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Thursday December 7

13:48
HomeKit flaw in iOS 11.2 allowed remote access to...




Apple's software woes continued this week with the publication of a HomeKit flaw that allowed remote access to smart home devices like locks and lights. The company has since issued a temporary patch by disabling remote access to shared users, and plans to permanently plug the hole in a software update next week.

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13:45
iOS HomeKit Zero Day Lets Attackers Remotely Access...

Apple customers don’t need to take any action right now. The company has already fixed the issue on its end, and next week users can get a software update that fixes the bug on their end.


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13:40
Gear: Catalyst Impact Protection Case for iPhone X

Catalyst made its name producing a solid lineup of affordable cases that combined waterproofing with strong impact protection, and their signature Catalyst Case for iPhone quickly became one of our favorites. Now with the debut of the iPhone X, the company has branched out with a new Impact Protection Case that brings the classic Catalyst Case design in a less expensive version for those who don’t really need the waterproofing.

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13:15
Review: Belkin Pocket Power 5K Portable Power Bank

With users looking to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of their iPhones, external power packs have become almost as common of an accessory as cases and traditional chargers. Unfortunately, they've tended to lean to the more expensive side, so we're happy to see Belkin bucking the trend here with an ultra-portable power solution that provides a decent amount of juice and sells for only $30. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:03
Zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability allowed remote...

A HomeKit vulnerability in the current version of iOS 11.2 has been demonstrated to 9to5Mac that allows unauthorized control of accessories including smart locks and garage door openers. Our understanding is Apple has rolled out a server-side fix that now prevent unauthorized access from occurring while limiting some functionality, and an update to iOS 11.2 coming next week will restore that full functionality.

more…

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12:53
The Mac Observer’s iPhone X Troubleshooting Guide

No guide can cover every single issue though, and if the problem keeps persisting you’ll want to bring it to Apple’s support team.


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12:33
SiriusXM radio comes to native Apple TV app




SiriusXM on Thursday launched an app for the fourth-generation Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K, granting access to the satellite radio service's live and on-demand content.

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12:21
SiriusXM releases new app bringing streaming radio...

Just a week after launching support for CarPlay, Sirius today announced a new app for Apple TV. This means users can now access Sirius XM content right from their living room on the big screen…

more…

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11:41
4 Cool Star Wars Games to Hold You Over until The...

Looking for some cool games to kill time while you wait for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to open? Check out these iPhone and iPad games to hold you over.


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11:35
iPhone once again tops Flickr’s most used camera list

Apple’s iPhone has once again topped the most used camera list for the popular photo sharing website, Flickr. And not just smartphone cameras. All cameras. This comes as no surprise as Apple has long been the reigning champion of the most used camera in the world. more…

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11:12
Best tech of 2017

I’m a “Best of…” list addict. Apple has several bits of kit on this list and I’m sure we’ll see them on many more before the end of the year.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:08
Stock-Graphics Lifetime Subscription: $16.15

We have a deal on a lifetime subscription to Stock-Graphics. The company offers a library of 13,500-plus photos and 2,900-plus vector images, with more added every month. Using coupon code GIFTSHOP15, it’s $16.15 for a lifetime subscription.


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11:07
The top 15 photos on Flickr in 2017

These are all beautiful images (even if many are staged and/or heavily Photoshopped) and some of them are utterly spectacular, particularly for me #9, #8, and #1.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:02
Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $...

If you missed out on Best Buy's Black Friday deal on the WD Easystore 8TB external hard drive, you're in luck. Today it's one of the big box retailer's daily doorbusters, though its price tag of $140 isn't quite as cheap.

That's still a very good deal, however. While this Easystore drive is part of Western Digital's exclusive line for Best Buy, its equivalents at Amazon and other retailers are currently selling for about $45 more. This discount also undercuts last week's sale price of $150.

This drive comes with USB 3.0, which WD says allows transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second. As with other WD drives, it comes with WD Backup (the company's automated backup software) to keep all the files on your PC in more than one place.

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11:01
CrossOver 17 ships, lets Mac users run Windows...




CodeWeavers has released a major update to CrossOver, a tool for running Windows application on macOS, with version 17.0.0 of the utility including support for Microsoft Office 2016 and Quicken 2017, among other improvements.

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10:46
Apple’s Big Trust Issue, Amazon Prime Video’s Launch...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the trust issue Apple created with customers, plus John nails his prediction on when Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV would ship.


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10:18
Apple health exec Anil Sethi leaves to form new...




The director of Apple's health team, Anil Sethi, is leaving the company to found a startup called Ciitizen, fulfilling a promise to his sister Tania who died of cancer on Sept. 11.

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10:07
Director of Apple's health tech division to...

Former Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi is leaving Apple's health tech division to found a new start-up called Ciitizen. He was named director of the team in 2016.

According to CNBC, he had taken some months off to help his sister Tania fight cancer, and promised her before she died on Sept. 11 that he would do something to help very sick patients. (He and his sister are shown together in the accompanying photo). Ciitizen will help patients get and share information like genomic information, labs, ethical wills or advanced directives.

Apple acquired Gliimpse last year. The company provides “Gliimpses” of your health data. The company helps users collect their medical data from web portals, then help organize it into a shared and understood health story. 

Sethi had been on leave from Apple for several months to care full-time...

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09:58
News: Apple unveils best Apps, Music, Movies, and TV...

Apple has announced its editorial picks for the best apps, movies, TV shows, books, and podcasts available from its various online content stores. The App Store team noted four rising trends for 2017, including the introduction of augmented reality apps with iOS 11, a rise of real-time competitive gaming, and an increased focus on mental health and mindfulness as well as storytelling and reading. The 2017 iPhone App of the Year was the health and…

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09:56
iPhones are the most popular cameras used by the...

When it comes to brands, Apple’s iPhones remained the dominant camera models used by the Flickr community, with 54% of the top 100 devices being named iPhone and an almost clean sweep of the top 10 Devices of 2017, accounting for nine of the top 10 devices.

The Canon 5D Mark III placed 9th in the Top 10 Devices on Flickr of 2017. The iPhone6, iPhone6s, and iPhone5s were the most popular iPhone cameras, respectively. Canon was the second largest brand used by photographers on Flickr, responsible for 23% of the top 100 devices. Nikon was the third most popular brand of 2017, with 18%.

Flickr is an image and video hosting website and web services suite. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, the service is also used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

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09:40
Lowest prices anywhere: 2017 15" MacBook Pros...




New exclusive deals have rolled in with savings of up to $300 off Mid 2017 MacBook Pros. Prices start at just $2,149 for 15-inch models, while the 13-inch Touch Bar with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage space is $2,049 with coupon. All with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as 0% financing incentives.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy Apple Event, iPhone X...

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

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09:17
∞ Apple reveals 2017’s top charts, but don’t try to...

I enjoyed going through Apple’s tops of 2017 list.

But, it did remind me of one broken piece of Apple’s app-purchasing system, still unaddressed after all this time. To see it, you have to open the list on your Mac.

On your Mac, if you click on Apple’s top movie link, after a bit of shuffling, you’ll be taken to an iTunes page listing the top movies of the year. Click on a movie and you’ll be taken to that movie’s iTunes page so you can rent or buy.

BUT.

Still on your Mac, still looking at that same best of list, try clicking on an...

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08:45
Apple’s director of health leaving company to form...

Anil Sethi with his late sister Tania, the inspiration for his new startup

Apple’s work in the health industry has been well reported thus far, but CNBC reports today that the person running Apple’s health efforts is leaving the company. Anil Sethi was originally named director of the health team last year, when Apple acquired his medical record startup Gliimpse

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08:31
Sega releases 'Streets of Rage' for iOS as...




The Sega Forever collection has increased in size once more, with Sega bringing the iPhone and iPad port of classic fighting game 'Streets of Rage' to the free-to-play roster, complete with support for cooperative play across multiple mobile devices.

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08:15
Charge your iPhone X/8/8 Plus anywhere wirelessly...

It's such a hassle to carry a battery pack with you everywhere to keep your iPhone charged. Not only do you need to carry the battery pack, but also a cable with which to connect the phone to the pack. Those days are over now for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which utilize Qi technology for wireless charging. With the JS Wireless Charging Power Bank ($52.50) there's no need to carry tangled cables -- just place your phone onto the power bank and it begins charging!

Of course, like most battery packs on the market, the JS Wireless Charging Power Bank also has a pair of USB ports that let you charge other devices as you're charging your iPhone. Here are the details of this innovative...

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08:05
Apple iPhone dominates Flickr's year in review...




The iPhone dominates all other manufacturers and devices on Flickr's annual year in review roundup, with all of the service's top 10 devices in use occupied by various iPhone models.

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07:54
Your Text Replacements in iOS and macOS now sync...

Christian Zibreg, iDownloadBlog:

Text Replacements, an often overlooked iOS and macOS feature that automatically expands custom text snippets into longer phrases or whole sentences as you’re typing, should no longer be plagued with the widely reported intermittent syncing issues.

As first noted by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, an Apple spokesperson told him back in September that an update that moves text replacement syncing to CloudKit was scheduled to roll out to iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra users in the next month or so.

Brian Stucki, who first explained why Text Replacements didn’t sync reliably between iOS devices and Macs, has now confirmed in an update to his original post that snippet syncing now at long last works reliably across all devices running macOS High Sierra and iOS 11.

Nice to see this CloudKit progress.

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07:51
Apple Cyber Monday Roundup: Find the best deals and...




Cyber Monday is officially here and Apple authorized resellers are slashing prices on your favorite Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple Watches, Apple TV 4K devices and headphones. From exclusive coupon deals to instant cash rebates, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars with 0% financing offers and no sales tax collected in 48 states on most items.

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07:51
Final hour! Flash Deals: Apple's top of the...




Ends at 11:59 p.m. ET! Today only, and while supplies last, shoppers can grab Apple's Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro in Space Gray with a 2.9GHz processor, 1TB of storage and Radeon 460 graphics for $2,499. In addition to the instant discount, expedited shipping is free with no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.

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07:51
How to allow remote access to your Mac

Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, pulled together some advice on remote access between Macs (pretty easy, though worth the read) and between Macs and other platforms (not so easy). Interesting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:46
All of MTV’s Liquid Television Animation Series is...

If you’re of a certain age Liquid Television has a special place in your heart. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s a ground breaking animation series that ran on MTV in the 1990s that gave us shows like Beavis and Butt-head along with Æon Flux. The series featured shorts that defined a new style of animation and storytelling, and the full episodes haven’t been seen in their complete form since they were originally aired. That just changed because MTV posted the entire series on Archive.org where you can watch them all for free. If you haven’t seen the show before, clear your weekend schedule and start watching. If you remember the show, well, you’re welcome.


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07:36
LG Display hints at deal to begin making OLED panels...




LG Display may be on the verge of providing display panels for the iPhone X, entering Apple's OLED supply chain earlier than expected and reducing dependence on Samsung.

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07:35
How to Use Apple Pay Cash for Person-to-Person...

Months after iOS 11 was released, Apple has finally pulled back the curtains on person-to-person Apple Pay transactions. We explain how to set up and use Apple Pay Cash.

 

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07:25
News: Daily Deal: GOOSE VPN, 5-Yr Subscription

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a five-year subscription to GOOSE VPN for only $33.99 using the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. This highly-rated VPN service helps protect you on the Internet, masking your IP address and routing your traffic through remote servers to safeguard both your data and your privacy. Plus, your subscription includes use on an unlimited number of devices, so you can stay protected whether you’re using your…

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07:18
Apple's iMac Pro model number pegged as '...




While little else solid is known about the iMac Pro's shipping configuration with only a matter of days before it ships, it appears that a regulatory filing associated with the device calls it model A1862.

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07:08
3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld, on the top reasons switchers are switching to iPhone, as laid out by Creative Strategies. Though the title might seem click-baity, the logic is thoughtful.

A taste:

Today’s smartphone user may have subscriptions with multiple such services. They are also likely to own multiple devices, and that’s where the problem emerges. In contrast to competitors, Apple’s platforms are far better at syncing passwords, settings, images and other items between all your devices using the same Apple ID. You can even set up a new iPhone just by tapping it with your old one in iOS 11.

That kind of convenience makes it so much easier for consumers rapidly engaging in a multi-device, multiple-service, cross platform digital existence. This sync extends across to Apple’s Macs, of course.

Solid read.

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07:02
Apple Unveils App and Game of the Year, Best of 2017

Apple’s annual Best Of list for the App Store and iTunes Store is out with picks for the iPhone and iPad.


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07:02
The hidden player spurring a wave of cheap consumer...

Farhad Manjoo, New York Times:

On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras made by Nest or Netgear, the Wyze device can monitor an area for motion or sound. When it spots something, it begins recording a short clip that it stores online, for access on your phone or your computer.

But the WyzeCam has one groundbreaking feature that no rival can match. It is being sold for such an unbelievably low price — $20 — that it sent me tunneling into the global gadget industry to figure out how Wyze had done it. That, in turn, led to a revelation about the future of all kinds of products, from cameras to clothes.

And:

Nest’s and Netgear’s comparable indoor cameras sell for around $200 each, while Wyze’s device goes for $20 plus shipping if you buy directly from the company’s website.

And, most importantly:

Wyze did not create a home internet camera for a tenth of the price of rivals by skimping on quality. Though the...

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06:42
Featured Snippets: The latest frontier in Google...

Google blog:

Featured Snippets are algorithmically generated highlights of what’s available on the web that provide quick, relevant answers for your queries. Today, we’ve added more images and related searches inside select Featured Snippets to help you learn even more about your topic, or to discover new things related to your interest.

If you use Google for search, you’ve no doubt encountered Featured Snippets, a block of info at the very top of your search results, often with exactly the info you need.

Two interesting reads:

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06:40
Honeywell Lyric home security firmware update brings...




Honeywell's Lyric Controller Home Security System is now certified for use with Apple's HomeKit technology, with users only needing to install a firmware update.

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06:38
Honeywell releases HomeKit support update for Lyric...

After previously announcing incoming HomeKit support for its Lyric security system products, Honeywell today confirmed that the update is now available for users:

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06:16
Drake, Bitmoji & Game of Thrones lead Apple...




Apple on Thursday released a list of the most popular media on iTunes and the App Store during 2017, also calling attention to editorial picks for iPhone and iPad apps.

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06:11
Apple patent filing involves ‘detecting activity by...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170347885) for “detecting activity by a wheelchair user.” It’s designed to help such folks keep track of their health and fitness activities using the Apple Watch and its Workout app.

The patent involves technology for collecting motion data of a user device located on an appendage of the user. Among other things it would track the energy expenditure of the user.

As noted in the patent filing, such activities involve repetitive motions of the arms. For example, pushing yourself in a wheelchair, rowing, push-ups and pull-ups, and assembly-line tasks may all involve repetition of a sequence of motions using the hands, arms, and wrists. An Apple Watch may be worn on the hand, wrist, or arm of the person performing the activity. Apple says it may be desirable to track activity by a wheelchair user for health, safety, or productivity reasons. 

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent...

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06:09
LG hints that a deal to supply OLED screens for the...

We’ve known for some time that LG has been aiming to win OLED iPhone screen orders from Apple, but it’s looking like a deal could be closer than expected.

Following a recent rumor that the company had signed an OLED supply deal with Apple for the iPhone X, ending the exclusivity of the current contract with Samsung, the firm was asked to make a regulatory filing clarifying the position …

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05:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook places number five on the ‘Recode...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took the fifth spot in the Recode 100 list, which measures the publication’s choices for “the people in tech, business and media who mattered in 2017.”

Here’s what Recode has to say about Apple’s head honcho: 

Tim Cook is succeeding at an impossible task: Following the greatest-ever product visionary as Apple’s CEO. Yet six years after his mentor Steve Jobs died, Apple is thriving. And Cook is growing into his prominence as one of the business world’s most increasingly vocal good-guy CEOs.

For Apple, 2017 was a return to growth. After sales declines in 2016, Apple has now posted four consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue gains — and it’s accelerating.

And that doesn’t even include a single iPhone X, the new version of Apple’s most important product, which launched in November and our sister site The Verge calls “easily...

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05:46
Apple releases 2017’s most popular apps, music,...

Apple has unveiled its 2017 charts and trends, celebrating the most popular apps, music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks and Apple Podcasts.

Editors and curators from Apple Music, App Store and iTunes highlight great content from indie artists and developers from around the globe. You can find the complete list here.

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05:39
Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2 for macOS

Apple has released iTunes 12.7.2 for macOS. It’s available via the Updates tab at the Mac App Store. 

The update includes minor app and performance improvements. It goes along with the macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 upgrade that was released on Wednesday.

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05:22
Instagram may be following Facebook in pushing...

Facebook made the controversial decision back in 2014 to remove private messaging from the main app, moving it instead into Facebook Messenger. It now seems the company may have similar plans for Instagram.

From today, Instagram is testing a new app called Direct. For those who choose to install it, the inbox disappears from the main app …

more…

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04:54
Apple VP Greg Joswiak defends iPhone X notch as one...

While I personally find the iPhone X notch almost unnoticeable much of the time, and cute when it’s visible, others have been more critical. There have been complaints that it’s asymmetrical and un-Apple-like in its design, and even that it ‘ruins’ the display.

But Apple VP Greg Joswiak has defended it as one of the company’s most impressive technical achievements …

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04:30
A look at several Case-Mate, Silk cases for the...

By Laura Darnell

I recently had the opportunity to try out several iPhone X cases from Case-Mate and Silk. There are simply too many to critique in detail, but here are my impressions.

The Casemate Opal purse case- great for when I’m going out and wearing a dress without pockets. Not so great for talking on the phone. Awkward to talk while holding a clutch to your head and cumbersome to hold while texting. Holds phone and cards securely.

The Karate Mother of Pearl ($50) securely holds the iPhone X in place. And it’s durable. I dropped my phone with no damage, but the case is super hard to remove.

The temperature changing Casemate Mood ($50) is a little silly, but holds the iPhone X well. Alas, none of these cases allowed me to use an induction charger.

The Silk Pureview ($15) with its “diamond” skin is one of my favorites...

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04:01
University study shows iPhones can miss 21% of your...

If you use the Activity or Health app on your iPhone to keep track of the number of steps you walk each day, you’re probably doing better than you think. A study by the University of British Columbia found that the iPhone underestimates the number of steps people take by up to 21.5% …

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04:00
How to shoot 4K videos in up to 60 fps with the...

You can not only take great photos with the iPhone X, but great videos, as well. The Apple smartphone lets you shoot high-resolution video up to 4K, with over 8 million pixels. 

To enable it, go to Settings › Camera, then tap Record Video and select 4K. At 3,840-by-2,160 pixels, 4K has four times the pixels of 1080p (1,920-by-1,080 pixels).

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 7, 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

Fire Tap Games has introduced Free Yourself 1.0. It’s a a 2D gravity-based puzzle game set in a colorful universe of crazy robots. Trapped within a metallic cage, players must find a way to free themselves by solving various physics-based puzzles. Free Yourself is, well, free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released a new Thailand & South Korea pack that includes 80 picture frames created by professional artists. Along with the Japan & China frame pack, the new set showcases a wide variety of Asian cultures...

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03:15
MarsEdit 4.0.1 out the door, offers new features,...

It’s come a long way in 10 years.

Recently, Red Sweater Software announced the release of MarsEdit 4.0.1, the newest version of its blog creation software.

The new version, a 14.5 megabyte download from the Mac App Store offers the following major fixes and changes:

– A new look, a more modern toolbar and a cleaner interface.

– Enhanced WordPress support, including the ability to set the featured image for posts, select Post Format, and to see and change the author of published posts.

– A new visual button bar that allows you to quickly perform common changes, live image size editing and a “Typewriter Mode” to keep text centered vertically while writing.

– Improved blog archiving capable of downloading the entire history of published posts and pages on your blog, thereby creating a full backup on your Mac.

– Automatic preview template generation, which allows you to preview your posts as you write them.

– Faster, more...

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03:00
Amazon Prime Video app arrives for tvOS, supports...

You’ve been hankering for it and it’s here.

Months after Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement of it back at WWDC in June, the Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV is here. The app, which is designed for tvOS, may not show up in a tvOS app store search, but can generally be located by searching for “Amazon” in the tvOS app store, selecting the Amazon Shopping app, and finding the new Prime Video app in the “More by this Developer” section at the bottom of the page.

The app requires a third-generation or later Apple TV device to install and run.

Amazon Prime Video joins a number of other big streaming services, including Netflix and Hulu, that have tvOS apps. Previously, any Amazon Prime Video content could only play on an Apple TV through AirPlay from another device.

This may open the door for Amazon to sell the Apple TV again on its retail website. Amazon hasn’t sold Apple TV since 2015 and recently CEO Jeff Bezos said that the only way Amazon would...

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03:00
Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

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01:12
Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year...

Apple has announced its Best of 2017 apps and games, this year utilizing the Today cards in the iOS 11 App Store to feature the winners. Apple says its app of the year for iPhone is Calm, a meditation and sleep app, and Splitter Critters is 2017’s iPhone game of the year. Apple says the title ‘radiates imagination and originality’.

For iPad, Apple has chosen Affinity Photo, the desktop-class photo editor, and the game The Witness. It has also announced most popular apps, music, movies and more …

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Wednesday December 6

21:46
Chrome for business isolates websites for added...

Google handed more security controls to G Suite admins in July, now it's bolstering its browser's defenses for business users too. Today's Chrome 63 rollout brings with it site isolation, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 for Gmail, and granular set...

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20:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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19:28
TV veteran Michelle Lee joins Apple Worldwide Video

“If you’re still judging Apple’s original video content strategy on the basis of Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, you’re way wide of the mark at this point.”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:48
Apple Store app updates lets iPhone buyers bypass...




Apple updated its Apple Store app for iOS on Wednesday with a few feature additions, including the ability to bypass a pesky carrier preauthorization requirement when buying iPhone.

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17:39
Apple Store app for iOS adds support for buying...

Apple has quietly updated its Apple Store app for iOS this evening. The update bring the app to version 4.4 and includes new checkout features, a new iPhone purchasing option, and iOS 11 enhancements…

more…

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17:09
Apple might use metal case for 6.1-inch LCD iPhone...




Apple reportedly has plans to return to a metal chassis for at least one of next year's iPhone models, a long-standing design last implemented with the iPhone 7 series in 2016.

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16:50
Report: Next year’s 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to feature...

Last month, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities indicated that Apple would unveil a new 6.1-inch iPhone next year with the iPhone X design, but a traditional LCD display instead of OLED. A new report from Nikkei this evening offers more color on that device, saying it will feature a metal back similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus…

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16:14
Tim Cook ranked fifth on Recode 100 list for AR,...

Year-end rankings are starting to come in as we head into 2018, and as you would expect, Apple has appeared on a few so far. Recode this evening shared its Recode 100 list, ranking the top 100 executives in tech, media, and business for 2017. Coming in at the fifth spot is none other than Tim Cook…

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16:10
Happy Hour Podcast 150 | DateGate, new App Store...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the unfortunate date bug that affected iPhones over the weekend and resulted in the early delivery of iOS 11.2, the official launch of Apple Pay Cash in the U.S., updates to our Mac setups and a new app that makes AirPlaying to Sonos easier, a potential half marathon challenge that may or may not happen, the latest on Apple’s Heart Study with Apple Watch, a tease of an upcoming Apple Watch story, Amazon Prime Video finally coming to Apple TV, changes in tvOS 11.2 and what’s missing, new App Store search ads, and more.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through...

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15:20
Apple Issues Security Updates for MacOS, iOS, TvOS,...

Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: Over the course of the last four days, Apple has released updates to address security issues for several products, such as macOS High Sierra, Safari, watchOS, tvOS, and iOS. The most relevant security update is the one to macOS, as it also permanently fixes the bug that allowed attackers to access macOS root accounts without having to type a password. Apple issued a patch for the bug the next day after it was discovered, but because the patch was delivered as an out-of-band update that did not alter the macOS version number, when users from older macOS versions updated to 10.13.1 (the vulnerable version), the bug was still present. With today's update, the patch for the bug -- now known as "IAmRoot" (CVE-2017-13872) -- has received a permanent fix. All users who upgrade to macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 are safe.

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15:09
Caption contest: What do you think Tim Cook is...

As we reported earlier this morning, Tim Cook was in attendance at the Fortune Forum in China this week, defending some of Apple’s actions in the country. Also in attendance was Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who shared the above picture of Tim Cook showing off the iPhone X.

We have to ask: What do you think Tim Cook is showing off to Trudeau in this picture?

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15:03
Apple Hires Another TV Exec for Scripted Programming

From 2012 until now, Ms. Lee was producing partner to Emmy-winning writer and showrunner Jason Katims at Universal Television-based True Jack Productions.


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14:42
Mr. Cook Goes to China, Sonos Meets Ikea, Apple Buys...

Tim Cook took a recent trip to China, and some have accused him of endorsing Chinese censorship. Bryan and Jeff talk about how complicated doing business in China is. They also look at why Sonos and IKEA have announced a partnership, and what Apple’s purchase of Pop Up Archive might mean. Then they fall down the rabbit hole of TextArc.


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14:38
Tidal for iOS updated w/ support for CarPlay and...

Streaming music service Tidal has today been updated with a pair of notable features: support for Apple’s CarPlay and iPhone X optimization. Tidal joins the likes of Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify in offering a dedicated app for CarPlay.

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14:38
Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2 with minor bug fixes,...




To go along with Wednesday's release of macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra, Apple pushed out a fresh version of iTunes that comes packed with minor app fixes and improvements.

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14:28
The Reality of Apple’s macOS Security Snafu. It’s...

John has been taking his time to further ponder Apple’s High Sierra root access debacle and now shares his thoughts.


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14:21
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Coming to the Mac with...

Feral Interactive announced Tuesday it was bringing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided to the Mac. Better yet, the company is adding in support for Metal 2, Apple’s graphics API. Deus Ex is a cyberpunk-themed action-role playing franchise, with Mankind Divided being the most recent installment. It was released on PC in August, 2016. In this installment, players are Adam Jensen, an augmented covert agent. I loved the original Deus Ex, and am delighted to see Mankind Divided come to Mac. It’s going to be released December 12th for US$59.99/£39.99/€49.99 on Steam and direct from Feral Interactive. There’s a Deluxe Edition version, too, for $89.98/£64.98/€79.98.


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14:05
Apple releases iTunes 12.7.2 with bug fixes &...

Apple has pushed a minor iTunes update this evening, which comes on the heels of the release of macOS 10.13.2 to the public. The update brings the application to version 12.7.2…

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13:53
iOS: Readjust Contact Photos by Using the Photos App

I’ve had this happen several times when I zoom in on a person’s face in a photo, and later it displays a different area of the image.


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13:43
Tidal music streaming comes to Apple's CarPlay




Tidal -- the on-demand music service co-owned by artists like Jay-Z -- is now available to stream on vehicles equipped with Apple CarPlay.

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13:27
How Apple Improves its Products With iOS Analytics

We’ve talked a bit about how it works before, but this latest paper has additional information. A PDF version is also available with more detail than the journal.


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13:21
Apple hires yet another veteran TV programming exec...

As part of its growing original content efforts, Apple has hired programming veteran Michelle Lee to join its worldwide video department, as reported by Variety. Lee has previously worked on popular shows for several major networks as a producing partner at Universal Television’s True Jack Productions…

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13:17
No, Siri, John Travolta is not dead

Uh, someone needs to tell Siri that John Travolta isn’t dead. If you ask Apple’s personal digital assistant Hey Siri, how old is John Travolta,” you’ll be told that “John Travolta died January 3, 2009 at age 54,” as noted by Newsweek.

However, at 63, he’s alive and well. So why is Siri saying he’s deceased? As Newsweek notes, it’s possible that Siri is mixing up Travolta with his son, Jett, who died on January 2, 2009.

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13:14
Prime Video catches Apple TV up with smart TVs, but...

With the release of Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV, there’s now one less reason to switch inputs on your TV if you’re looking for something to watch. Prime Video has long been on other set-top boxes and even comes built-in to modern TVs, so it’s great to see Amazon’s catalog of movies and TV shows available to stream directly on Apple TV. For me, there are still two reasons to switch between my Apple TV 4K and the built-in apps on my TV for the best experience…

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12:43
Apple hires veteran producer Michelle Lee to help...




A years-long veteran of the TV industry, Michelle Lee, has reportedly joined Apple has a creative executive with its Worldwide Video division, which is spearheading a push into high-budget TV shows.

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12:36
Opinion: Living with Google Home Mini sparked my...

When Apple unveiled the HomePod this past June at WWDC 2017, I didn’t give it too much of my attention. As a design piece, it looked like something I’d be happy to put in my living room. As a product, I just wasn’t interested. Smart speakers in general have seemed like little more than a novelty to me, and I’ve resisted buying one… until now. Last week I welcomed a Google Home Mini into my life to see if it could change my mind. Here’s what I found…

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12:28
Review: Ten One Design's new Mountie+ outshines...

A few years ago, accessory manufacturer Ten One Design came out with the Mountie, a small device that clamped onto the side of one device -- Mac, iPad, whatever... -- and allowed users to clamp another device like an iPhone onto the first device. While the idea is great, allowing a MacBook Pro user to use an iPad Pro as a "second screen", the original just didn't have the holding power to really make me feel confident that everything would stay attached. That problem is gone now with the advent of the new Mountie+ (US$34.95).

Mountie+. Photo ©2017 Steven Sande

The new Mountie+ uses a similar design to the old Mountie, with a pair of padded clamps -- one for each device -- and pads for each side that can be swapped out for a nice tight fit. The difference? There are TWO of those clamp sets and as you'd expect, it has much more grip -- a 2.6X...

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12:15
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

Apple on Tuesday released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, an update to the operating system for the Mac. The update follows recent releases of updates for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Before installing the update, you should back up the data on your Mac. The update is available in the App Store app, in the Updates section. If you don’t see it, press Command-R on your keyboard to refresh the list. You Mac will need to restart to finish the installation.

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11:53
Another film pro joins Apple’s growing worldwide...

Michelle Lee, who has served as head of development for Jason Katims’ True Jack Productions, to join Apple’s worldwide video unit as a senior creative executive, according to Deadline

The article says she’ll report to head of development Matt Cherniss. Cherniss, former president and general manager of WGN America, an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Tribune Broadcasting, joined Apple in October. 

Lee, who will start at the first of the year, also is expected to oversee a new drama series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, which recently received a two-season straight-to-series order. The dramatic series explores the behind-the-scenes action of daily morning shows and its players

Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the...

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11:44
Apple Releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to Public

As anticipated by the beta development cycle, Apple’s patch notes specify bug fixes in this release.


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11:43
How to Compare Apple Watches to Get The Best Model...

There are four different Apple Watches, and if you’re buying one for the first time, or upgrading to a new model, it’s kind of confusing to figure out.


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11:30
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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11:20
How to use the new Apple TV Amazon Prime Video app...




Amazon has gone with the user interface it prefers when it developed the Prime Video service for the Apple TV. But, using Siri, you can skip most of the interface oddities on the Apple TV.

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11:19
watchOS 4.2 Adds Apple Pay Cash and Moistens HomeKit

In keeping watchOS in sync with iOS, Apple has released watchOS 4.2 with support for Apple Pay Cash, HomeKit sprinklers and faucets, and a workout type for downhill snow sports.

 

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11:07
Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, Favorite RSS Reader...

Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV, plus they share their favorite RSS reader apps.


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11:00
Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2

Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. Available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab, it:

  • Improves compatibility with third party USB audio devices;
  • Improves VoiceOver navigation when viewing PDF documents in Preview;
  • Improves compatibility of Braille displays with Mail.
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10:57
Apple's new Machine Learning Journal entry...




Apple on Wednesday published another paper through its Machine Learning Journal, this time covering the topic of differential privacy -- the technology it employs to collect big data from customers while obscuring their identities.

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10:52
Oracle’s cloak-and-dagger war with Google

The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turned off such monitoring on their smartphones.

But missing from the news site’s report was another eyebrow-raising detail: Some of its evidence, while accurate, appears to have been furnished by one of Google’s fiercest foes: Oracle.

Oh my.

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10:49
Stress

Right there on the corner of Brannan and Fourth Streets, there is a billboard advertising some marijuana brand, saying “Hello marijuana, goodbye stress.” It got me thinking about stress and what is that is making people stressed out? Also, what does it say about people living in this tech town — are we so stressed, because of work?

I really enjoyed this article.

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10:38
Apple updates macOS High Sierra to 10.13.2 with...

Apple has released the latest version of macOS High Sierra through the Mac App Store. macOS 10.13.2 “improves the stability, compatibility and security” of Macs, and specifically includes improvements to third party USB audio devices, VoiceOver and Preview, and Braille displays and Mail.

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10:37
Apple’s latest machine learning journal entry...

Apple has shared its latest white paper via its machine learning journal. Today’s entry is “Learning with Privacy at Scale” and covers specific algorithms Apple is using with differential privacy to improve product features with some specific use cases like discovering popular emoji.

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10:35
Apple: Learning with Privacy at Scale

Gaining insight into the overall user population is crucial to improving the user experience. The data needed to derive such insights is personal and sensitive, and must be kept private. In addition to privacy concerns, practical deployments of learning systems using this data must also consider resource overhead, computation costs, and communication costs. In this article, we give an overview of a system architecture that combines differential privacy and privacy best practices to learn from a user population.

A new article from Apple’s Machine Learning Journal, which includes a link to a PDF with in-depth equations and other details.

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