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Monday August 21

04:41
Asian report says iPhone 8 face recognition system...

A Korean report on the Samsung-made OLED display for the iPhone 8 claims that the speed of the facial-recognition system used in the device will be measured in ‘millionths of a second.’

All the latest reports are pointing to Apple abandoning TouchID in the new flagship phone, replacing it with face recognition for both unlock and Apple Pay authorization. Though concerns have been expressed about this, it appears that Apple may have successfully addressed them …

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04:30
iStat Menus serves up all the stats you could want (...

By Aaron Lee

If you need to keep in-depth stats on your Mac's system operation, iStat Menus for Mac is arguably the best app for the job. The latest version (5) boasted a new design, more statistics, and more languages.

The handy tool monitors everything from your Mac's CPU activity to its internal fan speed. Once you've downloaded iStat Menus, you need to open and configure it. After that, you'll mainly interact with it via the menu-bar icons, whose content and visuals can be customized to your liking. 

Version 5 packs new menu bar icons and drop down menus. There's even an improved time menu with the current time, sunrise, noon, sunset, dawn, dusk light map and more for over 120,000 cities.

Other features include: support for memory pressure and compressed memory, support for a "dark mode" menubar, and info on which which apps are using lots of energy. The iStat Menu update also serves up enhanced per-app stats to show you how much...

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04:09
Barclays bank now lets customers make payments via...

If you have a Barclays bank account, you can now make payments simply by instructing Siri to do it.

The feature, added to the latest version of the company’s iOS app, uses the Siri integration for payment apps Apple introduced with iOS 10. PayPal took advantage of this last November, but banks have been slow to do so …

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04:02
Solar eclipse gives NASA a rare opportunity to study...

While you're stuck on Earth during today's solar eclipse, NASA jets will be performing a tricky science experiment on the Sun and its closest companion, Mercury. A pair of them will take off this morning from Houston's Johnson Space Center and follow...

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04:00
Apple among the top five global smart speaker...

Technavio has announced the top five leading vendors in their recent global smart speaker market report that covers a time period through 2021. Apple’s on the list. Since the tech giant doesn’t make smart speakers, I’m assuming that the company makes the list based on expected sales of the HomePod when it debuts.

Apple’s HomePod is expected to go on sale in December and cost $349. The device is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white, and also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices to provide remote access to home automation.

The global smart speaker market is likely to experience high growth during the forecast period, which is attributed to the growing number of smart homes across the globe that is continuously increasing the demand for the...

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03:38
iOS 11 to Bring Do Not Disturb While Driving

Do Not Disturb While Driving may make driving more enjoyable or even save your life. If you’re not into that, or if someone else can run your iPhone while you focus on the road, the feature can be turned off, either temporarily or permanently.

 

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 21, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Motorious Entertainment has rolled out Top Gear Road Trip. Featuring 120 levels, it’s a free, match-three racing game that allows players to join the official BBC Top Gear team in an adventure across the British Isles and Europe, playing classic challenges inspired by the TV show and building a collection of cars to compete against friends, enemies and frenemies.

macOS Apps/Updates

B-Eng has announced File Manager Pro 1.4, an update to the dual panel file manager for macOS. 

The utility sports extra functions like interactive disk overview, compress/uncompress tool, and more. Users can...

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03:10
Barclays customers can now ask Siri to make payments...

In today's edition of companies making it all too easy for us to spend money, Barclays has added a feature to its iOS app that will debit your account after hearing you utter but a few words. Or, less sinisterly put, Barclays' mobile banking app now...

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03:00
The Morning After: Monday, August 21st 2017

Welcome to Monday. The new Xbox One X is ready for pre-order, and Microsoft's talking up its features.

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02:03
iPhone 8 display assembly, flex cables and more...

iPhone 8 parts continue to appear on Chinese social media as the official unveiling September Apple event draws closer. Whilst a timeframe has yet to leak out, historical patterns point to September 6th as a likely date.

In this latest leaks (via Slashleaks), various purported components for the iPhone 8 are on show, including the flex cables for power transfer, part of the internal components for the Lightning cable and the display assembly (with the notch, as expected). More photos below …

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01:33
FBI reportedly advising companies to ditch Kaspersky...

Kaspersky Lab's tussle with the US government could have ramifications for its dealings with the private sector. A new report claims the FBI has been meeting with companies to warn them of the threat posed by the cybersecurity firm. The briefings are...

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Sunday August 20

23:15
CleanMyMac 3.8.6

Improves compatibility with 1Password, LaunchBar, and Dropbox. ($39.95 new, free update)

 

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20:48
Apple opens promised iTunes donations to Southern...




As planned Apple has opened up iTunes donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, part of a broader reaction to the violence at this month's far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va.

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18:16
Alfred 3.4.1

Maintenance update for keyboard-driven launcher prevents incompatible workflows from loading in macOS 10.12.4 Sierra and later. (£17 new, free update, 2.7 MB)

 

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18:08
Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best...




Alpine's newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

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15:16
Mactracker 7.6.6

Adds detailed information about all recent hardware and operating system releases, including. (Free, 91.8 MB)

 

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13:39
How the Voyager golden record was made

A fascinating story about a remarkable project.

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12:57
‘Planet of the Apps’ wasn’t the best show ever, but...

I couldn’t/didn’t watch all ten episodes. If you did, what did you think? Would you watch another full season of the show?

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12:15
Bookends 12.8.3

Paves the way for compatibility with Mellel 4. ($59.99 new, free update, 37.4 MB)

 

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09:30
The best ice cream maker

By Marguerite Preston and Lesley Stockton

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions...

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09:15
Microsoft Office 2016 15.37

Adds Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for identifying malicious links. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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08:56
Cool Stuff Found, NAS Advice, and Geek Challenges – ...

It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!


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07:59
Facebook patent reveals more details about its AR...

Mark Zuckerberg showed off a render of the AR glasses Facebook is working on last year, but he didn't reveal a lot of details about the device. Now, we finally know a bit more about it, thanks to a new patent application filed by members of Oculus' a...

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07:58
iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts...

Apple’s iTunes U Collections will move to Apple Podcasts next month with the release of iTunes 12.7. As the company removes iTunes U from the macOS/PC iTunes app, Apple is encouraging users to access and utilize the content from the iOS or Apple TV app.

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07:10
Apple now accepting donations for Southern Poverty...

As Tim Cook mentioned in an email last week to employees, Apple has taken another step to promote equality and justice after the Charlottesville tragedy as it has teamed up with the Southern Poverty Law Center to accept donations through iTunes this morning.

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06:30
Ben Heck's 'IoT on Wheels'

Ben and Felix are taking part in element14's IoT on Wheels design challenge with help from a local electrical engineer, Bob Baddeley, to use ST Microelectronic's Nucleo microcontroller board and Bluetooth module. The team decided to work on an In...

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03:33
Google tests tools that encourage you to pay for news

It's no secret that Google and conventional news outlets have a fraught relationship, and that's in no small part due to the problems publishers have turning Google searchers into paying customers. Why subscribe when you just read an article for free...

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Saturday August 19

22:59
First look: Adata SE730H portable USB-C SSD a good...




While small SSDs aren't new, ones with USB-C compatibility are. AppleInsider examines the forthcoming Data SE730H USB-C portable SSD.

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22:51
Australian courts order ISPs to block 59 pirate...

Australian authorities will make it much harder to keep up with the latest on Game of Thrones. They're expected to crack down hard on dozens of pirate websites that serve unauthorized movies and TV shows within the next couple of weeks. That's becaus...

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20:04
Sorry, Amazon is canceling your 'free'...

If you thought that free Echo Dot was too good to be true... well, you were right. Amazon is cancelling zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker, informing buyers that a "technical error" was responsible for the surprise Audible discount. You won'...

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19:58
Apple uses hidden webpage to recruit cloud...




A hidden, now-defunct page on Apple's website was apparently being used by the company to recruit an engineer for work on a "critical infrastructure component."

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18:32
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' won't get...

BioWare vowed to fix Mass Effect: Andromeda's numerous teething troubles shortly after launch, but there's apparently only so much it can do. The studio has revealed that its 1.10 patch is the last single-player update for the game -- in a confirmat...

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16:58
VW's electric microbus will become a reality in...

When Volkswagen unveiled the ID Buzz, the assumption was that it would meet the same fate as many concept cars: it'd look good at an auto show, and promptly disappear when cold economic realities set in. Thankfully, the Buzz won't suffer that fate....

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15:27
Nest's sub-$200 thermostat might swap metal for...

The Nest thermostat's premium looks match its pretty hefty price tag, but if you're cool with a simpler version that can still do the job, you may want to wait it out. Evan Blass, a notable gadget leaker known as evleaks, has tweeted an image of what...

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13:59
Uber favors former GE leader as its next CEO

Ever since Uber ousted CEO Travis Kalanick, there's been one overriding question: just who would be daring enough to replace him and salvage the ridesharing outfit's tattered reputation? At last, an answer is emerging. Recode sources hear that form...

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12:28
Dell founder offers low-key response to...

Tech giants like Apple and Intel have vocally opposed both the racist violence in Charlottesville and President Trump's equivocating response to it, but former manufacturing council member Dell has remained silent. Where's its statement? Well, compan...

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11:00
Recommended Reading: Netflix's heroes return in...

'The Defenders' Is
Thrilling Superhero
Team-Up Entertainment
Mark Hughes,
Forbes

Netflix's last Marvel series, Iron Fist, didn't quite offer the same thrills as its previous three original series. Its fourth installment that unites all four heroes...

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10:50
Heading in the Right (Re)Direction


If you've taken the time to get the hang of terminal basics, you're probably at the point where you want to start putting together what you've learned. Sometimes issuing commands one at a time is enough, but there are cases when it can be tedious to enter command after command just to perform a simple task. This is where the extra symbols on your keyboard come in. For the shell, the terminal's command interpreter, those symbols are not wasted keys -- they're powerful operators that can link information together, split it apart, and much more.

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10:23
Apple looks for exceptional engineer with a secret...

A hidden Apple website that hosts a job description and invitation to apply for an important position has recently been discovered. The posting describes a role that should be filled by a “talented engineer” who will develop a critical infrastructure component for the company’s ecosystem.

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09:30
Logitech's PowerPlay delivers no-compromise...

It's 2017 and many hardcore PC gamers are still devoted to their wired mice. Ask them why and you'll likely get two reasons: You don't have to worry about charging them, and there's no need to worry about potential latency issues. Either of those iss...

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08:34
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 design teases,...

In this week’s top stories: Apple releases iOS 11 beta 6 and we break down what all is new, McDonald’s teases an iPhone 8 design, we see a new iPhone 8 ‘Home Bar’ and dark mode concept, Apple shares six new iOS 11 videos, Apple Watch Series 3 updates, and more.

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08:00
Digitally designed pancakes come to life with the...

This is utterly insane and stupid and I want one so bad.

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08:00
The three TVs that made our buyer's guide

Hot on the heels of updating our buyer's guide, we have three more additions, and they're all TVs. Of all the models out there, we've edited our selection to just three: two reasonably priced ones, and another for the "money is no object" crowd. So w...

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07:00
ASUS ZenFone AR review: A 'better' Tango...

Google's Tango augmented reality technology isn't new, and its debut last year on Lenovo's Phab2 Pro left a lot to be desired. I mean, honestly, as neat as AR apps can be, an enormous phone with a mid-range chipset wasn't the best vehicle for them. M...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning!

The weekend has arrived, and we're talking Twitter's problems dealing with Trump, a casual drone landing on a battleship, and the battle against hate online.

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04:00
The hottest Apple-related news for the week of...

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of August 14-18.

Apple sold an estimated 3.98 million Mac laptops in the second quarter of the 2017 calendar year for a quarter-on-quarter increase of 17.1%, according to TrendForce. The tech giant now ties for fifth place among the top global notebook brands, notes the market research firm.

Apple has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to the Wall Street Journal, and could acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows. The company has also...

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02:14
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 might be out as soon as...

For a while after the Note 7 debacle, the fate of Samsung's supersized phone line was uncertain. It soon became pretty clear, though, that the Korean manufacturer isn't killing the name: Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 8 on August 23rd, and acco...

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Friday August 18

22:17
Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car...

Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and ha...

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21:48
How to shoot the Aug. 21 solar eclipse on an iPhone




On August 21, for the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will trace a coast-to-coast path across the U.S. Here's some tips on how to capture it with your iPhone.

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21:14
This week on AI: Apple Watch 'Series 3,'...




Some of the most interesting news of the week revolved around this fall's Apple Watch "Series 3," which may get LTE, but not a new look. Apple also appears to have big Hollywood plans -- if not quite as big as HBO or Netflix.

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20:44
Functional Apple I computer to hit online auction...




A fully operational Apple I computer built by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 is going up for auction through Charitybuzz next month, with all proceeds earmarked for charity.

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20:08
Fighting classic 'Tekken' debuts on mobile

Fighting game Tekken is coming to your smartphone screens, joining the likes of Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, South Park and some Sega Genesis titles in the ring. Maker Bandai Namco announced the Tekken Mobile game is open for pre-registration...

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18:21
‘Secret World Legends’ expands into disaster-ridden...

The Secret World was rebooted in June as the free-to-play, shared-world RPG Secret World Legends and it just received the first of three updates that will expand the game into a "disaster-ridden and monster-infested" Tokyo. Tokyo: Back to the Beginni...

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17:21
Daring Fireball Turns 15

15 years ago this week, I started Daring Fireball with this piece on a then-new lineup of PowerMac G4’s. I groan at the use of “the Daring Fireball” in lieu of the first person, but otherwise it holds up pretty well stylistically.

A quick tally: to date I’ve written 1,173 full columns and 25,486 Linked List entries (including this one). Total word count, not including the entry titles:

  • Full columns: 1,048,662 original words (1,190,759 total words, including blockquotes).
  • Linked List entries: 952,854 original words (1,923,963 total words, including blockquotes).
  • Combined: 2,001,516 original words (3,114,722 total words, including blockquotes).

Not bad.

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16:49
Apple's Siri latest target in string of natural...




One-man company Word to Info on Friday expanded a string of patent lawsuits over natural language processing technology -- active cases involve Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Nuance -- to include Apple, taking specific aim at the tech titan's Siri virtual assistant.

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16:45
Bundesliga is the latest soccer league to use video...

MLS began using video assistant referees (VAR) earlier this month, and when the top German league began its season today, it too employed the tech. Bundesliga announced back in January that it would use the video review tech during the 2017-18 season...

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15:37
Case manufacturer says Apple likely to ditch Touch...




Accessory maker Nodus believes Apple will abandon Touch ID fingerprint technology when it releases "iPhone 8," information the case maker gathered from supply chain sources as it worked on designs for the forthcoming handset.

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15:32
Fisker’s luxury EV will debut in January at CES 2018

Legendary car designer Henrik Fisker has announced when we'll finally get to lay eyes on his electric luxury EMotion sedan in person. The car will debut in January at CES 2018. As Fisker told TheStreet, the team behind the vehicle will also introduce...

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15:21
Comcast Launches Xfinity Mobile Wireless Service...

Just in case you were thinking to yourself, “Hey, Comcast doesn’t have a big enough footprint in my life,” I’ve got good news for you. The media behemoth announced Friday that Xfinity Mobile is launching nationwide in the U.S. Comcast commercials ask, “It makes you wonder: shouldn’t we get our phones and internet from the same company?” Quick response: no it doesn’t and how on earth does that make sense? Anyhoo…it’s $45 per line per month for unlimited data or $12 per month per GB of data.


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14:49
Google mobile search shows 6-second video previews

If you've searched for videos often enough on Google, you've probably had that moment where you tapped the wrong video because you weren't quite sure it was what you were looking for. No more: Google has added 6-second video previews to its mobile s...

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14:40
Play as David Beckham in his prime in ‘PES 2018’

Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer franchise always vies with EA Sports' FIFA series for the year's best football game. To get an edge over its competitor, Konami packed new features into this year's edition -- along with licensing some celebrity athletes...

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14:28
Apple Daily Report for August 18, 2017

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

The EFF has criticized internet providers for blocking the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, saying it violates the principals of free speech and could backfire. "We strongly believe that what GoDaddy, Google and Cloudflare did here was dangerous," it said in a blog post. "We would be making a mistake if we assumed that these sorts of censorship decisions would never turn against causes we love."

Apple has published a series of...

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14:20
10% of the Internet Is Encrypted with Lava Lamps

Bryan Chaffin loves Lava Lamps and used to own a half dozen of them, but who knew they could be one of the keys to encryption?


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14:14
An interview with Louis Rossetto, the co-founder of...

Last week, I met Louis and we walked down a memory lane, talking about our publishing lives, disappointments and emotional challenges of breaking up with something you create. We pondered about the state of the media, the emergence of President Trump and why we need to be optimistic about the future.

Such a great interview. It’s like we’re listening in on two friends sitting down for a chat.

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14:12
Apple’s Siri Provides Clues About Whether Robots...

Siri is our first exposure to artificial intelligence and may tell us something about whether AIs and robots will put us all out of work.


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14:09
China's online court heard its first case today

The Hangzhou Internet Court, a new online court in China that will hear internet-related civil cases, had its first trial today. Today's copyright infringement case was between a novelist and a web company that offered her novel to online subscribers...

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13:43
Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to...

Facebook is trying to figure out what people want from Marketplace, so it's going to add a bunch of new products from real vendors in order to suss that out. "We'll kind of look and see what's popular, what people want to engage with," Deb Liu, Faceb...

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13:41
Using the iOS 11 iPad Dock to Work Smarter

Jeff Butts loves the expandability and utility of the Dock in iOS 11, and is sure that you will, too.


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13:39
Apple posts “How to” videos for iPad

Getting the most out of your iPad Pro is as easy as it looks. Just watch and learn.

Great idea for Apple to put out these videos showing people how to get the most out of the iPad Pro and the upcoming iOS 11.

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13:38
Happy Hour Podcast 133 | LTE Apple Watch doubts,...

This week Benjamin and Jeff discuss the latest Apple Watch 3 rumors including LTE and cellular calling, the new iOS 11 beta 6 and what has changed, Apple’s billion dollar TV show buying budget, and Jeff’s Nintendo Switch video review.

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

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13:19
Google figured out how to flawlessly remove stock-...

Watermarks are placed on copyrighted images like stock-photos in order to keep people from using them without permission or without paying. And manually removing them requires Photoshop skills, time and being ok with the image not looking its best po...

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13:07
Formula One 2017 for Mac with Same Day Release as...

Feral Interactive announced Friday that Formula One 2017 will be released on August 25th, with a same-day release for Mac and PC. The game, created by Codemasters, offers a stunning Formula One racing experience. In addition to the trailer below, Codemasters released a 26 minute, unedited gameplay video that is just unbelievable. The game features a Research 7 Development tree, the ability to tune the cars, a career mode, and off-track activities. The game will be available through Feral and Steam for US$59.95, with a Mac App Store version coming later for $49.99. System requirements haven’t published, but are likely to be steep. If you’re a racing game enthusiast, it’ll be worth it.

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12:59
∞ The Dalrymple Report: iPhone photography with...

This week I chat with Shawn King about photography and how people can take better pictures using their iPhone.

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12:51
Microsoft could release an Xbox One X ‘Project...

Microsoft used "Project Scorpio" as the code name for the Xbox One X, its powerful new gaming console set to release on November 7th. According to a couple of leaks on German website Xbox Dynasty, the company will celebrate the launch with a new day...

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12:45
The Echo Dot was free on Amazon for a hot minute

The Echo Dot, Amazon's $50 in-home assistant, was briefly free on Amazon today, thanks to an "Audible" discount that got added at checkout. The discount applied to both black and white models, though it now appears people trying to score a free Echo...

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12:30
‘Marjorie Prime’ explores the limits of AI built...

Marjorie, 86, is dying. In her final months, she finds solace in an artificially intelligent holographic re-creation of her late husband, Walter, called "Walter Prime." They talk every day, recounting special moments of their life together. But her m...

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12:26
Apple Wants to Make Sure You Know iOS 11 Brings...

This is the first time we can remember the companAppley being aggressively proactive about preparing customers for that change.


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12:20
Hollywood, Apple Said To Mull Rental Plan, Defying...

An anonymous reader shares a report: Movie studios are considering whether to ignore the objections of cinema chains and forge ahead with a plan to offer digital rentals of films mere weeks after they appear in theaters, according to people familiar with the matter. Some of the biggest proponents, including Warner Bros and Universal Pictures, are pressing on in talks with Apple and Comcast on ways to push ahead with the project even without theater chains, the people said. After months of negotiations, the two sides have been unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial way to create a $30 to $50 premium movie-download product. The leading Hollywood studios, except for Walt Disney, are eager to introduce a new product to make up for declining sales of DVDs and other home entertainment in the age of Netflix. They have discussed sharing a split of the revenue from premium video on demand, or PVOD, with the cinema chains if they give their blessing to the concept. But the exhibitors have...

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12:18
Porn site offers to revive 'Sense 8' for a...

Sense8 is one of the more creatively interesting shows available on just about any streaming service. The Wachowski-made Netflix show, now in its second and final season, tells the story of eight people with special powers using very human themes: lo...

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12:15
BlackPods: Transform your Apple AirPods

Thanks to BlackPods for sponsoring The Loop this week. At BlackPods, we’ve developed a proprietary coating system specifically for Apple’s AirPods. Our three-phase finishing procedure utilizes the latest in solvent-based painting technology to yield a luxurious finish that exceeds U.S. Military specifications. Every pair of customized AirPods we produce is hand-finished by a team of skilled artisans. Whether you purchase them through us or send yours in, each pair of AirPods is subjected to a rigorous visual and quality inspection.

BlackPods sells their AirPods in two colors: BlackPods Classic (high-gloss black), and BlackPods Stealth (matte black). BlackPods Classic are available for $279, and BlackPods Stealth are available for $299. Both finishes include free domestic shipping. BlackPods also allows its customers to mail in their own AirPods for customization– $99 for high-gloss black and $119 for matte black.

Use...

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12:07
Merged VR: Augmented Reality Cubed


There is considerable development activity at the high end of hardware and content creation for virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as such AR aliases as mixed reality, extended reality and others. Most industry investment is aimed at leading-edge gaming and industrial application development. However, the low-end of the market is also worth looking at, to see how people and institutions without big budgets -- consumers and education -- might adopt these technologies sooner, rather than waiting for the advancements to trickle down.

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12:00
Options for neo-Nazis on the internet are starting...

If you're an American who's ever wondered what it would be like to have had the internet and today's technology during the time of Nazi ascension in Germany, take a look around. You're soaking in it.

While a whole lot of us have been aware of this s...

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11:39
Google Home guides you through Vogue’s 125th...

Google's partnerships with media companies for Home add-ons goes beyond advertisements for Beauty and the Beast. For next month's 125th anniversary issue of Vogue, readers can ask Google Assistant for more information on a quintet of articles. Once t...

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11:30
9to5Rewards: Clockwork Synergy’s new Perlon and NATO...

This week we’re partnering with Clockwork Synergy for a giveaway of some of its latest Apple Watch bands. Head below to learn how you can win a new strap for yourself.

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11:28
Everything You Need to Know about the Apple Secure...

The Secure Enclave is isolated from the rest of the system. It’s like having a house where the windows are blacked out. The decryption means that now we can look through the windows, but we still can’t get in.


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11:26
Android O, Google's response to Apple's...




Google will showcase and possibly launch the next version of Android, "Android O," on August 21 -- setting the stage for competition with Apple's iOS 11, which should come to iPhones and iPads as soon as next month.

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11:22
TCL limits its budget-friendly 4K smart TV to one...

When we picked TCL's P-Series Roku 4K Smart TV for our Buyer's and Back to School Guides, we noted a perfectly good television with an "extra-bright screen, good contrast and accurate colors" — a steal for $650. The Wirecutter named it "The Bes...

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11:02
The next 'Final Fantasy' brawler '...

We knew that the next entry in Final Fantasy's all-star brawler Dissidia series would be coming to PS4, and a possible Amazon mishap clued us in to an end-of-2017 release. Square Enix has announced that Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will arrive a little...

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11:01
Hands on: ScreenFlow 7 update turns the screen...




Extensive editing, titling and annotation features recently added to ScreenFlow 7 make it a serious production tool.

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11:01
iOS 11 ‘cop button’ also helps users w/ Medical ID...

iOS 11 beta 6 (released earlier this week) includes a new feature to quickly disable Touch ID from the lock screen. Tapping the lock button five times to access the SOS screen or opening a Medical ID will cause the iPhone or iPad to temporarily reject all Touch ID attempts, requiring a passcode to unlock.

We have confirmed with sources that this behavior is intentional rather than a bug, as well as some explanation as to why it was added. Whilst in theory it can be used to prevent law enforcement from compelling suspects to unlock their device with fingerprint, it also helps protect people who have fallen unconscious…

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10:46
Google uses machine learning to help journalists...

Hate crimes have sadly existed long before last weekend's tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia but tracking them has been difficult. To help fix that, the Google News Lab has partnered with ProPublica, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, the Sou...

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10:30
NBD, just a liquid cooled, Ryzen-powered Hackintosh...

When you think of Hackintosh build, you may generally think of an Intel-powered rig in a big and bulky PC enclosure. That’s not the case for friend of the site Dom Esposito’s build, which took over a month to put together. His Ryzen-powered Hackintosh is neatly nestled inside of a custom Power Mac G5 case, providing a unique take on a Hackintosh build both on the inside and outside.  more…

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10:23
Apple’s Secure Enclave Encryption Key Revealed,...

Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out the news that the encryption key for the iPhone and iPad Secure Enclave has been released on the internet, and they also look at Apple’s US$1 billion investment in original programming for Apple Music.


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10:18
USA Today teams with Instagram to livestream the...

The USA Today Network has announced that in collaboration with Instagram, it will livestream the total solar eclipse on August 21st. The feed will feature real-time video broadcasts by journalists in areas along the eclipse's path of totality. Report...

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10:13
F1 2017 arrives Aug 25 for Mac, check out the new...

It is always good news when the macOS port of a AAA game releases day and date with the console and PC versions. Feral Interactive is no stranger to having done so as one of the most well known developers for porting games over to the Mac. Today we get news that the latest entry in the F1 series will be releasing on August 25th for Mac, the same day as the PC and console release. more…

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10:00
100 years of eclipse-chasing revealed in quirky...

There are some great photos here, some of which you’ll recognize.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:00
The best instant camera

By Erin Lodi

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. R...

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09:46
Report: Apple & Comcast in talks w/ studios for...

Apple is still in talks with major movie studios alongside Comcast for a service that would make digital movie rentals available for new releases just weeks after hitting theaters, according to a new report from Bloomberg detailing the negotiations.

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09:45
News: Apple and Hollywood still discussing plans for...

Movie studios are still considering plans to offer premium early access movie rentals via iTunes, Bloomberg reports. Despite objections from cinema chains, Hollywood wants to forge ahead in offering digital rentals of films only weeks after they arrive in theatres, according to people familiar with the matter. Discussions about possible studio agreements between Apple and the studios began late last year, and have been ongoing for months since, although…

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27-inch 5K iMac $1,399, HP...

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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Square Enix announced another Final Fantasy XV spin-off today - Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition. This mobile, episodic version of the hit RPG gives the game a chibi-fied makeover. The first episode will be free, followed by 9 more premium episodes... | Read more »
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Meshi Quest is Square Enix's newest free-to-play release, and it's a real charmer. You start off as the head of a sushi restaurant, upgrading your food and equipment as you serve visitors heaping helpings of your delicious meals. As you progress,... | Read more »
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The best card combos in Clash Royale
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2v2 is making it's grand return toClash Royalequite soon. 2v2 has quickly become one of the game's most popular gameplay modes, though they still have yet to make it a permanent fixture in the game. 2v2 is exciting and adds some new flavor to... | Read more »

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Amazon has the new 2017 21″ 2.3GHz iMac (MMQA2LL/A) in stock and on sale for $999.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
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