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Tuesday August 29

05:46
WSJ: Apple to hold product launch on Sept 12

Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. has scheduled a product-announcement event on Sept. 12, according to people briefed on its plans, reinforcing expectations that the technology giant will release new iPhones and a smartwatch well ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The company is expected to unveil three iPhones, according to other people familiar with its plans. Those include a showcase iPhone to mark the product’s 10th anniversary that is larger and pricier and features an edge-to-edge display and facial-recognition technology, as well as updates to the two iPhone 7 models that started selling last year.

And:

In the past two years it has used San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, but people close to the company say it is aiming to use the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater on its new headquarters campus.

Here we go. Feels like that part of the rollercoaster where you are still being ratcheted to the top of the ride, not quite at the top, but...

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05:44
Apple wants to sell 4K movies for $20 in iTunes, but...

Apple has not yet finalized deals with movie studios for 4K content, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal. The clock is ticking as Apple readies a 4K Apple TV unveiling for September 12, and naturally the company wants to announce a sizeable 4K content ecosystem to back it.

It appears the studios are pushing back on pricing. Whereas Apple wants to sell 4K movies for $20, the same price it sells many new release HD movies at, studios are demanding an additional $5-$10 premium per sale.

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05:34
Apple fighting movie studios to keep 4K films priced...




Ahead of the anticipated launch of a new Apple TV with support for ultra-high resolution 4K video content, Apple is said to be caught in a contract dispute with movie studios, who want to see iTunes prices for 4K films exceed $20.

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05:25
Apple patent offers an alternative fingerprint...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,747,488) for an “active sensing element for acoustic imaging systems,” which suggests rumors that Touch ID will be replaced in the upcoming “iPhone 8” by an alternative fingerprint ID method may be accurate.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many electronic devices include security features to prevent unauthorized access. For example, a device can include a biometric sensor configured to establish a user's identity by determining whether obtained biometric data matches known biometric data of an authorized user. A fingerprint imaging system is one example of a biometric sensor. 

However, Apple says that sometimes the performance of a biometric sensor may be affected by the precision with which biometric data can be detected. Although increased precision may lead to improved security for the electronic device, it may also result in a physical reduction in the size of one or more components of the sensor. For example, a...

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05:15
Rumor: Apple pushing to finish construction, hold...

With only a few weeks left, it looks as if Apple’s pulling out all the stops to have its rumored September 12th press and media event take place in the Steve Jobs Theater.

Albeit the past two years of media events have seen Apple’s media events take place in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, sources close to the company say it is aiming to use the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater on its new headquarters campus. The campus is still in its end stages of construction, which could affect the timing or location of the event.

At the event, Apple is widely expected to unveil the so-called iPhone 8 with an OLED display, wireless charging, and facial recognition, alongside updated versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

It’s also rumored that Apple Watch Series 3 models and a possible 4K-capable Apple TV with HDR support are also expected alongside release dates for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11.

Apple has held a product event in...

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05:05
'iPhone 7s' family slightly larger than...




New reports from the supply chain suggest that the "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" are slightly larger than the predecessors of the line, possibly causing some incompatibilities with particularly form-fitting protective cases.

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 8

Apple’s getting closer to releasing iOS 11 and has let is eighth developer beta for the mobile operating system out the door.

The most notable changes in the new beta include back-end enhancements and an improved voice for Siri as well as Apple Pay and Photos services enhancements.

The company has apparently also included a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature since the second beta.

The “Messages in iCloud” feature was removed in the iOS 11 beta 5 release, and Apple claims that it will ship in a future software update to iOS 11. Users can continue to receive and store messages on each device, and they can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud Backup.

If you’ve had a chance to play with iOS 11 developer beta 8 and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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04:53
Uber finally responds to privacy concerns, stops...

Uber attracted a great deal of criticism last year when it started tracking the location of customers even after their rides had ended. While the tracking was said to last for only five minutes, some riders reported that it appeared to be tracking them for days or even weeks after their rides.

The company offered an explanation for this the following day, but many were still unhappy that they were forced to choose between never allowing the app to track their location (which would make it next to impossible to use) or allowing it at all times. Uber says that it is now fixing the problem …

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04:30
Wallpaper Wizard 2 makes it easy to use HD...

MacPaw recently required Wallpaper Wiza and has released an updated version (2) of the app. It’s developed to give your Mac’s display changing, fresh looks from a curated collection of hand-picked HD photos.

Wallpaper Wizard 2 makes it easy to find good-looking screen images from a huge (25,000) collection of handpicked wallpapers and backgrounds. Categories include animals, nature, textures, architecture, places, people, objects, food, city, vehicles, sports, monochrome, flowers, and art. You can spend hours playing around with the various backgrounds.

The first time you launch Wallpaper Wizard, you’re offered a quick, walk-through tutorial that explains all its features. Though the app is very intuitive, it’s worth a couple of minutes to check out the tutorial.

Wallpaper Wizard’s Explore feature helps you find new wallpapers. You can flip through featured collections or dive deep into categories to find that perfect image. The Roll feature is like a wallpaper...

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04:21
Amazon Music Unlimited matches Apple Music deal for...

Apple has long recognized the importance of the student market, using education discounts to try to pull them into the company’s ecosystem with hardware purchases, and adding a student discount for Apple Music last year.

Apple knows that if you bring people on board as students, they have huge potential lifetime value once they leave college. Amazon Music Unlimited seems now to be realizing the same thing, with a student deal that matches the Apple one – and going even further for Prime Student members …

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04:00
How to access your files in iCloud Drive

Apple’s iCloud Drive lets you securely access all of your documents from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and even a Windows PC. There are various ways you can access the files:

  • Using any supported web browser, you can use iCloud Drive at iCloud.com.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 9 or later, you can access your files from the iCloud Drive app.
  • On your PC with Windows 7 or later and iCloud for Windows, you can go to iCloud Drive in File Explorer.

When you add your Desktop and Documents to iCloud Drive, all of your files move to iCloud. On your Mac, you can find the files on your Desktop and in your Documents folder in Finder under iCloud. If you add a second Mac Desktop, you'll find those files in the Desktop folder in iCloud Drive. A folder is created with the same name as your second Mac.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 29, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink for Mac with a rewritten PDF sidebar and a new URL command for creating groups. 

Version 2.9.15 also further improves referencing materials from HTML and Markdown documents, extends drag-and-drop for Tinderbox, and lists available sync stores for sync locations. Finally, the update improves compatibility to the upcoming macOS High Sierra. 

All editions can be downloaded and test-driven for free before they need to be licensed. DEVONthink Personal as well as all editions of DEVONagent are also available in the Mac App Store;...

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03:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from August 2017

August's games

Image by Telltale Games

Summer is coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t have to stop: your Mac can keep you entertained well into the fall and winter. That’s especially true right now, since August brought us a rather impressive bounty of new Mac games to check out. 

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01:58
Apple patents sub-display fingerprint recognition...




The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for acoustic fingerprint imaging technology accurate enough to replace existing Touch ID optical readers, bolstering rumors that the iPhone home button is not long for this world.

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Monday August 28

21:40
Deals: Top of the line 2017 15" MacBook Pro for...




Pre-Labor Day deals continue to heat up this week on Macs. Save $400 on the top of the line 3.1GHz, 16GB, 1TB, Radeon 560 15-inch MacBook Pro with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple's 27-inch iMac 5K is also $1,599 ($200 off) and iMac 4Ks are $100 to $150 off with free shipping.

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18:38
Apple's Cook collects nearly $90.5M in vested...




Following a surge in Apple stock performance, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week collected the maximum number of restricted stock units -- totaling 560,000 shares -- afforded by his incentive plan, raking in nearly $90.5 million for the effort.

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18:16
Tim Cook offloads more than $43 million in AAPL stock

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sold some $43 million worth of Apple stock according to filings made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Cook sold 268,623 restricted stock units, some of which were performance based and others time.

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17:56
Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech, business has '...




During his trip to Austin, Tex., to announce a planned expansion to Apple's Swift curriculum, company CEO Tim Cook sat down with The New York Times to discuss how he, and other American business leaders, have been prompted to take positions on contentious social issues in light of a "less functional" government.

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17:47
Tim Cook talks Apple’s ‘moral responsibility’ to...

While on his cross-country jaunt last week, Tim Cook took time to sit down with The New York Times for an interview. The talk focused primarily on Apple’s investments in the United States, as well as education and protecting the environment.

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17:43
Suit blaming iPhone for student’s death by texting...

I feel for the family but it’s good Apple is not being held responsible. That being said, do you believe Apple (and others) should be doing more to prevent these kinds of accidents?

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16:52
Apple takes over Beddit sleep tracking customer...

Apple earlier this year acquired popular sleep tracking platform Beddit for an undisclosed amount. While the company has remained independent in its product offerings, it today updated its website to direct customer service requests through Apple…

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16:36
Window Maker Live: Cool Retro Look, Even Cooler...


Window Maker Live takes an unusual approach to desktop interface management. It has an old-fashioned look with a productive new feel. The latest version of Window Maker Live, released this month, is a Debian-based Linux distribution that uses the Window Maker window manager as the default GUI. It integrates well-known open source components in a surprisingly satisfying interface. Window Maker itself has been around since 1997. It is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment.

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16:30
Cloud startup founded by former Apple executives...




Western Digital on Monday announced the acquisition of Upthere, an app-based cloud services startup founded by a three-man team including former Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet.

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16:07
Taylor Swift’s new music video sets first-day record...

Taylor Swift returned from her self-imposed social media exile with a single that's already breaking records. Her music video for 'Look What You Made Me Do' raked in over 31 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours, surpassing Adele's previous...

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15:54
Apple now handling Beddit customer support




Apple this week took over customer support for sleep tracking hardware and software company Beddit, which the tech giant purchased in May as part of ongoing efforts to build out its health services team.

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15:40
New York City Cops Will Replace Their 36,000 Windows...

The New York City Police Department says it will give up its 36,000 Windows phones and transition to iPhones by the end of the year. The Verge reports: The switch is prompted in part by news in July that Microsoft was ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, which a large percentage of all Windows-powered phones are still using. It's a predictable end to the Windows phone, considering that its market share had already slipped below 1 percent at the time the police department adopted its phones last year. The ill-fated decision to go with the Windows phone was made solely by its NYPD deputy commissioner for IT, according to The New York Post, and apparently did not receive further judgment before implementing the program. The Windows models were Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 640 XL, equipped with special 911 apps, case management apps, and the ability to receive assignments. They were purchased as part of a $160 million initiative to modernize the NYPD, which has been around since 1845....

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15:39
Apple Daily Report for August 28, 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.

According to the “Today at Apple” website, the tech giant invites you to “join us for Star Wars–themed sessions at Apple stores across the galaxy” to celebrate Force Friday II on Friday, Sept. 1.  Attendees will learn how to code with BB-8, explore how to create your own Star Wars movie trailer, and more.

Samsung says it expects to invest $7 billion over the next three years to expand its NAND memory...

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15:37
Carbon Copy Cloner 5: The best backup utility for...

Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 5, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for macOS. The upgrade features scheduled task grouping and sorting, guided setup and restore, task history trend charts, a health check for backups, advanced file filtering, and includes hundreds of improvements and fixes.

Carbon Copy Cloner 5 requires macOS 10.10 or later and will be compatible with APFS and Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra release this autumn. A full-featured thirty day trial version is available.

Carbon Copy Cloner is an app that I’ve used for years, in fact, since it was first released. The new version goes a long way to make the software easier to use, while still adding more advanced features.

You can get 15% off Carbon Copy Cloner until September 3 by using the code LOOPINSIGHT at checkout.

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15:29
Get ready for 'Halo' in VR

Microsoft regularly uses Halo as a selling point for its technology (see: the original Xbox), and that's definitely true in the virtual reality era. The tech pioneer and 343 Industries have revealed that they're working on Halo mixed reality experie...

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15:28
iPhone 7s again said to be thicker to accommodate...

Earlier this month, a report claimed that the iPhone 7s would be thicker due to the switch to glass backing to accommodate wireless charging. TechnoBuffalo today corroborates that report, reiterating detailed information on the dimensions of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s…

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15:00
The Next iPhone Is Going To Be Unveiled On Sept. 12...

According to CNBC, Apple will host its big iPhone 8 product launch event on September 12th. From the report: The tech giant is expected to announce a bevy of products, including two new iterative iPhone updates, possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, in addition to a high-end iPhone 8. Apple is also reportedly gearing up to announce a new 4K Apple TV that will support sharper content than current models, and a new Apple Watch. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that takes up almost the entire front of the device, using new OLED panels that are brighter and more colorful than previous screens. Rumor has it Apple has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone but will also support facial recognition thanks to a new 3-D sensor on the front of the device. Rumors have suggested the most high-end iPhone 8 will start at $1,000. Apple typically sells its new phones within a week or so of the announcement.

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14:59
Numworks graphing calculator is made for students...

Like textbooks, graphing calculators are still a necessary (and expensive) accessory for math and science students in high school and college. Sure, there are calculator apps for tablets and smartphones, but those are often banned for tests because t...

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14:32
Watch: The best tvOS 11 features coming to Apple TV...




Apple is expected to release its next-generation tvOS 11 operating system this fall alongside a rumored Apple TV device capable of 4K resolutions and HDR color reproduction. Get up to date on the latest feature additions and improvements coming to Apple's set-top streamer in this video.

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14:27
Patton Oswalt returns to Netflix this October with a...

Patton Oswalt's honest, story-based stand-up and everyman persona has brought him quite a bit of success. He's active and loved on Twitter and won an Emmy for his 2016 Netflix special, Talking for Clapping. His wife Michelle McNamara died last Februa...

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14:14
Ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet’s Upthere cloud...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet founded his cloud startup company Upthere back in 2011. The service was seen as a competitor to the likes of iCloud and Dropbox, focused on offering users a quick and easy way to store and access their data in the cloud.

Today, Upthere announced that it has been acquired by storage company Western Digital…

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14:04
DJI pulls drone app plugins that swiped too much...

DJI's efforts to improve drone security go well beyond offering bug bounties and requiring updates. The company has rolled out updates to its Go and Go 4 mobile apps in order to pull add-ons that collect too much of your data. The main culprit is JPu...

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13:42
‘Game of Thrones’ season seven gets a behind-the-...

It's been a long 24 hours since Game of Thrones finished its seventh season with last night's finale, but the long wait until the final episodes will be worse. To nurse your longing for Westeros' dysfunctional band of enemies and frenemies, HBO is ai...

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12:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 13.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0, Mellel 4.0, DEVONagent 3.9.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.15, SpamSieve 2.9.29, 1Password 6.8.1, and Mailplane 3.7.

 

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12:53
ExtraBITS for 28 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is opening a new data center in Iowa that will run entirely from renewable energy, Virgin Mobile USA is offering a year of cell service for $1 even if you bring your own iPhone, Sonos is forcing a new privacy policy on speaker owners, Verizon is throttling video for new unlimited data customers, and weather app AccuWeather has been caught collecting location data without permission.

 

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12:53
NVIDIA's Shield 2 prototype shows up in a...

Back in 2013, NVIDIA released the Shield, a handheld gaming unit that looked like a heftier Xbox controller paired with a fold-up screen. Powered by the company's then-current Tegra 4 chips, it ran on Android as a small powerhouse. The company rename...

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12:25
App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of...

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already q...

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12:03
NYPD replacing 36,000 smartphones with iPhones

The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.”

But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said.

It’s baffling that the NYPD went with the Microsoft-based phones in the first place. It was a costly mistake, but at least they’re making the right choice now.

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12:00
The hits and misses of Gamescom 2017

We've just wrapped up another games show, and found plenty to keep us busy in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom might not have the flagship reveals of E3, but all the major games makers are here -- and they usually have plenty to show off. Whether it was VR...

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11:53
Lightning-connected Insta360 One camera promises...




Camera and accessory maker Insta360 has debuted the One, a 4K 360-degree camera with "selfie-stick" eradication built into software for the device.

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11:46
Samsung hints that another 360-degree camera is in...

The Gear 360 camera only reached shelves a few months ago, but that might not stop Samsung from readying a quick follow-up. The tech giant has quietly applied for a trademark on "360 Round," hinting at the possibility of another VR camera in the wor...

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11:31
Suit blaming iPhone for student’s death by texting...

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A California judge is dismissing a lawsuit brought by the family of a 20-year-old Minnesota college student who blames Apple for his 2013 death by an iPhone-wielding texting teen.

The dead boy's family claims that Apple had a legal duty to help prevent texting while driving and that it could have used patented technology it has developed to prohibit motorists from driving while distracted.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Maureen Folan, however, took Apple's side. She agreeed with Cupertino's position that Apple didn't cause the crash that killed David Riggs while he was riding his scooter. What's more, the court agreed with Apple's contention that it does not have a legal obligation to help...

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11:26
Sonos crafting smartspeaker with support for '...




Sonos is developing a new Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with built-in voice control, which should moreover support "multiple voice platforms," according to a newly-published filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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11:25
'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' tempers...

When I first stumbled across the rumor that Nintendo and Ubisoft had teamed up to make a Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids cross-over, I chose to live in denial. It just wasn't something I wanted to be real. The very idea of allowing the banal, an...

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11:21
As New Turnaround King, Is HP Better Than Apple?


HP is the new turnaround king -- but is it better than Apple? By "better," I mean a better potential investment. IBM was the king of tech in the 1980s, but in the 1990s it was the king of turnarounds, after almost going under but managing to come back from a negative brand equity, which occurs when folks will pay more for a no-name product than one with a negative brand. Apple, at the end of the 90s, was in much the same shape IBM was at the beginning, but Steve Jobs pulled off the most powerful turnaround in tech history.

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11:02
Redesigned Jaunt VR app hits Windows Mixed Reality...

Jaunt has been working on immersive VR for quite some time now. It got an infusion of Disney cash a couple of years back and has been steadily adding technology like Dolby audio to it's library of VR content. You can even check out 150 cinematic titl...

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10:45
New 'Beats Neighborhood Collection'...




Apple is now selling Beats Solo 3, Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones, and the Beats Pill+ speaker in a new assortment of colors called the "Beats Neighborhood Collection."

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10:43
DJI will pay you to find security exploits in its...

DJI clearly doesn't like that organizations are shying away from its drones over security fears, and it knows it can't solve the problem by itself. The company is launching a bug bounty program that will pay between $100 and $30,000 to anyone who fin...

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10:19
LG’s V30 offers customizable high-quality audio

Along with a nearly bezel-less display, a great camera and face and voice unlocking, the LG V30 will also have impeccable audio. LG announced a handful of features today that will put its latest V series model well above other phones on the market wh...

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10:03
Eighth developer betas of Apple's High Sierra,...




Keeping up with the one per week cycle one more for the most part Apple has updated all of its developer betas, with eighth releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4.

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10:01
NYPD is already replacing its Windows phones with...

The NYPD is learning a hard lesson about the dangers of buying a declining smartphone platform in bulk. The New York Post understands that the police force is replacing all 36,000 of its officers' Windows phones with iPhones just two years after the...

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09:56
Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 8

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 8 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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09:56
tvOS 11 developer beta 8 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the eighth tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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09:56
watchOS 4 beta 8 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the eighth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.

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09:54
Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 8

iOS 11 will likely be ready for everyone sometime next month, and today Apple has released the eighth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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09:45
'The MacBook Pro's One-Year-Old Signature...

Chuq Von Rospach, a former Apple employee and commentator, has criticized the MacBook-maker to force consumers to pay extra for the Touch Bar -- a signature feature of the last year's MacBook Pro lineup -- in order to have the highest-end MacBook Pro currently available. He writes: The current [MacBook Pro] line forces users to pay for the Touch Bar on the higher end devices whether they want it or not, and that's a cost users shouldn't need to pay for a niche technology without a future. So Apple needs to either roll the Touch Bar out to the entire line and convince us we want it, or roll it back and offer more laptop options without it. [...] So what's the future of the Touch Bar? I don't know. I'm not sure Apple does, either. I was fascinated that when Apple released the iMacs earlier this year not one word was mentioned about the Touch Bar or Touch ID and support for them via an updated keyboard or trackpad was nowhere to be found. I'm taking that as an indication that after...

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09:43
Sonos may challenge the HomePod with a cross-...

When Apple previewed HomePod back in June, it positioned the $350 smart speaker as a cross between a Sonos wireless speaker and the Amazon Echo: hi-fi wireless music playback with a smart assistant built-in. Amazon has already been rumored to be working on a smart speaker with better audio quality, and now Sonos appears to be planning to make its hi-fi speakers smarter.

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09:41
Facebook will block ads from Pages that spread fake...

In its latest attempt to fix its fake news problem, Facebook will now block Pages that spread fake news from advertising on the site. "If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on...

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 10.5-inch iPad Pro $100 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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09:22
Sony's $400 PSVR bundle finally includes the...

Much of Sony's advantage with the PSVR was that it was the cheapest way to get (non-cardboard) virtual reality into your home. Now that Oculus has dropped the price of its bundle, that advantage is evaporating. In response, Sony has added the require...

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09:17
Transcend JetDrive 820 PCI-E SSD line announced for...




Flash and memory company Transcend has announced the JetDrive 820 PCI Express PCIe Generation 3.0 solid-state drive for certain Mac models -- but in some cases it will be slower than the stock drive in the machine.

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09:09
iPhone 8 rumors: WIll it be revealed on September 12?

Update August 28, 2017: Will the iPhone be revealed on September 12? Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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09:00
Moog debuts full production model of its Subsequent...

Moog may have debuted the successor to its Sub 37 analog synthesizer back at Moogfest in May, but that instrument was limited to 2,000 total units. A good chunk of those Subsequent 37 CVs probably didn't make it out of the music festival last spring....

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08:41
Whole Foods is already hawking Amazon Echo speakers

Amazon isn't wasting any time now that its Whole Foods acquisition has gone through. Sure enough, visitors to Whole Foods stores have noticed that the grocery stores are already pitching discounted Echo speakers ($100 for the regular model, and $45 f...

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08:34
Latest demos with iOS 11 ARKit show plated food, 3D...




Two new ARKit demonstrations by developers are showing the rapid advancement of what is possible with the new technology, with one showing food on a plate prior to ordering, and the other illustrating sculpting and painting with the iPad for use in other AR applications.

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08:34
Apple Watch Series 3 rumors: LTE and new workouts on...

Update 8/28/17: Further examination of the HomePod firmware release shows a slew of new activities capable of being tracked by Apple Watch, including basketball, bowling, skiing, and sailing.

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 that will bring phone independence once and for all.

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08:19
Google accidentally broke the internet throughout...

Last week, nearly half of Japan briefly lost access to the internet because of an error made by Google. The mistake was noticed and corrected within just a few minutes, but its effects led to hours of slowed internet connections. The impact was so la...

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08:10
Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,599...




B&H Photo this week is knocking hundreds off Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with prices starting at $1,199. Save $200 on the high-end 15" model with Radeon 560 graphics or snap up a 13" Touch Bar for $1,599. The $399 Mac mini is back as well with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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08:06
Fitbit debuts Ionic smartwatch to mostly positive...




Fitbit on Monday unveiled the Ionic, its first full-fledged smartwatch intended to go head-to-head with products like the Apple Watch.

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08:00
What to expect at IFA 2017

IFA is one of the world's most prestigious technology shows, and a sober European counterpart to the glitz of Las Vegas' CES. It's where plenty of big names show off the wares they hope you'll buy in the run-up to the holidays, including new phones a...

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07:55
Hulu adding The CW to its Live TV plan soon

Hulu announced today that it has signed an agreement to carry The CW on its recently launched Live TV plan. Hulu Live TV lets subscribers view movies and TV shows on supported channels through Hulu’s app like traditional cable.

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07:52
Comment: Why it won’t be a surprise or a big deal if...

A report yesterday suggested that the wireless charging capability expected to be included in the iPhone 8 will be limited to 7.5W, compared to the maximum 15W supported by the latest Qi 1.2 standards. This would mean that the device would charge half as fast as the latest tech would allow.

It’s also said that Apple’s system, though based on Qi, will be tweaked so that only Apple-approved charging pads can be used.

Although that’s not ideal – standards compatibility is generally (but not always) a good...

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07:47
Sonos FCC filing confirms a voice-powered speaker

At this point, it's probably easier to list off who isn't making a voice-controlled smart speaker (that we know of). Thanks to an FCC filing, it looks like Sonos is getting close to jumping into the fray. "Product model S13 is a high-performance all-...

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07:41
Boxer Floyd 'Money' Mayweather still...




Before and after Saturday's megafight between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, the fighter known as "Money" was shown with what appears to be the last iteration of the iPod Classic -- albeit fully studded with gems.

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07:30
Dell's latest Inspiron PCs include the first 17...

Dell is launching its latest generation of Inspiron PCs pacing Intel's latest 8th-generation "Kaby Lake" chips, with a bit more fanfare than usual. Exhibit "A" is the Inspiron lineup of laptops and 2-in-1s: Dell says the Inspiron 7000 is the first 17...

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07:20
Fitbit launches $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor...

Fitbit has officially unveiled its new ‘Ionic’ health and fitness tracker with smartwatch features that compete with the Apple Watch. Fitbit Ionic is priced at $299 and is comparable to the Apple Watch Series 2 which starts at $369.

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07:19
‘WSJ’: Apple special event slated for Sept. 12 at...

The special Apple event rumored for Tuesday, Sept. 12, is still rumored — but now the The Wall Street Journal echoes that prediction. If it’s true, expect to see the tech giant send out invitations to the media any day now.

In the past two years Apple has used San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the annual unveiling of the iPhone, but the WSJ says the company plans to use the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater on its new “spaceship” campus this year. However, the campus isn’t yet finished and construction timetable could affect the timing or location of the event, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

Whenever the event is held, odds are the “iPhone 8,” iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7s Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and next get Apple TV with 4K/HDR support will be unveiled.

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07:04
Latest Sonos Playbar firmware update causing...

If you have a Sonos Playbar speaker, and haven’t yet updated to firmware version 7.4, you may want to hold off for a while. Users on the company’s support forums are reporting a variety of audio issues since the update, up to and including complete loss of audio on some channels …

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07:03
Apple said to unveil 'iPhone 8,' '...




Apple's highly anticipated product unveiling is reportedly set to take place in just a few weeks -- on Tuesday, Sept. 12 -- where the company is expected to introduce the all-new "iPhone 8," as well as other products.

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07:01
Insta360 One is a 4K 360 camera with smart tricks

For those who haven't been following, earlier Insta360 released a montage of cool sample clips to tease its upcoming camera's bullet-time video capability. What baffled me at the time was how those slow-motion shots orbited around a person with his u...

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06:58
Apple event reportedly scheduled for September 12 to...

The Dow Jones is reporting that Apple has indeed scheduled an event on September 12, corroborating previous reports.

On that date, Apple is set to announce the new iPhone models, as well as cellular Apple Watch and a 4K Apple TV set-top box. We are still waiting for Apple to send out invites to press to make the event official, although it seems all but confirmed at this point …

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06:35
Fall foliage prediction map

It’s getting to be that time of year again. If you are in the US or planning a visit, this is a terrific resource for catching foliage at just the right moment for optimum glorious fall color.

Slide the slider to get a sense of when the leaf color change is at its peak in your area.

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06:35
Samsung sees high memory demand ahead of Apple'...




Samsung Electronics on Monday said it expects memory demand that drove record second-quarter profits to continue into the September quarter -- something that may hint at its involvement in Apple's upcoming iPhones, particularly the "iPhone 8."

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06:33
NYPD forced to scrap 36,000 Windows phones, will be...

The New York Police Department is being forced to scrap 36,000 Windows Phones bought just two years ago as part of a $160M mobility project. The move has been forced by Microsoft’s decision to cease support for the platform as of last month.

The NYPD now plans to replace the phones with iPhones by the end of the year, according to a report …

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06:31
The life and death of the MacBook Touch Bar

Chuq Von Rospach:

It seems to me Apple fell in love with the technology of the Touch Bar system, which if you dig into it a bit is a stunning piece of engineering, and expected all of us to fall in love with it as well. The problem is: Apple rarely sells things to us based on neat technology, it sells us based on the stories of how that technology will solve problems for us, and right now, the problems a Touch Bar solve for us that we care about being solved are few and far between.

Thoughtful piece on the Touch Bar. Resonates with me.

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06:27
NYPD to replace Nokia smartphones with iPhones

The New York Police Department is scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, according to The New York Post. And the NYPD is turning to Apple.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative. However, just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, The Post says, quoting unnamed sources. The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices.

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06:23
NYPD handcuffed by investment in Microsoft's...




The New York Police Department must replace some 36,000 smartphones running Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, and plans to provide its officers with replacement iPhones by the end of the year.

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06:22
∞ Sculpting, painting, using ARKit

[VIDEO] Watch the video embedded in the tweet in the main Loop post. There’s something groundbreaking here, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s the idea of creating 3D models for use in augmented reality apps using augmented reality itself. Fascinating.

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06:18
Why the Mac needs iCloud Backup

Dan Moren:

With the announcement this week that CrashPlan was discontinuing its consumer-oriented online backup plans, more than a few users found themselves wondering what steps to take to make sure their data remained safely and securely backed up.

There are, of course, plenty of options for Mac users who don’t want to switch to CrashPlan’s small business backup plans: Backblaze, Arq, and so on. But it also put into stark relief the fact that Mac users miss out on at least one major feature accorded to their iOS-using counterparts: iCloud Backup.

Terrific piece by Dan Moren. I would gladly pay a bit extra for the ability to include my Mac in my automatic iCloud device backup regimen.

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06:11
iOS 11 Beta points to new Apple Watch workouts:...

Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors:

This year’s Apple leaks have seen an uptick in activity thanks to data gathered from HomePod firmware, as well as internal files in pre-release beta software for iOS 11. Today, the newest piece of information comes from the latter source and concerns new exercises for the Apple Watch.

The leak that keeps on giving.

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06:04
Security researchers demo point-of-sale system hack...

Security researchers have identified a vulnerability in Point Of Sale (POS) terminals used by a large number of major chains, and hacked it to allow them to buy a MacBook for one dollar …

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06:01
Apple receives a ‘B+’ in latest RESCUECOM Computer...

RESCUECOM has released its 2017 back-to-school Computer Reliability Report, which compares the brand market share of computer makers with their repair share, based on the number of computer repair calls received per brand, to create an overall reliability score. The report includes desktops, laptops and tablets. 

The computer repair and tech support company says that...

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06:00
Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of...

With Fitbit's new Ionic fitness tracker, health and fitness still take center stage, but Ionic is more of an all-around wearable than any Fitbit that came before. Ionic represents the first fruits of the company’s Pebble, Coin, and Vector shopping spree: You can now install third-party apps, make payments, and you can store hundreds of songs for offline listening.

The biggest change for Fitbit is the new open system, as the company has leveraged its Pebble acquisition to create a platform for third-party apps. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic’s sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear.

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06:00
Now THIS is a deal! CleanMyMac 3 for just $27.99

We love our friends at MacPaw, who have been developing top Mac utilities for years. Today we're proud to offer a great deal on CleanMyMac 3, which normally sells for $39.95. You can snap up a single user license of CleanMyMac 3 for $27.99, 29% off for a limited time.

What does CleanMyMac do for you? 

  • Scans your system, iTunes, Mail, Photos, Trash bins, & even old folders to safely clean up junk
  • Removes only the junk that is 100% safe to delete w/ a single click
  • Trims gigabytes off your photo library without deleting a single picture
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05:44
∞ Apple sets up iTunes page for Hurricane Harvey...

Here’s Tim’s tweet:

Prayers for Texas and all those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Join us in the relief effort by donating: https://t.co/QLBMFOjaDG

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 27, 2017

The link embedded in the tweet takes you to iTunes so you can make a donation to the American Red Cross specifically targeted for Hurricane Harvey relief. I believe this particular path only works in the US.

From the iTunes page:

Click Donate below the amount you wish to contribute and iTunes will transfer 100% of it to the American Red Cross, which is providing relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.

100% of the money goes to the American Red Cross. Apple doesn’t take a penny.

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05:15
Purported photos of iPhone 7s components, including...

A series of leaked photos has shown what might be iPhone 7s components.

The photos, tweeted by Benjamin Geskin, show what is purported to be an A11 processor, a logic board and other components.

If true, an A11 processor would put the iPhons 7s’ performance on par with the rumored iPhone 8, although the unit might feature different technical specifications. The iPhone 8 is also rumored to boast features such as face recognition and an advanced augmented reality system.

The iPhone 7s is thought to be a relatively minor update to the existing iPhone 7, though sharing the all-glass design of the iPhone 8. It’s been rumored that this may actually result in the updated phone being slightly thicker than the current model, as the glass will need to be thicker than the current aluminum casing.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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