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Wednesday August 30

10:34
'Super Meat Boy Forever' lands on Nintendo...

Super Meat Boy Forever, the sequel to successful twitch platformer Super Meat Boy, will hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android with a squishy, bloody splat in 2018.

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10:27
AT&T brings fixed 5G trials to three more cities

AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless 5G trials to new cities around the US in a bid to master the technology before its official standards are released. In addition to the previous test city of Austin, the company will roll out trials in Waco, Te...

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10:25
No, the iPhone home button is not dead (yet)




Gesture controls are the touchscreen equivalent of keyboard shortcuts on a traditional computer -- that is to say they are meant for pro users. For that reason, users shouldn't expect that Apple will kill off the iPhone home button entirely anytime soon, despite radical changes expected on the pro-focused "iPhone 8."

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10:08
ASUS' Windows Mixed Reality headset may come...

After a teaser back in the spring, ASUS is ready to talk in-depth about its Windows Mixed Reality headset... and it's clear that this is a premium design, with the price to match. The headgear (known as the ASUS Windows Mixed Reality Headset) isn't j...

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09:49
NYC's Citi Bike adds Apple Pay to make bike-...

Next time you rent a Citi Bike in New York or New Jersey, you'll be able to pay with your iPhone. The latest update for the bike-sharing service's app adds support for Apple Pay, as spotted by AppleInsider. No, this isn't the most exciting update, bu...

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09:48
New renders & video picture status bar &...




Hot on the heels of a report describing the buttonless interface on the "iPhone 8," designers and developers have begun circulating media hinting at what it might look like in practice.

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09:32
Today is the deadline for offering feedback on net...

By the end-of-day (Eastern time), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is stopping to accept all feedback on its proposal to reverse net neutrality.

Without waiting for the official revocation of the neutrality rules, such companies as Verizon have started to meddle with Internet traffic. It’s been reported that Verizon has been throttling streaming speeds for video services such as Netflix, capping the streaming at 10Mbps.

Instead of undoing the net neutrality order wholesale, the FCC is essentially splitting it up into two parts: one part undoes the legal authority used to implement net neutrality — a classification known as “Title II” — and the other part asks whether or not it should keep the rules, such as no blocking or...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15-inch MacBook Pro $300 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:24
The 10,000 Track Limit: Why I Switched from Spotify...

The streaming music service Spotify turns out to have a 10,000 track limit on music collections. That was a deal-breaker for Adam Engst, despite Spotify’s better algorithmically generated playlists.

 

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09:15
∞ How a traditional Korean inlaid lacquer box is made

I see these kinds of boxes all over Vancouver (it’s a very Asian-influenced city) but I had no idea the amount of work that went into the handmade ones.

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08:59
Dropbox Paper update brings new tool integrations,...

An update today to Dropbox’s Paper  app brings new creative tools, a new API for developers, fresh ways to stay organized, and more.

more…

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08:47
Amazon & Microsoft reveal plans to allow cross-...




In an industry first, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that people will soon be able to access Alexa from Cortana, and vice versa, including through iOS.

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08:30
Art in the shadows: artist enlivens city with...

Similar to the story we posted back in July about an artist doing similar things in New York City, this artist is using the mundane aspects of the city to create wonderfully whimsical work.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:28
Toshiba chip business sale process continues, with...




In a last-minute effort to secure Toshiba's chip manufacturing business before another deadline passes, Bain Capital in conjunction with Apple has reportedly placed a bid of $18.2 billion.

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08:26
New video & renders showcase iPhone 8’s new dock...

Earlier today, a report from Bloomberg offered a bit more information on the iPhone 8’s software interface, saying that the device will adopt the new dock interface used by the iPad on iOS 11. Now, new renders and a video show just what that could look like…

more…

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08:15
How to use a cell phone for dramatic night...

I mentioned this tip on “The Dalrymple Report” last week. It’s a great way to get a little bit more light when you’re shooting portraits at night.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:45
APFS Is Not Optional

From a new Apple knowledge base article: When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won't be converted to APFS. You can't opt-out of the transition to APFS.


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07:42
First look: Eradicate the adapters and dongles with...




Plugable has thrown its hat into the Thunderbolt 3 ring with a pair of new docking stations, and the lower-cost TBT3-UD1-83 appears to be a good option for most at first glance.

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07:40
How Apple plans to change the way you use the next...

Mark Gurman, Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. plans to transform the way people use its next high-end iPhone by eliminating the concept of a home button and making other adjustments to a flagship device that’s becoming almost all screen, according to images of the new device viewed by Bloomberg News and people familiar with the gadget.

And:

Apple is preparing three new iPhones for debut next month. One of the models, a new high-end device, packs in enough changes to make it one of the biggest iPhone updates in the product’s decade-long history. With a crisper screen that takes up nearly the entire front, Apple has tested the complete removal of the home button—even a digital one—in favor of new gesture controls for tasks like going to the main app grid and opening multitasking, according to the people and the images.

Are we about to enter the buttonless era?

With cameras capable of scanning sophisticated enough to verify your face, there’s a world of...

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07:35
TeamViewer to provide real-time iOS 11 screen sharing

One of the features of the soon-to-be-released iOS 11 is a way to record your screen for sharing video clips with others. TeamViewer, which is a multi-platform screen-sharing service, announced that it has used that feature to enable a way for iOS users to share their screens with each other. The company says that the feature will be available as soon as iOS 11 ships -- most likely on September 12, 2017 -- and it's currently available in a demo format for devices running the iOS 11 beta.

This doesn't allow full screen control, but it will still be handy for those who are doing remote support or troubleshooting. Users with issues can share the screen of an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with a support technician, who can then see what's going to and provide tips on how to resolve the problem. 

Currently TeamViewer can control Android devices from the iOS app; it would...

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07:33
Cortana and Alexa join forces, Microsoft and Amazon...

New York Times:

For the past year, the two companies have been coordinating behind the scenes to make Alexa and Cortana communicate with each other. The partnership, which the companies plan to announce early Wednesday, will allow people to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa, by the end of the year.

Important to note that both companies have tried to take on Apple, Google, Samsung, et al, in the smart phone marketplace. And both companies have failed to make a dent. Without a major smartphone partner, not sure this partnership will have much of an impact.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:27
Apple reportedly back in the running as a part of a...

Things had gone very quiet since it was reported back in June that Apple would be part of a consortium bidding to buy Toshiba’s chip-making division. This would help Apple secure NAND chips in a market in which there is strong competition for components.

More recently, it had appeared that Western Digital would emerge as the successful bidder. But a new report suggests today that Apple is back in the running, this time without Foxconn …

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07:21
Get ready for APFS

From a new Apple knowledge base article spotted by 512 Pixels:

When you upgrade to macOS High Sierra, systems with all flash storage configurations are converted automatically. Systems with hard disk drives (HDD) and Fusion drives won’t be converted to APFS. You can’t opt-out of the transition to APFS.

From everything I’ve heard, the transition to macOS High Sierra was easy and rock solid. But, even with that said, the transition of a file system makes it especially critical that you have a reliable, up-to-date backup of your Mac before you give High Sierra a try.

If you are planning a move to High Sierra, read the knowledge base post for specifics. It’s not long.

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07:14
CNBC: Thousands of ‘innocent’ Android apps watch...

CNBC:

That cute cat wallpaper for your Android phone or free photo-editing software app you downloaded may be using your phone without your permission and running up fraudulent ad views, according to a recent report from online marketing firm eZanga.

EZanga used its Anura ad fraud protection software to look at one module from a software development kit (otherwise known as an SDK) that hides in apps, then activates to run advertisements and play videos while the user is not on their phone. While the person may be sleeping, the malware chews up bandwidth and battery life.

And:

A Google spokesperson said all apps submitted to Google Play are automatically scanned for potentially malicious code and spammy developer accounts before they are published. Google said it also recently introduced a proactive app review process, as well as Google Play Protect, which scans Android devices to let users know if they are downloading a malicious app. There is also...

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07:05
Google introduces ARCore, plays catch up with Apple...

Back in May, just before Google I/O, Google released this blog post, updating developers with the latest on their Augmented Reality project, known as Tango:

With Tango, devices can track motion and understand distances and their position in the real world. For VR, we’ve used technology from Tango as the foundation of WorldSense. For AR, it can be used to enable smartphone AR experiences by placing digital objects in real spaces. The next phone with Tango technology will be the ASUS ZenFone AR, available this summer.

That last sentence is key. Tango was a device specific technology.

A month later, at WWDC, Apple rolled out ARKit, as part of their iOS 11 announcement. Though there is a minimum hardware requirement (requires A9 or later), it will run on any devices that meet the spec.

This is a huge difference. Tango plays to an audience limited to a few...

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06:57
Apple now supporting WeChat payments in Chinese App...

While Apple has been trying hard to push Apple Pay in China, offering a range of discounts and rewards, it doesn’t appear to have met with much success to date. Its market share in the country has been described by iResearch as ‘negligible.’

One big reason for that is the popularity of WeChat Pay, and Apple has now given in to the inevitable and started accepting the payment service for local App Store purchases …

more…

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06:46
Apple reportedly choosing not to hide sensor '...




Making a firm design decision, Apple is said to be choosing not to hide the sensor "notch" cut into the top of the "iPhone 8's" OLED display, taking after the look of some other devices like the Essential Phone.

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06:31
Apple wins Emmy for Apple TV and Siri

The National Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy in the category:

Contextual Voice Navigation for Discovering and Interacting with TV Content

The award went to:

  • Comcast
  • Universal Electronics (UEI)
  • Apple TV
  • Nuance Dragon TV

Interesting that Comcast and UEI got the award as a company, but Apple TV and Nuance Dragon TV got the award as a product.

Congrats to the Apple TV and Siri teams.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
Twelve South to donate 12% of all sales to Hurricane...

Twelve South — which makes a variety of Apple accessories and peripherals — calls Charleston, SC home, which means they’re no strangers to hurricanes and the devastation that follows.

In an effort to support those who have been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, the company is donating 12% of all sales from Wednesday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 4, to the Red Cross. Twelve South is extending a 12% discount site-wide on all Twelve South accessories. To redeem this discount use promo code HelpHouston2017 at checkout.

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06:22
Hint that upcoming Apple TV may offer HDR as well as...

While it seems pretty clear that the upcoming Apple TV will support 4K resolution – aka Ultra HD aka UHD aka UHDTV – we may have just received a further hint that this won’t be the only improvement offered to the image quality.

A tweet from Rene Ritchie yesterday indicated that he’d been given a demo of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, and the timing suggests that this is likely to have been driven by a tip from Apple about the new Apple TV …

more…

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06:21
Western Digital unveils new personal cloud storage...

Western Digital has launched My Cloud Home, a new personal cloud storage solution designed to let you take control of your digital content. 

With the My Cloud Home solution, you can aggregate all of the photos, videos and files from your iPhones, Macs, iPads, USB storage, cloud and social media accounts in one central place. Then, using your smart phone, tablet or computer from anywhere with an Internet connection, you can view your content and share it with others.  

With their data spread across 14 different devices on average, consumers are faced with growing, disparate collections of data and no way to easily access it all, according to Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. Those collections are expanding to an approximately 4.5TB of data per U.S. household in 2017 and are expected to grow further with increasing popularity of...

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06:19
Matias seeks to fill void left by Apple with new...




Taking some design cues from Apple's old keyboard line, Matias has released a new Wired Aluminum Keyboard to accommodate those not looking to replace batteries or charge an input device.

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06:10
Compare Anything 1.0 is new file comparison tool for...

B-Eng has introduced Compare Anything 1.0 for macOS. It’s a stand-alone utility designed for comparing files of any type. 

With Compare Anything you can compare two files and check for them for differences. Files to compare can either be selected via the Finder or by entering directly the path in the corresponding entry line. Specifics of the two files are then listed in a split window where the differences are high-lighted.

Compare Anything 1.0 requires macOS 10.10 or later and costs $0.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

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06:00
Daily Deal: Add a plethora of ports to your MacBook...

There's only one problem with Apple's svelte little MacBook -- it only has one USB-C port, and if you need to plug it in, you're down to zero ports. That's why mBeat created the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock -- you can power your MacBook, plug into a wired network, and connect those old USB peripherals as well. We have the Elite USB-C Multi-Function Dock for the incredible price of $69, 30% off of the usual price. 

What all does the Multi-Function Dock do?

  • Connects to keyboard, mouse, storage, computers, & much more to extend functionality
  • Built-in 4K HDMI port & Gigabit Ethernet port let you watch & browse in high-quality
  • Additional SD/SDHC/...
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05:48
Matias releases Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac

Matias has announced the Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac, which the company is positioning as a replacement for Apple’s discontinued wired Mac keyboards. The new keyboard sports a built-in USB 2.0 hub and precision volume dial.

"When Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, they discontinued their original wired model, leaving the Mac community without a suitable replacement, Matias CEO Edgar Matias said in a press release. “Our new Matias Wired Aluminum Keyboard is more than suitable. It captures the essence of the Apple original -- and even improves on it, with the addition of a precision volume dial," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias.

He adds that the new volume dial is perfect for users with external speakers, providing 4x finer control over the volume. That's 64 volume levels, compared to the 16 levels you get from the volume keys.

The keyboard will be available in a wide range of international layouts and will cost $59. It can be pre-ordered...

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05:41
Consortium that includes Apple making a ‘last-ditch...

Reuters reports that a consortium led by Bain Capital and including Apple has offered a revised last-ditch bid for Toshiba's chip division that’s worth $18 billion.

Under the new proposal, Bain and Toshiba would both hold 46% each of the unit, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports. The article says that talks between the conglomerate and a Western Digital-led consortium have stalled.

Toshiba is spinning-off its core memory chip business and has been seeking outside investors in it. Apple is apparently interested as the move would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other products.

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05:18
'iPhone 8' software bar expected to...




Rather than presenting a virtual home button, the so-called "iPhone 8" is expected to instead offer a new software bar that could dramatically change how the iPhone is used, introducing new gesture controls for returning to the home screen and switching between apps.

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05:15

Intel today announced the workstation class Xeon W processors that could find their way into the next generation of Mac Pro.

The new processors, which will replace the E5 and E7 series, range from Bronze, Silver, Gold, to Platinum for professional/enterprise use. They will replace the E5-1600 series that Apple has used in its Mac Pro and use Intel’s Skylake architecture.

Per the announcement, the Xeon W processors will feature up to 18 cores, offer up to 512GB of ECC RDIMM/LRDIMM memory and can be clocked up to 4.5 GHz via Intel’s new Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. The new processors will also carry hefty price tags. While the 14 and 18 core models have a TBD price, the 10 core Xeon W processor comes in at $1,440.

Intel has yet to provide specifics as to when the Xeon W processors will be released outside of a general date of “Q4 of 2017”. It’s possible that Apple could incorporate the units into the new Mac Pro, although nothing’s set in store.

That...

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05:00
Leaked images show dozens of potential new workout...

This could lead to something pretty neat.

Brazilian web site iHelp Br has located dozens of new workout icons within a developer beta. The icons include badminton, Aussie rules football, American football, baseball, skiing, surfing, sidewalk surfing (a.k.a. skateboarding), “snow sports,” paddle sports (of the water variety), pilates, bowling, and several others.

The icons have yet to show up on existing betas of watchOS 4 and it’s been speculated that they’s exclusive to the Apple Watch Series 3, which Apple is expected to announce in September.

It’s unknown as to exactly what Apple will do with the new workouts and how they’ll be measured by the Apple Watch Series 3’s assorted sensors.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Mac Observer and...

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05:00
Kensington announces BlackBelt Rugged Case for 9.7-...

Kensington has announced the $59 BlackBelt Rugged Case for Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. It’s built with military-grade protection and an integrated hand.

A variable kick stand allows you to position the iPad at any given angle. The BlackBelt Rugged Case for iPad 9.7 is drop test certified. The Asset Tagging Area allows users to identify their devices when they get lost or misplaced. It comes wit a screen protector. 

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05:00
Wrise for macOS makes reading and writing accessible...

AssistiveWare's Wrise 1.0 for macOS is a text-to-speech-powered word processor designed to make reading and writing accessible for most people thanks to its highlighting, zoom and EasyReading mode.

The latest version (1.3.1) includes several bug fixes, including issues with speech aping after every tag. Wrise is customizable and can be used to read selected text aloud in any Mac application. You can personalize your reading experience by selecting your preferred voice, adjusting its speech rate and even fine-tuning the pronunciation of words. What's more, the app allows import of a variety of document types including PDF, Word (doc/docx), plain texts and RTF and with the intuitive formatting features texts are easily edited and styled.

Designed to support reading comprehension and facilitate text composition, it can also be beneficial for individuals with dyslexia. Wrise offers several key features such as Text to Speech, word and sentence highlighting, zoom and...

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05:00
Congressional App Challenge Director Rachel Décoste...


"Coding is one of the most in-demand skills. There's a myth out there that you need to have this skill only if you work with computers, but as society develops, you're going to see coding in every field. This is a skill that's needed in all job sectors," said Rachel Décoste, director of the Congressional App Challenge. "The jobs of tomorrow will require, if not coding, at least an understanding of how it works. If our children are going to be competitive on the global scale, it's going to be a skill they have to develop, and the earlier the better."

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04:30
How to increase iCloud Drive storage

Apple’s iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even a Windows PC. When you set up iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of storage. You can use that storage space for iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, iCloud Mail (your @icloud.com email account), and the information from your apps that use iCloud.

If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more starting at 50GB for $0.99 a month directly from your Apple device. When you choose a new storage plan, your existing plan is canceled and you're charged the prorated cost of the larger plan (the cost of the higher-tier plan minus the prorated cost of the previous plan). 

Your plan is upgraded immediately, and the new monthly payment date is updated to reflect the purchase date for the new plan. You're billed every month for your storage plan unless you cancel by downgrading your plan. You get an email each month to remind you of your upcoming...

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04:21
Developers share more ARKit details – like the fact...

We’ve been learning more about ARKit over the past couple of days, Apple yesterday sharing its Human Interface Guidelines for the technology – and getting a better look at the Ikea app first teased at WWDC back in June.

CNET has teased out a few more details from developers working with the framework, including the somewhat surprising fact that ARKit can’t detect walls …

more…

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04:00
Apple looks into ways to make its iOS and macOS...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,749,000) for “drop countermeasures for electronic device,” which is designed to make iPhones, iPads, iPod touches and perhaps even Mac laptops less likely to sustain damage if dropped.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern electronic devices are subject to a wide range of different environmental effects, including temperature extremes, humidity, physical contamination, and potential loss or damage due to physical hazards including dropping, shock, compression and impact. These considerations can be particularly relevant to portable electronic and mobile device applications, where sensitive control and display components may be exposed to the external environment, increasing the risk of damage due to accident or misuse. 

A number of alternatives have been advanced to address these concerns, but Apple says there’s still a need for improved techniques. In particular, there’s a need for active drop damage mitigation and...

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03:50
Report: iPhone 8 to feature iPad-like Dock,...

The ‘bezel-less’ iPhone 8 is going to be unveiled in under two weeks, and will be the first iPhone not to feature a physical home button.  A report from Bloomberg provides fresh details on how Apple plans to replace the button with new gestures and navigational elements for the iPhone 8 user interface.

At the bottom of the screen, the display will show a ‘thin bar’ where a physical button normally resides. On the lock screen, users pull this bar upwards to unlock the phone — reminiscent of the iconic ‘slide to unlock’ action that Apple removed in iOS 10. Inside an app, dragging upwards opens a redesigned multitasking UI. It sounds a lot like the new multitasking gestures for iPad we’ve seen in iOS 11 …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 30, 2017

Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 30, 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

TeamViewer, a software provider for digital networking and collaboration, has announced what it says is the first go-to-market software enabling all iOS 11 mobile device users the ability to share screens (iOS 11 is due this fall). The software “combines enterprise readiness and security assurances for individuals to collaborate efficiently and provide support securely to enhance productivity and communication across multiple offices around the world.”

Simpalmhas developed a tablet and smartphone-based solution for real estate agents to conduct an open house....

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Tuesday August 29

20:59
Apple Pay now accepted by Citi Bike bicycle sharing...




Citi Bike, a bicycle sharing service operating in New York City and New Jersey, on Tuesday updated its iOS app with support for Apple Pay, bringing frictionless payments to the tens of thousands of daily riders.

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20:10
Apple adds 2017 21.5-inch iMac to online refurbished...

Apple this evening has added the current-generation 21.5-inch iMac to its online refurbished store. The machine was originally introduced at WWDC 2017 and this marks the first time Apple has offered it in refurbished condition.

more…

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19:36
Apple debuts latest 'Carpool Karaoke'...




Apple late Tuesday posted a pair of commercials promoting upcoming episodes of "Carpool Karaoke" to its official YouTube channel, while airing the show's latest episode on Apple Music.

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18:56
Zeiss VR One Connect puts PC games on mobile VR...

PC-powered VR gaming requires a minimum $500 investment just for the headset, but Zeiss and Steam have introduced a cheaper way to do it. The Zeiss VR One Connect runs SteamVR games powered by a PC, but sends a pre-rendered display signal to a smartp...

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17:32
PC players can try the next 'Overwatch'...

Hot on the heels of the deathmatch modes added to the main game today, Overwatch is allowing players to try out the game's next map, Junkertown, on the PTR servers. While only PC owners get to play on the test servers, they'll get some time to explor...

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16:15
Apple updates ARKit resources for developers...




Apple on Tuesday refreshed its developer portal with new information about ARKit, including sample code and AR-specific entries in its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS.

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16:14
Cummins unveils an electric big rig weeks before...

Sorry, Tesla, but someone just stole the thunder from the electric big rig you were planning to unveil this fall. The engine giant Cummins has unveiled a concept semi truck, the AEOS, that runs entirely on the power of an electric motor and a 140kWh...

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16:06
Apple Daily Report for August 29, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, is on a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple may have had to sacrifice some size this year to get new features such as wireless charging into the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. According to a “trusted and reliable source,” Technobuffalo says the “s” series iPhones this year are going to be slightly bigger in every dimension.

Following a surge in Apple stock performance, Apple CEO Tim Cook has collected the maximum number of restricted stock units — totaling 560,000 shares — afforded by his incentive plan, raking in nearly...

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16:03
New apps created with ARKit previewed; Apple updates...

Apple invited several media sites to its Cupertino, California, campus this week to show off some upcoming ARKit apps being developed by major companies like The Food Network, Ikea, Giphy, and AMC, according to various sites, including CNBC, The Verge, and TechCrunch

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple introduced ARKit. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and...

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15:47
Apple wins Technology & Engineering Emmy for...

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the recipients of the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards that will take place in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) at their annual NAB Show on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.  Apple is among the winners. 

The tech giant won for “contextual voice navigation for discovering and interacting with TV content.” In other words, for Siri on the Apple TV. Comcast, Universal Electronics and Nuance Dragon TV also picked up trophies in this division.

NATAS is a service organization dedicated to “the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.” It recognizes excellence in television with the Emmy Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public &...

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15:35
Apple wins technical Emmy award for Siri’s...

Apple is among a handful of companies who have just been honored with Emmy awards. Yes, you read that right. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the awards in a press release today, highlighting the “Sciences” aspect of its name. TechCrunch was first to note the inclusion of companies like Apple, DJI, Microsoft, and others.

more…

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15:31
Uber may face federal investigation over foreign...

Uber's new CEO might have a lot of trouble on his plate. The Wall Street Journal has learned that the US Department of Justice is taking preliminary steps to determine whether or not Uber managers broke American laws barring foreign bribery. Reported...

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15:24
Apple wins technical Emmy award for Apple TV Siri...




The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Tuesday handed Emmy awards out to a number of technology companies for achievements in media-related fields, with Apple taking one home for its work on Siri for Apple TV.

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15:07
The first water-resistant BlackBerry will ditch the...

TCL, the Chinese conglomerate that produces phones under the BlackBerry name, is going to broaden its appeal to more than just keyboard devotees. The company has revealed to Engadget that it will launch a full touchscreen device under the BlackBerry...

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14:55
Apple shares detailed Human Interface Guidelines for...

Apple this evening has released a handful of new resources for developers who are building augmented reality applications. The company has outlined the best practices for building such applications in its Human Interface Guidelines, it said in a blog post.

more…

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14:42
Tumblr adds three useful ways to post from your...

Tumblr keeps improving its mobile apps, adding to already useful features like photo filters, instant messaging, stickers and GIF posts to keep your interactions fresh and interesting. The microblogging service just announced three new ways to post f...

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14:25
iMac: Could the iMac Pro feature Intel’s new Xeon W...

Editor’s note: We’ve updated the iMac Pro section of this article with news about new Intel Xeon-W workstation-class processors, which could be the processor in the iMac Pro.

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

To...

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14:19
Skype’s interview feature pairs video calls with a...

Skype recently launched a preview version of a new feature that could be appealing to people who conduct technical interviews online. Now, while on a video call, Skype users have the option to simultaneously use a real-time code editor through the pl...

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14:03
Netflix engineers dream up a way to search your...

Netflix's annual Hack Day event saw a host of funky projects this year, including a Redbox-style Netflix vending machine, a spooky new interface that makes eyes and heads of characters in thumbnails follow your cursor, an interface to track your bing...

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14:02
Apple invites developers, media to Cupertino HQ to...




Apple on Monday brought developers and the press to its Cupertino headquarters, seeking to promote its ARKit platform for creating augmented reality apps on the iPhone and iPad.

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Here are the first ARKit apps coming from major...

As we approach the public release of iOS 11 next month, a handful of reports today highlight the first applications that will take advantage of Apple’s new ARKit platform. The reports offer a detailed look at the first ARKit applications, including ones from Ikea, Food Network, and more.

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13:42
Uber gives free insurance to drivers in India

Uber's reputations in India and the Philippines aren't stellar, to put it mildly, but the ridesharing company is making amends in both countries. To begin with, it's providing free insurance to its roughly 450,000 Indian drivers. As of September 1s...

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13:23
Apple stores in Nebraska and Pennsylvania reopening...




Apple is preparing to reopen two retail locations in the U.S. on Sept. 2, with one Apple store in Omaha, Neb., remodeled with extra floor space while another in Pittsburgh, Pa., relocating to a different part of a shopping mall.

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13:19
Misfit delays its Android Wear smartwatch to October

Misfit said that its Vapor smartwatch would arrive this summer, but the season's nearly over and it has yet to put the device on your wrist. What gives? Well, there's been a delay... although you won't have to wait too much longer. The company tells...

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13:00
Fight zombies on your street with 'Walking Dead...

How long would you last during a zombie apocalypse? Because let's be honest, the chances are you'd be shuffling among the living dead in next to no time, no matter how good your baseball swing. But instead of waiting for the end of all humanity to pr...

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12:42
Amazon Prime Video support may not arrive with 4K...

Tim Cook said at WWDC that Amazon’s Prime Video service would be arriving on Apple TV this summer, but a new report now says that may not be the case.

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12:42
Aston Martin will go EV and hybrid only in the mid-...

The car James Bond drives in the next 007 film might be a hybrid. Aston Martin, famous for supplying the spy's chosen vehicle, announced that its entire automotive lineup would be hybrids by the mid-2020s. By 2030, the automaker intends for a quarter...

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12:27
YouTube begins planned evolutions of iPhone &...




Google's YouTube on Tuesday began rolling out a series of planned changes to its mobile and desktop interfaces, including new aesthetics and several feature upgrades.

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12:19
Burger King is using cryptocurrency as a loyalty...

Rather than give you another punch card or plastic loyalty card for your wallet, Burger King has a different idea for rewarding its customers: cryptocurrency. In Russia, The BK Lounge has started issuing Whoppercoins when people buy food. Save enough...

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12:01
Amazon Prime Video Apple TV app may not be ready for...




While an Apple TV app for Amazon Prime Video isn't news, a report is now claiming that the app may not see a rumored September launch.

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12:00
Robot caregivers are saving the elderly from lives...

Relying on 300-pound bear-faced robots to help nursing home residents get out of bed in the morning is much more effective if those folks actually have a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Elderly people dealing with social isolation and loneli...

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11:57
Epson releases the Expression Photo XP-8500 all-in-...

The Expression Photo XP-8500 delivers sharp, professional-quality, borderless photos up to 8” x 10”, and 4″ x 6″ in as fast as 10 seconds. Leveraging six-color Claria Photo HD inks photo output features smooth gradations and accurate skin tones. As a powerful and versatile printing and scanning solution, the Expression Photo XP-8500 offers a range of productivity features, including built-in USB and memory card slots for PC-free printing, dedicated photo and CD/DVD printing trays, and a rear paper feed for specialty media.

You can also print directly from your iPhone and iPad.

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11:53
Apple partners with Accenture to create iOS business...

Apple and Accenture are partnering to help businesses transform how their people engage with customers through innovative business solutions for iOS. The partnership will take full advantage of the power, simplicity and security of iOS, the leading enterprise mobility platform, and Accenture’s capabilities as a leader in industry and digital transformation to help companies unlock new revenue streams, increase productivity, improve customer experience and reduce costs.

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11:51
Watch: Free up iPhone and iPad storage with...




Apple's iOS 11 is introducing a new feature that is capable of freeing up iPhone and iPad storage by deleting apps, but keeping your data & document files, and AppleInsider takes a look at the addition.

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11:50
'Overwatch' deathmatch modes are live

For over a year since it launched in May 2016, Blizzard's Overwatch only let teams of players compete against each other in completing objectives -- none of that kill-more-than-the-other-team hogwash. Then the studio about-faced early this month when...

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11:43
5-Minute Tips: Universal Audio’s magnetic tape plug-...

For more than 30 years, the Studer A800 Multichannel Tape Recorder and Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder have endured as the world’s most sought-after professional tape recording machines. As two sides of a legendary mixing/mastering coin, the fabled “Studer and Ampex” combination provides the ideal qualities of warmth, presence, cohesion, and low-end punch that only genuine tape can provide.

This is a great video showing how these plug-ins can change your mix. I use these two in my mixes.

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11:41
‘Until Dawn’ studio has two PSVR games for this year

Thank goodness Sony has finally started to bundle required cameras and controllers with its PlayStation VR hardware, but the system still needs more games to compete with the likes the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Games like Sparc and Arizona Sunshine ar...

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11:32
Intel announces new workstation focused Xeon W...

Intel today has announced its newest workstation class processors with the Xeon W family. The new processors replace the previous E5 series that was used in Apple’s Mac Pro and could be used in Apple’s upcoming modular Mac Pro.

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11:22
Twitter’s live NFL news and analysis show premieres...

Twitter's new NFL live show #NFLBlitz premieres tonight on the league's @NFL account. Last year, Twitter held the rights for the NFL's Thursday night games, but Amazon snagged those streaming rights this season in a deal believed to have rung in arou...

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11:00
What we're using: Qapital, Mighty and the...

This month's In Real Life focuses on self-improvement: taking your Spotify playlists to the gym minus your phone, getting some app-powered help on your savings and, er, being a better gamer on the Nintendo Switch.

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10:57
New 18-core Intel Xeon W processors likely to be...




Intel has revealed its new collection of Xeon processors aimed at workstations, with the Xeon W range boasting 48 PCIe 3.0 lanes and up to 18 cores on a single chip, making the new processor line prime candidates for use in the upcoming iMac Pro due in December.

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10:54
Apple is now accepting Wechat Pay in China

Apple is now accepting Wechat Pay for payments made in its Apple App Store and iTunes in China after it previously accepted Alibaba’s Alipay as a mobile payment option. This will likely drive up the tech giant’s revenues in the country from in-store and music spending, reports China Money Network.

"We are glad to offer users in mainland China the option of WeChat Pay for their favorite mobile app or Apple Music products. We continue to be dedicated to provide multiple simple and convenient payment methods for customers within the Apple ecosystem," Apple said in a statement.

China Money Network says the Cupertino, California-based company didn’t have a lot of good options. Nearly 20 months after entering the Chinese markets, Apple Pay only has around 1% of the Chinese third-party mobile payment market.

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10:41
Tinder Gold launches worldwide to reveal who likes...

Tinder has been trying out its Gold subscription service in a handful of countries since June, and now it's launching the experimental tier worldwide. Pay $5 per month on top of Tinder Plus (this price isn't set in stone) and you can find out who lik...

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10:27
Apple adds support for WeChat Pay in China




Purchases at Apple Music and the App Store in China can now make use of WeChat Pay, a popular service operated by Tencent, Apple has announced.

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10:18
Lomography's all-analog square camera uses...

Do you prefer to shoot photos with a completely analog camera, but wish you could get in on the square photo trend that's all the rage with the Instagram crowd? Lomography thinks it can help. It's crowdfunding the Lomo'Instant Square Camera, a fully...

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10:11
Instagram now lets you share portrait and landscape...

Instagram introduced a new gallery feature for posting multiple photos and videos in a carousel album format back in February, but the feature has had a classic Instagram limitation since it launched. Photos and videos shared in groups have had to be cropped into squares to fit the carousel, but Instagram is lifting that requirement starting today.

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09:59
Google tries to fight wide ARKit compatibility with...




Google has announced it's own augmented reality initiative called ARCore -- but serious limitations on what versions of Android can be used and a very narrow list of compatible hardware will be tough hurdles to overcome.

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09:58
Amazon's podcast-inspired 'Lore'...

Amazon embraced the podcast revival late last year when it opted to turn the nonfiction podcast Lore into a Prime Video series, and you're about to see whether or not its effort was worth the wait. The internet giant has revealed that its Lore adapta...

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09:38
Neo-Nazi site Stormfront has been temporarily taken...

The post-Charlottesville removal of neo-Nazi content from various web sources continues to power on as the long-standing website Stormfront has, for now, been taken down. A Whois search shows that Web.com domain provider Network Solutions LLC has put...

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09:34
Elgato debuts five new HomeKit accessories

Elgato continues to expand itsEve product family of HomeKit enabled accessorieswith the Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke und Eve Aqua. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

The company has also introduced its second generation of Eve Thermo, a HomeKit-enabled thermostatic radiator valve. For the door lock Eve Lock, the contact sensor Eve Window Guard and the fire alarm Eve Smoke, Elgato partners with suppliers to combine HomeKit’s security mechanisms with locking and smoke detection technology. 

Eve Aqua utilizes upcoming irrigation control in iOS to turn any garden hose into a Siri controlled water source. The new generation of Eve Thermo features capacitive touch controls and an integrated temperature display to directly monitor and adjust the target temperature. 

Like all Eve products, Elgato’s HomeKit enabled...

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09:32
External Link: Amazon Echo Gains Multi-Room Audio...

If you own multiple Amazon Echo devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show, you can now link them to play music throughout your home. The system currently supports Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and SiriusXM coming soon. You can use the Alexa app to group Echo devices into collections like “upstairs” and “downstairs.” This addition puts the Echo’s audio capabilities more on par with both Apple’s upcoming HomePod and the Sonos speaker system.

 

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12.9″ iPad Pro $100 off, 55″...

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09:27
Amazon Echo gains multi-room music playback ahead of...

Amazon today has announced a new feature that allows users to play, synchronize, and control music playback across multiple Echo devices with support for voice commands. The news comes ahead of Apple’s HomePod launch in December and Sonos likely unveiling a new smart speaker in October. Amazon has also announced new tools for developers.

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