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Tuesday February 21

Apple releases Logic Pro X 10.3.1 for the Mac

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its macOS software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.3.1. According to Apple, the upgrade:

  • Addresses issues that could cause regions to behave unexpectedly while moving them;
  • Resolves an issue where regions on inactive Track Alternatives could get deleted;
  • Global edits that cut or insert time are now also applied to inactive Track Alternatives;
  • Projects using sample rates other than 44.1kHz can now be shared to GarageBand for iOS.

The update for current Logic Pro X users is free and available now through the Mac App Store. For new users the software costs $199.99. It requires macOS 10.11 or later.

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Apple purchases domain name, shutting...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Apple recently acquired the domain name, one of the last remaining pieces related to iCloud that the company itself did not own. While it’s unclear when Apple made the purchase, the social network previously linked to that domain will shut down by the end of this month.


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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 21, 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

Hyperbolic Software has released DupeZap 4.0, an update of their duplicate finder for macOS. The utility was written specifically to reclaim disk space being taken up by duplicate files and packages. 

DupeZap also offers the capability to scan the databases of popular Apple apps such as Photos and iTunes. Version 4.0.0 is completely rewritten.

DupeZap 4.0 requires macOS 10.11 or higher. For a limited time, it can be purchased for $4.99 instead of the regular price of $19.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

Econ Technologies has...

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Dance moves turn into music with BeatMoovz

There are plenty of gadgets out there for making music on your mobile device, but they're relatively sedentary affairs. BeatMoovz turns things arounds with a music tool that gets you up and dancing: instead of moving with the music, you dance and cre...

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Verizon cuts $350M from its acquisition price of...

After a pair of massive Yahoo data breaches, Verizon announced today that the two companies have reached new terms for its acquisition. As noted by Reuters, Verizon has lowered its purchase price for Yahoo’s core business by $350 million, down to $4.48 billion.


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Hands-on: CalDigit’s TS3 Lite Thunderbolt 3 dock...

The $199 CalDigit Thunderbolt Station 3 Lite (TS3 Lite) is a Thunderbolt 3 dock geared towards 2016 MacBook Pro users. Unlike some of the docks released prior to the most recent MacBook Pro refresh, the TS3 Lite works out of the box without needing to employ any hacks or workarounds.

The aluminum-wrapped unit comes with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and is capable of being daisy-chained. It also comes with two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and audio in/out connections.

Perhaps most-notably, the TS3 Lite works with the LG UltraFine 5K Display, which makes it an option that may warrant the consideration of those with such a setup. But as you’ll see from our hands-on video walkthrough, the TS3 Lite isn’t for everyone;...

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Apple could ditch Qualcomm for new Gbps Intel XMM...

Earlier today Intel announced a new XMM 7650 Baseband Processor modem today to take on Qualcomm's X16. Unlike previous Intel modems, the new product supports CDMA in addition to LTE, as well as high speed LTE Category 16, enabling gigabit downloads. The new chip could enable global mobile support for Apple's next iPhones.

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SodaStream recalls 51,000 bottles because they might...

Your greatest SodaStream fears have been realized: tens of thousands of SodaStream's plastic bottles may not be able to withstand quite as much pressure as the company thought, causing the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue a r...

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Han Solo Star Wars Movie Starts Filming

It’s like the whole Star Wars universe has been begging for a Han Solo movie, and it’s finally in production. Filming started this week in London, and the cast photo gives us a glimpse into the movie without giving anything away. The pic includes Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo), Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca). The cast also includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, and Thandie Newton all packed into the Millennium Falcon cockpit. Details about the movie are under wraps, but we do know it’s set for release on May 25, 2018. Hey Disney, now that the Han Solo movie is underway how about you get to work on the Boba Fett flick?

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AAPL hits record highs again as analyst predicts...

Continuing its week of record-setting performance, AAPL stock hit yet another pair of all-time highs today. The stock closed at a new record high of $136.70, up from the previous all-time close record of $135.27 that was set last week.

Furthermore, AAPL hit a new intraday high of $136.75 today, up from the previous record of $136.27, which was set last week.

AAPL’s continued strong performance comes as Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty raised her target price for the stock and made a handful of predictions for the upcoming iPhone 8…


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Apple Watch 3 Shipping in Fall, Switching to Glass-...

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the third generation Apple Watch this fall, and it’s getting a new touch surface. This year’s model will launch with a glass-film touch panel instead of the touch on lens technology Apple currently uses in Apple Watch Series 2.

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Implants enable richer communication for people with...

John Scalzi's science fiction novel Lock In predicts a near future where people with complete body paralysis can live meaningful, authentic lives thanks to (fictional) advances in brain-computer interfaces. A new study by researchers at Stanford Univ...

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Review: Jaybird's X3 Bluetooth earbuds are a...

The Jaybird X3s are a high-quality, yet affordable alternative to other fitness-oriented Bluetooth headphones, including Apple's AirPods and Beats products. Whether or not they're right for you, though, can be very subjective.

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Apple Remote Desktop Updated with Touch Bar Support

Apple updated Apple Remote Desktop to version 3.9 Tuesday. The update adds support for the Mac Book Pro’s Touch Bar. It also features the ability to export computer lists and beefs up security.

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Meitu's new phone uses AI to snap better selfies

Chinese selfie app and smartphone company Meitu has unveiled its newest flagship, and it's all about making you look better. The T8 includes a front-facing camera with optical image stabilization and dual-pixel phase detection autofocus (PDAF) simila...

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Uber's self-driving vehicles are picking up...

Uber's fleet of self-driving vehicles are now cruising the streets of Tempe, Arizona. After a spat with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in December, Uber moved its line of 16 custom, autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs to Arizona, where Gov. Doug...

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Anti-mosquito candles totally don’t work

Just as I’ve always suspected.

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[Sponsor] Mac Private Clouds From MacStadium

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Facebook hopes to stream an MLB game every week

Twitter and Yahoo aren't the only ones interested in streaming live baseball beyond dedicated sports sites. Reuters sources claim that Facebook is in "advanced" talks with Major League Baseball about the possibility of livestreaming one game every w...

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Uber has a sexism problem, and so does Silicon Valley

On Sunday, a former Uber engineer published details about the sexual harassment and rampant sexism that she claims she and other women experienced at the company. But despite reporting the incidents to HR on several occasions, Susan J. Fowler was rep...

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The average US iPhone owner spent $40 in App Store...

Over the course of 2016, American iPhone owners forked out an average of $40 on iOS App Store purchases, including in-app transactions -- up from $35 in 2015, according to new analytics data.

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After confirming upcoming Apple TV app, Facebook...

Just last week, Facebook confirmed that it is in the process of developing an Apple TV app that will carry a focus on video. Now, Reuters reports that Facebook is also in negotiations with Major League Baseball regarding potential streaming rights, something that could make its way to the upcoming Apple TV app.


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Microsoft Makes VR Drone Fight Simulator Available...

Microsoft has introduced an open source virtual reality toolkit for the training of autonomous drones. Part of Microsoft's Aerial Informatics and Robotics Platform, the beta software became available last week. It is designed to allow developers to "teach" drones how to navigate the real world by recreating conditions such as shadows, reflections and even objects that might confuse a device's on-board sensors. The software allows researchers to write code for aerial robots such as drones, and to test the devices in a highly realistic simulator.

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Working Samsung Galaxy S8 reportedly surfaces in the...

There have been supposed peeks at Samsung's Galaxy S8 before, but always with the screen off. How is that near bezel-free design going to work, exactly? We might have a better idea. Photos have emerged that appear to show a functioning S8, includi...

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Intel and Ericsson form an alliance to explore 5G...

Intel is already showing off the building blocks of its 5G hardware at MWC and the big carriers are rushing to upgrade to the new standard, but the chipmaking giant is also launching a new initiative to build more than just faster cellular network. A...

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Ants run on tiny treadmills to help track their...

It's relatively easy to study animals' movement by plunking them on treadmills, but how do you do that with a creature as small and fragile as ants? Build a tiny custom treadmill, that's how. Scientists have crafted a contraption that let them study...

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My favorite Sherlock Holmes

A lot of great actors have played Sherlock Holmes over the years, but none did as great a job as Jeremy Brett. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest Sherlock Holmes of all.

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VTech's new Android tablet has its own kid-...

VTech's tablets and other kids' gadgets have always focused on creating a child-safe walled garden, but it's fallen far short of having an ecosystem like what children can get on an iPad or Amazon Fire Kids Edition. Its new Android tablet for childre...

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Here’s the TV Set-Top Box Apple Could Have Built:...

There are exciting new technologies coming with 4K/UHD TVs. But the basic problems persist in the connection, operation and content selection amongst all the different kinds of sources and boxes. The TV industry and parochial interests, even Apple’s, haven’t made things better. It’s going to require an independent company, deep thinking and brillant engineering to solve the problem. Caavo may be it.

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Tip of the Day: Muting Activity Sharing...

Apple expanded the Activity app in watchOS 3 with a new feature that allows you to share the progress of your activity rings with up to 25 of your friends, family, co-workers, and other workout buddies. It’s relatively straightforward to set up — just go to the Activity app on your iPhone, select the Sharing button at the bottom, and follow the instructions — once you’ve added friends and they’ve accepted your sharing requests,…

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'Complicit' is an undercover look at the...

Even though Apple and Foxconn vowed to improve factory worker conditions back in 2012, life is still pretty rough for the people building the gadgets we use every day. Complicit, a new documentary from Heather White and Lynn Zhang, hopes to shine a l...

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Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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Feature Request: Logic Pro-like customizable...

For last week’s installment of our Logic Pros series, I wrote about the new Touch Bar support in the recently released latest version of Logic Pro X. It turns out Final Cut Pro users have good reason to be jealous; and other apps could benefit a lot from implementing what Logic has done. It’s some of the best support yet, and one feature specifically, fully customizable banks of buttons for keyboard shortcuts, is something I’d love to see other apps adopt.

Final Cut Pro, GarageBand and other Apple apps got Touch Bar support at launch, but what Logic Pro X ended up getting beats them all.


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Snail venom provides a new way to treat chronic pain

The Conus regius' venom is bad news for its prey, and it's been proven harmful to humans as well. For instance, a 2009 clinical case describes a diver who had trouble moving his arm for 12 hours after an attack. However, scientists from the Universit...

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NASA to announce a 'discovery beyond our solar...

Exoplanets, those that orbit stars beyond our own Sun are the most likely places that we'll discover extraterrestrial life. On Wednesday, February 22nd, NASA is planning to announce a "discovery beyond our solar system" at a press conference in Washi...

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Facebook Puts More Work Into Social Networking

Facebook last week launched new features for advertising job openings on the network. Although many companies already have been using Facebook to find workers, the new functionality formalizes its job search capabilities, the company said. U.S. and Canadian businesses can use the company's new jobs bookmark to list open positions and allow users to apply directly from the site. Page administrators can track applicants and communicate directly with them using messenger. They also can boost job postings to reach a larger audience.

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Apple updates Logic Pro X with minor improvements,...

Apple on Tuesday released a new version of its digital audio workstation, Logic Pro X, making some minor feature additions while simultaneously solving two glitches with regions.

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Here’s everything in the $100,000+ swag bag given to...

These stories come out every year and every year, the gift bag gets more and more insane.

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AWT News Update: February 21, 2017

We're back today with another edition of the Apple World Today News Update podcast. It's all Apple today, since there were no juicy tidbits to spill about Samsung:

  • Apple's expanding its data center footprint in Northern Nevada
  • Three news agencies testify in court to have the US Government force the FBI to admit who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone 5c and how much it cost taxpayers
  • iPhone 8 rumors now point to a device with a larger screen and smaller total footprint, along with lots of RAM and storage

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

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Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from Breitbart News

Editor for Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos, announced that he is resigning his position at the news network effective immediately. The move comes amid a firestorm of criticism after a video recently surfaced in which he advocated for adults to be a...

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New iPad Pro and iPhone SE Report – TMO Daily...

A report claims Apple will introduce new iPads and an updated iPhone SE in March. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Apple may have in store for the iPad Pro lineup, plus they share their thoughts on an updated iPhone SE.

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Homeland Security staff locked out of their own...

Department of Homeland Security workers in Washington, DC ran into a massive headache when they came to work on Tuesday. Reuters sources say that staff were locked out of multiple networks starting around 5AM Eastern, possibly due to an issue with t...

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Why astronauts are banned from getting drunk in space

Aside from the obvious reasons (“We don’t allow car drivers or jet pilots to be drunk and in charge of their vehicles”), there are many others you may not have thought about.

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Samsung reportedly plans to refurbish, resell Note 7...

Samsung is planning to sell refurbished units of the Galaxy Note 7 with smaller batteries in emerging markets, according to a South Korean report, in an attempt to mitigate some of the costs incurred as part of the electronic giant's battery-related smartphone recall.

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Logic Pro X updated with improved sharing with...

Apple has released Logic Pro X version 10.3.1 on the Mac App Store. The new update includes a few bug fixes as well as improved sharing with GarageBand for iOS. Full release notes below:


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What it’s like to hold your own heart

This would be incredibly weird, creepy, and emotional.

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∞ Glassblower makes intricate horse effortlessly

I love watching glassblowers.

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Third public betas of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 arrive...

A day after developers were issued fresh pre-release beta builds of all four of Apple's major platforms, new public betas of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4 are also available to download.

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Verizon agrees to buy core of Yahoo for reduced $4....

Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion -- managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

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Apple rolling out macOS 10.12.4 public beta 3 for Mac

Apple has released the third public beta version of macOS 10.12.4 which includes Night Shift for Mac. macOS 10.12.4 public beta 3 follows the third developer version of the upcoming software update.


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Apple releases new public betas of iOS 10.3 and...

Apple has released a third public beta of iOS 10.3 and a third public beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.4. If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

iOS 10.3 updates the file structure on an iOS device to the Apple File System (APFS). AFPS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features “strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.”

The beta also includes a new "Find My AirPods" ability, additions to Siri, CarPlay improvements, and some changes to Maps. What’s more, Apple says that by the time iOS 10.3 is available to customers, developers will be able to respond to customer reviews on the Apple App Store.


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Best Buy has cut the MacBook Air's price tag to...

Apple hasn’t updated the MacBook Air since 2015, and many Apple watchers don’t expect to see a refresh of the device. In fact, the 11-inch MacBook Air left the consumer market last October. Nevertheless, Apple still offers the 13-inch Air as the cheapest MacBook option at $999—and today at Best Buy, you can grab one for $200 cheaper than its sticker price.

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Apple releases iOS 10.3 public beta 3 for iPhone and...

Apple has released the third iOS 10.3 public beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 3 follows the third developer version of the upcoming software update.


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Toontrack releases Alt-Rock drums

Steve Albini’s imprint on the sound of rock is undeniable. Having worked on seminal albums by the Pixies, PJ Harvey and, perhaps most notably, Nirvana’s milestone record “In Utero,” his sonic DNA is in the fabric of productions that have helped create a new branch in rock history. This collection of drums captures the incomparable sonic fingerprint of not only Steve Albini but also the ambience of his very own studio, which he personally built and designed. Welcome to Electrical Audio in Chicago, IL, and a truly unique collection of drums.

I love Toontrack’s drum packs and use them all the time when I’m writing songs.

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Battle of the buds: How Apple AirPods stack up...

Apple’s AirPods have renewed interest in wireless earbuds so Ars picks a few and tests them against each other.

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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro in Gray for $1,329; 15...

For one week only, AI readers can pick up a 13" MacBook Pro with function keys for $1,329 ($170 off) at B&H with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Today is also the last day to snap up a 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,649. Plus, Apple refurbished 15" MacBook Pros are $1,399.99 with no tax outside NY, and a 2TB G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt is $160 off.

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UPS tests drone deliveries

In Monday’s test, a drone launched from the roof of a UPS vehicle flew autonomously toward its destination, dropped a package and then returned to the vehicle as the driver continued on a delivery route.

This is clearly coming.

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Rumor: Apple Watch 3 will switch from touch-on-lens...

The Apple Watch 3 will probably switch from touch-on-lens (TOL) technology to a glass-film option, according to DigiTimes. With TOL, the touch technology is applied on the back side of the cover glass to eliminate the need for a separate touch panel. 

Taiwan-based TPK Holding has been a supplier of TOL panels for use in the smartwatch for two years, but since Apple adopted TOL (touch-on-lens) for the second generation Apple Watch in 2016, it’s been unable to hike yield rates for TOL touch panels at a reasonable level so may stop production for the Apple wearable devices, DigiTimes says, quoting unnamed “industry sources.”

Considering cost and yield rates, Apple will adopt a glass-film touch solution in place of TOL and have Taiwan-based General Interface Solution or Hong Kong-based Biel Crystal Manufactory produce the touch panels, with shipments to begin in the second half of 2017, the...

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Pictures that show how food looks before it’s...

Some of these were very surprising to me. I had no idea cashews and Brussel Sprouts grew/looked like that. FYI, there are three pages of images.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Brother AirPrint Inkjet...

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.


Daily Deals: Brother All-In-One Inkjet Printer w/ AirPrint...

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Analyst: iPhone 8’s wireless charging probably won’t...

In a research note provided to AppleInsider, Cowen & Company analyst Timothy Arcuri from Cowen and Company predicts that wireless charging appear in the upcoming "iPhone 8,” but he doesn’t think it will involve Energous technology. Arcuri notes that there are chip sets and supporting gear intended for mobile devices that support both Qi and Airfuel, two different wirelesss charging technologies. 

Apple is reportedly working on long-range charging that allows multiple devices to charge anywhere within range of around 20 feet. Energous has already successfully demonstrated this with its WattUp system, and a recent announcement by the company that it has delayed its release of the technology following a “key strategic partnership” has fueled the idea that Apple would be using the system in the iPhone 8, according to...

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New permit details Apple’s planned $50 million...

Apple appears to be planning to further expand its data center presence in Northern Nevada according to a newly surfaced building permit. An application that was filed and withdrawn on February 2 points to a $50 million data center codenamed Project Isabel with Apple listed as the client.


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Marco Arment’s Overcast 3 testing in-house ads as...

Marco Arment’s Overcast podcast player updated to version 3.0 this week and includes a new design with a novel monetization strategy: in-house advertising. Overcast has relied in in-app purchases and subscriptions in the past as well as Google-based advertising, but Arment is now rolling his own ads starting with the latest version.


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The Travel Series: Voice and Data Around the World

Apple World Today editor Steve Sande is on a fun vacation trip, so he’ll be providing readers with a lot of helpful tips over the next few weeks that can help them use their tech gear confidently and safely anywhere.

The previous posts in this series include:

Packing Your Tech

Apps to Load Before You Leave

After two days in beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, FL, I've just boarded the Celebrity Equinox for an 11-day cruise....

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As legal spat with Apple continues, Qualcomm teases...

Apple supplier Qualcomm on Tuesday revealed a new LTE modem, the Snapdragon X20, which could push the limits of the cellular technology and theoretically appear in a 2018 iPhone --?if the chipmaker and Apple can get along.

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Apple Using PrimeSense Tech for iPhone 8 3D Front...

iPhone 8 rumors are pretty much a daily thing now and the latest says the smartphone’s front facing camera will include 3D sensing for facial recognition. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors the camera system will be “revolutionary” thanks to the motion tracking and depth-sensing technology it scored from PrimeSense.

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Facebook's latest Snapchat attack: WhatsApp...

As Snapchat prepares to go public with its hotly anticipated IPO, it already has a formidable foe. Facebook has been launching digital missiles at the image messaging app for years, building a copycat feature into Instagram, stickers and effects in Messenger, and even testing a Direct Share option for photos in Facebook itself. Now Snapchat has yet another Facebook-backed competitor, and it may prove to be the most formidable at all.

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging app, just announced that it is getting into the disappearing message game. WhatsApp is celebrating its eighth birthday by launching a complete revamp of its status feature, which helped catapult it to worldwide popularity. Where previously you could only customize it with clever text expressions, now you can share photos and...

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Arrest of Samsung president huge win for Samsung

The Macalope just makes me smile.

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Apple plans $51M expansion of Reno iCloud data...

Apple's data center operations in Reno, Nev., continue to expand, with the company now pursuing an additional 375,000 square feet of space to power its iCloud services, AppleInsider has learned.

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News agencies ask court to force FBI to reveal cost...

The U.S. government should be forced to reveal how much the FBI paid for tools to unlock an iPhone at the center of the San Bernardino shooting investigation, three major news organizations insisted to a judge on Monday.

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News: Analyst claims wireless charging will be...

Despite claims from wireless charging startup Energous’ CEO that seemed to hint at a partnership with Apple, a research note from Cowen and Company claims Energous is unlikely to provide the wireless charging technology rumored to be coming to the “iPhone 8,” Apple Insider reports. Back in January Energous CEO Steve Rizzone claimed his company had partnered with “one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world,”…

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Apple rumored to eliminate 32GB tier with '...

While not much has been said up until now about Apple's possible intentions for user storage on the "iPhone 8," a new report claims that the high-end device will have at least 64 gigabytes of flash storage, with a second configuration boasting 256 gigabytes.

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Report: New Apple Watch Series 3 switching to glass-...

A new supplier report out of Asia includes two details that may tell us a little more about the third generation Apple Watch rumored for release later this year. Digitimes points to industry sources in claiming the Apple Watch Series 3 will use a different display technology with shipments starting in the second half of this year.


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Apple's 'iPhone 8' may not use curved...

Although Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" is expected to offer a 5.15-inch AMOLED screen with a 2K resolution, the company is dropping plans to make it curved because of problems discovered in testing, a research firm said on Tuesday.

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Comment: As Apple moves into 3D sensing, what are VR...

Today’s KGI report is just the latest piece of evidence that Apple has serious plans to somehow work with 3D space. Acquisitions, supply chain reports, patents and even comments by Tim Cook all add up to a definite interest in something in the 3D space. The question is: what?

There’s a lot of confusion surrounding...

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News: Apple claims EU made ‘fundamental errors’ in...

Newly published details of Apple’s appeal to the EU over last year’s $14 billion tax judgment reveal the company claims the European commission made “fundamental errors” in calculating the tax bill, The Irish Times reports. Apple cited 14 separate objections to the ruling in the filing made on December 19, 2016, arguing that the commission misinterpreted Irish law, ignored expert testimony, and wrongly attributed income from…

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Apple seen switching to glass-film touch tech this...

For the next Apple Watch, Apple is likely to switch from touch-on-lens technology to a glass-film option, in the process changing up suppliers for its touch technology, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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∞ Springsteen pulls fan up from the audience, gives...

[VIDEO] I grew up in New Jersey, been a Springsteen fan my entire life. This is Bruce, down to his core, and part of the reason I am such a fan.

I realize that this was likely pre-planned, but I found it cool nonetheless. Think that kid will ever forget this day? Click to the main Loop post and watch the video. Worth it.

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News: Analyst: ‘iPhone 8’ to feature ‘revolutionary...

Well-respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that Apple will include a “revolutionary” front-facing camera in the rumored “iPhone 8,” combining three different modules to achieve full 3D sensor capabilities. The claim comes on the heels of a report last week that Apple was considering dropping Touch ID from all 2017 iPhones in favor of a using new 3D facial recognition technology to unlock the devices. Kuo said in…

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Battle of the buds: how Apple AirPods stack up...

Valentina Palledino, Ars Technica, with a detailed compare of AirPods, Powerbeats3, Skybuds, and Verve One earbuds.

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Wireless charging likely coming to Apple's...

A new report sheds some doubt on Apple's "iPhone 8" including Energous wireless charging at-range technology, and suggests that it will either use the Qi or the Airfuel protocols.

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How to make your Mac chime like an iPhone

Limited usefulness, perhaps, but definitely interesting. I tested this and it does work as advertised.

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Overcast 3: Marco’s walk through a huge design update

Marco Arment, on the design remake of Overcast:

Overcast 3 is now available, and it’s a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface. I’ve been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage, and customer feedback.

I designed Overcast 1.0 in 2014 for iOS 7, and it was a product of its time: it used ultra-thin text and lines against stark, sharp-edged, full-screen white sheets and translucent blur panes, with much of the basic functionality behind hidden gestures. That fundamental design carried through every update until today.

Marco clearly went over every inch of this app with an interface updater. The app still feels familiar, but there are a ton of nuanced changes.

If you are a podcast fan, take a few minutes to make your way through this post, learn about the tweaks, bells, and whistles.


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News: Apple releases third betas for iOS 10.3, tvOS...

Apple has released a third batch of new betas to developers today — iOS 10.3 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, tvOS 10.2 for Apple TV, and watchOS 3.2 for Apple Watch. iOS 10.3 contains Find My AirPods support, tvOS 10.2 boasts improved scrolling support, and watchOS 10.2 brings the screen-disabling Theater Mode to the Apple Watch, among other improvements. A public beta for iOS 10.3 should be available in the near future....

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Report: 5.8 inch OLED iPhone 8 to include 3 GB RAM,...

A report from TrendForce today reinforces most of the rumors being floated for the radically new iPhone 8 as well as a few new details. The report says the high-end iPhone will include a 5.8 inch display but will not be curved, due to yield issues. The physical home button will go away to make room for more screen, reaffirming the rumor that the iPhone 8 screen aspect ratio will exceed 2:1 with a body size similar to the 4.7 inch iPhone 7.

TrendForce also says that the phone will have 3 GB RAM, the same as the iPhone 7 Plus, and will be available in two storage sizes: 64 GB and 256 GB. It says the 3D sensing features will service face recognition and augmented reality applications.


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Stress Blocks: $14.99

Check out Stress Blocks, a stress-relief toy designed to help burn off stress by giving you something to play with. It has six sides, each one unique, and according to the company, “You’ll never get bored of turning, pressing or spinning.” Two of the buttons being silent for those times you need to be quiet. You can get one of these little doodads for $14.99 through our deal.

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News: Daily Deal: PDFConverterOCR 4, Lifetime License

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up a lifetime license to PDFConverterOCR 4 for only $19.99 — that’s 60% off the regular price. This useful tool will let you convert both native and scanned PDF files into a range of editable documents, even retaining their original layouts. Output formats include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, editable PDFs, and more, and original fonts, images, and formatting are retained when converting. Advanced…

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Patent report: an avatar editing app, a Mac...

Apple could release an app that allows you to create your own avatars. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,576,400) for an “avatar editing environment.” It would allow you to create custom avatars for use in online games and other applications. (An avatar is the graphical representation of the user or the user's alter ego or character.)

Starting with a blank face the user can add, rescale and position different elements (e.g., eyes, nose, mouth) on the blank face. The user can also change the shape of the avatar's face, the avatar's skin color and the color of all the elements. In some implementations, touch input and gestures can be used to manually edit the avatar. Various controls can be used to create the avatar, such as controls for resizing, rotating, positioning, etc. 

The user can choose between manual and automatic avatar creation. The avatar editing environment...

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Analyst: iPhone 8 to sport ‘revolutionary,’ front-...

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the “iPhone 8” will sport a “revolutionary,” front-facing camera based on technology from PrimeSense, a company Apple bought in 2013. The camera system will consist of three models are enable 3D sensing capabilities, he writes. 

Kuo says the three modules will include the existing front camera module found in current iPhones, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module. With these modules, the camera will be able to find the location and depth of objects placed in front of it. Potential applications including facial and iris recognition, as well as games in which a character’s head could be replaced by that of the person playing the game.

This iPhone 8 mock-up comes from designer Moe Slah.


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FBI must reveal cost of San Bernardino iPhone hack,...

The San Bernardino iPhone hack story rumbles on, with three news organizations insisting that there is no good reason for the FBI to withhold the cost of accessing the phone. Associated Press, Vice Media and USA Today have asked a US judge to force the FBI to reveal the information, reports the BBC …


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'iPhone 8' to include game changing 3D...

In addition to being a complete redesign of the iconic handset, Apple's anticipated "iPhone 8" will reportedly bring key technical upgrades to the platform, including a "revolutionary" front facing 3D camera system that can be used for a variety of applications, from biometric authentication to games.

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Daily Deal: iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle (...

What's better than an Apple World Today Deals Shop daily deal? How about a deal with an additional 50% taken off the top with the super-secret (just kidding) promo code LEARN50 ? Get our iOS 10 & Swift 3 development course starter bundle for just $, we're just kidding again. Pop that promo code LEARN50 into the proper spot while checking out, and you get the class for $22.50.

The iOS 10 & Swift 3 Starter Bundle consists of five separate courses that would normally cost you $654 -- but we're getting them to you for the paltry sum of $22.50. Those courses include:

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IK Multimedia releases iRig Recorder 3 video/audio...

IK Multimedia has released a new version of iRig Recorder, its video and audio editing app for iOS. iRig Recorder 3 (free version available and full version for $/€7.99) has expanded from an audio-only app with the addition of video recording. 

iRig Recorder 3 puts a new video recording layer onto the outstanding audio editing engine of the previous version, solving the problem of recording and editing sound while capturing video on an iPad or iPhone. The full version of the app adds waveform editing, 8 effects, and high-quality WAV export, and up to 9 more effects can be added through in-app purchase...

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Rumor: Apple to debut updated iPad Pro models, 128...

Apple may be releasing some new goodies come March.

A new rumor has it that Apple will host a March event, wherein the company will introduce a new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.

The report hails from Japanese web blog Mac Otakara, which has a pretty good track record. The report indicates that Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is widely rumored to feature an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.

Meanwhile, it’s also been stated the 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash, as Apple works to standardize features across its tablet lineup. All new iPad Pro models will...

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Looks like there’s a Sonos under-TV speaker on the...

If you’re a Sonos fan and want a more discreet alternative to the PlayBar TV speaker system, it looks like the company has you covered. Details and images of an under-TV speaker have leaked.


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KGI: OLED iPhone 8 to feature ‘revolutionary’ 3D-...

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 is going to feature a major upgrade to the front camera, according to Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo. A report published today says that the OLED iPhone will include a ‘revolutionary’ front camera and Infrared module that can sense the 3D space in front of it.

The analyst says the new components will be able to merge the depth information with the 2D images from the front camera for applications including face recognition, iris recognition, and 3D selfies …


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The Slate Mobile LapDesk is like having a portable...

The great thing about using a laptop is that it’s easy to work anywhere — at least in theory. I’m using a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. When I’m away from my desk, balancing it on my lap is awkward (and can make my legs a little toasty). Enter the $100 Slate Mobile LapDesk from iSkelter.

Not only does it make life more convenient and more comfortable, when I want to use the Mac laptop on the couch or in bed, it has room for a mouse, the external hard drive that my iTunes library is stored on, and my iPhone. With it, I’m ready to rock and roll — which usually means working on Apple World Today articles.

The Slate Mobile LapDesk is ergonomically designed. Its mousepad balances to the right and the laptop is centered, facing your body. It’s like having a small, portable desk to accompany your portable computer.

The Slate Mobile LapDesk is cut from a block of pure bamboo. It’s lightweight (3.4 pounds...

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Fine Tuning with the...

Apple’s Home app is easy to use, but an older app with the same name gives you more control over your HomeKit home automation.


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In Irish tax appeal, Apple accuses European...

The European Courts of Justice has now published Apple’s appeal against a European Commission ruling that it must pay Ireland €13B ($13.7B) in underpaid tax. Apple accuses the EC of ‘fundamental errors’ in its interpretation of the facts and lays out no fewer than 14 different objections.

Apple’s appeal document is best described as an aggressive defence …


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How to manage windows on the macOS Sierra Desktop

It’s easy to manage windows on the macOS Sierra Desktop. The Desktop is the area behind the windows and the Dock; it isn’t a window, yet it acts like one.

When you open an app or the Finder, it opens a window on the Desktop. Only one app at a time is active; the menu bar shows the name of the active app.

Some apps, such as Safari or Mail, let you open multiple windows or different types of windows at the same time. macOS provides several ways to manage open apps and windows—for example, you can merge an app’s open windows into one tabbed window.

To move a window, drag it by its title bar to where you want it. To align windows, drag a window close to another the window nears the other one, it aligns without overlapping. 

You can position multiple windows adjacent to each other. To make adjacent windows the same size, drag the edge you want to resize—as it nears the edge of the adjacent window, it aligns with the edge and stops.

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