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Thursday January 18

07:03
Payment schedule finally agreed for Apple’s Irish...

It’s now 17 months since EU regulators ordered Ireland to recover €13B ($15B) from Apple in underpaid taxes, and a payment schedule has finally been agreed on.

Payments will begin in March, and continue through to September, meaning that the bill will finally be settled in full some two years after the ruling. That won’t, however, be the end of the matter …

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06:48
Apple Is Blocking an App That Detects Net Neutrality...

dmoberhaus writes: Apple isn't allowing a new app developed by a university professor that detects when your internet is being throttled by ISPs from being listed on the app store. The company claimed the app contained "objectionable content" and "has no direct benefits to the user." The reporter, who tested the app through the beta channel, writes: The app is designed to test download speeds from seven apps: YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. According to the app, my Verizon LTE service streamed YouTube to my iPhone at 6 Mbps, Amazon Prime video at 8 Mbps, and Netflix at 4 Mbps. It downloaded other data at speeds of up to 25 Mbps.


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06:41
Latest Apple Pay promotion offers 20% off SpotHero...

We’ve seen a wave of Apple Pay promotions recently, and SpotHero is the latest app to participate. SpotHero lets you pre-pay for parking garage access and valet service in major cities across the US.

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06:40
Apple will give users the option to control their...

Enlarge (credit: Samuel Axon)

Apple announced big economic plans yesterday, but CEO Tim Cook also touched upon what the company will do in the future to address the grievances brought by users about its recent iPhone performance-slowing controversy. In an interview with ABC News, Cook said that new software updates will allow users with older iPhones to turn off the power management feature that intentionally slows down device performance.

"We will tell someone we're reducing your performance by some amount in order to not have an...

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06:38
Apple to start paying about $14.5 billion in taxes...

Ireland’s Public Accounts Committee will begin collecting €13 billion (about $14.5 billion) from Apple in March, with payments expected to continue through September, according to RTÉ.

In a letter to the Committee, Department of Finance Secretary General Derek Moran said the funds will be held in an escrow account and that it will be in place by the end of March. 

“Given the scale and the bespoke nature of the establishment of the recovery process at this stage it is not possible to provide a definite date for the completion of the collection of the alleged aid,” he said. “However, identification of the escrow agent/custodian by the end of March 2018 will then allow for a payment into the escrow fund account, with payments continuing through the course of April, May and June and up to the end of September 2018.”

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer...

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06:30
Apple joins other tech companies in urging...




Apple and a number of other large technology companies are continuing to resist President Donald Trump's efforts to change U.S. immigration policy, urging the Trump administration to keep a program that allows the spouses of highly-skilled immigrants to work in the country.

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06:30
News: Daily Deal: mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the mStand360 Laptop Stand with Swivel Base for only $49.99 — that’s 16% off the regular price. This stylish stand transforms your MacBook into a stable workstation that not only gives you comfortable ergonomics, but also helps you spontaneously share ideas with others at the push of a finger. A solid single aluminum base provides stability and acts as a heat sink to cool your computer and improve…

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06:26
Note pad that reveals delicate and exquisite models...

These are beautiful. Not necessarily practical, but absolutely worth a look.

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06:23
Safari 11 tips and tricks

Apple Insider pulls together the details on what’s new with Safari 11 on both iOS and macOS. Don’t miss the video embedded at the top of the Apple Insider post.

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06:21
The end of the conference era

Marco Arment:

Having attended (and sometimes spoken at) many of these conferences over the years, I can’t deny the feeling I’ve had in the last couple of years that the era of the small Apple-ish developer-ish conference is mostly or entirely behind us.

And:

It’s getting increasingly difficult for organizers to sell tickets, in part because it’s hard to get big-name speakers without the budget to pay them much (which would significantly drive up ticket costs, which exacerbates other problems), but also because conferences now have much bigger competition in connecting people to their colleagues or audiences.

Marco digs into the why’s of this change. Good read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:17
The best smart thermostats of 2018

If you are in the market for a smart thermostat, this is a solid read. The Ecobee4 and 3rd generation Nest are editor’s choices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:15
macOS: How to Use “Reload Page from Origin” in Safari

Safari’s built-in “Reload Page from Origin” feature can be really helpful if you can’t seem to get a site to work properly, as it’ll force your Mac to bypass any cached information it has and load the page anew. All the details are here in today’s Quick Tip!


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06:12
Apple patent hints at OLED displays for Macs (...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20180019371) for “Quantum dot spacing for high efficiency displays,” which promises quantum dot pixel displays on all its devices. The displays would offer “pure color,” provide a faster response time, and use less energy. And, eventually, they’ll come to the Mac.

So far the only products Apple makes with an OLED are the Apple Watch and iPhone X. Other iPhones, iPads and Macs use LCD technology, which offers lower manufacturing costs.

Apple is reportedly considering Chinese firm BOE as a supplier of screens for upcoming iPhones. The Cupertino, California-based company seems to be looking or ways to shore up its OLED supplies as the iPhone transitions from LCD to OLED displays. 

However, it may be a while before we see iPads and, especially, Macs with such screens. They’re...

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06:10
Inventec begins shipping long-awaited HomePods

Taipei Times:

Inventec Corp, one of the two assemblers for Apple Inc’s HomePod, has started shipping the US company’s long-awaited “smart” speaker with an initial shipment of about 1 million units, industry sources said.

I’m really interested in learning what features will ship with this first version of HomePod.

Obviously, the music capabilities will be first and foremost. But how much of Siri will be available? Will HomePod’s Siri be limited in any way? Will HomePod’s Siri domain be more detailed when it comes to music?

How will updates be handled? Will HomePod be linked to my iPhone, with a HomePod app for handling settings/updates like my Apple Watch?

How will HomePod distinguish itself from existing products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home? What is the value proposition here? How would a consumer justify the extra cost?

I’m very much looking forward to getting one, seeing all this for myself.

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06:00
Latest Apple Pay promo offers 20 percent off...




Continuing a recent campaign, Apple is promoting a deal in which people can get 20 percent off parking fees if they use Apple Pay in SpotHero's iPhone app.

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05:53
Apple among companies opposing changes to U.S....

Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other companies are urging the Trump administration to preserve a program that allows the spouses of some high-skilled immigrants to work in the U.S., reports Recode.

“We represent employers who are committed to growing the U.S. economy and creating jobs for American workers. However, we cannot achieve these goals unless companies can recruit and retain the most qualified employees,” the companies say via a statement by their Washington, D.C.-based lobbying groups, including the Information Technology Industry Council.

Our country grants work visas to skilled immigrants who offer value to U.S. companies. Under an amendment introduced under the Obama administration, such worker’s spouses are also offered work permits to make a move to the U.S. more practical. The Trump administration wants to reverse,...

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05:46
The fascinating history of the trackball. Thanks,...

Tedium:

So, as it turns out, before the virtual bowling alley borrowed something from the trackball, the inventors of the trackball borrowed something from the actual bowling alley—specifically, the Canadian variation of it, called 5-pin bowling.

And:

The [trackball] is Canadian through and through, a project formulated at the behest of the Royal Canadian Navy by Ferranti Canada, as part of a much larger project—a military information system called Digital Automated Tracking and Resolving, or DATAR.

And:

“Think about the state of play in the computer world in 1952. There were only a handful of operating computers in the world. Almost all were unreliable. There was no common software language… pulse rates were only 50-100kHz. The idea of using a ball to control a cursor which could intervene and change program execution was a million miles ahead.”

This is a terrific look back at a device that changed the path of computing. [Via...

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05:45
Apple will allow users to choose whether or not to...

Apple plans to release a software update to iOS that will allow users to control whether or not their iPhones are automatically slowed down. he update will let users turn off the option at the risk that the phone might automatically restart due to an aging battery.

"At the heart of any decision we make is the user, and we felt it would be better to take something off of the performance to prevent [iPhones from restarting]," CEO Tim Cook told CNBC. "We deeply apologize for anybody who thinks we have some other kind of motivation."

The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an iPhone 6 or later. The discount, which represents a $50 savings, starts in late January and ends in December 2018. Apple will also add more battery health information to iOS to let users know when the battery begins to compromise...

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05:40
Apple to lease a 128,000 square-foot building in...

Apple has agreed to lease a 128,000 square-foot building in Culver City, California, according to The Real Deal. Terms haven’t been disclosed.

HBO was set to be the sole tenant leasing at the site (8777 Washington Boulevard), but those plans fell through, the article adds. The four-story complex will include office space, as well as 4,500 square feet of ground-level retail.

Rendering of project at 8777 Washington, with Apple logo (Wikimedia Commons)

The Real Deal previously reported that Apple was in talks to lease Hackman Capital Partners’ 85,000-square-foot campus at 5500 Jefferson Boulevard near Culver City. Combined, that amounts to roughly 213,000 square feet of creative office space in the neighborhood.

Apple currently has...

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05:37
Samsung patent aims to beat iPhone X notch with...

Apple’s approach to achieving a near-bezel-free design was, of course, the ‘notch’ in the iPhone X. But a Samsung patent suggests the company is hoping to go one step further, and actually embed the camera and other sensors into the screen itself …

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05:32
∞ Tim Cook talks new Apple site, tax repatriation,...

[VIDEO] Watch the videos embedded in the main Loop post, two different takes on the same interview. If you only watch one, watch the second. It’s a bit more detailed, longer stretches of Tim talking.

One takeaway from all this: Tim is earnest. When he talks about Apple’s intentions regarding the battery snafu, I believe he means what he says, and I believe what he says is true.

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05:00
The LaVolta turns your iMac into a portable (if you...

It’s been a cold, snowy, winter here in Nashville, Tennessee — and we still have a couple of months to go!. There’s always a chance that, if my neck of the woods ices over, the power will go out. If that happens, I’ll pack my 27-inch iMac 5K in my LaVolta Carry Case, head to a place where there’s working electricity, and carry on with my chores for AppleWorld Today (you’re welcome).

As much as I like my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I don’t want to be using it for hours (or days) at a time for my daily work. For that, I need — or at least want — lots of screen real estate.

The big ol’ iMac isn’t built for portability, however, so I need something to transport and protect it at the same time. Enter the leather Lavolta Carrying Case, which has been specially designed for the all-in-one. It’s made of leather and thick felt with soft yet protective velvet lining

Created by Aliaksei Malevich at an East London hackathon, it lets you pack your desktop into a carry-on...

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04:23
Annoying bug in Facebook Messenger hitting some iOS...

Some users of the iOS version of the Facebook Messenger app are experiencing an annoying bug that only allows them to type a few words at a time …

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04:04
Apple & other tech companies tell Trump his...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other U.S. companies have warned the Trump administration that planned visa changes will harm the economy.

The USA grants work visas to highly-skilled immigrants who offer particular value to U.S. companies. Under an amendment introduced under the Obama administration, their spouses are also offered work permits to make a move to the States more practical …

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04:00
How to use tags to organize files in macOS High...

You can tag files and folders in macOS High Sierra to make them easier to find. Tags work with all your files and folders, whether you store them on your Mac or keep them in iCloud.

You can add multiple tags to any file. To tag an open file, hold the pointer to the right of the document title, click the arrow, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To tag a new file when you save it, click File > Save. In the Save dialog, click in the Tags field, then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list. 

To tag a file on the desktop or in the Finder, select the item, then open the File menu. You can also control-click the item, or tap it with two fingers. Choose a color  below Tags, or click Tags to choose from more tags or enter a new tag.

In a Finder window, you can also select the item, click the Tags button , then enter a new tag, or choose one from the list.

To remove tags from an item, control-click the item or...

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03:42
CES 2018: The Main Show, LVCC, and Sands

Jeff Porten misses the riding luggage, wears a camera on his face, sees some ridiculously fast SSD drives, and roams the CES main floor.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Stephen Morris has launched AudioFile 1.0. It’s a $0.99 audio recorder that features tags, notes, and more to help users find their voice memos and use them later. AudioFile provides a number of ways for users to organize and augment their voice memos. In addition to a title, recordings have notes that can include both text and photos. Users can import audio from other apps into AudioFile, and share their recordings through Messages, Mail, and more.

macOS Apps/Updates

DJMixerSoft has updated DJ Mixer Professional to version 3.6.9. It’s...

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03:15
Tim Cook comments on iPhone battery situation, says...

During a visit to the Apple data center in Reno Nevada on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, wherein he touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones.

According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer.

Cook offered the following comments:

The company did indeed mention that the shutdown issue was caused by uneven power delivery and explained that its power management system had been tweaked, but there was no clear notice that it could cause devices to operate more slowly at times.

About a year ago, we released some code that essentially what it does… is all batteries age over time and they become unhealthy at a point in time and an unhealthy battery has a probability that it will create an unexpected restart.

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03:00
Apple to pay $30 billion tax bill on overseas cash,...

Apple is about to pay a fairly huge tax bill of $38 billion on its overseas cash.

The company said it will make about $38 billion in tax payments on its overseas cash and plans to open a second U.S. campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan.

Apple has also said that it plans a wave of hiring and investing in the United States and will create 20,000 new jobs via hiring at both campus sites.

The location of the second Apple Campus site will be announced later this year.

Roughly a third of the new spending will be on data centers in which to house the company’s iCloud, App Store and Apple Music Services. Apple presently has data centers in seven states and also on Wednesday broke ground on an expansion of its operations in Reno, Nevada, where local officials granted it tax breaks on a downtown warehouse.

The announced tax payment was roughly in line with what analysts expected from the tax bill, which requires companies to pay a...

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03:00
It’s time for cord cutters to embrace the smart TV

Smart TVs used to be consistently worse than dedicated streaming players. Not anymore.

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Wednesday January 17

23:50
Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect...

Intel has revealed that even its newer CPUs are affected by the frequent reboot problems brought about by the Spectre/Meltdown patches. The chipmaker previously said that the reboot issue affects systems running Broadwell and Haswell. Now that it has...

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23:38
Apple to Give Employees $2,500 Bonus in Restricted...

At Wednesday’s closing price of $179.10, each employee would receive (roughly) 14 shares of restricted stock units that would then vest over time.


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19:48
Redbox says Disney lawsuit is a baseless attempt to...

Last month, Disney filed a lawsuit against Redbox claiming that the rental company was violating Disney's copyrights. Redbox buys the Disney discs it rents at retail and when those discs come with download codes for digital copies, Redbox sells them...

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19:36
Would you disable iPhone throttling at the risk of...

Earlier this evening, Tim Cook surprisingly announced that, with a future iOS update, users will be able to turn off iPhone performance throttling. Cook noted, however, that such a move would put users at risk for unexpected shutdowns ask their battery ages.

We’re curious, would you turn off iPhone throttling as your battery aged, if you knew you could suffer from unexpected shutdowns?

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19:34
Apple CEO: iPhone owners will be able to disable...

About a month ago, Apple explained that slower performance of older iPhones is intentional, implemented as a "power management" plan through an iOS update. While it was ostensibly intended to prevent phones from crashing in situations when their worn...

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19:30
Tim Cook Says Power Management Feature In Older...

In an interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. He says that a future update will allow customers to turn off the power management feature that has caused older iPhones to slow down. Mac Rumors reports: According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer. The company did indeed mention that the shutdown issue was caused by uneven power delivery and explained that its power management system had been tweaked, but there was no clear notice that it could cause devices to operate more slowly at times. Cook says Apple "deeply apologizes" to customers who thought the company had other motivations. Apple is introducing better battery monitoring features in a future iOS update, and Cook says Apple will also allow customers to turn off the...

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18:11
New leases give Apple a large footprint in Los...




Apple has reportedly leased more than 200,000 square feet of prime real estate in Culver City, California to support its expanding efforts in original video content.

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17:44
Fitbit's Xbox coaching app helps you work out...

If you're a gamer, you know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the screen to get in some exercise. Fitbit, however, doesn't think you have to. It's trotting out an Xbox One version of its Coach app (released on mobile and PCs in the fal...

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17:35
iPhone owners will be able to disable CPU throttling...




Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview on Wednesday revealed a new iOS function will soon allow owners of iPhones with depleted batteries to disable built-in CPU throttling, a preventative measure designed to lengthen the life span of older handsets.

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17:21
Apple to lease 128,000-sq-ft space in Culver City,...

According to a new report from Variety, Apple will take over the lease at a new Culver City development after HBO pulled out. Apple is said to be leasing the entirety of a new 128,000-square-foot development, but specific plans for the location are unclear…

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16:58
Apple CEO Tim Cook cites GOP tax reform as driver in...




Following Apple's announcement of plans to repatriate a chunk of its overseas cash to infuse some $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years, CEO Tim Cook took part in an interview addressing the company's investment strategy, the iPhone slowdown controversy and more.

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16:51
Tim Cook says users will be able to turn off iPhone...

Apple had already said that a future iOS update will give users more insight into the state of their battery. In an interview with ABC News, Tim Cook was asked for his take on Apple slowing down iPhones with degraded batteries. He revealed that the developer beta including these features will be released next month, with a public release to follow after.

Moreover, he says that this forthcoming update will give users the option to disable performance throttling if they would rather be at risk of unexpected shutdowns but maintain full CPU and GPU performance.

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16:46
Tim Cook praises ‘corporate side’ of Trump tax...

On the heels of Apple’s major announcements about bringing $250 billion of overseas cash back to the United States and increasing investments in the U.S., Tim Cook joined Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News for a brief interview. In the interview, Cook talks about the tax reform that led to Apple’s announcement today and whether or not it will lead to a cheaper (??) iPhone…

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16:27
Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New...

At the tail end of 2017, Amazon announced that both its unlimited music service and Echo speaker would head to 28 more countries. This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New...

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16:15
Apple plans new U.S. campus, to pay $38 billion in...

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) will open a new campus as part of a 5-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

This is in addition to Apple giving employees $2500 bonuses today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:10
Apple Gives Employees $2,500 Bonuses After New Tax...

Apple told employees that it's issuing a bonus of $2,500 of restricted stock units, following the introduction of the new U.S. tax law. "The iPhone maker will begin issuing grants to most employees worldwide in the coming months," reports Bloomberg. Apple also announced today that it would bring back most of its cash from overseas and spend $30 billion in the U.S. over the next five years. From the report: Apple confirmed the bonuses in response to a Bloomberg inquiry Wednesday. The Cupertino, California-based company joins a growing list of American businesses that have celebrated the introduction of corporate-friendly tax law with one-time bonuses for staff. AT&T, Comcast, JetBlue, and Wal-Mart also said they were giving bonuses.


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15:45
Microsoft taps 'Minecraft' leader to run...

Now that Phil Spencer is managing Microsoft's broader game platform strategy, who's going to fill his shoes? Now we know: Microsoft has appointed Matt Booty, the overseer of the company's Minecraft teams, as the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios. H...

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15:27
Deep Dive on Apple’s Tax Announcement, Jeff and...

Apple made some major announcements about taxes, investments, and the company’s five year plan for contributions to the U.S. economy, and Bryan and Jeff take  a deep dive into what it all means. They also examine their own potential for hypocrisy in criticizing Apple’s smarthome strategy. The cap the show with a listener comment about the Mac App Store security bug.


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15:17
Apple gives employees $2,500 bonuses after new tax...

Good to see these bonuses are also being given out to retail and part-time employees.

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15:04
Here’s the full email Tim Cook sent to Apple...

It’s been a big day for both Apple and its employees. Apple plans to repatriate almost $250 billion of its overseas cash, while it will also give employees $2,500 worth of restricted stock units. Now, Axios has obtained the full text of the email Tim Cook sent to Apple employees regarding today’s announcements…

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15:00
Autoblog's 2018 Detroit Auto Show roundup

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Yes, the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for the latest and greatest American pickup trucks, like the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram 1500, and 2019 Chevy Silverado. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to interest those...

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14:37
Google will consider load times in mobile search...

Google is always optimizing search, but has given mobile more prominence lately, including axing its long-running Instant Search feature last July to unify searching on desktop and device. Their latest tweak, which goes into effect July 2018, aims to...

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14:27
008: Apple’s first comedy, HomePods shipping, BMW’s...

Today we’ve got Apple’s big investment in the US economy, Kristen Wiig starring in Apple’s first comedy series, Siri learning a new trick, the first 1 million HomePods shipping ahead of launch, and BMW’s consumer hostile CarPlay decision.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/9to5mac-daily2.mp3

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14:23
How the MacBook Air Changed the Course of Our Mobile...

The MacBook Air, introduced by Steve Jobs at Macworld San Francisco in January, 2008, was limited in capability and outrageously expensive. We loved it.


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14:19
Nintendo unveils Labo, DIY cardboard add-ons for the...

If you thought Minecraft was the best thing for kids on the Switch, get ready for Nintendo to (once again) blow your mind. Behold Labo, a set of DIY tools built on cardboard sheets that turns the console into a powerhouse of play. Make a piano, with...

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14:19
Google may be bringing its handy Smart Replies to...

Smart Replies may be cold and impersonal, but they've been handy if you've just wanted to acknowledge a work message or answer a simple question. And soon, you might not even have to open the app. The 9to5Google crew has discovered code references su...

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14:18
Tim Cook pops up in Reno to celebrate Apple facility...




Apple chief executive Tim Cook made an appearance in Reno, Nevada on Wednesday as his company broke ground on a new downtown warehouse that will serve Apple's nearby multi-billion data center.

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14:17
Apple video content push reportedly helping increase...




Apple's drive for video content is seemingly having a wider effect on how much actors get paid, with a report claiming Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman bolstered their pay from HBO for a project following after Witherspoon made a similar high-value deal for an Apple-commissioned drama.

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14:17
Apple Daily Report for January 7, 2017

The AWT News Update is on a one-day hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes care of some personal business. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Apple stock rose nearly $3 in Wednesday trading following the midday announcement of plans to invigorate the U.S. economy, including repatriating billions of dollars in foreign cash reserves.

What’s more, Bloomberg reports that Apple will be giving most of its global employees an extra bonus as the company plans on repatriating almost $250 billion of its overseas cash after new U.S. tax laws were passed.

Apple CEO Tim...

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14:10
Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon netting...

While we’ve heard quite a bit about the different series Apple has planned for its original content efforts, details on those shows have been sparse. The Hollywood Reporter claims today, however, that Apple is shelling out upward of $1.25 million per episode to both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for their upcoming show…

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14:00
The most eye-catching cars and tech from NAIAS 2018...

The North American International Auto Show's press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over. Next week the NAIAS opens to the public and if can't make it to the Mitten State yourself but still want a peek at what's tuc...

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13:40
Apple to pay $38 billion in US taxes on overseas cash

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Gary Waters)

Apple announced on Wednesday that it would pay $38 billion in taxes to the federal government as it brings cash earned overseas into the United States. The big payment is the result of President Donald Trump's tax cut bill, passed last month, which created a new, special tax rate for overseas cash.

Apple is likely to be the biggest beneficiary of that provision. The American company had around $250 billion in cash and other short-term assets held...

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13:40
DoorDash's delivery drivers will take...

DoorDash announced a new project today aimed at reducing the amount of food thrown out by restaurants each year. A 2016 report released by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that restaurants that took part in its survey donated just two percent...

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13:25
Tip of the Day: Changing the face image for people...

Although the facial recognition features in the iOS Photos app are pretty great, you may not always like the picture it chooses as the “key” photo for a given person. Fortunately, there’s a way to select a different photo, but it’s until recently it’s been so well hidden in the Photos app that most people probably don’t even know it’s there. To select a new key photo for a person, you must begin by going to…

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13:23
Report: Apple shares $2500 bonuses with employees...

Bloomberg today reports that Apple will be giving most of its global employees an extra bonus as the company plans on repatriating almost $250B of its overseas cash after new US tax laws were passed.

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13:21
Ubisoft inadvertently releases 'Assassin's...

Ubisoft has a history of premature software releases, but here's one you might not mind. The developer has confirmed that it inadvertently released its Assassin's Creed Origins add-on The Hidden Ones to Xbox One users a week ahead of its January 23rd...

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13:19
Video: Apple gets ready to ship HomePod after month-...




The HomePod was previously scheduled to hit the market before the end of last year, but Apple issued a statement in November saying it needed more time before the product is ready for customers, giving it an "early 2018" release date.

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13:17
Apple Commits $350 Billion to U.S. Economy Over 5...

In a long press release, the company said increased investment, existing plans, and a one-time tax would add up to a $350 billion contribution to the nation’s economy.


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13:14
Apple stock climbs on word of planned US investments...




Apple stock rose nearly $3 in Wednesday trading following the midday announcement of plans to invigorate the U.S. economy, including repatriating billions of dollars in foreign cash reserves. [Updated with news on employee stock bonuses]

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13:00
Tim Cook attends Apple’s new Reno facility...

As reported by Reno Gazette Journal, Tim Cook unexpectedly showed up to celebrate the groundbreaking of Apple’s latest facility today at its data center in Reno, Nevada.

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13:00
Review: LifeProof LifeActív Power Pack

Although LifeProof is best known for its rugged waterproof iPhone cases, like other case makers the company has started to branch out a bit into other accessories, and one of its first is a fairly natural extension for the outdoor enthusiast in the form of the LifeActív Power Pack. It's designed to withstand the elements and packs 10,000 mAh of backup power and a built-in LED flashlight. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:00
Huawei and its peers won't win over the US...

Standing in front of a slide simply titled "Something I want to share," the CEO of Huawei's consumer product division is about to break tradition. Richard Yu is going to directly address the reported partnership with AT&T that fell through at the...

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12:55
Apple Plans to Build Another New Campus

With the dust still settling on its new spaceship campus in Cupertino, Apple announced plans to build another facility.


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12:51
Ireland's plans for Apple to pay $15.9B in back...




Ireland's attempt to collect an estimated 13 billion euro ($15.9 billion) in unpaid taxes could take longer than previously thought, after Prime Minister Leo Varadkar advised to EU lawmakers that initial payments could commence during the second quarter of this year.

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12:45
Apple to Pay $38 Billion in One-Time Repatriation Tax

The money is owed on roughly $245 billion in overseas profits being repatriated under the recent tax overhaul bill signed into law by President Trump.


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12:36
Yahoo Sports teams with NBA on live games, AR and...

Verizon isn't just obsessed with football. The carrier has unveiled an expanded partnership with the NBA that will make basketball games and related content available across Yahoo and "other Verizon media platforms." To start, it's making much ado o...

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12:33
Apple Expands Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5...

Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund just got a big boost from US$1 billion up to $5 billion.


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12:31
External Link: Messages App Plagued by Another...

Twitter user Abraham Masri has discovered a Web link that, when opened in the Messages app on iOS or macOS, causes freezing, crashing, battery issues, and other nasty behavior. This isn’t the first time that a rogue link or piece of text has broken one of Apple’s apps. Apple will likely release a fix soon.

 

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12:13
How to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum at their current lows...




Cryptocurrency volatility has generated sensationalized headlines over the past year, with cyclical valuation drops and surges that make even Apple's stock price look relaxed in comparison. Here's a look at how cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum's "Ether" work, and how you can get involved in trading them at their current lows with Coinbase, a popular and easy-to-use iOS app.

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12:09
3 Tracking Apps to See Locations of Friends and...

These are apps meant for you to do this in a non-creepy, non-stalker way. Don’t be like that mom from Black Mirror.


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12:07
Instagram is testing a text-based 'Type'...

Instagram keeps updating its Stories feature lately with new additions to keep things interesting. The company recently added polls, a way to surface past Stories and has been experimenting with cross-posts to WhatsApp. Now, according to a report at...

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11:53
Apple diverting worker shuttles because of smashed...




Apple is rerouting the daily buses that drive workers from San Francisco to Cupertino following incidents of broken windows, according to an internal email.

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11:48
Apple lands Kristen Wiig comedy series produced by...

Apple has now landed its fifth scripted TV series and its third produced by Reese Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The latest addition is a comedy starring SNL alum Kristen Wiig and is said to be inspired by a...

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11:42
Apple employee shuttles are being attacked during...

Every day, Apple runs a shuttle service from San Francisco to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino to help employees commute to work. Sadly, some of these buses have been attacked in the last week by unknown criminals resulting in smashed windows. Mashable confirmed with Apple that the incidents were happening but the company did not say how the buses were being damaged; presumably someone is throwing objects (rocks?) to break the glass.

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11:29
Aspyr ships 'Civilization VI' Fall 2017...




Players of 'Civilization VI' on macOS have more downloadable content to enjoy, while a new list compiling games supporting Apple's Metal API offers more ways for gamers to push their Mac's GPU.

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11:23
Facebook reopens investigation to see if Russia...

This past December, Facebook investigated whether Russia had used the social network to influence the EU Referendum vote, or Brexit. At the time, the team found little evidence of UK-related activity from the "Internet Research Agency" in Russia. Now...

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11:18
Kristen Wig to star in Apple’s first scripted comedy...

Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring Kristen Wig, the Saturday Night Live grad and movie actress (GhostBusters, Downsizing), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine...

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11:16
Siri Podcast News Feature Rolling Out to iOS 11.2.2...

The Siri podcast feature was designed for the HomePod in mind, and it’s designed for hands-free situations.


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11:15
Apple shuttles are being attacked in San Francisco

Mashable has reached out to both Apple and the local police to confirm whether the shuttles were being shot at, and we will update this when we hear back. At the time of publication, Apple and the local police were not able to confirm what object was shattering the windows. It could, of course, be rocks — but even rocks thrown at a moving vehicle on the highway could result in tragedy.

Be safe people.

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11:05
Someone is attacking Apple shuttle buses

Someone is attaching Apple shuttle buses that carry employees to and from San Francisco to the company’s Cupertino headquarters, according to an internal Apple email thread viewed by Mashable. Apparently, “rubber rounds” — rubber or rubber-coated projectiles that can be shot from either standard firearms or dedicated riot guns — are being fired at the vehicles, sometimes breaking windows.

Apple emailed employees to alert them that an untold number of shuttles would be rerouted, adding 30 to 45 minutes to riders' commute. Mashable obtained the email and has verified its authenticity. 

“As always, the safety of our employees is our first priority. We’re working closely with law enforcement to investigate these incidents and we’ll notify you as soon as the coaches are able to return to the regular route,” the email reads in part. “Thank you for your patience...

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11:00
Apple plans to add 20,000 jobs, new campus in the US

Apple is determined to show that it's investing in the US economy despite its tax moves and foreign manufacturing. The company has announced a slew of investments it claims will pump a total of $350 billion into the US economy, highlighted by its fo...

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10:57
YouTube snags the rights to Eminem-produced...

YouTube has acquired the rights to Eminem-produced Bodied, a satirical film that takes place within the Oakland hip-hop scene. It's co-written and directed by Joseph Kahn -- director of 2004's Torque as well as music videos for everyone from Taylor S...

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10:56
Apple is among the top bond issuers ahead of rising...

Apple is among the companies that added the most debt last year to to finance either acquisitions or stock repurchases, says S&P Dow Jones Indices, reports Investor’s Business Daily.

Apple, despite having a cash pile estimated to reach $285 billion by the end of 2017, added nearly $27 billion in debt. The tech giant has stepped up stock repurchases.

S&P 500 companies such as Apple, AT&T and Amazon overall issued $775 billion in bonds, the sixth consecutive year of record U.S. corporate bond issuances,  says S&P Dow Jones Indices, notes Investor’s Business Daily. The companies aimed to take advantage of low interest rates. Inflation is expected to rise in 2018, say some economists, which could hike borrowing costs and interest expenses.

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10:51
Is BMW going to make you pay for Apple CarPlay every...

This is an interesting decision by BMW. Their logic seems solid but many people are unhappy about the subscription. I’ll never buy a BMW so I don’t have a dog in this hunt but if successful, you can bet this will move downmarket to other manufacturers.

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10:50
Apple says it will pump $350B into US through next...




Looking to boost its domestic image, Apple on Wednesday announced that it expects to contribute $350 billion to the U.S. economy during the next five years, picking up some 20,000 jobs in the process.

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10:50
Apple Says It Will 'Contribute' $350...

Apple said on Wednesday it will invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, touting the creation of 20,000 new jobs and a new campus thanks, in part, to the prospect of tax reform. From a report: The company said it expects tax repatriation payments of about $38 billion, indicating that it will bring a portion of its $250 billion overseas cash back to the U.S. As of November, the company had $268.9 billion in cash, both domestically and overseas. The job creation will focus on direct employment, but also suppliers and its app business, which it had already planned to grow substantially. "We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible," chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement.


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10:48
Apple plans another new campus and more investments...

Apple has announced a new set of investments to build on its commitment to support the American economy and its workforce, concentrated in three areas where the tech giant has had the greatest impact on job creation: direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple’s domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the app economy that the company created with iPhone and the App Store. 

The Cupertino, California-based company is already responsible for creating and supporting over two million jobs across the U.S. and expects to generate even more jobs as a result of the initiatives being announced today. Combining new investments and Apple’s current pace of spending with domestic suppliers and manufacturers — an estimated $55 billion for 2018 — Apple’s direct contribution to the U.S. economy will be more than $350 billion over the next five years, not including Apple’s ongoing tax payments, the tax revenues generated from employees’ wages and the sale of Apple...

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10:36
Google says fix for WiFi bug on Cast devices is...

After weeks of reports from users losing WiFi connections due to Google devices with the "Cast" feature, the company has responded. According to an entry on Google's support page, the company has identified the issue and will release a fix to roll ou...

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10:31
chaiOS Bug, J.J Abrams New Sci-fi Series – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss the chaiOS bug for the Mac and iPhone, plus they weigh in on Apple’s bid for the new J.J. Abrams sci-fi series.


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10:30
Xfinity customers will get a ton of Winter Olympics...

The Olympics offer a unique technical challenge for TV broadcasters and cable companies every few years. With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a few weeks away, Comcast has announced its plans to offer a pretty huge variety of coverage for its Xfinity T...

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