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Thursday March 22

Apple reportedly starting trial product of new...

Apple will enter trial production of its new iPhone series in the second quarter of the year, according to Digitimes. The article says the tech giant wants an early start to avoid the 3D sensor yield rate issues with the 2017 models.

According to Digitimes, Apple could start delivering the new iPhones early in the third quarter. That timeframe could start pushing up component maker revenues as early as quarter two, the article adds.

Apple's 2018 iPhone series are expected to consist of two OLED-based iPhones (5.85-inch and 6.45-inch) and a 6.1-inch LCD model. And all are designed to sport Face ID.

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Apple Pay users offered deals on Grubhub, Seamless,...

Apple is teaming up with restaurant delivery apps to offer three free delivery on meals ordered through Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24 for Apple Pay users.

The promo runs through April 2 and can’t be combined with other discounts. Orders must be made through the website or the apps using promo code HOOPS at checkout, and paid with, naturally, Apple Pay.

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Apple plans ‘several’ new retail stores in Japan

According to the Japanese language site, Macotakara -- as noted by AppleInsider — Apple plans to open “several” new retail stores in the country, as well as remodel existing locations.

With the opening of five new stores, Apple will  have 506 retail stores in 24 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. For starters, the tech giant will launch a new store in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo on Saturday, April 7. It will be the company’s eighth retail outlet in the country and the first in Japan to sport a "town square" design concept common to most recently opened Apple outlets, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail.

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HQ Trivia app update adds native full-screen iPad...

HQ Trivia continues to go from strength to strength bringing in hundreds of thousands of players every single day. They have started doing winner-takes-all special games on Sundays with even bigger jackpots too. Today, they pushed an update to their game in the App Store to bring a native layout for iPad players. Previously, iPad HQ players were resigned to using the iPhone app in 2x blown up mode.


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SaddleBack Leather’s iPhone Photographer Case is a...

SaddleBack Leather’s iPhone Photographer Case — available for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus — is a great case/accessory for iPhone-ographers. I just wish there was a model for the iPhone X.

Ranging in price from $29 to $34, the cases have a 100-year (yep, a century) warranty. They’re made of full grain leather that develops a handsome patina the more you handle it and the more it ages. The rugged design not only looks great, but is very durable it’s stitched with marine-grade polyester thread (the stuff they use in ship sails)

The iPhone Photographer Case has stacked, thick leather corners for easy holding while you’re snapping pics. Those corners also absorb shocks if you do drop your Apple smartphone. What’s more, the interior lining of the phone case is a soft pigskin suede designed to protect your iPhone from...

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Latest Apple Pay promotion promises free delivery on...

Sticking to the same as the previous giveaway, Apple has partnered with restaurant delivery apps to offer free delivery on meals ordered through Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24. Orders must be made through the website or the apps using promo code ‘HOOPS’ at checkout, and paid using Apple Pay of course. There are some strings attached though …


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Setting up a HomePod as a Home hub

You can set up your HomePod, Apple TV 4K, Apple TV (4th generation), or iPad as a home hub to automate and remotely control your HomeKit accessories from your iOS device. The device that you set up as a home hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

The HomePod automatically sets itself up as a home hub so you can control your HomeKit accessories remotely with the Home app and use automations. Just make sure that the iOS device you use to set up HomePod is signed in to iCloud with the Apple ID that you used to set up your HomeKit accessories in the Home app.

(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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Report: Apple trialling 2018 iPhone production in Q2...

Apple is apparently starting trial production of the 2018 iPhone lineup in the second quarter, according to a report published this morning by Digitimes. Apple is set to debut three new iPhones later this year, an update to the 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch device dubbed ‘iPhone X Plus’ and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

All three models are designed to feature Face ID, eschewing a home button. Apple faced production bottlenecks last year with iPhone X from the 3D face sensing components, something the company is hoping to avoid second time around.


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TRENDnet introduces USB-C HD docking station

TRENDnet has announced the $99.99 Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube (the TUC-DS1), which supports high-resolution HD video, and extends or mirrors your notebook’s display.

TRENDnet’s Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube allows you to connect multiple USB devices, and network your laptop all from a single cable. You can manage multiple workstation devices such as USB storage, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, and HD monitor.

You can connect all your workstation devices to the Mini USB-C HD Docking Cube, then connect your laptop or notebook directly to the docking station. The TUC-DS1 also includes a power delivery port to charge a USB-C notebook from the docking station.

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Notable apps and app updates for March 22, 2018

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

Bitwise Design has published Good Morning to You, a $9.99, original children's book that offers a “breathtakingly beautiful and heartwarming look at experiencing and appreciating life through the heightened multi-sensory lens of Autism.” It’s available as a fully immersive interactive app on iPad and iPhone and as a static Apple iBook and Amazon Kindle eBook.

macOS Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has announced Keep It 1.3, an update to their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS...

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Rumor: Apple swings 10% discount for key component...

The rumor mill has it that Apple is intending to bring out three new iPhone models this year and that the second-gen iPhone X2/iPhone XI could be priced for slightly less than the $999 price tag the iPhone X retails for now.

Additional rumors have noted a 5.85-inch ‘bezel-free’ model, while reports suggest there will be another with a similar design with a 6.45-inch display.

Per rumors from the supply chain, Apple has managed to secure a 10 parent reduction in the cost of key components, potentially making the next-gen iPhone models a bit cheaper.

Another rumor has it that Apple might have canceled an LCD version of the next-gen iPhone X, as the company may have managed to secure OLED displays at a better price. OLED displays are known for better color reproduction and improved contrast ratios.

This, combined with a general lowering of the cost of components over the year, would allow Apple to position the 6.45-inch iPhone X as the premium model, with...

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Privacy bug allows Siri to read content of third-...

This is definitely something Apple needs to fix in the next version of iOS 11.

A privacy bug currently allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them.

As of iOS 11, users can set message notifications to be hidden on the iOS’ Lock screen, wherein you’ll see that a message has arrived, but its content is hidden. That setting is on by default on the iPhone X, where simply glancing at it will unlock the phone and allow the content to be displayed, while it can be set on other models.

Recently, a user discovered that Siri can be asked to read the content of the hidden message.

Where Apple’s own Messages app is concerned, Siri will only read the message after the iPhone has been unlocked. Unfortunately, for third-party apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and Skype, Siri will read the content of the messages to anyone who picks up the locked phone.

The site verified that the bug is in both iOS 11.2.6 and...

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The Morning After: Zuckerberg's apology and...

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to Thursday. We touch on why deleting Facebook is hard for some of us, squeeze a sorry out of Mark Zuckerberg and test out the comfortable future of Oculus VR.

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Wednesday March 21

Angela Ahrendts touts Apple’s investment in Japan,...

Earlier this week, Apple officially announced that it will open its new Japanese store in Tokyo’s retail district of Shinjuku on April 7th. Now, Angela Ahrendts is teasing that Apple has a lot more planned for Japan customers, with this store only being the beginning…


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Apple to open 'several' new Japanese...

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts this week said the company plans a major Japanese investment that will see the opening of new retail outlets and an extensive renovation of existing locations over the next five years.

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Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Albuquerque...

Apple on Wednesday continued its rollout of public transit data with an activation of services in Albuquerque, N.M., allowing Apple Maps users in the area to plan bus trips, find routing information and more.

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YouTube becomes top grossing iPhone app in U.S....

Google's YouTube app for iOS, which provides direct access to the ubiquitous video sharing service, this week became the top grossing iPhone title on Apple's U.S. App Store, a watershed achievement eight years in the making.

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Hands-on: Netgear's Arlo Baby camera with Apple...

The Arlo Baby is a rare beast. Not only is it Netgear's only HomeKit-compatible security camera, it's also the only HomeKit accessory specifically meant to serve as a baby monitor.

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The Facebook Dance, Autonomous Cars, and our AI...

Bryan and Jeff discuss the ongoing #deletefacebook discussion and whether it’s a tempest in a teapot. They also talk about autonomous vehicles, regulation, and our future with driverless cars, and also our future with artificial intelligence.

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Chase Mobile updated with iPhone X optimization...

Even though the iPhone X has been available for several months now, there are still a slew of notable apps waiting on optimization for the device’s 5.8-inch OLED display. Today, however, Chase has finally updated its iOS app with iPhone X support…


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Apple is an exception to nearly every rule

It’s good to be the king. Apple makes design and engineering choices that other companies wouldn’t even imagine doing.

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Macworld’s April digital magazine: Apple HomePod...

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

In the April issue

This month, read our review of Apple’s HomePod. It sounds great, but find out why it feels unfinished. We tell you what Apple needs to do to improve Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant. Plus, see our list of the ten iOS and Mac games that you should be playing right now. 

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: 4 tidbits we learned from Apple’s record quarterly results

To read this article in full, please click here

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My Crazy Apple TV 4K & Dolby Vision Adventure

It took John some time, testing, industry contacts and study to finally get his Apple TV 4K and Sony 4K/UHD TV doing the Dolby Vision magic.

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How to hide information in notification previews on...

Notifications on iPhone can become overwhelming with the myriad of apps that kick out alerts. Follow along for how to make system-wide notifications changes on iPhone as well as customizing them for individual apps.


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Apple World Today News Update: March 21, 2018

A short podcast today, but with a few fun stories about the top grossing app in the US App Store, zombies and the iPhone X, and a unique campaign by a Chinese smartphone manufacturer to get potential iPhone X buyers to wait...

  • The top grossing app in the US App Store is...YouTube. Find out how a free app can make so much money
  • A game developer is using the iPhone X TrueDepth camera to capture facial animations for an upcoming "The Walking Dead" title
  • Huawei's new P20 smartphone arrives in less than a week, and the company is trying to dissuade people from buying the iPhone X until they can try the new phone

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

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Apple's Joswiak says iOS gaming catching up to...

Gaming on iPhone and iPad is reaching a threshold where it's on par with consoles, which have typically outpaced mobile devices, Apple's VP of product marketing claimed in a recent interview.

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HomeKit Weekly: Turning your old garage door into a...

HomeKit Weekly is a new series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework. 

Getting into HomeKit can be a very costly endeavor when you start replacing locks, lights, and other accessories with connected versions. Fortunately, turning your old garage door opener into a Siri-connected entrance doesn’t require replacing your existing garage door opener. Instead you can upgrade your existing garage door opener from $70-$170 depending on your needs. Here’s how to get started:


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Study: Apple Watch highly accurate at detecting...

A new study from University of California, San Francisco, researchers shows that the Apple Watch can detect atrial fibrillation with high accuracy at least when wearers were at rest.  

In the test of 1,620 people, researchers used a Cardiogram app to access heart-rate sensor data using the heart-rate sensor and step counter built into the Apple smartwatch. A deep neural network analyzed the heart rate data and step-count data, which was used to determine whether a person was active (explaining a sudden heart rate spike) or at rest.

The resulting algorithm was able to tell the difference between atrial fibrillation and normal heartbeats with about 97% compared to electrocardiograms. This data came from about 50 patients with atrial fibrillation who were undergoing procedures to restore their heart rates to normal....

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Here’s why Apple is primed to dominate mobile gaming...

Apple looks all set to dominate the mobile gaming market as more and more users are picking up their smartphones to play popular titles from developers that previously may have been reserved for consoles. Here’s why iOS has a big advantage over Android when it comes to gaming.


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Facebook's Zuckerberg vows action on Cambridge...

Following a week of terrible press, a battered stock, and threats of mass account de-activations, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally addressed the data scandal in a post to the network.

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Muse, the Alexa Voice Assistant for Cars: $59.99

Alexa fans now have a way of adding Alexa to their cars with Muse, a device that sits between your iPhone (or Android device) and your car. It allows you to tap into Alexa for music controls, controlling your home Alexa devices, and more. Check out the deal listing for details.

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[Sponsor] Ultra Fractal

Ultra Fractal makes it easy to create your own visual fractal art. You might be familiar with fractals like the Mandelbrot set that offer endless zooming possibilities. Ultra Fractal turns these fractals into art with gradients to add color, Photoshop-like layering, coloring algorithms that introduce intricate ornaments, and even extensive animation support. Start with the included tutorials and you will soon be creating your first fractals.

There’s a free trial version for macOS and Windows. Act quickly because until March 28, Daring Fireball readers get 25% discount on all editions of Ultra Fractal 6 with coupon code ‘FIREBALL’.


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For the first time ever, YouTube has become the top...

On Tuesday, YouTube became the top grossing app on the App Store for the first time in the app’s history. The app had previously hit number 3 in the charts, but has never become the top grossing app on iOS.

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Apple and mobile gaming

Apple VP Greg Joswiak:

“We bring a very homogenous customer base to developers where 90% of [devices] are on the current versions of iOS,” says Joswiak. Apple’s customers embrace those changes and updates quickly, he says, and this allows developers to target new features and the full capabilities of the devices more quickly.

That is such an important point for Apple—its customers update hardware and software quickly, which allows developers to take advantage of new APIs and technologies in their apps. That, in turn, leads to more sales for developers and Apple, all while keeping the customers happy and engaged.

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Review: iFi Micro iDSD Black Label DAC/amp

Weird company name, weird product names with weird feature names and weird form factors. To the uninitiated, researching one of iFi's portable headphone DAC/amps might be a bit overwhelming — the company doesn't shy away from the arcane, listing component part numbers in the place of advertising copy and bombarding the reader with branded features. iFi does things like nobody else, which might be why they're so popular in the audiophile community. Today we're trying out iFi's Micro iDSD Black Label. There's a lot to cover here — it's a DAC, it's a headphone amplifier, it's a preamp, it's powerful, and it's awesome.{/exp:char_limit}

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How to Permanently Delete Your Facebook Account

If you’re done with Facebook and want to completely delete your account here’s what to do.

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TrueDepth camera in iPhone X used to capture facial...

Next Games' upcoming ARKit title "The Walking Dead: Our World" will reportedly use rotoscoped facial animations, captured inexpensively using the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera.

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How to Delete Facebook Content in Bulk Using a...

Facebook is a vast surveillance network that makes the NSA look like amateurs.

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How to create your own HomeKit camera with a...

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.

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WSJ: Jimmy Iovine to step away from Apple Music in...

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Music exec and famous music producer Jimmy Iovine will transition to a “consulting role” in August, giving up his day-to-day work with the music streaming business. The WSJ report claims that Iovine has told people close to him that he plans to, “spend more time with his family while supporting Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who oversees Apple Music, as needed.”

We first reported this back in January, along with a number of other sites. Those reports were met with statements from Iovine that he planned to stay with Apple Music as long as he is needed. He told...

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Sculptures of Apple Park, Sunnyvale campus on...

Apple’s new campus in Cupertino is being spotlighted at a new art exhibition opening in England today. Internet Giants : Masters of the Universe features iconic architecture of major technology companies around the world, including Apple Park and the nearby Central & Wolfe campus in Sunnyvale.


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Corel releases CorelCAD Mobile for iPhone and iPad

Corel Corporation has introduced its first modern mobile app for iOS: CorelCAD Mobile, which acts as a "standalone CAD experience" to complement the company's desktop CorelCAD 2018 application for Macs and Windows PCs.

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John’s Crazy Apple TV 4K Dolby Vision Adventure –...

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what it took to get 4K Dolby Vision working with John’s Apple TV and entertainment center, plus they look at the confusing options for streaming HD and 4K content.

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macOS: How to Download Files From the Web Using...

Andrew Orr shows us how to download files from the web using Terminal.

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Instagram update brings hashtags and profile links...

Instagram has today released an update that brings two new features to the social media platform: the ability to add hashtags and profile links to a user’s bio.


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Pokémon GO launching new Extravaganza event, giving...

Pokémon GO has been pushing more events to its users as its user base has begun to decline. The company today announced a new event in hopes that users return to the AR-based game.

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iPhone-in-the-Car Dilemma? Solved!  

Dr. Mac had tried air-vent iPhone mounts in the past, but they always felt less stable to him than the good, old CD-slot mounts—now he’s found a solution to his iPhone car mount he loves.

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Apple becoming more open about product placements in...

While Apple has long wedged products like iPhones and Macs into TV shows as a form of marketing, the company appears to be taking a more open stance about it, a report suggested on Wednesday.

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Save $200 on new iMacs at Best Buy today

On Tuesday, Best Buy was all about the number 300, as it cut the price on MacBook Airs by 300 bucks. For Wednesday, it’s cutting $200 off of a wide range of the most recent iMac models. That means you can pick up one of Apple’s all-in-one desktop units for as little as $899.99, which is a number we rarely see paired with the words "new iMac."

We consider the $900 iMac the star of the show. For that price you get a superb silver 21.5-inch iMac with a 1TB hard drive and 8GB of memory, all of which is powered by a 2.3GHz Intel i5 chip. Want more processor speed? You can also buy a...

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European Commission is eyeing digital tax on tech...

The European Commission, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, is set to unveil proposals today for a digital tax on U.S. tech giants such as Apple that could further intensify the trade row pitting the European Union (EU) against President Trump. The EU is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.

The tax, expected to be about 3% of sales on companies with worldwide annual turnover above $924 million, would come alongside a tightening of rules on data privacy.

EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will present proposals aimed at recovering billions of euros from mainly U.S. multinationals that shift earnings around Europe to pay lower tax rates. The transatlantic blow has been championed by French President Emmanuel Macron and will be discussed over dinner at an EU leaders summit on...

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9to5Toys Last Call: $300 off iMacs, Infinity Blade...

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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Apple products are now ‘co-starring’ on some TV shows

When it comes to placing products in TV shows, Apple’s tactic is changing from relying on surprising cameos to taking credited roles, notes Variety.

Image courtesy of "The Hollywood Reporter"

For years, the popular consumer-electronics giant quietly supplied showrunners and their production staffs with plenty of gear. You’ve probably seen Apple products popping up in Ryan Murphy series like “Glee,” “Scream Queens” and “American Horror Story.” However, products such as the iPhone are playing a prominent role in shows such as “9-1-1” which mentions “promotional consideration sponsored by Apple” in the  closing credits.

Neither Apple nor Fox responded to questions from Variety, including whether Apple paid for the promo. “We didn’t have anything to do with it,” a spokeswoman for OMD, the Omnicom Group media-buying agency that...

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News: Apple reveals new Apple Watch bands for spring

Apple has released a series of Apple Watch bands in new colors and styles just in time for spring. A release from Apple showcases the new looks, which start at $49 and include exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes. Apple has also added new high-end Hermès bands and sportier woven nylon bands for those more interested in using the device as an exercise tool than a fashion statement....

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News: Siri bug allows access to hidden messages on...

A bug discovered by Mac Magazine allows users to access hidden messages on an iPhone just by asking Siri to read them aloud. Apple has long allowed users to hide their notification previews in Messages — displaying only that a new message was received and keeping the contents private until the device was unlocked, and more recently extended this capability to third-party apps. The bug — spotted in both iOS 11.2.6 and the beta of iOS 11.3 — doesn’t…

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Jimmy Iovine transitioning to “consulting role” at...

While Iovine was the public face of Apple Music and held meetings with employees and artists in Los Angeles, in recent years “most of Apple Music’s operations” had been designated to Robert Kondrk and Jeff Robbin, overseeing business and engineering sides respectively. Cue is said to now be deciding on whether to continue divvying up responsibilities between Kondrk and Robbin, promoting one to a more public role, or hiring someone outside of Apple to become the new Iovine.

I’m not really surprised with the move, whether it’s Jimmy or Apple that made the decision. Jeff Robbin is a trusted and longtime Apple employee that already has a lot of responsibility in Apple’s media business, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Eddy Cue lean on him a bit more.


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Affinity Photo for iPad: 25+ getting started tips [...

Outside of perhaps LumaFusion, Affinity Photo ($19.99 on App Store) is the most impressive app that I’ve ever used on the iPad. It continues to awe me with its sheer amount of depth, and the way that it’s able to closely mirror a full desktop experience on a tablet.

The problem with Affinity Photo is that it can be downright daunting for new users. As I’ll show you in this hands-on video, the app isn’t all that difficult to use once you understand a few basic features and mechanics. Join me as I walk through 25+ must-know tips for Affinity Photo beginners. more…

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Apple's iPhone may be creating misleading...

As a result of outdated calculation methods, Apple's iPhone may be contributing to a skewed view of the U.S. trade deficit with China.

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A Canadian short film inspired George Lucas to make...

Slash Film:

When George Lucas was off at film school at the University of Southern California, he was exposed to all manner of film, from the mainstream to the experimental. One of the films that made the most profound impact on him was a short film from Canadian filmmaker Arthur Lipsett called 21-87. Clocking in at just over nine-minutes, the film might superficially seem to be a random collage of images and sounds, but these juxtapositions chosen by the filmmaker add up to create an overwhelming sense of emotion that is sure to cause deep, existential questions in viewers.

I’ve never heard of this short film but luckily, it’s embedded in the linked

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News: Technogym, Life Fitness add support for Apple’...

After last year’s showcase of Apple’s GymKit syncing the Apple Watch to Technogym equipment in a Fitness First gym in Australia, Technogym has announced a much wider rollout to make more than 5,000 of its machines in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world. Users simply tap their Apple Watch on the compatible equipment to track active and total calories burned, distance, speed, floors climbed, incline and pace, resulting in the most…

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Apple’s annual spring Apple Watch band refresh...

Even if the weather isn’t cooperating, Apple is ready for spring with a new slate of Watch bands in bright new colors and designs to chase away the winter blues. Some two dozen new bands will be available later this month either as part of a new Apple Watch purchase or as an add-on accessory.

Apple hasn’t said whether any colors will be retired as a result of the new models, but several of the new colors seem to be variations on ones that are already available. For example, there’s a new Lemonade Sport Band, which looks very much like the current...

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9 Alternatives for the Apple’s Mac Terminal App

Apple’s Terminal app on the Mac is a great tool for diving into the command line, but it isn’t the only option available. The Mac Observer rounded up several alternatives to Terminal you can use to flex your macOS command line muscles.

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Apple Watch more effective at detecting heart...

A continuing study into the medical potential of consumer wearables has confirmed devices like Apple Watch are sensitive enough to detect abnormal heart rhythms with a 97 percent accuracy, a performance that beats out add-on ECG accessory KardiaBand.

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Hands on: If you have multiple iPhones, the Udoq...

Udoq is a unique modular docking system that can fit more than one of almost any device, regardless of brand or connector type, and AppleInsider has one on our test bench.

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Review: Fortnite BattleRoyale for iOS brings the...

Epic Games intended to make "Fortnite Battle Royale for iPhone and iPad as close to the version played on other platforms. In its invitation-only initial release, the large-scale multiplayer game hasn't lost its charm in its transition to the small screen from the console, Mac, and PC versions.

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Siri privacy bug lets it read out most hidden...

A privacy bug reported by Brazilian site Mac Magazine allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them …


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This Bluetooth wireless headset deal lets you free...

Wireless headsets help you stay connected without having to use your hands. They’re especially convenient for conversing on the go. If you’re looking to try one out, Amazon is offering...

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News: Iovine’s expected exit from Apple Music leaves...

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine is expected to transition to a consulting role in August, stepping back from daily involvement with the Apple Music streaming service he helped create and brand, The Wall Street Journal reports. Of all the celebrity names who migrated over to Apple when Beats was acquired by the company in 2014, Iovine is the last one still actively involved with Apple’s growth of that brand. Iovine is expected to jump ship when…

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Formally proposed EU tax plan could cost Apple...

The European Commission has proposed measures to "to ensure that all companies pay fair tax in the EU," a move that will undoubtedly affect Apple.

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‘BabelPod’ brings indirect Bluetooth audio and line-...

Jeff Benjamin, 9to5Mac:

Software architect Andrew Faden hacked together a line-in and Bluetooth input for HomePod called BabelPod. Based around a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W and a few other essential parts, Faden created a clever workaround that affords both indirect Bluetooth and line-in connectivity for Apple’s recently-launched wireless speaker.

Faden also had to write the software to take a line-in or Bluetooth connection and translate it into an AirPlay stream that the HomePod can understand.

This is a terrifically clever idea. Seemed only a matter of time until someone came up with this sort of solution.

On last week’s “HomePod One Month Later” Vector podcast, Rene Ritchie and I discussed Apple’s rationale for not shipping HomePod with a line-in port or generic Bluetooth support. Rene made the excellent point that if Apple did support those, the early...

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Have a MacBook Pro or MacBook? You need the...

Most people with a new MacBook Pro or MacBook have a love/hate relationship with the laptop -- they love the portability and power, but they hate the fact that they need various adapters and connectors to replace the ports removed to make the new MacBooks so thin. The HyperDrive SOLO USB-C Hub can resolve those issues by giving you back those ports, and for a limited time it's only US$55.

Simply plug the HyperDrive SOLO into a USB-C port on one side of your MacBook or MacBook Pro and you gain back all the ports you lost -- and more! You'll have a pair of USB 3.1 ports, a USB Type-C port with Power Delivery for pass-through...

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macOS: Enabling Text Auto-Correction

There are a few simple text-replacement features you can turn on (or off, if you prefer) for your Mac, which’ll correct your spelling, add a period when you tap the spacebar twice, or capitalize words automatically. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover where those settings live—and how you can override them in individual apps!

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Steve Jobs on education

[VIDEO] Nice find from Andrew Leavitt of 17 Orbits. Just in time for Apple’s March 27th Education Event, here’s Steve Jobs talking about education.

Interesting video (embedded in the main Loop post), filmed from a projected image. Not clear when this was made, but I’d guess this is around 1999 or so, given the presence of the clamshell iBook, which was released that summer.

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Data from 546M LinkedIn users suggests Apple the 6th...

A data analysis by LinkedIn suggests that Apple is the sixth most desirable company to work for in the US, up from 7th place in 2017.

The professional networking firm says that it arrived at its rankings not from a survey, but rather by analyzing the actions taken by LinkedIn members on the site …


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Siri voice control options added for Tesla Model 3...

Owners of the Model 3 -- Tesla's first mass-market EV -- can now use Siri voice commands for a select range of functions.

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Apple Unveils New Apple Watch Bands for Spring

Apple introduced new Apple Watch bands on Wednesday with spring-themed colors. The new bands include Nylon, Sport, Nike, and Hermès styles.

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Collection of quick takes on the Facebook /...

Michael Tsai has pulled together a set of stories and tweets on this evolving story. Worth a scan, lots of links.

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News: Apple up to 45 vehicles in its fleet of self-...

Apple has grown its fleet of self-driving cars from just three when the program started in April 2017 to a whopping 45 as of its most recent filings, The Financial Times reports. Those filings for legal purposes are the only indication Apple has given that the program even exists, and even sources inside the company still aren’t sure what final form of self-driving technology Apple may eventually offer to consumers, if any. Since Apple is so…

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How to manage and interact with your contacts using...

This post is full of useful tips, including several different ways to set contact relationships (Ryan is my son, or Jim is my boss, that sort of thing). Really good.

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How to add your signature to digital forms and...

In the event a digital document needs to be signed, like a form or a letter, macOS includes a way to add your signature without needing to print out the pages and rescan them. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly and easily sign PDF documents on the Mac.

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iPhone gives misleading impression of US trade...

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has suggested that the iPhone plays a significant role in skewing the apparent US trade deficit with China.

On the surface, the deficit appears to be $375B, with the iPhone 7 series alone accounting for around 4.4% of that, but the true figure is said to be far lower …


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Apple climbs LinkedIn's 2018 top companies to...

LinkedIn has released their annual list of the most sought-after employers, with Apple coming in at number six, up one position from last year.

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Apple announces new wave of Apple Watch bands

Just in time for Spring (it is snowing like crazy as I write this, but still), Apple has announced a new wave of Apple Watch bands featuring Spring colors and styles.

Follow the link, look at the images. Some nice looking bands.

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Apple Pay collection plate being considered by the...

Looking to modernize, over 16,000 churches belonging to the Church of England are beginning to accept Apple Pay and Google Pay from congregations.

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Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pros and 27"...

New deals have just arrived, bringing shoppers the lowest prices of the year. Save $200 on both Apple's Mid 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 27-inch iMac 5K. Or opt for an upgraded model and save up to $300 while supplies last with no tax in most states.

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Apple ranks sixth in LinkedIn’s ‘Top Companies 2018...

Apple ranks sixth in LinkedIn’s “Top Companies 2018” list of the places where professionals most want to work in the U.S. LinkedIn is a business- and employment-oriented service.

It’s based on the actions of LinkedIn’s more than 546 million professionals and looks at four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. The top 10 list includes: Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Salesforce, Tesla, Apple, Comcast/NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, Oracle, and Netflix.

Here’s what LinkedIn has to say about Apple: “Every launch provides new opportunities for fans and competitors to question whether the world’s most valuable brand can keep up the magic. Last year’s $1,000 iPhone X won accolades for its TrueDepth camera but also prompted questions about its price. To better compete...

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Jimmy Iovine will step back, move into consulting...

The music industry luminary, part of Apple since the Beats purchase in 2014, plans to give up day-to-day involvement but will stay with the company.

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‘WSJ’: Jimmy Iovine transitioning to a ‘consulting...

Following rumors in January that Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine was leaving the company (which Apple denied), The Wall Street Journal now claims that he will transition into a "consulting role" with Apple Music this August.

The article says he plans to spend more time with his family. However, according to the WSJ, he’ll still support Apple Music and work with Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue "as needed."

Having joined Apple in 2014, Iovine is a record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. In 2006, Iovine teamed with Dr. Dre to found Beats Electronics (formerly known as Beats by Dr. Dre), a company which produces audio...

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Spring Apple Watch band collection updates colors,...

Apple has rolled out its spring 2018 collection of Apple Watch bands including a Hermes color refresh, and the Nike Sport Loop available separately for the first time.

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Analyst: 5.8-inch OLED iPhone could be 10% cheaper...

Analyst Luke Lin of Digitimes Research claims Apple’s 5.8-inch follow-up to the iPhone X will cost 10% less to produce than the high end smartphone. 

In line with other projections, he says Apple’s 2018 iPhone line-up will consist of two OLED-based iPhones (5.85-inch and 6.45-inch) and a 6.1-inch LCD model. Line believes that, thanks to cost reduction, the tech giant may position the new 5.85-inch device as the cheapest model of three next-gen iPhones.

DigiTimes Research has a hit-and-miss record with its prognostications about Apple, but the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) say Lin may be correct with his latest prediction.

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News: Daily Deal: TAMO Charge-N-Glow MFi-Certified...

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, you can get the TAMO Charge-N-Glow MFi-Certified Lightning Cable for only $18.99 — that’s 29% off the regular price. This cool MFi-certified Lightning cable is coiled with LEDs that blink when they’re ready to charge, going faster or slower depending on whether or not the able is plugged in, so you can visualize the energy flowing into your device. It’s a cable that’s easy to find in the…

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Apple debuts new Apple Watch bands

Apple has debuted a spring collection of bands that include Woven Nylon bands with a fresh stripe that alternates white with color, exclusive Nike bands that color-match with the latest Nike running shoes, and a new edge paint color for Apple Watch Hermès bands. 

Later this month, all new bands will be available to order from and for purchase at select Apple Stores, Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Loop models. 

The Nike Sport Loop will now be sold separately, joining new Nike Sport Band colors. Apple Watch Nike+ (GPS + Cellular) will include new 38mm and 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Midnight Fog Nike Sport Loop models. The Single Tour Rallye and Double Tour bands now display contrasting paint details.

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Apple announces new Watch bands with ‘vibrant colors...

Just as it did last year on the first day of spring, Apple has announced a new collection of Apple Watch bands with ‘vibrant colors and unique designs.’

The new bands include Sport, Nylon and classic buckle designs as well as special Nike and Hermès models …


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After Jimmy Iovine denied departure rumor, fresh...

It was reported back in January that Jimmy Iovine would be leaving Apple in August after the last of his stock vested. Iovine later denied this, describing it as fake news.

A fresh report today suggests that while he may not be actually departing from Apple, Iovine will ‘step back from daily involvement’ …


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How to delete your Facebook account completely on...

With anger and distrust at the social network at perhaps an all-time high, here's how to go about getting rid of Facebook -- something that's a lot easier than it used to be.

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5.8-inch OLED iPhone model could be 10 percent...

Apple's follow-up to the iPhone X will cost less to produce than the current model, a report claims, with the next-generation smartphone thought to have a manufacturing bill of materials more than 10 percent lower, despite expectations that it will have upgraded specifications.

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Apple patent is for ‘techniques and systems for...

Some folks feel that Apple has neglected podcasting in recent software updates. That could change, as the tech giant has been granted a patent (number 9,923,962) for “techniques and systems for supporting podcasting.”

The patent involves enhanced podcasts and techniques that facilitate their use. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. According to one aspect, a client application can subscribe to podcasts and then automatically monitor the podcasts for updates to be downloaded. 

In the event that user interest in a podcast becomes inadequate, downloading of further updates can be restricted. According to another aspect, a podcast can be subscribed to through use of a portable subscription file. According to still another aspect, podcast feeds can be enhanced to include segment elements and other metadata.

In the patent, Apple says that podcasts are...

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After Cambridge Analytica scandal, publishers see...

For years, Facebook and Google have been bleeding the publishing industry dry, appropriating the work of its reporters while replacing the ads that traditionally supported the news business with their own targeted surveillance advertising that does little to support actual journalism. It took a major scandal to wake the industry up, but it's increasing warming to Apple News and its unique model of privacy.

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Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip is a great addition to an...

Just Mobile’s ShutterGrip doesn’t ship until mid-April, but AppleWorld.Today got an advance copy. The bottom line: it’s a nifty accessory for smartphone owners who take lots of photos.

The ShutterGrip — a “grab and go” camera control gadget —  is extremely versatile, offering compatibility with the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/6 Plus, and iPhone 5/5s. It uses a tensioned grip to attach to these Apple smartphones, whether or not they’re in a case or not. Well, unless the smartphone with attached case measures more than 3.4 inches wide or 0.6 inches deep.

With it attached (and there’s no app to install(. you have a solid, ergonomic handle and wireless shutter button that helps eliminate shaky shots. The ShutterGrip automatically turns itself off after three minutes of nonuse, so there’s no on/off...

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Facebook data-mining fallout continues with lawsuit...

The fallout from the Facebook privacy controversy continues. After it was revealed that a firm of political consultants carried out a data-harvesting exercise disguised as a personality quiz, the latest developments include a lawsuit and a Mozilla-led petition for privacy changes to the app …


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How to delete your Home data or reset your...

If you’re moving to a new home and are a user of Apple’s Home app, you’ll probably want to set up and control your new home with your accessories. You can remove your home and manually reset your accessories.

To delete your Home data:

  • Open Home and tap the Home tab.
  • Tap the arrow button.
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove Home. Then tap Delete to confirm.

You might need to reset each of your accessories. To reset your accessory, look for a button on the accessory, check its manual, or contact the manufacturer.

(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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