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Wednesday April 26

03:53
Apple shows off Dubai Mall store with ‘stunning...

A day before the official opening, Apple invited local press to tour its latest retail store within the Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates. Headline features include views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a 180-feet wide motorized window comprising 18 carbon fiber panels.

To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Parters designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.

The store will also...

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03:45
Typinator 7.2

Improves speed of expansions and improves compatibility in Safari, Firefox, Outlook, and other third-party apps. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.1 MB)

 

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03:00
Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta...

When security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski took a job at Apple a few weeks ago, I heard from many people concerned about the future of his macOS app, Little Flocker, a tool that restricts apps and system processes access to files without permission. He was unable to talk details, but recently F-Secure, a leading security developer and analysis company, announced its purchase of Little Flocker, which it’s rebranded as Xfence.

I spoke to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, about the changeover and the general current set of risks to Mac users. He said Xfence, which was in release form as Little Flocker, will shift into a free beta mode for the foreseeable future. (Those who paid for a Little Flocker license will get some currently unspecified benefit as future pricing for Xfence and its inclusion in other products isn’t yet set. “Their license will carry through when...

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Tuesday April 25

23:00
NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals




AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

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20:45
Pages 6.1.1, Numbers 4.1.1, and Keynote 7.1.1 for Mac

Maintenance updates for the trio of iWork apps for the Mac. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:58
And Now for the Leather Desk Pad and Wooden Apple...

Pad & Quill launched a new line of leather and wood desk accessories aimed at Apple users. This includes a leather desk pad ($174.95), a leather mouse pad ($49.95), and a Wooden Apple Pencil Holder ($39.95). I like Pad & Quill’s products, and I definitely like leather and wood. This product line jumped out at me—now if I could only have a desk that was neat and tidy enough for such things. Everything is discounted for the introduction at the above-mentioned prices, and there are other products in the series, too.


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18:13
Study Of AT&T Fiber Highlights Income Inequality...

The dark side of AT&T fiber internet is income inequality, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute (via ArsTechnica). The analysis focused on fiber deployed in California, and examined neighborhoods with a higher media household income compared to neighborhoods with lower media household income. Andrew Orr tells us what the study found.


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17:33
Tweetbot for Mac updated w/ direct message image...

Keeping up with recent Twitter API changes, Tweetbot for Mac today has been updated with a handful of new features. The update bring the app to version 2.5 and includes features such as @ usernames no longer counting towards the character limit. First, the update to Tweetbot for Mac adds support for sending images via […]

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17:07
Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi...

While Netflix has dominated much of the streaming content market, it's been blocked by regulators in a major region: China. Having previously licensed content to LeEco (which is currently dealing with its own problems) as far back as 2014, the compan...

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16:44
New iPhone 8 concept video imagines bezel-less...

We’ve seen a host of concept images appear for this year’s iPhone 8, some good and some bad. Today, designers Thiago M Duarte and Ran Avni have released their foray into iPhone 8 concept videos, offering a take on what the upcoming device could look like with features such as a front-facing camera embedded in the display…

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16:16
Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside...

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal N...

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16:15
Google Maps for iOS gains useful parking reminder...

Google Maps is adding a small, but very useful feature that lets users save where they parked. Available on both iOS and Android, the feature can also provide reminders for when your parking meter is about to expire.

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16:14
New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious


A new strain of malware targeting Linux systems, dubbed "Linux/Shishiga," could morph into a dangerous security threat. Eset on Tuesday disclosed the threat, which represents a new Lua family unrelated to previously seen LuaBot malware. Linux/Shishiga uses four different protocols -- SSH, Telnet, HTTP and BitTorrent -- and Lua scripts for modularity, wrote Detection Engineer Michal Malik and the Eset research team. "Lua is a language of choice of APT makers," noted Nick Bilogorskiy, senior director of threat operations at Cyphort.

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15:42
∞ The Dalrymple Report Podcast: With TechCrunch’s...

This week TechCrunch’s Editor-In-Chief, Matthew Panzarino, joins me to talk about his many sneakers and the incredible aftermarket for them. We also delve into what it’s like writing, planning articles, and covering Apple in today’s world.

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15:37
Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web...

If you need a reminder of how far video games have come since the mid-90s, look no further than OpenTomb. Over the past four years, a handful of devoted developers have been rebuilding the original five Tomb Raider games from scratch, and the City of...

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15:16
AWT News Update: April 25, 2017

Tom Gruber helped create Siri, and imagines where the next step in AI will take humans. He speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED

Artificial intelligence, app updates, and concerns from the supply chain -- that's the news here on the AWT News Update today:

  • Miss the AWT TV episode last night? It's available for your viewing pleasure out on YouTube.
  • Siri co-founder and Apple employee Tom Gruber gave a TED talk today about AI, and the possibilities are quite impressive
  • The three iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers and Keynote -- were all updated today
  • Some Apple suppliers are concerned that their billions of dollars in OLED-related plant may become obsolete if Apple decides to adopt a newer technology for future products

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play...

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15:15
iOS Control Center Bug Is Freezing Certain iPhones

An iOS Control Center bug plaguing some Apple customers is causing some iPhones to freeze and restart. It happens when you tap any three buttons in the Control Center at once. iOS versions affected by this include iOS 10 and even the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta. Andrew Orr gives us the details.


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15:12
A Tor Browser Might Not Be Your Best Solution for...

You’re becoming more privacy-minded, so you might be tempted to start using a Tor browser on your iPhone. Is that really the right move to make, though? Jeff Butts has tried out some of the best Tor-enabled browsers available, and has an interesting answer to that burning question.


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15:01
Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid...




Verizon on Monday introduced a new unlimited data tier for prepaid customers, with the plan adding to the mobile carrier's four capped options.

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15:00
EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: European Union lawmakers voted on Tuesday to ban online retailers from treating consumers differently depending on where they live and expanded their proposed law to include music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes. Ending so-called geoblocking is a priority for the European Commission as it tries to create a single market for digital services across the 28-nation bloc, but many industries argue that they tailor their prices to specific domestic markets. The proposal, which will apply to e-commerce websites such as Amazon, Zalando and eBay, as well as for services provided in a specific location like car rental, forbids online retailers from automatically re-routing customers to their domestic website without their consent. In a blow for the book publishing and music industries, European Parliament members voted to include copyright-protected content such as music, games, software and e-books in the law. That...

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14:53
This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your...

Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A n...

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14:37
Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap...

After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally getting making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games,...

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14:36
Verizon announces new $80/month prepaid unlimited...

As the unlimited data battle continues,Verizon today announced that it is bringing unlimited data to prepaid customers. The carrier announced that prepaid customers can now get unlimited data, text, and talk for $80 per month…

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14:30
Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabilizer

Are you familiar with the DJI Osmo gimbal? It's a device that holds its own camera, a smartphone, and/or a GoPro and allows for smooth video panning and tilting while keeping everything stabilized. In other words, if you want to hand hold an iPhone 7 Plus to film high quality video, you need a gimbal. Today, Dobot announced the start of its Kickstarter campaign to bring the Rigiet stabilizer to market for just $189 -- or $129 to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. The regular retail price is over $100 less than the DJI Osmo...

We were fortunate enough to receive a prototype of the Rigiet for testing and this device is incredible! 

Design

Out of the box, the Rigiet looks odd - a couple of machined metal arms that flop loosely atop a handle with a power button, joystick, and several switches. Inside that handle is a...

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14:28
iPhone 8 may be fast, but those benchmark results...

There’s a new image making the rounds online purporting to be the Geekbench results of the upcoming iPhone 8. The image shows off the iPhone 8’s supposed speed bump in both single-core and multi-core scores. The single-core speeds show a jump of nearly 30%, and the multi-core by nearly 50%.

While these lightning speeds are enough to make any soon-to-be-upgrader happy, they’re unfortunately fake.

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14:21
AT&T's faux 5G network launches in Austin

At last, 5G wireless is here... sort of. As promised, AT&T has launched its pre-standard 5G network, starting with certain parts of Austin. So long as you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you can get speeds that should leave LTE in the dust. Expect...

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14:05
New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot...

For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces-- first only little else beside the game's name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for "Classic Sonic," the 1990s version...

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14:00
Review: iDevices Wall Switch

iDevices' new Wall Switch is the company's second new HomeKit product of 2017, joining Wall Outlet in the arena of its installable devices. Wall Switch replaces any standard wall switch with a Wi-Fi HomeKit-enabled switch that provides basic on and off controls. Like many of iDevices' other products, the company has also included an independently-controllable multicolour LED night light in the centre of the switch that can be used to help locate it in the dark, or simply provide a small mount of ambient night lighting for a room. {/exp:char_limit}

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13:51
DC is launching its own streaming service with a...

DC Entertainment is getting into the streaming space with help from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the company's own service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young...

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13:46
Report: Apple poached augmented reality expert from...

All signs are pointing to Apple’s work on an augmented reality device of some sort, and now Apple has a new addition working on that effort: NASA’s Jeff Norris.

According to Bloomberg, Apple hired Norris away from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where he founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office, to work on its augmented reality products earlier this year.

Jeff Norris

Jeff Norris testing Microsoft's HoloLens in microgravity environments.

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13:39
Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial...




Speaking at the TED conference, Siri co-founder and Apple AI expert Tom Gruber declared that artificial intelligence should be used less to replace humans, and more to enhance aspects of humanity that are unreliable or fail with time, like memory.

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13:36
Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

Sling has realized that it also needs a dirt-cheap hardware offering to help hook wary users into cutting the cord. That's why it's heavily discounting the AirTV Player, which lets you access local channels and Netflix, from a single, Roku-esque box....

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13:33
Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to...




Later this year, Apple is expected to begin production of its advanced new power-efficient display technology known as micro-LED, which is expected to initially be used to replace OLED in Apple Watch Series 3. The shift is part of a series of moves that is concerning Samsung, LG and other South Korean suppliers.

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13:20
'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's...

Last month, Blizzard announced it would revamp its MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm, in a huge patch released in April. Its 2.0 update, which is live in North America, promised to upgrade its player progression system and added random-reward loot boxes...

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13:05
YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to...

YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app...

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13:03
Emergence of Robots Will, Remarkably, Force a Change...

The iPad was developed, in the Macintosh era of maturity, as a simpler alternaive for content consumption. It nicely eliminated the headaches of PC complexity and security concerns. Today, things are radically different, and the need to be able to create content and generate personal revenue is much more pressing than when the iPad was first conceived nearly a decade ago.


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12:55
Everything you need to know about ejecting from a...

Not that any of us would ever be in this situation but it’s still fascinating. The post includes some incredible video of pilots ejecting, including one from a plane already on the ground.

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12:51
Nastier version of IoT botnet could brick your smart...

Two new versions of a nasty botnet called BrickerBot were spotted in the wild by researcher Pascal Geenens, who reported the latest attack for security firm Radware. Permanent denial-of-service botnets like these can infect poorly-protected IoT devic...

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12:34
Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both...




On Tuesday, Apple updated its Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications for iOS and macOS, with the biggest addition being a numeric keypad for Numbers users on the iPad.

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12:33
A Doritos bag is all you need to play the '...

Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in an unusual way. They've created a custom-designed, limited edition series of Doritos bags with a built-in, rechargeable cassette deck-inspired player that plays th...

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12:32
Can you spot the snake?

I can’t see it and this perfectly encapsulates why I don’t go into the woods.

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12:18
Macintosh Original Andy Hertzfeld to Keynote Vintage...

Andy Hertzfeld from Steve Jobs’s original Macintosh team will be presenting a keynote address at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 5.0 in Roswell, Georgia. The event takes place on April 29th and 30th, and Mr. Hertzfeld will be speaking on April 29th. This event is dedicated to vintage computers and includes booths, consignments, hands-on activities, exhibits, concessions, and speakers. In addition to Mr. Hertzfeld, Tandy executive Don French will be offering his own keynote presentation. Andy Hertzfeld left Apple in 1984, and in the years since he cofounded Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (via Wikipedia). He also took a lead role in the creation of Google+. Admission for the event is $10 for one day and $15 for two days. Kids 17 and under get in free with a parent or...

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12:10
Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the...

Over a year ago, Spotify rolled out a slick new Behind the Lyrics integration on iOS that connected the song you were currently listening to with annotated lyrics from Genius. Like a cross between VH1's Pop Up Video and a karaoke machine, Behind the...

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12:07
Day One journal app adds printed books

Keeping a personal journal or diary is a wonderful way to keep track of personal growth, and the best way to do it on any Apple device -- Mac, iPhone or iPad -- is to use the Day One app ($4.99, half-off sale). While many people are content to view the ups and downs of their lives within the confines of an app, others may prefer to see their lives unfold in a traditional book. That's the new feature of Day One that longtime journal writers are going to love -- printed books.

The books are relatively inexpensive, costing anywhere from $14.99 for 50 pages up to $49.99 for a 400 page book. Have a need for a hardcover rather than the regular paperback cover? Add $5. Each book features a unique design, maps and stats, full-color photo printing on high-quality paper, and customizable covers and content. All of the creation,...

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11:55
Apple Introduces Today at Apple Events to Make its...

Apple wants its stores to be the place you hang out at with your friends, and part of the push to make that happen includes a new program called “Today at Apple.” The program includes free seminars to teach creative skills using Apple products taught by employees, and where available, industry experts.


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11:52
Samsung's emoji chat app helps people with...

It seems like emoji has become a language of its own, but each symbol is really a stand-in for a wide array of thoughts and emotions. This shorthand can be useful for someone who struggles to digest written words -- like those with aphasia, a languag...

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11:43
Apple AI expert says computing should augment human...

Tom Gruber, AI expert at Apple, delivered a talk at TED 2017 today to share his thoughts on the future power of computing. According to Axios, Tom Gruber declared that computing should be “used to augment human failings, such as memory.”

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11:40
Uber expects flying taxis by 2020

The company expects to deploy its flying taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai by 2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday.

Fuck no!

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11:39
Alphabet’s Waymo Offers ‘Early Riders’ Driverless...

Alphabet’s driverless car company—Waymo—announced an “Early Rider” program for its driverless cars. The company has invited the general public to apply to be part of the program, saying “We’re searching for early riders in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert. Come join us in making it safer and easier for everyone to get around!” The feel-good video below features a family that participated in small-scale tests, and Waymo said it would accept a “limited number” of additional participants in the expanded program. Alphabet CEO Larry Page has been an enthusiastic pursuer of driverless car technology since before Google, and Waymo’s goal is to launch a ride-hailing service based on its driverless platform. Apple, Didi, Uber, and a variety of other tech companies are all invested in a similar vision. Waymo’s testing in Arizona is a sharp reminder that a driverless future is marching inexorably closer. You can...

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11:37
∞ Low Rider: Cheech and Chong

I was just out for a drive and this song came on Pandora. I absolutely love this song, but I also remembered one of the funniest movies ever made—Cheech and Chong “Up in Smoke”. This is the opening scene of the movie.

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11:36
Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing...

Some reports predict that robots will replace 5 million jobs in the next couple of years. Bill Gates thinks we need a "robot tax" to compensate for those losses. A new partnership announced today between Swiss automation firm ABB and IBM's Watson ini...

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11:30
Is every speed limit too low?

Last Sunday, I decided to see what kind of gas mileage I could get on my motorcycle. I drove 90 minutes into downtown Vancouver, keeping to the speed limit the entire time. I got passed by everybody.

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11:28
'Star Wars: Episode IX' ends the trilogy...

Modern Star Wars movies have had a bad habit of slipping into December, but that isn't stopping Disney and Lucasfilm from wanting the space epic to become a summer blockbuster once again. The two have announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will debut...

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11:18
Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

The music industry has struggled to adapt to the digital world over the past couple of decades, but it might just be hitting its stride again. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Global Music Repo...

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11:04
Today at Apple sessions aim to make Apple stores the...

Move over, Starbucks. Apple wants to be the gathering spot for younger generations.

This week, Apple announced a series of educational sessions in all 495 Apple store locations around the U.S., starting in May. Titled “Today at Apple,” the hands-on sessions will bring together artists, photographers, and musicians at the top of their game to give customers tips on how to best use their Apple gear and software.

“‘Today at Apple’ is one of the ways we’re evolving our experience to better serve local customers and entrepreneurs,” Apple’s senior vp of retail Angela Ahrendts said. “We’re creating a modern-day town square, where everyone is welcome in a space where the best of Apple comes together to connect with one another, discover a new passion, or take their skill to the next level.

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11:00
Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker...




iDevices -- currently best known as a smarthome accessory maker, with devices supporting Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa -- has been bought out by Hubbell, a major player in B2B electrical and electronics products.

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11:00
IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew...

Since its introduction to the world in 2009, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been crushing humans in Jeopardy, helping chefs make food with unconventional recipes and even offering tech support. But what happens when the artificial intelligence machin...

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10:44
Amazon's latest Dash button orders you fresh...

Living in an apartment without an in-unit washer and dryer means that occasionally you go to great lengths to avoid carrying all your dirty clothes to the basement's laundry room. Every now and then that entails saving time ahead of a date or trip (b...

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10:38
Uber iPhone Tracking, Carpool Karaoke Delay – TMO...

Uber tried to pull one over on Apple by tracking iPhones in violation of App Store guidelines. Jeff Butts and Bryan Chaffin dive into what Uber did with Jeff Gamet, plus they share their thoughts on Apple postponing Carpool Karaoke’s premiere again.


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10:32
Apple updates iWork for iOS & macOS, iPad...

Apple released bug fix updates to apps in its iWork suite for both iOS and macOS. The new versions include new iPad keyboard improvements for Numbers on iOS.

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10:25
Flying, spherical displays are coming to a halftime...

Pepsi's drone show at the Super Bowl this year was impressive, sure, but imagine what those UAVs would've been capable of with more than one pixel. To wit, Japan's Docomo has designed a 144 x 136-pixel spherical LED screen that can display images whi...

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10:11
Stunning Apple Dubai Mall store set for Thursday...

Apple Dubai Mall: Gulf Business

On Thursday, April 27, Apple is set to open a new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai at the Dubai Mall. The store was designed by Foster + Partners -- an architectural firm that has worked with Apple on many of the flagship stores -- and features 18 "solar wings" that not only help to shield the sun during hot days, but are also considered one of the world's largest kinetic art pieces.

The "wings" mimic the purpose and artistic sense of the traditional Arabic "Mashrabiya", and are seen in the photos accompanying this post as the latticework over the windows. They're 37.5 feet high, and are each made up of 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods. The wings cover the entire 180 glass facade of the...

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10:03
Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community...

Apple's retail stores have long had a social side. You might not visit just to hang out, but the combination of free workshops and an abundance of connected devices gives you a reason to stay besides gawking at the latest products... if just to chec...

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09:52
Dutch judge: Apple can't replace broken iPads...

A judge in The Netherlands has ruled against on Apple for its common practice of replacing broken iPads with factory refurbished units, stating that the faulty units must replaced with new equipment.

The ruling is the end result of a 2015 lawsuit in which a woman purchased an iPad Air 2 with AppleCare. The unit experienced Wi-Fi connectivity issues after four months, and Apple replaced the iPad under warranty with a refurb. That's something that is usual practice for Apple, and it is even outlined in the terms of service for all iPads. 

The judge in the case ruled on April 18 that Apple can only replace a device purchased as new with a new device. When a person purchases a refurbished product, that...

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09:45
News: Apple rolling out ‘Today at Apple’ educational...

All of Apple’s 495 stores will begin featuring ‘Today at Apple’ educational sessions focusing on a wide range of topics starting sometime in May, the company announced today. While most will be led by Apple employees, the company also teased that in select cities participants will be treated to sessions from “world-class artists, photographers and musicians.” The free programs will focus on activities centered around…

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09:40
Uber wants to test its flying taxis by 2020

Today in Dallas, Uber is taking the wraps off its flying car plans. The company's three-day "Elevate" summit is meant to discuss all things relating to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft and how Uber sees them as a major part of its future st...

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09:36
Waymo launches widescale test of self-driving rides...




Alphabet's autonomous car division, Waymo, is expanding a ridehailing trial in Phoenix, Ariz., to members of the general public, marking perhaps the biggest real-world use of self-driving technology to date.

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09:35
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Pro $250 off, (...

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09:20
Powermat CEO calls wireless charging a ‘standard...

Wireless charging is widely expected to be on one if not all new iPhone models later this year, and the CEO of a prominent wireless charging technology company appears to consider it a done deal. Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski called wireless charging ‘a standard feature in the next iPhone’ ahead of any official iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 announcement.

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09:18
The Avengers take on gaming icons in 'Marvel vs...

After a year of silence, Capcom has announced eight new characters for its crossover fighter -- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Doubling down on Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Ultron and Rocket Racoon join the playable roster. On the...

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09:12
Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot...




Set to open to the public this Thursday, Apple is touting its new eco-friendly retail store in Dubai, including a 186-foot curved storefront and a balcony overlooking both Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain.

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09:10
Angela Ahrendts talks Apple store makeover, why Tim...

It’s interesting that Apple is going back to what they used to focus on – in-store demonstrations and training.

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09:02
Yet Another Report Pegs October, November for iPhone...

Another report saying the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November is out, and like those we’ve already seen it blames OLED displays for at least part of the problem.


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09:00
I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

At the Tribeca VR arcade this year, there were displays ranging from the harrowing to the distracting, but few were as eye-catching as Treehugger:Wawona. It's an interactive art installation that had headset-wearing participants hugging and caressing...

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08:54
Apple retail announces new store design, "Today...

Apple Store Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Apple announced today that the top 100 Apple stores worldwide will be redesigned to include a "grove" of live trees, meeting spaces, and large, dominating video screens like that in the new Apple Union Square retail outlet in San Francisco. In addition, 495 locations that are properly equipped will add a new educational event series called "Today at Apple".

The store redesigns will include a name change for the Genius Bar, which will become the Genius Grove in an obvious paean to the trees in the stores. As for the Today at Apple series, it will include both presentations and hands-ons sessions that cover topics ranging from photography, art, design, and music to programming. 

The Today at Apple sessions will be led by a new type of retail store employee -- the Creative Pro. These employees are being hired for professional-level knowledge of the subjects they teach at the sessions. In some major cities, the sessions...

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08:47
Apple's first original series, Carpool Karaoke...

In a blow to Apple’s original content ambitions, the company has delayed the scheduled April premiere of Carpool Karaoke to later this year.

In a strange move, Apple postponed the launch party for the full-length show, its first foray into original content, twice before canceling it altogether. According to Reuters, a party originally scheduled for March was rescheduled for Monday, but that party too was postponed.

Apple didn’t say why the series, an extended version of James Corden’s segments on CBS’s The Late Late Show, was being pushed back. A CBS Television Studios spokesperson told Reuters that the company is “excited about our Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”

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08:34
AWT TV Episode 5: Apple Watches, AR/VR, ecobee3 lite...

A screenshot from Luminos

Last night we live streamed episode 5 of AWT TV, and it was a good one. Featuring just Steve and Marty (Dennis is taking a much-needed vacation), the show celebrated the second birthday of another revolutionary Apple device -- the Apple Watch. 

During the show we talked about the Watch, its impact in both mobile payment and everyday life, and what the future could bring. One idea brought up by Steve is that an Apple Watch with built-in cellular (LTE) data capabilities could easily act as the "brains" for an Apple AR/VR headset. 

Steve spent about an hour yesterday installing an ecobee3 lite thermostat so he talks about how that went and about the device's new ability to use room sensors, while Marty did a fantastic demo of Luminos ($24.99). You have...

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08:28
News: Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by...

Smart home device maker iDevices has been acquired by Hubbell, a company that’s been around for more than 100 years. As with many such acquisitions, iDevices claims nothing will change with its day-to-day operations, pledging that, “We will continue to support and update our existing products and make new ones; all while utilizing the backing and expertise of Hubbell to accelerate our growth and leadership position in the IoT space.”…

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07:54
News: Apple delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ release to ‘...

Apple is delaying the release of its “Carpool Karaoke” adaptation for Apple Music, now saying only that “‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ will premiere on Apple Music later this year,” Reuters reports. During the Code Media conference in February, Apple said the show would debut in April, but a launch party scheduled for March was postponed without explanation, and another rescheduled for this Monday was also scrapped.…

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07:51
Rumor of the day: iPhone 8 and "8 Plus"...

Up to this point, the iPhone rumor industry has been solid in sending out a stream of unvalidated statements saying that there will be two main iPhone models this year: an iPhone 7S that will be an iterative improvement on the existing iPhone 7, and a radically different iPhone called the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro... Now a Chinese tech blog is saying that it received insider info from someone at Foxconn/Hon Hai that indicates that Apple would only be releasing the iPhone 8 and a "supersized" 8 Plus.

Rendering of an "iPhone 8" via KK Sneak Leaks

As with all rumors, this one needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt. First, Micgadget.com isn't exactly MacRumors...

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07:43
“Today at Apple”

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Sounds like an expanded version of what they used to do at the stores. I like it.

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07:32
Google Photos 2.14 adds AirPlay functionality

Google Photos for iOS was updated yesterday with official AirPlay support, adding the capability to stream photos and videos to TVs through Apple TV. Google Photos version 2.14 finally brings support for AirPlay to the app, almost two years after it was first launched. Prior to this release, iOS device users who wanted to "beam" photos and video to their TVs could not use an Apple TV as an AirPlay receiver.

Google Photos is quite a powerful app, with frequent updates in the past two years adding features like content-aware filters, visual search, and video stabilization. It's a free download from the iOS App Store. 

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07:26
Songwriting podcast, well worth your while

Into the craft that is songwriting? Check out Song Exploder, a podcast that invites artists to explain their process.

My 2 cents, the best place to start is with the latest episode, where Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo talks through his approach to writing the song Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori.

The whole thing was fascinating, from the backstory of the song’s inspiration, to the mechanics Rivers uses to bring together chord structures. Lots to learn here.

Wannabe songwriter? Give it a listen.

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07:22
Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail...




Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

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07:18
'Carpool Karaoke' delayed until later in...

Apple's first attempt at original video content has been delayed again. "Carpool Karaoke," which is a spinoff of the namesake segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, was first announced last July. Initially the show was to debut in March and was then pushed back to this month. Now the latest from Apple after postponing a launch party is that "Carpool Karaoke:The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year."

Apple is partnering with CBS Television Studios on the series, and CBS released a similar statement yesterday saying "We're excited about our 'Carpool Karaoke' for Apple Music, and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year." Apple is also working on a game-style reality TV show called "Planet of the Apps" for release at an unspecified date. 

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07:16
News: Dutch court rules Apple can’t replace broken...

A Dutch judge has ruled that Apple can’t use refurbished iPads to replace broken ones covered by its AppleCare warranty, Tweakers reports. While Apple’s terms of service explicitly state that the company can use refurbished units as replacements, the judge ruled that Apple can only issue refurbished replacements to customers who initially purchased a refurbished unit. “If a plaintiff had purchased a refurbished or replacement iPad,…

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07:14
Apple Bumps April’s Carpool Karaoke Launch to Later...

Apple had planned on launching its Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple Music this month, but that’s been pushed out until some time later this year. This is the second delay for the show’s launch, and Apple isn’t offering up any explanation for the delayed debut.


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07:11
Apple Store expanding new ‘Today at Apple’...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, has appeared in a new video interview with CBS This Morning where she discussed her time at the company and new Apple Store initiatives. The major new Apple Store effort centered around customer engagement is called ‘Today at Apple’ and will launch at the end of next month.

more…

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07:04
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune,...

Laura Hazard Owen, Neiman Lab:

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is at low and fact checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.

So what would happen if you combined professional journalism with fact checking by the people? On Monday evening, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an independent site (not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation) “that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together” in a combination that Wales hopes will combat fake news online — initially in English, then in other languages.

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07:00
First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an...




Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

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06:56
∞ Apple mines NASA’s JPL for AR and autonomous car...

Two articles kind of collided for me. Apple grabbed talent from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs for both their car and augmented reality projects. Is there a connection? [Read more…]

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06:53
Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said...




Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason -- tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.

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06:39
Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to...




Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service's run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called "Hell," which allegedly tracked drivers from the company's main U.S. rival Lyft.

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06:36
Apple delays release of first original series ‘...

Reuters:

A premiere party for “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled for March in Los Angeles was postponed without explanation days before it was to take place. This week, the company again postponed its launch party, which had been rescheduled for Monday.

To me, this is not original content that will make or break Apple’s approach to a cable cutting alternative. Perhaps they are pushing this back to somehow intersect with WWDC.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:36
News: Chinese blog claims Apple is only releasing...

Chinese blog Mic Gadget is saying that everyone else has Apple’s 2017 iPhone plans wrong, claiming that their “friends from Foxconn” shared news that the company is planning to release just two iPhone 8 models and no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus. The rumor is a fairly shaky one since the source has no track record of accurate leaks and the report seems based on news that “Foxconn will begin to receive the first deliveries of the material…

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06:26
Sling TV expands its Cloud DVR 'First Look...

Sling TV is adding more devices to its 'First Look' for the new Cloud DVR feature. Sling TV subscribers with an Apple TV can now try the beta service for $5 per month, which gets you 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

Cloud DVR first showed up as an invite-only beta last December on Roku devices and select Smart TVs. At the time our general impression was that it was a nice feature, but still a work in progress.

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06:06
Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished...




Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Instaread, Lifetime Subscription

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to Instaread for only $49.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. This service lets you read books in minutes, with key takeaways and summaries of more than 560 New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers right on your iPhone, with twenty new books added every month. You get get insights and key points from each book in 15 minutes or less, and read on your iPhone or tablet,…

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The Elite Apple Accessories Giveaway: Enter Today!

Many of our regular readers have signed up to receive notification of deals and other information from our deal partner, StackCommerce, and Apple World Today. For those of you who haven't yet signed up, we have an incentive this week -- we're giving away a bundle of Apple accessories that you'll be proud to win. All you need to do is sign up to enter.

What's in the bundle? A pair of Apple AirPods for your listening pleasure. An Apple Classic Buckle Leather Strap for your Apple Watch. An Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro! 

These are all Apple products, and have a value of $577. Somebody has to win, and it could be you. ...

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05:53
Another report claims iPhone 8 may not go on sale to...

Whilst we still aren’t entirely sure what the iPhone 8 will look like, there have been a flurry of rumors in the last month that the device will not be launching to Apple’s normal annual schedule.

Today, Nikkei is the latest publication to claim that the iPhone 8 may not be in customer’s hands until late October or November. The report pinpoints the OLED panel, wireless charging components and new circuit boards as the reason for the production problems.

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