided that the line dividing office life and love life should be blurred with the help of a chatbot f...

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19:53
Yik Yak's anonymous chat app is shutting down

Just four years after it started, Yik Yak is shutting down. In the past couple of years, issues like bullying have taken a toll on the allure of the anonymous internet, while this app had its own issues with threats and harassment. In a blog post, th...

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18:28
AT&T to throttle tablet data speeds of...




AT&T on Friday warned users with grandfathered unlimited tablet data plans that they might see transmission speeds throttled when consuming more than 22 gigabytes of data in a single billing period.

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17:44
Portland plans to convert poop into fuel

The city of Portland has come up with an unusual way to replace diesel fuel. It's going to convert waste methane from sewage into renewable natural gas. That's right -- trucks in the future could run on poop.

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17:09
Apple extends Apple Watch warranty to cope with...




Apple on Friday alerted authorized repair facilities to an Apple Watch service coverage extension for first-generation devices suffering from battery swelling, a rare issue impacting a small segment of owners.

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16:37
Elon Musk wants to build a traffic-skipping tunnel...

Back in December, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a frustrated tweet vowing to alleviate traffic by grabbing a tunnel-boring machine and going to work. While this seemed like the usual What If thought Musk dispatches to the Twitterverse, it s...

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16:20
Apple, Tesla Ask California To Change Its Proposed...

Tesla and Apple have asked the state of California to change its proposed policies on self-driving cars to allow companies to test vehicles without traditional steering wheels and controls or human back-up drivers, among other things. Reuters reports: In a letter made public Friday, Apple made a series of suggested changes to the policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others "so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public." Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet Inc, Ford Motor Co, Uber Technologies Inc, Toyota Motor Corp, Tesla Motors Inc and others also filed comments suggesting changes. Apple said California should revise how companies report self-driving system "disengagements." California currently requires companies to report how many times the self-driving system was deactivated and control handed back to humans because of a system failure or...

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16:14
Apple extends repair coverage to 3 years for Apple...

Apple has extended its service coverage for Apple Watch (1st gen) models experiencing expanded/swollen battery problems to three years, covering customers for service for an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty that it provides with the device.

more…

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15:31
Fitbit says that Flex 2 didn't explode on its...

Wisconsin resident Dina Mitchell said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit Flex 2 suddenly caught fire on Tuesday, while she was reading a book.

Today, Fitbit says that didn't happen.

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15:15
We destroyed a collectible Doritos bag to get at its...

Junk food and summer blockbusters go hand in hand -- from the nachos, popcorn and candy you buy at the cinema, to action-hero faces plastered on every brand of potato chips at the supermarket. This has been the way of the world as long as I can remem...

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14:46
NASA pushes first launch of its Mars rocket to 2019

The Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy rocket NASA plans to send humans to Mars with, won't get its first launch until 2019. Tech problems have delayed the project years later than Congress' originally estimated it would debut, but space agency off...

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14:44
Robbers target two San Diego Apple stores, make off...




Three men brandishing knives robbed two San Diego Apple stores within the space of an hour on Friday, and the small gang is still on the loose with an unknown amount of merchandise.

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14:22
AWT News Update: April 28, 2017

Alleged iPhone 8 case schematics and mold

It's the last AWT News Update of the month! Today we have:

  • New photos emerge showing an alleged manufacturing mold for an iPhone 8 with all the right openings in all the right places
  • Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump today, says that the iPhone manufacturer is planning several US investments
  • Apple's self-driving test cars are on the roads, and Apple responds to California DMV requests for comments on testing protocols and reporting requirements

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.

Text Version

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14:18
Apple Music clips are the new stars of Musical.ly...

Part creation tool, part social network, the popular Musical.ly app lets users make and share their own music videos using segments of songs. Thanks to a new deal with Apple, the service's users will be able to add songs from the vast Apple Music lib...

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14:00
Rumor: New 'iPhone 8' schematic and...




A set of unverified photos posted online on Friday claim to show manufacturing molds, as well as a schematic diagram for said molds, being prepared for production of Apple's "iPhone 8."

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13:50
The war for the soul of the password

Obviously, whoever invented the password system was a jerk. And whoever started adding all those little rules for password creation is a sadist. Not the kind of sex-positive sadist with a flag for their kink and a set of consensual negotiation rules...

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13:33
Stealthy Mac malware spies on encrypted browser...

A new malware program that targets macOS users is capable of spying on encrypted browser traffic to steal sensitive information.

The new program, dubbed OSX/Dok by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies, was distributed via email phishing campaigns to users in Europe.

One of the rogue emails was crafted to look as if it was sent by a Swiss government agency warning recipients about apparent errors in their tax returns. The malware was attached to the email as a file called Dokument.zip.

What makes OSX/Dok interesting is that it was digitally signed with a valid Apple developer certificate. These certificates are issued by Apple to members of its developer program and are needed to publish applications in the official Mac App Store.

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13:26
Red Hat Gives JBoss AMQ a Makeover


Red Hat on Thursday announced JBoss AMQ 7, a messaging platform upgrade that enhances its overall performance and improves client availability for developers. JBoss AMQ is a lightweight, standards-based open source platform designed to enable real-time communication between applications, services, devices and the Internet of Things. It is based on the upstream Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Qpid community projects. JBoss AMQ serves as the messaging foundation for Red Hat JBoss Fuse, providing real-time, distributed messaging capabilities.

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Merriam-Webster's idea of 'sheeple'...

I'll admit it: I'm an unabashed Apple fanboy. I spent far too much on a Macbook Pro with specs that would cost half as much in the Windows world, I love my pair of ridiculous-looking and easily misplaced AirPods and I may or may not have a box full o...

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Three Reasons to Try the Opera Web Browser

After writing about the death of Obama-era FCC privacy rules, Josh Centers took another look at the Opera Web browser, which includes a built-in VPN, and found that there was much more to like about the oft-forgotten browser.

 

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iPhone 8 mold shows vertical dual-lens camera...

Continuing with this week’s flow of supposed iPhone 8 leaks, Benjamin Geskin is back at it again today. The latest images show off the iPhone 8’s mold with the new vertical dual-lens camera system lining up with his previous leaks.

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Airbnb is becoming a more popular option for business travelers. Employees from more than 250,000 companies around the world have signed up to use it for work, the company says. So, Airbnb caters to these road warriors with a new search tool that sho...

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9to5Rewards: Status Audio’s CB-1 Closed Back Studio...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Brooklyn, NY-based Status Audio, a company with the mission of making premium, high-quality headphones and studio monitors without the branding and inflated price tag of competitors.

The company has two pairs of its extremely well-reviewed CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitors (pictured above and below) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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USPS solar eclipse stamps use body heat to reveal...

The United States Postal Service is no stranger to letting its nerd flag fly with special edition stamps. The latest in its space series is a little different, though. Rather than just showing off celestial bodies or NASA spacecraft, the new stamps a...

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Apple assembler Foxconn says US investment coming,...




Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is indeed planning to make some form of investment in the U.S., but the exact details are yet to be finalized, the latter company's chairman confirmed on Friday.

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Macworld’s May Digital Edition: iPad Review

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the May issue

In the May issue, we review the new iPad—at $329 you may not need to go Pro—and the BeatX headphones, which we can’t help but compare with AirPods. Plus, learn to back up all your data to your NAS box without installing any software.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings

iOS Central: Apple’s acquisition of Workflow could bring automation to iOS

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Apple lobbies California DMV to keep self-driving...




A letter from Apple to the California Department of Motor Vehicles is seeking alterations in test protocols and reporting requirements for automated vehicle testing, and also declares that the company is seeking to increase public acceptance of self-driving cars.

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NSA will stop illegally collecting American emails

The National Security Agency has enjoyed relatively broad authority to monitor communications among suspected terrorists and their associates, even when those people happen to be American citizens and even without a warrant. However, The New York Tim...

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Vibrating utensils won't stop you from stuffing...

The weight loss world is full of plausible-sounding advice. We've got apps to count calories, smart scales that measure our body fat and even vibrating utensils that promise to slow our eating down. The problem is really knowing which gadgets work an...

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11:10
Apple proposing self-driving car testing policy...

Earlier this month Apple was granted permission to publicly test a self-driving vehicle on public roads in California, and now the company has reportedly issued a letter requesting changes to autonomous car test policies. Reuters first reported that Apple has formally proposed self-driving car testing policies through a company letter.

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10:59
Your next Lego masterpiece is a $120 NASA Saturn V...

Lego has been inspired by NASA lately. Last month, the toymaker paid homage to women who made great contributions to the space agency, and now it's revealing an Apollo Saturn V set that also looks incredible. As seen in the picture above, this rocket...

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10:48
Legal war with Apple hits Qualcomm's revenue...

The legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm on licensing modem technology is turning uglier every day.

Apple has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm in countries like the U.S., U.K., China, and Japan, accusing the chipmaker of using its dominant market position to overcharge licensing fees.

The iPhone maker itself doesn't pay licensing fees directly to Qualcomm. The fees are paid by partners like Foxconn, which makes the iPhone and iPad for Apple.

Qualcomm is now accusing Apple of interfering with the licensing payments owed by those partners. Its revenue forecasts for the third quarter are affected, Qualcomm said.

The chipmaker on Friday revised its revenue projections for the third fiscal quarter. It is projecting revenue to be between $5.3 billion and $6.1 billion. That range runs between a decrease of 12 percent and an increase of 1 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The forecast removes royalty revenues from Apple's contract manufacturers...

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10:38
I sat in on a virtual support group for sexual-...

Thanks to its ability to give you a first-person point of view, virtual reality has quickly become a vehicle for empathetic storytelling. Testimony, a VR project that premiered at Tribeca 2017, does so by putting you in a virtual support group, showi...

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10:20
Qualcomm Says Apple To Stop Paying Royalties

Apple has decided to withhold royalty payments to its contract manufacturers that are owed to Qualcomm, until a legal dispute between the companies is resolved, the chipmaker said on Friday. From a report: Qualcomm, the largest maker of chips used in smartphones, said it will not receive royalties from Apple's contract manufacturers for sales made during the quarter ended March 31. San Diego, California-based Qualcomm also slashed its profit and revenue forecasts for the current quarter, to account for the lost royalty revenue.


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10:19
How to tell if Apple Watch notifications are from a...




Sometimes when you get a notification on your Apple Watch, you can tap on it for further options, or to open a corresponding app. Other times, that notification is from your iPhone, and there's not much you can do with it other than dismiss it. Here's how to quickly tell the difference.

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10:03
The Galaxy S8's home button shifts to prevent...

Screensavers were originally a way to prevent burn-in on older CRT monitors. The now-classic moving images in early operating systems were created to keep any single pixel on the screen from remaining in place for too long, leaving behind a ghost on...

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Building a GTX 1080 Ti-powered Hackintosh:...

A few days ago we posted about the hardware used and performance benefits of my most recent Hackintosh build. In today’s tutorial, I’ll step through the entire install process in full unabridged detail.

While it might seem a bit daunting to go through the Hackintosh setup process for the first time, once you understand the basics, it’s not so difficult. Have a look at our hands-on video for more details. more…

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09:49
Fyre Festival turns to chaos as soon as it began

A supposedly opulent music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, which was plugged as an unprecedented V.I.P. event by Instagram influencers including Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski, descended into dysfunction and disarray as soon as it began on Thursday and has since been postponed indefinitely, organizers said.

Sounds like an incredible scam. Tickets sold for $1,000 to $12,000 for the festival.

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09:37
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

My thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

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09:36
Uber puts you in control of your user data

Uber is making removing the hurdles to deleting your account entirely. Like so many other services, simply uninstalling the app from your phone doesn't wipe your data on the company's servers. Not any more, according to The Verge. Rather than having...

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