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Thursday May 25

11:45
Pokemon: Magikarp Jump comes to Apple's iPhone...




The Pokemon Company has launched a new game for Apple's iPhone and iPad, Magikarp Jump, looking to build in a small way off of the success of Pokemon Go.

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11:42
Newegg is selling a pure sine wave UPS for just $125...

If you’re serious about protecting your PC—and any unsaved work or game you might have open on it—you need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS). A UPS is a surge protector and emergency battery in one, meant to keep devices safe and humming along when the power goes out. Right now, Newegg has a particularly good model on sale: The retailer has dropped the CyberPower GX1325U to just $125. That's $65 cheaper than the going price at other retailers.

This UPS is an 1325 VA / 810 watt unit with pure sine wave output. That last bit isn’t a pop quiz from high school—a pure sine wave is supposed to offer a more reliable transition from your local electrical grid to battery power, especially for sensitive PC power supplies. It’s also the most expensive type of output to produce, which is part of the...

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11:31
HTC Link promises a high-end VR experience with a...

Consumers with an interest in VR currently have two options: The high-end systems, such as the Oculus Rift, have their own displays and are powered by a computer. The more portable systems, like the Samsung Gear VR, are powered by your smartphone and...

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11:26
Apple will live stream WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5...

Apple is now promoting its upcoming special event on June 5 at 10 am PT with a landing page and a calendar entry on apple.com. Apple’s WWDC 2017 opening keynote, which Apple will live stream, will be the first major event the company has held since last fall after foregoing a spring event this year.

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11:26
Apple Transforms PR Site to a ‘Newsroom’ and...

Out is a headline-oriented list of press releases and in is a Flipboard-like “Newsroom” with cover photos and clickable tiles.


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11:12
Class-action suit alleges GM cheated emissions test

Yet another automaker has potentially been caught trying to cheat on its EPA emissions tests. Following VW's "diesel-gate" SNAFU in 2015 and the Justice Department going after Fiat-Chrysler just last week, GM on Thursday found itself the defendant in...

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11:08
Apple releases a new video showing off iPhone...

Apple has released a new environment focused video today in the same style as those shown off last month celebrating Earth Day. The previously shared videos discussed the company’s environmental efforts and the science behind it all. The comical illustrations featured Apple Execs like Vice President Lisa Jackson.

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10:55
Draft bill gives the government power to control...

Drones have been the focus of many security initiatives, like the "sky fence" in the Channel Islands that jams pilot signals to stop drones from bringing contraband into the prison. Remotely piloted aircraft can also be a force for good, like in Afri...

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10:46
Mac: IK Multimedia Syntronik

IK Multimedia has built a well-deserved reputation for creating powerful and authentic digital music tools, and the company’s new Syntronik is sure to be another hit with musicians. The new virtual synthesizer promises to take the virtual instrument game up another big notch with 38 iconic synths and string machines samples with IK Multimedia’s usual attention to detail. The app features a new hybrid sampling and modelling synthesis engine combined with a large set of high-quality modelled effects. Over 2,000 preset sounds are included that cover a huge selection of vintage synths, including some ultra-rare classic synthesizers that few will ever have an opportunity to lay their hands on.

yntronik includes 17 amazing instruments, available as a collection or separately, with over 2,000 preset sounds covering a wide selection from 38 of the most iconic to ultra-rare and painstakingly multi-sampled vintage synthesizers. Syntronik’s synthesis engine goes well...

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10:34
The Big Ringless Voicemail Rant – TMO Daily...

Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to make it clear exactly how they feel about ringless voicemail. Spoiler: they don’t like it.


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10:26
Media photos offer deeper peek inside Apple's...




Images from Thursday media preview offered a detailed look inside Apple's first store in Singapore, set to open this Saturday.

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10:18
Everyone's favorite useless Pokemon gets its...

It's pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn't have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monste...

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10:16
Readdle brings file drag-and-drop in Split View to...

Readdle has updated its suite of productivity software to support file drag-and-drop between its own apps when multitasking with Split Screen on supported iPads. Drag-and-drop is a desktop computer feature that iPad users have been requesting on iOS since multitasking was introduced two years ago.

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10:07
Walt Mossberg’s last column

This is my last weekly column for The Verge and Recode — the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere. I’ve been doing these almost every week since 1991, starting at The Wall Street Journal, and during that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know the makers of the tech revolution, and to ruminate — and sometimes to fulminate — about their creations.

Cheers, Walt!

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10:05
Lauren Kern named editor-in-chief of Apple News

Lauren Kern, executive editor at New York Magazine, has been named as the first editor-in-chief of Apple News, reports Politico. She's of New York magazine’s most high-ranking editors and a former deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine

“It’s unclear what exactly the role will entail, and Kern declined to comment. But at the very least, it would seem to suggest that Apple has ambitions for its two-year-old aggregation app, which replaced the Apple Newsstand in 2015 but hasn’t really gained traction in a big way,” says Politico.

Apple News isn’t a firsthand source of news, so Kern's role could be at least partially related to curation of other news sources. In February, Apple executive Eddy Cue said the company wants to "vet and make sure that the news...

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10:00
Lyft challenges Uber Black with its own luxury cars

Lyft passengers who prefer a black Audi or Lexus to the ubiquitous Toyota Camry can rest easy. On Thursday, Lyft launched their Lux service in New York City, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Chicago, bringing premium black cars with drivers r...

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09:48
New GitHub Marketplace Showcases Integrators,...


GitHub earlier this week launched GitHub Marketplace, featuring apps from more than a dozen integrators, at the GitHub Satellite conference. The platform allows developers to review and purchase new tools that do everything from helping to manage projects, to automating code building, testing code quality, or monitoring the impact of code changes. The marketplace allows developers to start using the tools collected there without setting up multiple accounts or multiple payment methods. Launch partners include Waffle.io, CircleCi and others.

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09:47
Facebook adding Apple News support to Instant...

Facebook introduced its Instant Article format for publishers two years ago as a way to make loading content in the News Feed much faster, but the format hasn’t been adopted as widely as the social network had hoped. Now Facebook is rolling out new tools for publishers to make Instant Articles compatible with Apple News and Google AMP formats.

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09:40
And Now, a Brief Definition of the Web

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge: Traditionally, we think of the web as a combination of a set of specific technologies paired with some core philosophical principles. The problem -- the reason this question even matters -- is that there are a lot of potential replacements for the parts of the web that fix what's broken with technology, while undermining the principles that ought to go with it. [...] A lot of tech companies are flailing around looking for ways to fix this problem. There are web apps that work in Chrome but not really all that well elsewhere. There are Instant Articles in Facebook and AMP pages on Google. There are Instant Android apps that stream to your phone over the internet instead of being installed, which go away when you're done with them just like a browser tab. Google claims to be trying to bring some of the open ethos of the web to smart speakers. Hell, go back to 2014 and you'll find Apple pundit John Gruber arguing we should consider apps and "...

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09:39
T-Mobile launching its flexible 'Digits'...

T-Mobile has been working on a new type of multi-number, multi-device phone service. Digits, one of the company's UnCarrier moves, is now through beta testing and ready to launch at the end of the month.

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09:32
New Apple Cartoon Looks at the Liam Recycling Robot

Apple launched a new video called “Earth Day 2017 — Does my iPhone believe in reincarnation?” It’s part of the cartoon series the company started on Earth Day earlier in May, but this one takes a look at Liam. That’s Apple’s purpose-built recycling robot that pulls iPhones apart so the components can be reused. I like this series of environmentally-themed cartoons. They’re fun, interesting, and informative. Lisa Jackson, Apple Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, tweeted the video Thursday.


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09:31
Apple Music announces Sigrid as this month’s Up Next...

Following up on last month’s release, Apple Music has announced that Sigrid is May’s Up Next artist. Up Next is a new documentary artist series from Apple Music that focuses on up and coming musicians.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook up to $500 off...

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.

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09:25
∞ Free tickets for my WWDC party are now available

I’m very happy to announce that free tickets for my WWDC party are now available. With the generous help of our sponsors iMore, PleyMart.com, MacPaw, and Pixelmator, this year’s party is going to be bigger than ever!

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09:19
Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co...

While Twitch has been busy expanding the breadth of what you can watch on its platform, Microsoft has been quietly improving how you watch and broadcast with its Beam service. Just to get it out of the way, Beam will henceforth be known as "Mixer." T...

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09:00
Binge-watching will be as easy as breathing

It's never been a better time to be a media addict. We're in the midst of a television renaissance, where writers are pushing the medium to new heights. It's easier than ever to get access to foreign and independent films. And the rise of streaming s...

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08:59
Pokémon’s Magikarp Jump splashes onto iOS for...

Pokémon fans have long been waiting for an official game to make its way to the App Store. Last week seemingly out of nowhere, the company announced it would be releasing a new game, titled Magikarp Jump. Having been released in select countries earlier this week, it is available now in the US and rest of the world.

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08:50
Apple makes New York Magazine editor Lauren Kern...




Apple has reportedly recruited New York media icon Lauren Kern to serve as the first-ever "editor in chief" for Apple News, possibly hinting at greater ambitions for the app.

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08:48
T-Mobile’s DIGITS program with phone number...

T-Mobile announced today that its DIGITS program will be leaving beta and launching soon. DIGITS offers phone number flexibility across multiple devices as well as the option to use multiple numbers with one device. The new program will be available for all T-Mobile customers starting next Wednesday, May 31.

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08:23
Happy Hour Podcast 121 | 10.5-inch iPad Pro...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss more 10.5-inch iPad Pro expectations, Apple’s settled patent dispute with Nokia and why it matters, a wild iPhone 9 rumor, and our macOS 10.13 wishlist ahead of WWDC 2017. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:57
News: Wemo to add support for Apple HomeKit

Belkin has announced that it will at long last be bringing HomeKit to its lineup of Wemo home automation accessories. The added compatibility will come in the form of a new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Bridge that will provide the interface between existing Wemo Smart Plugs and Light Switches — including the company’s recently-launched Wemo Dimmer — to enable them to be used with Apple’s HomeKit system. Although Wemo created some of the…

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07:51
News site claims that Trump’s iPhone is so locked...

News site Axios is claiming that Trump’s iPhone is so locked down the only visible app on it is Twitter. Staff are also said to aim to keep him too busy to spend much time watching cable TV and tweeting…

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07:45
President Trump's iPhone reportedly has one app...




The iPhone used by U.S. President Donald Trump is said to have just one third-party app loaded onto it -- Twitter, which he uses to communicate his agenda directly to the world.

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07:44
Apple News hires prominent New York Magazine editor...

Apple News is gaining its first-ever editor-in-chief, according to a new report from Politico. Lauren Kern will take on the newly created role at Apple after serving in prominent positions at both The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

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07:32
Readdle launches proprietary file drag-and-drop for...




Addressing a feature lacking native support from iOS, developer Readdle has announced a new drag-and-drop feature for its own apps, including PDF Expert, Spark and Scanner Pro, that works in the iPad's split-screen multitasking view.

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07:20
News: Apple creates new Editor-in-Chief position for...

Apple has created a new Editor-in-Chief role for Apple News, appointing veteran editor Lauren Kern to the post, Politico reports (via MacRumors). Describing it as a “move that’s sure to raise eyebrows” in media circles, Politico adds that Kern is one of New York magazine’s “most high-ranking editors” as well as having formerly been a deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. While there’s no information…

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07:07
Continuation patent shows that Apple is still...

Apple has patents for virtual keyboards on MacBooks dating back as far as 2009, but a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

A virtual keyboard was of course a headline feature of the iPhone when it was launched in 2007, and Apple also introduced the feature to the latest MacBook Pro models in the form of the Touch BarPatently Apple illustrated the patent using a Lenovo Yoga Book, showing what is in effect a giant Touch Bar replacing a physical keyboard.

If the idea fills you with horror, as it does me, we...

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06:57
Belkin Launching HomeKit Compatible WeMo Bridge This...

Belkin’s new commitment means you’ll be able to control WeMo smarthome devices with Siri.


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06:53
Andy Grignon 10 Years Later, Reflecting on Helping...

Skylar Hamilton*, writing for Mouth of the River, recently interviewed Andy Grignon, one of the original iPhone team members:

“It was terrifying to be honest! Remember we had spent years in solitude working on this thing under the strictest of Apple standards. Seeing it ‘out in the wild’ was surreal, to say the least,” says Grignon. Imagine hiding something so big for years and then the entire world not only knows about it, but they all use it. “After that feeling passed, it turned into sheer terror.”

*Yes, for those of you wondering, this is a “proud papa” moment for me, too. Forget that, though, and go read the interview. Some great stuff in there, including a tip about extending your battery life!


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06:50
Jony Ive appointed Chancellor of the Royal College...

Sir Jony succeeds Sir James Dyson OM, Provost of the College (2011–17), as this key honorary role is renamed. The Chancellor is head of the College, presiding over meetings of the Court, a member of its governing body, Council, and conferring degrees at Convocation. Baroness Gail Rebuck remains Chair of Council and becomes Pro-Chancellor of the university. The posts of Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor are non-salaried.

Congrats, Jony.

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06:46
People selling their cars in favor of Uber, Lyft

Nearly a quarter of American adults sold or traded in a vehicle in the last 12 months, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll published on Thursday, with most getting another car. But 9 percent of that group turned to ride services like Lyft Inc and Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] as their main way to get around.

About the same percentages said they planned to dispose of cars and turn to ride services in the upcoming 12 months.

This makes a lot of sense in urban areas and for people that don’t like to drive. I enjoy driving, so I wouldn’t do that, but it seems to be a growing trend.

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06:42
Apple Watch proves most accurate at measuring heart...

If these numbers are important to you (and they are for a lot of people), it’s good to know the Apple Watch comes out ahead.

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06:42
Wemo will support Apple’s HomeKit

Wemo, the smart home brand from Belkin International, plans to enable Apple HomeKit compatibility to more than two million Wemo solutions on the market. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users will be able to ask Siri on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch things like "Siri, turn on Wemo," or "Siri, dim the living room lights," or use the Apple Home app on any of these devices.   

Users will also be able to include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than one hundred other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go.

"Wemo is offering this bridge to address the overwhelming request from customers to make currently installed Wemo products work with HomeKit and other HomeKit compatible products," says Brian Van Harlingen, chief technology officer at Belkin International...

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06:37
How iCloud Photo Library matches up to Google Photos

I don’t use either to manage my photos. Any Loopers want to weigh in on their particular pros and cons?

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06:34
How to remove GPS information from photos on macOS...

My life is an open book so I don’t care about the GPS data on my photos but many people do have legitimate concerns. These are easy steps to take.

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06:32
IDC: laptops, detachable tablets will see growth in...

If accurate, this could be good news for Mac laptops and iPads, desktops not so much: notebooks and detachable tablets (which includes the iPad Pro) will drive a return to growth in the personal computing market in 2019, according to IDC.

However, worldwide total shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are forecast to decline from a total of 435 million units in 2016 to 405.2 million units at the end of the forecast period in 2021, according to the Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker from International Data Corporation (IDC). 

This represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.4%. IDC reduced its overall PCD forecast from the previous version by up to 3% depending on the year, with the largest reductions coming from...

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06:14
Wemo Bridge will add HomeKit compatibility to Belkin...




After a commitment from Belkin to share plans about future Wemo HomeKit compatibility earlier in May, the company has made good on its promise, and has announced the Wemo Bridge allowing currently installed peripherals to function with Apple's home automation solution.

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06:13
Apple patent filing hints at a a Mac laptop with a...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170147087) for “housing as an I/O device" that hints at, among other things, a Mac laptop with a virtual keyboard.

The invention would sense user interactions with the exposed surface of the device and generate electrical signals based on the interactions. Those signals could make a virtual keyboard appear.

They could also cause icons to light up when speakers are activated by a tap so you could control volume (something already implemented in the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar). 

The invention could also offer certain information when device is in sleep mode, graphics within housing may be used to give limited information without waking the device up. For example, the housing may provide an indication of remaining battery life or an indication of a wireless communication signal strength. 

A tablet is also mentioned in the patent filing, so some of these features could make it into future iPads.

By the way, check...

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06:08
IK Multimedia debuts new beast Mac synth w/ Moog,...

IK Multimedia, a popular maker of mobile audio recording solutions and software for iOS and Mac, is introducing a massive new plug-in instrument for Mac and Logic Pro today. The new Syntronik is a sample-based virtual synthesizer and features 38 painstakingly multi-sampled virtual versions of some of the most classic synthesizers that have ever existed. more…

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06:07
UK airport installs 2000 iBeacons for augmented...

Gatwick Airport, the second-largest of London’s airports, has installed around 2,000 iBeacons to help passengers find their way around the terminals.

While phase 1 of the project is rather basic – merely showing people where they are on a digital map – the second phase will provide augmented reality navigation, guiding passengers to their gates by overlaying arrows on live images of the terminal. The airport is also considering a more ambitious third phase …

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06:02
macOS: Linking Contact Cards Together

If your contacts list contains duplicated data because you’re using more than one account to sync (like, say, both a Google one and your iCloud one), Melissa Holt has a fix to link them together.


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06:00
Yummy FTP Pro+ Lifetime License: $19.99

We have a deal on Yummy FTP Pro+, an FTP client for the Mac. The deal is for a lifetime license for Yummy FTP Pro, FTP Alias, and FTP Watcher. That license includes lifetime access to all minor updates and major upgrades, and it’s $19.99.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Drive Genius 5 Standard License

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering Drive Genius 5 for only $39 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This award-winning app will help you keep your Mac running smoothly, optimizing and cleaning up OS X for optimum performance and keeping you up to date on potential hard drive issues before they become catastrophic. With Drive Genius 5 you can create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive, track down…

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05:59
Apple design head Jony Ive made chancellor of London...




Apple's chief design officer, Jonathan Ive, has been made chancellor of London's reknowned Royal College of Art, a position which will divert some of his attention away from the company.

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05:56
AOL launches updated Alto email app w/ integrated...

AOL, now part of Verizon, is today launching an updated version of its Alto email app that it first launched back in September of last year. Today’s update includes new calendar integration, Amazon Alexa support, and more.

One of the highlight new features arriving in today’s update is full calendar integration in the app’s Dashboard interface:

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05:51
Royal College of Art announces Jony Ive as its new...

The Royal College of Art (RCA) has appointed Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive as its new chancellor. He will take up the role in July 2017.

Sir Jony succeeds Sir James Dyson OM, provost of the College (2011–17), as this key honorary role is renamed. The chancellor is head of the College, presiding over meetings of the court, a member of its governing body, council, and conferring degrees at convocation.

Ive, who holds over 5,000 patents and has led the design team at Apple since 1996, received an honorary doctorate from the RCA, conferred in 2009.  He was awarded a CBE in 2006 and a KBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.  Among others, Ive also holds honorary doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 2012, D&AD named Ive and his team the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years.

Apparently, the role is a part-time one, so Ive should continue his duties at Apple. However, he has handed off some of those duties in recent years. In 2015...

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05:42
The Apple Watch is really good at measuring heart...

A new study by the Journal of Personalized Medicine — as noted by MacRumors — compared the accuracy of seven different fitness trackers. The Apple Watch was found to have the lowest margin of error when measuring heart rate, beating the Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, Mio Alpha 2, PulseOn, and Samsung Gear S2. 

Data gathered by the fitness devices was compared against a "gold standard" tracking method, which included an electrocardiograph (ECG) for measuring heart rate and clinical grade indirect calorimetry (measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide expelled when breathing) for measuring calories burned. An error rate of 5% was determined to be within acceptable limits. 

Across all of the modes of activity, Apple's smartwatch had the lowest median heart rate error at 2% (1.2% to 2.8%), while the Samsung Gear S2 had the highest...

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05:36
Apple transitioning app store prices into local...

Apple is transitioning the pricing at its app stores from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, “a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates,” reports AppleInsider.

In Poland, the zloty replaces the euro on Apple's digital storefronts, including the iOS and Mac App Stores, iTunes, and iBooks Store. Local currency is also applied to services and subscriptions like iCloud and Apple Music. Along with Poland, Apple is switching store currency in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania over from euro pricing. 

At the same time, Chile, Colombia, Croatia and Peru are swapping to their local currency from the U.S. dollar. This comes almost six months after Apple transitioned Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar...

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05:33
Apple continues roll-out of local currency pricing...

Apple has been gradually switching its international app store pricing from US dollars or Euros to local currencies, doing so in eight countries at the end of last year. It told developers last week that it would be doing the same thing in a further nine countries ‘within 7-10 days,’ and these changes have now taken effect …

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05:31
Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers...




As part of an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Apple, Qualcomm on Wednesday requested a court order stipulating that Apple contract manufacturers maintain royalty payments during the legal process.

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05:30
Qualcomm advances its lawsuit against Apple...

Qualcomm, the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors, is seeking an injunction requiring Apple's contract manufacturers to pay royalties owed. The company says Apple is encouraging the non-payments as a way to shut down other pending legal actions.

Qualcomm received an FTC complaint in January for allegedly threatening Apple with higher royalty payments if Apple tried to get baseband chips from other companies. Apple responded with a $1 billion lawsuit in the U.S., a $140 million lawsuit in China, and a third in the United Kingdom.

Qualcomm countersued Apple, and then recently added a lawsuit against the contract manufacturers FIH Mobile, Hon Hai Precision, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal Electronics.

In a statement regarding Apple’s lawsuit, Qualcomm said: “While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations,...

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05:25
Belkin Wemo smart home accessories to add HomeKit...

After a change of heart, Belkin has now officially announced that it will bring HomeKit support to its ecosystem of Wemo smart home accessories later this year with the unveiling of a new HomeKit Wemo Bridge.

The bridge will enable all Wemo devices currently on the market to interact with an Apple user’s HomeKit setup. This will allow voice control of Wemo lights, plugs and switches via Siri as well as manual control through the iOS 10 Apple Home app.

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05:15
Stanford study hails the Apple Watch’s heart rate...

The good news is that the current Apple Watch features one of the most accurate heart rate monitors on the market.

The bad news is that its calorie counting feature could use some work.

A new medical study from Stanford University published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine on Wednesday sought to determine the validity of readings from commonly worn fitness trackers. The growing number of consumers buying and wearing devices with biometric capabilities presents a unique opportunity for preventative cardiovascular medicine, but error rates of these commercial products are largely unknown, the study says.

“People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices,” Euan Ashley, DPhil, FRCP, professor of cardiovascular medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science at Stanford said in a statement. Ashley also stated that consumer devices are not bound by the same regulations as medical-grade equipment, making it difficult for doctors...

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05:12
Look inside Apple’s latest retail store shows...

Two days ahead of the opening of the first Apple Store in Singapore, the company has provided a press preview of the interior.

One notably missing feature is the glass staircase which has traditionally been a signature design element of Apple’s retail stores. There is instead what is being reported as a stone staircase but may be a ceramic one. This design was first seen in the Nanjing store in China, and appears to be destined for the refitted 5th Avenue store in NY too …

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05:00
Apple launches Swift development curriculum aimed at...

If you or anyone you know is looking to get into Swift coding, this might be your thing.

Apple has just launched a new app development curriculum, available on the company’s iBooks e-reader app, that aims to let anyone in high school or community college learn to code in Swift and create apps for iPhone and iPad.

In 2016, Apple launched Swift Playgrounds at its WWDC event. The project’s goal was to get children of all ages to become familiar with the basic concepts of code. This represents the next step and several community colleges have simultaneously announced support for the new curriculum, including the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston Community College, Mesa Community College, and San Mateo Community College District, with more colleges and high schools on the way.

The curriculum was assembled using the same approach as Swift Playgrounds, Apple collating ideas from a variety...

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05:00
Dr. Mac’s Gifts for Dads and Grads 2017

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time for Dr. Mac to suggest some cool gifts for the Apple-lovin’ dads and grads you know and love…


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04:55
Apple transitions to Newsroom portal for press...

Apple has today officially transitioned away from its ageing press portal in favour of the modern Apple Newsroom, which combines company press releases, photo coverage and other news into one place. All links to apple.com/pr now redirect to apple.com/newsroom.

At the same time, the company has also updated its executive biography pages with a fresh design update to fit in with the company’s recent website design trends and adopts the San Francisco typeface, finally retiring the Lucida Grande font.

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04:38
Jony Ive appointed chancellor of ‘the world’s best...

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive has been appointed chancellor of London’s famous Royal College of Art (RCA). The RCA has been ranked as the world’s best university for art and design for three years running.

Ive, who was awarded an honorary doctorate by the RCA back in 2009, says he is thrilled by the news …

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04:30
PixelCut's PaintCode for macOS lets you create...

By Aaron Lee

Many developers rely on images to draw the user interfaces of their apps. Since Retina displays were introduced by Apple, developers have had to provide two sets of raster images for two different pixel densities.

With the Retina HD displays in iPhones and iPads, a third set of raster images for the new pixel density is necessary to ensure the best possible image quality. All these images will increase the size of applications; moreover, managing and creating them is a burden both for developers and for graphic designers.

PixelCut's PaintCode provides a solution to this problem by letting developers create apps that don't use any raster images. With the software, developers can make their apps completely resolution-independent. PaintCode is a vector drawing app that outputs Objective-C or Apple’s Swift code instead of images. This code is resolution-independent, so it works perfectly on all kinds of displays.

PaintCode is,...

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04:06
Qualcomm accuses Apple of blackmail, seeks...

The legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple over patent royalties for wireless chips has been further escalated. Qualcomm has effectively accused Apple of blackmailing it by instructing its suppliers to withhold royalty payments.

Qualcomm makes the accusation in a court filing requesting an injunction against all four of Apple’s iPhone manufacturers …

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04:00
How to change the default web browser in macOS Sierra

I’m perfectly happy using Safari in macOS Sierra. However, if you prefer another web browser, you can change it. Here's how:

From the Apple () menu, choose System Preferences, then click General.

Choose your web browser from the ”Default web browser” pop-up menu.

Voila! That’s it!

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

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 25, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Cipherboard has launched a free end-to-end encrypted keyboard that purportedly makes it “close to impossible” to spy or pull information off of anything typed and sent. It's designed to keep your data safe from people looking to hijack your accounts, reset passwords and then log in as you, steal financial information, or comb through your contacts looking for useful information about you for spear-phishing attacks.

Parkmobile is a new app that lets drivers find, pay for, renew, and even reserve parking spaces using only their...

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03:21
Control Your Payment Card from Your iPhone

Ally Bank’s new Card Control app lets you control how your debit card is used, and other financial institutions offer similar solutions as well.

 

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03:00
How iCloud Photo Library matches up to Google Photos

Last week at the Google I/O developer conference, Google announced a raft of forthcoming additions to its Google Photos service. Since Google Photos runs on iOS and in any web browser, it’s a serious photo-storage option for Mac, iPhone, and iPad users—and in many ways, it’s way ahead of Apple’s Photos apps and iCloud Photo Library service.

Then again, WWDC—Apple’s own developer conference—is in just two weeks. It’s an opportunity for Apple to declare where it’s taking Photos and iCloud Photo Library next. In the meantime, though, it’s worth pointing out where Google Photos is beating Apple’s offerings, and where Apple’s ahead—and how WWDC could be poised to change both sides of the equation.

To read this article in...

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21:44
Twitter adds all 69 new emoji to its arsenal

Twitter has stepped up its emoji game in a big way. The social network is one of the first platforms to make all 69 Emoji 5.0 icons available to its users, and they include a few new flags, a woman with headscarf, persons with gray hair, the starstru...

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21:13
Qualcomm seeks court order forcing Apple suppliers...




As part of an ongoing patent licensing dispute with Apple, Qualcomm on Wednesday requested a court order stipulating that Apple contract manufacturers maintain royalty payments during the legal process.

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20:00
Gogoro 2 makes the electric scooter lifestyle more...

About two years after we first rode the Gogoro Smartscooter, the company is back with a sequel. The Gogoro 2 and Gogoro 2 Plus lightly rework the original, with a second gen motor and powertrain that deliver the same amount of power (6.4kW), but prom...

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20:00
Acer crammed a quantum dot display into a 10-inch...

While it may not be the first name in tablets, Acer has produced some respectable touchscreen devices in the past. Last month, the company unveiled a wide range of new 2-in-1 devices in its compelling Switch line of Windows 10 machines. Today, in adv...

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20:00
Acer's Nitro 5 notebook is meant for gamers on...

As a company with several indistinguishable product lines, the last thing Acer needs is another family of laptops to follow. But with the Nitro 5, it's hoping to make a dent in the increasingly important budget gaming market. It's not the most powerf...

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19:52
Apple Store app displaying ‘we’ve got something...

Ahead of new product releases, Apple will take its online store down for a few hours to changeover banners and products, as well as to build hype. This evening, the Apple Store app for iOS has gone offline without warning, though the Apple.com store remains online. However, it’s unlikely that this is for product announcements…

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19:39
Intel takes two big steps to push Thunderbolt 3 on...

Do you have Thunderbolt 3 on your PC? No? It's not surprising. Your system needs a separate (read: expensive) chip to handle the ultra-fast connector, and Intel hasn't made the specification available to other companies. You're more likely to see the...

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19:11
TSA may ask you to unpack tablets and cluttered...

While it looks like the airline industry has successfully held off the US Department of Homeland Security's proposed laptop ban for now, the government will soon be giving carry-on bags an extra thorough inspection at airports around the country anyw...

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18:42
‘Castlevania’ series goes vampire hunting July 7th...

These days, Netflix isn't just releasing a lot of streaming content, it's betting on topicality and nostalgia to win. In the last week, it confirmed a Dark Crystal prequel and a tweet-inspired Rihanna/Lupita Nyong'o buddy series, with a possible Elle...

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18:37
Apple transitions App Store pricing to local...




Apple this week is transitioning App Store pricing from the U.S. dollar and euro to the local currencies of nine countries, a change that in some locales equates to a small savings thanks to favorable exchange rates.

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18:02
Facebook will court 'millennials' with its...

Facebook's dreams of pushing original video shows may be delayed, but that's doing little to stop its ever-growing ambitions. Reuters sources claim that Facebook has landed deals with a slew of "millennial-focused" internet media companies, includin...

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17:56
Stanford study finds Apple Watch top-notch heart...




A new medical study from Stanford University focusing on consumer fitness tracker reliability found Apple Watch to be the most accurate heart rate monitor out of seven popular devices, though all products tested failed in terms of calorie counting.

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17:53
GOP, Businesses Want to Spam Your Voicemail Without...

If businesses get their way your voicemail will be a new target for spam.


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17:21
New study finds Apple Watch to be most accurate at...

A new study out of Stanford University today dives deep into the accuracy of modern fitness trackers, including the Apple Watch. The study, which consisted go 60 participants, takes a look at how accurate fitness trackers are at measuring heart and calories burned…

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17:17
Amazon's iOS app inexplicably adds photo...

Back in February, Amazon added its product- and barcode-recognition technology, "Flow," to its iOS shopping app. The feature had its own standalone app, but bringing it to the main one let users scan items using their smartphone's camera and add to t...

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16:26
DJI's palm-sized Spark drone delivers epic...

Everyone loves taking selfies, even if they don't like to admit it. And if you're looking to take those snaps of yourself to the next level, DJI's new, cutesy Spark drone may be just for you. The company's latest drone is designed to fit on the palm...

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16:16
Twitter brings support for live, 360 degree video to...

Last fall, Twitter debuted a new app for the Apple TV to allow users to take advantage of its growing video content, and today the company is updating that app with a pair of new features. Headlining the update is support for live, 360 degree video…

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16:03
Congressional internet privacy bill would counter...

The US House of Representatives may have voted to roll back the FCC's privacy rules and let internet providers sell your browser history without your explicit permission, but there's a proper replacement waiting in the wings... maybe. Tennessee Repre...

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15:45
Apple Releases AirPods Firmware 3.7.2

Apple released firmware update version 3.7.2 for AirPods Wednesday. There are no patch notes for the update, but the educated guessensus is that it’s a performance and stability release. The release was first spotted by German site Macerkopf.de (via iDownloadblog). You can download the firmware update via your iPhone with your AirPods in their charging case. Your charging case will need to be plugged into a power source.


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15:42
Warby Parker Brings Eye Checkup to Your iPhone

Warby Parker’s new app may save you a trip to the optometrist.


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15:28
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fire lawsuits...




Hot on the heels of the devastating recall that stopped sales of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is now facing additional lawsuits that allege the company was aware of battery overheating and fire hazards for years--including its Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, S6 Active, S7, S7 Edge, S7 Active and Note 5--but failed to address the issue or warn customers. Legal action has now spread to multiple class action cases in three different states.

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15:26
Samsung’s Iris Scanning Joke, Crappy Business is Not...

Unsurprisingly, Samsung’s crappy iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 has been defeated. Worse, defeating it is easy. Bryan and Jeff think it’s a joke and another example of Samsung’s delusions of relevance. They also discuss Bryan’s theory that PC makers can’t compete with Apple’s MacBook with me-too design, and say that surveillance capitalists being honest about spying on your doesn’t make their spying OK.


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15:14
Google Photos adds an archive button to declutter...

Google Photos has been gently nudging users to store and share more on its service lately. Earlier this month, the Photos team unveiled some AI-powered sharing suggestions and a Google Lens integration that will make its image recognitions even smart...

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15:12
The Telegraph’s 93 Second Primer Steve Jobs’s Career

London newspaper The Telegraph published a quickie biography of Steve Jobs on Wednesday. The 2,100 piece is titled, “Who was Steve Jobs? Tech trailblazer and co-founder of the Apple empire.”  goes in-depth for a newspaper article, but it’s still a short look into a person like Steve Jobs’s entire life. It’s probably perfect for someone who’s curious about Steve Jobs, but hasn’t delved deep into all things Apple. Accompanying the written piece was a 93 second video that runs  through Steve Jobs’s career with slides, information, and other highlights. Again, there’s little new for hardcore fans, but both the article and the video are excellent primers for anyone who’s been curious about the late Steve Jobs.


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14:48
Sensor-embedded plastic wrap makes brain surgery...

It almost goes without saying that brain surgery requires extreme precision, but there hasn't been much advancement in brain mapping techniques for the past two decades. What good is a breakthrough procedure if you're still using bulky, imprecise 199...

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14:34
Giveaway: We're giving away another pair of...




Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, we're gearing up for another AirPods giveaway. That's right, we're giving away a free pair to one lucky reader. Enter now through May 31 for your chance to win.

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