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Wednesday January 18

16:45
Malwarebytes Discovers 'First Mac Malware of...

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have a uncovered a Mac OS based espionage malware they have named "Quimitchin." The malware is what they consider to be "the first Mac malware of 2017," which appears to be a classic espionage tool. While it has some old code and appears to have existed undetected for some time, it works. It was discovered when an IT admin noticed unusual traffic coming from a particular Mac, and has been seen infecting Macs at biomedical facilities. From SecurityWeek.com: "Quimitchin comprises just two files: a .plist file that simply keeps the .client running at all times, and the .client file containing the payload. The latter is a 'minified and obfuscated' perl script that is more novel in design. It combines three components, Thomas Reed, director of Mac offerings at Malwarebytes and author of the blog post told SecurityWeek: 'a Mac binary, another perl script and a Java class tacked on at the end in the __DATA__ section of the main perl script. The...

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16:32
'Super Mario Run' will hit Android devices...

It's-a me, Android. Nintendo's first fully fledged smartphone game (sorry, Miitomo), Super Mario Run, is scheduled to hit Android devices in March after landing on iOS in December. The news appeared on the official Nintendo Twitter account this after...

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16:03
Automatic Photo Enhancement by Photolemur for Mac

If you don’t enjoy tweaking your photos as much as Dr. Mac does, you might enjoy a little program he’s been testing called Photolemur ($49), which improves your photos automagically and may be just the ticket for the tweak-averse.


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16:00
Nintendo says Fire Emblem mobile game 'coming...




After the initial blockbuster success of Nintendo's "Super Mario Run," the Japanese gaming giant on Wednesday announced its second mobile title will be a take on the long-running "Fire Emblem" series.

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15:54
Civilization VI Gets Viking and Poland Expansions,...

Civilization Vi got its first expansions Wednesday with the release of the Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack and Vikings Scenario Pack. The Polish pack includes the full Poland civilization, which includes the ability to take over tiles by fortifying their borders. The Poland scenario is a 60-Turn game where you defend Poland, Prague, and Vienna from Teutonic Knights and Ottoman Turks! Sounds awesome. The Viking Scenario includes new City-States with new benefits, and a 100-Turn game where you invade England, take Paris, find Vinland, or raid the Mediterranean. I’m slacking off from work just thinking about it. Each pack is $4.99, and is available through both Steam and the Mac App Store version of the game. Civilization VI itself was released in October for $59.99, and Wednesday’s update includes a variety of bug fixes, balance changes, AI tuning, and a new Earth...

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15:51
Nintendo says new ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ game coming...

Update: Nintendo of America says the game is coming to iOS on February 2nd, as well:

Fire Emblem Heroes will be released on iOS and Android on February 2. #FEHeroes pic.twitter.com/IcNvMb8I0y

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 19, 2017

Following the release of Super Mario Run earlier this year, Nintendo today announced its next mobile game for iOS. After previously teasing it, the company today made Fire Emblem Heroes official and revealed the game will come to iPhone and iPad “soon.”

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15:49
A new 'Fire Emblem' game is coming to...

Good news, Fire Emblem fans: Today Nintendo announced that the next major title in its tactical RPG series will be for the Switch -- making it the franchise's first game on home consoles in almost ten years. The bad news? You won't be able to play it...

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15:40
Apple updates GarageBand and Logic Pro X with iCloud...

Apple has made its music editing software more robust.

On Wednesday, Apple updated GarageBand for iOS and Pro Logic X for macOS, giving users the ability to share projects between the two music editing apps via iCloud File Sharing. This means that users can record music and share the recordings over the cloud to be edited in either app. Previously, you could import GarageBand recordings into Logic Pro X, but not vice versa. GarageBand has been designed to be more consumer-friendly, whereas Logic Pro X caters to the pro level.

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15:15
Suspect lawsuit aims to force Apple to block texting...

A new class action lawsuit in California is going after Apple, claiming that the company has had technology to prevent texting and driving but has failed to implement it. The lawsuit alleges that, in refusing to implement a lockout system to prevent texting while driving, Apple is putting profits ahead of user safety…

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15:08
FCC Net Neutrality, Backdoor Hacks, and New Apple...

Outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a plea for the incoming administration to protect Net Neutrality. Bryan and Jeff discuss whether that plea is likely to fall on deaf ears [spoiler: yes, it will]. They also discuss the implications of the Cellebrite hack, and the fact that Apple released two product updates this week.


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15:03
The 'DJ Hero' and 'Guitar Hero Live...

Freestyle Games, known for its work on Guitar Hero Live and DJ Hero under publisher Activision, has a new home. The team has joined Ubisoft and will be renamed to Ubisoft Leamington -- based on its location in the UK. A post on UbiBlog says that the...

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14:37
Post-holiday iPhone sales fears 'overblown,...




Contrary to some recent reports, one analyst firm believes that adverse market conditions for iPhone sales are being given too much weight and predicts better performance than previously expected buttressed by high demand for the iPhone 7 Plus.

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14:35
Nintendo's 'Fire Emblem Heroes'...

If you've been yearning for a Fire Emblem game to play on the go that isn't relegated to a portable gaming system, maybe the upcoming Fire Emblem Heroes will do the trick. It's a tactical role-playing game (think Final Fantasy Tactics) where "fate ha...

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14:30
AWT News Update: January 18, 2017

Concept of a future iPhone with an edge to edge OLED display

Grumbling ex-Apple employees and Wall Street analysts with good imaginations are what we have for you on today's Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • An ex-Apple engineer thinks that Apple's not the innovative, problem-solving company it was in 2007
  • A Wall Street analyst sends out his wild guesses on this year's crop of iPhones
  • Another Wall Street analyst says iPhone revenues will be down slightly due to anticipation for the "iPhone 8"

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

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14:15
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 2017

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

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated the four programs comprising the Photo Correction Bundle: Enhancer 15.5, Noise Buster 10.1, Refocus 6.5, and HDRFactory 5.5. The new versions offer improved compatibility with Photoshop CC 2017, provide a vector-based user interface with support for Ultra HD resolution, fix some bugs, and bring other changes.

Demo versions are available for download. The apps are compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher. All are available as Photoshop compatible plug-ins and as standalone applications.

CS Odessa has announced ConceptDraw OFFICE 4, the next generation of the company's...

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14:14
South Korean court denies arrest of Samsung chief




Samsung heir and acting chief Lee Jae-yong will not be arrested as part of a sweeping inquest into the alleged indiscretions of impeached South Korean president Park Geun-hye, some of which include accepting corporate bribes in exchange for political favor.

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14:11
2016 was the hottest year on record (again)

According to a joint report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016 was officially the hottest year on record. If that statistic sounds familiar, it's because 2015 was also the hottest year on record. As was 2014 befor...

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13:44
'Star Trek: Discovery' faces an indefinite...

If you were banking on watching Star Trek: Discovery in May... well, we hope you have some contingency plans. CBS has confirmed to Hollywood Reporter that it's once again delaying the streaming-focused show, this time for an indefinite stretch. Produ...

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13:36
iRig Pro I/O, iRig Acoustic Stage gives musicians...




IK Multimedia on Wednesday launched two new interfaces for musicians in the iRig Pro I/O, a compact audio and MIDI interface with Lightning connectivity straight from the box, and the iRig Acoustic Stage digital microphone system for acoustic guitars.

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13:26
Hulu CEO promises offline viewing in coming months...




Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu will be adding support for downloads in the near future, according to the the head of the video streaming service. On Wednesday, meanwhile, the company's iOS app gained support for user profiles, better accommodating the tastes of couples and families.

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13:24
Netflix expects HBO to go binge-first in an '...

Netflix just announced its final earnings report for 2016 (PDF), revealing that it grew by seven million customers to 93.8 million. That's two million more than it had projected, up more than 25 percent for the year and puts the 100 million benchmark...

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13:21
Google Gives Google+ Some Nips and Tucks


Google on Tuesday announced three new updates to Google+ in an effort to revive interest in the faltering product. The added features will be rolled out next week, when the old Google+ layout will vanish. First, lower quality comments will be hidden, although Google didn't explain how comments will be judged or who will make those calls. Google has tweaked the Google+ user interface to display more posts and less white space. Further, a zoom functionality has been added to photos on Google+.

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13:20
Teenage Engineering's new pocket synth is its...

Teenage Engineering debuted its first trio of pocket-sized $59 synthesizers almost exactly two years ago. In 2016, the company followed those with a second set of three Pocket Operators featuring the sounds of the '80s. Now the company is back with a...

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13:02
Football fans can stream Super Bowl 51 live with Fox...




Fans looking to watch the spectacle of Super Bowl 51 -- to be played Feb. 5 in Houston, Tex. -- can turn to Fox Sports Go, an app available on numerous platforms, including Apple's iOS and the Apple TV.

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13:00
Apple World Today Deals Shop now supports Pay

The Apple World Today Deals Shop is full of bargains on everything from developer classes to monster battery packs, clip-on iPhone camera lenses to VPN subscriptions. Now you can purchase those deals from your iOS device or Mac (running macOS Sierra) with Pay! 

Once you associate a credit card and address with Pay, buying anything in the store becomes as easy as clicking or tapping a button or two. Your transactions are completely safe, with no need to enter a credit or debit card number in our store. 

Note that we also accept Pay for Team AWT subscriptions -- you can support Apple World Today with an annual membership and get all sorts of benefits (including an upcoming discount on Deals Shop merchandise!). 

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12:57
Microsoft's Twitch competitor, Beam, gets a...

Microsoft said it was about to supercharge Beam, and it's quickly following through on that promise. After a few weeks of beta testing, the livestreaming service's big 2.0 overhaul is now available to everyone. The most conspicuous change is what you...

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12:47
Hands-on: Turbo charge your MacBook Pro graphics...

The 2016 MacBook Pro has endured criticism for its lack of I/O ports, but what that it does have — two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports based on your configuration — have lots of potential. For example, it’s now possible to connect an external GPU (eGPU) box via Thunderbolt 3 and tap into the power offered by a full-sized graphics card.

In this hands-on post, we’re going to showcase how to power the 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro with an eGPU using Sapphire’s AMD RX 480. The RX 480 is modestly-priced GPU with a decent amount of power that’s good enough for 1080p gaming. The connection is made possible by means of the...

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12:35
PSVR mech battler 'Rigs' won't get...

Sony today confirmed that there will be no more DLC coming to multiplayer PSVR launch title Rigs. Following the recent closure of developer Guerilla Cambridge, it seems Sony has opted to cut short its initial plan for additional Rigs content.

While...

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12:23
Just Discovered Fruitfly Malware Uses Pre-OS X Code

Malwarebytes discovered a Mac malware threat dubbed Fruitfly that’s being used to target biomedical research facilities. Calling Fruitfly new, however, may not be correct because it looks like it’s been around since at least 2014, and it also relies on some system calls that predate OS X and macOS.


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12:20
Apple TV, iPhone, iPad gain ability to play Netflix...




Apple is slowly rolling out the ability to stream a movie from Netflix directly from its TV app on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, but some limitations exist.

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12:13
Vizio devices now take voice commands from Google...

Vizio's living room devices already play nicely with Google services, but wouldn't it be nice if you could use Google voice control as well? You can now. All of Vizio's SmartCast-equipped devices, including recent TVs, soundbars and speakers, just go...

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12:12
Big updates for Logic Pro and GarageBand add...

Enlarge / Apple has added Touch Bar support to Logic Pro along with a bunch of other features. (credit: Apple)

Apple has released major updates to its Logic Pro X audio recording and editing software for macOS and the lighter-but-free GarageBand app for iOS, introducing big new features and improving compatibility between the two apps. A more minor update to GarageBand for macOS, which includes no major new features but compatibility updates for the iOS version, has also been released.

Logic Pro X version 10.3 is the latest app to pick up support for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar. It adds controls for skimming through and tuning specific tracks on the Touch Bar...

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11:53
Apple's latest products add support for Japan...




Apple has made a minor change to the specification its latest mobile products --?the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 -- adding support for Japan's regional satellite positioning system QZSS, alongside existing support for GPS and GLONASS.

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11:51
Hulu will let you download shows 'in a few...

Hulu isn't going to let Netflix have show downloads all to itself. Company chief Mike Hopkins tells AdWeek that you'll have the option of downloading shows "in a few months." The online video service isn't talking details at this point, to no one's s...

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11:30
Swift creator Chris Lattner talks developer tools...

Swift creator and ex-head of Apple developer tools Chris Lattner is a special guest on this week’s episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, following the announcement that he is leaving the company to join Tesla as a VP of the Autopilot self-driving features.

Lattner talks about his general career at Apple, from compiler manager to senior director, the invention of Swift language and how it was brought up from within Apple to become its new premier development language, debuting at WWDC in Swift 1.0. The interview gives some insight into how new projects at Apple are made and managed …

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11:27
Verizon Nabs Note 7 Calls, Goodbye AT&T 2G – TMO...

Still using a Galaxy Note 7? Verizon is getting agressive about trying to stop you. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Verizon intercepting Galaxy Note 7 calls, plus they look at AT&T shutting down their 2G wireless network.


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11:25
Rumor: the Apple Pencil 2 is coming this spring

The Chinese language Letem svetem Applem — as reported by AppleInsider — says an "Apple Pencil 2" will arrive this spring, featuring a new magnetic system that will allow it to temporarily attach to an iPad. 

This would allow users to place the Apple Pencil on the iPad securely when not in use, allowing it to attach magnetically just like the iPad Smart Cover. I think the rumor is true and that the second gen Apple Pencil will arrive in March with an updated line-up of iPad Pros.

What’s more, I think the input will likely get expanded capabilities in the near future. Apple has filed for a patent (number 20160364091) for “devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus” that show it being used with iMovie, Messages, Calendar, and other apps. In fact, in the patent filing, Apple notes...

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11:25
IK Multimedia updates line of iOS/Mac recording...

From 9to5Toys.com

While you’re likely too busy with today’s Logic Pro X update at the moment, we are getting some new iOS/Mac gear from IK today:

IK Multimedia is well known for its lineup of great sounding and affordable recoding interfaces for iOS and Mac. Whether its the iRig HD 2 for guitar players or the iRig Pro Duo for...

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11:20
'Final Fantasy XV' tricked me into buying...

I should have been turned off by the commercial advertising casually strewn throughout Final Fantasy XV. Coleman logos are plainly visible when the game's heroes set up camp for the night. Billboards for Nissin Cup Noodles line the highways of Eos. I...

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11:18
Newly discovered Mac malware found in the wild also...

A newly discovered family of Mac malware has been conducting detailed surveillance on targeted networks, possibly for more than two years, a researcher reported Wednesday.

The malware, which a recent Mac OS update released by Apple is detecting as Fruitfly, contains code that captures screenshots and webcam images, collects information about each device connected to the same network as the infected Mac, and can then connect to those devices, according to a blog post published by anti-malware provider Malwarebytes. It was discovered only this month, despite being painfully easy to detect and despite indications that it may have been circulating since the release of the Yosemite release of OS X in October 2014. It's still unclear how machines get infected.

"The first Mac malware of 2017 was brought to my attention by an IT admin, who...

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11:18
Trump says Tim Cook has ‘eyes open’ on US-assembled...

In a new interview with Axios, President-elect Donald Trump shared his latest expectations on Apple bringing iPhone production stateside as he has previously demanded. Although there is much speculation about the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of such a move, Trump believes Apple CEO Tim Cook would like to pursue something big related to Apple’s U.S. manufacturing…

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11:17
'Fruitfly' malware patched by Apple relies...




Newly-patched Mac malware relies on some antiquated code predating the OS X era, but has been used in some previous real-world attacks on biomedical research groups, according to a prominent security software maker.

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11:17
News: GarageBand 2.2 adds Logic Pro X integration,...

Apple has released an update to GarageBand for iOS, adding new integration with Logic Pro X 10.3, along with a number of more sophisticated music creation options. With GarageBand 2.2, Logic Pro X users can now create GarageBand-compatible versions of Logic projects in iCloud that can be opened on iOS devices to add new recordings while on the go, with new recordings automatically synced back to the original Logic project the next time it’s…

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11:12
Sketchy supply chain rumor claims Apple Pencil 2...

While rumors about refreshed iPads have been surfacing for months now, there has been no evidence that an Apple Pencil 2 is being planned for this year. A single sketchy rumor making the rounds on Chinese social media, however, claims the Apple Pencil 2 will launch alongside new iPads this year.

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11:11
Mac: Apple Logic Pro X 10.3

Apple has announced a major update to its Logic Pro X 10.3 ($200) recording app, with advanced support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro models along with a new modern design and several other advanced features. Touch Bar users can now view and navigate their project in a timeline view right in the Touch Bar, along with accessing volume and Smart Controls for any selected track. The Touch Bar also provides access to performance controls, such as a piano keyboard and drum pads to play and record software instruments, and keyboard shortcut sequences can be assigned to controls on the Touch Bar, as well. A new Track Alternatives feature provides the ability to quickly create and switch between different groupings of regions and edits on any track, allowing more flexibility in experimenting with creative ideas or evaluating different versions of a track in progress. Selection-based Processing has also been added, allowing users to combine multiple Logic and third-...

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11:09
GarageBand and Logic Pro X music apps for iOS and...

Apple has announced major updates to its music creation apps with new features for music makers of all levels on iPhone, iPad and Mac. 

GarageBand for iOS 2.2 now features the creative synthesizer Alchemy and a new sound browser designed to make searching through instruments and patches easier. Logic Pro X 10.3 for macOS gets a modern interface, new features for professional audio production as well as support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.

Logic Pro X users can also remotely add new tracks to their Logic sessions from their iPhone or iPad when they’re away from their Mac. With a new share option, users can upload a special GarageBand-compatible version of a Logic project to iCloud, which they can then open on their iOS devices and add new recordings whenever inspiration strikes. When the project is saved back...

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10:59
Slack adds long-awaited threaded messaging feature

Slack, the ever-popular communication tool and current darling of enterprise software, is getting a long-awaited update: threaded messaging. As the company writes in a blog post today, threaded messaging is a way to reduce clutter in ever-crowded Sla...

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10:56
CBS Sports Radio channel added to Apple Music

Apple has added the CBS Sports Radio syndicated radio channel to Apple Music. It’s a sports radio network that debuted with hourly sports news updates on Sept. 4, 2012, and with 24/7 programming on Jan. 2, 2013.

CBS Sports Radio is operated by CBS Radio and CBS Sports and airs on 300 stations in the U.S. It’s now featured on Apple Music's "Featured Stations" section, offering a live feed of CBS's 24-hour-a-day radio broadcast network. 

Apple Music is a subscription service that costs $9.99 per month — or $4.99 for students.

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10:50
Apple Offers ‘Major Updates’ to Logic Pro X and...

Apple announced “major updates” to GarageBand for iOS and Logic Pro X on Wednesday (for NAMM), going so far as to issue a press release for the updates. The consumer-oriented GarageBand is getting the Alchemy synthesizer and a new browser for finding and using sounds. Apple’s professional DAW—Logic Pro X—gets support for Touch Bar, Track Alternatives, an updated interface, and other changes. Both updates are free.


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10:47
Twitter just sold its developer platform to Google

Fabric, Twitter's developer platform, now belongs to Google. The move was announced on Fabric's blog Wednesday morning and confirmed in a Twitter thread by Sr. Director of Product, Jeff Seibert.

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10:44
Apple updates Logic Pro X with Touch Bar support,...




Apple on Wednesday released updates to two of its audio production apps -- Logic Pro X for the Mac, and GarageBand on iOS -- adding customizable Touch Bar support on the former, and features like a redesigned sound browser on the latter.

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10:38
Rumor: Apple Pencil 2 coming this spring with...




Alongside new iPad Pro models, Apple is also rumored to be working on a second-generation Apple Pencil, one that could potentially solve where to put the input device when it's not being held in your hand.

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10:22
You can play three hours of 'Watch Dogs 2...

In an unusual move, Ubisoft has announced a free three-hour 'trial' of Watch Dogs 2 for console players. As of today, PS4 owners can hack their way through San Fransisco for free, before the trial comes to Xbox One on January 24th. PC gamers, however...

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10:03
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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10:00
∞ Apple releases major updates for Logic Pro X and...

As NAMM gets ready to kick off in Anaheim on Thursday, Apple released updates for two of its music apps, Logic Pro X and GarageBand for iOS.

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10:00
Take Logic Pro X projects from desktop to mobile...

Despite it's highly capable tool set, GarageBand is widely thought of as Apple's beginner audio recording software. Logic Pro X is the company's option for more advanced users. While the latter app has been around since 2013, Apple regularly adds new...

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10:00
GarageBand on iOS is now a more capable music...

Apple's GarageBand is a good place to get started with recording, but it's useful for more advanced skill levels as well. The company just revealed an update to the iOS version of the app that gives the software a few more tools for tracking on the g...

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09:59
Apple launches Logic Pro X 10.3 w/ customizable...

Apple is today releasing a new version of its Logic Pro X audio production suite and it’s a big one. Not only does version 10.3 introduce Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro in a way that might be the most ambitious yet— they are fully customizable and go well beyond what Garageband has— the update also includes a refreshed user interface and many top requested features by pros.

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09:59
Apple releases GarageBand 2.2 for iOS w/ Alchemy...

Alongside an update for Logic Pro X today to version 10.3, GarageBand for iOS is also getting an update that introduces Logic integration, a refreshed design, and a handful of new features.

Perhaps most notably, version 2.2 of GarageBand for iPhone and iPad introduces a mobile version of the Alchemy virtual synth that it picked up through its Camel Audio acquisition and first integrated into Logic last summer.

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09:46
[Sponsor] V for Wikipedia

You like Wikipedia. You also like obsessive attention to detail.
V for Wikipedia is an opinionated iOS app with nit-picky typography that Erik Spiekermann calls the “best on the small screen yet.”

The map visualization lets you explore nearby places — it’s surprising how much you can learn about your own neighborhood on Wikipedia! You can even find articles on your Apple Watch (which sounds crazy, but works great).

Download V for Wikipedia on the App Store.

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09:40
Apple Pay picks up more card issuers in US, France...




Apple has updated its worldwide roster of banks and credit unions supporting Apple Pay, adding 21 more institutions -- though as usual, the vast majority of these are based in the U.S.

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09:40
AT&T's deal with Nielsen promises more...

For years, TV ratings data has revolved around a small number of households using specialized gear to track their viewing habits. That's not completely representative of what the broader public is watching, is it? However, the accuracy is about to...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Pioneer CarPlay Display $300,...

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09:18
Protein fingerprinting could shed light on Alzheimer...

Scientists know that the proteins in our bodies can sometimes fold and form clumps called amyloids, which lead to neurodegenerative diseases. However, they still don't fully understand the whole process -- there's just no efficient way to examine the...

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09:02
CBS Sports Radio streaming added for Apple Music...




Boosting its streaming sports-related programming, Apple has added the CBS Sports Radio syndicated radio channel to Apple Music.

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09:00
Using Tinder's swipe UI isn't always a...

Thanks to Tinder, swiping left or right on the photo of a potential hookup quickly became a common user interface element. But a new startup is reminding us that swiping right isn't appropriate for every kind of app -- say, an adoption app.

Adoptly...

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08:57
iPhone 8 could introduce new facial recognition...

Facial and gesture recognition could be some of the flagship features of Apple’s new iPhone 8 expected later this year, according to one analyst. Cowen’s Timothy Arcuri (via Business Insider) believes the next iPhone will gain a new front-facing sensor that will be used for these features.

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08:53
Apple adds QZSS support, the Japanese GPS, to iPhone...

Apple has updated its website for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in Japan to add support for Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), a Japanese satellite positioning system that could improve location features for users in the region versus traditional GPS (via Macotakara.jp).

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08:52
The backdoor that never was, and how to improve your...

I don’t use WhatsApp but if you do, Fleishman does a good job of explaining the false headlines and how you can keep yourself secure on the platform.

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08:43
Class-action suit demands Apple add lock-out system...




A new class action lawsuit filed in California seeks to force Apple into adding features to the iPhone that will help prevent drivers from texting while behind the wheel, while also alleging Apple is putting profit before consumer safety.

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08:43
DoorDash and Postmates test deliveries with robots

Starship's autonomous delivery robots have found work outside of the US, but they're now ready to come Stateside. DoorDash and Postmates have forged partnerships that will have them respectively test Starship robots in Redwood City, California and Wa...

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08:25
Former Apple engineer says company more rigid, less...




Under Tim Cook -- who assumed the CEO reins from Steve Jobs in 2011 -- Apple has become a more hierarchical company, where people largely stick to the tasks they were hired for, according former Apple engineer Bob Burrough.

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08:24
'The Martian' author to make NASA TV drama...

It's been a while since we've had a fictional TV series based around the present-day exploits of the folks at NASA. That's all set to change with the news that CBS has commissioned a pilot for a drama about the next generation of astronauts, entitled...

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08:06
Foxconn looking to build Apple prototype...




After possibly receiving some pressure by the Chinese government about remaining in the country and not expanding in the U.S., Foxconn is seeking land to build a prototype facility to assist Apple in developing hardware prototypes in Shenzhen, and figuring out how to manufacture them at scale.

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08:05
Nintendo's Switch won't run 'Zelda...

If you're the proud owner of a Wii U, you might be wondering whether the Switch is worth a day one purchase. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is coming to both, so what's the rush, right? Well, the two versions have a few key differences. In a...

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08:03
Apple is the most intimate brand in the U.S

The top ranked intimate brands continued to outperform the S&P and Fortune 500 indices in revenue and profit over the past 10 years, according to MBLM's Brand Intimacy 2017 Report, which is the largest study of brands based on emotions. The most intimate brand in the U.S. is Apple, followed by Disney and Amazon. 

The Top 10 is rounded out by: Harley Davidson, Netflix, Nintendo, Samsung, Whole Foods, BMW and Toyota. Amazon and Apple are more successful than most in crossing age groups and income levels, according to MBLM, a company that offers consulting, branding, experience and technology services.

Brand intimacy is defined as a new paradigm that leverages and strengthens the emotional bonds between a person and a brand. If top S&P and Fortune 500 brands performed at the same growth rate as the top intimate brands, an average S&P company would have earned an additional $7.7 billion in revenue and $5.3...

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07:46
President-elect Trump says Apple's Cook wants...




Just a few days before he is set to be sworn into office, President-elect Donald Trump continues to believe that Apple will make an effort to move iPhone manufacturing to the U.S., saying CEO Tim Cook has his "eyes open to it."

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07:42
Apple Music gains CBS Sports Radio for 24/7...

Apple Music has added CBS Sports Radio to its growing collection of streaming radio stations available to paid subscribers. CBS Sports Radio joins CBS Radio News, NBC Sports Radio, and a handful of other news and sports channels available for streaming.

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07:39
News: FTC files complaint against Qualcomm citing...

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against Apple supplier Qualcomm, accusing the company of “using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones.” The FTC alleges that Qualcomm violated the law by forcing cell phone manufacturers to agree to its preferred license terms to gain access to its processors. The company is also accused of suppressing competition…

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07:33
Verizon Now Intercepting Calls From Note 7 Users...

Following Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 combust-a-phone mess and product recall, Verizon went from “We won’t do anything,” to “OK, let’s brick them,” and now is at the “Seriously people, give us the phone before you hurt yourself” stage. Verizon’s latest move is to reroute calls from Note 7 phones to customer service to convince users to exchange their phone for something less flammable.


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07:32
Malwarebytes discovers new ‘Fruitfly’ malware...

The team over at Malwarebytes has recently discovered what they’re calling “the first Mac malware of 2017”. The Fruitfly malware has been using antiquated code to help it run undetected for quite some time on macOS systems. It has reportedly been used in targeted attacks at biomedical research institutions.

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07:30
SSD Health Check is new drive utility for macOS

B-Eng has announced SSD Health Check 1.0, the company's new drive utility for macOS. It will alert you when your solid state disk is in a critical state or reaches other critical limits. 

SSD Health Check reports data such as operating temperature, unexpected power losses and power cycles, as well as the number of uncorrectable errors and wear level count or parameters such as erase fail count. It requires macOS 10.7 or later.

SSD Health Check 1.0 costs $0.99. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store.

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07:20
Review: Prynt, the fun instant printer for the...

Life can be remarkably circular at times. Back in the day, people used Polaroid instant cameras to take a photo and then get an instant print. These days, we all have a camera in our pocket that allows us to instantly view our photos on a bright, hi-res screen – but people do sometimes still want instant prints, leading to the creation of Polaroid-style instant printers.

Polaroid make their mobile printer, the ZIP, at around $130. This is a thermal printer, meaning there’s no ink to worry about, printing instead onto special Zink paper. The Prynt uses the same technology and paper, but with an added twist: when using the app, people can view your prints as Live Photos …

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07:13
Next-generation LG and Google Android Wear 2...




LG and Google's next-generation Android Wear smartwatch expected in early February is said to be adopting a Digital Crown -- similar to the technology Apple pioneered in its wearable Apple Watch.

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07:07
Law firm tries to stop Apple from selling iPhones...

MLG Automotive Law (mlgautomotivelaw) — a Newport Beach, California-based firm concentrating on representing the legal interests of businesses and people in the automotive industry — has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, seeking to enjoin the company from selling further iPhones until it installs texting and driving safeguards.  The lawsuit, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc. , was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple puts profit before consumer safety. According to the filing, the company has had the technology to prevent texting and driving since 2008 – and even received a patent on it in 2014 – but refuses to use it 

"Texting and driving has become one of the most serious issues that confronts all of us on a daily basis," said Jonathan Michaels, the founding member of MLG Automotive Law. "The number of people who...

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07:00
Expect to see Apple devices with Bluetooth 5 in two...

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially adopted Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core specification. Consumers can expect to see products supporting the spec in two to six months. It should appear in upcoming Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

Key updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, faster speed, and larger broadcast message capacity, as well as improved interoperability and coexistence with other wireless technologies, according to Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. 

He adds that feature updates include four times range, two times speed, and eight times broadcast message capacity. Longer range powers whole home and building coverage, for more robust and reliable connections. Higher speed enables more responsive, high-performance devices. Increased broadcast message size increases the data sent for improved and more context relevant solutions.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Cool cases

The week's best accessories

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This week we include the best new cases in our roundup. See new offerings from Twelve South, elago, and more. Read on!

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06:57
Apple Pay expands to over a dozen more banks and...

Apple Pay is now available from over a dozen more banks and credit unions around the United States, France, and Australia as part of the latest expansion wave. Apple’s mobile payment service launched just over two years ago with hundreds of additional regional banks and credit unions added every few weeks. You can find the latest banks added below.

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06:51
News: India mulling manufacturing regulation changes...

Government officials in India have signaled they won’t be providing Apple with its desired 15-year exemption on duties typically charged to electronics manufacturers in the country, but they are open to relaxing the regulations on the industry as a whole to boost the “Make in India” campaign, The Economic Times reports. After being denied an exemption to India’s requirement that at least 30 percent of the materials in devices…

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06:49
Stanford program offers 1,000 Apple Watches, funding...




Stanford University is offering to hand out up to 1,000 Apple Watches and up to $10,000 in funding to instructors and members of the faculty, as part of a new program to find innovative ways to use the Apple Watch in healthcare.

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06:49
Popular Community Bank adds Apple Pay support

Popular Community Bank, a subsidiary of Popular Inc., has added support for Apple Pay. Consumer and business banking customers can now enroll their eligible debit cards and pay quickly at participating merchants via Apple’s mobile payment service.

Enabling debit cards in the three leading mobile wallets is one of several recent digital features Popular Community Bank has deployed. The PIN Password and Touch ID features were launched last September as Popular Community Bank prepared for the rollout of Mobile Cash in early 2016. The bank also rolled out People Pay, a person-to-person payment solution earlier this year.

Founded in 1893, Popular, Inc. (https://www.popularcommunitybank.com) is the leading banking institution by both assets and deposits in Puerto Rico and ranks among the top 50 U.S. banks by assets....

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06:45
Steve Jobs used in two different non-Apple spots

[VIDEO] I find this fascinating. Steve Jobs likeness and voice being used to pitch a non-Apple product. In this case, both spots are for the Obama-created U.S. Digital Service.

Jump to the main Loop post to read about and see both spots.

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06:33
Dove Channel now available on the Apple TV

Cinedigm Corp’s Dove Channel is now available on the Apple TV. The Dove Channel app is optimized for tvOS, with a design featuring an improved user interface. Additionally, the app update allows subscribers to synch their account and stream movies across connected devices including iPhone, iPad and other platforms.

The Dove Channel serves the “faith and family audience,” offering a wide variety of content from meaningful mainstream movies, independent films, and documentaries, to heartwarming TV series and children’s programs. The specialized streaming service offers families a safe entertainment choice utilizing The Dove Foundation rating system, which ranks programs in six key areas: sexuality, language, violence, drug and alcohol use, nudity, and other, to ensure appropriate programming for families.

Dove Channel’s subscription-based offering is $4.99 per month, and viewers can subscribe within the app on...

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06:25
India promises 'open mind' when looking at...




The Indian government will adopt an "open mind" when examing Apple's demands before setting up local manufacturing in the country, the country's Information Technology Minister said on Wednesday.

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06:17
Supreme Court won’t review a lower court finding in...

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a Federal Circuit finding that it is jurisdictionally barred under the high court’s Cuozzo decision from considering if the Patent Trial and Appeal Board erred when it invalidated two SightSound Technology patents challenged by Apple on grounds Apple didn't explicitly raise, reports Law360.

In 2011 SightSound Technologies, whose parent company is General Electric, sued Apple for patent infringement. The company claims Apple infringed, among others, patent 5,191,573 for a “method for transmitting a desired digital video or audio signal.” SightSound claims that iTunes and the Apple TV, among other products, infringe on the patent. The company wants a financial settlement “adequate to compensate for Apple’s infringement of the Patents-in-Suit,” as well as court costs.

SightSound has spent years in patent lawsuits with Apple, CDNow, Bertelsmann, Napster and others. The...

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06:08
∞ Great white shark cage breach

[VIDEO] This is both fascinating and terrifying. Is there someone in that underwater cage? Video in main Loop post.

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06:05
Flying with AirPods

Zac Hall, 9to5Mac:

AirPods are a totally different product than my wireless Bose QC35s which have longer battery life and active noise cancellation not to mention superior audio quality, but AirPods were easily preferred as my travel earphones after real world testing for a few reasons.

Nice detailed overview on pros and cons (mostly pros) of flying with AirPods. I do tend to travel with noise canceling over-the-ear headphones, but Zac makes the AirPods sound like a reasonable alternative, especially if packing space is tight.

Good read.

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06:03
iOS: Turning Off Safari Suggestions

This Quick Tip is about turning off Safari Suggestions, those top results that’ll appear within Safari on your iPad or iPhone to offer you, say, App Store content based on your search. Find those as irritating as Melissa Holt does? Then let’s stop them!


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06:01
Synology releases Surveillance Station 8.0 for macOS...

Synology has released Surveillance Station 8.0, an update of the smart surveillance system for macOS and Windows. It offers flexible deployment and a smoother live view experience, according to Jonathan Wang, product manager at Synology.

He adds that Surveillance Station 8.0 includes the following new features:

  • Surveillance Station Client: in addition to checking live views and managing channels within browsers, users can now install Surveillance Station Client to enjoy improved performance and efficiency, and be free from browser limitations.
  • Multiple streaming: the update supports automatic and manual resolution adjustment based on the size of the monitoring window or event, saves bandwidth consumption1 when prospecting multiple channels. You can choose to automatically switch to higher resolution recording only when important events occur, maximizing storage utilization1 during continuous...
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06:00
SelectTV by FreeCast 1-Year Subscription: $24

Our friends at Stack Commerce have put together a deal on a one-year subscription to SelectTV. This internet-streaming service gives you browser access to some 300,000 TV episodes, 200,000 movies, 50,000 radio stations, and 5,000 live channels. The price for a one-year subscription through our deal is $24. There are more details on the deal listing.


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