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Tuesday January 16

20:36
Video offers peek at ultra-wide Large Synoptic...

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has been a long time in the making when work on its mirrors started in 2007. It's finally coming together, though. The LSST team has released a brief clip showing progress on the Chilean facility as of the end of...

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19:33
Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition...

Samsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted w...

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18:51
Dallas Mavericks are the latest pro team to accept...

You don't just have to attend Sacramento Kings games if you're itching to spend some digital money on a pro sports event. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed (both to Bloomberg and on Twitter) that his basketball team will start acceptin...

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18:35
Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart...

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…

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17:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity, coding, more in...




Apple CEO Tim Cook recently offered a few words of wisdom to high school senior Rebecca Kahn as part of a National Center for Women & Information Technology outreach program dubbed "Innovator to Innovator," which grants NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community members time with Apple executives.

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17:55
There's a new malicious link that can crash or...




Yet another "text bomb" has surfaced, this time in the form of a website that can sometimes cause system crashes or hangups when received through Apple's Messages app on iOS and macOS.

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17:29
Apple expands Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature to...

Update: The feature is also rolling out in Australia, with ABC, SBS, and Seven Network as sources.

Earlier this month, Apple started testing a new capability for Siri that would play daily podcasts when asked about the news. At first, the feature was limited to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta in the United States, but Apple today has expanded it to non-beta users and users in the UK…

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17:24
YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred pr...

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17:10
Chinese Consumer Group Also Wants Answers on...

his new call joins a chorus of lawsuits, and even a French criminal probe, demanding information and damages for the practice.


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16:58
Tim Cook talks women in tech, who he admires, &...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down with high school senior Rebecca Kahn for an interview discussing women in technology, diversity, the importance of coding, and more. The full interview was shared by the National Center for Women and Information Technology…

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16:46
Watch: Safari 11 Tips and Tricks




Apples web browser, Safari, has been updated to Safari 11 with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra with some pretty impressive updates that might go overlooked by casual users. We round up the best new features in this video.

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16:44
Post CES 2018 Update on the State of 4K/UHD HDR...

The 4K/UHD HDR standards are in place, and Apple TV 4K honors the most important ones. But there are a few wrinkles to be aware of.


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16:43
This FBI Special Agent in Charge Says: ‘We Heart...

John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, told Forbes, “We heart Apple. They train our cops.”


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16:34
Siri learns to play news podcasts automatically




Now you can stay informed about the events of the day without ever touching your phone, thanks to a new podcast tweak to the hands-free mode in Apple's personal digital assistant.

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16:29
PSA: This link will crash Messages on iOS and macOS...

Every so often, a bizarre link or piece of text surfaces that, when sent via iOS or macOS, will cause noticeable issues to the recipient’s device. Today, the latest form of this has emerged in what’s being referred to as “chaiOS.” It’s a basic GitHub link on the surface, but it crashes Messages on both macOS and iOS…

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16:23
BMW to charge drivers $80 per year for CarPlay...




Since 2016, BMW has offered Apple CarPlay integration as a one-time add-on option, but that will soon change, as the German car maker is switching to a subscription model for 2019.

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16:18
Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X...

Someone might have just spoiled Motorola's 2018 in a big way. Droid Life has posted a trio of leaks which, if accurate, hint at some big changes to the Lenovo brand's smartphone lineup. The headliner would be the Moto X5, and it's not hard to see w...

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16:07
Apple, HBO in bidding war for new J.J. Abrams TV...

Details of the project are being kept under tight wraps, but it would reportedly deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Should the project move forward, it would be Abrams’ first TV writing gig since “Fringe” in 2008.

J.J. Abrams is just the type of hitmaker that Apple needs if it’s going to make a big splash in the original series TV market.

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16:04
21 states sue to keep net neutrality

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

Good.

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16:01
Curve's payment-switching smart card goes live...

Like the thought of switching payment methods for a purchase long after you've left the store? You now have a chance to try it. Curve has launched its smart card in the UK, letting you not only consolidate your credit cards (currently just Masterca...

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15:38
BMW nickel and diming owners with subscription based...

As the Detroit Auto Show continues, BMW today revealed its plans to turn CarPlay into a subscription service. The automaker only started supporting CarPlay last year, making it a $300 option on select cars, but it’s already planning to revamp its pricing scheme…

more…

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15:34
Facebook teams up with 'True Blood'...

Facebook's Watch tab won't just be chock-full of sports shows and gaming culture. The social site has ordered 10 episodes of Sacred Lies, an adaptation of the Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (which, in turn, is an adaptation of th...

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15:30
Bitcoin Drops Below $10K, Rallies Back Above $11K

The price of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency fell below $10,000 Tuesday afternoon, only to immediately rally back to $11,000 moments later.


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15:25
007: FileMaker meets The Office, iPhone 12 rumors,...

Today we’ve got Apple subsidiary FileMaker’s new ad starring the cast of The Office, Facebook admitting Messenger is too bloated, Apple’s 500th retail store opening next week, a 2019 iPhone rumor, and an excellent watchOS 5 concept.

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15:18
Apple slugs it out with HBO over new J.J. Abrams TV...




A bidding war has reportedly broken out between Apple and HBO for rights to a new science fiction drama written by Star Trek director and Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams.

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15:11
Apple, HBO bidding for new sci-fi show from J.J....

According to Variety, J.J. Abrams — co-creator of the Lost, Alias, Felicity, and Fringe series — has written a new sci-fi drama television show that’s the subject of a bidding war between Apple and HBO. The series would reportedly deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. 

Should the project move forward, it would be Abrams’ first TV writing gig since Fringe in 2008. Abrams would also executive produce, with Ben Stephenson–head of television for Bad Robot Productions–also serving as an executive producer. Warner Bros. Television would produce. 

While Apple and HBO are the top contenders for the project, Warner Bros. is said to be open to other bidders, notes Variety. If Apple lands it, it will be the company’s fifth scripted show.

In December Apple gave a straight-to-series order to a space drama from...

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15:06
Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar after all

Despite Tesla's lead on the electric vehicle market, large automakers spent 2017 announcing they will transition their gas-powered car models to EVs. But other companies selling more elite vehicles are also throwing their hat in the ring. At NAIAS in...

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14:57
Report: Apple in ‘bidding war’ with HBO for new J.J...

According to a new report from Variety, J.J. Abrams has written a new sci-fi drama television show that has attracted interest from both HBO and Apple. The show is said to focus on “a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.”

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14:32
‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo...

Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it's coming to Nintendo's Switch console this February 1st, a...

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14:29
States take net neutrality fight to court as Senate...




The attorneys general of 22 states on Tuesday asked a federal court to intervene in the FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality protections, while a resolution of disapproval in the U.S. Senate crept closer to passage.

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14:08
Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

A smaller sensor notch in 2019, poor working conditions in a supplier's factory (or not), and the folks from Cupertino are pretty darned helpful to law enforcement:

  • A rumor has it that 2019 iOS devices may use a much more compact sensor for Face ID
  • Apple's own investigation seems to contradict a Bloomberg/China Labor Watch report that found bad working conditions at an Apple supplier's factory
  • The head of the California Division of the FBI loves Apple, as the company provides training to FBI and local law enforcement officials
  • Apple's Health app is being used as evidence in a German murder trial (hint: your heart rate climbs when you're trying to dispose of a body)

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

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13:59
Nissan: Leaf EV pre-orders are over 13,000

Over the last week or so we've seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget...

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13:56
TMO’s Top 5 Picks from CES 2018

CES 2018 brought loads of interesting products to Las Vegas for us to check out. These are our top picks from everything we got to look at.


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13:55
NY attorney general isn’t waiting on Congress, leads...

Multi-state efforts to reverse last month’s FCC decision to repeal net neutrality have been formalized today with a court filing.

more…

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13:51
Apple Pay picks up new card issuers in US, Canada...




Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include more U.S. institutions, plus a handful of additional options in Canada and China.

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13:35
The fight to restore net neutrality is picking up...

Yesterday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Senate Democrats now have a total of 50 votes in favor of restoring net neutrality. Today, the push back against the net neutrality repeal intensifies, as a companion House bill to reject the...

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13:27
Congressman requests Meltdown and Spectre briefing...

US Representative Jerry McNerney sent a letter to Intel, AMD and ARM today requesting a briefing on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the companies' handling of them. McNerney, a California representative and member of the House Energy and...

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13:26
Universal Audio's $499 Arrow interface connects...




Universal Audio has shipped the Arrow desktop audio interface, a high-end peripheral for music creation and audio recording that connects to a Mac with Thunderbolt 3, with the portable unit including a number of built-in plug-ins to help refine the overall sound of recordings.

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13:15
These are the latest Apple Pay banks in North...

While Apple Pay works with nearly all of the major banks across the United States, there are still plenty of regional banks and credit unions with customers waiting for Apple Pay to work with their institution. The latest expansion includes several additional banks across North America and Asia.

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13:07
FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural...

Bringing broadband internet access to rural areas has been an ongoing, long-term effort, but millions of Americans, including over a third of rural citizens according to 2016 reports, still don't have the option. Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed...

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12:57
Universal Audio ships Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio...

This compact 2×4 interface starts with esteemed UA conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo interface range, to sonically outperform anything in its class. With its Unison technology and built-in UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, you can record through classic audio tools including the 610 Tube Preamp, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer setting.

This is an incredible looking interface and included plug-ins bundle.

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12:55
San Francisco FBI chief shares why the agency loves...

A new report today from Forbes sheds a new perspective on the relationship between the FBI and Apple. From the public’s perspective, the two usually seem to be at odds, but the FBI’s San Francisco chief has shared why “we heart Apple” and how the relationship between the two is improving.

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12:44
Amazon makes it easier to find live shows on Fire TV

While most movies and TV shows on Amazon Channels are available on demand, a few of them can be watched live at the same time they're broadcast on traditional TV. If you use a Fire TV stick to watch television and movies on the big screen, you might...

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12:21
Microsoft may be working on a new Xbox Elite...

Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller is pricey, but arguably the go-to choice for Xbox One owners who want a gamepad that fits their exact needs. And apparently, there's enough demand to merit a sequel. Multiple leaks appear to have uncovered a new El...

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12:09
Dictation Eases Data Entry

If you need to enter numbers, dates, or times into your Mac by hand, there’s an easier way than typing them in with your keyboard. Instead, try dictating them into your iPhone or iPad!

 

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12:00
Lamborghini’s 650HP Urus is equal parts muscle and...

Lamborghini's Urus is more than just an absurdly overpowered SUV, it's packed with technology both on the entertainment and safety sides too. That means along with its 650 horsepower twin-turbo aluminum 4.0 liter V8 (whew) you also have the option fo...

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11:55
Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data...




Despite the appearance of conflict between Apple and U.S. law enforcement, the company is not only cooperating in many search requests but actually training the FBI and other police forces.

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11:42
Comcast brings Jackbox's Party Packs to X1 set-...

Comcast is rolling out some new gaming options for its X1 set-top box users. Multichannel News reports that Jackbox Games has begun to show up on X1 this month with two gaming packages being offered. Jackbox Party Packs 3 and 4 are available for $25...

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11:33
Issue in Google's Cast-enabled devices,...




Google's Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from 'sleep mode,' a problem Google is working to rectify.

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11:26
The Human Cost of the Apple Supply Chain Machine

Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its supply chain factories. China Labor Watch and Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, makes workers endure harsh safety conditions and unfair work terms in a factory in Suqian. According to observers and discussions with workers, the machines are not only loud, but spray fluid and metallic particles that frequently hit workers' faces only some of which have access to safety goggles and gloves. From the report: Hundreds throng a workshop where the main door only opens about 12 inches. Off duty, they return to debris-strewn dorms bereft of showers or hot water. Many go without washing for days at a time, workers told Bloomberg. "My hands turned bloodless white after a day of work," said one of the workers, who makes a little over 4,000 yuan a month (just over $2 an hour) in her first job outside her home province of Henan. She turned to Catcher because her husband's home-...

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11:23
'Far Cry 5' limited edition includes new...

If you get excited by cool vinyl video game soundtracks like we do, you're in luck. Mondo, the company behind the amazing Contra vinyl and that fantastic The Last of Us box set, has just partnered with Ubisoft on Far Cry 5. Starting today, January 16...

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11:20
OSX/MaMi Malware, CES 2018 Trends from the Outside...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to shed some light on the OSX/MaMi malware threat for the Mac, plus they share their perspective from the outside on CES 2018 trends.


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11:10
watchOS 5 dream concept imagines info-dense faces,...

Matt Birchler has published an excellent watchOS 5 design concept that envisions future features that could come to Apple Watch. Included are much more information dense watch faces with new layouts, third-party apps as data sources on the Siri watch face, and my favorite: podcast playback.

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11:03
Face ID Tracking Emotions is Real, Thanks to Loki

The facial data is put through a neural network trained to map facial data to emotions.


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11:00
Patent shows Apple is looking into 3D printers

Personally, I doubt we’ll ever see a 3D printer from Apple. However, the company is looking into the possibility, as evidenced by a newly granted patent (number 9,868,245) for a “method and apparatus for three dimensional printing of colored objects.”

While 3D printing technology has been around for many years, it hasn’t until recent years that the printers have become widely available commercially. As a result of their wide availability, applications for 3D printing have been extended to architecture, construction, automotive, engineering, dental and medical industries. However, to extend the use of 3D printers to more industries and encourage more household use, it may be desirable to improve the 3D printing technology to make objects that are more versatile and useful to an everyday consumer, Apple notes in the patent filing. 

Apple’s invention involves systems, computer readable media, and methods for printing of 3D objects in color. In general, a 3D object may be...

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10:54
Apple and the FBI’s relationship

This is a fascinating article at Forbes on how the FBI views Apple and its pro-privacy stance. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

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10:50
Western Digital launches two new G-Speed Shuttle...

Western Digital has introduced two new ultra-transportable solutions in its high-powered G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle product family. They’re designed to meet the demands of professional content creators who need “lightning-fast transfer speed and a high-capacity storage solution that can easily be moved from the studio to wherever your project takes you, and back,” says Scott Vouri, vice president strategy and business development, G-Technology, Western Digital.

The new 4-bay G-SPEED Shuttle solution integrates into a Thunderbolt 3 ecosystem. With it, a...

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10:42
First Toyota CarPlay Vehicles Coming This Spring

The CarPlay systems will have a wired connection, so you’ll have to connect your iPhone via USB.


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10:40
Apple's first South Korean retail store to open...

Apple’s first South Korean retail store now appears set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27, according to AppleInsider.

The date and specific location of the shop —in the Garosu-gil, a Gangnam-based luxury shopping district —has been plastered on the construction facade (pictured), according to a forum post. Hours and other official details haven’t been announced.

With the opening of the store, Apple will have 503 retail stores in 24 countries and an online store available in 39 countries.

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10:33
Apple issues fifth macOS 10.13.3 beta to developers




Apple on Tuesday released a fifth developer beta of macOS 10.13.3, cleaning up code ahead of the High Sierra update's official launch.

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10:31
Steam is selling Papers, Please for $2 today

Yearning to smuggle drugs or participate in other questionable antics on the border of an imaginary Eastern Bloc-esque country? Today's Steam Daily Deal is for you. Right now, the online gaming retailer is selling Lucas Pope's Papers, Please for $2. You've got quite a while to get this deal as Steam's "daily deal" ends just before 9AM on Wednesday Pacific time. The game is usually $10.

Papers, Please is a very engrossing game despite its low-buck graphics (the game only takes up 41MB on your hard drive). Regardless, we were so enthralled with it that we named it our Game of the Year for 2013.

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10:30
iPhone most activated smartphone in U.S. last quarter

Apple increased its share of smartphone activations in the fourth quarter of 2017, following the release of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to data shared with MacRumors by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

This is really interesting to me, especially considering all the rumors that the iPhone 8 sales were lower than expected because people were waiting for the iPhone X, and then iPhone X sales weren’t meeting expectations. It sounds like sales are doing fine, but we’ll find out during the next quarterly earnings.

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10:24
Hydrogen-powered bicyles

The firm’s Alpha bike runs for about 100 km (62 miles) on a two-litre tank of hydrogen, a range similar to an electric bike, but a refill takes only minutes while e-bikes take hours to charge. One kilo of hydrogen holds about 600 times more energy than a one-kilo lithium battery.

The bikes are really expensive, and the charging stations even more expensive, but they do plan to bring these to the consumer market in the coming years.

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10:18
Apple releases fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta 

Apple has released the fifth macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 beta for testing. The release comes one week after the fourth macOS 10.13.3 beta; Apple released the fifth beta versions of iOS and tvOS betas late last week.

more…

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10:15
TCM: Manage your Macs from a web browser

TCM is the best way to manage your Macs, instantly. Take a screenshot, open an app, open a web page, reboot a computer, send a UNIX command, reboot to Windows — all without leaving your desk. TCM does all of this right from a web browser. No software to install on the administrator computer and accessible from anywhere.

Sounds intriguing.

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10:14
Universal Audio launches new $499 bus-powered Arrow...

With NAMM 2018 fast approaching, Universal Audio just launched its new Arrow audio interface, and it looks to be quite compelling. Featuring a design that’s similar to the company’s higher end Apollo series of interfaces, the Arrow comes with a simple and clean all-aluminum chassis.

The Arrow is Universal Audio’s most affordable audio interface, coming in at only $499. That’s a not so insignificant price difference between it and the Solo — the entry-level interface from its Apollo line that starts at $699. more…

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10:13
Toyota to finally offer CarPlay in some 2019 models

If you hop over to Apple's CarPlay site, you'll notice that Toyota is listed among the partner car manufacturers. It's been there for years, in fact.

There's just one problem. Toyota has never produced a CarPlay compatible vehicle. (Nor Android Auto, for that matter.) Instead, the auto maker has stuck steadfastly to its own Entune platform for app integration. 

That's all finally changing with the 2019 Toyota Avalon and and select 2019 Lexus vehicles. Next year's Avalon, with Entune 3.0, will finally support CarPlay, as will select Lexus vehicles with the Enform 2.0 platform. The announcement was part of an overall reveal of the 2019 Avalon at the North American...

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10:01
Western Digital ships G-Speed Shuttle external...




Drive producer Western Digital has launched two models of the G-Speed Shuttle, an external storage device range aimed at content creators that offers up to 48 terabytes of capacity and boasts fast transfer speeds using Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to connect to an iMac Pro or MacBook Pro.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: G-Tech 2TB USB-C Drive $69, Qi...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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09:19
iPhone X’s one design limitation rumored to be...

Apple’s iPhone X is a major visual leap over previous generations thanks to its nearly all-screen design, but it would be closer to perfect if the sensor housing didn’t obscure the view in landscape orientation. Now a new rumor out of the supply chain suggests we could see the notch shrink as soon as next year.

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09:15
Sponsorships available for January/February

We have some sponsorships available for the remainder of January and the month of February. If you would like to get your product or service in front of the wonderful readers of The Loop, get in touch with me and let’s make a deal. You can get more information on the sponsorships here.

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09:14
Using an iPad for photography workflows

During my recent trip to Australia, my workflow was blown up by a busted MacBook Air screen so I had to jury-rig a solution that, in some ways, mirrored not only the solutions found in this piece but the frustrations as well.

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09:13
Spiel Bluetooth Speaker System: $55

We have a deal today on the Spiel Bluetooth Speaker System. It’s a 3-piece desktop speaker, with two 2.5″ mid-range satellites and a 4″ woofer. In addition to Bluetooth, it also has a 3.5mm audio hack for another input. You can get it for $55 through us.


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09:12
Apple's first South Korean store set to open in...




Missing rumored launch dates by a wide margin, Apple's first South Korean store now appears set to open in Seoul on Jan. 27.

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09:10
News: App Store download revenue set to overtake...

App Store downloads brought in $26.5 billion for developers in 2017, and Asymco’s Horace Dediu has unearthed some interesting stats about how that stacks up against other juggernauts of American business. If App Store downloads continue to increase at the same rate, the amount generated in 2018 will be more than the entire film industry combined, as well as more than the revenue taken in by the entire McDonald’s Corporation in 2016. In the…

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08:53
“Wait, We’re Worth Millions?” New FileMaker...

FileMaker, an Apple subsidiary, released a new commercial today featuring a few “staff members” from the US version of The Office. Check it out and watch how these Beet Lords manage their entire business with FileMaker. It’s as if anyone can do it (and, truth be told, anyone can: we use FileMaker here at both TMO and BackBeat Media to manage our entire operation).


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08:50
Western Digital launches new G-Technology G-Speed...

Today Western Digital took the wraps off of two new external storage solutions from its G-Technology product family. The G-Speed Shuttle with Thunderbolt 3, is one that may interest iMac Pro and MacBook Pro owners the most. It’s an external storage unit with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and up to 48TB of storage in RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 in a 4-bay transportable form factor. more…

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08:30
∞ Apple Music and the loss of the album

Over the weekend, someone started a thread asking why an artist’s album view in Apple Music has gotten so cluttered.

To see this for yourself, pick a relatively modern artist and check out their list of albums in the Music app. For example, fire up Siri and say:

Show me all the Bruno Mars albums

When the Bruno Mars page appears, scroll down to the Albums section and tap See All. Amongst the actual Bruno Mars albums, you’ll find a lot of singles and EPs. Way more singles and EPs than actual albums, in fact.

Now it certainly is great to have a complete list of all of Bruno Mars’ music at your fingertips. But sometimes you want to find an album. And there is a lot of clutter.

Personally, I think it’d be nice if there was some way to declutter the list, have a view without all the duplicated remixed singles.

To get a sense of the core of this problem, take a few minutes to read Kirk McElhearn’s excellent post,...

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08:26
LG Innotek not expected to boost TrueDepth camera...




While Apple is likely to add Face ID to more products this year, LG Innotek's rumored TrueDepth supply expansion will only come into play in 2019, a report indicated on Tuesday.

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08:25
Apple’s first store in South Korea set to open on...

According to a new sign placed on the covered store’s entry, Apple’s first retail location in South Korea will open on January 27th. The grand opening comes later than expected, with initial reports expecting the store to open before the end of 2017.

more…

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08:18
News: Chinese consumer group joins others demanding...

A Chinese consumer group has joined the growing list of private citizens and government entities demanding information about why and how Apple decided to slow down older iPhones without informing users, Reuters reports. Chinese state news agency Xinhua said the Shanghai Consumer Council has demanded a reply from Apple by Friday about how the company plans to rectify consumer complaints that their old iPhones became sluggish after the iOS 10.2.1 update.…

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08:02
US politicians pressure AT&T to cut ties with...




U.S. political figures are reportedly escalating their pressure on AT&T to distance itself from Chinese companies, including work on 5G standards with Huawei.

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08:00
A custom, hand-made gift for the Technology...

Josh Tidsbury, Apple:

I have the great honor of working as part of the Technology Evangelism group at Apple. Involvement in the annual WWDC conference is one of the key efforts by the team each year, and I was really taken by the conference this year. The developers I met were simply amazing, the team behind the conference immensely talented, and the conference branding and theme also spoke to me very deeply.

As someone who came into technology from the arts, and endeavors to bring the best of both disciplines into everything I do, it struck a chord in my heart.

And:

I wanted to create something of a keepsake for each of the other members of our team as a personal gift to each of them. I’ve always loved the aesthetic of the Apple Design Award, and wanted to create something of an homage to that design, but using my favourite material: wood.

Read the post, take a look at the pictures. What an amazingly thoughtful gift. So cool.

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Apple improves U.S. device activations share...




Apple enjoyed a bumper quarter in the United States following the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to a consumer research report into device activations, with activations of iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 up compared to both the previous quarter and the same quarter in 2016.

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Nintendo Switch games could be coming to the Mac via...

Nintendo Switch games could soon be coming to the Mac. The team behind a Nintendo 3DS emulator for macOS is working on a new Switch emulator called Yuzu that could allow fans to enjoy franchises like Super Mario and Zelda on platforms that aren’t officially supported by Nintendo, according to a report by Cult of Mac.

“Could” is the operative word here. Mac support hasn’t been confirmed; however, Cult of Mac surmises that “given that Citra is available on Mac, there’s a good chance Yuzu will be eventually, too. Also note that there’s no word on when Yuzu will be available.

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China Labor Watch again cites Apple for poor Chinese...




Apple has come under fire again for working conditions in an iPhone and MacBook enclosure manufacturing facility, with workers allegedly undertrained, and lacking sufficient hazard protections.

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iPhone & Mac casing manufacturer Catcher once...

Catcher – a Chinese company which makes casings for both iPhones and Macs – has been accused of violating a whole raft of Apple’s supplier standards. Catcher was one of the iPhone suppliers reporting high demand into this year, and is rumored to be developing a lightweight frame for a future Apple wearable.

A report by China Labor Watch says that the company violates 14 of Apple’s supplier-responsibility standards, including serious safety-related ones …

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Twelve South debuts the PencilSnap for the Apple...

TwelveSouth has debuted the $29.99 PencilSnap, an Apple Pencil accessory with hidden magnets that keep the iPad Pro tool connected to your Apple Smart Cover.

It can also be used as a standalone protective sleeve to keep Pencil free from nicks and scratches. It's designed to fit like a glove so you don't have to worry about the tool falling out.

Cut from the same, soft leather as the PencilSnap, TwelveSouth’s $79.99  SurfacePad is another new iPad Pro accessory. This leather cover is a hands-free, multi-angle viewing stand and a typing wedge rolled into a thin shield that doesn't hide or disguise the iPad's sleek profile. It’s available for the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch versions.

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News: Apple makes deal to allow tipping to resume...

Apple has reached a deal with Tencent that will soon allow the tipping feature to be turned back on in WeChat, The Wall Street Journal reports. Direct payments to content creators were disabled in WeChat and other apps last year when Apple informed the app makers that it considered the payments equivalent to in-app purchases — which means Apple would be entitled to 30 percent of the revenue being sent. The companies objected, arguing that Apple…

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Google app uses machine learning to match your photo...

Here’s a link to the Google Arts & Culture app.

Once you install the app, launch it, then scroll down, just a bit, to the section with the white box that asks, “Is your portrait in a museum?”

Tap to get started, give Google access to your camera, take a selfie, then let the app do its thing. My sense is that the matching algorithm keys in on your hair, including any facial hair.

Interesting idea. Wondering what Google does with all the selfies it harvests.

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These are some great backstage photos from some iconic artists. And their friends.

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Sales of smartwatches such as the Apple Watch to...

A new report by Juniper Research found that hybrid smartwatches such as Fossil Q and Nokia Steel, which appear to be analogue watches but integrate some smartwatch functionality, will make up over 50% of the smartwatches market in 2022. 

This means that nearly 80 million hybrid smartwatches will be shipped by 2022, up 460% from an estimated 14 million in 2017. However, digital display smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch and Fitbit Ionic, will increase by a more conservative 160%, according to the research group.

Juniper found that slower growth for digital display smartwatches has caused several manufacturers, like Motorola,...

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WaterField’s Holdall is a combo briefcase/workout bag

WaterField Designs has launched the Atlas Executive Athletic Holdall, a briefcase-workout hybrid bag. 

One side features a padded MacBook and iPad compartment and organizational pockets for other work essentials; the other side boasts a chamber for clothes and a collapsible, zippered space for shoes. The carryall was built to combine the best features of a professional briefcase and a fitness bag into one sleek design, according to the gang at WaterField Designs 

The Atlas Executive Athletic Holdall is priced at $429 and available in black ballistic nylon with black or chocolate full-grain leather details. It measures 16 x 10 x 8.5 inches and weighs 3.4 pounds for the canvas version and 3.1 pounds for the ballistic model. It meets most airline personal carry-on-item size requirements

The Atlas Executive Athletic Holdall is available for order now. The pre-...

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WhatsApp reportedly testing new method of catching...

WhatsApp appears to be testing a new method of catching spam and hoax messages, like the oft-circulated one claiming that a subscription is required for continued use of the service. Two elements have been spotted …

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CIRP: U.S. iPhone activations up 10 points in...

New data from CIRP — as noted by 9to5Mac -- indicates that Apple increased its U.S. iPhone activations 10 points in the final quarter of the year, from a 29% share in the September quarter to a 39% share by December, notes the research group.

Activations were up five points year-on-year, from 34% in quarter four of 2016 to 39% in the same quarter in 2017. The iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus’ popularity edged Apple further ahead of Samsung, notes CIRP.

“In the first full quarter after the launch of its three new models, Apple grew its share relative to Android brands,” Josh Lowitz said. “If we compare change in share from the September quarter to the December quarter in this year and last year, Apple clearly improved its market position. It gained ten percentage points from the September to the December quarter both years, but as it had a better September quarter in 2017 than...

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Report: iPhone’s US activations up 10 points in Q4...

The latest CIRP data indicates that Apple increased its US iPhone activations ten points in the final quarter of the year, from a 29% share in the September quarter to a 39% share by December. More significantly, activations were up five points year-on-year, from 34% in Q4 2016 to 39% in the same quarter last year.

The popularity of the iPhone X and iPhone 8/Plus pushed Apple further ahead of Samsung …

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Apple-owned FileMaker launches ad campaign featuring...




Apple subsidiary FileMaker has released a new ad campaign touting the custom app development tool, with a video and website featuring cast members from 'The Office' in a mock documentary about a highly successful beet farm powered by a FileMaker-produced app.

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