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Thursday January 26

∞ Volbeat: Seal The Deal

I love this song—great heavy groove and chorus.

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Second 'celebgate' hacker sentenced to...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Apple extends $100 credit expiration for developers...

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

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AWT News Update: January 26, 2017

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

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

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

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Apple's international iTunes business moves to...

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 26, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

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

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

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Should Apple include inductive wireless charging for...

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

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


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PlayStation is still getting away with 'minimum...

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

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

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

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

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

Features include scheduled...

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

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

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

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

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∞ Doyle Bramhall II on building Blues tones

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

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iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods enters public beta

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

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


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Ludacris releases new 'Slang N' Friendz...

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

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

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

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

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

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Insufficient Samsung security forces UK military...

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

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

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

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


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LG's G6 reportedly packs Google Assistant...

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

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Twitter rolls out upgraded 'Explore' tab...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Facebook Slideshows are slowly rolling out on Android

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

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

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

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Apple achieves an iPhone landmark in India

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

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

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

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Google adds instant Japanese translation to...

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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


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Apple releases macOS 10.12.4 public beta 1 with...

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


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Customizing a Computer? Here's What You Need

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

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

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

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12″ MacBook $300 off, 13″...

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

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Parking difficulty indicator in Google Maps

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

That’s helpful.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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


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

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

Persuasions lead singer Jerome Lawson is the...

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Apple Support iPhone app now available in 22 markets

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

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

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

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Apple Support iPhone app reaches 22 markets with...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to eliminate drop shadows in macOS screenshots

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

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

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Three ways to enhance your Mac Safari experience

Nice set of tips from The App Factor.

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

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

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How to download a Windows disk image for free

OS X Daily:

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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Apply for credentials to attend the next SpaceX...


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

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

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

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Dan Aykroyd’s tribute to Carrie Fisher

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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


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

From the partnership page:

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

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

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

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Upwork lists Swift as 2nd fastest-growing skill...

Upwork, a website dedicated to connecting freelancers with projects, has just released their latest quarterly report of the fastest-growing skills seen on their site. Today’s release lists the top 20 fastest-growing skills from Q4 of 2016. Without much of a surprise, natural language processing is listed up at number one, with Apple’s Swift programming language coming in strong at number two.


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Smart Home Diary: Getting started with HomeKit

London is my favorite place in the world, but there are a few downsides to living here – and one of those is that some tech takes a while to cross the Atlantic. HomeKit was one example. Different plug sockets and using 240v instead of 110v means that we needed to wait for UK-specific versions of HomeKit-compatible kit.

I also had various items of non-compatible Smart Home technology that made it a little financially painful to go all-in on HomeKit. I was, for example, an early adopter of WeMo, with a socket switch for each of my standard lamps, all of which needed to be replaced.

But no self-respecting gadget lover could pass up the opportunity for voice-control – and that, plus the greater capabilities, eventually made the switch to HomeKit irresistible. This piece doubles as a diary of my own experiences and a how-to guide to getting started with HomeKit …


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Analysts predict drop in average iPhone selling...

Ahead of Apple’s financial earnings call covering the holiday quarter, analysts are speculating that the average selling price for iPhones has declined. A report from Bloomberg shares that even though there may be growth for total iPhone units shipped compared with the year ago quarter, predictions say it will be the strong rise in Apple’s services that will increase revenue for the quarter.


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Chrome, Firefox start warning users when websites...

The war on insecure webpages has begun, and Mozilla fired the first shot.

Recently, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 51 to its mainstream user base. With the new release comes an insecure warning on any page that offers a login form over an HTTP connection instead of HTTPS. Chrome plans to follow suit with version 56, expected to be released to mainstream users on Tuesday, January 31, as Ars Technica first pointed out.

HTTP uses an open, unencrypted connection between you and the website you’re visiting that could be intercepted by anyone monitoring traffic between you and the site. For that reason, it’s never a good idea to share login or credit card information over an HTTP connection. Most major sites offer the encrypted version—HTTPS—but every now and then you’ll come across a site that doesn’t.


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Apple rumored to start construction on second...

Apple may be working on a new Belgian store, this time in the city of Bruges, according to claims made on Thursday -- though firm evidence of the project has yet to appear.

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Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI...

Apple could help further research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence in the future, with a report claiming it will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group that counts, Google, Facebook, other major tech companies in its membership.

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Apple granted a patent for its Find My Friends...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170026796) for “identifying and locating users on a mobile network.” It involves the iOS app/service, Find My Friends.

With Find My Friends, you can follow and track folks with your iPhone or iPad. You can also share your location with the people you choose. Location is determined using GPS in the iOS device when Location Services are turned on. Notifications appear when a user requests another user to see where they are or is turned on through the message application. It can also be accepted through Facebook sharing options. Find My Friends can be turned on and off at any time.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A system and method of locating ‘friends’ having mobile devices connected to a network and associated with a user account is disclosed. The method includes sending a request to a mobile device, the mobile device determining its present geographic location and responding to the requestor with this information...

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Apple reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI

Apple is reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI, an artificial intelligence research group that includes Amazon, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Apple’s admission into the group could be announced as soon as this week, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the situation.”

Partnership on AI (the full name is Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society) is a technology industry consortium focused on establishing best practices for artificial intelligence systems and to educate the public about AI. Its goal is to “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between...

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Google Translate iOS app can now do live Word Lens...

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your iPhone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.


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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview release 22...

It’s not a huge update, but it’s fun to play with.

Apple’s experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

Safari Technology Preview 10.2 release 22, packs in a series of patches including enhanced JavaScript and CSS handling, as well as general website rendering.

The new additions include improvements to Web Inspector, which now has a a new user interface zoom level function directly in the Settings tab, which can now be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

In addition, Apple lets users sync iCloud data with the browser to make it easier to use it as a daily driver while testing out new features. Google and Mozilla have offered developer channels for beta and alpha versions of Chrome and Firefox for some time, so Safari Technology Preview was a much-welcome addition for developers.

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Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for 'without merit...

Senior executives at Qualcomm slammed Apple on Wednesday for lawsuits filed in the last week alleging the smartphone chip-maker significantly overcharged it for licensing fees.

The spat saw cases filed last Friday in California and this week in Beijing and were top of mind when Qualcomm conducted an earnings call with analysts on Wednesday.

For 15 minutes, Qualcomm executives criticized Apple’s moves, calling the two lawsuits “without merit” and accused the iPhone-maker of trying to use them as a way to reduce the royalties the iPhone maker pays to Qualcomm. 

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Apple to incorporate SiriKit functionality into...

Per new developer documentation released on Tuesday, it looks like you’ll be able to control Siri via your Apple Watch in order to interact with third-party applications.

The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected to arrive in the upcoming operating system, watchOS 3.2, which will also introduce a “Theater Mode” option.

With the update, you’ll be able to mute the sound on your Apple Watch or disable the device’s feature to wake the screen when you raise your wrist. This should allow you to be less intrusive to others when watching a movie or being in a darkened room where you’re expected to keep quiet.

The SiriKit feature, which is making its way to watchOS, will allow you to speak commands to your Apple Watch.

SiriKit was already available on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10, but Apple Watch may be the most useful platform for the functionality.

According to Apple’s release notes on watchOS 3.2, not all apps will be able to take...

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Apple tops the list of U.S. corporations seeking to...

According to a new report from employee-employer matching company Indeed — as noted by —  Apple tops the list of best U.S. corporations seeking to fill cybersecurity roles.

Indeed announced its ranking of the 10 best U.S. organizations looking to hire more cybersecurity experts;. Apple comes out on top, with the New York Federal Reserve coming in second. Patient First, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Capital One, Cisco, Intel, Northrop Grumman and Boeing round out the list.

To assemble its top 10 list, Indeed assessed companies based on employee experience ratings. The businesses listed had at least 20 job postings for cybersecurity positions on the Indeed platform between October and December 2016.

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iVisor Pro is a fine accessory for protecting your...

Moshi has released a new version (Pro 15) of its iVisor screen protector for the 2016 MacBook Pro. If you’ve shelled out for the pricey laptop, this $38.95 accessory can help protect — and enhance — its display.

The iVisor Pro 15 is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering clarity with bubble-free installation. Moshi had me at “bubble-free installation,” since I’m apparently incapable of installing an iPhone or iPad screen protector without leaving bubbles — and I HATE bubbles on my devices’ displays.

The thin film has an adhesive bezel and keeps the screen from getting covered with fingerprints and smudges. It also provides a non-glare matte finish to reduce reflections. 

You should clean your MacBook Pro’s screen thoroughly before installing the iVisor Pro 15. It’s a bit tricky to align it properly with the laptop screen. The first time...

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What to expect from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call...

It’s that time again–time to tie that tie and tighten your money belt. Next week, Apple will once again reveal its quarterly earnings report, leading to a lot of Kremlinology, the parsing of numbers, and a bumping up or down of the Apple stock price.

The results will arrive on January 31 at about 1:30 p.m. Pacific, followed at 2 p.m. by the usual phone call between Apple execs (generally CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri) and a collection of analysts.

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Apple set to join AI industry group to agree best...

A tech industry body established to agree best practice in the use of artificial intelligence had one notable omission in the impressive list of member companies. IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all signed up, but Apple didn’t.

The Partnership on AI was formed in September, with part of its brief to make recommendations in the areas of ethics, fairness, inclusivity, privacy and trustworthiness – all values you might expect Apple to fully endorse. But while the company didn’t sign up at the time, it appears this is about to change …


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How to customize your Finder view options in macOS...

Previously, we looked at how to set a default view in the macOS Sierra Finder. In the four Finder views, there are additional ways to customize how your items are displayed. Sort items, arrange icons, and resize columns.

Your settings for sorting and arranging items in a folder apply until you change them. For example, if you sort your Documents folder by Date Added, the next time you view your Documents folder, it’s sorted by Date Added.

To sort items, in any view, choose View > Show View Options, click the Sort By pop-up menu, then choose the sort order, such as Date Modified or Name. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the column name you want to sort by, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

To arrange items, in any view, click the Item Arrangement button, then choose an option, such as...

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Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish...

For almost thirty years, Sky has operated first and foremost as a satellite television provider. Sure, the company has expanded its empire to include phone, broadband and, more recently, mobile services, but many of its customers have at some point h...

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'MLB: The Show 17' makes pitching a cinch...

Unlike how EA Sports has handled its monopoly on NFL games with Madden, Sony's venerable MLB: The Show series tries keeping things fresh, and most importantly fun, each season. One of the cooler aspects of this year's incarnation is Retro Mode. As th...

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D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million...

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,...

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Gmail will start blocking JavaScript attachments in...

If you want to email a .js file to somebody for any reason, you only have a few more days to do so through Gmail. The service will start blocking JavaScript file attachments starting on February 13th, adding it to its list of restricted file types, w...

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First look: Night Shift mode comes to Mac in latest...

As rumored, Apple included a new Night Shift mode -- borrowed from iOS -- in the recently released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta, promising a low blue light viewing experience for nighttime computer work. Check out what the feature looks like and how to activate it in AppleInsider's latest video installment.

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AI is nearly as good as humans at identifying skin...

If you're worried about the possibility of skin cancer, you might not have to depend solely on the keen eye of a dermatologist to spot signs of trouble. Stanford researchers (including tech luminary Sebastian Thrun) have discovered that a deep learn...

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Hugo Barra's next job: Head of Oculus VR

Mark Zuckerberg just revealed the next landing spot for former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra: Facebook. As Barra revealed a couple of days ago, he's coming back to Silicon Valley and will "lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including o...

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Apple sues Qualcomm in China, expanding fight over...

Qualcomm displays some of its patents on a wall in its headquarters in San Diego, California. (credit: Nathan Rupert / flickr)

Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm on Friday, alleging that the chipmaker's patent-licensing practices amount to  "extortion." Today, the full, international extent of that legal assault became clearer, as Apple filed two more lawsuits in Beijing's Intellectual Property Court.

Like the US cases, the Chinese lawsuits say that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the industry,...

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Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.3

Fixes a bug that inadvertently deleted bond interest income transactions. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)


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Vive Video puts a personal home theater in HTC'...

We've seen VR video theaters for Oculus and PlayStation VR, but now HTC has an upgrade in that department. Vive Video supports all kinds of media: 2D, 3D, 180-degree or full 360-degree, with options to make the environment as much of a realistic thea...

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Facebook begins showing sponsored posts in Messenger...

After testing the ability for brands to communicate directly with users, Facebook today announced its next step in monetizing its Messenger platform. In a post on the Messenger blog, Facebook product manager Eddie Zhang announced that the company is launching a “very small test” of ads in Messenger, beginning in Australia and Thailand.

This week we are launching a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen. This means that a business is able to place an ad in an area of Messenger below your recent conversations.


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Google Maps for iOS gets real-time 'Popular...

Google on Wednesday updated its Google Maps iOS app with live "Popular Times" integration, a tool that lets users see how crowded a particular location is in real time, and automatic recognition of addresses in clipboard.

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New Ingage App Makes iPads Valuable for Business [...

A new creation tool for the iPad just launched that allows anyone to effortlessly create and share interactive portfolios, presentations, product catalogs and more, without needing a designer or developer. It was built by digital publishing pioneers, Scrollmotion, to help companies create a stronger, more dynamic connection with their customers using content that stands out.

Simply drag and drop photos and videos into Ingage’s interactive page templates to bring your content to life. The result is a super-charged presentation that your customers will love. Ingage’s smart navigation lets you tell your story in numerous way, ensuring that you deliver the perfect pitch every time.

One-tap sharing lets you share your Ingage story with the world via text message, email, social media post and more. Ingage automatically creates a responsive HTML webpage of your...

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Autonomous Ubers return to California with humans in...

Uber's run-in with the California DMV has apparently been smoothed over for now. Although the ride-hailing giant has since shipped its real-world autonomous vehicle testing out of the state, several of the offending vehicles are once again street leg...

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Google Maps for iOS updated w/ ‘Popular Times’...

Google today is rolling out an update to its Google Maps on iOS that brings one of the most useful features from the web version of the app to iOS. Today’s update, which bumps the app to version 4.27, the service’s popular crowd tracker, as well as the ability to quickly access addresses saved to your clipboard.


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Art Text 3.2

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and integration with Google Fonts ($29.99 new, free update, 634 MB)


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Qualcomm accuses Apple of money-grabbing, confirms...

Amid a withering barrage of lawsuits from Apple, Qualcomm during a quarterly conference call on Wednesday reaffirmed it believes the basis of the Cupertino tech giant's legal complaints improperly conflate a commercial dispute with regulatory issues.

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Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running...

Wine is a tool that’s gained popularity for allowing users to run Windows and Linux software on macOS. Today, the tool was updated to version 2.0 with a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.


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Beam, Windows 10 Game Mode tests start tomorrow on...

Starting tomorrow, Creators Update features coming in for testing are integrated support for Beam streaming on both platforms, Cortana updates on Xbox One, and for PC gamers, the new Game Mode and gaming settings section. With Snap Mode on the way ou...

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Do you currently use Night Shift on iOS? Will you...

Earlier today, we went hands-on with the recent addition of Night Shift to macOS. The feature comes with macOS 10.12.4, which was released to developers yesterday.

Night Shift is Apple’s color temperature adjustment feature that automatically changes the temperature of your display depending on what time of day it is. The feature was first introduced with iOS 9.3 and has come to the Mac one year later.

Do you use Night Shift on iOS? Will you use it on the Mac?


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Russian authorities arrest Kaspersky researcher for...

Security researcher Ruslan Stoyanov from Russia's Kaspersky Labs was arrested for treason last December. According to Russian newspaper Kommersant (translated), Stoyanov was taken in for breach of Article 275 of the Crimes Against the Fundamentals of...

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Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor...

Apple's experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

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Facebook starts testing ads in Messenger

It was only a matter of time before Facebook Messenger would start testing ads, after rumors of its plans to do so leaked nearly a year ago. Earlier today, it announced that users in Australia and Thailand will begin seeing sponsored content in the c...

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Boeing's spacesuit is light, cool and flexible

Virgin isn't the only company determined to make conventional spacesuits seem like ungainly beasts. Boeing has unveiled the spacesuit it wants to use for people aboard its Starliner CST-100 vessels, and they promise to be far more livable than the c...

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AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)

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