News Scanner
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

News Scanner

Thursday November 16

08:25
Review: RHA T20i Lightning Headphones

It's okay to own multiple headphones. Unless you listen to only one type of music, you will probably find that there are very few headphones that pair well with all genres of music — to us, that's enough to justify owning multiple headphones at any given time. When considering the sound of a headphone, we try to keep in mind that there is no "best" sound signature — each headphone is tuned to target users with particular listening preferences. This week, RHA turns that all on its head with the T20i, a high-quality IEM that uniquely allows the user to adjust its sound. We think they're excellent. {/exp:char_limit}
...

| Read more »
08:14
Apple's latest Machine Learning Journal entry...




Apple on Thursday published a new entry to its Machine Learning Journal for researchers and developers, discussing face detection and the related Vision framework, which developers can use for apps on iOS, macOS, and tvOS.

| Read more »
07:59
Vimeo launches HDR video hosting, playable on iPhone...

YouTube competitor Vimeo today announced that it is rolling out support for High Dynamic Range video uploads on its video hosting platform. Usually seen as the slightly more professional video site, Vimeo notes it is the first platform to support playback of HDR content on Apple’s latest devices including the iPhone X and Apple TV 4K.

This is because YouTube favors a VP9 codec that iOS and tvOS do not support, so the YouTube app on the new Apple TV 4K currently maxes out at 1080p.

more…

| Read more »
07:32
4 Great Note Taking Apps for iPad and Apple Pencil

The iPad is a great note taking tool for classes and meetings, so it’s only fitting to find a lot of really great note taking apps for Apple’s tablet. The Mac Observer rounded up some of our favorites to help you pick the one that’s best for you.


| Read more »
07:26
Apple is the clear leader in the 2017 Conflict...

Apple emerged as the clear leader, scoring 114 out of a possible 120 points, plus an additional eight points in extra credit in the 2017 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings by the Enough Project. 

The tech giant's consistent fulfillment of the rankings criteria indicates the company has committed substantial resources to developing processes for sourcing minerals from mines that benefit Congolese communities. The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalization.

Alphabet, Google LLC’s parent company, ranks second overall, even though the company wasn’t included in Enough’s 2012 rankings because, at the time, they weren’t manufacturing consumer products containing 3TG minerals. HP, Microsoft, and and Intel round out the top five companies with scores ranging from 72.5-76...

| Read more »
07:12
GymKit for Apple Watch makes global debut in...




Apple's director of Fitness and Health technologies, Jay Blahnik, was on hand in Sydney this week to showcase the first gym equipped for GymKit, a technology introduced alongside watchOS 4.1.

| Read more »
06:35
Comment: A year later, AirPods remain basically...

Even a year on, Apple’s AirPods are largely unrivaled. They may look a bit funny to wear, and only come in one colour, but it’s hard to argue anyone else is close to matching Apple in the truly-wireless headphone space.

AirPods are dead simple to use and intelligent enough to be helpful, without being annoying. They aren’t even expensive compared to the competition.

more…

| Read more »
06:30
RESCUE.COM: MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is the best...

If you want to buy the best laptop that is out there, go for Apple’s MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, says RESCUECOM President David Milman, whose company repairs tens of thousands of computers annually.

The Touch Bar, available exclusively on the MacBook Pro, offers a revolutionary way to use your laptop, he adds. The MacBook Pro is thinner and lighter as well as faster and more powerful than previous versions. 

“And it is one of the most reliable computers available, backed by Apple's famous technical support,” Milman says. “Of course all that comes with a price – it is one of the costliest laptops on the market.”

| Read more »
06:28
Racing game Dirt Rally powerslides onto macOS,...




Feral Interactive has shipped its port of the Codemasters off-road racing game 'Dirt Rally' to macOS, bringing the simulation of driving at high speed through forests to the Mac two years after the game was originally released on other platforms.

| Read more »
06:21
DiRT Rally drives onto the Mac

DiRT Rally is now out for the Mac. It’s available from the Feral Store for $59.99 and will be coming to the Mac App Store soon. DiRT Rally requires macOS 10.13 or higher. 

Here’s how the game is described: “Experience all the thrill of racing on the edge in DiRT Rally, the most authentic rally game ever engineered. Strap yourself in and hurtle down the most dangerous tracks in the world, from the drenched pine forests of Wales to the crumbling hillsides of Greece.”

| Read more »
06:18
∞ What happens to Animoji when you cover the...

Frederick Riedel used stickers to cover the:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood Illuminator
  • Dot Projector

on his iPhone X. But Animoji still worked without them. Portrait mode stopped working. Face ID stopped working too. So the stickers were doing their job.

Why do Animoji still work? Pop over to the main Loop post for the detailed explanation. Pretty interesting.

| Read more »
06:00
News: Daily Deal: BauBax Windbreaker

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the BauBax Windbreaker for only $109.99 — that’s 56% off the regular price. Billed as The World’s Best Travel Windbreaker for Men, Baubax raised $9 million on Kickstarter and is now available for purchase. This may just be the smartest jacket you’ll ever own, combining an all-weather water-repellant jacket with a built-in neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, and microfibre cloth as…

| Read more »
05:56
iOS 11.2 accelerated wireless charging speed vs...

Matt Birchler compared the time it took to charge an iOS device using:

  • Stock wired charger
  • Apple 29W charger
  • Wireless charging (available on iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X)
  • Accelerated wireless charging (New with iOS 11.2)

Follow the link, check out the graph. To really get a sense of the difference, look how many minutes it takes each to get to a 40% charge (the second horizontal gray line).

The 29W charger took just under 30 minutes. Accelerated charging took about an hour and 40 minutes.

I don’t know how rigorous this analysis was, but wow, what a difference. We could be seeing the limitations of inductive charging, or we could see these numbers improve with each new release. But as is, what price convenience?

...

| Read more »
05:53
Apple wants to better protect iPhone and iPad...

Apple wants to make iPhones and iPads more resistant to drops and hits, especially the camera components of the devices. The tech giant has filed for a patent (number 20170331993) for an “impact absorber.”

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the advent of small, mobile multipurpose devices such as smartphones and tablet or pad devices has resulted in a need for high-resolution, small form factor cameras for integration in the devices. Some small form factor cameras may incorporate optical image stabilization (OIS) mechanisms.

Some small form factor cameras may incorporate an autofocus (AF) mechanism whereby the object focal distance can be adjusted to focus an object plane in front of the camera at an image plane to be captured by the image sensor. In some such autofocus mechanisms, the optical lens is moved as a single rigid body along the optical axis (referred to as the Z axis) of the camera to refocus the camera. 

In addition, Apple says that high image...

| Read more »
05:44
∞ Using your AirPods case as an iPhone stand

This is a terrific tip (watch the video embedded in the main Loop post), especially useful if you are on an airplane. No need to travel with any sort of stand, as long as you remembered your AirPods.

| Read more »
05:43
Pages: New Options for Formatting Links

Within Pages, Apple’s word-processing program, typing in a URL will automatically create a link and underline it. But if you hate this behavior, you can turn it off—and the options you have for doing so are a bit different in recent versions of the program. We’ve got the details in today’s Quick Tip.


| Read more »
05:41
Rene Ritchie’s Vector podcast

Rene Ritchie is a smart cookie. Vector is a daily podcast (I don’t know how he keeps this up), full of interesting detail on some (usually) Apple-related topic.

Start with the latest one, Face ID FUD. Here’s the link.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
05:35
GymKit launches today, automatically syncs workout...

Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac:

The idea is that the watch and the paired gym machine have better knowledge about different aspects of the workout. GymKit allows that data to be shared back and forth, as appropriate.

At the end of the session, the watch saves all the relevant data to its local database (no iPhone required) and the gym equipment is wiped of any personal data.

Walk up to a GymKit compatible machine, tap your Apple Watch (pairs via NFC, similar to Apple Pay), and the machine automatically loads the appropriate workout data from your watch. When your workout is finished, your results are saved back to your Apple Watch.

This is brilliant.

∞ Read...

| Read more »
05:00
The Learn to Design Course Bundle: 9 Courses for...

Designing a website can be difficult, which is why many folks use template-based sites that lack the creativity of a well-designed and hand-coded website. If you'd like to break away from the ordinary, take advantage of today's Learn to Design Bundle ($29) to get the training you need to create beautiful and different websites.

These 9 courses include 57 hours of training on responsive design, rapid prototyping, HTML 5, CSS 3 and more. Here's the course outline:

  • Mobile App Design in Sketch 3: Learn UX/UI From Scratch
  • Master Web Design in Photoshop
  • Mobile App Design: Learn UX/UI and Start Freelancing Career...
| Read more »
04:42
VFX artist shows how iPhone X TrueDepth camera could...

A tech demo video by VFX artist Elisha Hung shows how data from the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system could be used to animate 3D characters and objects in a CGI movie.

more…

| Read more »
04:30
Nomad’s leather cases for the iPhone X offer...

Nomad has released five handsome leather cases for the iPhone X, all of which are compatible with Qi wireless charging. The variety means that at least one of the reasonably priced cases will suit everyone — unless he’s looking for a “flavor” rather than rustic brown. 

However, rustic brown is the perfect hue for these cases. The Horween leather is vegetable-tanned, and imbued with natural waxes and oils. The surface isn’t sprayed with a synthetic sealant, so it develops a good-looking patina over time (for best care, use a quality leather conditioner.) The cases are meant to show the scuffs and marks they endure over time, which adds to their authenticity. Of course, if you’re looking for a case without flaws, these aren’t for you.

The Leather Folio is a $49.95 case designed for those who want their iPhone X case to double as a wallet. It holds 3-6 credit cards and folded cash. If your current...

| Read more »
04:07
iPhone X now ships in 2-3 weeks from Apple Online...

The availability of iPhone X continues to improve. The Apple Online Store is now reporting 2-3 week delivery estimates for new iPhone X orders, across both Space Gray and Silver colors on all carriers. Reports indicated that iPhone X supply would be improving throughout November, after the initial production holdups, and that is certainly corroborated here.

It’s also true that the rush of early adopter demand for the phone has likely waned at this point, although the holiday shopping season is always a busy period for iPhones sales.

more…

| Read more »
04:00
How to use fast app switching on the iPhone X

The iPhone X doesn’t have a Home button, so there’s a new way to use fast app switching.  

To see the App Switcher on the next gen iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of its screen and pause while still touching the display. When the App Switcher appears, you can lift your finger. Now you can swipe right or left to switch back and forth between apps.

| Read more »
03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Nov. 16, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

CleverBooks has introduced CleverBooks Geometry 1.0. It’s a free augmented reality based geometry that can be used as a supplementary aid to any existing primary math curriculum supporting children ages 7-11 years old. It features 3D models with augmented reality (AR) for main geometric shapes to help students develop cognitive and critical thinking.

Magnin & Associates has launched Mini Golf Challenge 1.0. The $1.99 app simulates nine or 18 holes of miniature golf, complete with a turning windmill, animated alligators, rotating planks, and other...

| Read more »
03:15
Square Cash App for iOS adds Bitcoin support,...

Square Chief Financial Officer Sarah Friar wants to prove that cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, can be a genuine financial tool with the latest version of its Cash App for iOS now supporting the protocol.

“We’re a payment innovator. And therefore I think it behooves us to always know, where are our payments going?” Friar told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “When we develop products at Square, we spend a lot of time listening to what our customers want, and what we heard from individuals – so this isn’t sellers asking to accept bitcoin, this is individuals using Square Cash to make payments… saying, ‘We want an easy way to buy and sell bitcoin.'”

Friar than added that the fastest way to understand a new product is to build products around them.

Bitcoin, in turn, has experienced a surge in both popularity and price over the course of 2017 and briefly gained 11 percent following Friar’s announcement.

“Ultimately, you have to be out there...

| Read more »
03:00
New study cites Apple Watch as being able to help...

You can add “helping to detect sleep apnea” and “helping to detect hypertension” to the list of nifty things the Apple Watch can do.

A new study released from health startup Cardiogram and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) suggests that wearable devices like the Apple Watch, Fitbit and others are able to accurately detect common but serious conditions like hypertension and sleep apnea.

Cardiogram and UCSF had previously demonstrated the Apple Watch’s ability to detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97 percent accuracy. The new study states that the Apple Watch can detect sleep apnea with a 90 percent accuracy and hypertension with an 82 percent accuracy.

The American Sleep Apnea Association has estimated that 22 million adults in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea, with another 80 percent of cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. This affected person can stop breathing in their sleep and can possibly lead to death.

... | Read more »
03:00
The latest free streaming TV service: Your public...

Hoopla and Kanopy offer free streaming movies, TV shows, and documentaries with just a library card.

| Read more »

Wednesday November 15

23:58
Nintendo Switch homebrew is possible, but there...

Resourceful hackers have long been rejuvenating Nintendo's consoles past their sell-by dates. Armed with in-game exploits, the homebrew community persistently overcame updates to release unofficial emulators and apps for the Wii, Wii U, and 3DS. But,...

| Read more »
22:33
'Battlefront II' under investigation in...

EA isn't only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II's loot crates, it's also under investigation from Belgium's gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country's gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefro...

| Read more »
21:01
Duolingo adds Mandarin course to its language library

Online language learning company Duolingo has finally added a Mandarin course to its offerings. With more than one billion speakers, Mandarin is the most popular language on the planet, but it's also on one of the hardest to learn, which is why the c...

| Read more »
20:30
Teenage Engineering’s 'H' and 'R...

Most people still don't know who or what Teenage Engineering is. But, those that do probably think of them as a music company — the iconic OP-1 synthesizer, OD-11 speaker and line of tiny Pocket Operator synths have earned Teenage Engineering t...

| Read more »
18:24
AT&T iPhone owners suffering from connectivity...




AT&T has confirmed reports of outages across its network in the U.S., and has instructed users to restart their devices to restore connectivity.

| Read more »
17:34
Video: Speed and resource testing Safari, Firefox,...




Mozilla just released their new Firefox "Quantum" browser with new features including built-in screenshots, a save-for-later feature named Pocket, and a Library that holds all of your pocket saves, bookmarks, browsing history, screenshots and downloads in one spot. AppleInsider compares the new release with Safari, and Google's Chrome.

| Read more »
17:29
AT&T tells customers to restart their phones to...

Now that Google Docs is back up and running, it's apparently AT&T's turn to take a stumble. Customers have reported trouble making calls for the last couple of hours, however, the company said the problem can be resolved by restarting your phone...

| Read more »
16:59
AT&T acknowledges nationwide outage preventing...

After a multitude of reports on Twitter and other social media platforms, AT&T has acknolwedged that some cusotmers are facing issues placing wireless calls. Reports of the outage first began earlier this evening and DownDetecor shows over 6,000 complaints from users.

more…

| Read more »
16:23
How to keep media keys fixed to iTunes with macOS...

Apple released macOS High Sierra to the public back in September, bringing notable changes such as Apple File System, Safari 11, and more. One change that’s proved to be more of an annoyance, however, relates to the media keys. No longer do they control just media apps like iTunes and Spotify, but rather they control any sort of video and audio playback.

If you’re like me, that’s come as more of a bother than a real feature, but a new third-party tool aims to restore media keys to their previous glory…

more…

| Read more »
16:18
Netgear routers now feature Disney's parental...

Circle with Disney's advanced parental controls are helpful if you want to curb what your kids can do online and when, but it has normally required a separate device you plug in to your WiFi router. Why can't it just be built into the router itself?...

| Read more »
15:38
Twitter removing verification from accounts that...

Twitter announced last week that it was suspending its verification program after backlash over the verification badge being given to white supremicists and other controversial figures. Today, in a series of tweets from its Support account, Twitter clarified its move and said it is in the process of reviewing all verfied accounts, and may revoke veification where it deems necessary…

more…

| Read more »
15:29
Wearable Market Breakdown, Harry Potter AR, iPhone X...

Bryan and Jeff argue that the wearables market is breaking down into three competitors, Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit. All others are lolwannabes. They also think Harry Potter Wizards Unite will be way bigger than Pokémon Go, and talk about just how good the camera is on iPhone X.


| Read more »
15:28
Experts split on whether police can use dead bodies...




Security and biometrics experts are said to be divided on the question of whether police -- or the FBI -- could have used the body of Sutherland Springs shooter Devin Kelley to unlock his rumored iPhone.

| Read more »
15:28
Olie lamp includes a voice assistant and wireless...

It seems like everyone is building in Alexa or Google Assistant smarts to their speakers, thermostats and cars these days. If you haven't yet had enough of devices you can talk to, the Olie lamp over at Indiegogo might interest you. It's a cute littl...

| Read more »
15:21
Apple Starts Pushing High Sierra on Unsuspecting Mac...

Many Mac users are suddenly being prompted to install macOS 10.13 High Sierra. If you don’t want to tie up your Mac for an hour or more — and up with High Sierra! — read on to learn how to stop the upgrade process.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

| Read more »
15:05
Twitter tries to fix verification of people 'we...

Sure, being verified on social media isn't always as good as people think, but after a recent blowup, Twitter says it's addressing the "perception" of endorsement a blue checkmark confers. While the network has notably verified the accounts of self-p...

| Read more »
14:41
15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

In this hands-on video walkthrough we highlight more than 15 handy tips and tricks for new iPhone X owners. Included in the video are easier methods for invoking Control Center and Notifications, a method for recording Animoji without a time limit, and the best way to quickly switch between two apps. Have a look at our hands-on video for the details. more…

| Read more »
14:41
Twitch users can gift subscriptions to fellow viewers

Twitch is continuing to roll out the many upgrades it promised at TwitchCon. As of today, you can gift 1-month subscriptions to anyone on Twitch, regardless of the tier. They don't auto-renew (you "currently" have to buy every month), but this cou...

| Read more »
14:32
AWT News Update: November 15, 2017

Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro Drone, available exclusively at Apple retail stores

On today's Apple World Today News Update podcast, we have news of a couple of deals that you might want to take advantage of before Black Friday next week:

  • DirecTV Now will be offering a free 32GB Apple TV 4K if you prepay for 4 months of the service
  • The iPhone X is now shipping in 2 to 3 weeks...which could be good or bad news
  • Apple retail stores are selling an Alpine White DJI Mavic Pro drone combo for $1049.95, and it's a pretty good deal
  • GymKit is starting to roll out at a group of fitness centers in Australia

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.

... | Read more »
14:24
LIFX launches new LED light strip w/ HomeKit support...

LIFX today has released two new products that feature HomeKit support. The new LIFX Z Starter Kit with HomeKit is the company’s latest lighting product, while a new HomeKit controller will bring HomeKit support to existing LIFX products.

more…

| Read more »
14:13
Yup, Google Docs went down, but it's coming back

If you've had trouble loading Google Docs this afternoon, you're not alone. The company said that an outage has been "affecting a significant subset of users" who were unable to access it since about 3:48 PM ET. As of 4:55 PM ET the status had been u...

| Read more »
14:10
Should you buy AppleCare+ for your iPhone X? It...

Deciding whether or not to buy AppleCare+ with Apple products can be a tough decision, and the $999-$1149 price of the iPhone X doesn’t make the decision any easier. The cost of AppleCare+ increased for pricier iPhones, but so did the repair costs for out-of-warranty damage.

No one wants to get stuck with a huge out-of-pocket fee to repair a busted iPhone X, although it’s worth considering the math before buying or passing on AppleCare+ for iPhone X.

more…

| Read more »
13:55
Google Docs

 November 15, 2017 1:55:00 PM PST

Google Docs service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 November 15, 2017 12:48:00 PM PST

We're aware of a problem with Google Docs affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Docs. We will provide an update by November 15, 2017 2:30:00 PM PST detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

| Read more »
13:54
Postmates' first food deliveries outside the US...

Lyft isn't the only major American online service dipping its toes in foreign waters this week: Postmates is starting its first food deliveries outside of the US with a launch in Mexico City. Hungry people in several districts of Mexico's capital ca...

| Read more »
13:40
CSS Insight: Apple will launch a Netflix competitor...

CCS Insight is predicting that Apple will introduce a Netflix competitor next year, according to Investopedia. The UK market research firm thinks the tech giant will enter the market in a big way next year, launching a streaming video service that will be home “to a slew of original content.”

"Everyone is jostling for position and everyone is jumping in on the area of video. When you look at Apple, it has a very strong hardware offering and their services business is on the march," Paolo Pescatore, vice president of multiplay and media at CCS Insight, said. "The real battleground is in the area of original content, but original content would feature prominently and Apple would be very well placed to do that."

According to CCS Insights, launching a video streaming service could be a way for Apple to increase its revenue from services, which was...

| Read more »
13:31
LinkedIn's Career Advice is ready to find you a...

Finding someone to help you advance your career can be tricky. After a limited trial in August, LinkedIn is rolling out its Career Advice feature to all its members in the US, UK, India and Australia. According to the company, more than 80 percent of...

| Read more »
13:30
LIFX launches HomeKit-compatible LED light strips,...




Lighting provider LIFX has upgraded its LIFX Z light strip kit, with the new version supporting HomeKit natively.

| Read more »
13:17
5 best apps for reading Feedly on the Mac

I’m still a big fan of RSS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
13:16
∞ Universal Audio plug-ins vs analog hardware

This is exactly why I use Universal Audio in my recording and mixes. What they do is so exacting, it’s difficult to tell the plug-in from the actual hardware unit. Watch this video.

| Read more »
13:09
Google Home can send third-party apps to your phone

Google Assistant already has its share of third-party apps, but that experience doesn't usually leave the device where it starts. You can't make a request on your Home speaker that needs an answer on your phone. Thankfully, Google is about to fix t...

| Read more »
12:55
Universal Audio releases new plug-ins

I can tell you that I’m really excited about the latest release from Universal Audio. They have always been the top plug-in maker for me, but this one goes above and beyond. Here’s what’s included:

  • Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor
  • Dytronics Tri-Stereo Chorus
  • Gallien-Krueger® 800RB Bass Amp
  • Ocean Way Microphone Collection
  • Marshall Plexi Classic (FREE for Apollo owners)

Excuse me while I go download and play for the rest of the day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:47
Amazon Echo and Google Home were vulnerable to...

Back in September, Bluetooth-connected device owners got a little scare when security firm Armis disclosed a new hack exploit known as BlueBorne. In theory, bad actors could target smartphones, tablets and such using specific vectors in Bluetooth con...

| Read more »
12:33
More Adventures With the macOS High Sierra Install

Continued use and testing has revealed a few oddities in macOS High Sierra.


| Read more »
12:32
DJI Sells New Mavic Pro Drone Exclusively With Apple

Called the Mavic Pro Alpine White, it’s available today for US$1,049.


| Read more »
12:25
Kids can build their own Star Wars video game with...

There are a whole host of apps and games that are aimed at teaching kids to code, but not all of them come with stellar IP partnerships. But that's just what Bloxels, Pixel Press's video game building system aimed at teaching kids how to be content c...

| Read more »
12:15
Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with fast charging...

The iPhone X, iPad Pro, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all have a feature that allows them to be charged faster through higher wattage USB-C connections. Today, Belkin released the new US$29.99 USB-C Car Charger to give Apple fans a way to quickly charge up their newer devices with up to 36W of power.

While the USB-C Car Charger works with iOS to enable Fast Charge, it can also be used to charge other devices like the MacBook or MacBook Pro on the go through a straight USB-C connection from the charger. For the iOS devices, Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable is needed to complete the connection between charger and device.

The USB-C Car...

| Read more »
12:06
Once banned Kinder Eggs are finally coming to the U....

This is one of those things we Canadians have always held up as a reason why Canada is better than the US. We’ll have to find something else now.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
12:05
Apple Early Black Friday Roundup: Find the best...




With a week left before Black Friday, Apple authorized resellers are already launching steep discounts on Apple products, including MacBook Pros, iMacs, iPads and Apple Watches. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with no sales tax collected in 48 states and no interest financing for up to 12 months on many items.

| Read more »
12:04
How to share Apple Watch Activity progress with...




Some people need a little encouragement -- or friendly rivalry -- to get in shape. Here's how to share Activity stats from your Apple Watch with others.

| Read more »
12:03
Sports Illustrated TV streams movies, shows and more...

With Disney kicking off its own competitively-priced streaming content service in 2019, many media brands are jumping on the bandwagon. Tomorrow, Time Inc will launch one of its own: Sports Illustrated TV, which will initially be available only on Am...

| Read more »
11:48
Apple Releases Safari Technology Preview 44

This release enables Payment Requests by default, and it includes 38 other improvements and bug fixes, too.


| Read more »
11:42
Google Maps' new look adapts to how you travel

Google Maps may be a cornerstone of navigation for many people, but its visual presentation can occasionally leave something to be desired. Why would you care about gas stations when you're taking the subway? To that end, Google is giving Maps a fr...

| Read more »
11:36
5 Video Editing Apps For iPhone Videographers

These video editing apps are for people of all skill levels, whether you need a video for social media or a more professional-looking video.


| Read more »
11:31
Create simple button fades with CSS

Sometimes I just enjoy knowing that things like this can be done. I love that coders and designers keep pushing things, sometimes in a simple way.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:27
The $85,000 desk

I love some of the things Tina Roth Eisenberg finds on the Web, but I couldn’t afford to buy this one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:27
Video for iOS & tvOS-exclusive game 'Sky...




More details about "Flower" and "Journey" developer thatgamecompany's next title, "Sky," have been revealed in a brief gameplay video, showing the opening moments of the and collaborative puzzles from the game, which will launch first on iOS and tvOS.

| Read more »
11:21
[Sponsor] Microsoft App Center

Microsoft just launched App Center, a service for Apple developers that connects to your GitHub repo to automatically build, test, distribute, and monitor iOS and Mac apps. App Center is the next generation of HockeyApp, which was acquired by Microsoft.

The basic HockeyApp features like beta distribution and crash reporting got a revamped user interface, and Microsoft added new features for build, test, analytics, and push notifications. Simply connect your repo, build the app on App Center’s Mac cloud, and run automated UI tests on thousands of real iOS devices in their hosted device lab. You can not only distribute your builds to testers, but also deploy directly to the App Store.
You can use all of these features together, or just the pieces that complement your current workflow. Spend less time on drudgery, and more time on your app....

| Read more »
11:19
Macworld’s December digital magazine: iPhone 8 and 8...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the December issue

This month we review Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Are the new phones compelling enough to stay out of the shadow of the iPhone X? We also review the Apple Watch Series 3 and examine the addition of LTE — find out if it's upgrade-worthy. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: The changes, new features, and improvements you should know about in Apple Photos 3

To read this article in full, please click here

| Read more »
11:14
Goodbye Pokémon, Harry Potter Wizards Unite is...

Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, and WB Games have pre-announced Harry Potter Wizards Unite, an augmented reality world based on JK Rowling’s enduringly popular books.


| Read more »
11:09
Google defending access to lawful information

This is specifically for Google Europe, but it’s a very interesting read on how they are trying to follow the law and strike the right balance.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
11:04
Apple to help India develop anti-spam app

Apple Inc has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.

Apple didn’t want the government to have its customer’s call and text logs. Apparently the app they are helping to develop will have limited capabilities.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:59
Apple offers its 2017 holiday gift guide

Apple has updated its website with a holiday gift guide. Not surprisingly, it helps you “find great holiday gift ideas” like MacBook Pros, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch Series 3, and accessories. Buy now at apple.com and you can get fast, free shipping.

Accessories for each product are listed below each item. Apple recommends things like AirPods, iPhone X phone cases, Apple Watch bands, the Apple Pencil, Beats Studio3 headphones, and more. Sorry, but if you were hoping to see the HomePod listed, you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Lots of third party accessories are also shared on holiday gift guide. Cruise on over to the “More Gifts” link, and you’ll find more goodies ranging from Beats headphones to toys.

| Read more »
10:54
Suspect report says Apple’s A11X Bionic chip will...

A new report today from a not-so reliable source is sharing some alleged details about Apple’s next mobile processor, the A11X Bionic chip along with when it will arrive with the new iPad Pro.

more…

| Read more »
10:54
Artemis from Andy Weir is Out and Here’s Where to...

Ready to start reading Andy Weir’s new book Artemis? Here’s where you can get it today, or at least by tomorrow.


| Read more »
10:53
How Animoji uses iPhone X’s TrueDepth Camera

Apple’s new Animoji feature has proven to be a viral and fun part of the iPhone X, but the $999 starting price is an understandable roadblock for a lot of potential customers. Apple says Animoji requires the TrueDepth camera system to work, but a quick hands-on test appears to show the playful messaging app working even when the IR camera unique to iPhone X is covered…

more…

| Read more »
10:45
Review of Google’s Pixel Buds: Not good

Chris Davies did a great review of Google’s new wireless headphones, Pixel Buds. He went through all of the main features and compared them to Apple’s AirPods, a product I know much more about.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:41
iPhone X shipments from Apple improve to 2-3 weeks...




In a sign that production of the iPhone X is catching up with overwhelming demand, new orders for the iPhone X are now advertised to ship within two to three weeks, a one-week improvement from their previous estimate.

| Read more »
10:38
Apple’s Holiday Gift Guide

Apple put out its yearly holiday gift guide to help you choose the perfect present for your family and friends.

∞ Read this on The Loop

| Read more »
10:35
Apple’s 2017 gift guide showcases the best iPhone,...

As it does every year, Apple today has shared its 2017 holiday gift guide. This year’s gift guide highlights accessories for products across Apple’s lineup, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac…

more…

| Read more »
10:22
Apple’s Aqua Connect Patent Fight, Firefox Quantum...

John Martellaro and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to look at the latest patent infringement fight for Apple, plus they chat about Web browsers and Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum.


| Read more »
10:17
Sphereo X2 Wireless Bluetooth Speakers: $29.99

We have a deal on a pair of Sphero X2 Speakers. These wireless Bluetooth speakers come with a charging dock, but allow you to place the speakers wherever you want. They’re $29.99 through us.


| Read more »
10:07
AirPlay 2: Everything we know about Apple’s upgraded...

AirPlay 2 is coming soon to iOS after being previewed at WWDC earlier this summer. While we haven’t tested AirPlay 2 yet, the upcoming feature has a lot of promise. AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback, works with Apple TV, and compatible speakers will work with HomeKit and Siri.

more…

| Read more »
09:47
News: Coach releasing new Apple Watch bands for fall

Coach is releasing limited quantities of new Apple Watch bands for fall, Haute Ecriture reports. Some of the old bands have been renamed and new bands are available in colors like heather grey, melon, beige and a brown with darker patches to mimic a camo look. Many of the bands also feature embroidered embellishments, like stars, a leaping shark and a penguin holding a martini glass. The bands retail for $150-$175, but some are only available for…

| Read more »
09:36
MacBook refreshes push Apple to 4th in global...




Apple considerably improved its MacBook shipments in Q3 2017 compared to the previous quarter, market research firm TrendForce claims, with Apple said to have overtaken Asus in the global notebook shipment rankings for this quarter and achieving fourth place amongst other notebook brands.

| Read more »
09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook 512GB $1,005,...

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…

| Read more »
09:29
Lowest price ever: Apple's high-end 15"...




Exclusively for AppleInsider readers, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is taking $1,000 off the Late 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with an upgraded 2.9GHz processor and top of the line Radeon 460 graphics. This Space Gray notebook also qualifies for free expedited shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Adorama is also offering no interest if paid in full within 12 months using the store card.

| Read more »
09:13
News: International Trade Commission investigating...

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating patent infringement claims against Apple, Reuters reports. This particular inquiry stems from complaints made by Aqua Connect Inc and Strategic Technology Partners over technology used in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple TVs and Macs. The USITC is also currently conducting a separate investigation into Qualcomm’s claims that Apple devices violate its patents, on of many fronts in Apple’s ongoing…

| Read more »
08:55
Rumor: 2018 iPad Pro with Face ID will be powered by...




In a move that would follow Apple's usual strategy, it's expected that new iPad Pros due in 2018 will feature a beefed up version of the A11 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineups, adding two more processing cores into the mix.

| Read more »
08:48
Sprint and Hulu partner to give unlimited access to...

Sprint announced today a partnership with Hulu to give customers unlimited access to Hulu’s Limited Commercial plan. This plan allows for both new and existing customers to stream all the movies and television shows straight to their mobile devices. more…

| Read more »
08:15
News: Apple to help design anti-spam app to end...

After refusing to allow India’s anti-spam app onto the App Store over privacy concerns, Apple is going to provide “limited help” to the Indian government to develop a suitable substitute for iOS, Reuters reports. Apple’s refusal to approve the Telecom Regulatory Authority’s app has drawn the ire of the TRAI at a very inconvenient time for the company, which is trying to expand its presence in India’s massive smartphone…

| Read more »
08:08
Like Apple, Amazon abandons 'skinny' TV...




For now, Amazon has allegedly jettisoned plans to offer a "skinny" bundle of cable and broadcast TV channels, owing to low expected profit margins and the same problem rumored to have halted Apple's bundle: resistance from networks.

| Read more »
08:07
∞ Watch these BMW gestures and think about bringing...

[VIDEO] This morning, I dug around and found the video embedded in the main Loop post, which shows off the gestures available on the latest BMWs (they’ve been available for a few years, but the sensors/gestures have evolved each year, getting better and better).

Think about the idea of having a similar set of gestures available on the Mac. The idea of tech on your phone or Mac sensing your presence, attention, or movements, clearly add value to the user experience.

The idea of a touch screen Mac is different than a gesture-aware Mac. I think the gestures on the BMW would work well on a Mac. Not necessarily the same gestures, but similar gestures. Especially if the gestures could be subtle.

Imagine an incoming phone call, while you are typing away at your Mac. You lift your hand from the keyboard, make a quick swiping gesture, and the call is dismissed. Or you make a c’mon gesture, and the call is answered.

I see a lot of possibilities here.

| Read more »
08:07
DJI offers limited edition Alpine White Mavic Pro...

From Drone DJ:

Right before the start of the holiday season, DJI has introduced an Alpine White Limited Edition Mavic Pro, exclusively available at Apple Stores and Apple’s website in most countries or at the DJI store starting November 16th. The Mavic Pro Alpine White will be offered as a holiday combo which includes a remote controller, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, two additional pairs of propellers and an aircraft sleeve, at a US retail price of $1,049. The Mavic...

| Read more »
 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

iExplorer 4.1.10 - View and transfer fil...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
Adobe InCopy CC 2018 13.0.1.207 - Create...
InCopy CC 2018 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InCopy customer). Adobe InCopy CC 2018, ideal for large team projects... Read more
Microsoft Office 2016 15.40 - Popular pr...
Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac. The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office... Read more
Adobe InDesign CC 2018 13.0.1.207 - Prof...
InDesign CC 2018 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). Adobe InDesign CC 2018 is part of Creative Cloud.... Read more
Apple iOS 11.1.2 - The latest version of...
iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to... Read more
Slack 2.9.0 - Collaborative communicatio...
Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams. Version 2.9.0: Slack now officially, and fully, supports Japanese.... Read more
iExplorer 4.1.9 - View and transfer file...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
PCalc 4.5.3 - Full-featured scientific c...
PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit... Read more
iExplorer 4.1.9 - View and transfer file...
iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or... Read more
PCalc 4.5.3 - Full-featured scientific c...
PCalc is a full-featured, scriptable scientific calculator with support for hexadecimal, octal, and binary calculations, as well as an RPN mode, programmable functions, and an extensive set of unit... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Mighty Battles guide - how to build a so...
Mighty Battles, the latest title from Hothead Games, is set to take the App Store by storm. The game puts a welcome twist on lane battlers, adding FPS elements to spice things up a bit. You'll collect cards to put your own military unit to gether,... | Read more »
Rules of Survival guide - how to be the...
The PUBG craze makes its way to mobile, with more and more battle royale games debuting on iOS and Android. Rules of Survival joins the ranks of mobile PUBG-likes, offering a classic battle royale experiences that doesn't vary too much from its... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
The weekend is upon us friends, and it's time to take a look back and reflect on all of the wonderful games we've played over the past few days. This week was jam packed with new releases. There were some big, long awaited launches, some fun... | Read more »
Lineage II: Revolution guide - tips and...
At long last, Lineage II: Revolution has now come to western shores, bring Netmarble's sweeping MMORPG to mobile devices. It's an addictive, epic experience, but some of the systems in the game can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help... | Read more »
A Boy and His Blob (Games)
A Boy and His Blob 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Fight terrible monsters and collect epic...
Released on Western markets early last month, Dragon Project, created by Japanese developer COLOPL, brings epic monster hunting action to mobile for the very first time. Collect a huge array of weapons and armor, and join up with friends to fight... | Read more »
I Am The Hero (Games)
I Am The Hero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: I Am The Hero is a pixel art, beat 'em up, fighting game that tells the story of a "Hero" with a glorious but mysterious past.... | Read more »
Kauldron (Music)
Kauldron 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Kauldron is our warmest sounding, punchiest synth yet! A completely new modeling technology, combined with carefully designed... | Read more »
Lineage II: Revolution is mobile’s bigge...
NCSoft’s hit fantasy MMORPG series has just made the leap to mobile with the help of Netmarble in Lineage II: Revolution. With over 1.5 million players having already pre-registered ahead of the game’s launch, Revolution hit the app stores... | Read more »
Swing skilfully in new physics-based pla...
Sometimes it’s the most difficult of obstacles that can be the most rewarding. One game hoping to prove this is OCMO, the new tough but fair platformer from developers Team Ocmo. Primed to set every speedrunner’s pulse racing, as an otherworldly... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Best Apple iPad deals this weekend, up to $80...
Apple resellers are offering 9.7″ iPads and 10.5″ iPad Pros for up to $80 off MSRP this weekend as part of their early Holiday and Black Friday sales: Adorama is offering new 2017 9.7″ 32GB WiFi... Read more
Early Black Friday sale: Apple iMacs for up t...
B&H Photo has 27-inch iMacs in stock and on sale for up $130-$150 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 27″ 3.8GHz iMac (MNED2LL/A): $2149 $150 off... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis starting...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished Mac minis starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: – 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $80 off MSRP – 2.6GHz Mac... Read more
Save on 12″ MacBooks, Apple refurbished model...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2017 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $200-$240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Early Holiday sale: 12″ iPad Pros for up to $...
B&H Photo has 12″ iPad Pros on sale today for up to $130 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H collects no sales tax outside NY & NJ: – 12″ 64GB WiFi iPad Pro: $749, save $50 – 12″ 256GB... Read more
Holiday sale prices on Apple 13″ MacBook Pros...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100-$150 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13-inch 2.3GHz/128GB Space Gray MacBook Pro... Read more
Sale: 13″ MacBook Airs starting at $899, $100...
B&H Photo has 2017 13″ MacBook Airs on sale today for $100 off MSRP including free shipping. B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 13″ 1.8GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MQD32LL/A): $899, $100 off... Read more
Week’s Best Deal on 13″ MacBook Pros: Apple r...
Apple has a full line of Apple Certified Refurbished 2017 13″ MacBook Pros available for $200-$300 off MSRP. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free.... Read more
Deal: 15″ 2.6GHz MacBook Pro for $1799 w/free...
B&H Photo has clearance 2016 15″ 2.6GHz Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and available for $600 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY & NJ sales tax only: – 15″ 2.... Read more
Black Friday pricing on the 1.4GHz Mac mini....
MacMall has the 1.4GHz Mac mini on sale for $399 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP (20% off), and it’s the lowest price for available for this model from any reseller. MacMall’s... Read more

Jobs Board

Product Manager - *Apple* Pay on the *Appl...
Job Summary Apple is looking for a talented product manager to drive the expansion of Apple Pay on the Apple Online Store. This position includes a unique Read more
*Apple* Pro/Consumer Apps Support Engineer -...
…exemplify AppleCare's expert technical support paired with exceptional customer service for Apple 's software apps. This person is a problem solver, who understands Read more
Partner Marketing Manager, *Apple* Pay - Ap...
Job Summary The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a Marketing Manager to develop and drive US programs. The right candidate will be passionate about Read more
*Apple* Solution Consultant - Apple (United...
# Apple Solution Consultant - Rochester, MN Job Number: 113037950 Rochester, MN, Minnesota, United States Posted: 19-Sep-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Are Read more
Sr. Experience Producer, Today at *Apple* -...
# Sr. Experience Producer, Today at Apple Job Number: 56495251 Santa Clara Valley, California, United States Posted: 23-Jun-2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.