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Sunday May 21

08:30
After Math: Get free

It's been a rockin' week in the free world. Chelsea Manning is free from prison after being pardoned by President Obama in January, Facebook announced it will stream 20 free MLB games across its social network this season and international business t...

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08:27
EduTech: Keep your knowledge up during summer break...

EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

As schools around the country start to head into summer break, there comes the eternal question of how students should spend their spend time and energy. While some may opt for summer classes, it’s important for those who don’t that they put at least a little effort towards keeping their minds sharp.

Read on for a handful of apps that make it fun and engaging to keep your knowledge up right on your iOS device…

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08:15
10 fascinating photos that look unbelievably like...

These are shot in a style I couldn’t accomplish but I love the look and feel of them.

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08:00
Turkey’s brilliant tow trucks put the US to shame

You’ve got to admire the efficiency and speed if nothing else.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:42
Apple seemingly stops offering free three-month...

One of the headlining aspects of Apple Music when it launched in 2015 was its three-month free trial, allowing users a lengthy amount of time to try the service before agreeing to subscribe. This week, however, Apple has seemingly stopped offering the three-month free trial in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland…

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07:01
Functioning Apple-1 fetches $130k at auction, far...

Earlier this year, we told you about a functioning Apple-1 computer that would go up for auction in Germany on May 20th. As planned, the auction took place yesterday and brought in $130,000, far less than initial expectations…

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06:30
Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: Time for some reverse...

When Ben created the Great Glue Gun it was given away as a prize. Thankfully, the winner still watches the show and sent it in to the team so that it could be reverse engineered. Ben discovers the original design has a mix of pros and cons, like...

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03:29
UK switches on the world's largest wind turbines

The largest wind turbines in the world have recently started producing energy for the UK. Dong Energy, the Danish company behind the project, has recently switched on the 32 gigantic structures in Liverpool Bay. The turbines are taller than some skys...

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Saturday May 20

22:28
Bacteria could lead to cleaner methane power

Methane as a greenhouse gas isn't all that eco-friendly when used for power, but scientists might have a way to keep the damage to a minimum. Penn State researchers have crafted microbial fuel cells that can convert methane into electricity right at...

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20:03
NBC and Viacom are making original shows for Musical...

Musical.ly might have professionally made original shows to offer along with user-produced content sometime in the future. According to Bloomberg, the music video app is currently talking to Viacom and Comcast's NBCUniversal about creating original p...

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18:27
Microsoft's true holographic display fits in...

A lot of the technology billed as holographic, well, isn't. Not even HoloLens. Real holography requires a laser-generated 3D image, and it's no mean feat to stuff that into something you can comfortably wear. Microsoft just made some important pro...

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17:22
iOS 11, Android O: What Apple can learn from Google...




"Great artists steal" in the sense of recognizing good existing ideas and building upon them. Now that Google has laid out its hand at IO17, detailing its plans for Android O and the search giant's various apps and services, what great ideas can Apple borrow for its own products? Here's a look.

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16:55
Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki to work on his...

Studio Ghibli fans have something else to look forward to after Ronja, the Robber's Daughter. Hayao Miyazaki, famous Japanese animation filmmaker and the studio's mastermind, will be coming out of his retirement to begin working on his last project t...

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15:28
Live look at the 'alien megastructure'...

Astronomers may have ruled out an alien megastructure as the likely cause behind KIC 8462852's strange dimming, but it's still mysterious -- and that's partly due to the lack of live data (as live as you can get for a star 1,277 light years away, at...

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14:56
American special forces open a drone hacker lab

Battlefield drones are evolving quickly, and there's only so much militaries can do to keep up -- they're not used to competing with consumer tech that can improve in a matter of months. To that end, US Special Operations Command (aka SOCOM) is taki...

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14:18
Nvidia Is Off to the Autonomous Car Races


Nvidia recently announced that Toyota will use its Drive PX AI car computer platform for advanced autonomous vehicles slated for introduction over the next few years. Nvidia is combining breakthroughs in AI and high-performance computing to build Nvidia Drive PX, the brain of the autonomous car, said CEO Jensen Huang. "It's also noteworthy that the [partnership] announcement states that it is to deliver artificial intelligence hardware and software technologies," noted Ian Riches, Strategy Analytics' global automotive practice director.

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13:53
Latest drone flyover video shows gorgeous sunset...

Earlier this week, we saw the first set of press images from Apple’s new Apple Park headquarters emerge as work continues on the campus. Now, Duncan Sinfield is back with his latest flyover video of Apple Park, taking us on a gorgeous sunset tour of the new spaceship building…

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13:32
Alleged Apple molds show expected 'iPhone 8...




A trio of molds from China claim to show the shape and design of Apple's 2017 iPhone lineup, suggesting that the so-called "iPhone 8" may be slightly taller than the 4.7-inch "iPhone 7s," but could be considerably smaller than the "iPhone 7s Plus."

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13:30
At I/O 2017, Google doubled down on a future built...

A few years ago, when a cadre of dudes jumped out of a zeppelin wearing Google Glass, nearly everyone watching had a "holy shit" moment. Company execs had just run through a slew of big, consumer-facing announcements, and then Sergey Brin threw the p...

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12:58
Apple among companies meeting at White House next...

Apple is again said to make a visit to the White House in the coming weeks. According to a new report from Recode, Apple is among a handful of companies who will meet with White House officials next week to discuss modernization, big data, and high-skilled immigration…

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11:57
Tesla extends free Supercharger use to all existing...

When Tesla put an end to free lifetime Supercharger access for new customers, it left more than a few people crestfallen -- one of the nicer perks of ownership just went out the window. However, Tesla has had a (partial) change of heart. As of now,...

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10:30
Recommended Reading: Inside Apple's new...

One More Thing
Steven Levy,
Wired

Apple's so-called spaceship campus, or Apple Park, has been in the works for a while now, but this week Wired gave us a big update on the progress. The obsessive attention to detail, tunnel entry, modular "pod" se...

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10:24
Olympus Unveils TG-5 ‘Tough’ camera with brand new...

I’ve always been a big fan of Olympus’ “Tough” line and recommend it particularly for those who are hard on their gear, want to shoot in “adverse” conditions or want a good camera to give to a child. I’ve used my old Tough point and shoot mounted to my motorcycle, in the snow, underwater – places I’d never take my DSLR or iPhone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:17
We got one of Apple’s patented round pizza boxes

Levy is understandably a little miffed at the attention the box is getting but it’s weirdly interesting and another testament to Apple’s attention to details.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:58
SteamVR makes its launcher 'more social'...

We've seen attempts at free-flowing virtual worlds from the likes of Second Life and the (dearly departed) PlayStation Home, but with VR we're getting another shot at it. First Facebook Spaces appeared, and now Valve is beta testing SteamVR Home. The...

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08:45
New photos show purported iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and...

Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year, two iterative updates with similar industrial designs to  iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and one major radical new phone tentatively dubbed ‘iPhone 8’.

A new set of photos have surfaced on Weibo purporting to show molds for all three of the new phones. They don’t really reveal anything what we haven’t seen rumored before, but it’s interesting to see the new size in context. More photos after the jump …

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08:02
This week’s top stories: iOS 10.3.2 & 10.3.3...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10.3.2 arrives alongside 10.3.3 beta, iPhone 8 renders, Apple Watch news, Apple plans hardware updates for WWDC, and much more.

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08:00
Warning: New Apple ID scam will give hackers access...

As always, never click on links you weren’t expecting.

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07:30
How to hide tiny artworks in your URLs

We all know the humble URL; it tells the internet where we want to go. But, as digital artist Alexander Reben discovered, it can do so much more. It turns out that entire webpages can live within its character string -- you just need to know how to b...

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05:40
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. We're looking back at all the big Google I/O news, as well as an easy way to fix WannaCry.

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05:00
Quarter one of 2017 showed a resilient tablet market...

According to the latest figures published by the IDC research group, the tablet market in Western Europe posted a slight 1.7% year-over-year (YoY) contraction. In total, 7.1 million devices were shipped in the region, a performance above expectations that shows some resilience in the tablet market after many quarters of decline. 

The recovery in Android-based slates in consumer and the continuous progress of tablet in enterprise were the main drivers of the first quarter 2017Q1 results. Detachable tablets (such as the iPad Pro) grew 5.8% year-over-year and continued to positively impact the market. There was particular traction in the commercial segment, with strong 16.6% YoY growth.

Overall, the commercial segment performed positively with 5.4% YoY growth. Android- and iOS-based devices with keyboards, mainly adopted by enterprises to address the specific needs of certain groups of users in various sectors, drove...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Google Assistant debuts on...

Will Google Instant replace Siri?

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup features a new Siri competitor from Google, new apps for kids and several “get things done” offerings for the adults.

Google Assistant

Image by Google Assistant

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04:00
Apple granted a patent for inviting others to online...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,654,551) for an “apparatus and method for inviting users to online sessions” such as peer-to-peer sessions. Peer-to-peer SIP (P2P-SIP) is an implementation of a distributed voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or instant messaging communications method in which no central servers are required.

In the patent, Apple notes that lLarge public networks, such as the Internet, frequently have connections to smaller private networks, such as those maintained by a corporation, Internet service provider, or even individual households. By their very nature, public networks must have a commonly agreed upon allocation of network addresses, i.e., public addresses. 

For a variety of reasons, maintainers of private networks often choose to use private network addresses for the private networks that are not part of the commonly agreed upon allocation. For network traffic from the private network to be able to traverse the public network, some...

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03:00
Should Apple add a VoIP service?

It might benefit Apple and its customers if Apple were to add a VoIP service. Think of a product akin to Google Voice, but with Apple's flair and deep integration into the Apple ecosystem. 

VoIP stands for voice over Internet protocol. It's a methodology and range of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks such as, well, the Internet. An Apple VoIP service could be important because traditional phone type service is still very important in our world. Not everyone has gone completely smartphone yet.

However, data caps are killing data-only communications. A video call (if the carrier even allows it) would eat up a lot of bandwidth. Being able to kill the video in my FaceTime call would enable me to keep right on talking and keep my data usage much lower. When I get to my destination, I can transfer the call back to video and/or to another device -- say, the iPad, while I'm having coffee and...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: OS updates, new...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 19, 2017

Image by Apple

As the June 5 WWDC keynote approaches, the rumors are spinning out like crazy. Check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the Read More link to get more information.

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02:00
The UK’s new vaping laws explained

From today, vaping gear sold in the UK must adhere to a new set of specific guidelines. That's because last year, the EU updated its regulations covering tobacco products to include e-cigarettes and e-liquids for the first time. When these first came...

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00:33
Beddit 3 may offer a sneak peek at sleep tracking on...




Beddit's HealthKit-ready sleep-tracking technology -- recently acquired by Apple -- works well enough and may be useful for problem sleepers, but is probably a luxury for most people, and more a harbinger of what we can expect with the third-generation Apple Watch.

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Friday May 19

23:50
Apple doesn't always expunge deleted notes...

The iCloud Notes you delete are supposed to be permanently wiped within 30 days. Gone forever, never to be seen again. Russian security firm ElcomSoft has discovered, however, that Apple has been keeping deleted notes in the cloud for far longer. Its...

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23:41
This week on AI: 'Apple Watch 3' features...




In a change of pace, some of the week's biggest news revolved around new MacBooks and a third-generation Apple Watch, rather than the "iPhone 8." There was more of that of course, along with further signs Apple is pushing deep into original movies and TV shows.

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20:28
Melted permafrost floods entrance to the doomsday...

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was designed to be a repository should the worst happen and a disaster decimate crops around the world. But it was recently breached by floodwater from surrounding permafrost that melted after the hottest year on record...

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19:05
Uber responds to claims it charges what 'you...

Uber is in the midst of several lawsuits and has a controversial CEO leading the company. It also has to placate its own growing horde of dissatisfied drivers who complain that their revenue potential is dropping, even while Uber exaggerates how much...

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18:00
Google has a new way to call out poorly made Android...

Google's plan to improve the Android experience involves more than just tweaking the operating system. It also requires developers to up the quality of their work, and now Google has a new way to warn app creators whose work isn't up to snuff. Long...

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17:13
Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk...




Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report.

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16:43
You don't have to register personal drones with...

In March, the FAA noted that over 100,000 hobby drone owners had registered their machines since the year began, bringing the total in the US over 770,000. Owners have filed their non-commercial UAVs with the agency ever since the DoT passed a law in...

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15:58
Data Forensics Company Recovers Notes Data Apple...

Files deleted from Apple’s Notes app shouldn’t be recoverable after 30 days, but the security and data forensics company Elcomsoft found they could access records that were deleted months—or even more than a year—ago. That sounds pretty bad, but recovering those files requires some pretty specific elements, including knowing your iCloud login and password.


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15:41
Apple blames third-party batteries for exploding...

Apple has refused to compensate an Australian woman who woke up on a flight to the sound of her Beats headphones exploding in her face. According to Australian site Adelaide Now, Apple says they have investigated the incident and determined that thir...

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15:18
A Stellar Concept Video for iOS 11 and the Rebirth...

The Particle Debris item of the week isn’t a written article. Instead it’s a concept video, a joint effort by Federico Vittici at MacStories and designer Sam Beckett in the UK. The reason it’s so cool is because it punctuates the hunger we all have for a new iOS on the iPad that leaves the past behind, truly enables and excites. John is excited, and you will be too. Plus: rebirth of the Mac.


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15:14
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production.

It’s Moogfest 2017 this week. That means we are getting some brand new hardware from the company and it didn’t disappoint. The latest Dave Smith polysynth is now shipping, more interesting Mac/iOS synths hit the market and some sweet deals on production apps are all on the bill this week… more…

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15:02
With the possibility of Apple Watch ‘smart straps,’...

The idea of a ‘smart straps’ platform for Apple Watch has been floating around for a while now. It’s something that other smartwatch makers have done and Apple itself has explored in patents. And this month there have been a few hints that make the prospect of smart bands a little more exciting with multiple reports saying Apple has been working on and testing blood sugar tracking technology for diabetes treatment…

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15:01
Latest Apple Park footage shows nighttime views of...




Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield is back with his monthly Apple Park construction update, this time showing off aerial views of the main "spaceship" building lit up at night.

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14:54
Stevie Wonder Plays Apple’s Annual Beer Bash, Here’s...

Apple brought Stevie Wonder in to play the company’s annual Beer Bash, and Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted an image of him hugging the artist onstage. The concert capped a week of activities highlighting Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Mr. Wonder, who is blind, has long endorsed Apple because of the company’s extensive accessibility features in macOS and iOS. Apple often brings in big names for its Beer Bash, a long tradition for the company. This is likely to be the last year the Beer Bash is held at Infinite Loop, as the company begins moving into Apple Park in the next few weeks. 9to5Mac rounded up some additional tweeted imaged from the event.

Thank you to the incomparable Stevie Wonder for lifting hearts and celebrating accessibility with us!...

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14:44
Facebook adds food ordering so you never have to...

The Facebook additions are coming fast and furious these days, with possible Instagram notifications, a revamped Marketplace, and a new visual style for comments. TechCrunch reports that the latest feature, rolling out to select users today, brings o...

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14:36
Dr. Mac Says He Can Save You an Hour a Day for Life...

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has a free course he says will save you an hour a day for the rest of your life. And it’s free. It’s a promotion for his new book, Working Smarter for Mac Users, a book about beating procrastination and being much more efficient with your Mac.


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14:10
How to shoot with zoom on iPhone 7 Plus (Apple Video)

Apple published another new video in its “Shoot with iPhone” series. This one is called “How to shoot with zoom on iPhone 7 Plus.” It offers two methods I don’t know you could use. The first is to single-tap your display for a 2x optical zoom. The second method is to touch and hold your display to scroll through your zoom until you get it where you want it. There are now 20 videos in this series, and they’re great resources for making the most of your iPhone’s camera.


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14:09
Apple adds 4 new videos to 'How to Shoot on...




Apple this week added four videos to the recently released "How to Shoot on iPhone 7" tutorial series, expanding the campaign to a total of 20 shorts centered around taking better photos with the flagship smartphone.

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14:08
Report: Cybersecurity Dangerously Lax at Mar-a-Lago


Internet security at Mar-a-Lago -- the private club President Trump owns and has dubbed the "Southern White House" -- is weak, based on a recent investigation. Trump has used the resort to meet with staffers and foreign heads of state on official business. In February, he took a call about a North Korean ballistic missile launch in Mar-a-Lago's dining room, with members and waiters present and able to overhear the conversation. In April, he tracked an attack he ordered on Syria from a makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago.

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14:03
Trump’s cybersecurity order delivers nothing but...

Remember that cybersecurity executive order we anticipated from the Trump administration, which seemed to quietly disappear in January?

The already-delayed deadline for Trump's EO on "the cyber" and his promise to create a cyber-review team passed l...

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13:57
AWT News Update: May 19, 2017

Thank Groot It's Friday! We come to the end of the week with stories about strangely persistent notes, iPhone owners who want another iPhone, and a "crapintosh". 

  • ElcomSoft finds that Apple is retaining those deleted notes a bit longer than 30 days...
  • Morgan Stanley finds that the iPhone retention rate is at 92 percent, up from last year's 86 percent, and analyst Katy Huberty sees no reason why the iPhone 8 shouldn't ship on schedule
  • Have $70 and a bit of time? Build a "crapintosh" that actually runs better than a brand new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

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

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13:52
How to shoot a one-handed selfie on iPhone 7 (Apple...

Apple posted a new video in its “Shoot with iPhone” series called “How to shoot a one-handed selfie on iPhone 7.” It offers the three steps needed to take a quick selfie with your iPhone (works with all iPhones running iOS 10). 1.) Swipe left from the lock screen. 2.) Switch to front-facing camera. 3.) Press either volume button to snap your selfie. There are now 20 videos in this series, and they’re great resources for making the most of your iPhone’s camera.


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13:36
Apple adds 4 new tutorials to ‘How to shoot on...

Apple earlier this month launched a new website and video series focused on helping users get the most out of their iPhone cameras, and today the company has further expanded the series with four new how-to videos…

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13:36
There's an easy fix for WannaCry, if you haven...

There's a glimmer of hope for a specific subset of victims in the WannaCry hack. Security researchers have released a fix that gets rid of the ransomware and restores a device's files, though it only works on Windows XP to Windows 7, and only on comp...

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13:14
Audeze makes $2,495 earbuds only an audiophile could...

Audeze built a reputation on really good (and more portable) planar magnetic headphones. Back in September the company debuted its first in-ear model: the iSine. Despite looking somewhat like a mini TIE fighter, those bulkier earbuds do a solid job o...

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13:00
News: Apple denies responsibility for in-flight...

Apple has pointed to third-party batteries as the cause of a woman’s Beats headphones exploding on a plane in February, according to a report by the Australian Associated Press. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was sleeping on a flight from Beijing to Melbourne when she was woken up by the sound of an explosion and a burning sensation on her face. The woman’s face, hands, and hair were burned, and she sought compensation from…

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12:51
Apple allegedly retaining deleted iCloud notes past...

Russian software company ElcomSoft has made headlines in the past for making discoveries related to how Apple handles cloud data. Now, the company claims that Apple is holding onto deleted notes well past the thirty-day grace period during which they’re kept in the “Recently Deleted” folder…

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12:51
'Nex Machina' brings co-op robot slaughter...

Developer Housemarque's ode to Robotron: 2048, Nex Machina, finally has a release date: June 20th on both PC and PlayStation 4. And if you were a fan of what you played in the beta but thought it was missing something, maybe that je ne sais quoi was...

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12:50
Dude Makes $70 Hackintosh, and It Worked (Video)

Snazzy Labs made a hackintosh—a PC forced to run macOS—and they spent $70 doing it. And here’s the thing: it worked. To be fair, that $70 included buying a 5-year old PC sold by a hospital ($30), a broken SSD that actually works ($5), and a replacement used video card ($35) that usually costs $100 or more. It’s so budget, he called it a crapintosh, a fitting name. But, if he did it, you could do it. More importantly, he found the performance to be really good—better than a 13″ MacBook Pro in some cases. It’s not quiet, it’s ugly, but it worked and worked well, and that’s interesting. He even edited the 4K video we’ve embedded below with this five-year-old, $70 hackintosh.


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12:43
Friday 5: Things 3 is more than just a visual...

Yesterday Cultured Code released the long-awaited update to Things 2, aptly entitled Things 3. The third edition of Things features a significant design overhaul, and fundamentally changes the way you interact with the app’s many features. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside for a look at some of the app’s best new additions. more…

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12:30
Mellel 3.5.3

Maintenance release fixes a number of bugs in the word processor designed for long document writing. ($39 new, free update, 128 MB)

 

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12:28
Earth's radio signals may be protecting it from...

The Earth's atmosphere bears precious little resemblance to what it looked like at the start of the Industrial Revolution. As radio technology has advanced and spread, the signals that transmitters produce -- specifically the Very Low Frequency (VLF)...

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12:05
Federal agents used a Stingray to track an immigrant...

Investigators from Immigration and Custom Enforcement as well as the FBI have been using controversial cell-spoofing devices to secretly track down undocumented immigrants, court records show. According to a report the Detroit News, which obtained an...

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11:45
‘Destiny 2’ tackles the original’s biggest problem:...

The first time I played the original Destiny, I felt frustrated and annoyed. It was a fun online co-op team shooter but the game's narrative was insultingly shallow -- a poorly written space opera where a vague "darkness" was out to destroy a mysteri...

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11:40
Twitter warns phone numbers & emails associated...

Twitter announced earlier this year that its micro video sharing service Vine would transition into a simple camera app. Despite the transition, however, Twitter today is alerting Vine users that a bug briefly made phone numbers and emails associated with Vine accounts publicly visible…

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11:38
Almost all iPhone users will buy another iPhone,...

Put me in the “extremely likely” camp.

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11:28
Tim Cook is testing a new Apple Watch device that...

Tim Cook is not only acting CEO at Apple, but he’s also one of its beta testers.

This week, CNBC reported that Cook has been testing a new device that monitors his blood sugar levels. This glucose monitor is a prototype attached to Cook’s Apple Watch that can track how food consumption and exercise affects the CEO’s blood sugar levels.

Back in February, Cook told students at the University of Glasgow that he had been continuously wearing a glucose monitor, but did not confirm it whether it was an Apple prototype.

It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar.

“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” Cook said. “There is lots of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response... and that they can...

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11:28
Tech companies are trying to crush mom-and-pop...

If you've ever wondered why nobody other than Apple is officially licensed to fix your iPhone, it's because the device titan has locked out everyone else from accessing manuals or spare parts. This pushes small electronics shops to buy used or counte...

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11:24
NFC on iPhone Can Be Unlocked, but Should You Care?

While NFC might always be limited to Apple Pay officially, more advanced users have been hoping the technology will be unlocked for other purposes. A popular jailbreak developer has done that, and Jeff Butts thinks it’s great for some and unimportant for most people.


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11:19
Security firm recovers iCloud Notes beyond Apple...




Despite an Apple policy of permanently wiping deleted iCloud Notes older than 30 days, it appears to be possible to recover notes that are far older, a security firm said on Friday.

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11:14
9to5Rewards: Twelve South Action Sleeve for Apple...

This week’s 9to5Rewards comes from Twelve South, who is partnering with us to give away two of its new ActionSleeve Armbands for Apple Watch.

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11:05
Dutch King Willem-Alexander reveals secret flights...

Can you imagine sitting on a plane and hearing the pilot over the intercom, “Welcome to the flight, ladies and gentlemen…” And thinking to yourself, “Huh – that sounds like….naw…couldn’t be!”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:54
Nongünz game blasts onto the Mac

Sindiecate Arts has released Nongünz on Steam for macOS, Windows and Linux. It's a $6.99 “gothic retro” game.

Here’s how it's described: “The game is a puzzle in itself, a secret to be discovered. Each run has you fighting through a procedurally-generated dungeon filled with hordes of monsters made from human limbs and giblets. Build up your score by executing stylish combos and spend the rewards on your expanding band of lost souls and death cultists.

 “As you advance, fill your graveyard base with praying cultists, self-scourging martyrs and somber gravediggers. Use their special shops including shops, slot machines, dungeon shortcuts and special skills."

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10:43
Trusting Siri, Apple’s Diabetes Wristband – TMO...

In machines we trust, or maybe not. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about how people may perceive the information artificial intelligence systems like Siri will give us as they get smarter. They also have some thoughts on Apple’s potential impact on the medical industry.


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10:31
Tips for Mastering your song

Graham Cochrane has some nice tips for Mastering a song you’ve recorded. I especially liked his comments on the loudness wars and how streaming services are making that less of an issue these days.

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10:31
Ford CarPlay is Here for 2016 Models Via Software...

Ford just announced that CarPlay is coming to all of its 2016 model vehicles with a new software update. CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later, and running iOS 7.1 or later. You can either take your car to the nearest Ford dealer for the Ford CarPlay update, or do it yourself.


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10:20
A Tip for Apple in China: Your Hunger for Revenue...

Li Yuan, writing for the WSJ: Apple's latest predicament centers on its App Store. Last month, Apple told several Chinese social-networking apps, including the wildly popular messaging platform WeChat, to disable their "tip" functions to comply with App Store rules (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source), according to executives at WeChat and other companies. That function allows users to send authors and other content creators tips, from a few yuan to hundreds, via transfers from mobile-wallet accounts. Those transfers are offered by the social-networking apps free of charge, as a way to inspire user engagement. Now, those tips will be considered in-app purchases, just like buying games, music and videos, entitling Apple to a 30% cut. For Apple, which has been observing slowing growth in mature markets, China is increasingly becoming important. But the company's my way or high-way approach might hurt the company's image in China. And that image as well as...

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10:15
Watch: Rumors of a Siri home speaker heat up as...




Apple is believed to be working on a home audio device that will allow users to make Siri queries without directly interacting with other devices. AppleInsider offers a quick rundown of all the latest rumors on Apple's so-called Siri home speaker, which could debut as soon as next month.

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10:06
A 7-year-old applies for a job at Google, gets...

Great story. Much respect to Google CEO Sundar Pichai for encouraging the girl.

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10:05
A hectic helicopter hyperlapse tour of NYC

This video puts the “hyper” in hyperlapse but it certainly captures the energy of New York City.

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10:01
More than 560 million passwords have been leaked: is...

Using the Have I Been Pwned site, I found a number of places where my main email address has been compromised in a data breach.

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09:55
The final days of the Ringling Bros. circus

I fondly remember seeing a circus as a ten-year-old in the Halifax Forum. It was the first time I’d ever seen “wild” animals and it was a magical experience.

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09:49
JSON Feed: Syndication without XML, easier for...

Long time Apple-industry developers, Brent Simmons and Manton Reece, this week announced and released JSON Feed Version 1. They say it best:

The JSON Feed format is a pragmatic syndication format, like RSS and Atom, but with one big difference: it’s JSON instead of XML.

For most developers, JSON is far easier to read and write than XML. Developers may groan at picking up an XML parser, but decoding JSON is often just a single line of code.

Our hope is that, because of the lightness of JSON and simplicity of the JSON Feed format, developers will be more attracted to developing for the open web.

Sounds good to me. TMO now has a JSON Feed as well. If you’d like to see it in action,...

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09:41
Jamf Now: Set up and protect your Apple devices

My thanks to Jamf Now for sponsoring The Loop this week. Jamf Now is an on-demand mobile device management solution for the iPads, iPhones and Macs in your workplace. We make device management simple and affordable for everyone, so businesses can support their users; no IT required. Manage your first three devices for free and add more for just $2 per device per month. Get started for free today!

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09:39
News: Report: Tim Cook testing Apple Watch connected...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly been field testing a blood sugar monitoring device attached to an Apple Watch, CNBC reports. According to a source, Cook was spotted at the Apple campus wearing a prototype glucose-tracker on the Apple Watch, pointing to Apple’s continuing efforts to add more advanced health monitoring capabilities to the wearable device. A report last month revealed that Apple has been ramping up its efforts to create a new…

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09:28
Apple blames Beats headphones explosion on third-...




In a statement published on Friday, an Apple representative blamed the explosion of an Australian woman's Beats headphones on her using third-party batteries, rather than any product defects.

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09:20
Deals: $100-$150 off 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros...




Readers shopping for a new Touch Bar MacBook Pro can save up to $150 this week on popular models with prices starting at $1,699. Meanwhile, Apple's 32GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) is $130 off, and 12" MacBooks are up to $250 off with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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09:03
iOS 11: Federico’s iPad wishes and concept video

[VIDEO] Federico Viticci, writing for MacStories:

The iPad needs another bold, daring step towards the future. With iOS 11, Apple has an opportunity to pick up where they left off with iOS 9, forging a new direction for the iPad platform.

Every year ahead of WWDC, I collect some of my thoughts about the current state of iOS and consider where Apple could take their software next.

Federico’s vision, his collaboration with Sam Beckett, is detailed in his MacStories post, with the video embedded in the main Loop post. Frankly, I find the scope astonishing. Watch it full screen at the highest possible resolution. As Federico says, this isn’t a WWDC prediction, it’s a vision of...

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08:53
iOS 11 concept imagines new productivity features,...

We’ve seen a few concepts imagining what iOS 11 could look like, but today the folks at MacStories have put together a video highlighting new features that could come to the iPad as part of the update. The incredibly well thought out concept imagines features such as system-wide drag and drop, a new Shelf feature, and much more…

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08:41
Data Watchdog Cautions Google and UK Health Partner


A British data watchdog has raised questions about whether it was appropriate for a healthcare trust to share data on 1.6 million patients with DeepMind Health, an AI company owned by Google. The trust shared the data in connection with the test phase of Streams, an app designed to diagnose acute kidney injuries. However, the sharing reportedly was performed without an appropriate legal basis. The UK's National Data Guardian addressed the issue in a letter to Stephen Powis, the medical director of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

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08:31
KeyCue 8.4

Improves compatibility with macOS 10.12 Sierra. (€19.99 new, free update, 5.2 MB)

 

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08:19
Ford updates 2016-model vehicles with support for...




Ford on Friday issued a software update for 2016-model vehicles equipped with its SYNC 3 platform, enabling support for Apple's CarPlay, as well as Google's Android Auto.

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