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Wednesday May 31

Microsoft shows off Windows VR headsets from ASUS...

We've already seen Windows 10 VR headsets from HP, Acer and Dell -- now, you can add ASUS to the mix. During its Computex keynote today, Microsoft revealed ASUS' headset for the first time, along with a new look for Dell's entry. They both share simi...

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Intel adopts e-SIM to support Microsoft's...

PCs are making a comeback, if the news out of Computex 2017 is any indication, and Microsoft wants to make sure they're all constantly connected. To support that vision, Intel is making its current and future modems compatible with e-SIMs, so future...

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Windows on Snapdragon is key to making PCs more...

Looks like Microsoft isn't done with its world tour. After a series of events in New York, Seattle and Shanghai, the company has yet another big announcement to make in Taiwan here at Computex 2017. And in keeping with the theme of bringing Windows e...

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Nest’s new camera is smart enough to know who’s who

After acquiring Dropcam back in 2014, Nest waited another year to launch its own home monitoring camera. It wasn't much of an improvement over the old Dropcam Pro, and aside from releasing an outdoor version with weatherproof body, Nest has focused o...

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Nest Cam IQ marks a clean break from the Dropcam...

The new indoor security camera boasts a 4K image sensor, HDR imaging, and the ability to recognize and remember faces.

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Tuesday May 30

President's confusing 'covfefe' tweet...

Rambling late night tweets from the President of the United States have been a part of our reality for several months now, but the latest one has gone to a new level. At 12:06AM ET the @RealDonaldTrump account posted a message saying that "Despite th...

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Fashion and tech collide in this VR-friendly...

Virtual reality is inescapable here at Computex -- you're either stumbling into another Vive demo area or bumping into the occasional VR backpack. What's often missing is a sense of true immersion, though, and a startup called Machina is trying to fi...

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US successfully shoots down a (simulated) ICBM

American missile defense systems haven't always worked out according to plan, but it's chalking up a major success right now. The Department of Defense reports that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense portion of its anti-ballistic missile system has...

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Nikon's Coolpix W300 is a rugged point-and-...

Not to be outdone by rival camera maker Olympus, Nikon is getting ready to launch a rugged point-and-shoot of its own. The new Coolpix W300 borrows a few features from the AW130 that was introduced in 2015, including the same 16-megapixel (1/2.3-inch...

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Andy Rubin's Essential phone should ship next...

During an interview with Walt Mossberg tonight at the Code Conference, Android creator and now Essential Products CEO Andy Rubin showed off his latest creation, the Essential Phone. When it was announced this morning and reservations opened the compa...

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BlackBerry KEYone hits Amazon and Best Buy on May...

BlackBerry and TCL have teased the KEYone for nearly half a year, and now Americans can finally see what all the fuss is about without jumping through hoops. The two have revealed that unlocked, US-friendly variants of the Android-powered BlackBerry...

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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google Lobby Against...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Executives from some of the globe's leading technology firms are demanding that Texas not adopt "discriminatory" bathroom legislation. On the table in Texas is a law similar to one enacted -- and later partially repealed -- in North Carolina. The tech companies have aligned themselves with critics of the bill who believe the legislation is unfair to the transgender community. "As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas' reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families," the companies wrote Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "Our ability to attract, recruit and retain top talent, encourage new business relocations, expansions and investment, and maintain our economic competitiveness would all be negatively affected." Pending Texas Senate legislation would prohibit transgender people in Texas from using restrooms matching their gender identities. The House on...

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Supreme Court decision lifts ownership rights over...

In a win for anyone who has ever been frustrated by overpriced ink, the Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that printer maker Lexmark can't sue companies that refill old cartridges and sell them at a discount. More specifically, the court ruled that Lex...

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WWDC roundup: Apple readies MacBook upgrades across...

We’re officially less than a week away from Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference. This year, the event is being held in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center and will be home to a handful of different announcements. At WWDC, Apple will likely unveil iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS 10.13. A change of pace from recent years, we’re also expecting new hardware...

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'Bastion' studio's 'Pyre'...

Last we'd heard of the next game from Bastion and Transistor studio Supergiant Games, Pyre, there wasn't much to report in terms of concrete info. Today we have a bit more information, including when you'll finally be able to play it: July 25th exclu...

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Fox Sports is airing the Champions League final in VR

Samsung just announced that it's adding UFC fights and other events to its new immersive programming lineup. It's the latest company to start broadcasting sports events in VR, but it's far from the first. Fox Sports has been uploading virtual reality...

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What to expect from WWDC 2017

From next-generation versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS to new hardware like a Siri home speaker and MacBook refreshes, AppleInsider details what to expect from next week's WWDC 2017 keynote.

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Microsoft Office bug nags you with a pop-up every...

Every software glitch is at least a little irksome, but Microsoft's latest bug is driving some people up the wall. Office users running a recent update have noticed a bug that ever-so-briefly pops up a background task window... every hour. It's ann...

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AWT News Update: May 30, 2017

Welcome back from that 3-day weekend! Hopefully you had good weather, a lot of fun, and some time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. We have some stories from all across the spectrum of Apple and consumer electronics:

  • A North Korean iPad? Say it isn't so! It's obviously not made by Apple...
  • Apple Park now shows up in the Apple Maps app, complete with 3D depictions of the buildings at the new campus
  • Happy Birthday, Google Street View. We talk about the idea behind Street View and how those 360° photos will become even more prominent soon

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The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News...

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Denny’s mobile ordering is your lazy ticket to bad...

Denny's, which likes to think of itself as "America's diner," is making it easier to get its food without any human interaction -- very American, indeed. The company announced today that customers can now order delivery or takeout on its website, wit...

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Apple’s first original series ‘Carpool Karaoke’...

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke now has a new premiere date.

Apple senior V.P. of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, tweeted that Carpool Karaoke will stream on Apple Music starting Tuesday, August 8. The series is a full-length version of the popular segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It was originally scheduled to debut in April but was mysteriously postponed.

Apple has not given an explanation as to why the series had to be pushed back. In February, the company released a promo featuring segments with A-list celebs, including Will Smith, Alicia Keys, and Ariana Grande.

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Apple Music-exclusive 'Carpool Karaoke'...

Fans of Late Late Night's "Carpool Karaoke" have a lot to look forward to. Apple's newly-acquired exclusive series has been planned for a while now (though it's already been delayed ), and will include celebrities like Ariana Grande, Will Smith, Alic...

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Latest iPhone 8 leak offers detailed dimension...

Over the weekend we saw a handful of iPhone 8 leaks further indicate an all-new chassis design for the device. A new report today from iDrop News offers some of the most specific information yet on just how big the iPhone 8 will be. The report claims that the iPhone 8 will be “much heftier” than the iPhone 7, acting as a sort of middle-ground between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in terms of size…


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Russian internet giant Yandex shows off its self-...

When Russia's Yandex revealed that it, too, was working on self-driving cars, it was hard not to be a bit skeptical. Wouldn't it be well behind American counterparts with a years-long head start, like Waymo? Clearly, it's making up for lost time: Yan...

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Apple's 'Carpool Karaoke' spinoff set...

Apple on Tuesday announced an Aug. 8 debut for "Carpool Karaoke: The Series," which will be available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers.

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Apple updates its WWDC app for iOS and tvOS,...

Apple has updated its free WWDC app for iOS and tvOS to version 6.0. It allows you to follow along with developments at the Worldwide Developer Conference. 

Because the WWDC app experience extends to Apple Watch, favorite session information is available on the Apple smartwatch. It allows you to:

  • Watch live streamed sessions on iOS and tvOS.
  • Stream or download WWDC videos from this year and previous years.
  • Start watching on one iOS device, and pick up where you left off on another iOS device or on Apple TV.
  • Browse times, locations, and descriptions for sessions, labs, and special events.
  • Mark schedule items as favorites.
  • Keep up with the latest news, get important notifications, and see new photos throughout each day.
  • Use indoor location to find your way around San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
  • Provide feedback on...
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Carpool Karaoke debuts August 8

Apple today announced Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be available to Apple Music subscribers starting Tuesday, August 8. The show will feature many of today’s biggest names in music, television, film, sports and pop culture buckling up and belting out their favorite songs for a road trip filled with comedy, conversation and music.

I’m hoping they can pull this off because what James Corden did was really special.

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Swift Publisher 5: Powerful and easy desktop...

The 1990s seemed to be the heyday of desktop publishing software, with everything from high-end Mac apps like PageMaker and Quark XPress to less expensive and capable apps from a number of developers. Today, it seems like most desktop publishing apps are either too complex and costly for most casual users, or don't have the ability to do "real" layout work. Swift Publisher 5 from BeLight Software (US$19.99 for a single license) is a pleasant exception to the rule, supplying power to do a lot of pro-level desktop publishing while keeping the price down and being easy to use.

The app costs $19.99 for a single-user license or $35.99 for a family pack that can be used on up to five Macs. While Swift Publisher 5 comes with plenty of clip art and fonts built-in, an "Extras" pack that includes 40,000 more images and 100 more fonts can be added, making the single-user price $29.99 and the...

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Carpool Karaoke: The Series arrives on Apple Music...

Apple says Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be available to Apple Music subscribers starting Tuesday, Aug. 8. It will welcome a different group of stars every Tuesday, with new episodes available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. 

New episodes of “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” will be available on Apple Music every Tuesday starting August 8. John Legend and Alicia Keys are two of the celebrities who will take the wheel.

Celebrity pairings include Will Smith and James Corden; Miley, Noah, Billy Ray and the entire Cyrus family; Shakira and Trevor Noah; Game of Thrones stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams; Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith; John Legend, Alicia Keys and Taraji P. Henson; LeBron James and James Corden; and more.

Based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Carpool Karaoke: The...

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MariaDB Offers a Bigger Box of Transactional Tools

MariaDB last week announced the availability of MariaDB TX 2.0, a fully functional open source transactional database solution for modern application development and enterprise use cases. MariaDB TX offers a comprehensive package of technology and services, including feature-rich new releases of MariaDB Server and MariaDB MaxScale, which close the functional gap between open source and proprietary offerings. It is part of a MariaDB's larger effort to offer complete solutions to support specific workload needs, whether transactional, analytical or developer-focused.

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Analyst: nope, you won't have to wait for an ‘...

Despite some predictions that the next generation of iPhone will ship later than the usual September time frame, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says in a note to clients -- as noted by Barron’s -- that there's a “limited risk of a significantly delayed launch" for the "iPhone 8" (shown in fanciful mock-ups).

She comes to this conclusion after visiting Asia and meeting with iPhone suppliers there. The iPhone 8 is expected to support augmented-reality functions, and those likely require special 3D-sensing components. That and the iPhone’s processor “appear to be bottlenecks that will limit initial supply, but are unlikely to delay the launch beyond the September/October timeframe,” Huberty says.

But if it is delayed, she says it will be worth it. Augmented reality (AR) is the killer application, Huberty wrote, and could help drive more upgrades and sway...

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Apple announces Carpool Karaoke spin-off debuting...

After originally aiming to debut the new series in April, Apple quietly delayed its Carpool Karaoke show until “later this year” without reason. Now, Apple exec Eddy Cue has taken to Twitter to confirm that the show will launch on Apple Music on August 8th, while Apple has also issued a press release…


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Uber fires Anthony Levandowski amid self-driving...

Uber on Tuesday announced the immediate firing of Anthony Levandowski, one of the leaders of its self-driving car efforts, amid a lawsuit accusing it of using data allegedly stolen from Alphabet's Waymo unit.

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Apple releases second iOS 10.3.3 public beta for...

Apple has released the second iOS 10.3.3 public beta for users to test without paid developer accounts. The update likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements as well as new wallpapers discovered only on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro…


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Second macOS 10.12.6 public beta rolling out on Mac...

Apple has released the second public beta version of macOS 10.12.6 for users to test without a paid developer account. The update likely focuses on bug fixes and performance improvements ahead of macOS 10.13 later this year.


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'Genital Jousting' takes its phallic...

If you didn't think Devolver Digital's Genital Jousting's phallic gameplay was ridiculous enough, you're in for a treat. The studio has released a Wet Hot Summer Update (what else would they call it?) for the title that adds season-appropriate modes...

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It takes some real grit to create a new iPhone camera app in 2017. To say that “camera apps” constitute a crowded category in the App Store is an understatement, and every camera app is competing against the system’s built-in Camera app, which is (a) very good, and (b) has built-in advantages — like being accessible from the lock screen by swiping right — that third-party apps can’t match.

Halide — a brand-new iPhone camera app designed by Sebastiaan de With and developed by Ben Sandofsky — rises to the challenge.

The first question Halide needs to answer is why should anyone even consider it instead of the system’s Camera app. The answer is that the Camera app has a wide range of responsibilities: separate modes for time-lapse, slow-motion video, regular video, regular photos, square photos, and panoramic photos. Camera also has to be usable by all...

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Twitter's new inbox collects DMs from people...

Twitter may never stop tweaking it's direct messaging function. Last summer, the social network added so many features to the DM tab that it basically became its own standalone chat app. Then the company tried to get everyone hooked on Twitter DMs fo...

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Feature Request: Multiple timers with labels,...

Apple’s timer feature on iOS and watchOS is convenient for single uses especially when set using Siri. There are a few basic limitations, however, that could be addressed to make timers much more useful. Support for setting multiple timers, adding labels to identify timers, Continuity between devices, and support for the Mac are all low hanging fruit for timers.


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Apple's WWDC app updated with session info,...

To ready attendees for the 2017 WWDC, Apple has updated its companion app for iOS and tvOS, with details for some -- but not all -- of the sessions to be held.

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Google Street View’s 10th Birthday

Street View started out as Larry Page’s far-fetched idea to create a 360-degree map of the world. Today, 10 years after the first imagery was published in Street View, people can scale mountains, dive into the depths of the ocean, scout out ramen spots, and walk through museums in far corners of the world.

That was a pretty far-fetched idea, but it is cool.

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Uber fires former Google engineer in self-driving...

Uber has long denied the accusations. But when Mr. Levandowski was ordered by a federal judge to hand over evidence and testimony to that end, he asserted his Fifth Amendment rights, seeking to avoid possible criminal charges, according to his lawyers. Uber has been unable to convince Mr. Levandowski to cooperate.

Oh boy.

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Apple commemorates JFK’s centennial year with...

Apple has launched a featured page on its website this week to commemorate and celebrate JFK’s centennial year. The new webpage features JFK history on a variety of topics and values, along with an app and resources for teachers to help students explore and learn more.


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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google lobby against...

Always fascinates me to see major corporations get involved in politics and to see which causes they try to throw their weight behind.

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Intel teases speedy 'Coffee Lake'...

Intel's 8th-generation processors, codenamed 'Coffee Lake,' will be faster than the previous generation by a wider margin than previously thought, with the chip producer claiming the new generation could offer 30 percent more performance compared to the 7th-generation 'Kaby Lake' chips, believed to be used in the upcoming MacBook refresh.

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Denny’s launches online ordering & delivery via...

Denny’s today announced its new “Denny’s on Demand” service that lets customers order online and through its mobile apps for both takeout and delivery. To go along with the restaurant chain’s launch of the service, the company has released a completed revamped mobile app that introduces functionality for ordering for iPhone users.


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Apple to let podcasters record 60-minute episodes at...

The schedule for WWDC 2017 has just been announced and includes a new ‘Podcast Studio’. From Tuesday, podcasters will be able to reserve one hour slots and record in a specially-made recording studio inside the McEnery Convention Center.

Apple says that the ‘fully outfitted studio’ allows for the creation of audio podcasts with up to four guests per show. Apple experts are on hand to provide support and podcasters are given a copy of their session to distribute freely how they see fit.


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A Better World President MarySue Hansell: Getting...

"We saw that there was a lack of kindness, a lack of empathy ... and we thought it would be nice if we could use technology to do something about it," said A Better World President MarySue Hansell. "We thought Facebook offered a wonderful opportunity to use a large technical platform to create a virtual world that would have a big impact, with a game that emphasizes positive thinking and good habits. Basically, we wanted to combine the popularity of video games and the Facebook platform, and we were all avid followers of positive psychology."

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Apple seeds second developer betas of iOS 10.3.3,...

Apple on Tuesday issued second betas of iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 to the developer community, keeping up the pace on the software's development.

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Apple updates WWDC app with new theme, curated...

Apple has just pushed an update to their official WWDC app getting ready for next week’s developer conference. The update brings in a bright new red icon for the application alongside an iMessage app with stickers. Today’s update also allows non-developers to use the application without having to sign-in to access its features.


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Second tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV rolling out

Apple has released the second tvOS 10.2.2 beta for Apple TV. The new tvOS beta allows developers who are registered with Apple’s developer program to test their apps on the upcoming software update for Apple TV.


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ParkerVision shares up after its patent infringement...

Shares of ParkerVision are moving after a Florida court granted the reopening of a patent infringement case filed against Apple, LG and Qualcomm, notes Seeking Alpha. Shares were up 28% premarket.

The wireless networking company filed the reopen request on May 4 after an ITC ruling terminated the company’s similar case against the same defendants. The Middle District of Florida court ordered the involved parties to conduct a case management conference within the next 30 days.

In 2015 ParkerVision sued Apple, Samsung, LG and Qualcomm, for allegedly infringing upon four wireless networking patents. The ITC complaint asked for an embargo on imports and sales of infringing products, while the lawsuit sought as-yet-unspecified damages. 

For Apple, the list of named devices at the time included iPhone 6, iPhone...

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Apple releases second watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple...

Apple has released the second watchOS 3.2.3 beta for Apple Watch. The update is only available to registered developers for testing.


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Second macOS 10.12.6 beta rolling out on Mac App...

Apple has released the second developer beta version of the upcoming macOS 10.12.6 software update. Developers testing the pre-release software can find the update through the Mac App Store.


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∞ Ridley Scott explains the original Alien...

This scene never gets old. Listening to Scott talk about its creation is a great joy and the reason why I love Director’s Commentaries on movies so much.

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Apple releases second iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone and...

Apple has released the second iOS 10.3.3 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The first beta version only included new wallpapers for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and no other visible changes. We’ll update with any changes discovered below.


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DirecTV Now is now available on most Roku streaming...

Compatibility goes back as far as the Roku 2.

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Halide is a beautiful iPhone camera app with gesture...

Halide is a brand new camera app for iOS from ex-Twitter for iOS tech lead Ben Sandofsky and ex-Apple designer Sebastiaan de With. While Apple’s Camera app works great for quick shots, Halide focuses on taking the best photos possible with your iPhone when you want to capture an important memory.

Halide offers quick access to camera controls with a swipe or tap from the viewfinder, and a gesture-based user interface makes it possible to manually adjust settings for each shot without going overboard with confusing controls and menus.


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Nintendo’s Switch, Apple iPhone battle for parts

Nintendo’s plans to ramp up Switch production may have hit a snag due to parts competition from Apple’s iPhones, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Toshiba’s NAND flash memory, needed for the Switch, is in short supply. It's being scooped up to make the current iPhone 7, the anticipated “iPhone 8” and other smartphones.

“Demand for our NAND flash memory has been overwhelmingly greater than supply, and the situation is likely to stay for the rest of this year," a Toshiba spokeswoman told the WSJ. The situation is unlikely to resolve itself in 2017, she said.

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LG wants a piece of Samsung’ OLED iPhone screen...

LG Display is reportedly making a $3.6 billion investment in an OLED factory to challenge Samsung for the chance to make iPhone screens. Samsung is currently the only OLED supplier to the iPhone launching this fall.

LG Display will construct the lines for production next year with smartphones as the priority ahead of TVs, which reverses the original product production order LG had for the facility, according to Korea IT News. OLEDs are also more expensive and difficult to manufacture than LED screens, and the reason the “iPhone 8” may have supply issues, according to some pundits.

OLED is made up of lots of tiny LEDs, each emitting their own light and colors. They don’t require an “always on” backlight, as each LED can be on or off as needed, and emitting the right kind of light needed to create the images you’re seeing. 

OLED technology is used in high end smartphones today, such...

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Apple Pay coming to Ukraine in Q2 2018, bank...

Apple Pay should arrive in Ukraine in the second quarter of next year, an Alfa-Bank executive claimed this week, in what would be one of the longest publicly-known run-ups for the payment platform.

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Next high-end iMac could be caffeinated with a...

I really want to see a new iMac announced at next week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference and be available immediately. However, I suspect the next gen all-in-one won’t ship until September. If so, a high-end model could sport Intel Coffee Lake processors.

Intel says one of its eighth-generation "Coffee Lake" processors (the Core X- Series) delivered more than a 30% performance boost over an equivalent seventh-generation "Kaby Lake" processor in recent testing. I suspect the processor will power the next rev of the iMac if they are available, as expected, in the second half of the year -- and if Apple can get early supplies, as it has in the past with new Intel chips.

“The new Intel Core X-series processor family is our most scalable, accessible and powerful desktop platform ever,” Intel corporate vice president...

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Origins of the Porsche crest

I do love the crest, cars and everything about the driving experience.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Air $760, WD...

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Here’s a great name for a tablet: iPad

Ryonghung, a North Korean technology company, recently announced a new tablet. It looks a lot like the weird, firewalled computers the country has produced in the past, with the addition of one curious new feature: the name. It’s called… the iPad.

I have no idea how Apple is even supposed to fight this one.

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The Talk Show

I had such a great time chatting with John Gruber on his latest episode of The Talk Show.

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Killer Deals: $300 off top of the line 15"...

With limited quantities available, B&H Photo is slashing prices on Late 2016 MacBook Pros with discounts of up to $300 off MSRP on upgraded models. Pick up a top of the line 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $3,999 or opt for the upgraded 13" without Touch Bar for $2,299 -- both are $300 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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Pixelmator Team tease a brand new Mac app

This is the biggest thing that we’ve ever done. The most innovative, beautiful and powerful thing that we’ve ever done. And it’s also the most Mac thing that we’ve ever done! This is what the legendary Pixelmator Team has been secretly and incredibly passionately working on for 5 whole years.

This totally caught my attention today. I love the folks at Pixelmator and the great apps they make, so if they’ve been working on something this long, you know it’s going to be big.

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Apple, other smartphone builders taking NAND that...

Reports from the supply chain claim that Nintendo is suffering a component shortage for its popular Switch console, induced by Apple's need for the iPhone and other smartphone manufacturers.

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The non-hockey fan’s guide to this year’s Stanley...

As a Canadian, I feel it is my duty and obligation to post this for our American readers. You’re welcome.

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North Korean company launches own 'iPad,'...

A North Korean firm, Ryonghung, has reportedly launched a tablet called the "iPad," seemingly exploiting international trademarks in the knowledge that Apple is unlikely to come knocking.

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Android creator Andy Rubin makes new smartphone

The Essential Phone, brought to us by the person who created Android, is finally ready for the spotlight. It’s an incredibly audacious and ambitious project, with an outlandish screen and the beginnings of a modular ecosystem.

Rubin has been trying to one-up Apple for years but could never quite pull it off. We’ll see how this works out, but I suspect once Apple outlines its next iOS and iPhone hardware later this year, interest in Rubin’s “Essential Phone” will wane.

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Apple hires Qualcomm Engineering VP to its wireless...

Apple is making moves. We’ll see the results of this hire in six months to a year.

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Watch “The Doctor, The Tornado & The Kentucky...

The Kentucky Kid of the title is Nicky Hayden who tragically lost his life last week after being struck by a car while out training on a bicycle. The movie is quite dated but does give a good sense of what professional motorcycle racing is all about.

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How to track the smartphone apps that are tracking...

I don’t mind app tracking per se but I want to know which apps are doing it and be able to revoke that permission if I so choose.

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Intel’s new X-Series processor family boasts a $1,...

Intel today has announced its new family of Intel Core processors. Titled as Intel Core X-Series, these high-end desktop processors are the next step in Intel’s processor family. Ranging from $242 – $1,999, the X-Series looks to cover the gamut of next generation desktop processing power.

Most notable from today’s event is Intel’s X-Series i9-7908XE which boasts 18-cores and 36-threads.


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Pixelmator team teases new creative design Mac app...

The team that makes Pixelmator, a photo image editing app for Mac and iOS, are today teasing a whole new project on its way soon. Pixelmator was most recently featured by Apple at its last product event as an example of Touch Bar integration from third party developers.

Although details are scarce, the team describes the upcoming app as the ‘most Mac thing’ they have ever done and has apparently been in development for five years.


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LG making $3.5B bet on becoming second OLED display...

While Samsung appears set to be the sole supplier of OLED displays for the iPhone 8, LG is reportedly hoping to get in on the action from next year …


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Andy Rubin's Essential announces first devices...

Former Google executive and Android creator Andy Rubin on Monday revealed the first products from his new company Essential, including the Home assistant, which reportedly supports multiple smarthome platforms including Apple's HomeKit.

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PC Market Could Return To Growth in 2019

IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker offers new insight as to why the firm believes the PC market is set for a growth period a few years from now. From a report: Detachable tablets such as Microsoft's Surface line and Apple's iPad Pro will lead the growth as consumers have turned away from laptops in favor of these more versatile computing devices. Last year, 21.5 million of these devices were shipped and the number of units sold could reach as high as 45.9 million in 2021. Notebook computers and mobile workstations are another category that will see continued growth with shipments rising from 156.8 million units in 2016 to 163.7 million by the year 2021. Desktop computers are still decreasing in popularity and that trend is likely to continue with their sales predicted to decrease by 15 million a year leading up to 2021.


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Latest Apple Park drone footage shows majority of...

The latest drone footage of the Apple Park headquarters shows detail work in progress, and a view of the historic barn, prior to the opening of the facility to employees.

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Apple’s appetite for components reportedly limiting...

A report suggests that Nintendo is being forced to limit its sales targets for the Switch game console due to component shortages in part created by Apple …


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IDC: ‘next round of iPhones isn’t likely to...

According to a new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to rebound slightly in 2017 with expected growth of 3% over the previous year. And things are looking good for Apple's iPhone.

In 2016, year-over-year growth was 2.5%, marking the lowest growth the industry has ever experienced. With several major devices entering the market this year, IDC anticipates shipment volumes will grow to 1.52 billion in 2017. And the research group expects this momentum to carry into 2018, when smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 4.5% year over year, fueled by improved economic conditions in many emerging markets and a full year of new iPhone shipments from Apple.

Coming off the first year in which iPhone shipments declined, expectations are that 2017 volumes...

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Essential Home is a Siri Speaker competitor that...

Today the Essential Phone, built by the father of Android, went official and it’s an impressive device, to say the least. However, that’s not all the company had to announce. Along with the phone is the Essential Home, a new home assistant that looks to compete with Apple’s upcoming Siri speaker and other Amazon Echo and Google Home-like devices.


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15-inch MacBook Pro deliveries slip to June 5 (or...

As noted by MacRumors, Apple has updated its online store to indicate that 15-inch MacBook Pro orders are now estimated for free delivery between June 5-8 in the U.S. This makes sense, as new laptops are predicted to be unveiled at next week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

There are also rumors that the MacBook Air will be updated, though the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) is dubious. Apple’ 13-inch MacBook Pro models remain in stock for delivery as early as “next day” in the U.S. and several other countries.

The 28th annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The conference will run June 5-9 and will focus on the latest versions of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

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Latest Apple Park drone tour provides our first peek...

The Apple Park images keep coming. Soon after the first press images, lovely sunset footage and 3D buildings in Apple Maps, the latest 4K drone footage gives us our first glimpse inside the Steve Jobs Theater.

Drone pilot Matthew Roberts noticed that some of the window coverings on the auditorium had been removed, so took us down low for a sneak peek …


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Apple patent is for a head-mounted display for AR...

Apple is at least considering a head-mounted display (HMD) for augmented reality (AR) purposes, as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number 9,667,954). It involves a device and techniques for projecting a source image in a HMD having a left and a right display for projecting a left and right images viewable by the left and right eyes.

The source image has right, left, top, and bottom edges and is processed to generate left image data for the left display and right image data for the right display. The left image data includes the left edge, but not the right edge, of the source image and the right image data includes the right edge, but not the left edge, of the source image. The right image data is presented on the right display and the left image data is presented on the left display.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some HMDs can be used to view a see-through image imposed upon a real world view; in other words, AR. This is accomplished by reflecting the...

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Apple hires Qualcomm’s engineering vices president

Apple has hired Qualcomm Engineering Vice President Esin Terzioglu as a wireless “System-on-a-Chip” lead, offering more evidence that the company may plan to expand its internal chip development into Broadband Processors working as mobile modems, reports AppleInsider.

Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, is currently in a legal battle with Apple involving patent royalties.

A system on a chip or system on chip (SoC or SOC) is an integrated circuit (also known as an "IC" or "chip") that integrates all components of a computer or other electronic systems. It may contain digital, analog, mixed-signal, and often radio-frequency functions—all on a single substrate. SoCs are...

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Poll: Should the iPhone 8 use the same camera cutout...

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to flagship Android phones: father-of-Android Andy Rubin has today unveiled the Essential Phone. Despite the name bringing to mind a basic device, it has great specs and a scuff-resistant titanium & ceramic casing – and carries a flagship-sized $699 price-tag.

But the first thing anyone will notice about the design is that camera cutout in the screen. It’s the approach Essential has taken to creating a near-bezel-free phone while retaining a high-spec front-facing camera …


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Shipping times slip for 15-inch MacBook Pro,...

When the shipping times slip, odds are something new is around the corner.

Apple has changed the shipping times for current 15-inch MacBook Pro orders placed today, the new estimates offering free delivery between June 6-8 in the United States, coinciding with its Worldwide Developers Conference next week.

This delay lends support to the rumor that Apple is planning to announce both a new MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook notebook at the WWDC keynote on June 5. The notebooks are expected to receive internal improvements only, including an upgrade to Intel’s faster Kaby Lake processors.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro models are still in stock with delivery as early as tomorrow in the United States and several other countries. It’s unknown as to whether this is because Apple plans to refresh only the 15-inch MacBook Pro next week, or if supplies of the 13-inch models are simply more plentiful ahead of WWDC.

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New elements of Apple Park campus begin to surface...

This is kind of neat.

In a recent update to Apple Maps’ data, Apple has included enhanced coverage of the Apple Park campus, the app now displaying 3D building models, walkways and other points of interest across the sprawling grounds.

The new data includes a comprehensive “Map” video with highly detailed 3D building models, guides to the roads running in and out of the campus, traffic directions, pedestrian walkways and more. The new maps also display a small manmade pond that sits on the grounds.

In addition, the Steve Jobs Theater has received its own Maps informational tag, although the ring-shaped office building along with ancillary buildings like the R&D facility, fitness center and above ground parking structures also lack labels.

Apple first began to include Apple Park mapping data to the Maps app back in March, offering interested users a sneak peak of what was to come. These images have not been updated and still depict the facility as...

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Here’s what I want to see in macOS 10.13

If macOS 10.13 isn’t unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on on Monday, June 5, the world will end. Well, okay, I’m exaggerating, but the tech world will be shocked.

So what do I want to see in the Mac operating system update? Several things (hey, I’m greedy).

1) Apple brought Siri, its personal digital assistant, to the Mac with the debut of macOS Sierra. However, unlike with certain iOS devices, there's no “Hey, Siri" voice activation. I'd love to see that for the Mac — though, admittedly, if you have a Mac, iPhone and iPad in the same room, saying “Hey, Siri” would probably result in some interesting results.

There are rumors that Siri and Spotlight might be combined for a unified user experience. While this isn’t a prime request or concern of mine, it might be cool. With Siri integrated into Spotlight, Mac users could type Siri requests and get the same search results with voice or text.

2) Along the same lines, there's no Mac...

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Comment: China shows the future of mobile payment as...

Listening to some of the Apple Pay stats put forward by the company, you might get the impression that the payment method is taking the market by storm. In Apple’s Q1 2017 earnings call, Tim Cook told us that the number of Apple Pay users tripled year-on-year, and that transaction volumes increased by 500%.

In Q2, we finally got some actual numbers, at least for the US: a total of 4.5M transactions to date.

But while these are big numbers, they are still a drop in the ocean given that total card transactions are numbered in the tens of billions each year. Viewed in this light, Apple Pay...

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App Store Icon Resizer is a handy tool for developers

By Aaron Lee

App Store Icon Resizer is a useful developer tool for macOS 10.7 and higher. It only costs 99 cents and is available at the Mac App Store.

With a single action, App Store Icon Resizer takes care of creating all sizes of app icons that are needed for every app in the Apple App Store. The tool prompts the user with a window, where the basic icon with a resolution of 1024x1024 pixels can be dragged in. 

After choosing the devices that the icon is meant to be used for, all necessary sizes can be exported to a user defined folder. A checkbox allows the user to generate .xcassets. The JSON file is generated along with the icons. After choosing the devices that the icon is meant to be used for, all necessary sizes can be exported to a user defined folder.

Apple World Today Rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★★★

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How to Force Quit an unresponsive app in macOS Sierra

Sometimes a Mac app acts up and you have to kill it. Well, not actually kill it, but you may have to force it to quit so you can relaunch it. Here’s how you use Force Quit in macOS Sierra:

Choose Force Quit from the Apple () menu, or press Command-Option-Esc.

  •  (This is similar to pressing Control-Alt-Delete on a PC.)
  • Select the app in the Force Quit window, then click Force Quit.

Of course, you should try quitting it in the normal way first by choosing Quit from the app's menu in the menu bar, or press Command (⌘)- .

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

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Notable apps and app updates for May 30, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Unimitated has introduced AM Collaborate 1.0. The free, Apple Music-based collaborative music app provides the ability to create and share collaborative playlists to Apple’s streaming music service. You don't need to tell the other person to download the app. Just make a playlist and share it with them. They’ll be prompted automatically to download it.

A new mobile phone app showing kids where to get free nutritious meals around Minneapolis has been released by Hunger Impact Partners, a local nonprofit aimed at nourishing children so they get a healthy start in life to support academic performance and healthy outcomes. The app,...

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The Morning After: Tuesday, May 30th 2017

Back to work. Taiwan's Computex PC show has kicked off, and ASUS appears to be dominating it again, with a simplified lineup of laptops and hybrids that continue to push the limits of light and thin laptops. Intel has also decided to create an 18-cor...

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15-inch MacBook Pro delivery times slip until after...

The Apple Online Store is now out of stock of current 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar configurations, with estimated delivery quoted as June 5 – June 7. Amazon is also reporting constrained stock availability of the 15-inch models.

June 5 just happens to be the same day as the WWDC keynote which points to a hardware refresh at the event. The change in shipping times was first noticed by MacRumors. Although WWDC is typically a software event, there have been several rumors of new hardware this time around …


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A connected electrode could end the shame of sweaty...

It's hard not to get sweaty walking around here at Computex in Taipei, but Tony Cueva Bravo had moist palms for another reason. The Peruvian entrepreneur suffers from hyperhydrosis, a condition that causes excessive sweating, causing his hands to get...

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