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Friday July 21

11:40
Google, Apple, Amazon Hit Record Lobbying Highs

An anonymous reader shares a report: The last three months brought record-high lobbying spending from four major tech companies: Google spent $5.93 million, Apple spent $2.2 million, Amazon spent $3.21 million, Uber spent $430,000. Facebook spent $2.38 million this quarter, up from the same period last year but far from a record. Microsoft's bill for the quarter was just over $2 million.


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11:26
Open Source Flaw 'Devil's Ivy' Puts...


Millions of IoT devices are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks due to a vulnerability initially discovered in remote security cameras, Senrio reported this week. The firm found the flaw in a security camera developed by Axis Communications, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of the devices. The Model 3004 security camera is used for security at the Los Angeles International Airport and other places, according to Senrio. The problem turned out to be a stack buffer overflow vulnerability, which the firm dubbed "Devil's Ivy."

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11:03
Attorney Rachel Krevans instrumental in Apple vs....




Rachel Krevans, former head of intellectual property for Morrison & Foerster and part of Apple's legal team during its infamous IP courtroom fight against Samsung, died on Wednesday at the age of 60 after losing a battle with cancer.

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10:36
Apple promotes Deirdre O’Brien to new VP of People...

Apple has created a new vice president of People position which will be held by Deirdre O’Brien starting this fall. Today’s announcement marks the second newly created position at Apple this week following Isabel Ge Mahe’s move to vice president and managing director of Greater China on Tuesday.

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10:27
Deirdre O'Brien named as Apple's new...




Apple today announced that Deirdre O'Brien, vice president of Worldwide Sales and Operations, has been named the head of human resources -- a title the company is calling the "Vice President of People."

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09:56
Apple’s lobbying spending has spiked to record...

Tim Cook and Apple have had a very public relationship with President Trump during his term thus far. Cook has had several meetings with Trump and various members of his administration, and new numbers revealed late last night show that Apple has spent a record amount of money lobbying Trump…

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09:55
Best Buy is currently selling the HDHomeRun Connect...

If you've been thinking about going the cord-cutter route, consider this a sign. Best Buy is selling the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Connect for $70 right now. This external TV tuner features two tuners, allowing you to watch over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV on two sets or to record one show while watching the other.

The Connect's specifications say it supports up to 1080p, but broadcast TV is usually 1080i. That's still 1920-by-1080 resolution, however. The one extra thing you will need in addition to the tuner is a digital antenna.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sony NC Wireless Headphones $...

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09:19
Apple lobbyist budget hits $2.2 million, beats...




Apple's lobbyist budget in Washington D.C. has exploded during the Trump admininstration, with the company paying a record $2.2 million in the last quarter.

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09:01
Intel opens fire in solo FTC filing in support of...




Supplementing Intel's presence in a trade group in a previous filing, the company has filed its own declaration with the FTC in support of Apple in its fight against Qualcomm's wireless technology licensing practices for the iPhone 7, and future devices.

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08:37
'Shadow Warrior: Special Edition' for...




Two games are being briefly made available to download for free on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, with the 2013 remake of 'Shadow Warrior' for macOS offered by Humble Bundle at no charge until July 22, while 'Yankai's Triangle' is the free 'App of the Week' in the App Store.

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08:30
iOS 10.3.3 Patches High-Profile BroadPwn Flaw

Although Apple didn’t emphasize the importance of the recently released iOS 10.3.3, it patches a particularly ugly security vulnerability found in the Wi-Fi chips of all compatible iOS devices. What about older devices that can’t run iOS 10? There’s the rub.

 

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08:00
iOS 11 ARKit demo showcases real world navigation...

Less than two months after the announcement of ARKit with iOS 11 and we’ve seen a plethora of great uses of the tech from developers. From gaming to creative, humorous to utility, there are a lot of use cases. The latest useful example of ARKit shows off how informational augmented reality can make navigation and Maps.

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07:47
FTC examines claims of Amazon using inflated list...




In reviewing Amazon's proposed $13.7 billion takeover of Whole Foods, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reportedly exploring a complaint that the company posts false list prices on its website, making its discounts seem better than they really are.

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07:45
Lowest Prices Anywhere: 13" Touch Bar MacBook...




While supplies last, shoppers can use our exclusive coupon combined with instant savings to save $300 to $600 on Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, plus no tax collected on orders outside NY and NJ. Apple AirPods are also back in stock with free 2-day shipping -- and the Magic Keyboard is now $69 with a $20 mail-in rebate.

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07:20
T-Mobile discounting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus by...

If you’re in the market for an iPhone now and can’t wait for new models later this year, T-Mobile is kicking off a new promotion to discount the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for customers. The deal starts today and discounts new iPhones by up to $400 after trading in a qualified iPhone.

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07:08
Mozilla upgrades Firefox for iOS to version 8.0,...




Mozilla has upgraded Firefox for iOS to version 8.0, with the latest edition of the mobile web browser altering the way it handles tabs, as well as introducing new features including a built-in QR code scanner and a Night Mode that makes Firefox more useful for late night browsing.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Louis Vuitton...

Woo-wee Louis!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes one of the most expensive accessories we’ve ever seen. But don’t worry! There’s affordable cases, speakers, and more, too. Read on!

Louis Vuitton

Image by Louis Vuitton

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06:50
Microsoft revenues up on cloud & Office 365,...




Apple rival Microsoft's revenues were up 13 percent year-over-year to $23.3 billion in the June quarter, with profits of $6.5 billion -- driven largely by its cloud and Office businesses however, as some hardware efforts struggled.

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06:50
Verizon allegedly throttling Netflix & YouTube...

Unlimited data plans have to be one of the most blatant examples of false advertising. Whether you’re grandfathered into an old plan, or buy one today, deep in the small-print will be a note that the carrier reserves the right to throttle your speeds once you hit a certain usage level.

But Verizon Wireless has been accused of taking this one stage further, and throttling Netflix and YouTube usage for unlimited plan users even before they hit the 22GB level at which the company says it may reduce bandwidth …

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06:27
Smart Home Diary: What will & won’t make the cut...

Anyone engaging me in conversation at the moment would be well advised to avoid the topic of realtors in particular, and the joys of finding, buying and selling homes in general.

Progress has been rather frustratingly slow, but we will, at some point, be making the move – and one of the many items on my to-do list has been deciding what will and won’t make the cut in terms of smart home technology …

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06:12
proDAD brings its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer app...

proDAD has brought its Mercalli SAL video stabilizer to the Mac after years of being Windows only. Mercalli SAL Mac is a new, full-featured, stand-alone macOS native application. 

It uses the Mercalli V4 stabilization engine to correct shaky, bent, and warped videos. It’s a native 64-bit macOS app loaded with professional features that include two levels of CMOS distortion correction and fisheye warp removal. Automated batch video analysis speeds your workflow and you can preview, trim, and split clips then export rendered video in a wide range of formats including ProRes 4444 and all flavors of ProRes 422. 

Mercalli SAL Mac provides intelligent stabilization profiles (presets) that eliminate the need for manual fine-tune adjustment (though you can also tweak the settings if you wish...

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06:09
Apple could provide Series 1 Apple Watch as...




Owners of the first-generation Apple Watch could find they will be offered a newer model as a replacement if they take their timepiece in for repairs, with Apple said to have advised its retail stores and Authorized Service Providers that they can use Series 1 Apple Watch parts with the original model.

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06:02
Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook align with Apple...

A group representing major tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook has aligned with Apple against Qualcomm by calling on regulators to reject Qualcomm's bid to ban the import of iPhones, reports Reuters. Makes sense. After all, the "enemy of my enemy is my friend."

The lobbying group filed comments with the U.S. International Trade Commission.They argue that banning Apple from importing foreign-assembled iPhones that use Intel chips - as Qualcomm wants to see happen - would cause "significant shocks to supply" for phones and would hurt consumers.

"If the ITC were to grant this exclusion order, it would help Qualcomm use its monopoly power for further leverage against Apple and allow them to drive up prices on consumer devices," Ed Black, the CEO of the group, said in a statement. “What’s at stake here is certainly the availability of iPhones and other...

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06:00
From Kickstarter to your car: The Gravity X Car Mount

Has this happened to you? You see an innovative design for a car smartphone mount, then notice that it's a crowdfunding campaign... and your interest drops immediately. There are no such worries with the Gravity X Car Mount, as it has made it all the way through a Kickstarter campaign and is now shipping. You can get this versatile car mount for $19.99 through the Apple World Today Deals Shop.

The Gravity X Car Mount is a brilliant design, using the weight of the phone itself to lock a phone in place using just one hand. Here's how it works (from the Kickstarter campaign):

There's no waiting for the crowdfunding campaign to end; just click that link at the top of this post, make your purchase, and you'll have the Gravity X Car Mount in your car in...

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05:52
Rumor: LG to make batteries for the ‘iPhone 9’

Forget the (still unannounced) iPhone 8, we need rumors of 2019’s “iPhone 9.” Oh wait, here’s one:

LG will be the sole provider of batteries for the next ten smartphone, according to the Korean Economic Daily (as noted by AppleInsider), quoting an“unnamed source.”

LG has supposedly invested "hundreds of billions" of won in dedicated battery manufacturing facilities and will be ready to begin full-scale production early next year. According to the Korean Economic Daily, the iPhone 9 (shown in a fanciful mockup by iphone9s.us) will adopt a battery module that is "bent" or extended to one side at its bottom to form an "L" shape. So far, all models of the Apple smartphone have relied on standard rectangular "jelly roll" lithium-ion batteries. 

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05:45
A smart fish tank left a casino vulnerable to hackers

CNNTech:

Hackers attempted to steal data from a North American casino through a fish tank connected to the internet, according to a report from security firm Darktrace.

Despite extra security precautions set up on the fish tank, hackers still managed to compromise the tank to send data to a device in Finland before the threat was discovered and stopped.

“Someone used the fish tank to get into the network, and once they were in the fish tank, they scanned and found other vulnerabilities and moved laterally to other places in the network,” Justin Feir, director for cyber intelligence and analysis at Darktrace, explained to CNN Tech.

Why connect a fish tank to the internet? So you can monitor/feed your fish from anywhere in the world.

With great convenience comes great hackability.

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05:32
AppleInsider Podcast talks 'iPhone 8' ship...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mike W talk about "iPhone 8" rumors, including anticipated launch date, price, and you guessed it, TouchID. Also up, Qualcomm's latest salvo, and what will become of the iPhone SE.

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05:15
iOS 10.3.3 update resolves Wi-Fi exploit that...

Even if you’re generally a bit hesitant to accept iOS updates until they’ve been out for a while, it might be a good idea to accept the new iOS 10.3.3 update, which was released on Wednesday.

Per Apple’s security document, the update includes the following major fix:

Impact: An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

According to Nitay Artenstein of Exodus Intelligence, who discovered the bug and reported it to Apple, the issue allowed an outside party to exploit the issue to ‘run code in the main application processor.’ In other words, gain complete control of your device.

The underlying issue is a weakness in the Broadcom BCM43xx family of wifi chips. These are used in every iPhone from the iPhone 5 to iPhone 7, as well as 4th-gen iPad and later, and iPod Touch 6th gen. But Artenstein found a way to leverage control of the...

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05:10
10 hidden features of Apple Music

Nice little collection of tips.

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05:06
Apple reportedly working on electric car batteries...

Fred Lambert, 9to5Mac:

Today, China’s Yicai Global reported that CATL, China’s largest automotive battery maker, is working with Apple on a confidential project:

“The Cupertino-based tech titan is working with Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL), a battery manufacturer in China’s Fujian province, on a scheme based on a confidentiality agreement. The parties are working together in the field of batteries, sources involved with the cooperation said.”

Neither Apple or CATL commented on the report.

If true, that’s a line in the sand between Apple’s car project being hardware-based, as opposed to a software-only car OS.

Interesting wrinkle.

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05:02
The iPad easing its was into being your only computer

Benedict Evans:

There’s a pretty common argument in tech that though of course there are billions more smartphones than PCs, and will be many more still, smartphones are not really the next computing platform, just a computing platform, because smartphones (and the tablets that derive from them) are only used for consumption where PCs are used for creation. You might look at your smartphone a lot, but once you need to create, you’ll go back to a PC.

And:

100m or so people are doing things on PCs now that can’t be done on tablets or smartphones. Some portion of those tasks will change and become possible on mobile, and some portion of them will remain restricted to PCs for a long time. But there are another 3bn people who were using PCs (but mostly sharing them) but who weren’t doing any of those things with them, and are now doing on mobile almost all of the stuff that they actually did do on PCs, plus a lot more. And, there’s another 2bn or so people whose...

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05:00
Rumor: Apple working with Contemporary Amperex...

Another piece of the Apple Car project may have fallen into place.

Apple is said to secretly be working with a Chinese firm on research and development of auto batteries, suggesting it may be interested in more than just software for self-driving cars, according to Yicai Global on Thursday.

It’s rumored that Contemporary Amperex Technology has signed a confidentiality agreement with Apple. Few other details were available, and CATL has officially refused to comment.

Apple has recently been spotted testing modified existing vehicles on public roads. The company was rumored to be building a complete electric car, although its “Project Titan” effort has been thought to have been switched to focus on software within the past year.

If the CATL partnership is authentic, Apple may have reached an expected decision on whether or not to move ahead with an internally designed car. The company would need an especially powerful battery to match the 200-mile-plus...

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05:00
The Rayz Plus stand out in a crowded field of...

When you test drive as many products as I do, it’s hard to run across earphones that stand out from the pack. However, the Rays Plus from Pioneer Home Entertainment U.S.A do just that.

How? They blend the “intelligence” of an iOS app with the benefits of Apple’s Lightning connector. The latter means the earphones are powered by the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, so you don’t need extra batteries. Also, the Rayz Plus model is the first (and, apparently, the only) Lightning headset with an in-line charging node. This allows you to simultaneously charge and iDevice while the earphones are connected and being used. 

The folks at Pioneer Home Entertainment say the Rayz Plus are based on Avnera's LightX platform that enables the earphones to operate in modes with the lowest power use possible. The earphones are sleek and svelte, but manage to pack six microphones into the slim body.

This allows for “Smart Noise...

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04:54
Twitter: Significantly less abuse on Twitter today...

From the official Twitter blog:

Our commitment to move faster to make Twitter safer started in January. First, we conducted research to understand the issues at a deeper level, then we made a range of product updates. We then convened our Trust and Safety Council to gather feedback and help guide us as we move forward.

While there is still much work to be done, people are experiencing significantly less abuse on Twitter today than they were six months ago. What follows is some new data on the progress we’ve made, what we’ve learned, and our plans to continue improving.

Read the blog post for some of the details Twitter offers to back up this claim. Anecdotally, I have noticed a lot less discussion about abuse in my timeline lately. Hopefully, Twitter is on the road to solving this problem.

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04:30
How to delete specific pages from Safari history in...

You can delete specific pages from the history list in the Safari web browser in macOS Sierra. It’s easy.

  • Launch Safari. Select Show All History in the History menu or press ⌘-Y.
  • Find the page you want to remove.
  • Hold down the Control key while pressing the left mouse button.
  • Choose Delete from the contextual drop-down menu. You can also right click on an entry and select Delete.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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04:01
Microsoft is waging a quiet war against elite...

Microsoft has proven itself to be an unlikely vigilante in the ongoing international cyberespionage story. The company started out suing the hacking group Fancy Bear for using domain names that violated Microsoft's trademarks, and in doing so unearth...

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04:00
Apple’s ‘dynamic music authoring’ patent involves...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170206873) for “dynamic music authoring.” Most likely involving future versions of GarageBand on macOS and iOS devices, the goal is to provide software that “allows users to create music at home.”

For example, music authoring software can provide features that allow users to store music tracks, samples, or other prerecorded music segments and combine the music segments to create an original musical product. However, Apple says much music authoring software at present is often difficult to use and often requires the user to have specific expertise or training in how to use the music authoring software to combine the music segments into a coherent musical product. The company wants to change this.

In some implementations of the invention, a computing device can be configured to present a graphical user interface (GUI) that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the computing device. The computing device can present a...

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03:55
More than 10M people take part in FCC consultation...

Some 40 tech giants calling on the public to voice their support for net neutrality appears to have been successful: more than 10.5M comments have been made on the FCC website …

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03:44
Powerline Ethernet Adapters Are Everyday Magic

When Wi-Fi failed and running Ethernet cable was impracticable, Josh Centers found a bit of everyday magic in powerline Ethernet adapters.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for July 21, 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

Conceptis has introduced Conceptis Battleships 1.0. It’s a free, single player version of the classic game. A typical Battleships puzzle consists of a 10x10 grid, containing a hidden fleet of 10 known ships. The object is to discover where all 10 ships are located in the grid. Featuring over 500 puzzles in a wide range of sizes and difficulty levels, Conceptis Battleships offers 120 free puzzles. Others are available as in-app purchases.

Naiadgames has launched a mobile version of the online naval battle game, Navy...

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03:00
The Morning After: Friday, July 21st 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Is it Friday already? We have big news from Comic-Con featuring Will Smith and Stargate. Also, a deep dive into the cautionary tale of LeEco and a date for the Galaxy Note 8 is revealed.

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03:00
Keeper review: A strong focus on security

You won't find the emphasis on automation of competing password managers, but Keeper will give you peace of mind.

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03:00
Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’...

Cable and satellite TV can be expensive, but don’t feel guilty if you want to keep it.

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01:29
Pokémon Go is getting Legendary monsters for its...

Niantic is going all out for Pokémon Go's first anniversary. In addition to holding the Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago and tie-in events all over the globe, it's also finally introducing Legendaries into the mobile game. You'll be able to f...

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Thursday July 20

20:44
LG to be exclusive supplier of L-shaped 'iPhone...




Apple is months away from announcing an expected "iPhone 8" device, but rumors are already swirling about its successor, with one report claiming LG is to be the sole provider of batteries for the device.

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19:56
Report claims LG will be exclusive battery supplier...

Even though we are still well in the midst of iPhone 8 rumor season, a new report from The Korea Economic Daily flashes forward a year to the so-called ‘iPhone 9.’ The report claims that Apple has reached an agreement with LG Chemical for it to be the sole provider of the iPhone 9’s battery.

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18:20
Watch: Everything you need to know about the new App...




Apple completely revamped the App Store in iOS 11, adding a number of new features and under-the-hood enhancements, while at the same time streamlining the platform's user interface. AppleInsider goes over all the changes in this in-depth video.

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17:56
Samsung expected to announce Galaxy Note 8 on Aug. 23




Samsung on Thursday sent out invitations to a media event set to take place on Aug. 23, where the company is expected to unveil its anticipated Galaxy Note 8 phablet.

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17:05
Apple Flies Top Privacy Executives Into Australia To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Patently Apple: Last week Patently Apple posted a report titled "Australia proposed new Laws Compelling Companies like Facebook & Apple to Provide Access to Encrypted Messages." Days later, Australia's Prime Minister spoke about the encryption problem with the Australian press as noted in the video in our report. Now we're learning that Apple has flown in top executives to lobby Turnbull government on encryption laws. It sounds like a showdown is on the horizon. This is the second time this month that Apple has flown executives into Australia to lobby the government according to a Sydney publication. Apple executives met with Attorney-General George Brandis and senior staff in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office on Tuesday to discuss the company's concerns about the legal changes, which could see tech companies compelled to provide access to locked phones and third party messaging applications. Apple has argued in the meetings that...

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17:03
Samsung, Google, & others formally back Apple in...

Apple today has received support from a handful of tech companies in its ongoing legal dispute with Qualcomm. As reported by Reuters, the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which consists of tech companies such as Samsung, Intel, Google, Amazon, and more, today filed comments with the U.S. International Trade Commission arguing that an import ban on iPhones would hurt consumers…

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16:25
Tech group backs Apple in Qualcomm's ITC...




A lobbying group representing big tech industry players like Google and Intel sided with Apple in a filing delivered to the U.S. International Trade Commission, saying Qualcomm's bid to ban iPhone imports would hurt consumers.

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16:10
Apple is looking for customer support workers

Apple is is looking for full-time employees to work from home to provide customers with support for Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, Apple TVs and more, reports Good Housekeeping.

"If you love exploring the ways technology helps you do all your favorite things, you'll probably be great at sharing your knowledge with others. That's what you'll do every day as an Apple At Home Advisor," the company explains on its job posting website.

Employees get paid time-off and product discounts. Applicants have a minimum of two years of professional technical troubleshooting experience or other proven technical ability. They also should be familiar with supporting customers via phone, e-mail, chat or in...

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16:05
State Farm sues Apple, claiming a defective iPhone...

The State Farm insurance company has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging a defective iPhone 4S caused a house fire in Wisconsin in 2016, reports AppleInsider. State Farm's suit names Xai Thao as a co-complainant who suffered more than $75,000 in damages related to the fire. 

According to the lawsuit, he bought an iPhone 4S in 2014, which failed On April 1, 2016, causing a fire at her home in New Richmond, a small suburban city sitting on the western outskirts of Wisconsin in St. Croix County. 

According to State Farm, the signs indicate that an internal failure caused the fire, and no other potential fire sources were present at the time. The complaint claims Thao received the iPhone in new condition and hadn’t tampered with the smartphone.

This isn’t the first time Apple has been sued for an “exploding” phone....

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15:25
CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container...


CoreOS and the Open Container Initiative on Wednesday introduced image and runtime specifications largely based on Docker's image format technology. However, OCI's decision to model the standard on Docker's de facto platform has raised questions. Some critics have argued for other options. Version 1.0 provides a stable standard for application containers, according to CoreOS CTO Brandon Philips. Having a standard created by industry leaders should spur OCI partners to develop further standards and innovation, he said.

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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17:36
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22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week
 

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