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Thursday September 21

US allies accuse NSA of manipulating encryption...

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is in the global bad books again after allegations surfaced suggesting it was trying to manipulate international encryption standards. Reuters reports that it has seen interviews and emails from experts in countr...

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Nearly 1700 Aldi grocery stores gain support for...

iPhone and Apple Watch users shopping at Aldi grocery stores can now check out with Apple Pay at nearly 1,700 locations across the U.S., marking a significant expansion for Apple's tap-to-pay service.

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Dolby Atmos Coming to Apple TV in Future Update

The price for the new model (5th generation) starts at US$179 for 32GB. You can also opt for the 64GB model at US$199.

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Instagram's face filters are now available...

The face filters that Instagram swiped from Snapchat are now available on Instagram Live. Starting today, you can add filters before your Live feed airs or during with options that include various crowns and animal ears as well as pilot getup and and...

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Ford Motor Puts Design Strategy Under the HoloLens

Ford Motor Company has unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization software. Unlike with the clay models, which can weigh 5,000 or more pounds, designers with HoloLens can make instant changes to side mirrors, grilles, interiors and other vehicle elements.

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Apple TV 4K won't play 4K YouTube videos...

While the Apple TV 4K can play 4K videos from sources like iTunes and Netflix, that support is conspicuously missing from one of the most popular tvOS apps, YouTube.

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Prepping Your Old iPhone for Its New Owner

It doesn’t take much time, but following this procedure keeps your data safe and gives your iPhone’s new owner a fresh device.

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The universe's most energetic particles have...

The origin of cosmic rays has been a mystery to scientists since their detection over fifty years ago. One of the prevailing theories is that they come from the center of our galaxy. But now, a group of more than 400 scientists from eighteen differen...

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US music sales keep climbing thanks to streaming

Last year, streaming generated more money in the US for the music business than all other forms of distribution for the first time ever, and that trend is continuing in spades. In the first half of 2017, the industry raked in just under $4 billion, u...

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The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle: $49

Ready to get up to speed on coding for iOS 11? Check out today’s TMO deal: The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle. It’s packed with 108 hours of tutorials to get hone your iOS 11 developer skills in Swift, machine learning, developing for the iPhone, and more. The online package is usually US$1,224, but you can get it for 95% off with our deal—that’s only $49.

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How Peggy Whitson stayed in shape for nine months...

Space is no place for battles of the bulge. That's why NASA insists on getting its astronauts into peak physical condition before sending them offworld. But aboard the ISS, in a living space the size of a football field, the human body will readily g...

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AirPods wireless charging case will be sold...

When Apple announced its new AirPower charging mat accessory alongside the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X– the first iPhones to support wireless charging– it also casually mentioned that AirPods would get a new optional wireless charging case. But otherwise details have been slim. Can you use your old AirPods with the new charging case? Will you be able to buy the case separately or only bundled together with new AirPods? And should you hold off on buying AirPods until Apple reveals more details about the new charging case?


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Understanding iOS 11 Control Center, ARKit’s...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings work in iOS 11’s Control Center, plus Mr. B has a few complaints about ARKit.

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FTC lawsuit over D-Link’s lax router security just...

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took D-Link to court over its incredibly insufficient security. The FTC claimed that the company failed to protect its routers and IP cameras from unauthorized access, exposing them to use in botnet atta...

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Apple Pay comes to grocery store chain ALDI’s almost...

Apple regularly adds new banks and credit unions to support Apple Pay, but mobile payment adoption by major holdouts is a much slower process. Grocery store chain ALDI, however, announced today that it now accepts Apple Pay at its almost 1700 locations across the United States.


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Facebook's 'M' AI assistant will help...

Facebook had grand plans for its in-Messenger AI assistant, M, when it was launched in 2015. While the service hasn't quite yet lived up to the hype, the company is continually rolling out new features in a bid to make using it a fun experience, and...

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‘I was just doing my job’: Soviet officer who...

This is a truly terrifying story and, sadly, he never got the recognition and appreciation he deserved.

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Inside iOS 11: Cover Sheet mimics lock screen,...

The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone's Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user's notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November.

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Roku reportedly has a 4K streaming stick on tap for...

Roku's getting ready for a new round of hardware updates this fall (we've previously reported on their interest in a smart speaker), and we have some news on what may be coming. According to Zats Not Funny, Roku will unveil a 4K HDR streaming stick w...

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Instagram brings its popular face filters to live...

In an update today to the social media service, Instagram is making its popular face filters available to users when sharing live video.


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OWC unveils new USB-C Travel Dock

OWC has announced the OWC USB-C Travel Dock, which lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop or other computer to utilize its five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.

The included USB-C cable provides connectivity to the dock’s five ports for USB devices users need when traveling. It provides connectivity to USB devices through two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports to connect and power two USB devices, so users can have a full tablet and/or phone charge at all times. An HDMI port connects one 4K display, and an SD card slot allows users to access and store photos with one connection.

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is available from Macsales and other retailers. It costs $49.99 and comes in gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold.

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OWC’s pocket-sized USB-C Travel Dock adds USB-A,...

OWC has unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of expansion docks for MacBooks with the new USB-C Travel Dock. Pocket-sized and priced affordably, USB-C Travel Dock adds two traditional USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an SD Card reader over a single USB-C connection.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air $790, TP-Link...

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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What if the Google-HTC deal is actually about voice...

The news is out: HTC and Google have finally consummated their ages-long flirtation with each other. In exchange for $1.1 billion in cash, HTC will hand over 2,000 employees to the search giant. These are the people who formed the bulk of the Taiwane...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendt ranks 13th on FORTUNE’s ‘Most...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail stores, ranks 13th on FORTUNE’s "Most Powerful Women" list for 2017. Last year she placed 14th on the list, which is comprised of 26 CEOs controlling $1.1 trillion in market cap, seven newcomers, one returnee, and nine women in the tech industry. 

Here’s what FORTUNE has to say about Ahrendts: “ince being persuaded by Tim Cook to join Apple in 2014 (she previously led British fashion brand Burberry), Ahrendts has been heads down on the tech behemoth’s largest store redesign in 15 years. In May the company launched its long-awaited “Today at Apple” initiative, which seeks to supplement public education through free courses on everything from coding to music production to photography. Apple’s highest-ranking woman, she oversees 60,000 retail employees and is responsible for the in-store experiences of a more than a million daily customers. Research...

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London Costcutter trials finger-vein readers for...

The humble Costcutter supermarket at Brunel University in London has recently become home to a biometric payment system that allows customers to check out with a tap of their finger. The store's owner has begun trialling Sthaler's Fingopay system, wh...

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Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to '...

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull...

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Royole's 'personal cinema' headset...

VR's not-so-meteoric rise has also revived interest in that most sci-fi of concepts: the personal cinema. A head-mounted display that lets you immerse yourself in a movie, blocking out the distractions of modern life. No matter if you're on a plane o...

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LIFX smarbulbs gain long-delayed support for Apple...

Several LIFX smartbulbs are now compatible with Apple's HomeKit, the company announced on Thursday, in a move which could bolster the company's attempts to compete with Philips' popular Hue series.

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Happy Hour Podcast 139 | Hands on with Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss 9to5Mac’s iPhone 8 / 8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3 reviews, favorite app updates for iOS 11, and best features in iOS 11 / watchOS 4 / tvOS 11.

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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Here’s What You Need to Know About the iPhone and...

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support wireless charging. Here’s what you need to know.

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Review: OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 12 I/O ports and...

The promise of Apple’s USB-C laptop future is expandability, versatility and flexibility. Plugging in single-device dongles for USB and HDMI is a stop-gap, but is wasting the potential of the port.

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($299) better fulfills the idea: one port, one cable, provides power and a multitude of inputs and outputs like normal USB, a 3.5mm jack, SD card, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet and more. It isn’t perfect, but I’ve been using it for months now with my MacBook Pro and it adds so much convenience and utility. Read on for my full review …


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∞ The 70 most influential visual effects films of...

What an interesting list, not necessarily of good movies but of movies that had visual excellence.

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AAPL share price dives after Apple Watch Series 3,...

Shares in AAPL were sharply lower at the start of trading this morning on negative news about two new products; the Apple Watch Series 3 (which begins shipping tomorrow) and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

For the Apple Watch Series 3, the bad news was that early reviewers had issues with the device not connecting to LTE networks -- oddly enough, an issue caused by the Wi-Fi connectivity of the device. 

An Apple spokesperson told The Verge -- which had panned the Watch in a review based on the technical issues -- that "We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release."

As the Watch will be in the hands of many early adopters tomorrow, the need for a fast fix is imperative for Apple. With the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the "issue" isn't really a surprise. Orders for the two new iPhones are slower than they...

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News: iPhone X production faces further ‘incremental...

Apple’s new iPhone X is experiencing an “incremental delay” in its build plans that will likely delay production until mid-October, according to a new investor note obtained by Barron’s. The note reveals that production of the flagship iPhone doesn’t appear to have started yet, and the mid-October production start represents a one-month delay compared to previous expectations. The investor note primarily concerns itself…

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Deals: Save $95 to $200 on every 2017 27-inch iMac...

Shoppers looking for the lowest price on Apple's current 27-inch iMac 5K can instantly save $95 to $200 with cash rebates or our exclusive coupon code, plus no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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Inside iOS 11: Apple's new one-handed keyboard...

Although most recent iPhones aren't as friendly to one-handed users as the iPhone SE, Apple's new iOS 11 does offer a special one-handed keyboard that compresses buttons into one corner of the screen. Here's how to use it.

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Liam Gallagher, forced to make his own tea

If you know who Liam Gallagher is, you’ll no doubt find this both in character and, perhaps, an insightful comment on changing times. If you don’t know him, think controversial rock star (lead singer of the band Oasis).

From his Wikipedia page:

His erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press; he remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.

With that background, check out the video embedded in the main Loop post.

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Hodinkee review of the Apple Watch Series 3 Edition

Benjamin Klymer, Executive Editor of Hodinkee:

One of the most amusing things about doing what I do for a living – writing about and working with mechanical watches – is the reaction that other watch guys expect me, or really any other reasonable watch person, to have about the Apple Watch. They think we should hate it. I don’t hate the Apple Watch, nor should anyone else. If anything, the build quality versus price ratio on the Apple Watch is so embarrassing for the Swiss that I genuinely think it will push mechanical watchmakers to be better.

This is a thoughtful, long, and fantastic review of the Series 3 Apple Watch. More specifically, Benjamin is writing and speaking about the ceramic Edition model, which now comes in both grey and white. Don’t miss the video at the top, and the terrific collection of pictures sprinkled throughout.

There’s no way to quote out all the chewy goodness in this post, but I did find this particular point fascinating.


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Apple TV 4K impressions positive, depending on how...

Early reviews of the Apple TV 4K are in, with most reviewers having a generally positive impression of the device -- but all point out that other than future-proofing there is no reason to invest in the device if you have no interest in the Apple iTunes ecosystem, or don't have a 4K television.

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iOS 11 official release notes

This is a great read, a great way to quickly get a sense of all that’s new with iOS 11. Worth a scan, pass it along.

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iOS Control Center: Understanding how the WiFi and...

John Gruber, commenting on the fact that the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons in Control Center no longer act as on/off switches:

This is an interesting feature, but I think it’s going to confuse and anger a lot of people. Until iOS 11, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in Control Center worked the way it looked like they worked: they were on/off switches. Now, in iOS 11, they still look like on/off switches, but they act as disconnect switches.

Off the top of my head, I would suggest making them three-way switches: on and connected, on but disconnected, and off.

Completely agree. This setup is confusing. As John points out, when you tap the WiFi button, WiFi is left on, but you are disconnected from your current session. Tap it again, you are reconnected. The icon goes from a blue background to a grey background, and back to blue when you reconnect.

To complete the picture, there is a third icon state. Take a look at what happens when you turn on airplane mode...

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Looking for More ARKit Apps? There’s an App Store...

Apple’s revamped App Store in iOS 11 aims to improve discoverability, and that’s good news if you’re on the hunt for more apps that show off what you can do with augmented reality.

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Creating the High Sierra USB Install Disk for a...

If you’re ready to start installing your Hackintosh or breathing new life into an older Mac, this episode’s for you.

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Apple says Dolby Atmos surround sound coming to...

Although the shipping version of the Apple TV 4K is missing Dolby Atmos surround sound, support should be coming in a future tvOS update, according to Apple.

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∞ Top iOS 11 augmented reality apps

Good video showing these apps in real world use. Many are limited functionality right now but you can see some amazing potential.

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∞ How to follow someone in Apple Music, how to share...

Had a lot of back and forth on Twitter yesterday working through how to find and follow someone on Apple Music, and the various settings that impact what the follower can see.

First things first, here’s how to find and follow someone on Apple Music […]

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Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts continues climb...

Angela Ahrendts’ move from Burberry to Apple in 2014 saw her make Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ list for the first time, entering at #29. She’s been working her way up the list since, this year climbing to #13 …


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Affinity Photo for iPad gets iOS 11 integration

Affinity Photo for iPad has been optimized to make the most of the new iOS 11. It’s a photo editing app for organizing and managing files. Affinity Photo for iPad users can now simply drag and drop a chosen image, or multiple images, and start editing thanks to the new Files app in iOS 11.

New integration with mail is another addition. Affinity Photo can now read a variety of different image file formats, so if, for example someone emails you a PSD file, you can now open and edit that file – with all layers intact – directly on your iPad. You can even save it back out again as a PSD and drag it straight into an email reply.

Affinity Photo for iPad is compatible with the iPad Pro 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, and optimized for Apple Pencil. For more information go to

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Apple TV with 4K doesn’t support the Dolby Atmos...

The new Apple TV with 4K doesn’t support the Dolby Atmos surround sound format — yet. However, Apple tells The Verge that the lack of Atmos isn’t a hardware limitation, and that support is on the roadmap. I expect we’ll see it in an upcoming tvOS upgrade.

Dolby Atmos is an audio format for creating and playing back multichannel movie soundtracks. It was developed to give movie sound a more three-dimensional effect. Traditional 5.1- and 7.1-channel surround setups deliver captivating sound using speakers placed all around your room. Dolby Atmos takes this to another level with speakers to create a "height" layer of sound above the listener.

This overhead sound extends the height of your system's soundstage while also allowing for some very cool effects. Imagine hearing an airplane flying over your head – not just in front of and behind you. With a Dolby Atmos...

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Inside iOS 11: App Store renovation for iPhone, iPad...

Other than speed enhancements and new multitasking features, some of the changes to iOS 11 are cosmetic -- one of those surface changes is the appearance of the App Store to make it more look like Apple Music's design language.

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News: Daily Deal: Freeter Pro

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering Freeter Pro for only $9.99 — that’s 65% off the regular price. This personal productivity app lets you gather everything you need in a single, easy-to-use interface, so you can quickly and directly access analytics, open task manager, fire off a line of code, or do whatever else your project needs quickly and easily.

Get the Freeter Pro now for only $9.99...

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Mellel: The advanced word processor for real writers

Macs have been the writer’s computer of choice since the 1980s, and as a result there are probably more text editors and word processing apps for macOS than any other operating system. However, most of those tools don’t have what it takes to do really serious writing on the Mac. Take for instance, writing research papers with complex mathematical functions and copious references, or writing a book with extensive cross-references, footnotes, many chapters and subsections. The only word processor that can handle it all is Mellel, this week’s sponsor of Apple World Today.

Here’s a humorous look at what Mellel handles with ease that the “King of Word Processors” doesn’t even have a clue how to do:

Mellel's powerful 21st-century text engine enables an object-based approach to word processing, making tasks in long-form documents happen instantly. Have hundreds of saved searches? You can run all of them at once...

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Apple TV 4K reviews: The best streaming TV box...

Apple’s tactic of making advance review models available to selected publications, and setting an embargo on publication, means it’s able to control the flow of reviews so that they all get maximum attention.

On Tuesday, it was the iPhone 8 (including our review). Yesterday, the Apple Watch Series 3 (our review). And today it’s the turn of the Apple TV 4K.

The bottom-line of most reviews is that it’s an expensive device compared to alternatives like...

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How to scan documents in iOS 11 Notes app

Good walkthrough by Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog, on using Notes to scan and save documents.

I love this feature. And I find it interesting to think about edge detection at work here. Watch how the scanner detects the edges of a piece of paper laying on a table, automatically adjusts the scanning frame so you end up with a relatively rectangular result.

This object and edge detection is a hallmark of ARKit. Not certain that’s how this was done, but would not surprise me if it was.

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Bose unveils new SoundSport Free truly wireless...

Bose has this morning unveiled its first truly wireless headphones, dubbed the SoundSport Free. Much like Apple’s own AirPods and Jaybird’s latest Run in-ears, Bose is taking aim at active users looking for an audio solution during exercise.

As one of the biggest names in audio, Bose is taking its established tech and cramming it into earbuds that weigh just 0.35-ounces each. A wireless carrying case will handle charging, much like what Apple and Jaybird has instituted with their own headsets in recent releases. However, its a new antennae system that Bose claims will truly set its new release apart from the competition.


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Hackers use Find My iPhone to remotely lock Macs,...

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

Over the last day or two, several Mac users appear to have been locked out of their machines after hackers signed into their iCloud accounts and initiated a remote lock using Find My iPhone.

With access to an iCloud user’s username and password, Find My iPhone on can be used to “lock” a Mac with a passcode even with two-factor authentication turned on, and that’s what’s going on here.

This does appear to be a genuine hole in Apple’s security scheme, though iCloud itself was not hacked.

Seems like this is fixable. From the comments:

When you go to remote lock a device you enter a lock passcode and the device’s password or passcode. When that is sent to the Mac, iPhone, whatever, if the device password doesn’t match, it won’t lock the device. That way, even if a hacker guesses your Apple ID and password using hacked credentials, they still can’t lock the device without the Mac’s login.

Not sure if this is...

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Future iPads and iPhones could sport addition...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170269785) for “detecting backside force in a touch screen device. If it reaches fruition, it would mean iPads and iPhones with additional touch controls on their back.

In the patent filing Apple notes that many types of input devices may be used to provide input to computing devices, such as buttons or keys, mice, trackballs, joysticks, touch screens and the like, but that touch screens, in particular, are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease and versatility of operation.

When a user is holding a mobile device and interacting with the device, they may hold the device in such a way that their hand or fingers rests on the rear of the device. When they interact with the device, the portion of the hand contacting the rear of the device may apply force to the rear of the device, either unintentionally or intentionally. Apple wants to change this by implementing rear touch controls that only respond when the user...

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Trade-in Deals: Sell your used iPhone for cash and...

With the release of the iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3, now is the time to trade in your old device before values drop. Here's a guide to help you sell your old iPhone for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBackWorld, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services.

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Ellen DeGeneres sent a 12-year-old app developer to...

Ellen DeGeneres sent 12-year-old Alex Knoll to the iPhone X release event, where the youth got a chance to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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iOS 11 “Messages in iCloud” feature touted, release...

This may be another case of having to wait a little bit for an iOS 11 feature that was shown in a demo but not released as of yet.

Apple’s “Messages is iCloud” feature, which was touted at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference event, was removed during the beta cycle and will return at some undisclosed point in the future.

The “Messages in iCloud” feature synchronized a user’s Messages “stack” between devices seamlessly. With the feature set implemented, deleting a message on one logged-in device would strike it from all, plus only the newest messages would be stored on-device with the rest held in iCloud and loaded only when needed.

Since the release of iOS 11 on Tuesday, there is no mention of the cloud-based Messages on the feature page for iOS 11.

Even without the functionality, users can continue to receive and store messages on each device, and can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud Backup.

At present, not only is...

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Rumor: iPhone X could face additional delays, see...

If you’re hankering for an iPhone X, you may have to wait a bit longer.

While Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the handset next month, Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso conducted supply chain checks this morning and shared a note stating that while production delays had already delayed the release of the iPhone X, further delays have occurred recently. He says production is set to start in mid-October, later than earlier predictions. With additional delays, full production ramp up will be delayed into the December quarter.

James offered the following comment:

Interestingly, while the industry widely anticipated a shift in iPhone ramp timing, our checks suggest there was an incremental delay in the build plans – with orders firmed up as recently as last week – shifting production more into the December quarter.

While our checks are ongoing, initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun...

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Apple TV 4K will support Dolby Atmos surround sound...

The new Apple TV embargo has lifted and The Verge’s Nilay Patel notes a couple of interesting tidbits about the new set-top box in his review.

Firstly, the surprising lack of Dolby Atmos will apparently be rectified in a future software update (although Apple didn’t share a timeline). Perhaps more shockingly, the native YouTube app for the Apple TV doesn’t support 4K or HDR playback …


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AR Sudoku-solving app showcases the combined power...

An augmented reality Sudoku-solving app that only works with completely empty puzzles might be kind of pointless, but it definitely serves as an impressive demonstration of just what can be done when you use the combined power of three Apple frameworks.

Magic Sudoku uses Apple’s image analysis software Vision to read the puzzles, the Core ML framework to solve them and ARKit to present the solution as an overlay on the puzzle itself …


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How to customize the Control Center in iOS 11

You can customize Control Center in iOS 11, so you can quickly change the settings for the things you do the most. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • To add controls, tap the “+” button. To remove controls, tap the “-“, then choose Remove.

Want to rearrange controls in Control Center? Just go to Settings > Control Center, tap Customize Controls, then touch and hold the three horizontal line icon next to the controls and drag them in the order that you want them.

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

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PSA: A reminder that toggling Bluetooth and wifi in...

We noted way back in July that toggling Bluetooth and wifi off in the iOS 11 control center doesn’t do quite what you might expect. Rather than disabling the functionality, it merely disconnects from currently-connected devices and cancels the auto-join feature to stop it immediately reconnecting.

But not everyone got the memo, so the issue is getting some fresh attention …


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Time is money, so you need Office Time for macOS,...

Office Time for the Mac (as well as iOS and watchOS devices) makes sure none of those valuable dollars and cents slip through your fingers, and more importantly helps you bill that to a third party. It starts off as a general time tracking program.

You can set a series of projects and categories to figure out exactly what you are doing and whom you are doing it for. For example, if you are working on a website project, you might put the website as the project name, coding as the category and then put in notes about exactly what you are coding.

You can even specify what your billable rate is. With this level of detail available, you’ll be able to tell the client exactly how the bill was derived and where their money is going.

For professional management, you can use advanced reporting such as graphs and spreadsheets to determine where you time and money are going. In particular I used the program to make...

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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 21, 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

Qrayon has introduced Noteflow 1.0, a new digital notebook app that’s designed to replace pen and paper. You can use it for taking notes, annotating PDFs, sketching and visual thinking, plus a whole lot more. Noteflow natively integrates with iOS 11's file system and drag ’n drop capabilities. You drop photos and text into the app, and drag your drawings into other apps. 

There are two editions of Noteflow. The Standard Edition is free. The Pro Edition, with additional features, is available for $14.99.

Vito Technology has launched...

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Apple sending shipment notifications for iPhone 8,...

It’s happening. If you were early enough to get in on day-one delivery for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE, and the Apple TV 4K, then you’ve probably begun receiving shipment notifications from Apple. more…

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The Amazon Fire TV just got a lot more annoying

Amazon's latest Fire TV software update makes banner ads way more intrusive.

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Future iPhones could sport front and back 3D Touch...

An Apple patent application published Thursday confirms the company is continuing research into advanced force detection technology, dubbed 3D Touch in Apple parlance, with a novel back-sensing configuration that could lead to thinner handset designs.

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Wednesday September 20

Qualcomm loses two key rulings in its patent royalty...

Qualcomm got two bits of bad news today in its squabble with Apple. First, it has failed to force Apple's manufacturing partners to make royalty payments prior to a determination of what the total disputed royalties should be, and second it lost an effort to stop Apple from pursing antitrust cases against it in other countries.

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Google buys HTC smartphone team, IP for $1B

After HTC announced a coming halt to trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending "material information" that could impact the stock's value, a move that sparked speculation of a takeover, Google on Wednesday confirmed plans to buy the firm's mobile division team for some $1 billion.

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Elgato says updates are coming to its HomeKit...

iOS 11 includes a host of improvements to HomeKit and accessory makers are moving quickly to adopt the new features. Elgato announced in a blog post this evening that it will “soon” rollout an update to its line of HomeKit accessories to better take advantage of the changes.


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AWT News Update: September 20, 2017

The construction's over at AWT HQ, and we take a look at some of the updates that have recently appeared or are about to arrive, as well as some new products from Nest

  • We tell you what's new in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS
  • Thinking about upgrading to macOS High Sierra on Monday? We give you a few pointers on things to do to prepare
  • Nest says Hello and wants to give you a Warm Welcome, as long as you're Secure

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This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update podcast for September 20, 2017. Sorry about missing out on the...

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Apple promotes all-new iOS 11 App Store in new...

Following the release of iOS 11 to the public yesterday, Apple has shared a new series of videos on YouTube that highlight the all-new App Store design. The four videos all highlight new features and capabilities of the iOS 11 App Store.


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Apple highlights revamped iOS 11 App Store in new ads

Apple launched a redesigned App Store with the launch of iOS 11 on Tuesday, bringing with it a revamped card-based user interface with bold graphics, a new set of spotlight categories, an emphasis on content curation and more.

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Review: Cujo, an unobtrusive smart firewall for the...

The idea of a smart home security monitor has been in the back of my mind since the Mirai malware infected so many devices earlier last year. I already take precautionary steps in creating a secure home network, but I wanted an extra layer of protection to work for me. That’s where Cujo comes in. After a few weeks of testing the “smart firewall,” I got to see just how efficient these systems could be.


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Roundup: Some of the best AR apps available now on...

Apple’s public release of iOS 11 yesterday includes a lot of great new updates. One of the most anticipated new features is the ability for iPhones and iPads with an A9 chip or later to run augmented reality apps made possible by Apple’s ARKit platform. Let’s take a look at some of the best AR enabled apps available now.


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Knightscope’s new security bot looks like a mini...

Robot maker Knightscope has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Its K5 security robot took a look at the harsh world and chose to throw itself into a fountain. And a different K5 robot was attacked and knocked over by a drunk guy. But...

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FTC warns influencers about relying on Instagram...

Up and coming social media stars posting sponsored content may want to take a careful look at today's #Influencers101 Twitter chat from the FTC. The agency tried to clarify a number of issues cropping up around promotional material posted to social m...

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Linux: Come for the Kernel, Stay for the Popcorn

Linux offers so much for users to sink their teeth into that even among desktop and more casual users, it's easy to get caught up in the tradecraft. It's only too tempting to put your system's technical capabilities to the test by trying out a new program or practicing a new command. As with any other interest, though, Linux is not much fun unless you can revel in it with fellow fans and enjoy the camaraderie. Here's a short tour of some of the major cultural hallmarks of the vibrant Linux world.

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iPhone X Production Not Ramping Up Until Mid October

Don’t expect iPhone X pre-orders to go as smoothly as last week’s iPhone 8 event because it looks like Apple isn’t ramping up production until the middle of October.

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iPhone X reportedly suffers another production delay...

It’s no secret that Apple has run into trouble manufacturing the iPhone X. Numerous reports have highlighted the delays and struggles that ultimately led to the October/November release window Apple announced last week. Now, a new investor note from Barron’s says that Apple has run into even more production issues…


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Watch: watchOS 4 restricts browsing of connected...

With the release of watchOS 4, Apple no longer allows users to browse their iPhone's music library, restricting song list viewing to tunes stored on device.

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on messaging apps like Skype...

Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet calls at 8PM ET today that had stood since 2013. Services that follow rules set by the country's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) will be allowed to operate, according to a spokesman...

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Sequel to 'Final Fantasy' creator's...

Final Fantasy creator Hironubu Sakaguchi has had some good success with his action-RPG-puzzle mobile game, Terra Battle. The free-to-play sequel — Terra Battle 2 — is out on both iOS and Android, but if you want to play it, you'll need to...

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Apple throws iTunes spotlight on 4K HDR movies ahead...

Ahead of Friday's public release of Apple TV 4K, Apple on Wednesday updated its iTunes Store with a special section dedicated to available 4K HDR movies, content that highlights the new set-top streamer's high-definition capabilities.

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Epic hopes 'PUBG'-style 'Fortnite:...

Epic Games' Fortnite has been out for a while in paid Early Access, but hasn't quite taken off in the same way that, say, Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) has. The hot new indie "battle royale" title has a massive, rabid user base and an impressiv...

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Nest Hello is the company's first video doorbell

Nest previewed a new video door bell coming in 2018, in addition to its Nest Secure home-security system and Nest Cam IQ Outdoor security camera.

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You Can Still Restore iOS Apps From Your Hard Drive

While you might think iTunes won’t be able to do it anymore, it can — but iMazing does it better.

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Sean Penn will star in Hulu’s upcoming Mars series...

In May, Hulu ordered a straight-to-series show called The First. Set in the not too distant future, the series depicts the first human mission to Mars and humankind's first attempts at colonizing another planet. Today, Variety reports that Sean Penn...

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Nest unveils Hello doorbell, Cam IQ Outdoor &...

Alphabet's Nest on Wednesday revealed an assortment of smarthome accessories, including the Hello doorbell, an outdoor version of the Cam IQ, and a complete security system called the Secure.

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Apple showcasing 4K HDR movies with new featured...

Just two days before the first Apple TV 4K arrives to customers, Apple is showcasing 4K HDR content in iTunes. While the company first started rolling out 4K TV and movies last week, you can now view some of the top choices in a dedicated featured section…


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Nintendo issues takedowns for ‘Super Mario 64 Online...

Last week, modders released a tool that enabled folks to play the classic game Super Mario 64 online in massive multiplayer batches with up to 23 of their friends. To be clear, this was just a plugin that allowed folks who were already playing emulat...

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Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

Although it received no special mention at last week’s event, Apple quietly released tvOS 11 yesterday alongside its considerably larger updates to iOS 11 and watchOS 4. While it’s a surprisingly minor update considering the new version number, tvOS 11 does add a few small and interesting improvements that help enhance the Apple TV experience.


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Analyst: Apple hasn’t started final production on...

Yikes! It may take even longer than expected to get your hands on Apple’s high end iPhone. Raymond James analyst Christopher Caso says Apple hasn’t started final production on the iPhone X due to a late delay, which could push back device supplies to December. 

Pre-orders for the iPhone X start Friday, Oct. 27, and the first units are (were?) supposed to ship on Friday, Nov. 3. The next gen smartphone will come in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

In a note obtained by Barron’s, Caso writes that the “production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about two months later than expectations at the end of June.” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo...

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Mass Delete Apps With the Help of iMazing

The folks at DigiDNA should totally send Apple a gift basket, because nerfing iTunes was probably the best thing ever for iMazing.

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Toshiba's chip drama ends with sale to a...

The long-running bidding war over Toshiba's flash memory business has effectively come to an end... and the winner probably isn't who you expected. Toshiba has agreed to sell its NAND division to a group led by the private equity firm Bain Capital fo...

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Nest jumps into home security with Nest Secure

Nest is hoping to revolutionize home security with Nest Secure, a smart security system that offers several advantages over conventional systems.

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Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »
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Good news, everyone! Your favorite day of the week has arrived at last -- it's discount roundup day! This fine Wednesday evening we're gathering up the hottest deals on the App Store. We've got action platformers, we've got puzzle games, we've got... | Read more »

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