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Tuesday December 12

06:01
Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones...

An anonymous reader shares a report: A Reddit post over the weekend has drawn a flurry of interest after an iPhone 6s owner reported that a battery replacement significantly increased the device's performance running iOS 11. The ensuing discussion thread, also picked up by readers in the MacRumors forum, has led to speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to retain a full day's charge if the battery has degraded over time. According to TeckFire, the author of the original Reddit post, their iPhone had been very slow after updating to iOS 11, especially compared to their brother's iPhone 6 Plus, so they decided to do some research with GeekBench and battery life apps, and ended up replacing the battery.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to get The Black...

Today is your last chance to get the The Black Friday Mac Bundle. With a almost $500 worth of software, this Black Friday steal is a Mac user’s dream, headlined by renowned apps such as PDF Expert and Roxio’s Toast Titanium — two apps that are $60 and $100 by themselves. For less than the price of either of these apps, you get both of them along with six more great apps, including Default Folder X 5, WALTR 2 for Mac, Flux 7, Stylizer…

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06:00
No, Apple won't end music downloads on the...

Once again, Digital Music News, quoting the always popular "unnamed sources," claims Apple will quit selling music at the iTunes Store by 2019 and push users to go with streaming only via, of course, Apple Music. According to the Sellers Research Group (that's me), this is totally not true.

The reasoning is that streaming music is on the rise (Apple Music reportedly has 30 million subscribers with that number growing), while song downloads are on the decline (an estimated -25% or -30% last year). Also, according to Digital Music, folks are confused and don’t understand the difference between Apple Music, iTunes, iTunes Match, iTunes Cloud, etc.

Chart courtesy of Digital Music

However, iTunes music downloads will still be worth an estimated $600 million in...

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05:54
How to Flash Your iPhone’s LED from Your Apple Watch

You may know that you can use your Apple Watch to locate your iPhone, but did you know that you can make your phone flash its LED, too? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ve got the details on just how you can do so!


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05:53
Lightroom CC adds auto settings powered by Adobe...

Adobe’s December release of Lightroom CC for iPad and iPhone includes a few new interesting features that will be helpful to amateur and professional photographers alike. The update comes after Adobe significantly overhauled the Lightroom experience earlier this fall, bringing closer integration between the Creative Cloud desktop application and mobile experience.

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05:51
Apple challenges a patent held by Native American...

Apple filed a petition at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Friday challenging the validity of an electrical circuitry patent held by a company with ties to a trio of Native American tribes, setting up the possibility for a defense based on the tribes' sovereign rights, reports Law360.

In September MEC Resources, which is wholly owned by a Native American tribe, sued Apple, saying the iPad violated its patent (number 6,137,390) for “inductors with minimized EMI effect and the method of manufacturing the same.” MEC Resources is owned by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribe. The...

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05:40
You can now pre-order iOS 11 apps up to 90 days...

Apple’s App Store has a new feature that allows developers to make new iOS 11 apps available for pre-order up to 90 days before release.

Developers can now track the performance of app pre-orders in Sales and Trends. Sales and Trends displays the number of ordered, canceled, and net pre-orders (net represents ordered minus canceled). Once a pre-order is released for download to the customer, it's reflected as a unit. For paid apps, upon successful billing, downloads are released and the associated sales from the pre-order appear.

Before an app is released, users can view the app's product page and order the app in advance. Once it’s released, users will be notified and the app will automatically download to their iPhone or iPad. You'll be charged before downloading for paid apps.

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05:33
Apple and Chicago team up to bring coding...

Apple announced that it’s working with the city of Chicago to bring coding opportunities to Chicago’s nearly 500,000 students through a citywide expansion of Apple’s Everyone Can Code program.

Chicago-area teachers use Apple’s Everyone Can Code tools and curriculum to bring coding to life for students.

The initiative in Chicago was designed in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges of Chicago, local businesses and non-profit organizations. Together, Apple and local organizations are helping expand opportunities for students to build the skills they need to pursue careers in the app economy by becoming proficient in Swift, Apple’s programming language. Described as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.

Starting this spring, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago will expand Everyone Can Code...

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05:20
Phil Schiller talks about the gamble of dropping the...

iMac Pro release date has now been confirmed as December 14.

British gadget magazine T3 has an interesting interview with Apple SVP Phil Schiller in which he talks about the ‘gamble’ the company took in dropping the Home button from the iPhone X.

He also revealed that the iMac Pro is just days away from launch …

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04:36
Apple has a new imitator on the block as the Leagoo...

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Apple’s biggest flatterer to date has been Chinese brand Xiaomi, with its Mi Phone, Mi Pad, iOS-like Android skin and even website and keynote presentation cloning.

But another Chinese brand is seemingly aiming to take things one step further …

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04:30
Reusing your old computer is better than recycling

By Jeff Graber

We all know that it is preferable to reduce, reuse, and recycle when it comes to keeping trash out of landfills. However, you may not have known that it is much more preferable to repurpose or reuse your old materials as opposed to even recycling. This is especially true when it comes to electronics, like cell phones or old computers. In this article, we will compare reuse versus recycling. We will also look at how to reuse or repurpose your old computer.

Recycle versus reuse

Before you just decide to recycle your Mac, wait. To properly recycle your Mac, you will probably have to take it to a special recycling center. You may even be charged. Macs and other electronics are not like plastics or glass: they can’t just be easily recycled. Due to lots of mixed materials and parts, they have to be disposed of properly. Recycling also takes energy and time to process all the materials. Instead, consider reuse of your...

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04:03
Major expansion of Apple’s Everyone Can Code program...

Apple has announced a major new expansion to its Everyone Can Code initiative, designed to teach students how to use its Swift coding language to create iOS apps.

The program began by offering a free ebook, followed by a complete course curriculum for colleges, later rolled out worldwide. This latest initiative will see that curriculum offered to half a million students in Chicago …

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04:00
How to ask Siri to translate in iOS 11

Siri is multi-lingual. in iOS it can translate phrases or ask the meaning of a foreign word. Here’s how:

Ask in English how to say something in Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Siri will translate the phrase. You can also use Type to Siri for translation.

To activate Type to Siri, go to Settings>General>Accessibility>Siri. Toggle Type to Siri, and you’re ready to go. Now, when you long-press the Home button to invoke the personal digital assistant, the standard virtual keyboard pops up with a “What can I help you with?” message displayed above it.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 12, 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

Titan Deep Space Company has launched Math Classroom Challenge. The $0.99 game is designed especially for children aged five to 12,.MCC is an educational and interactive game that generates random math exercises in a 3D environment. This version has no enemies, and no weapons. Instead, the player throws water with a water hose to the numbers, solving the static and dynamic random panels, from sums to equations.

App Eminence has introduced Balls vs Blocks 2K18. The free game challenges players to swipe their finger to...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 12, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

CrazyBot Corp. has launched CrazyBot - Best PokeBot for Pokemon Go. The free macOS app offers multi-language support and artificial intelligence integration to help users capture Pokemons.

Zevrix Solutions has announced Package Central 1.10.3, a maintenance update to company's file packaging automation solution for Adobe InDesign. 

The software automatically collects InDesign documents along with their fonts and links from watched hot folders. Package Central can serve unlimited users on a network and offers email notifications, variable folder names, PDF export, and more. Version 1.10.3 improves handling of InDesign files with missing...

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03:15
GymKit surfaces in Manhattan following launches in...

This could lead to something nifty.

Apple’s GymKit platform seems to have made its first debut in the United States. After initially surfacing in Australia and London, GymKit was seen as Life Time Athletic at Sky, a “luxury health club” in Manhattan. GymKit is also expected to be incorporated at the Equinox line of clubs beginning in 2018. Life Time Athletic says it plans to expand to over 130 locations soon and is currently using equipment from TechnoGym.

The GymKit platform pairs an Apple Watch with workout equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Once paired, the user has access to more accurate information such as speed and incline.

The setup process is described as follows:

GymKit works with a simple tap-to-pair process: Tapping a ready piece of equipment starts the process, and the Apple Watch brings up a confirmation screen.

With treadmills, it asks if you want to record a walk or a run. From there, everything on...

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03:00
iPhone X delivery times improve dramatically, drop...

It’s now a bit more likely that the iPhone X you ordered will ship in as few as one to three days in some locations.

Apple’s website has U.S. orders for all iPhone X models attached to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks, as well as SIM-free versions, deliver in 3 to 5 days, a marked improvement over recent ship-by estimates. Shipments of T-Mobile iPhone X units are pegged at nine days.

The lead times have improved in international markets such as Canada and China, these countries both showing estimated delivery dates of one to three business days. In the European market, ship times in Germany and the UK pegged at 3 to 5 days, and France at nine days.

In-sore pickup availability has also improved, as Apple outlets in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Seattle show the iPhone X as available to purchase on Monday.

The stock updates have dovetailed with a research note from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who sated that there...

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03:00
The Morning After: Tuesday, December 12th 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

This Tuesday, one Engadget editor attempted to become an Instagram star. (Spoiler: without money, it's harder than you'd think.) We have the best gift ideas for the console gamer in your life. We also take issue...

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02:01
Watch SpaceX launch a reused capsule on a recycled...

SpaceX is making an historic first on Wednesday, when it gets one step closer towards realizing its vision of reusable space launch gear. The private space company is launching a space station resupply mission using a refurbished Dragon spacecraft an...

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00:35
People are mortgaging their houses to buy Bitcoin

Bitcoin is sitting at $16,674 at the time of writing, after rocketing from $1,000 to more than $19,000 in the course of this year. Those types of eye-catching numbers (and the resulting media hype) are bound to draw the interest of casual folk. But,...

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Monday December 11

23:17
Microsoft's Cortana AI can connect to your Gmail

Microsoft's Cortana refuses to sit idly by as Amazon's Alexa hogs all the skills. Even though the two digital helpers are best buds (by way of their upcoming partnership), Cortana is feeling competitive. The AI can now connect to your Gmail account v...

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21:47
Bungie's next 'Destiny 2' update...

Bungie's Destiny 2 fixes continue to roll in. Having addressed its communities' gripes with the game's XP system, it's now tackling another hot-button topic: the high-level content locked behind the debut Curse of Osiris DLC. In its latest blog post,...

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21:08
Bank documentation hints at Brazilian Apple Pay...




Documentation seen by Ita&uacute Unibanco customers on Monday suggest Apple is on the verge of launching Apple Pay in Brazil, which was first rumored to gain access to the mobile payments service nearly two years ago.

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20:25
What's on TV: 'Mr. Robot,' 'PUBG...

This week most series are wrapping up with fall finales, but the biggest TV show making its exit is Mr. Robot. While we wait for the new Star Wars flick this weekend, movie fans can check out Dunkirk via video on-demand services or Moonlight on 4K Bl...

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19:58
Apple used this iOS app to resolve 196 environmental...




Apple relied on an iOS app created by a Chinese activist to identify and resolve at least 196 cases in which suppliers violated the nation's environmental rules, actions that in some cases led to their removal from the company's supply chain.

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19:50
Bank documentation suggests Apple Pay launch in...

Rumors of Apple Pay’s launch in Brazil have been circulating for the last year, but it looks as if we might be nearing a launch. iHelp BR reports that some Itaú Unibanco customers have started seeing early signs of the services launch in the country…

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18:52
Newton Mail team launches new Calendar companion app...

The team behind the popular subscription-based Newton Mail client has recently announced a new Calendar companion app. The developers say the app is designed to be lightweight and act as a complement to Newton Email, though it is a separate app…

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18:48
48 Hours Only: 13" MacBook Airs from $779; 27...




For two days only (or while supplies last), Adorama is offering shoppers the lowest prices anywhere on a variety of Macs. Pick up a 2015 13" Air for just $779 or a 27" iMac 5K for $1,299, the lowest price we've seen to date. Current 15" MacBook Pros are also up to $300 off, while a premium 13" Touch Bar is $200 off. All with free shipping, no tax outside NY and NJ, and 0% financing incentives.

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18:46
Atari's Speakerhat, a hat with speakers, is now...

Yes, Atari's speaker-equipped hats are very much real. At the last possible minute, the game brand has started selling the Speakerhat to the masses. Pay $130 or more ($100 until January 2nd) and you too can get a cap with Bluetooth stereo speakers...

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18:08
Using AppleWatch with GymKit

GymKit, a feature built into WatchOS 4.1, enables seamless tap-to-connect tech. It’s like CarPlay, but for fitness machines.

That’s a great way to put it. I can’t wait to try this out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:05
Google launches two experimental photography apps...

Today, we’re launching the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Our “appsperimental” approach was inspired in part by Motion Stills, an app developed by researchers at Google that converts short videos into cinemagraphs and time lapses using experimental stabilization and rendering technologies. Our appsperiments replicate this approach by building on other technologies in development at Google. They rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies, and perhaps most importantly, fun!

I know many photographers love to try new things, so you may want to check these out.

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17:58
Comparison: iPhone X vs. Galaxy Note 8 biometrics




Both Apple's iPhone X and Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 offer camera-based biometrics for unlocking your handset, but which one is better? We put both to the test in this video.

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17:40
Apple offers pre-orders for apps

New apps on all Apple platforms can be made available for pre-order when you submit your app and metadata for review in iTunes Connect. When you opt in, you’ll choose a download release date that’s two to 90 days in the future. Once your app is released for download, customers are notified and it will automatically download to their device within 24 hours.

This is a wonderful feature.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:19
Apple removes app after MyEtherWallet complaint

“This is NOT US,” MyEtherWallet said on Sunday from its official Twitter account.

The statement was a response to a tweet by someone identified as @ChrisLundkvist, who posted an image of the $4.99 app, dubbed MyEtherWallet, showing it was the third-most popular finance app in Apple’s App Store.

Good for Apple for removing the app so quickly. Clearly the developer tried to sell an app based on the reputation of another company. It’s awful when people do that.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:11
Introductory app subscription pricing coming to App...




Apple on Monday announced a new App Store feature that allows developers to offer discounted introductory pricing or limited-time free trials on auto-renewable app subscriptions, a move designed to help subscription-based apps draw in new customers.

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16:34
Google releases tool that helps security researchers...




Google this week released a proof of concept tool that allows security researchers, and other developers, to hack into iOS 11.1.2, software that could lead to a jailbreak for devices running that OS version.

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16:34
Apple Allows App Store Preorders

Apple updated its developer guidelines with some simple and sensible rules for preorders: here’s how it works.


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16:33
Future Accidental Probing Failed – Mac Geek Gab 687

This time of year more than others, it seems, people need to remote control their friend’s and family’s computers for assistance. It’s what we do here at Mac Geek Gab – helping people, that is – and we’re happy to help you help others, too! But that’s not all we talk about in this episode of MGG 687. In fact, it’s probably only a smidge of it. Managing multiple Photos libraries, migrating from FireWire to the future, and Cool Stuff Found. Listen, learn, and enjoy!


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16:19
Five Fun Holiday Games to Play During December

If you need a quick game to play after Christmas dinner, or just want to get in the holiday spirit, you’ll want to check out these games.


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15:41
Apple now allows all developers to offer app pre-...




After experimenting with app pre-orders like Super Mario Run last year, Apple is opening the App Store functionality to all comers, a major shift in how the online storefront operates.

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15:35
Apple says developers can now make apps available...

Apple has announced today that all developers can now offer their applications for pre-order via the App Store. Apple made the announcement on its iTunes Connect blog, alongside a few other tidbits of news…

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15:00
TMO Background Mode Encore #2 Interview with Science...

Dr. Kiki Sanford is a neurophysiologist with a Ph.D from U.C. Davis. She’s a popular science communicator and creator of This Week in Science (TWIS) podcast and radio show. This is her third appearance on Background Mode. In this episode, Kiki and I once again get geeky with science: an in-depth discussion of 1) Whether it’s a bad idea for our AI agents to have human names, 2) How attitudes about some science affects all science budgeting, 3) The wholistic system effects of climate change, 4) A fascinating discussion about the human microbiome and how the digestion of key nutrients affects whole body health and 5) How astronomers use Pulsars to detect gravitational waves. Kiki has a special way of inspiring one to learn about … everything, so don’t miss this very special guest.


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15:00
Apple Lets Fake Ethereum Wallet Sneak into App Store...

Unfortunately, the US$4.99 app climbed to the #3 spot in Fiance apps, meaning a lot of people paid for a wallet that is potentially dangerous, and is at the very least unethical.


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14:51
Google releases two experimental photo apps for iOS




Google on Monday released a pair of "appsperiments" that provide new ways of capturing photographic images with smartphones like iPhone, while at the same time helping the search giant refine experimental software tools related to computer vision and artificial intelligence.

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14:42
GymKit makes US debut in New York City, more gyms...

Apple’s GymKit platform is making its United States debut. After initially rolling out in Australia and London, CNET today reports that GymKit support is live at its first American gym…

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14:14
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include MarsEdit 4.0.1, Firefox 57.01, and Slack for Mac 3.0.

 

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14:14
ExtraBITS for 11 December 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is buying the Shazam audio-identification app, the Ai.Type keyboard for iOS and Android has leaked the data of over 31 million users, Apple’s ban on app templates is hurting small businesses, Apple has patched a HomeKit vulnerability, and the iPhone X’s reliance on new gestures has proved to be a complex topic.

 

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14:12
Google’s research team releases two new experimental...

Inspired by the success of Motion Stills, Google is releasing more photography apps built on experimental technology. Today, Google is launching two new “appsperimentals” for iOS that take advantage of recent phone and computer vision advancements.

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14:00
Apple Buys Shazam To Boost Apple Music

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Apple agreed to acquire music-identification service Shazam, taking ownership of one of the first apps to demonstrate the power of the iPhone, recognizing songs after hearing just a few bars of a tune. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but a person familiar with the situation said Apple is paying about $400 million for the U.K.-based startup. That would be one of Apple's largest acquisitions ever, approaching the size of its 1996 purchase of Next Computer Inc. which brought co-founder Steve Jobs back to the company. That transaction would be worth more than $600 million in today's dollars. The Shazam app uses the microphone on a smartphone or computer to identify almost any song playing nearby, then points users to places they can listen to it in future, such as Apple Music or Google's YouTube.

"Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our...

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13:55
GymKit for Apple Watch makes North American premiere




GymKit -- Apple's platform for two-way sync between an Apple Watch and cardio equipment -- is now available at a lone gym in New York City, having previously grabbed toeholds in Australia and England.

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13:45
Apple Found a Hipster Willing to Cut His Beard to...

Apple made a new commercial by shaving off a hipster model’s beard a little bit at a time and assembling it stop-motion style into a video to demonstrate Face ID.


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13:35
AWT News Update: December 11, 2017

IMAGE VIA HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM

A light news day today after the big stories about Shazam, macOS 11.3.3 beta, and so on.

  • Three US airlines are banning "smart luggage", luggage with lithium-ion battery packs built-in
  • A fake cryptocurrency app was removed from the App Store after the operators of a legitimate Ethereum wallet service complained to Apple about the fake
  • Beginning in April of 2018, US and Canadian citizens will no longer need to sign for purchases made with American Express, MasterCard or Discover debit and credit cards...or Apple Pay payments made with those cards

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

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13:09
Apple's latest iPhone X ads concentrate on Face...




Apple on Monday debuted three new 15-second video spots for the $999 iPhone X, once again looking to lure in shoppers during the critical holiday season.

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12:51
Apple responds to latest report claiming the iTunes...

Digital Music News today reports that Apple is “on schedule” to rid the iTunes Store Music Store of downloads by 2019.

The report explains that the move to phase out music downloads has been in place since 2016, but in a statement to 9to5Mac, Apple denies the report and simply says “it’s not true.”

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12:40
Review: Hooke Verse Bluetooth Binaural 3D Audio...

Earlier this month, we visited the New York Audio Show. We hoped we'd find some audio gear to write about on iLounge, but didn't find much that would be relevant to normal people — though the stereo systems on display at the NYAS were amazing, many of them cost more than some people's homes. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday, for sure, but we found something interesting in the most unexpected place: on our way out the door, we noticed a small booth showing what appeared to be Bluetooth headphones by a company called Hooke. We stopped by to chat with the founder about his product, and we're happy we did. The Hooke Verse ended up being one of the most unique headphones we've ever used — it's not just a headphone, it's a head-mounted microphone array.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:28
Google releases iOS 11.1.2 exploit details,...

Last week, news of a Google-found iOS exploit caught the attention of the developer community and opened up the potential for the first iOS 11 jailbreak. Now, the kernel vulnerability has been publicly shared.

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12:00
Gear: Belkin USB-C Car Charger

Belkin’s new USB-C Car Charger takes the traditional car charger up a notch by adding USB-PD Fast Charging capabilities for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X users. The minimalist car charger features a USB-C port that you can connect a standard Apple USB-C to Lightning cable to to juice up your iPhone at the fastest speeds possible. it’s a great solution if you’re a busy iPhone user who is always hopping in and out of you car…

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11:47
Not just music: Apple's purchase of Shazam will...




While most of the focus on Apple's purchase of Shazam notes the music and audio recognition engine, the company also has a machine learning vision system and an augmented reality product currently in use in the advertising industry to deliver product visualizations, and 360-degree videos.

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11:13
PSA: Three US Airlines to Start Banning Smart Luggage

The ban will be put into effect on January 15.


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11:09
Lowe's is selling a two-port Anker power bank...

Lowe's has a nice deal today on an Anker Power Bank charger. For $17, you can get a 10,400 mAH Anker portable charger from the big-box store. This is about $11 cheaper than the price you can find on Amazon, and $10 off Lowe's usual price.

This charger comes with two USB ports, and supports high-speed charging via Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. Anker claims this Power Bank can charge the iPhone 6 up to four times, the Samsung Galaxy S6 up to three times, or the iPad Air once. Each port pumps out a maximum of 2.4 amps each. The Power Bank only comes in black, and it has indicator lights on the side to show how much power the device has left.

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10:57
External Link: Apple Buys the Shazam Audio-...

Apple has confirmed that it is purchasing the popular Shazam app, which identifies songs, TV shows, movies, and ads by their audio signatures. Apple reportedly paid about $400 million for the company and said that it has “exciting plans in store” for Shazam. You can already ask Siri “What’s playing?” to identify audio with Shazam, so it’s unclear what additional integration Apple has in mind.

 

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10:57
External Link: Apple Buys the Shazam Audio-...

Apple has confirmed that it is purchasing the popular Shazam app, which identifies songs, TV shows, movies, and ads by their audio signatures. Apple reportedly paid about $400 million for the company and said that it has “exciting plans in store” for Shazam. You can already ask Siri “What’s playing?” to identify audio with Shazam, so it’s unclear what additional integration Apple has in mind.

 

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10:54
Apple pulls fake cryptocurrency app that hit #3 on...




An impostor app pretending to belong to MyEtherWallet.com has been removed from the App Store, but not before it managed to secure an ad and climb to third place in the store's Finance category over the weekend.

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10:51
DealBITS Drawing: Win a Copy of Swift Publisher 5

If you’re looking for an easier way to create standard print pieces, check out this week’s DealBITS drawing for a chance to win a copy of BeLight Software’s Swift Publisher 5.

 

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10:48
3D Print Thing Apple Watch Stand From The Addams...

Creator Mike von Rotz made an Apple Watch stand inspired by Thing from The Addams Family. As fans know, Thing is a disembodied hand that crawls around and performs various services for the family. It started when Mike found a free hand model from TurboSquid. He then configured it using Autodesk Maya to move it into the correct position. Printing it took about 19 hours, and the final model stands 6.6 inches (17 cm). You can find a free file on Thingiverse. It’s just a simple, plain white hand, but if you’re good at painting you can customize it to your liking.


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10:28
Apple starts testing cycle anew with first macOS...




Apple has launched a single beta for the next point updates of its operating systems, with the first developer's release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3.

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10:22
Apple AI Team Gives Demo of Self-Driving Technology

Apple usually avoids talking about its projects, but it also wants to reassure researchers that you can still publish papers as an employee.


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10:21
Jony Ive’s Return to Products and Bitcoin’s Recent...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join guest-host Dave Hamilton to discuss Jony Ive’s returned focus on products at Apple. Also: Bitcoin surged… why?


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10:07
Apple donates $1M to southern California fire relief




Apple is donating $1 million to assist in "rebuilding and recovery" efforts for southern California, following the latest rash of wildfires in the region.

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10:02
Apple is donating $1 million to help with fire aid...

tweet by KTLA’s Rich DeMuro notes that Apple is donating $1 million to help with fire aid in southern California. The tech giant had this to say:

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the fires in Southern California, including our colleagues, friends, and their families. Apple is donating $1 million to aid in the rebuilding and recovery efforts of the communities that have been impacted.

A hillside glows with embers as the Thomas fire burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif.  (AP)

The fires have destroyed about 800 homes and other buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced more than 200,000 people to flee since Dec. 4. Late last week, the fire swept through the San Luis Rey Training Facility, where it killed more than 40...

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10:00
Google Releases Tool To Help iPhone Hackers

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, writing for Motherboard: Google has released a powerful tool that can help security researchers hack and find bugs in iOS 11.1.2, a very recent version of the iPhone operating system. The exploit is the work of Ian Beer, one of the most prolific iOS bug hunters, and a member of Google Project Zero, which works to find bugs in all types of software, including that not made by Google. Beer released the tool Monday, which he says should work for "all devices." The proof of concept works only for those devices he tested -- iPhone 7, 6s and iPod touch 6G -- "but adding more support should be easy," he wrote. Last week, Beer caused a stir among the community of hackers who hack on the iPhone -- also traditionally known as jailbreakers -- by announcing that he was about to publish an exploit for iOS 11.1.2. Researchers reacted with excitement as they realized the tool would make jailbreaking and security research much easier.

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09:54
Apple to buy music-recognition app Shazam

After rumors started swirling around a few days ago, Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is indeed buying the music-recognition app Shazam. The acquisition price was not revealed, but is reportedly around $400 million. That’s a far cry from the Shazam valuation of $1 billion the company was claiming in its last round of fundraising (in 2015), but the world of streaming music services has evolved since then.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr made the following statement to BuzzFeed News:

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09:52
Apple is buying the Shazam music recognition app/...

Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that last week’s rumor was true: it’s acquiring Shazam, the popular music recognition app that’s used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music, get song lyrics, and more.

Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has this to say in a statement to BuzzFeed News: “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS. Today, it’s used by hundreds of millions of people around the world, across multiple platforms. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s...

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09:45
News: Report: Apple acquiring music recognition app...

Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, the app that lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows and commercials by using a small portion of the audio or images, TechCrunch reports. Sources said the deal could be announced as early as today, with one claiming Apple could pay more than $400 million for the company. The app has been downloaded more than a billion times, but hasn’t been turning much of a profit. The app already integrates with Siri…

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09:36
Check out our deals on JS Innovations wireless...

The iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus all have a feature that brings an extra level of convenience to charging -- they're Qi-compatible, which means that they can use any Qi charger for wireless charging. Just lay your iPhone onto the charger and it is quickly charged up, all without needing a cable. We have some great deals on wireless iPhone charging docks from JS Innovations, starting with the popular Tilt Dock for $52.50

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09:29
News: Apple trying to block shareholder votes on...

After going to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to ask for permission to exclude a shareholder proposal mandating more diversity hires, Apple is asking the SEC for a similar pass to dodge votes on proposals about climate issue and human rights concerns, Reuters reports. In a letter to the SEC, Apple argued that at least four of the proposals it has fielded from shareholders relate to “ordinary business” and can be left off the…

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09:11
Apple acquires song identifying app Shazam for...




Apple on Monday confirmed that it has purchased popular service Shazam, an app that listens for and identifies songs. It was rumored that the deal was for about $400 million, but no official sale price was given.

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09:04
Apple may fix aging battery issues, prevent random...




It appears that some iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s family devices may see slower processing speeds as a result of a battery that has reached the end of its operational life, with some users getting a speed-up upon replacement -- but the slow-down and consequent speed-up isn't universal, and there may be other factors at work.

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08:46
News: Jony Ive returns to leadership position on...

After handing off some of his day-to-day management responsibilities while Apple constructed its new campus, Jony Ive is back in direct charge of the product design teams, Bloomberg reports. Ive was named Chief Design Officer in 2015 after spending years as Senior Vice President of Design, handing off many of his management tasks to Vice President of Industrial Design Richard Howarth and Vice President of User Interface Design Alan Dye. But now, “with…

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08:14
News: Apple provides look at how self-driving car...

Ruslan Salakhutdinov, Apple’s director of artificial intelligence research, shared some new details about the company’s AI developments that all seemed to revolve around self-driving cars, Wired reports. During a lunch talk at tech conference, Salakhutdinov discussed how the company is creating detailed 3D maps, teaching vehicles to navigate in unfamiliar areas and using camera and sensor data to spot cars, pedestrians and other obstacles…

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08:01
Apple Watch Series 3 shipments predicted to rise to...




Shipments of the Apple Watch Series 3 could rise as much as 20 percent next year to between 23 and 25 million units, according to new industry predictions.

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News: Daily Deal: Green Monday Sale — VPN Unlimited...

It’s Green Monday, and today you can pick up a Lifetime Subscription to VPN Unlimited for an extra 40% off using the coupon code GREEN40, making the final price only $18. Providing users with access to a secure virtual private network (VPN) for securing traffic when surfing from public Wi-Fi access points, VPN Unlimited lets you connect to any website anywhere that you have Internet access, bypassing restricted web content and protecting your…

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07:26
News: Apple’s efforts to ban template-based apps...

Apple’s efforts to purge clone and spam apps from the App Store by banning those created by a “commercialized template or app generation service” has ended up driving small businesses off the platform as well, TechCrunch reports. While lots of template-generated apps are generic and don’t provide much in the way of functionality for users, many others are created by services that cater to businesses, churches, and other organizations…

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07:19
Apple enterprise sales channels gearing up,...




AppleInsider has learned that enterprise sales staff within Apple have begun asking long-time clients about what "custom configurations" of the iMac Pro that they may seek, and are making preparations to take orders for the device as soon as this week.

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07:16
External Link: Ai.Type Keyboard for iOS and Android...

The third-party keyboard company Ai.Type has inadvertently leaked data from over 31 million iOS and Android users, including names, phone numbers, and information associated with social media profiles. Unfortunately, because many third-party keyboards need full access to your data, it’s not particularly surprising that one of them would have been hacked or, as in this case, accidentally revealed user information. If you use Ai.Type, you might want to delete it now, and if you rely instead on other third-party keyboards to which you’ve granted full access, consider the potential problems if they were to leak data as well.

 

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06:49
Apple pushes back against shareholder measures on...




Apple is reportedly looking to block at least four shareholder proposals ahead of its annual meeting in early 2018, including ones involving human rights and greenhouse gas pollution.

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06:39
Former Apple India exec joins Meta, an augmented...

Former Apple India Managing Director Maneesh Dhir has joined Meta, which specializes in augmented reality, as its new chief operating officer. Previously, at Apple India, he was responsible for expanding Apple’s retail presence, raising the customer experience, and growing the company’s India business.

Prior to working at Apple, Dhir served as executive vice president – international at America Online (AOL). He previously held the position of vice president and general manager of the Application Platform division at Netscape (Netscape was acquired by AOL in 1999). Earlier in his career, he was part of the leadership team for KIVA Software, an Internet start-up that was acquired by Netscape in 1997.

In December 2016, Meta began shipping its Meta 2 Development Kit to select individual and enterprise developers. The Meta 2 delivers an immersive experience  and enables users to interact with holograms with their...

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06:30
After Apple's HomePod delay, Google's $399...




While Apple's HomePod couldn't reach store shelves before the end of 2017, Google's competing Home Max speaker has arrived right on time, with orders now being accepted at Best Buy and shipping in time for Christmas.

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06:29
∞ Two opposing headlines, Woz, and the iPhone X

Apple founder Steve Wozniak was in Australia to speak at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Victoria. Woz was asked his feelings about the iPhone X. What spun out of that short talk was a series of headlines, like:

“Woz Slams The iPhone X, Confirms Google Is Taking Advantage Of Consumers”, from ChannelNews, and “Apple iPhone X not what Steve Wozniak wants” from the The Australian.

At the same time, 9to5Mac ran this take on the exact same event:

Speaking at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Victoria today, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak shared a few new tidbits about his experience with the iPhone X so far and his thoughts on Face ID vs. Touch ID. Woz also offered up a few anecdotes about his years working with Steve Jobs. Wozniak is one of several speakers at the one day conference focused on providing insight about emerging technology.

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06:12
Apple wants to omit four shareholder proposals from...

Apple’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in early 2018, and some the company’s activist shareholders want the meeting to debate and vote on climate change and human rights issues. However, the tech giant has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the authority to omit at least four such proposals.

CEO Tim Cook is pictured at Apple’s 2017 AGM meeting. — Photo courtesy of Reuters.

In letters to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month, an attorney for the California computer maker argued at least four shareholder proposals relate to “ordinary business” and therefore can be left off the proxy Apple is expected to publish early next year, ahead of its annual meeting, reports...

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06:06
India not likely to cave to Apple's taxation,...




Apple and India are once again at loggerheads about expanding iPhone manufacture in the company, and the country's taxation authority is not likely to concede to demands for more slack in local part sourcing requirements, a lighter tax burden on imported components, or the call for governmental assistance with capital investment.

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06:04
Apple wants India to defer a planning increase in...

As it looks to expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, Apple has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts, but the government is unlikely to accede.

The Cupertino, California-based company has been in talks with Indian officials for months, seeking “pre-requisites” — government tax breaks and incentives — for expanding its operations in India. The tech giant wants the company to defer an existing policy that plans to levy taxes on more imported mobile components in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” drive to boost domestic manufacturing. However, India it has told Apple there’ll be no policy exemptions and be no tax breaks on parts imports, reports Reuters.

The tech giant also wants the government of India to relax labelling rules so that it...

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05:58
External Link: Apple’s Ban on App Templates Is...

In June 2017, Apple updated its App Store rules to prohibit templated or generated apps, a move that seemed to be aimed at reducing spam apps. Now Apple is warning app template makers who serve small businesses — restaurants, fitness studios, and more — that it will start rejecting their apps on 1 January 2018. App templates and generators are used by small businesses who lack the resources to develop their own apps from scratch. Unfortunately, some of these app makers are already having to shut their doors due to Apple’s change in rule enforcement. Apple’s move has drawn the attention of Representative Ted Lieu (D, CA), who has asked the company to reconsider.

 

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05:53
iPhone 6s running slow? Consider replacing your...

Reddit:

My iPhone 6S has been very slow these past few weeks, and even after updating multiple times, it was still slow. Couldn’t figure out why, but just thought that iOS 11 was still awful to me. Then I used my brother’s iPhone 6 Plus and his was… faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong. So, I did some research, and decided to replace my battery. Wear level was somewhere around 20% on my old battery. I did a Geekbench score, and found I was getting 1466 Single and 2512 Multi. This did not change wether I had low power mode on or off. After changing my battery, I did another test to check if it was just a placebo. Nope. 2526 Single and 4456 Multi. From what I can tell, Apple slows down phones when their battery gets too low, so you can still have a full days charge. This also means your phone might be very slow for no discernible reason. Check your Geekbench scores and see what you get if your phone is still slow!

I would love to get an official...

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05:52
Apple Looks to New SEC Guidance as Tool for...

Reuters reported that Apple has asked the SEC for permission to skip four shareholder proposals under the premise they’re part of Apple’s “ordinary business.”


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05:45
∞ Apple posts how to send and receive money using...

[VIDEO] Apple’s official how-to video on using Apple Pay and Messages to send and receive cash is embedded in the main Loop post. It’s short and focused. Learn how Apple Pay Cash works in just about a minute.

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05:37
Phil Schiller on the nuance of Face ID, HomePod...

From the Bright.nl exclusive interview:

Schiller has a quick answer to the commentary that other smartphone makers had a face or iris recognition before Apple did: “They all stink.”

He nuances: “They don’t work in all the ways we need Face ID to work. We’re very aware that through the years this simple thing, the Home button, that started as the way you click to get to the Home screen, grew into doing so many things for us. We added Touch ID, it took you to the multitasking screen, paged Siri, activated Apple Pay. All through this one mechanical button.

So for Face ID we needed the best way we know of to enable us to easily unlock our device with our face, in a protected way with the Secure Enclave, and support all these other things. We had to solve all of that. Other things that people have tried with face haven’t been anything like that. Face ID is a very unique implementation.”

And:

“I think we’ve worked really hard to maintain the trust we...

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05:25
Fake MyEtherWallet app made it to #3 in App Store...

A fake app pretending to be from MyEtherWallet somehow made it through Apple’s app review process and became the third most popular finance app over the weekend.

At this point, it’s not clear whether the app is just trying to make money by selling a $4.99 version of open-source software, or is a scam attempting to steal ETH and other crypto coins …

more…

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05:24
Android to iPhone: What I’ve liked about switching...

This is a two part series, written by David Ruddock, Android Police.

The first part, titled, I’ve never used an iPhone, part one: Switching to the iPhone X and first thoughts, ran a few weeks ago.

The second part, titled, Android to iPhone, part two: What I’ve liked about switching to the iPhone X, ran last week.

There’s a lot to process in these two posts. Some of the comments reflect someone new to the iPhone X and new to iOS. But all in all, solid takes, both the negative and positive.

A couple of highlights from the most recent post:

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