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Wednesday February 21

20:13
Study finds early HomePod adoption at 3% as smart...

Apple’s HomePod has been available for less than two weeks, but an early survey from Loup Ventures aims to show its penetration into the smart speaker market. According to the survey, HomePod has captured 3 percent of the market in its early days of availability…

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18:58
Apple accounts for new ARKit 1.5 features in updated...




Apple this week updated its Human Interface Guidelines for iOS with new entries covering augmented reality experiences, making adjustments and additions to best practices used by developers creating apps with ARKit 1.5.

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18:04
Apple updates Human Interface Guidelines w/ new...

Apple today has updated its Human Interface Guidelines for augmented reality to reflect the new features introduced in ARKit 1.5, which comes as part of iOS 11.3. The new guidelines cover things such as support for vertical surfaces, objects that are placed offscreen, and more.

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17:24
Apple files for updated Apple TV trademark...

Apple has apparently updated its Apple TV trademark with new conditions related to gaming. Patently Apple reports today that the company filed an updated trademark last Friday to cover gaming use cases, a move that the site calls “a significant update that has to be taken seriously.”

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17:02
Smart speaker satisfaction at 89 percent, HomePod...




A new survey from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures found 89 percent of smart speaker owners are satisfied with their device, but despite coming packed with virtual assistant technology, most use the to play music or check the weather.

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16:36
There’s a New Privacy Safari API Coming Called...

To prevent potential abuse, Apple will monitor the adoption of the API.


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16:07
Apple Music official digital music partner for 2018...




Apple in a tweet on Wednesday announced its role as the official digital music partner of the 2018 BRIT Awards, and took advantage of the position with special ads, Apple Music playlists, interviews and more.

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15:48
Apple World Today News Update: February 21, 2018

It's a shorter than usual AWT News Update today, with three posts that focus on companies that work with -- or compete with -- Apple rather than the fruit company itself...

  • Dish Network's Sling TV, which provides Apple TV, iPhone and iPad users with streaming TV, announced it had 2.21 million subscribers at the end of 2017
  • Facebook's new updated Facebook Messenger app now provides the ability to do group video or audio calls, something that FaceTime still can't do
  • AT&T announces that a "dozen cities" will have 5G service by year's end, but don't let that get you dreaming of "multi-gigabit" mobile connections just yet

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

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15:30
Apple In Talks To Buy Cobalt Directly From Miners

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple Inc. is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. The iPhone maker is one of the world's largest end users of cobalt for the batteries in its gadgets, but until now it has left the business of buying the metal to the companies that make its batteries. The talks show that the tech giant is keen to ensure that cobalt supplies for its iPhone and iPad batteries are sufficient, with the rapid growth in battery demand for electric vehicles threatening to create a shortage of the raw material. About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartphones. Apple is seeking contracts to secure several thousand metric tons of cobalt a year for five years or longer. Its first discussions on cobalt deals...

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15:25
Some Interesting Excerpts from Tim Cook’s Fast...

It’s a wide-ranging interview filled with a mix of marketing speak and genuine insight.


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15:19
Apple Sponsors 2018 UK BRIT Music Awards

There a dedication section in iTunes and Apple Music.


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15:17
Snapchat officially responds to anti-redesign...

Snapchat today officially responded to a Change.org petition that has accumulated nearly 1.5 million signatures and asks the company revert to the old design of the application. Snapchat’s response to the petition acknowledges upcoming changes that it hopes will make the design more user-friendly, while also defending some of the controversial changes…

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15:14
iOS 11: How to Save a Webpage as PDF & Store in...

In iOS 11, John shows how to create a PDF of a webpage, save it in Files, rename it and delete it.


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14:01
The “Goldilocks Era” for iPhone has begun

Typical well thought out analysis. Keep this Goldilocks Era idea in mind over the next few cycles. Apple is going to be just fine with iPhone sales, even if they can’t hit the historic heights of years past.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:55
Apple sponsors UK BRIT music awards featuring new...

There is a major Apple Music presence at the BRIT music awards today, with large banners dominating the Apple Music Browse pages for UK users, with an Apple Music playlist listing the performers and winners.

Apple is also playing a few commercials during the televised ceremony’s ad breaks, including the debut of a new Animoji karaoke advert: ‘Panda’. Watch the new ad after the jump …

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13:39
Tony Fadell and Benoît Mintiens Discuss That Crazy...

Tony Fadell, former Apple executive and the father of the iPod, recently did an interview with Benoît Mintiens, a watch guy and the founder of Watch company Ressence. You might have seen the totally crazy looking Ressence Type 2 watch. Gorgeous and very, very different looking, the Ressence Type 2 is a mechanical watch married to your smartphone through what they call an “e-Crown.” Bloomberg published a piece with Hodinkee on the Type 2, and it included the video interview below. In it, Messrs. Fadell and Mintiens talk about working together and the early development of the Type 2, but they also talk about the e-Crown. You also get to see the Type 2 in action. It’s interesting, but note at the end where Mr. Mintiens notes that the watch crown has been around for 176 years. “So it’s about time to think about something else.” That sure sounds like a pot shot at Apple, whose Digital Crown is effectively rooted in that same 176 year history. It’s an interesting watch, an...

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13:38
032: New iPad rumors, first HomeKit baby monitor,...

Today we’ve got details about the latest new iPad rumors, the first HomeKit baby monitor, and new apps including Alto’s Odyssey and Things 3.4.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-21-2018.mp3

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13:35
News: Apple releases third watchOS 4.3 developer...

Apple has released a third watchOS 4.3 beta along with new public betas for iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, matching the third developer betas released yesterday. While the release notes are sparse, it appears from the betas that watchOS 4.3 will be bringing iPhone music control back to the Apple Watch and allow Nightstand mode to work in portrait orientation. The latest beta also appears to resolve issues with weather information in Greater China and accuracy…

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13:29
Setapp (Netflix for Mac Apps) Gets Even Better

Dr. Mac likes Setapp—a subscription software service with 100+ (mostly) high-quality Mac apps for $9.99 a month—even better today than last year.


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13:03
Takieso Marble Qi Wireless Charger: $69

We have a deal on the Takieso Marble Qi Wireless Charger. As the name suggests, it’s a Qi wireless charger for your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, and it’s made of marble. The link is to a deal on a black marble unit, but there’s also a white marble unit available. They’re $69 through us.


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12:53
Amazon is selling a 12-inch MacBook for $799 for...

If you're looking for a good deal on a MacBook, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better offer than the current Deal of the Day at a little company called Amazon. You'll need to act quick, though, as the offer is only valid through midnight Pacific tonight.

Act now, though, and you'll get a refurbished 12-inch 1.1GHz MacBook from 2015 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of memory for just $799.99. That's an impressive 400 bucks off the normal asking price.

For further specs, the device's Retina display boasts a resolution of 2304x1440 at 226 pixels per inch. It comes with macOS Yosemite built in and was one of the first devices with a Force Touch trackpad.

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12:53
Amazon is selling a 12-inch MacBook for $799 for...

Update 2/22/18: This deal was a limited-time offer and is now expired. The price of this model MacBook is now $1,199.

If you're looking for a good deal on a MacBook, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better offer than the current Deal of the Day at a little company called Amazon. You'll need to act quick, though, as the offer is only valid through midnight Pacific tonight.

Act now, though, and you'll get a refurbished 12-inch 1.1GHz MacBook from 2015 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of memory for just $799.99. That's an impressive 400 bucks off the normal asking price.

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12:42
Review: MyIdol is a Weird but Fun 3D Avatar Creator...

MyIdol is a 3D avatar creator that uses machine learning to create a lifelike replica of you.


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12:41
T-Mobile plans $200-plus discount on Apple's...




Looking to snag a key demographic, T-Mobile is offering U.S. customers a discount of over $200 on an iPhone X, starting this Friday.

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12:25
Walmart's selling a white Philips Hue lightbulb...

Today's a good day to stock up on light bulbs for your smart home. Walmart is selling a single Philips Hue White A19 bulb for $10—or for 33 percent off the usual price. This deal is particularly nice since you can buy the exact amount of bulbs you want. Previously, the best price we've seen is a two-pack for $30.

The Philips Hue White A19 is a plain white LED bulb (read our review here). It doesn't have colors and doesn't come with a Philips Bridge. The Bridge is the go-between for the ZigBee-based Hue bulbs and a home network.

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12:16
Snapchat response to user revolt over iPhone app...




Snapchat has responded to calls from users demanding a rollback of an update to the image sharing app, though while the firm acknowledges the high number of complaints, it advises it will not be reversing its design changes, but instead will make it easier for people to use.

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11:20
Use Reminders to set Multiple HomePod Timers

You can only set one timer at a time on the HomePod. But there is a workaround.


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11:16
Storm tourism: why bad weather makes these...

I’m not a “storm tourist” – I prefer to be a tourist in warm places like Italy – but there is a real draw, especially from a photography point of view, to these places during storm seasons.

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11:14
Netgear adds HomeKit compatibility to Arlo Baby...




Netgear has issued an update to its Arlo Baby Smart HD Monitoring Camera that adds support for HomeKit, a change that now allows homeowners to watch a live video stream from the camera through the Home app on their iPhone or iPad, as well as by asking Siri to view the feed.

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11:04
37 incredible modular Origami by Ekaterina Lukasheva

These are stunningly complex and beautiful.

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10:52
Deals: 12" MacBooks $799; 13" MacBook Pros...




New discounts have gone into effect today on a variety of Apple devices, from $799 certified refurbished 12" MacBooks on Amazon to up to $300 off 13" MacBook Pros at Adorama and B&H. Gazelle also just issued price drops on CPO iPhones, iPads and Macs with prices starting at $99.

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10:42
Dish's Sling TV tops internet TV providers with...




Sling TV reached 2.21 million subscribers during the fourth quarter, Dish announced on Wednesday, marking the first time the company has broken Sling figures out from broader numbers.

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10:39
Be My Eyes for iOS adding Microsoft tech support for...

The iOS app Be My Eyes announced that it will be offering support for blind or impaired customers through Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk in the latest release of the app.

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10:34
AirPlay 2 goes MIA, How to Improve macOS Update...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what may happen next now that AirPlay 2 has been pulled from iOS 11.3 developer beta 3, plus they have some ideas on how to improve Apple’s software update notifications in macOS.


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10:20
iOS 11.3: Beta 3 has been released to public testers...

Updated 02/21/18: Apple has released Beta 3 to public beta testers. It primarily fixes a number of minor bugs, but also removes AirPlay 2 features.

Hot on the heels of iOS 11.2.5, which brought HomePod support, Siri news, and a fix for the Messages text bomb, Apple has started to release betas of iOS 11.3. And it’s going to have some pretty cool features on board, including the one we’ve all been waiting for: a toggle for CPU throttling on phones old batteries.

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10:15
Apple posts new public betas of iOS 11.3, macOS 10....

Apple has released new public betas of iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4. The public betas are available on Apple's Beta Software Program website. Just remember that beta software is unfinished software, so proceed with care.

Apple does public betas in order to increase the size of the pool of testers. The tech giant recommends keeping back-ups of your files before installing a public beta.

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10:14
Third watchOS 4.3 developer beta available alongside...




Apple has issued the third developer's beta test version of watchOS 4.3, and has released public beta test versions of iOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

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10:05
Apple releases third iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, macOS...

Apple has released the third iOS 11.3 public beta loaded with new features for iPhone and iPad. The third macOS 10.13.4 public beta for Mac and tvOS 11.3 public betas are also available. Apple originally previewed several new features prior to the first developer beta:

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10:00
Twitch is cashing in on your love for Overwatch...

The Overwatch League is blowing up and Twitch wants to make some extra money off its exclusive streaming partnership. To encourage viewership, you'll be able to earn Overwatch League Tokens (what you use to buy League skins). You'll pick up one token...

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09:59
watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for Apple Watch developers now...

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 3 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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09:43
Have a HomePod and a Mac? You need Rogue Amoeba’s...

If you have a HomePod and a Mac and want to use them to their full combined potential, you need Rogue Amoeba’s $29 Airfoil for Mac

As I mentioned in my review of Apple’s wireless speaker, when playing the 1996 action thriller, Broken Arrow on the iMac in my home office, I wanted to play the audio on the wireless speaker. However, when I clicked the AirPlay icon at the bottom left of the screen, the only device I could select was my Apple TV. No HomePod icon appeared. It’s not as convenient as simply using AirPlay would be, but Airfoil does allow me to play movie audio on the HomePod — and it does lots of other nifty things, as well.

But let’s back up. The Rogue Amoeba app lets you stream any audio from your Mac to just about any...

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09:41
Woman credits FaceTime with saving her life after...

Just a week after the Apple Watch aided a mother and son who were involved in a car accident, FaceTime is being credited with helping save a woman’s life. As reported by the BBC, a woman was on FaceTime with her sister when she suffered from a stroke…

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09:34
Nest adds Google Assistant to the indoor Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is the smartest camera in the company's security-oriented lineup, and now it's even smarter. Today, Nest announced that the Cam IQ natively supports Google Assistant, thanks to an over-the-air update. It's important to note, though, t...

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09:30
Sonnet ships 1 terabyte version of the Fusion...




Thunderbolt 3 GPU enclosure vendor Sonnet has started shipping another Mac-related accessory, by offering a version of its Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive that includes 1 terabyte of storage to users requiring a portable high-speed solid state external drive.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook from $800,...

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

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09:27
News: Netgear updates Arlo Baby Camera to make it...

Netgear has issued a software update to make its Arlo Baby Camera the first baby monitor to be compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. Updating to the latest version of the Arlo app will reveal a new HomeKit option in the camera’s settings, allowing users to add the device to HomeKit, name the camera and assign it to the room. After that, the Arlo Baby Camera will be available as a video feed from Apple’s Home app. The Home app won’t…

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09:25
Sling TV touts 2.2 million subscribers as cord...

With how popular cord-cutting is, you'd think more services would be keen to share their subscriber stats. Dish pulled back the curtain today and revealed that its Sling TV service has some 2.2 million folks paying for the service. That's compared to...

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09:20
Slashdot Asks: What Do People Misunderstand or...

In an interview with Fast Company, Apple CEO Tim Cook says people who have not used his company's products miss "how different Apple is versus other technology companies." A person who is just looking at the company's revenues and profits, says Cook, might think that Apple "is good at making money." But he says "that's not who we are. In Cook's view, Apple is: We're a group of people who are trying to change the world for the better, that's who we are. For us, technology is a background thing. We don't want people to have to focus on bits and bytes and feeds and speeds. We don't want people to have to go to multiple [systems] or live with a device that's not integrated. We do the hardware and the software, and some of the key services as well, to provide a whole system. We do that in such a way that we infuse humanity into it. We take our values very seriously, and we want to make sure all of our products reflect those values. There are things like making sure that we're running...

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09:18
Alto's Odyssey for iPhones, iPads arrives a day...

Alto’s Odyssey, the sequel to Alto's Adventure, has arrived a day early. The $4.99 endless runner game for the iPhone and iPad was supposed to be available tomorrow. Here’s how the game is described: 

Alto’s Odyssey is an endless sandboarding journey set against a gorgeous and ever-changing desert landscape. As a followup to the critically acclaimed endless snowboarder Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey is designed to be enjoyed by returning players and newcomers alike as a standalone experience all its own. 

The game features Alto series hallmarks like fluid physics-based movement, procedurally generated terrain, and dynamic lighting and weather effects. This time around, players will soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temple cities in a fantastical place far from Alto...

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09:11
FaceTime helps save the life of a woman having a...

A woman who had a stroke while on a FaceTime video call with her sister, says the technology saved her life, according to the BBC.

Opokua Kwapong, a 58-year-old resident of New York, was on a call with her sister, Adumea Sapong, in Manchester, when Sapong noticed that her elder sibling, who lives alone, "didn't look right” and that her speech was slurred. She told her sister needed to hang up and immediately see a doctor.

After some prompting, Opokua Kwapong hung up the call and dialed 911. Following hospital scans, she was diagnosed as having had a clot on the brain. The stroke has left her paralyzed on her left side.

"There is no doubt that FaceTime saved my life,” Kwapong, who works as a food scientist, told the BBC.

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09:10
Netgear ships first HomeKit baby monitor with app-...

Lots of companies promise HomeKit support for existing products then fail to follow through for one reason or another, but Netgear’s Arlo has proven to be an exception to that trend. After promising HomeKit support for its Arlo Baby Camera line, Netgear has released an app update that makes the baby monitor cameras work with Apple HomeKit.

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09:08
Twitter says most recent follower purge is about...

A number of Twitter users are claiming the platform is purging itself of conservative viewpoints as some lost thousands of followers last night. Richard Spencer, writer Mark Pantano and Candace Owens of Turning Point USA were among those spreading th...

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09:04
If you're having problems with iOS 11.2.6 and...




Reports are circulating that some users are experiencing odd behavior from connected AirPods following the iOS 11.2.6 update -- but there's an easy fix and it will only take a few minutes.

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09:02
Apple can proceed to build its retail store in...

An effort to block the Andrews government’s deal with Apple to build a store in Melbourne, Australia’s Federation Square has failed in parliament, clearing the way for the controversial retail development, reports The Age.

In February it was reported that the "Pizza Hut pagoda" design of the store had been “overwhelmingly been rejected by the community,” with the Melbourne City Council receiving about 800 submissions rejecting the design. There was a motion by Councillor Rohan Leppert to lobby the government for a new design for the store and public consultation.

An artist's impression of the new Apple flagship store to be built at Federation Square in Melbourne.

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09:00
Shadow virtualizes a high-end gaming PC on your...

In the early days of computing, local storage and processing weren't actually a thing. Instead, your individual computer acted as a terminal, pulling data from a central processing server. Well, the French startup Blade likes it that way and has rele...

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08:50
Sonnet ships its 1TB Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe flash...

Sonnet Technologies is shipping the new 1TB version of its Fusion  Thunderbolt™ 3 PCIe Flash Drive. A pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device with a Thunderbolt 3 interface, the drive is equipped with 1TB of NVMe flash storage and leverages the 40Gbps bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 to deliver data transfer speeds up to 2600 MB/second.

The Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive was designed for pro users and doesn’t require an AC power adapter. The storage device connects to any compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt 3 device daisy chain, with its 0.5-meter Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable. Based on the latest PCIe Gen 3 flash memory technology, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive is more than five times faster than 6Gbps SATA SSDs and USB 3 SSD drives, according to the folks at Sonnet.

Measuring a compact 2.8 inches wide by 4.1 inches deep by 1.25 inches tall, the Fusion Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Flash Drive features a rugged enclosure...

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08:48
AirPlay 2 is Gone in iOS 11.3 DB3, but that Doesn’t...

When Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 3 on Tuesday, one feature that had plenty of testers excited was missing: AirPlay 2.


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08:47
Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I've Only Had Good...

Business Insider: Under CEO Tim Cook's watch, Apple has sold hundreds of millions of iPhones, booked hundreds of billions of dollars in profit, and launched new products like AirPods and Apple Watch. In fact, Cook says, he's never had a bad year as CEO of Apple. "I've only had good years. No, seriously," he said in an interview with Fast Company. "Even when we were idling from a revenue point of view -- it was like $6 billion every year -- those were some incredibly good years because you could begin to feel the pipeline getting better, and you could see it internally. Externally, people couldn't see that," he continued.


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08:44
Facebook Messenger now lets you easily turn one-on-...

Facebook has released an update today to its Messenger platform that makes it easy and seamless to go from a one-on-one audio or video call to a group session.

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08:43
'Fire Emblem Heroes' most profitable...




The most successful Nintendo/DeNA smartphone game so far has been "Fire Emblem Heroes," pulling in about $295 million worldwide in its first year, according to recent data. But, competitor Rovio might challenge that with the new "Angry Birds Champions" which allows users to win cash prizes in online tournaments.

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08:38
News: Leaked Nokia memo: No path forward for digital...

After very public problems with regulators forced Nokia to disable key features of its Body Cardio scale, a leaked memo obtained by The Verge reveals that the company’s strategic review of its digital health business shows the division may be in big trouble. Nokia’s chief strategy officer Kathrin Buvac wrote that, “Rather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with ourselves. Currently, we don’t see a path for…

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08:31
Netflix's 'Lost in Space' reboot...

Netflix's Lost in Space remake has been a long, long time in coming (word broke of it back in 2015), but it's finally here... almost. The streaming service has revealed that the sci-fi show will debut on April 13th, 2018, and has offered a teaser tra...

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08:19
PlayStation profiles are now available on the web

PlayStation is putting your user profile on the web. Head over to the PlayStation website today and you'll find a new tab in the upper right corner that says "My PlayStation." Click it and you'll see what looks like a classic Facebook profile page. Y...

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08:10
AT&T 5G Coming to 12 Cities this Year

AT&T plans to start rolling out its 5G wireless network in 12 cities this year, starting with Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.


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08:08
Netflix orders animated series from team behind...

Netflix is getting another animated series from the team behind Bojack Horseman. Called Tuca & Bertie, it centers on two 30-year-old birds -- Bertie, an anxious songbird, and Tuca, a more carefree toucan. The two are friends, living in the same a...

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08:03
AWT TV Episode 36: February 20, 2018

Welcome to AWT TV, a weekly show featuring Steve Sande, Dennis Sellers and Marty Edwards of Apple World Today. Each week we'll discuss what's happened in the world of Apple, talk about new apps and accessories, maybe even have a demonstration or two of the latest software.  

This week, Marty and Steve were back with another all-tips show! Steve started off with a quick tip on how to find AirDrop in iOS 11. Seriously, have you tried finding the AirDrop controls? It's like Apple doesn't want people to use AirDrop! Fortunately, they're hidden in plain sight in the Control Center.

Marty is the expert in all things Control Center, and he showed us all how to make your iOS 11 life easier by adding just about every possible control to Control Center. Many of the controls respond one way with a tap, another with a tap and hold (or 3D Touch), so it's worth experimenting. ...

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08:01
Volvo adds the V60 wagon to its car subscription...

If you're interested in a car subscription from Volvo, but you're not a fan of SUVs, the Swedish automaker just announced that its new V60 wagon will be available with the service called Car by Volvo.

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08:00
Smart Home Diary: Adding HomePod, smart(ish) heating...

I explained in my first HomePod Diary piece that there was one smart home issue we needed to address: while I’m happy to use Siri to control everything from my Apple Watch or iPhone, my partner would often find that she wanted to switch lights on or off while her phone was in another room. We’d partially addressed this with Hue dimmer switches, but wanted more flexibility.

Some kind of smart speaker was the obvious solution to this, and the HomePod would have the advantage of being able to act as a HomeKit hub too.

In my HomePod Diary, I’ve been focusing mostly on music, but I’m also happy to report that the smart speaker has also passed the Steph Test …

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07:47
Final Cut Pro X: Revisiting the Synology NAS, this...

I’ve used a Synology NAS to store Final Cut Pro X libraries in the past, but the process wasn’t very straightforward at the time, and performance was never good enough to convince me to use it over the long-term. This was especially true as I started to dabble more in 4K workflows.

As we all know, the iMac Pro features built in 10GbE connectivity, which opens up the possibilities when it comes to using a NAS as a Final Cut Pro X storage solution. Final Cut Pro X also received updates in the last year in order to better facilitate working from network attached storage.

Is a 10GbE NAS a viable storage...

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07:44
Amazon's answer to 'Altered Carbon'...

It appears that Amazon is looking for its answer to Netflix's crossover sci-fi thriller Altered Carbon. Today, the online retail giant announced that it has acquired the global television rights to Iain M. Banks' space opera series called The Culture...

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07:37
FaceTime helps save New York woman's life after...




A New York City woman claims Apple's FaceTime helped save her life, after symptoms of a stroke were spotted by her sister during a transatlantic conversation, leading her to seek medical assistance for the affliction.

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07:37
News: Apple in talks to buy its cobalt directly from...

Apple is looking to buy the cobalt used in its batteries directly from the mining companies who dig it up, Bloomberg reports. Apple is one of the largest consumers of the metal—used in the batteries that power its gadgets—but is looking to go directly to the source for the first time amid rising competition from the burgeoning electric vehicle industry. People familiar with the matter said Apple is trying “to secure several thousand…

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07:33
Why am I so terrible at email?

Ever heard the phrase "run into an asshole and they're the asshole, run into assholes all day and you're the asshole?" It's been rattling around my brain of late, after several miserable weeks caused by my apparent failure to be a good emailer. (Or m...

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07:23
Surprise! Alto’s Odyssey for iPhone, iPad Ships a...

The followup to the side scrolling adventure game Alto’s Adventure, Alto’s Odyssey, is available a day early for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


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07:23
New ‘Angry Birds Champions’ spin-off for iOS lets...

A new Angry Birds title is out for iOS and it’s bringing a new take on the franchise. This time around, players will slingshot the well-known birds and compete for real money.

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07:22
Mike Pence’s space council is big on business, small...

Yesterday evening, Vice President Mike Pence announced the candidates asked to serve on the National Space Council's Users Advisory Group. Members will have to be officially selected by the Administrator of NASA (a position which remains open). The s...

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Electric car boom prompts Apple to get serious about...

Enlarge / Cobalt chips (credit: Alchemist-hp)

Apple may cut out the cobalt middlemen by obtaining supplies for its batteries on its own. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is in talks with miners to buy long-term supplies of cobalt, a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used in Apple's iPhones and iPads. Apple has reportedly been in discussions to secure contracts for "several thousand metric tons" of cobalt each year for at least five years.

If a deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Apple has...

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07:15
Apple has long-term plan, is working on products...




Following up on a "Most Innovative Company" award, business magazine Fast Company on Wednesday published a wide-ranging interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, covering topics like the stock market, long-term plans, and the importance of Apple Music to the bottom line.

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07:12
Tim Cook FastCo interview: Apple not a follower;...

FastCo yesterday named Apple the most innovative company of the year, and it has today followed up with an interview with the company’s CEO, Tim Cook.

When you talk about your company as often as Cook does, it must be incredibly hard to come up with new things to say, and many of his comments are well-rehearsed. But there are a few interesting snippets …

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07:01
Things 3.4 adds expansive new URL schemes for...

Cultured Code’s Things task manager is a popular option on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but it hasn’t talked to other apps very well in the past like other solutions. That changes today with Things 3.4 which adds expansive new features enabled by special URL schemes.

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07:00
MLS eSports league's first tournament streams...

Last month, Major League Soccer became the latest US sports association to create its own eSports league, eMLS, which will exclusively run EA Sports' game FIFA 18. We knew its first-ever event would be a tournament (the eMLS Cup) at the upcoming PAX...

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07:00
Renault's 'smart island' runs on wind...

Renault has launched a "smart island" in Portugal that uses its Zoe electric vehicle, home batteries, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2E) energy storage to run without fossil fuels. The idea is to make the Madeira island of Porto Santo energy in...

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06:59
News: Regulatory filings and code in iOS 11.3 beta...

A set of new regulatory filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission shows Apple has registered two new iPads, Consomac reports. The devices, listed as tablets running iOS 11, were registered with serial numbers that don’t correspond to any existing iPads. Last month, developer Filipe Espósito dug up references to an “iPad_Modern” in the iOS 11.3 beta that echoes the earlier use of “iPhone_Modern” to refer to the iPhone…

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06:41
'Alto's Odyssey' arrives on the App...

The buzz around Alto's Adventure sequel Alto's Odyssey has been brewing for over a year and now it's finally arrived -- a day early. Originally slated for release on February 22, keen-eyed fans have spotted it in the iTunes store today, meaning playe...

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06:33
Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze

Arturrr:

In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical that the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. I was also curious whether Apple Maps had discovered competence since its iOS 6 release.

I thus set out to answer three questions:

  • Which navigation app estimates the shortest travel time?
  • How does each app over/underestimate travel times?
  • Which navigation app actually gets you to your destination most quickly?

Which led to these three conclusions:

  • If you want to get to your destination most quickly, use Google Maps.
  • If you want an accurate prediction from your navigation app to help you arrive at your destination on time, use Apple Maps.
  • If thinking you’ll get to your destination quickly helps to ease your commuter anxiety, use Waze.

Very interesting...

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06:31
'Alto's Odyssey' slides onto iPhone,...




'Alto's Odyssey,' a snowboarding-based endless runner for iPhone and iPad, has shipped a day earlier than its Feb. 22 release date, with players now able to buy the successor to the popular 'Alto's Adventure' from the iOS App Store for $4.99.

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06:27
Scientists have found a drug that can repair...

World Economic Forum:

Tideglusib works by stimulating stem cells in the pulp of teeth, the source of new dentine. Dentine is the mineralized substance beneath tooth enamel that gets eaten away by tooth decay.

And:

The team inserted small, biodegradable sponges made of collagen soaked in Tideglusib into cavities. The sponges triggered dentine growth and within six weeks, the damage was repaired. The collagen structure of the sponges melted away, leaving only the intact tooth.

Hell yes.

[Via The Overspill]

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06:22
Jean-Louis Gassée: The trouble with HomePod reviews

Jean-Louis Gassée:

As a testament to Apple’s place in the pantheon of electronics, reviews for a new product from Cupertino come fast and — often — furious. HomePod, Apple’s contribution to the “smart speaker” genre, exacerbates the venomenon, pardon, phenomenon.

And these three rules for evaluating speakers:

First, we must keep in mind the influence of the room and our position in it, how reflective material can make music sound brittle, how carpets and curtains will deaden the sound — or provide welcome balance for an overly bright room.

Second, all speaker comparisons must be double-blind, where neither the person running the test nor the evaluators know which device is on at the moment.

Third, and most important, output level differences matter. Contestant speakers must be carefully equalized to within 1db, because in any comparison the louder speaker will always sound better.

And on tuning a speaker for a specific room:

How well...

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06:22
AI is making more realistic CG animal fur

Creating realistic animal fur has always been a vexing problem for 3D animators because of the complex way the fibers interact with light. Now, thanks to our ubiquitous friend artificial intelligence, University of California researchers have found a...

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06:19
Eurasian commission database filings hint at new (...

Apple has registered a handful of new devices in the Eurasian commission database that hints at new iPads coming soon, reports 9to5Mac. The filings are for tablets running iOS 11. 

9to5Mac opines that any iPad updates coming in the next couple of months are NOT ones equipped with FaceID. The Sellers Research Group agrees. Most likely they will be refreshes of the 9.7-inch “non-pro” tablet.

Revamped iPad Pros with FaceID and TrueDepth cameras should arrive in late summer or early fall. OLED panels will likely arrive on at least some high end models of the pro tablet line.

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06:17
iPhone X: How to Go to Your Last App from the Home...

There’s a gesture that’ll let you go back to your last-used app from the Home screen on the iPhone X—without having to invoke the app switcher! In this Quick Tip, we’ll show you how.


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06:14
iOS Messages and Smart Punctuation

John Gruber:

iOS 11 finally added a long-awaited feature for those of us who care about typographic details: smart punctuation. You can turn this on in Settings → General → Keyboards. When enabled, quotes and apostrophes (like “this” and ‘this’) are automatically turned into their proper counterparts (like “this” and ‘this’), two hyphens in a row (–) are turned into a proper em-dash (—), etc.

I say “finally” because MacOS has had the feature in the standard text editing system for many years, and I can’t think of a good reason why it wasn’t in iOS years ago.

And:

In some recent update to iOS (I think 11.2.5, but it might have been an earlier 11.2.x update), smart punctuation stopped working in Messages — and as far as I can tell, only Messages. Why? My best guess: unintended consequences when sending SMS messages.

I’m kind of shocked that it took this long for smart punctuation (which has been around in the Mac universe forever) to come to iOS....

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06:11
Tim Cook on the culture that led to iPhone X, Air...

Tim Cook from this FastCompany interview:

Even when we were idling from a revenue point of view–it was like $6 billion every year–those were some incredibly good years because you could begin to feel the pipeline getting better, and you could see it internally. Externally, people couldn’t see that.

On products like iPhone not being embraced right away:

[People said] it could never work because it didn’t have a physical keyboard. With each of our products there’s that kind of story. Over the long haul, you just have to have faith that the strategy itself leads to [financial results] and not get distracted and focus on them.

On distractions:

The priorities are about saying no to a bunch of great ideas. We can do more things than we used to do because we’re a bit bigger. But in the scheme of things versus our revenue, we’...

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06:09
Telstra fixes glitches that caused problems with...

Australian telecom Telstra has suffered a mass outage that has mass outage has seen customers experiencing widespread issues with Apple’s iMessage/Messages service, reports news.com.au. But the glitch has reportedly been fixed.

Starting early Wednesday morning (local time), customers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane reported issues sending or receiving iMessages. Telstra has acknowledged the incident and said it’s fixed the issue.

“Earlier today some customers experienced a disruption to Apple iMessage and FaceTime services. We worked with Apple to resolve this issue,” a Telstra spokesman told news.com.au. “Services are now being progressively being restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused.”

Telstra is an Australian telecommunications and media...

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06:06
Dish separates out Sling TV subscribers for first...

Dish Network has for the first time separated out its Dish TV and Sling TV subscriber numbers. The company revealed the figures in its year-end financials for 2017 …

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06:02
Apple international regulatory filings hint that two...




Apple has obtained permission to sell two new iPads in several Eurasian countries, suggesting that the company is planning to announce them in the near future.

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06:00
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Still have a closet full of DVDs? Here's an idea -- get a great deal on a lifetime license to MacX DVD Ripper Pro, connect a DVD Drive (like the Apple SuperDrive) to your Mac, and get ready to turn those discs into digital files. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is the gold standard for Mac DVD digitizing software, and today's deal gains you a single lifetime license for $15.99 or a family lifetime license for just four dollars more.

Why is MacX DVD Ripper Pro so highly regarded in the Mac community? Unlike shareware or freeware alternatives, MacX DVD Ripper Pro is faster, produces better results, and is constantly updated and supported. 

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06:00
'Angry Birds Champions' lets players fling...

Angry Birds Champions is now available on iOS devices and through the developer's website, allowing players to fling their feathered friends against precarious piles of pigs in a bid to win real money for the first time. The game is accessible throug...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Lofree Poison: Nostalgic Powerful...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the Lofree Poison for only $79.99 — that’s 32% off the regular price. This wireless speaker is both retro and powerful, with a vintage 1950’s look combined with a portable wireless design that lets you stream music anywhere via Bluetooth. It features an enhanced bass driver and ultra large diaphragm to pump out powerful bass and full mids and trebles, plus 20-watt amplifiers for room-filling…

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05:59
Apple may buy cobalt directly from miners for the...

Apple is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, seeking to procure "several thousand" metric tons of cobalt per year for a period of at least five years, Bloomberg reports.

The tech giant is one of the largest users of the metal. The move is designed to buffer Apple's reserves of the key lithium ion battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom. 

About a quarter of global cobalt production is used in smartphones. Last year Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg named Apple among several companies the miner was talking to about cobalt. Glencore engages in the production, refinement, processing, storage, transport, and marketing of commodities worldwide.

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