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Thursday October 19

09:23
Echoing Apple's $1B investment in Didi Chuxing...




In a deal that values Lyft at $11 billion, Google's parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion into the ride sharing service, more than a year after Apple placed its own $1 billion bet on Chinese taxi provider Didi Chuxing.

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09:18
Adobe previews Project SonicScape, an immersive new...

Alongside announcements of new Creative Cloud applications, Lightroom CC, and machine learning features powered by Sensei, Adobe is today previewing an entirely new tool it calls Project SonicScape, shown for the first time at Adobe MAX 2017.

Project SonicScape is an experimental feature that builds on Adobe’s recently expanded support for immersive 360-degree and VR experiences. Adobe Premiere now features real-time VR playback support and VR-enabled motion graphics templates. Project SonicScape goes a step further by allowing you to edit 3D audio in VR through an immersive...

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09:10
Assa Abloy buys out HomeKit-compatible smartlock...




On Thursday, Sweden's Assa Abloy -- one of the world's biggest lock manufacturers, owning several brands including Yale -- announced plans to buy out August Home, best known for its Apple HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock.

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09:00
∞ Ridiculous tricks you can do with a Slinky!

I loved my Slinky as a kid but even given an unlimited amount of time, I could never pull off the stunts this guy does with his.

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08:57
Dropshare 4 for Mac: $12.99

We have a deal on Dropshare 4 for Mac, a file sharing utility. It’s $12.99 through us, and if you enter coupon code “SOFTWARE20” at checkout, you can get another 20% off.


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08:42
Happy Hour Podcast 143 | Evolving Mac setups,...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss current Mac setups including the best desktop and notebook Macs for different tasks, the current state of working from an iPad, Touch Bar thoughts after almost one year with the technology, and much more.

9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, StitcherGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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08:41
Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,879...




Shoppers this week can exclusively save $320 on Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro with 1TB of storage and Radeon 560 graphics. Or snap up a 12" MacBook at $100 to $150 off with prices starting at $1,169. Apple's 2017 21.5" iMac 4K is also $1,199 after a $100 cash discount with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:20
Review: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect

August impressed us with last year's second-generation August Smart Lock, a welcome iteration that took the company's very popular 2013 Yves Béhar designed original and added HomeKit support and some nice internal design improvements. Now August is back again with the third-generation of its flagship product, now dubbed the August Smart Lock Pro, which bundles in the August Connect bridge and adds new DoorSense technology, Z-Wave Plus compatibility, and improved power efficiency. The updated Pro is also joined by a new entry-level August Smart Lock ($149) that provides the standard August smart lock features without HomeKit or Z-Wave support, and August is also continuing to sell last year's August Smart Lock with HomeKit for $199 for users who may not need the more advanced features of the new model.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:07
How to teach Siri to pronounce names correctly on...




Some names can be hard for Siri to pronounce, and if you don't correct the matter won't be accurately retrieved by Apple's voice-powered assistant. Here's how to fix them.

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07:45
LEGO Women of NASA Kit Coming on Nov 1

LEGO is celebrating women’s contributions to modern science and space flight with a new set called Women of NASA. The kit was designed by science writer and editor Maia Weinstock, and chosen from LEGO’s Ideas fan-submitted projects. It includes Margaret Hamilton and Apollo Guidance Computer code books, Nancy Grace Roman and the Hubble space telescope, along with Sally Ride and Mae Jemison and the Space Shuttle Challenger. The vital role women play in scientific discovery and space flight is horribly underrepresented so it was awesome seeing this kit get the thumbs up in the Ideas program, and now get an official launch date. Woman of NASA includes 231 pieces and will be available on November 1st for US$24.99.


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07:28
Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production...




Apple is allegedly slashing its production orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus by roughly 50 percent for November and December, which if true could be the earliest such cut in the iPhone's history.

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07:07
∞ “Maybe it’s a piece of dust”

Over the past few days, there was a wave of discussion, back and forth across the net, about the MacBook Pro keyboard. Head to the main Loop post for all the gory detail. […]

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06:55
Pokémon GO adding Hoenn Region ghost-type monsters...

Pokémon GO is kicking off its second in-game Halloween event with new ghost-type pocket monsters from the Hoenn Region, a special Pikachua with a witch hat, and more rewards and perks.

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06:54
China Shuts Down Apple Watch LTE Support Over...

China shut down LTE support for Apple Watch Series 3, and it’s likely over fears the smartwatch will be used to by other governments to track its citizens.


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06:37
Apple Watch cellular feature cut off in China

Wall Street Journal:

For the first time, the Apple Watch can have an independent cellular connection, allowing people to use it to make voice calls, send and receive text and data even if the watch isn’t wirelessly connected to an iPhone.

But in China, the feature was abruptly cut off for new subscribers, without explanation, after a brief availability with one telecom company.

Industry analysts say the suspension likely stemmed from Chinese government security concerns to do with tracking users of the device, which uses different technology than standard mobile phones.

This is a stunning development. After all the approvals were in place, prototypes no doubt submitted for inspection, deals signed with all players, manufacturing process completed, product packaged and distributed, and cash laid on the table as promised product was delivered and paid for, the rug was pulled out from under.

Here’s hoping this is a temporary setback.

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06:31
TSMC forecasts 10% revenue growth in iPhone X...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) says that it expects its revenues to grow by 10% during October to December, as the iPhone X goes on sale. It follows 28% growth in August in the run-up to the iPhone 8 launch.

TSMC is believed to be the sole supplier of the A11 chip used in this year’s iPhones, just as it was for the iPhone 7, and the company appears confident of fending off future competition from Samsung …

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06:30
Netflix hides their viewing numbers, but Neilson...

John Koblin, New York Times:

In the five years since Netflix started streaming original series like the Emmy-winning “House of Cards” and “Master of None,” the shows have had a question hanging over them: How many people are watching?

Outside of Netflix, nobody knows the answer.

But Neilson (the people who, for decades, have been crunching data to tell us who is watching what) has worked out a scheme to tell us:

Nielsen announced the initiative on Wednesday morning, but it has been collecting Netflix viewership data over the last two months in a kind of test run.

The company said it was able to determine how many viewers were streaming Netflix content through audio recognition software in the 44,000 Nielsen-rated homes across the United States.

Yes. Audio recognition software. They are eavesdropping on Neilson households, obviously with permission, and parsing exactly who is watching Netflix, and exactly when and for how long.

This...

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06:29
RiteAid now accepting Apple Pay

Rite Aid  is now accepting Apple Pay for purchases made online.The company claims to be the first pharmacy retailer to accept Apple's mobile payment system as a form of online payment.

Customers with Apple devices can now shop the nearly 12,000 items available in Rite Aid’s online store and use Apple Pay to pay for their purchase. To use, customers just select the Apple Pay button during checkout and the transaction will be processed in a manner similar to when Apple Pay is used in-store.

Apple Pay is currently available in 15 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and U.S. 

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06:21
One simple photo shows why Apple’s iPhone X is so...

Here’s a link to the photo. I actually like the iPhone 8 design, but there’s no denying the extra screen real estate you get with the iPhone X, notch and all.

Read the article for Zach Epstein’s take on the photo.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in...




Purchasers of the Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE in China at present have no wireless network connectivity options, with the lone carrier possibly forced by the government to cease service.

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06:01
SoundShare 3 brings an updated design &...

Following up on its last major release, SoundShare is back with another significant update. SoundShare 3.0 brings an all-new look to the app while introducing a creative new collaborative feature called Party Mode.

SoundShare’s claim to fame is its ability to bridge the gap between multiple music services. In doing so, users can easily share music with friends on other streaming platforms without having to jump through hoops. If a friend of yours has Spotify, and you rely on Apple Music, SoundShare will help find that song on your platform and play it for you. No more manually hunting through any of the platform’s catalogs.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Noise...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Noise Cancelling Earphones for only $39.99 — that’s 78% off the regular price. These ultra-convenient wireless headphones are packed with advanced components to provide high quality sound and improved Bluetooth technology. Qualcomm’s aptX audio codecs allow for true HD sound, and passive noise cancellation helps you stay focused on the music. Get the Treblab…

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05:55
Can you guess what percentage of Macs, iPads &...

A survey of 2,000 U.S. consumers who bought a major Apple product in the last year shows that almost four in ten Macs sold are purchased directly from Apple, either in a retail store or on apple.com.

The CIRP survey shows that the picture is very different when it comes to iPads and iPhones, however …

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05:50
Apple files for patent for a method of image...

Apple is going all in on augmented reality (AR). The company has filed for a patent (number 20170301141) for a “method of image processing for an augmented reality application.” It involves ARKit, which allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that AR systems and apps present enhanced information of a real environment by providing a visualization of overlaying digital information, particularly computer-generated virtual information, with visual impressions or an image of the real environment. The digital information can be any type of visually perceivable data such as objects, texts, drawings, videos, or any combination thereof. 

The real environment is captured, for example, with a camera held by a user or attached on a device held by a user. The digital...

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05:49
The Pixel 2 XL would be the best phone in the world...

There’s been a ton of controversy over the past few days as Pixel 2 XL reviews come in. Though some reviews are glowing, a number of reviews (here’s one launch point we posted yesterday) are taking the Pixel 2 XL to the woodshed.

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

Look at that New York Times icon in the image above. Stop flinching and really look at it, soak in the kaleidoscope of colors washing over it. Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, I’m seeing a haze of green in the middle of the gothic “T”, which then blooms into a red that eventually transitions into the white that the icon is supposed to be. But the fun isn’t over; when you get up real close, you’ll see the edges of the icon are all fringed by a sort of purply-red and, again, green. The neighboring heart icon, which is also supposed to be white, presents us with a...

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05:43
Nintendo Switch adds ability to move (not copy) save...

If you own a Switch, you’ve no doubt wondered about the lack of save file portability. For example, if my Switch breaks, how do I recover my game progress? If my Switch is stolen, is there a recovery option? Or if I’m visiting a friend with a Switch, is there a way I can play my games on their Switch?

With other systems, I can back up my data and bring it with me. Not so with the Switch.

Until now. Sort of. Read the article. Baby steps.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
Apple shares fall due to worries on iPhone 8 sales

Apple’s shares fell 1.5% in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of iPhone 8, ahead of the launch of the iPhone X, reports Reuters.

The article says that indications from supply channels, phone operators and analysts who track the sector have fueled talk of poor sales for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang said he believed Apple could cut iPhone 8 production and shift capacity toward iPhone X as the premium phone is expected to sell out quickly.

“Our research suggests the production mix was 50/50 between iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X, but iPhone X allocation could shift...

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05:37
macOS: Archiving Messages from Apple Mail (Redux!)

Way back in 2014, Melissa Holt told us about how to export mailboxes to archive them out of Apple Mail, and in this article, she’s going to update us on a few changes in the process (and give us a caveat or two along the way)!


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05:33
The NAB still wants Apple to enable FM radio...

Last month the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) called for Apple to implement FM radio feature in the iPhone to help save lives. The tech giant said recent iPhones don’t have such a feature, but the NAB is still asking Apple to implement it.

"Broadcasters are providing information on how to evacuate quickly, where flood waters are raging, how to get out of harm’s way if there’s a tornado or a hurricane," Dennis Wharton, a spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), told Bloomberg. "The notion that Apple or anyone else would block this type of information is something that we find fairly troubling.”

The NAB has been lobbying the...

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05:23
Once more, the ‘final’ decision on Apple’s Irish...

Planning approval for Apple’s Irish data center has so far taken more than two-and-a-half years. The project has in that time been approved three times. On each of the two latest occasions, it had looked like that was the final approval, but once more it appears that the fat lady hasn’t yet sung …

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05:21
WSJ: Apple Watch Series 3 loses cellular service in...

Cellular connectivity for the Apple Watch Series 3 was suddenly cut off for many customers in China, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The feature was available from China Unicom, the Chinese state-owned telecommunications operator, but industry analysts suspect the government cut the connection due to security concerns. 

The Chinese government requires customers register with a carrier under their real names and obtain the SIM card from that carrier.  Apple embeds the small eSIM card into the Watch. As noted by Seeking Alpha, customers can choose freely between carriers, which makes matters more difficult for the government to control and track. 

Customers who bought the Watch between the Sept. 22 launch and the Sept.28 suspension reportedly still have...

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05:15
Microsoft teases ARM-based notebook battery life,...

microsoft has chosen to tease Apple with the prospect of running its notebooks for literally days at a time on a single battery charge thanks to ARM processors.

Over at the Qualcomm 5G Summit in Hong Kong, Pete Bernard, Principal Group Program Manager for Connectivity Partners at Microsoft, stated that the battery life while using an ARM processor is “beyond our expectations.”

“We set a high bar for [our developers], and we’re now beyond that. It’s the kind of battery life where I use it on a daily basis. I don’t take my charger with me. I may charge it every couple of days or so. It’s that kind of battery life,” claims Bernard. “I would consider it a game-changer in terms of the way people have experienced PCs in the past.”

Microsoft initially announced its ARM-based notebook program in December of 2016 with the aim of providing a full Windows 10 experience on the Snapdragon 835 chipset, as used in Google’s Pixel 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the United...

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05:00
Apple Pay expands in Spain via CaixaBank, Italy...

Apple Pay has now expanded in Spain.

Customers of the Spanish bank CaixaBank have been informed that the service is already live.

CaixaBank is one of Spain’s largest banks, with more than 6,000 branches serving 13.2 million customers. It’s the third company to offer Apple Pay support for its payment cards, after Santander and American Express.

The bank has apparently beaten is end of 2017 deadline and quietly announced the launch of the service.

Over in Italy, local bank Widiba announced support of Apple Pay on Wednesday. The bank, which was launched in 2014, apparently allows customers to open an account in five minutes via webcam, logon via voice recognition, choose their account number and customise the app.

In Apple’s home market of the USA, cardless cash withdrawals are now available at more than 5,000 Wells Fargo ATMs.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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04:56
China cuts LTE access to Apple Watch Series 3,...

China has abruptly terminated LTE access for the Apple Watch Series 3 without explanation. With all three major carriers in China state-owned, analysts say that the move was likely to have been prompted by government security concerns over the device …

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04:30
How to pin a note to the top of your list in macOS...

Have a note that you update often, like a to-do list or shared brainstorm? You can pin it to the top of a list in macOS High Sierra.

  • Launch the Notes app and choose a note.
  • Click on File in the App menu at the upper left of the screen, then choose Pin Note.

The note is always easy to find. It will remain at the top of your list under a section called Pinned Notes, no matter what changes you make to the rest of your notes, or on which device. Pinned notes sync across all of your devices connected with the same iCloud account.

To unpin a note, launch the Notes app and choose a pinned note. Click on File in the App menu, and select Unpin Note.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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04:21
iPhone 8 production cut in half, claims supply chain...

A supply-chain source in Taiwan claims that Apple has reduced orders for both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by around 50% for November and December.

AAPL stock dropped by 1.5% in pre-market trading in response …

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04:00
Able2Extract PDF Converter lets you easily transfer...

By Aaron Lee

If you need to transfer numerical lPDF data into perfectly formatted Excel spreadsheets or editable Word documents, you need Able2Extract PDF Converter 11 from Investintech.com, a PDF solutions provider. 

It's a cross-platform PDF Converter that runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux systems. With Able2Extract, you can:

  • Export or convert PDF data to editable Excel spreadsheets;
  • Get customizable conversion output;
  • Have Scanned PDF to Excel conversions;
  • Convert PDF to Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, AutoCad, and more.

With its PDF conversion technology, Able2Extract can accurately retain the row and column structure of tabular data in PDFs. Both of its automatic and custom conversion options help you quickly unlock, edit, and analyze spreadsheet data.

You can convert PDF to .doc, .docx, .odt, .or .rtf formats. Layout, graphics, formatting, and text are...

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03:54
Yale parent company buys August Home, promises to ‘...

Yale’s parent company has today bought smart home company August Home, and is promising to combine the strengths of the two companies to ‘create the future of smart residential doors.’

August has created a fantastic consumer experience through differentiated features and software. We look forward to the opportunity to draw from the 180 years of cumulative experience of the Yale team plus the technology expertise of the August team to create the future of smart residential doors …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 19, 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

AirBeamTV has introduced Mirror for LG TV 1.0. The $4.99 app lets you mirror the screen and sound of your iPhone or iPad to your LG Smart TV without cables or additional hardware. The application works on newer iPhones (from iPhone 6S onwards), any iPad Pro and recent iPads (from the 5th generation onwards) which run iOS 11. On the TV side, the app requires an LG Smart TV from 2012 or newer.

Grange Insurance has launched Grange Mobile. The free app gives customers on-the-go, 24-hour access to the insurance provider.

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03:00
Don't buy an old Roku now

Old Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.

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00:27
Apple investigating advanced 3D Touch technology...




Apple is continuing work on advanced haptic feedback technologies, with the latest development outlined in a patent application describing methods of dynamically attracting or repelling a cover glass depending on user input.

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00:00
Ultimate Ears brings Amazon Alexa to its speaker...

Available for pre-order today, Ultimate Ears is bringing Amazon’s Alexa to its product roster with a new speaker lineup. Introducing the Blast and Megablast, the portable speakers incorporate Alexa to bring the virtual assistant wherever your music goes. Drawing on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless options, the speakers are set to work in whatever environment music players find themselves in.

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Wednesday October 18

22:43
2018 Nissan Rogue comes with Apple CarPlay standard...




Nissan this week announced pricing for its upcoming Rogue crossover, saying all trim levels will come standard with the NissanConnect infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

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20:35
Apple's Ahrendts in Chicago ahead of Michigan...




Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was in Chicago this week as her team makes final preparations for the grand opening of the company's latest flagship store, a huge riverside "town square" that will anchor one end of the city's North Michigan Avenue shopping district.

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19:39
macOS Sierra 10.12 Installer Download Still...

During this week’s Mac Geek Gab 679 we discussed how many people have emailed us asking for a macOS Sierra 10.12 installer download link… and no one can seem to find one. Searching the Mac App Store yields nothing and, thus far, there’s no Apple knowledgebase article with a link to it. MGG Listener “Kirk van” came to the rescue with this Mac App Store download link to the macOS Sierra 10.12.6 Installer.


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18:48
Facebook officially rolling out new ‘Explore Feed’...

Facebook today has officially started rolling out a new “Explore Feed” on mobile and desktop. While the company had originally tested the water with a small number of mobile users, it confirmed to TechCrunch that today marks the beginning of an official rollout.

more…

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18:25
Amazon E-Book Buyers Receive Payment From Antitrust...

If you bought a Kindle e-book between April 2010 and May 2012, you might see some Amazon credit coming your way. The company is reportedly distributing funds from an antitrust lawsuit that it levied at Apple in 2013. From a report: Amazon has set up a website listing the available credits, and it has begun sending out emails this morning to U.S. customers who are eligible for a refund. Apple and a handful of book publishers, including Penguin, HarperCollins, Machete Book Group and Macmillan, were found guilty of conspiring to inflate the prices of e-books in order to weaken Amazon's grip on the market. While the book publishers settled out of court, Apple decided to fight the lawsuit and appealed several times. Eventually, it was ordered to pay a total of $450 million in the protracted antitrust case.

Several refunds have already been distributed because of the lawsuit. In fact, the bulk of credits were sent out in 2014 and 2016. The round of credits being sent out today...

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18:15
NAB calls for activation of iPhone FM radio feature...




Less than a month after U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai called on Apple to activate FM radio functionality in its iPhone devices, the National Association of Broadcasters on Wednesday issued a similar call to action, saying the company could easily integrate such features if it so desired.

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17:54
Nintendo Switch update adds video capture and...

Nintendo's convertible Switch console has a new software update available, and owners will likely want to grab version 4.0.0 of its OS right away. Finally, Switch owners can transfer their saved games and user profiles to another system and in "selec...

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16:51
‘Lawbreakers’ adds new content despite few players

Despite a player count that's bottomed out at ten people in the last week, Lawbreakers is forging ahead with a content release that includes two new maps and the launch of competitive mode, Boss League. The number of players has been reliably under a...

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16:35
Switching from iOS to Android, Face ID security, the...

The news is slow in Apple Land this week, so episode 578 of the Macworld Podcast is a bit of a smorgasbord of topics. Macworld’s Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about their experiences of switching from iPhones to Android phones… and why they switched back (or are still on the fence!). The KRACK Wi-Fi exploit is still a big problem, but luckily Apple is working on it—we explain why it’s important and what you can do. And Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president of public policy for the Americas, addressed some privacy concerns surrounding Face ID (spoiler alert: it’s pretty secure).

Bonus topics: The plausibility of a “foldable” iPhone, and TechHive’s review of the Sonos One smart speaker. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:30
Bento Stack aims to make it easier to organize...

When it comes to Apple products, there are often quite a few accessories that you need to bring when you take your setup mobile. From chargers to headphones to dongles, the accessories can quickly turn an otherwise organized bag into a cluttered mess. That’s where Bento Stack comes in, a new stacking case with compartments for all of your Apple accessories…

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16:06
Snapchat's dumb dancing hotdog is now an $80...

As of today, Snapchat sells three physical products: Spectacles, a charging case for the Spectacles, and a Halloween costume based on its dancing hotdog filter. The company confirmed to Engadget that, yes, it IS officially hawking the getup. So if yo...

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15:50
Society and iPhone Addiction, Apple and GE, iPhone X...

Bryan Chaffin is joined by special guest Jeff Butts to go deep on societal implications of iPhone and smartphone addiction. They also talk about the big announcement from Apple and GE for Industrial IoT devices, as well as the new paradigms in Apple’s iPhone X.


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15:35
GM may bring its self-driving Cruise program to Uber

Remember how GM's autonomous vehicles division Cruise was planning to work with Lyft? The two companies hoped to put 300 more self-driving Chevy Bolts on the road next year. The fleet was supposed to start testing within the next year, and GM was alr...

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15:29
∞ Eric Clapton: “Wonderful Tonight”

People often ask me why I love Eric’s guitar playing so much—this song sums it up. Clapton doesn’t need to play 100 notes a second to make you appreciate his playing. The opening riff is so heartfelt and meaningful, it makes you listen.

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15:12
CNN gets the first FAA waiver to fly drones over...

The FAA finally passed a set of rules for commercial drone aviators back in August 2016, which included a formal restriction from flying over crowds of people. Given how valuable aerial footage from UAVs is, that's been a difficult regulation for new...

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14:33
Sony to publish indie games on Nintendo Switch and PC

The console wars are not over, but there are some signs that collaboration may yet win out. While Sony continues to opt out of the "Better Together" Minecraft initiative to bring cross-platform play to all platforms, it looks to be making games for n...

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14:14
There’s now a song about the sticky MacBook keyboard...

Jonathan Mann of ‘Song a Day’ fame has a new hit on his hands. “I Am Pressing The Spacebar and Nothing Is Happening” is his latest jingle, and it’s a brilliant tune about keys on the MacBook keyboard having a tendency to get stuck when exposed to debris or crumbs or, well, in some cases, air.

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14:13
Toyota applies long range fuel cell tech to its...

Toyota's next concept car, which it's debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, isn't yet another electric vehicle. The 'Fine-Comfort Ride' runs on hydrogen fuel cells (remember those?) with an intended range of 1,000 km (620 miles) per charge, and...

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14:01
AWT News Update: October 18, 2017

Hump Day! And it's a slow news day as well. That didn't keep us from getting three stories put together for the Apple World Today News Update podcast:

  • We ❤️ Live Home 3D from BeLight Software, our sponsor for this week. Be sure to give it a free trial and see how easy it is to design and envision your own home or interior.
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13:52
Facebook's discovery-minded Explore Feed comes...

For a while, Facebook has offered an Explore Feed on mobile devices to help you discover stories beyond the friends and pages you already follow. Now, it's ready to bring that experience to your PC: Facebook has confirmed that it's officially rollin...

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13:32
PlayStation's latest gamepad is made especially...

PlayStation's next step toward console-gaming domination is getting its gamepads in smaller hands. To do that, it has partnered with vaunted accessory-maker Hori on the Mini Wired Gamepad for the PlayStation 4. Sony says that the controller is 40 per...

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13:28
Analyst: Apple Watch Series 3 could be a ‘game...

Apple last month debuted the Apple Watch Series 3, bringing support for cellular connectivity to its wearable for the first time. Despite early reviews that highlighted some since-fixed connectivity issues, a new analyst note from GBH Insights says the Apple Watch Series 3 is a hit among consumers thus far…

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13:27
Adobe remakes Lightroom CC as a hybrid app and 1TB...

As usual for anything Adobe related, this will cause a lot of consternation among its users and customers. Personally, I will hold off “updating” for as long as possible.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:15
Review: Logitech CRAFT Keyboard is Great but Also...

The recently released Logitech CRAFT keyboard for PCs and Macs has more than the usual features for a keyboard, and most are good.


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13:05
NAB still believes iPhones should work with FM radio...

Both the NAB and FCC have been pushing Apple on making the iPhone work with FM radio during natural disasters and emergencies, although Apple says it’s not even possible with newer iPhones. The NAB isn’t backing down from its position, however, and it’s using the now discontinued iPod nano (and Tim Cook’s hometown) to bolster its argument.

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13:05
Los Angeles police will test drones despite privacy...

American police have certainly used drones before, but not on this scale. The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted in favor of letting the LAPD fly drones in a year-long pilot program, making it the largest US police department to ever rely on the...

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12:47
Adobe Photoshop adds support for Microsoft's...

As part of its Creative Cloud 2018 rollout, Adobe has revealed that Microsoft's Surface Dial, seemingly made for Photoshop CC, is finally supported by the app. Adobe notes that for now, it's shipping as a "tech preview," meaning you'll have to first...

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12:39
iOS 11: How to Turn On iOS Automatic Reader Mode in...

But did you know you can do the same thing on iOS? It’s not immediately clear how to do it, as it’s hidden behind the UI.


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12:34
Baidu wants to launch a self-driving bus in China...

Baidu, China's search giant, is planning to release a fully self-driving bus in China next year, said CEO Robin Li in an interview at Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference. The bus will run on a designated route and Baidu is working with a Chinese...

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12:30
Cardhop Puts Contacts Front and Center

Contact management is boring, and Apple’s Contacts app is terrible. That’s why the new Cardhop app from Flexibits might catch your fancy — it’s easily accessed, attractive, and quick to use via its natural language parser.

 

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12:23
Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the...




Apple may be preparing a large European expansion for Apple Pay later this year, as new rumors point to Poland and the Netherlands joining a list of rollouts.

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12:20
Tesla faces lawsuit for racial harassment in its...

A new lawsuit brought by three former Tesla employees alleges that they were subject to constant racial discrimination and harassment in the electric car company's factories. The case, first reported by the Mercury News, was filed yesterday in the Al...

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12:04
Google reportedly serves fake ads to fact-checking...

It's not just Facebook that has a fake news advertising problem. Google also found evidence of Russian influence in the most recent US presidential election, and reportedly set up anti-Muslim ads (which it subsequently shut down). Now, according to a...

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12:02
Manage Your Email and Internet Accounts in iOS 11

It isn’t uncommon for Cupertino to shuffle things around in newer versions of iOS, but this is a pretty huge change that you should know about.


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11:56
Gravitational waves just led us to the incredible...

This is such a cool, amazing discovery. We’ve always known everything was created from stars but the knowledge your gold jewelry was probably created in the aftermath of a kilonova is mindboggling.

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11:48
Adobe MAX 2017: New Sensei machine learning features...

During Adobe’s opening keynote in Las Vegas at Adobe MAX 2017, the company previewed prototype versions of Photoshop and XD, featuring all new technologies powered by Adobe Sensei, the machine learning platform first launched by Adobe at MAX 2016.

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11:48
Samsung's 360 Round camera livestreams 3D VR

Samsung already has a virtual reality camera in the form of the Gear 360, but it's not really for pros -- it's for everyday users who want to record a 360-degree video on the street. What if you're a pro, or a well-heeled enthusiast? Samsung has yo...

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11:39
Changing Which Card Apple Watch Uses for Apple Pay

Even though it’s much easier and more intuitive, after demonstrating how to switch Apple Pay cards on the iPhone, Jeff Butts realized it might be a good idea to show folks how to do the same thing on the Apple Watch.


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11:27
This AI-Powered App Can Hide Porn on Your iPhone

Photos on your device are never sent to Nude’s servers. If you choose, it stores the photo inside of a private vault, stored locally and encrypted.


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11:27
Bixby 2.0 and Project Ambience push Samsung's...

To compete with the likes of Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, Samsung has to get its own version of a smart voice-powered assistant, Bixby, to as many devices as possible. It also needs to make Bixby work as well as its competitors, something Sam...

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11:27
Nielsen is tracking streaming services like it does...

To address the new normal of cord cutting, Nielsen is going to start tracking subscription-based streaming numbers in a big way. The idea is to measure streaming services in the same way that the outfit has tracked broadcast TV for decades: with demo...

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11:19
Hands-on: Landing Zone's Docking Station grants...




Landing Zone's new USB 3.1 type-C Docking Station for the 13- or 15-inch 2016 or 2017 MacBook Pro doesn't cut corners and gives multiple USB ports and a SD card reader back to the user.

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11:12
The robots that will sweep Earth's skies

After six years in space, China's first orbital station, the Tiangong-1 (aka the "Heavenly Palace") has finally outlived its operational limits and begun its descent to Earth. It's expected to re-enter the atmosphere in a few months, whereupon a majo...

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10:50
Samsung leapfrogs Intel again with 8-nanometer chips

Samsung has qualified its 8-nanometer chip-making process for production three months ahead of schedule. It's the same "low power plus" (LPP) process used for its current 10-nanometer silicon, not the next-gen extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography fo...

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10:33
How to sync music and playlists to Apple Watch with...




If you exercise with an Apple Watch, you'll want to load some music onto it. Thankfully with watchOS 4, Apple now lets you load multiple playlists and albums onto the wrist-worn device. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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10:31
'Small number' of Russian Facebook...

According to David Marcus, Facebook's VP of Messaging Products, a "small number" of the 470 Russia-linked accounts that attempted to influence last year's US elections also used Messenger. He said so in an interview at Wall Street Journal's D.Live co...

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10:26
iOS 11: How to See Your Purchased Apps List in The...

In your purchased apps list, you can swipe right on each app to hide it from the list, or re-download it.


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10:20
Latest Apple machine learning research paper...




Apple's latest contribution to its machine learning blog is a dive into how the software behind the "Hey Siri" command works, and how the company uses a neural network to convert the acoustic pattern of a voice to filter it out from the background.

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10:18
Motorola's newest mod puts an Alexa speaker on...

Ever wanted to have an Amazon Echo speaker with you wherever you are, rather than relying on your phone's built-in voice assistant? Motorola is betting you do. As promised, it's releasing an Alexa-powered Moto Mod (the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazo...

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10:12
e-book buyers receiving supplemental credits...

A supplemental distribution of credits has been approved regarding the e-books settlement case involving Apple. As of today, those affected will have a new automatic credit in their Apple account. 

You can use your credit online for the purchase of products or services sold by Apple on iBooks, iTunes, or the App Store. If your account doesn’t reflect this credit, contact Apple’s customer service.

Unlike prior distributions, this credit is valid for only six months and will expire on April 20, 2018. This is the only official notice you will receive regarding this credit, so you should use it as soon as possible. In order to view or spend your credit, please visit iBooks, iTunes or the App Store and login to your account. If you have questions, click here.

Let's back up and look at the history of the whole matter. In April 2012 the United States Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against...

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10:12
Cheap (Legal?) Movie Downloads and The (Self-...

The movie studios let you add digital movies to your library for two dollars, and Apple’s reality distortion field is still strong – and perhaps self-inflicted – and that’s what Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro discuss with guest-host Dave Hamilton on today’s TDO. Press play… and enjoy!


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10:01
Zero's latest electric motorcycles can recharge...

Zero Motorcycles' electric bikes can be fun to ride, but recharging is another matter entirely. It's tough to wait hours when all you want to do is go back on the open road. That shouldn't be such a problem with the company's just-introduced 2018 mod...

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09:51
Adobe splits Lightroom photo workflow software into...




Adobe on Wednesday revealed major changes to Lightroom CC, its professional workflow tool for photographers, spinning it off into separate cloud-based and "Classic" versions.

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09:50
“Hey Siri”: Apple’s Machine Learning Journal

From Apple’s Machine Learning Journal:

The “Hey Siri” feature allows users to invoke Siri hands-free. A very small speech recognizer runs all the time and listens for just those two words. When it detects “Hey Siri”, the rest of Siri parses the following speech as a command or query. The “Hey Siri” detector uses a Deep Neural Network (DNN) to convert the acoustic pattern of your voice at each instant into a probability distribution over speech sounds. It then uses a temporal integration process to compute a confidence score that the phrase you uttered was “Hey Siri”. If the score is high enough, Siri wakes up. This article takes a look at the underlying technology.

We take speech commands like “Hey Siri” for granted these days, but what goes on in the background is absolutely amazing.

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09:40
The fascinating family feud that led to Adidas and...

The fascinating story of an incredibly dysfunctional family. I knew Adidas was a German company but I had no idea Puma grew out of this feud.

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09:40
'Women of NASA' Lego set available...

Back in March, we reported that Lego would make a "Women of NASA" set, which was submitted to the Lego Ideas competition by MIT deputy news editor Maia Weinstock. Now, the set is finally ready. It will be available November 1st for $25/€25.

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09:28
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Best Buy 3-Day Tech Sale, eero...

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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09:23
Expert comments on Apple’s Project Titan roof array...

MacCallister Higgins, the co-founder of autonomous taxi company Voyage shared a tweet about Apple’s roof array on its Project Titan vehicles. Higgins breaks down what’s unique about Apple’s approach, which may also hint at the possibility for Apple to offer an autonomous vehicle aftermarket add-on.

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