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Thursday January 26

Apple rumored to start construction on second...

Apple may be working on a new Belgian store, this time in the city of Bruges, according to claims made on Thursday -- though firm evidence of the project has yet to appear.

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Apple reportedly close to joining Partnership on AI...

Apple could help further research efforts in the field of artificial intelligence in the future, with a report claiming it will be joining the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group that counts, Google, Facebook, other major tech companies in its membership.

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Apple granted a patent for its Find My Friends...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170026796) for “identifying and locating users on a mobile network.” It involves the iOS app/service, Find My Friends.

With Find My Friends, you can follow and track folks with your iPhone or iPad. You can also share your location with the people you choose. Location is determined using GPS in the iOS device when Location Services are turned on. Notifications appear when a user requests another user to see where they are or is turned on through the message application. It can also be accepted through Facebook sharing options. Find My Friends can be turned on and off at any time.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A system and method of locating ‘friends’ having mobile devices connected to a network and associated with a user account is disclosed. The method includes sending a request to a mobile device, the mobile device determining its present geographic location and responding to the requestor with this information...

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Apple reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI

Apple is reportedly set to join the Partnership on AI, an artificial intelligence research group that includes Amazon, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Apple’s admission into the group could be announced as soon as this week, reports Bloomberg, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the situation.”

Partnership on AI (the full name is Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society) is a technology industry consortium focused on establishing best practices for artificial intelligence systems and to educate the public about AI. Its goal is to “conduct research, recommend best practices, and publish research under an open license in areas such as ethics, fairness and inclusivity; transparency, privacy, and interoperability; collaboration between...

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Google Translate iOS app can now do live Word Lens...

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your iPhone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.


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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview release 22...

It’s not a huge update, but it’s fun to play with.

Apple’s experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

Safari Technology Preview 10.2 release 22, packs in a series of patches including enhanced JavaScript and CSS handling, as well as general website rendering.

The new additions include improvements to Web Inspector, which now has a a new user interface zoom level function directly in the Settings tab, which can now be accessed via a keyboard shortcut.

In addition, Apple lets users sync iCloud data with the browser to make it easier to use it as a daily driver while testing out new features. Google and Mozilla have offered developer channels for beta and alpha versions of Chrome and Firefox for some time, so Safari Technology Preview was a much-welcome addition for developers.

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Qualcomm CEO slams Apple for 'without merit...

Senior executives at Qualcomm slammed Apple on Wednesday for lawsuits filed in the last week alleging the smartphone chip-maker significantly overcharged it for licensing fees.

The spat saw cases filed last Friday in California and this week in Beijing and were top of mind when Qualcomm conducted an earnings call with analysts on Wednesday.

For 15 minutes, Qualcomm executives criticized Apple’s moves, calling the two lawsuits “without merit” and accused the iPhone-maker of trying to use them as a way to reduce the royalties the iPhone maker pays to Qualcomm. 

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Apple to incorporate SiriKit functionality into...

Per new developer documentation released on Tuesday, it looks like you’ll be able to control Siri via your Apple Watch in order to interact with third-party applications.

The feature is one of a handful of enhancements expected to arrive in the upcoming operating system, watchOS 3.2, which will also introduce a “Theater Mode” option.

With the update, you’ll be able to mute the sound on your Apple Watch or disable the device’s feature to wake the screen when you raise your wrist. This should allow you to be less intrusive to others when watching a movie or being in a darkened room where you’re expected to keep quiet.

The SiriKit feature, which is making its way to watchOS, will allow you to speak commands to your Apple Watch.

SiriKit was already available on iPhone and iPad in iOS 10, but Apple Watch may be the most useful platform for the functionality.

According to Apple’s release notes on watchOS 3.2, not all apps will be able to take...

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Apple tops the list of U.S. corporations seeking to...

According to a new report from employee-employer matching company Indeed — as noted by —  Apple tops the list of best U.S. corporations seeking to fill cybersecurity roles.

Indeed announced its ranking of the 10 best U.S. organizations looking to hire more cybersecurity experts;. Apple comes out on top, with the New York Federal Reserve coming in second. Patient First, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Capital One, Cisco, Intel, Northrop Grumman and Boeing round out the list.

To assemble its top 10 list, Indeed assessed companies based on employee experience ratings. The businesses listed had at least 20 job postings for cybersecurity positions on the Indeed platform between October and December 2016.

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iVisor Pro is a fine accessory for protecting your...

Moshi has released a new version (Pro 15) of its iVisor screen protector for the 2016 MacBook Pro. If you’ve shelled out for the pricey laptop, this $38.95 accessory can help protect — and enhance — its display.

The iVisor Pro 15 is a washable, reusable matte screen protector that reduces glare while delivering clarity with bubble-free installation. Moshi had me at “bubble-free installation,” since I’m apparently incapable of installing an iPhone or iPad screen protector without leaving bubbles — and I HATE bubbles on my devices’ displays.

The thin film has an adhesive bezel and keeps the screen from getting covered with fingerprints and smudges. It also provides a non-glare matte finish to reduce reflections. 

You should clean your MacBook Pro’s screen thoroughly before installing the iVisor Pro 15. It’s a bit tricky to align it properly with the laptop screen. The first time...

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What to expect from Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call...

It’s that time again–time to tie that tie and tighten your money belt. Next week, Apple will once again reveal its quarterly earnings report, leading to a lot of Kremlinology, the parsing of numbers, and a bumping up or down of the Apple stock price.

The results will arrive on January 31 at about 1:30 p.m. Pacific, followed at 2 p.m. by the usual phone call between Apple execs (generally CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri) and a collection of analysts.

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Apple set to join AI industry group to agree best...

A tech industry body established to agree best practice in the use of artificial intelligence had one notable omission in the impressive list of member companies. IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon all signed up, but Apple didn’t.

The Partnership on AI was formed in September, with part of its brief to make recommendations in the areas of ethics, fairness, inclusivity, privacy and trustworthiness – all values you might expect Apple to fully endorse. But while the company didn’t sign up at the time, it appears this is about to change …


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How to customize your Finder view options in macOS...

Previously, we looked at how to set a default view in the macOS Sierra Finder. In the four Finder views, there are additional ways to customize how your items are displayed. Sort items, arrange icons, and resize columns.

Your settings for sorting and arranging items in a folder apply until you change them. For example, if you sort your Documents folder by Date Added, the next time you view your Documents folder, it’s sorted by Date Added.

To sort items, in any view, choose View > Show View Options, click the Sort By pop-up menu, then choose the sort order, such as Date Modified or Name. In List view and Cover Flow, move the pointer over the column name you want to sort by, then click it. Click the column name again to reverse the sort order.

To arrange items, in any view, click the Item Arrangement button, then choose an option, such as...

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Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish...

For almost thirty years, Sky has operated first and foremost as a satellite television provider. Sure, the company has expanded its empire to include phone, broadband and, more recently, mobile services, but many of its customers have at some point h...

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'MLB: The Show 17' makes pitching a cinch...

Unlike how EA Sports has handled its monopoly on NFL games with Madden, Sony's venerable MLB: The Show series tries keeping things fresh, and most importantly fun, each season. One of the cooler aspects of this year's incarnation is Retro Mode. As th...

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Wednesday January 25

D-Wave has its first customer for a $15 million...

The last time we reported on Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave, it'd extended a contract for its 500-qubit D-Wave Two machine. Now, the firm has announced a major step forward: commercial availability of the D-Wave 2000Q, which it says has 2,...

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Gmail will start blocking JavaScript attachments in...

If you want to email a .js file to somebody for any reason, you only have a few more days to do so through Gmail. The service will start blocking JavaScript file attachments starting on February 13th, adding it to its list of restricted file types, w...

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First look: Night Shift mode comes to Mac in latest...

As rumored, Apple included a new Night Shift mode -- borrowed from iOS -- in the recently released macOS Sierra 10.12.4 beta, promising a low blue light viewing experience for nighttime computer work. Check out what the feature looks like and how to activate it in AppleInsider's latest video installment.

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AI is nearly as good as humans at identifying skin...

If you're worried about the possibility of skin cancer, you might not have to depend solely on the keen eye of a dermatologist to spot signs of trouble. Stanford researchers (including tech luminary Sebastian Thrun) have discovered that a deep learn...

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Hugo Barra's next job: Head of Oculus VR

Mark Zuckerberg just revealed the next landing spot for former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra: Facebook. As Barra revealed a couple of days ago, he's coming back to Silicon Valley and will "lead all of our virtual reality efforts, including o...

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Apple sues Qualcomm in China, expanding fight over...

Qualcomm displays some of its patents on a wall in its headquarters in San Diego, California. (credit: Nathan Rupert / flickr)

Apple filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Qualcomm on Friday, alleging that the chipmaker's patent-licensing practices amount to  "extortion." Today, the full, international extent of that legal assault became clearer, as Apple filed two more lawsuits in Beijing's Intellectual Property Court.

Like the US cases, the Chinese lawsuits say that Qualcomm abused its dominant position in the industry,...

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Quicken 2017 for Mac 4.4.3

Fixes a bug that inadvertently deleted bond interest income transactions. ($74.99 new, free update from Quicken 2017)


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Vive Video puts a personal home theater in HTC'...

We've seen VR video theaters for Oculus and PlayStation VR, but now HTC has an upgrade in that department. Vive Video supports all kinds of media: 2D, 3D, 180-degree or full 360-degree, with options to make the environment as much of a realistic thea...

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Facebook begins showing sponsored posts in Messenger...

After testing the ability for brands to communicate directly with users, Facebook today announced its next step in monetizing its Messenger platform. In a post on the Messenger blog, Facebook product manager Eddie Zhang announced that the company is launching a “very small test” of ads in Messenger, beginning in Australia and Thailand.

This week we are launching a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen. This means that a business is able to place an ad in an area of Messenger below your recent conversations.


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Google Maps for iOS gets real-time 'Popular...

Google on Wednesday updated its Google Maps iOS app with live "Popular Times" integration, a tool that lets users see how crowded a particular location is in real time, and automatic recognition of addresses in clipboard.

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New Ingage App Makes iPads Valuable for Business [...

A new creation tool for the iPad just launched that allows anyone to effortlessly create and share interactive portfolios, presentations, product catalogs and more, without needing a designer or developer. It was built by digital publishing pioneers, Scrollmotion, to help companies create a stronger, more dynamic connection with their customers using content that stands out.

Simply drag and drop photos and videos into Ingage’s interactive page templates to bring your content to life. The result is a super-charged presentation that your customers will love. Ingage’s smart navigation lets you tell your story in numerous way, ensuring that you deliver the perfect pitch every time.

One-tap sharing lets you share your Ingage story with the world via text message, email, social media post and more. Ingage automatically creates a responsive HTML webpage of your...

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Autonomous Ubers return to California with humans in...

Uber's run-in with the California DMV has apparently been smoothed over for now. Although the ride-hailing giant has since shipped its real-world autonomous vehicle testing out of the state, several of the offending vehicles are once again street leg...

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Google Maps for iOS updated w/ ‘Popular Times’...

Google today is rolling out an update to its Google Maps on iOS that brings one of the most useful features from the web version of the app to iOS. Today’s update, which bumps the app to version 4.27, the service’s popular crowd tracker, as well as the ability to quickly access addresses saved to your clipboard.


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Art Text 3.2

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro and integration with Google Fonts ($29.99 new, free update, 634 MB)


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Qualcomm accuses Apple of money-grabbing, confirms...

Amid a withering barrage of lawsuits from Apple, Qualcomm during a quarterly conference call on Wednesday reaffirmed it believes the basis of the Cupertino tech giant's legal complaints improperly conflate a commercial dispute with regulatory issues.

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Wine 2.0 released with improvements to running...

Wine is a tool that’s gained popularity for allowing users to run Windows and Linux software on macOS. Today, the tool was updated to version 2.0 with a host of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements.


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Beam, Windows 10 Game Mode tests start tomorrow on...

Starting tomorrow, Creators Update features coming in for testing are integrated support for Beam streaming on both platforms, Cortana updates on Xbox One, and for PC gamers, the new Game Mode and gaming settings section. With Snap Mode on the way ou...

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Do you currently use Night Shift on iOS? Will you...

Earlier today, we went hands-on with the recent addition of Night Shift to macOS. The feature comes with macOS 10.12.4, which was released to developers yesterday.

Night Shift is Apple’s color temperature adjustment feature that automatically changes the temperature of your display depending on what time of day it is. The feature was first introduced with iOS 9.3 and has come to the Mac one year later.

Do you use Night Shift on iOS? Will you use it on the Mac?


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Russian authorities arrest Kaspersky researcher for...

Security researcher Ruslan Stoyanov from Russia's Kaspersky Labs was arrested for treason last December. According to Russian newspaper Kommersant (translated), Stoyanov was taken in for breach of Article 275 of the Crimes Against the Fundamentals of...

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Apple updates Safari Technology Preview with minor...

Apple's experimental web browser, Safari Technology Preview, was updated on Wednesday with a variety of bugs fixes and performance improvements impacting CSS, JavaScript, Web Inspector and more.

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Facebook starts testing ads in Messenger

It was only a matter of time before Facebook Messenger would start testing ads, after rumors of its plans to do so leaked nearly a year ago. Earlier today, it announced that users in Australia and Thailand will begin seeing sponsored content in the c...

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Boeing's spacesuit is light, cool and flexible

Virgin isn't the only company determined to make conventional spacesuits seem like ungainly beasts. Boeing has unveiled the spacesuit it wants to use for people aboard its Starliner CST-100 vessels, and they promise to be far more livable than the c...

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AWT News Update: January 25, 2017

We hope you listen to the Apple World Today News Update every day, but if you don't, you should listen in today just to hear AWT's Steve Sande absolutely fumble over a 7-syllable name...twice. 

  • Facebook is testing ads in Messenger
  • Apple files a second lawsuit against Qualcomm, this time in China
  • Things are looking up for an Apple manufacturing facility or two in India
  • Here's an Apple news story that should have never been published in the first place (and we never did publish it...)

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GOP pushes new FCC chief to kill set-top box rental...

If you were excited at the prospect of no longer having to pay your local cable company a monthly stipend to use their set top boxes, boy does the House GOP have a surprise for you! Now that the FCC is being helmed by famed net neutrality opponent, A...

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Dropcam co-founder Greg Duffy reportedly joins Apple...

The co-founder and former CEO of the network-connected security camera producer Dropcam, Greg Duffy, has reportedly been hired by Apple for an undisclosed position, with added speculation he could be heading up an unannounced project within the company

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Hands-on: Incase Nylon Nato and Leather bands for...

Back in September, Incase entered the Apple Watch strap market with the launch of its leather and nylon bands. Incase Leather Watch Band and Nato Nylon Band are straps similar to Apple’s leather and nylon bands that offer slightly different style at a more affordable price. Check out our hands-on below.


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Apple hits Qualcomm with two more antitrust lawsuits

Just days after hitting Qualcomm with a $1 billion lawsuit, Apple is doubling down with two more antitrust lawsuits against the chipmaker. As Reuters reports Wednesday, the latest pair of suits were filed by Apple's subsidiary in China, alleging Qual...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 25, 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

Sravan Kumar has introduced PaperSpan 1.0. The “read it later” app was developed specifically for saving web pages to read later. It automatically downloads articles for offline reading. Users can highlight phrases from an article and manage them later. It also has a note taking feature to take a note for an article and maintain it for future reference. PaperSpan is a free app, though there’s a premium version available for $9.99 per year.

Ultralab Apps has launched UltraWeather 1.0. The free app is designed to...

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dodocool Lightning Earbuds offer Hi-Res Audio...and...

Have you made the leap to Apple's AirPods yet? If not, you're probably still using that standard pair of Lightning EarPods that comes with the latest iPhones. Or if you don't like EarPods because they fall out of your ears or are just plain uncomfortable, maybe you're using...

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ChronoSync 4.7.3

Adds support for v4 authentication of AWS S3 commands and fixes a few bugs in the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 41.2 MB)


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Apple hires founder of Dropcam for an (apparently)...

Greg Duffy, a former Nest manager, has joined Apple — the company where Tony Fadell made his name by helping invent the iPod. It’s not clear what Duffy's position will be, but according to The Information “given his background, starting security camera firm Dropcam, people who know Mr. Duffy suggest he is likely to be leading a special project at Apple that is operating like a startup within the company.”

Dropcam, founded in 2009, was scooped up by Google in 2014. It later fell under parent company Alphabet after Google’s major restructuring and was absorbed into Nest. The Dropcam has been reduced the Nest Cam. It’s a security camera with 24/7 live streaming, a magnetic stand, and person alerts with Nest Aware.

Duffy also created Trans/Star, a PC-based “softswitch that bridged GR303 from the Siemens DCO to VoIP.” He has also served as a software engineer intern at Microsoft, a...

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Scientists prepare their own march against Trump

The Women's March on Washington might not be the only big protest against Donald Trump's policies in the near future. Coordination is underway for a Scientists' March on Washington that, as the name implies, would rally support from anyone who belie...

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Lyft will reach 100 more US cities by the end of 2017

Lyft trails Uber when it comes to sheer coverage, but it's making up for that in style this year. The ridesharing outfit now plans to offer service in 100 more cities by the end of 2017, 40 of which will go live on January 26th. That's a sharp spik...

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Facebook undertaking limited testing of ads inside...

With the News Feed largely full, Facebook will soon start testing ads in its Messenger app for mobile devices including the iPhone and iPad, the company revealed on Wednesday.

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Apple Expands Qualcomm Legal Spat To China

Apple's legal battle with Qualcomm has gone international. From a report: The iPhone maker on Wednesday filed two lawsuits against Qualcomm in China, according to Reuters, which cited a press release from Beijing's Intellectual Property Court. The first alleges that Qualcomm "abused its clout in the chip industry," a violation of China's anti-monopoly law. Apple seeks 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Reuters said. The second accuses Qualcomm of not making its cellular standard essential patents available broadly and cheaply. It asks the court to determine the terms of a patent license between Qualcomm and Apple.


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The Apple Watch will soon get new Siri powers and...

When watchOS 3.2 rolls out, you’ll be able to use Siri to perform tasks in third-party apps on your Apple Watch just like you can on your iPhone. This will cut down on some of the scrolling and swiping around the watch’s tiny display that you have to do to use apps like Uber, Runkeeper, and other Siri-compatible services.

The new feature, first noticed by TechCrunch, will make the Apple Watch easier to use. I already use Siri to send messages and control Apple Music tunes on my watch, but Siri’s usefulness has been restricted to Apple’s built-in apps until now.

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Apple, ad agency sued over voice sample used in...

The lead singer of '70s a capella group The Persuasions is suing Apple for using a song by Jamie xx in an iPhone 6 TV commercial, claiming the ad violates his "right of publicity" due to the track containing a sample of his voice.

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Apple hires Dropcam co-founder who reportedly called...

Apple has hired software engineer Greg Duffy for an unknown role at the company, according to The Information. Duffy is the co-founder of Wi-Fi camera firm Dropcam which was bought by Google in 2014 after being independent for five years.


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Dropcam co-founder joins Apple

An Apple spokesperson confirmed that Duffy has been hired by Apple, but didn’t share details on his role at the company.

As I said before: people come, people go.

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Postmates' latest service brings you alcohol in...

Let's be honest: It sucks to run out of alcohol at times you really need a drink. And heading to the closest liquor store or beer shop can be a headache when you have friends over. Thanks to a new option from Postmates, that frustration could be a th...

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Apple, NV Energy to build 200 megawatts of...

NV Energy and Apple have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple's renewable energy needs for its Reno data center.

In the coming weeks, NV Energy will file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) to enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar power plant. The project will bring NV Energy's total to more than 529 megawatts of new solar resources in construction in Nevada or under review for approval. This is in addition to the 491 megawatts of universal solar resources in Nevada currently serving NV Energy customers. Apple will also dedicate up to 5 megawatts of power to NV Energy's future subscription solar program for residential and commercial customers.

"We are proud to play a role in helping Apple meet their energy needs with Nevada's abundant solar resource," said Paul Caudill, president and CEO of NV Energy, in a press release. "In...

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Apple introduces iOS-style 'Night Shift'...

Night owls are going to love the forthcoming Mac update.

Apple has included “Night Shift” mode in the first developer beta of macOS Sierra 10.4.1. Night Shift originated in iOS 9.3 to make your iPhone display easier on your eyes when used in the dark.

Similarly, Night Shift for macOS will change the screen’s color temperature from a harsh blue to a warmer yellow, so that you will have fewer issues going to sleep after using your Mac. On iOS, Night Shift turns on automatically around sunset and resets back the next morning. You can also turn it on manually in iOS’s Control Center, which you access by swiping up on your screen.


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Asus Tinker Board Joins Raspberry Pi on the Bargain...

Just when you thought Raspberry Pi couldn't be knocked from its market-leading perch, along comes Asus with a rival device that may give the Pi a run for its relatively little money. Asus just launched its own low-cost computer, the Tinker Board, which is being sold in the UK and continental Europe for about $57. Its features could interest open source enthusiasts in doing a little comparison shopping before deciding on a new device. The Tinker Board features a quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex A-17 CPU with ARM Mali-T764 graphics.

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Apple partners with NV Energy for solar energy in...

NV Energy and Apple announced today they have reached an agreement to build 200 megawatts of additional solar energy in Nevada by early 2019. The projects will support Apple’s renewable energy needs for its Reno data center.

We always talk about Apple products, but the company’s commitment to renewable resources is commendable.

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This bag of Tostitos doesn't want you to drink...

Super Bowl Sunday celebrations typically include two things: snacks and drinking. To discourage partygoers from drinking and driving after this year's big game, Frito-Lay and ad agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners teamed up on a limited-edition...

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Apple plans for additional 200 megawatts of solar...

Apple and its partner NV Energy today confirmed plans for an expansion of their solar operations for up to an additional 200 megawatts of energy to support the growing needs of Apple’s data center in Reno.

In addition to supporting Apple’s data center, the announcement notes that Apple will keep 5 megawatts of the new plant to sell to residential and commercial customers through NV Energy. Last summer Apple notably created a new energy subsidiary called Apple Energy LLC to begin selling excess energy from its solar farms and shortly after received approval to do so.


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Apple sued over use of 'I Know There’s Gonna Be...

Apple is being sued for using the song, “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” from Jamie xx’s 2015 Grammy-nominated album In Colour. It featured in an Apple ad advertising the iPhone 6, accompanying a home video of BMX tricks shot on the phone’s camera. 

The Hollywood Reporter reports that lead singer/arranger/producer Jerome Lawson from doo-wop group The Persuasions, whose 1971 a capella track “Good Times” is sampled liberally in Jamie’s song, is suing Apple and the company’s ad agency, Media Arts Lab for unpaid royalties.

The complaint, submitted to the Superior Court in the Central District of Los , alleges that Apple and MAL are in violation of collective bargaining laws that apply to corporations negotiating with singers directly about the use of their voice in commercials. The document also claimed that Lawson’s “voice was recognized by fans of his who saw the commercial,” and that...

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Les Paul or Stratocaster?

It’s an age old question for guitarists. My answer is that it depends on what sound you’re looking for, and what feels good in your hands.

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Trump's most senior staff use a private email...

Donald Trump's senior White House staff including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon all use a private RNC email server, according to a Newsweek report published Wednesday. This is the same RNC email server that mysteriousl...

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7 new Charvel Custom Shop guitars

The Charvel Custom Shop unveiled some magnificent beauties during the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif. Here’s a look at 7 by Master Builder “Red” Dave Nichols.

Charvel to me is one of the most classic metal guitars ever made. I would love to have the first one on the list.

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Apple takes patent battle with Qualcomm to China

Apple has filed two new lawsuits against Qualcomm, this time in China, that allege the mobile chip maker abused its market dominance and patents to charge excessively high licensing fees.

Apple is seeking 1 billion yuan (US$145 million) in damages from Qualcomm, according to Beijing’s intellectual property court, which announced Wednesday it would hear the lawsuits.  

The legal action centers on Qualcomm’s standards-essential patents for its cellular technology. Allegedly, the company refused to negotiate a fair licensing fee for the patents and even declined to license some of them to Apple. 

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Apple launches another lawsuit against Qualcomm over...

Following reports late last week that Apple is suing its iPhone modem supplier Qualcomm for $1 billion in the US, today Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said Apple has also filed a similar suit in China seeking 1 billion yuan or over $140 million in damages (via Reuters).

In response to the new lawsuit, Qualcomm today issued its own press release and noted that Apple is claiming the company is in violation of China’s Anti-Monopoly Law. The press release also said that Apple is requesting “determination of the terms of a patent license” regarding the two companies’ cellular standard essentials patents, in response to which Qualcomm’s lawyers claimed...

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Apple, NV Energy forge deal to build 200MW Reno data...

Apple and NV Energy on Wednesday announced a deal to build an extra 200 megawatts of solar power in Nevada, aimed at supporting the former's Reno data center, with a target completion date of early 2019.

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Apple sues Qualcomm in Beijing

Apple Inc filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc in Beijing, alleging the chip supplier abused its clout in the chip industry and seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.32 million) in damages, Beijing’s Intellectual Property Court said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apple also filed a second lawsuit against Qualcomm which accused it of failing to live up to promises made to license “standard essential patents” broadly and inexpensively.

Apple isn’t messing around with Qualcomm.

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Gene-altered ants show how animal societies work

How much is societal behavior dictated by genetics? Scientists at Rockefeller University might just find out through ant colonies. They've modified the genes of clonal raider ants (not shown above) to see how the changes affect social behavior, bot...

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Prevent silly mistakes by modifying keyboard...

I was constantly hitting Command-Q instead of Command-W in Safari until I reassigned the shortcut.

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Setapp offers all-you-can-use downloads of more than...

MacPaw is offering Mac users an alternative to the Mac App Store to acquire new software, with the launch of the subscription-based Setapp providing access to a collection of more than 60 downloadable apps, for $9.99 per month.

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What’s next for AirPods? How Apple could make the...

Apple’s AirPods have only been available for a little over a month and still have 6 week shipping times, but it’s possible we could see a second generation sooner rather than later if Apple launches updated AirPods annually and alongside the iPhone 8. Let’s take a look at some of the potential upgrades we might see this year.


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Google took down nearly 2 billion 'bad ads...

Sketchy advertisers are all over the internet, and Google is doing everything it can to stop them from scamming users. According to a recent report on the matter, the search giant removed 1.7 billion ads from its advertising platform in 2016, more th...

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Apple sues Qualcomm in China over iPhone modem chip...

Apple has expanded its legal actions against Qualcomm's broadband modem chip licensing tactics in China's Intellectual Property Courts, and is seeking 1 billion yuan ($145.3 million) in damages based on iPhone sales in China alone.

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Xbox One update will ditch the console's...

The Xbox One's Snap mode was a major selling point on launch -- it was supposed to turn your console into a multitasking powerhouse that lets you play a game while watching TV or tracking achievements. It's a resource hog, however, and Microsoft now...

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Facebook no longer personalizes trending news topics

Facebook vowed to alter how it handles its Trending topics feature as part of its bid to curb fake news and accusations of bias, and you're seeing two major changes on that front today. To start, it's adding headlines and sources next to those topic...

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Agriculture Department lifts USDA gag order after...

That didn't last long. Less than a day after the US Department of Agriculture issued an internal memo dictating that its main research division "not release any public-facing documents" the agency has rescinded that order, according to emails obtaine...

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Mac Sales Declined Nearly 10 Percent Last Year

It's not surprising that Mac sales dropped for Apple in 2016 as they experienced their first year over year sales decline since 2001. What is interesting, however, is that as Mac sales dropped roughly 10% and personal computers overall dropped 5.7% for the year, the top four leaders in the market all saw growth as Apple was pushed to number five. From a report: Although Mac sales were up in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015, an analyst note today from Bloomberg's Anand Srinivasan and Wei Mok has revealed Apple has dropped to the fifth largest PC vendor, with ASUS overtaking fourth place. The top four vendors are now Lenovo, HP, Dell, and ASUS. The report adds, "Those four companies represent 65.2% of the overall market and each grew year -- over-year, while Apple ceded ground, declining 30 bps to 7.1%. The other 27.7% of the market is comprised of more than 200 vendors. In a market expected to consolidate, Samsung and Fujitsu are reported to be in discussions to sell their PC businesses...

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella joins Starbucks'...

Starbucks has long had a fondness for technology in its coffee shops, and it's now reflecting that philosophy in its directors. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has just joined the Starbucks board, giving the restaurant chain a major voice from the techno...

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Facebook tests native version of Instagram's...

Having scored early success with Instagram Stories -- copied from a similarly-named Snapchat feature -- Facebook is currently testing the same option in its core Facebook app for iOS, a spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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iOS 10.3 bringing Wi-Fi Calling for iCloud-connected...

iOS 10.3 beta appears to bring support for Wi-Fi Calling on iCloud-connected devices to Verizon customers for the first time. iOS 10.3 is currently in developer beta; a public beta is likely just around the corner. The software update will likely be released to everyone later this spring.


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Apple Seemingly Censors UltraFine 5K Monitor Reviews...

It appears Apple is filtering and censoring bad reviews of the LG's UltraFine 5K display. From a report on The Next Web: The deletion was first spotted by a Reddit user four days ago. Though it's possible the reviews were removed for some other reason, at first glance, it looks like censorship. It's not a good look for the company. Apple said it was getting out of the monitor business, and instead chose to work more closely with third-party partners, heavily featuring LG's 5K and 4K UltraFine displays at its recent MacBook Pro unveiling. But then the monitor received multiple negative reviews from users who were experiencing issues such as the screen failing to wake up from sleep. The Reddit post also points out that: "In many cases, attempts to fix the problem through physical reconnection[sic] of the monitor, or manual restarts, have caused the attached Mac to crash, become otherwise unresponsive, or develop problems with the touch bar (where equipped)."


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Report: Apple hammering out a deal to manufacture...

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Apple is working on a deal to manufacture some of its products in India, according to a senior government official speaking to The Wall Street Journal. Apple is asking for tax and tariff incentives in exchange for bringing its business into the country; in particular it wants a 15-year tax holiday on all of its imports into the country. The official said that most of Apple's requests were "workable" and that it is "almost a done deal."

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Hands on with Setapp: Getting started with the...

MacPaw, the company behind the famous CleanMyMac hard drive cleaner, has launched Setapp, a subscription-based alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store. With Setapp, a single subscription currently lets you access more than 60 curated Mac apps for a $9.99 fixed monthly fee. MacPaw says it will eventually offer up to 300 apps for that price, as new apps will be added every month.

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Setapp, the Netflix of Mac apps, is now available to...

I’ve also been a beta tester of Setapp. I’ll reserve my opinion for my podcast but it’s an interesting idea. It kind of brings back memories of the “good old days” of Mac Shareware back in the day.

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Setapp Offers Numerous Mac Apps for One Monthly...

Even if you’re leery of software subscriptions, Adam Engst explains why the multi-app Setapp service could be a good deal for both users and developers.


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How to enable Night Shift for Mac and how it works...

One year after introducing Night Shift on the iPhone and iPad, Apple is bringing its display color temperature feature to the Mac starting with macOS 10.12.4. Here’s how to enable Night Shift on your Mac and how it works.


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T-Mobile calls DirecTV Now 'barely watchable,...

T-Mobile taking advantage of the issues surrounding AT&T's DirecTV Now, by changing a promotion that offered new customers migrating from AT&T a year's DirecTV Now subscription to include a free year of Hulu.

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Deals: $200 off 15" MacBook Pro; 128GB iPad Air...

While supplies last, B&H is dropping the price of Apple's Mid 2015 15" MacBook Pro to $1,799.99 with no tax collected outside NY. Shoppers can also save $130 instantly on an iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular) in Space Gray or enjoy $175 off a 21" iMac 4K.

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iOS 10.3 beta enables calls on iCloud-connected...

A small but significant addition for Verizon iPhone subscribers in the iOS 10.3 beta is the ability to make and answer calls from any iCloud-connected device, including Macs, iPads, iPods, and the Apple Watch.

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Wine 2.0 helps PC games, Office 2013, and other...

It’s a new year, and a new future for the Wine (Wine is not an emulator) Project. The group recently released Wine 2.0 with over 6,600 changes, including support for Microsoft Office 2013 and the ability to use 64-bit apps on macOS. Wine 2.0 is part of a planned annual release cycle for the compatibility layer that allows Linux and macOS users to run some Windows applications on their machines.

Wine 2.0 follows the release of Wine 1.0 way back in 2008, though various iterations of Wine 1.0 have rolled out since then. The first release candidate for Wine 2.0 became available in December.

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Apple website switches to San Francisco font

Side-by-side comparison of home page on Monday and today

Have you looked at the Apple website today? Many people may not notice a difference, but a pretty drastic change took place in the last 24 hours. The default font for the site is now San Francisco, the same default font used in all current Apple operating systems.

As a middle-aged person who has worn glasses since childhood, I welcome the change. San Francisco is a much more readable font, particularly when applied to the smaller type at the bottom of the home page. Headlines seem more bold as well, as  you can see in the image at the top of this post.

Of course, not everyone is going to like the change; I've already seen griping from certain bloggers who think the font change has ruined the website. What do you think about the move to San Francisco? Leave your comments below!

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Batteries, cases,...

New gear of the week

Image by IDG

This week's roundup features a whole range of accessories—whatever you need for your iPhone or iPad might just be right here.


Image by A Tech

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Analysts see 'strong growth' of Apple Pay...

Apple Pay's usage is continuing its steadily rise in popularity, according to a report on credit and debit card transactions, with use of the Apple payment platform growing by approximately 50 percent in transaction volume within 12 months.

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On the likelihood of losing your AirPods

John Gruber’s take on the care of something easily losable. Some great anecdotes.

I absolutely agree with this take. I am much more careful about my iPhone, much more aware that I take it with me, treat it more gingerly and safely, than I do just about anything else I carry.

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Apple is Bringing Night Shift Mode To Its Desktop OS

Apple is bringing Night Shift, a feature aimed at changing the tone of the display to better suit the eyes at different time of the day, to its desktop operating system. From a report: macOS Sierra 10.12.4, seeded to developers this morning, introduces a major new feature: Night Shift for the Mac. Night Shift can be toggled on and off using the new Night Shift switch located in the Today section of the Notification Center.


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∞ In case your metronome breaks

[VIDEO] She starts slow, then gets into the rhythm, so watch through to the end. Wish I could play like this. Video on the main Loop post.

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∞ All about Apple File System – Make a backup before...

Apple has announced that iOS 10.3, just released as a first beta, will automatically migrate your data to Apple File System (APFS). APFS is already part of macOS Sierra, but in a limited form.

Make a backup before you install the iOS 10.3 beta. And hop over to the main Loop post for some resources to learn more about APFS.

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