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Friday September 30

Survey suggests strong demand for Apple’s AirPods,...

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (the corporate and investment banking division of Bank of America) ran a survey to get a sense of the public’s AirPod and Apple Watch purchase intentions.

From Business Insider’s writeup of the survey:

12% of U.S. consumers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch say they intend to purchase AirPods, apparently on the strength of Apple’s marketing, given that few people have actually seen and tried them out.

This is a very bullish sign for Apple, says BAML. “12% of the US installed base could lead to up to an incremental $3bn in revenue,” writes the analysts.

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Apple reportedly wants Sharp to provide OLED...

Apple is negotiating with Sharp to secure organic LED displays for the next generation of iPhones and iPads, reports Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.” Any OLED supply agreement would depend on the Osaka-based company’s output capacity.

Bloomberg says the discussions stem from Apple’s desire to increase the number of suppliers for OLED screens. So far the only product Apple makers with an OLED is the Apple Watch. LG provides the smartwatch displays. iPhones and iPads use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs than OLED screens.

LCDs use a backlight behind the screen to emit light, and act as a valve allowing different amounts of this light to create the colors and images on the display. OLED is made up of many tiny LEDs, each emitting their own light and colors. They don’t...

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Study: the use of fitness trackers may hamper weight...

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that fitness trackers — a category that certainly includes the Apple Watch Series 2 — could hamper your ability to meet your weight loss goals.

The study, which took place between 2010 and 2014, included 471 randomized participants (74.5% completed the study) which were separated into two main groups. One group manually documented their physical activity at the end of the day while the other one wore automatic activity trackers which did the documentation for them.

“Among young adults with a BMI between 25 and less than 40, the addition of a wearable technology device to a standard behavioral intervention resulted in less weight loss over 24 months” according to a summary of the study. “Devices that monitor and provide feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioral weight loss...

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Third-wave iPhone 7 launch on Oct 14, then Samsung’s...

Update: Apple is also showing the October 14 date for Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro and Turkey, and it’s likely we’ll see more countries added soon.

Apple Premium Reseller iStore has tweeted that the iPhone 7 is coming to South Africa on October 14, with the information confirmed on both its website, above, and now Apple’s site too. We heard a week ago that it will be hitting India on October 7.

ET News is also reporting that Apple’s new iPhone is expected to be launched in...

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New iPhone 7 Case Brings Back the Headphone Jack

Apple removed the headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, forcing users to use either Bluetooth, the Lightning port or included Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adaptor in order to listen to music through headphones. However, one company took it upon themselves to create an iPhone 7 case with a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. The company is called Fuze and they recently launched an Indiegogo campaign that promises to bring the audio port back to the iPhone 7. The Next Web reports: To achieve this, the company is taking Apple's Lightning to 3.5mm adapter and building it straight into a case, where you can plug your headphones with "no dongles, no adapters, no problems." In addition to the audio port, the Fuze Case will also serve as a battery pack as it adds 2,400mAh of extra battery life to the iPhone 7 and 3,600mAh to the 7 Plus. It will be available in five different colors including white, black, gold, rose gold and blue. The case is currently available for $49 to "...

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Customer rampages through French Apple Store,...

A disgruntled customer, upset at perceived slights by Apple support, has used a steel ball to smash assorted products inside the Dijon, France Apple retail store.

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Apple Pay reportedly coming to Taiwan’s four big...

A brief Digitimes report suggests that Taiwan is one of the next countries in line to get Apple Pay, possibly by the end of the year.

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission has started accepting applications from banks for providing Apple Pay mobile payment services and Taiwan users will be able to apply for using Apply Pay at the end of 2016 at the earliest.

Four banks are expected to support the service …


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Sharp in talks with Apple for anticipated switch to...

On the heels of news that Sharp plans to invest more than a half-billion dollars in OLED technology, a new report reveals the company is in talks with Apple to supply OLED displays for a future iPhone, suggesting the two items are strongly correlated.

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App Store Search Ads to begin October 5th,...

Ads are coming to the App Store.

Back in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced the addition of ads to App Store search results. App Store Search Ads have gone live as of today, and Apple is allowing developers to purchase ad spots. Ads from developers will be displayed starting on October 5th.

The new Search Ads went into beta immediately after the announcement and were made available to developers.

With Search Ads, developers can bid to have their app listed as the top result when certain keywords are used, improving app discoverability. Ads are available through an auction system, with one ad displayed to customers on each search result page. Ads are clearly marked and ad content is the same content that’s available on the...

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How to change watch faces in watchOS 3 on your Apple...

You can change the watch faces in watchOS 3 right from your Apple Watch — although it’s easier to do it on your iPhone (but we’ll cover that on Monday).

In watchOS 3, you can cycle through your watch faces by swiping left and right from the edges of the face on your Apple Watch. Before, you had to force press he current face, then swipe.

However, you can still summon up the old interface for adjusting faces by force-pressing on the current watch face. It offers some customization options. The number of options available depends on the face itself.

Conveniently, this also allows to switch faces on the fly. For instance, you can start the day with the fun Minnie Mouse face, then switch (by swiping) to the Activity face when you start to work out.

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GE, Bosch Combine Resources to Bolster IoT

GE and Bosch Software Innovations this week announced a partnership to jump-start the development of an open source Internet of Things platform. Open source will encourage greater interoperability and application development, the companies said. Both firms have sought help from the Eclipse Foundation to speed up the process. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source software. Under the agreement, the companies will create a core IoT stack comprised of open source software.

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Here are the top 9 reasons people upgraded to the...

Bank of America has released another finding from its recent consumer survey, this time revealing the top nine reasons people have chosen to upgrade to the iPhone 7. Interestingly, the new camera capabilities isn’t number one, ranking instead at #3 …


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AppleInsider podcast talks Apple Watch Series 2,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil Hughes tells Victor Marks about the latest iOS tips, Dan's iPhone 7 review, Apple Watch Series 2, DJI's new foldable Mavic Pro drone, and more.

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Black hat security company increases bounty to $1.5M...

Black hat security company Zerodium – which seeks to find vulnerabilities in iOS and Android to sell to corporate and government clients – has increased its maximum bounty for zero-day iOS 10 exploits to $1.5M. It previously offered $1M for iOS 9 vulnerabilities.

A zero-day vulnerability is one not yet known to the developer, so companies have zero days to prepare for exploits. The company’s founder told Arstechnica that the increased reward reflected the improved security in the latest version of iOS. He also explained why the company pays far more for iOS vulnerabilities than Android ones …


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Twelve South’s iPhone/iPad perch HiRises to new...

You can give your iPhone or iPad its own elegant perch with Twelve South's classy HiRise, which is available in a $39.99 standard model and a $59.9 deluxe edition. It's a stylish pedestal of silver brushed metal that works exclusively with the Apple Lightning cable and is small enough to sit anywhere in your home or office. 

The metal pedestal elevates an iOS device for FaceTime chats, hands-free calls, desktop charging, viewing apps and streaming music. It does this without blocking your speakers, mic or headphone ports as some docks do. 

The HiRise 2 works with just about any case, including Twelve South's own BookBook. Its sliding rear support and multiple height clips support all these cases and more. Or you can use it with no case at all. 

The HiRise 2 has a footprint that’s one-third smaller than the original, saving space on your bedside or desk. It’s twice as heavy for added stability with larger devices. It comes in two new colors besides silver: “...

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Align Windows in macOS 10.12 Sierra

macOS 10.12 Sierra offers a subtle new way to keep all the windows on your desktop neatly aligned. Josh Centers explains how to take advantage of it.


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Unhappy customer smashes tens of thousands of...

French media has posted multiple videos of a man in an Apple Store in Dijon, France, smashing tens of thousands of dollars worth of iPhones and Macs. He removed display products from their stands, placed them flat on the tables and then smashed them with a heavy steel ball used for the popular French game of Boules.


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When will we be able to merge Apple iDs?

We're still not able to merge Apple IDs. Is it really that hard forApple to make this happen?

Back in the olden days of 2012, TUAW reader Glenn Thorpe nailed the problem when he wrote: "My Apple ID account which I use to download apps cannot be used for FaceTime nor Messages. I had to create new AppleIDs for both of these applications. The frustrating issue is that I now have three AppleIDs to manage and I am not sure of what impact this will have when I buy apps or try to perform other transactions."

There were rumors at on point that Apple was working on a solution. However, Apple's official word is still: "Apple IDs cannot be merged. You should use your preferred Apple ID from now on, but you can still access your purchased items such as music, movies, or software using your other Apple IDs."

An Apple ID is the email address and password you use as a login for just about everything you do with Apple, including using iCloud to store your content,...

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Default Folder X 5.0.7

Fixes a crash that occurred at startup with macOS 10.12 Sierra ($34.95 new, free update, 8.1 MB)


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Apple negotiating with Sharp to supply OLED displays...

Apple currently uses LCD display technology for all of its iPhones but this appears to be changing next year with the rumored radically-new iPhone in 2017, following the iPhone 7’s smaller, iterative, design changes. Many reports have said that the next-generation iPhones, dubbed ‘iPhone 8’, will feature OLED displays for the first time. More indicators for this has come to light today with Bloomberg reporting that Apple is negotiating with Sharp to produce OLED panels for its phones.


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How to watch the MLB playoffs and World Series...

Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2016 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

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Intel wearables show models' stress levels on...

Intel's continuing experiment with wearables is getting pretty serious. The company teamed up with British designer Hussein Chalayan to create smart glasses and belts for five models in Chalayan's Spring/Summer 2017 show today. The devices are powere...

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Teddy Ruxpin returns with animated LCD eyes

Teddy Ruxpin is back -- again -- and this time, the creepy/adorable stuffed toy comes with animated, emoji-like eyes. The bear can blink, turn its irises into snowflakes and transform them into hearts and flowers. It can even suspiciously narrow its...

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HTC Vive launches dedicated VR store for everything...

HTC is launching a new app store for its VR hardware. Viveport escapes beta testing today, showcasing all the other VR possibilities besides survival horror, shooting and such. The company is promising the hub will show off art, creativity tools, edu...

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Thursday September 29

Melinda Gates' initiative is about getting more...

Melinda Gates has been supporting the global fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS with her husband since 2000. And she'll continue to do so, but now she's also building her own office and dedicating resources to tackle gender inequality in th...

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Logitech's newest webcam is for the...

With eSports shaping up to be a half-a-billion dollar industry this year, now would be a good time to step up your livestreaming game if you're hoping to get noticed among the packs of Twitch streamers and YouTubers. Enter Logitech's latest webcam: t...

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Sharp to invest $568M in OLED technology in 2018

Apple display supplier Sharp on Thursday announced plans to invest 57.4 billion yen (about $568 million) in its OLED business as soon as the second quarter of 2018.

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Airfoil 5.1.2

Fixes a a couple of critical bugs, one when running tvOS 10 and the other in macOS 10.12 Sierra. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)


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Sony shows off everything inside the PS VR core...

We're a couple of weeks away from the debut of the PlayStation VR, but you can prepare with this new unboxing video from Sony. The hardware inside the $400 core bundle box (headset, processing unit, headphones and demo disc -- but not the Move contro...

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Adobe Lightroom and Alto’s Adventure updated with...

As the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus continue to make their way to more and more people, developers are gradually rolling out app updates with new features specific to Apple’s latest devices. Today, a pair of popular apps have been updated: Alto’s Adventure and Adobe Lightroom.


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Nintendo's Famicom Mini is Japan's NES...

Nintendo fans in its home country are getting their own teensy retro console, as well. Today, Mario's creator has revealed the mini Famicom, a shrunken version of the original NES the company released in Japan. Just like the mini NES for the west, th...

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Exploit broker triples iOS bounty to $1.5M, cites...

Zerodium, a well-known "bug broker," on Thursday announced a new $1.5 million top end limit for zero-day exploits targeting iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest version of iOS 10.

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Roam the Valve HQ reception in VR and find the cake...

When the folks at Valve aren't fiddling with Steam, updating popular first-party franchises or working on wacky projects, they like to have a little fun. Or, at least the team working on Valve's Destinations VR title does. Destinations is a casual, m...

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The CW launches Apple TV app, no cable login required

Adding to an already successful mobile app offering, television network The CW updated both its iOS and tvOS apps on Thursday with new features like AirPlay support and the ability to stream shows without a cable login.

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iPhone exploit bounty surges to an eye-popping $1.5...

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A controversial broker of security exploits is offering $1.5 million (£1.2 million) for attacks that work against fully patched iPhones and iPads, a bounty that's triple the size of its previous one.

Zerodium also doubled, to $200,000, the amount it will pay for attacks that exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities in Google's competing Android operating system, and the group raised the amount for so-called zeroday exploits in Adobe's Flash media player to $80,000 from $50,000. After buying the working exploits, the company then sells them to government entities, which use them to spy on suspected criminals, terrorists, enemies, and...

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Adobe Lightroom for iOS now supports RAW shooting on...

Two weeks after Adobe brought DNG image file format support to iOS with Lightroom for mobile, the company on Thursday updated its app to take full advantage of Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Google opens up its machine learning tricks to all

There may now be an easier way to implement advanced machine learning models in your projects. Google has opened up its Cloud Machine Learning to all businesses in a public beta, after a few months of testing it in private alpha. The tool makes it ea...

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The CW releases new Apple TV app that doesn’t...

The CW today updated its iOS app with a pair of new features that Apple users will greatly appreciate. With the update, which bumps the app to version 2.13.1365, iOS and Apple TV users can now watch their favorite content on their TV…


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Early Reviews Fuel High Hopes for Civilization VI

Early hands-on previews of Civilization VI came out Thursday, and those who had a chance to partake in the turn-based PC game found that it successfully built on the foundation of the past versions, while bringing some fresh changes to the experience. It has been 25 years since the Sid Meier classic debuted to great acclaim, and after 2010's Civilization V raised the bar, it seemed that developer Firaxis would have to pull out all the stops with the next iteration.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Restore your iPhone hassle-...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps is full of new goodies for macOS Sierra—including iMazing 2, a Mac app for backing up your iOS devices. Plus, two apps to handle Twitter video uploads, and more. Read on!

BBEdit 11.6.2

There’s a new update out for Bare Bones Software’s venerable BBEdit, one of our favorite text editors.

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The Northern Lights will be visible across Canada,...

Those are big science-y words. If you live in most of Canada or in the most northerly parts of the contiguous United States, as well as parts of northern Europe, get outside tonight and look north to see this spectacular sky display.

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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 29, 2016

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

macOS Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.7, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. One of my favorite apps, Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all macOS applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.7 provides several compatibility fixes for macOS 10.12 Sierra.

It’s a free upgrade for registered users. New licenses are $34.95; upgrades from version 4 and prior are $14.95.


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Periscope's website now organizes live videos...

Yup, Periscope is still a thing: Twitter's live video streaming service just announced some new discovery features to make its web portal to the world more useful. Taking a page out of the aging but still successful broadcast TV playbook, Periscope i...

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Google's ride-sharing platform is now live in...

Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is ready to open up its casual carpo...

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Inside iOS 10: With Game Center app gone, invites...

With the release of iOS 10, Apple's Game Center service no longer has its own dedicated application. Instead, actions like adding friends or inviting them to a game are handled by individual games themselves, routed through Apple's expanded Messages app.

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AWT News Update: September 29, 2016

We want to thank our listeners -- old and new -- for pushing our podcast numbers to a new record in the month of September. Since July, our number of monthly listens has risen 261%, all thanks to you. In other Apple news today:

  • Some BMW owners and Verizon customers are having issues with the new iPhone 7s
  • The FCC voted to make major improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, so you'll now get photos of wanted suspects and links to more info
  • The FCC delayed a vote on allowing consumers to bypass cable and satellite company set top boxes by using devices like Apple TVs to watch their favorite shows
  • A new Kickstarter wants you to support an unsightly dongle for your iPhone 7 so you can listen to your old headphones and charge the phone at the same time. Our solution? Just go wireless. 


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George RR Martin and Apple announce interactive Game...

As a guy who loves behind the scenes type stuff, this is really tempting.

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Poll: Is your iPhone 7 or iOS 10 device experiencing...

As Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have started to reach more customers, we’ve been getting more and more reports that users are facing a multitude of issues when pairing with their Bluetooth devices. With every iOS and iPhone release, issues are bound to arise.

Though one that stems on the wireless future that Apple has so courageously laid out makes this one all the more impactful. A majority of the reports appear to be coming from users with in-car Bluetooth systems, but we’re also hearing users facing issues from frequently dropped connections, to devices that will show they’re paired even when they’re not. Are you seeing any of these issues on your devices?


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A first look at Mercedes-Benz's Generation EQ...

On the first Sunday of each month, you can't drive a car in Paris -- not unless it's electric. That's a trend that might just catch on elsewhere, judging by the fact that rival Tesla has pre-sold over 300,000 Model 3 EVs. So, Mercedes is suddenly tak...

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Bounty for iOS jailbreak exploit jumps to $1.5...

The value for zero-day exploits targeting Apple's iOS software is jumping. On Thursday, a company called Zerodium began offering as much as US $1.5 million for them.

Zerodium is the same company that offered $1 million last year for an exclusive iOS zero-day exploit that can remotely jailbreak a device. However, that bounty was only temporary, and it was eventually awarded last November.

Zerodium's new $1.5 million bounty is asking for a remote jailbreak exploit targeting iOS 10. The bounty will be offered all year long, Chaouki Bekrar, the company's CEO, said in an email. The company's original offer was a maximum of $500,000.


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Dr. Oz wants to sell you a heart-monitoring...

Perennial snake oil salesman Dr. Oz has found a new way to take your make money: a wearable. The press release promises the iBeat Life Monitor is "lifesaving" smartwatch that "empowers people to live longer lives." The big difference here versus offe...

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How the Apple Watch will take this NYC restaurant...

Danny Meyer is best known as the mastermind behind Shake Shack, the restaurant chain that handily beats In n Out for the best fast food burger in America. (Bold words, yes, and I stand by them.) But he’s also at the forefront of hospitality industry trends, eliminating tipping at most of his restaurants and offering paid parental leave company-wide. Now he’s bringing the Apple Watch into his rebooted Union Square Cafe in Manhattan to level up on customer service in some unexpected ways.

Servers won’t be using the watch to put your orders through, and maybe you’ll never even see restaurant staff using it—the watch is more of a behind-the-scenes device, despite being very visibly strapped to employees’ wrists. According to Eater, Union Square Cafe’s managers and sommeliers will use the watch, which is integrated with the restaurant’s ResyOS back-of-house iPad-based platform, to perform a...

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Life on Bluenose II

As a proud Nova Scotianer, every time I see images of the Bluenose II, I well up a little bit. The first image in the linked story literally caused tears of happiness at seeing two of the most iconic images of Nova Scotia. I was lucky enough to be a deck hand one summer, an experience I’ll never forget. It’s a beautiful ship with a wonderful back story. If you ever get a chance to walk its deck or go sailing on it, you won’t regret it.

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ReflexLOLogy: Inside the groan-inducing world of pun...

I had a girlfriend in college who would have been really good at these competitions. I hated her.

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Bruce Springsteen live in conversation with Apple’s...

Many people, including my good friend Sly Marton, are incredibly excited to see this interview and to read Springsteen’s new memoir.

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iPhone 7 owners complain about issues with BMW...

Some iPhone 7 owners are encountering trouble with Bluetooth connections in BMW vehicles, and/or LTE connections to Verizon, according to complaints on Apple's support forums and tips to AppleInsider.

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"Balloons": iPhone ad is a nostalgic look...

This just showed up on YouTube about an hour ago. A wonderful, beautifully photographed, and generally sweet look at the expressive features of iOS 10 Messages.

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Kickstarter: $10 iLDOCK will let you charge your...

A new Kickstarter campaign is hoping to solve two issues associated with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. A). the lack of a 3.5mm headphone port, and B). the inability to charge the iPhone 7 while listening to music.

To be fair, Apple does include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter in the iPhone 7 box, so I wouldn’t go as far as to call that a real problem, but the inability to charge and listen to headphones at the same time may pose a legitimate issue for some.

If funded, the Kickstarter campaign for the iLDOCK hopes to launch a small Lightning-enabled dongle that brings back the 3.5mm headphone jack, and features a Lightning input for charging. more...

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AOL launches new Alto email app on iPhone and iPad

AOL is launching an Alto app today for iOS (and Android) that aims to offer a fresh take on email. AOL’s new app features a single dashboard that intelligently organizes the most important info from your email, calendar and elsewhere.

Alto, which was previously available on the desktop for a limited number of testers, hopes you’ll want to ditch the traditional inbox-format for email, serving up the most important info from emails in card-form in what it refers to as the Dashboard.


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FCC votes to upgrade emergency alerts on phones with...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to make a broad swath of improvements to the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, upgrading messages with more content and detail, including some limited interactive elements.

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Debunking the myth of the ‘real’ Robinson Crusoe

Like many of you, I read and was enamored of the novel and movie as a kid. I’d heard of Selkirk’s connection but didn’t realize it was mostly false.

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Apple’s first China research center will develop...

China is extraordinarily important to Apple. This is the first in a series of these kinds of investments.

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Investor survey suggests massive demand for AirPods...

In a survey performed by Bank of America?Merrill Lynch, 12 percent of consumers have intentions to purchase Apple's wireless AirPods, possibly leading to billions in sales for Apple.

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∞ New iPhone 7 ad: Balloons


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iPhone 7 Plus: Portrait mode impressions on iOS 10.1...

I admit that I buy a new iPhone every year for the camera upgrades. My iCloud Photo Library is up to 14,633 photos and 1,261 videos and growing. Almost every one of those were captured with an iPhone so its camera matters to me. Last year’s iPhone 6s introduced Live Photos which I absolutely love. (This from November is just one of my favorites; you can view it on the web thanks to Tumblr’s new Live Photo feature).

This year includes Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus which intelligently applies a blur effect over backgrounds on still shots. Portrait mode photos often look like they were shot on dedicated cameras, not smartphones...

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∞ F1 driver making wheel adjustments

I love racing. I prefer MotoGp motorcycle racing but I like watching F1 as well. I knew about the gearshifts (obviously) but I had no idea the driver was doing so many other things during a lap.

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Apple's latest iPhone 7 ad brings iOS 10 '...

Though it's an ad for the newly released iPhone 7, Apple's latest TV commercial is actually pushing a feature found on all devices that can run iOS 10: expressive texts in the Messages app.

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Apple shares balloon-filled iPhone 7 ad showing off...

Apple has just posted the latest iPhone 7 ad on their YouTube channel today, entitled ‘Balloons’ for obvious reasons. The video follows a balloon throughout various scenes as it eventually finds it way to other balloons, and into someone’s window. It’s only clear at the end that the ad spot is for the iPhone 7 with the balloon tie-in promoting the new Messages features on iOS 10.


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Podcast 527: 7 Pluses and a few minuses

Both Glenn and Susie have been testing the iPhone 7 Plus, the big one, the fabulous phablet, the one they both thought was too big. But its siren song is steering both your faithful hosts toward the land of really large iPhones and the wonderful cameras they have.

But not all is peaceful in the Mac world—for example, what is up with Photos wanting you to label your people’s Faces on every single device, instead of syncing that metadata via iCloud? Or, at the very least, warning you before you get started doing that work that you might want to save it for the device you use Photos on the most?

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Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with...

After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple has doubled down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data.

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Surviving the Internet's Troll Apocalypse

Social media has sharpened humans' age-old appetite for public shaming, providing a stage and unlimited seating for a seemingly unending stream of immorality plays. Those who share even the simplest identifying details about themselves are vulnerable to being pushed into the glare of the spotlight. The anonymity the Internet provides frees many individuals of the consequences they might face offline for being abusive to other people, allowing Jekyll-and-Hyde netizens to transform into trolls to carry out their online assaults.

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Apple’s relationship with the pro community

I write Mac software for a YC company in the pro video space. Our new product started deployments a couple of months back, and a major source of problems has been the Apple platform — both hardware and software. It’s so bad that we’re actively working to move off the Mac completely. (I’ve spent 15 years doing Mac software, so this is a big deal for me.)

I’m so sad to see things like this. I use an iMac right now for music production, but many of the pros I know in the music industry are using older Mac Pros and have them locked into old versions of software.

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FCC delays vote to make subscription TV available on...

Juli Clover writing for MacRumors:

Introduced in January by United States Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, the proposal initially called for content providers to allow cable and satellite subscribers to access and watch cable content on any set-top box of their choosing, including the Apple TV, rather than being forced to lease a set-top box provided by cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

That’s too bad. The pressure from cable companies against this proposal must have been incredible.

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∞ Airplane Mode: Between the Stars and You

Airplane Mode played at my WWDC party in June. Enjoy their newest video.

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Pro Tools 12.6 available

Currently, Pro Tools 12.6 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.11.6 (El Capitan), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), but has not been qualified for macOS Sierra.

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Apple-exclusive enhanced 'Game of Thrones...

Random House has debuted the first volume in a series of enhanced editions of George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, exclusively on Apple's iBooks marketplace.

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12% of consumers surveyed by the Bank of America...

Apple’s AirPods don't go on sale until late October, but 12% of U.S. consumers surveyed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch say they intend to purchase ‘em, reports Business Insider.

Some of the reasons why some consumers might not decide to opt for the wireless earbuds are that their current headphones are good enough (56% of respondents) and that they're too expensive (40% of respondents.)

The wireless headphones use advanced technology and interact with Siri. They eliminate the hassles of wireless headphones, by just flipping open the lid of its charging case and, with one tap, they are instantly set up and ready to work with your iPhone and Apple Watch, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause your music.


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Tim Cook to headline Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Utah Tech...

Cook will take the dais following comments from a lineup of Utah’s top tech leaders. The Apple chief will offer a short address before fielding questions from Hatch and members of the public, including those submitted via an online form.

Topics of discussion have not been announced, though the issue of national security versus personal privacy is likely to be broached considering Apple’s recent dustup with the U.S. Department of Defense and the FBI.

It should be a great discussion. Tim is very well versed in privacy, how it relates to Apple, and what the company wants for its customers.


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Apple’s first R&D Center in China to open this...

Apple is setting up its first R&D center in China in Beijing's Zhongguancun Science Park, according to a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee — and as noted by DigiTimes.

The R&D center — expected to be completed this year — has a registered capital of approximately US$14.994 million and will hire a total of 500 employees. DigiTimes says it will focus “on the development of computer software and hardware products, communication, audio and video devices, as well as advanced technologies for consumer electronics products and the information industry.” Plans for the center were first announced in August.

Zhongguancun, or Zhong Guan Cun, is a technology hub in the Haidian District of Beijing, China. It’s located in the northwestern part of the city and is often referred to as "China's Silicon Valley.”

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Spotify launches in Japan

It its favor, it is the one mainstream streaming service in Japan that has a free-tier option for users. That goes some way to explaining why it has taken so long for the Swedish company to secure deals with record labels, but it could be a factor that helps its service gain some momentum in the country among users who are not used to paying for digital music consumption.

I wonder how this free tier on Spotify will affect Apple Music. Overall, Spotify has a solid reputation in the streaming business, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in terms of subscriptions.

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Samsung says some Note 7 devices use a different...

The South Korean firm has said the Note 7 phones that were sold starting on the official Sept. 1 launch date use a different battery than the recalled devices. But a string of reports by users in China, the world’s top smartphone market, that their Note 7s caught fire have dogged Samsung in a country where they have already fallen out of the top five in terms of market share.

It’s like Samsung is doing everything it can to screw up this recall. What they should do is recall all of the devices and replace them—that’s the only way to restore consumer confidence.

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Apple acknowledges tracking iMessage metadata and...

Despite strong encryption -- and claims that it "doesn't scan your communications" or "store data related to customers' location" -- Apple is saving some metadata from iMessage and other apps and sharing it with law enforcement agencies, according to a new report.

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MacBook rumors heat up: New Pro models expected in...

Apple just refreshed two of its flagship products, the iPhone and Apple Watch, but rumor has it the company isn’t done for the year. Apple is reportedly moving ahead with a new MacBook Pro that could debut as soon as next month.

According to MacRumors, Apple is putting the final touches on the version of macOS Sierra it plans to load onto the new hardware, with a beta version on track to roll out next week. The MacBook Pro is on track to launch in the latter half of October.


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iPhone 8 likely to have glass front and back,...

Rendering via ConceptiPhone

The iPhone 7 has been out for just a few weeks, and the rumors are starting to swirl about the next-generation phone likely to be released next September. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is forecasting that Apple will use glass front and back panels similar to the iPhone 4/4s in the iPhone 8, mainly because demand for the new Jet Black iPhone 7 is exceeding supply due to manufacturing constraints.

The glass back would provide more scratch resistance than the existing aluminum Jet Black model, which Apple has told customers to use with a case to avoid "micro abrasions." Using an all-glass design would also make the glossy finish available to all colors of iPhones. 

All iPhones use a metal casing for durability; Kuo thinks that the new iPhone models will have either a stainless steel or aluminum casing, with higher-end phones likely to use stainless steel. Kuo has also...

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Six companies including Microsoft and Google have launched a cross-disciplinary partnership to steer the future of artificial intelligence development, but as of yet, Apple has not signed on.

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∞ Apple Music teases new show, The 411, with Mary J...

Apple Music tweeted a teaser video, with Mary J Blige introducing her new show, exclusively via Apple Music and iTunes. The show, called The 411, will be released tomorrow, September 30th.

I find it interesting to watch Apple experiment with new content models. As they build critical mass, I’d expect Apple to coalesce their offerings into a series of Apple TV channels.

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New USB-C audio standard joins the iPhone 7's...

The future of mobile device audio is here, and if you hated the iPhone 7’s Lightning connector headphones, you’ll loathe this new solution. The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced the audio specification for USB Type-C was now complete.

Officially named the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, this new release sets the standard for how audio should work over USB Type-C. The USB-IF hopes the new specification will be the “primary solution for all digital audio applications, including headsets, mobile devices, docking stations, gaming set-ups and VR solutions.”

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Apple brings Maps traffic data to four smaller...

Apple has silently added traffic data for Maps users in four more European nations, namely the microstates of Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Liechtenstein.

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External Link: Why Siri and the AirPods Excite Bill...

Bill Atkinson, the legendary developer behind the original Mac’s QuickDraw graphics system and classic Mac apps like MacPaint and HyperCard, has been waiting for Apple’s forthcoming AirPods for years. Back in 2011, he gave a Macworld Expo presentation in which he explained why Siri belongs in your ear, which the AirPods will provide. Atkinson cites the Jane artificial intelligence in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” series as a model for Apple to follow. As for the future of Siri on the AirPods, Atkinson says, “Within a few years it’s going to be able to do lots of things: It will hear everything you hear, it’s going to be able to whisper in your ear.” For the moment, though, he’s realistic about Siri’s capabilities. “Siri is a bit of a joke now; it doesn’t really understand the meaning of conversations,” Atkinson admits. “That’s going to improve.”


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Staggering 12% of US consumers claim they will buy...

A survey of U.S. consumers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that a staggering 12% of the population was planning to buy Apple’s new wireless AirPods when they go on sale next month. That would represent total revenue of $3B, reports Business Insider.

Purchase intention surveys tend to be optimistic, it being easier to say you’ll buy something than actually going out and handing over the $159, but even for intenders, that’s a huge number …


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Trade-in Deal: $10 cash bonus when you sell your old...

AppleInsider readers upgrading to a new iPhone or Apple Watch this month can use an exclusive promo code to tack on an additional $10 bonus to existing payouts of up to $300 when selling their old Apple devices to BuyBackWorld. Plus, lock in a cash payout today and hold onto your old device until Halloween.

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KGI: ‘Increasing likelihood’ iPhone 8 will feature...

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has released a new report further forecasting that the 2017 iPhone will likely adopt and glass front and back design like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s. The idea seems to be that the new Jet Black iPhone 7 has proved highly popular with customers due to the appeal of its glossy finish, and glass would make it much less scratch prone; Apple has recommended customers use a case with the glossy aluminum model to avoid ‘micro abrasions’ from general usage.


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All 2017 iPhones likely to have glass casing,...

With the glossy jet black iPhone 7 leading the way in sales, Apple is expected to switch to a more scratch-resistant all-glass finish for the front and back of a 2017 iPhone redesign, with stainless steel edges, rather than aluminum, for premium models.

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Chinese Media, Government Confirm Apple Research...

An anonymous reader writes:According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing. While Apple has yet to comment on the matter, a statement issued by the Zhongguancun Park Management Committee to several Chinese media outlets has identified Apple's presence in the area. According to reports collated by Digitimes, the center has a budget of about $15 million, with a long-term expenditure goal of $45 million over the next few years. The center is allegedly seeking to hire around 500 workers, with no particular focus beyond Apple products and software. The move mirrors similar setups in Japan, and Israel.


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Eddy Cue talks music with Bruce Springsteen at Apple...

Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, sat down for an interview with rock musician Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday night, who appeared at Apple's SoHo store in New York City to promote his new autobiography Born to Run.

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How to replace iPhone 7 & 7 Plus battery,...

If you’re looking for info on how to repair or replace your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus battery, display or other components, look no further. As it does every year, repair guide site iFixit is usually one of the first to rip apart Apple’s new iPhones to find out what’s inside, and for that reason they are also one of the first to offer up detailed guides on how to repair and replace various parts of the devices. 


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Happy Hour Podcast 087 | Siri Speaker, Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the latest Siri Speaker rumors, potential Apple Watch sleep tracking and smarter heart rate tracking features, the latest news in the HomeKit space, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Chinese media, government confirms Apple research...

According to Chinese media, Apple is launching its first research and development center in the country, located in long-time technology incubation area Zhongguancun Science Park, Beijing.

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‘A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition’ hits iBooks...

On the 20th anniversary of the first publication of A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin told the Guardian that a special edition of the book due to be released today on iTunes represents ‘an amazing next step in the world of books.’

A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition [offers] ‘a world of additional content,’ said its publisher HarperCollins, ranging from interactive character maps to detailed annotations, character journeys and timelines, family trees [and] audio clips.

The book, which is exclusive to iBooks, includes an extract from The Winds of Winter. Martin said that he...

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