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Saturday May 27

08:03
Apple Orchard Road opens in Singapore

Apple Orchard Road in Singapore opened Saturday to thousands of customers who queued to explore Apple’s first store in Southeast Asia. Customers were greeted by Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail, and the store’s 237 employees when doors opened at 10 a.m. (local time).

The 120-foot glass facade blurs the barrier between inside and out, while 16 interior trees continue the city’s lush greenery throughout the space. Photo courtesy of Apple.

The store sports high-flung lighted ceilings, familiar wooden display tables, tree planters and a large, centrally-located television screen. Twin curved Castagna stone staircases are the architectural highlight of the store. A 25-foot canopy protects Apple Orchard Road from tropical sunlight and provides shelter from the rain.

Apple will soon have 498 retail stores in 22 countries and an online store available in 39 countries. Apple Stores around the world welcome over 1 million customers a day...

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08:03
Google now knows when its users go to the store and...

To say the very least, this is incredibly creepy.

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08:00
'Fallen London' and the secret to writing...

Writing a video game is nothing like penning a novel. But writing a never-ending, nonlinear, text-driven video game about a hellish alternate London stuffed with gothic intrigue and nearly a decade of backstory? That's a different beast altogether....

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07:57
Patent troll hits Apple w/ three lawsuits over...

Apple is no stranger to lawsuits from patent trolls, having been a target numerous times in the past. Now, the company has been hit with a trio of patent infringement lawsuits from Uniloc, a non-practicing entity who has filed the suits in the patent troll-friendly Eastern Texas District Court. Uniloc alleges that Apple infringes upon its patents with AirPlay, autodial, and battery charging…

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07:53
Patent trollin’: Uniloc sues Apple yet again

Another day, another lawsuit. AppleInsider reports that Uniloc, a “patent troll,” has filed suit — actually, suits — against Apple claiming, naturally, patent infringment.

Filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern Texas District Court, Uniloc's three lawsuit alleges infringement of three patents reassigned from Hewlett-Packard and 3Com that involve a method by which a temperature sensor is used to monitor battery heat during charge and discharge events. Current is subsequently limited to prevent overheating and extend the life of the battery. Uniloc claims the Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch all use temperature sensors to moderate battery charge and draw, and infringe the patents. 

A “patent troll” is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling...

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07:15
This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 Touch ID &...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 Touch ID & pricing reports, 10.5-inch iPad Pro leaks, HomeKit & CarPlay news, Apple Watch gets new Nike bands, and much more.

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06:54
Apple officially opens new Singapore retail store to...

As expected, Apple today officially opened its first retail location in Singapore. After nearly two years of anticipation, the store finally opened to the public today, showcasing a gorgeous design as part of Apple’s next-generation retail store rollout.

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06:30
ICYMI: Control D-ing this show

Today on In Case You Missed It: When this show was announced on Engadget two years ago, we promised to find you the offbeat tech and science news you might have missed while following the previous day's big headlines. I've felt a great responsibi...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. If you have an extra day off, then that may provide time to catch up on our new Tomorrow section, plus the latest Google Search feature and Apple's plan for AI.

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: Free Swift...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 26, 2017

Image by Apple

It’s the Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you’re enjoying time with your friends and family. If you’re taking a break to relax, you can check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s slideshow. Just click on the Read More link to get more information.

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01:34
Amazon UK's new video options will require a TV...

Live TV viewers in the UK are supposed to pay a fee that supports services and content from the BBC. Lately, despite changes that closed the "iPlayer loophole," that still doesn't apply to people who only watch streaming video on-demand, so some cord...

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Friday May 26

22:14
Review - Koogeek Smart Socket not ideal way to enter...




More and more HomeKit peripherals ship each day with lighting ones being the most common -- where does the Koogeek Smart Socket land on the spectrum?

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22:12
This week on AI: Apple's 'Neural Engine,...




Rumors about the "iPhone 8," new AI technology, and new iPad Pros continued to grow, but there was also news of important corporate maneuvers -- including two new executive positions at Apple, and a long-awaited settlement in the company's legal battle with Nokia.

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21:25
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts on hand for...




As scheduled, Apple officially opened the doors to its first retail outlet in Singapore on Saturday local time, and SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts was there to take in the festivities.

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20:59
Hisense 4K TVs look for a place to fit on crowded...

At CES we were quite impressed by the Hisense lineup of smart TVs, and now the company says its 2017 models are arriving at retail. The H6D, H7D, H9D and H9D Plus series cover a range of price points and sizes, with 4K models ranging from the 43-inch...

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19:36
BMW's latest motorcycle concept links...

No doubt, BMW has come up with some cool conceptual vehicles lately, with a color-changing Mini and a futuristic, self-driving Next 100 auto. Its Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle, revealed last October, is maybe the coolest yet with a gyroscopic s...

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18:48
Now you can design Google Photo Books on iOS or...

Among the many things Google announced at I/O 2017 last week, one of them was the ability for people to create and order physical albums with Google Photos. The only problem with that, however, is you could only use it through a desktop browser. Than...

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18:12
Apple 'Neural Engine' chip could power AI...

Apple's focused on increasing the speed of every new mobile processor generation, most recently pairing its quad core A10 Fusion chips with its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models last September. But to keep its devices competitive, Apple is building a second...

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16:40
Watch us play the Nintendo Switch 'Arms'...

When Nintendo announced Splatoon for the Wii U, gamers weren't quite sure what to make of it. The idea of a competitive shooter from Nintendo was so bizarre, it was kind of hard to assess from a distance -- so the company invited players to try the g...

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16:20
Apple Is Working On a Dedicated Chip To Power AI On...

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks. "The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company's devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence -- such as facial recognition and speech recognition," reports Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. From the report: Engineers at Apple are racing to catch their peers at Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. in the booming field of artificial intelligence. While Siri gave Apple an early advantage in voice-recognition, competitors have since been more aggressive in deploying AI across their product lines, including Amazon's Echo and Google's Home digital assistants. An AI-enabled processor would help Cupertino, California-based Apple integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run augmented reality, the technology that superimposes graphics and other...

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16:17
Google's ‘Personal’ tab filters out everything...

As people accumulate massive data troves on Gmail, Google Photos and other Google apps, the search giant wants to help people find what they're looking for among their own personal content. While Google's core search product already shows some person...

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16:02
Patent troll Uniloc sues Apple over AirPlay,...




In a trio of lawsuits filed in a Texas court on Friday, non-practicing entity Uniloc claims Apple infringes on three patents with technology relating to AirPlay, autodialing phone numbers from Contacts and operating portable device batteries.

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15:31
Lyft drivers can start planning pickups days in...

Just as it does for riders, Lyft continues to improve the experience for its drivers. The latest effort is a feature that lets contractors deal with scheduled pickups up to seven days in advance, instead of only being aware of a passenger's planned d...

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15:21
Macs top Consumer Reports' reliability surveys

In the latest Consumer Reports survey of 83,000 readers, Apple was dubbed the most reliable company when it comes to laptops and desktops, according to ZDNet.

Among the top laptop brands, Apple's "broken or not working as well" percentage is 17. Other brand percentages: Samsung 27; Dell 29; HP 30; Lenovo 31; and Asus 33.

Among desktops Apple's trouble rate is 15%. Other brands: Lenovo 24; Samsung 25; Dell 27; HP 27; and Asus 29.

The differences are even more interesting when it comes to tech support. Approximately 9,756 Consumer Reports subscribers also weighed in on their 2016 Technical Support Survey, covering support experiences with 14,889 desktop, laptop, 2-in-1 computers, and Chromebooks. 

The reader score for Apple was 82, Microsoft earned a 68, and Dell at 56. A...

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15:13
Apple’s AI chip may be dubbed the Apple Neural Engine

Apple is developing a chip made solely for artificial intelligence (AI), according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed “person familiar with the matter.”

The chip, dubbed internally as the Apple Neural Engine, could help Apple better integrate its AI across numerous products akin to advances by Amazon and Google. For instance, it would allow AI tasks to head to a dedicated processing spot instead of splitting work between the main processor and graphics chip. The company’s devices already sport AI technology of a sort -- such as the Siri pesronal assistant — but a dedicated chip would improve user experience.

A dedicated AI chip would also save battery life and integrate more advanced capabilities into devices, particularly cars that drive themselves and gadgets that run AR, according to Bloomberg.

The Apple AI chip is...

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14:53
NASA’s Juno mission discovers Jupiter is really weird

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter has sent back a ton of data about our solar system's largest planet. The results from the orbiter's first big data-collection pass, which took place last August, are finally in and it's clear that Juno's five-year journ...

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14:45
Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music...

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week is headlined by a massive list of classic synths turned virtual courtesy of IK Multimedia, Roland’s Future Redefined event packed with new product announcements and so much more… more…

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14:38
AWT News Update: May 26, 2017

Apple Neural Engine

Coming soon to an AI near you...

As we go into the Memorial Day weekend, enjoy these stories from around the world of Apple:

  • Apple's developing a dedicated AI processor called the "Apple Neural Engine"
  • Apple News gets an editor in chief, but can it get away from its liberal bias?
  • An investigation into EgyptAir Flight 804's 2016 crash suggests that an iPhone 6s and iPhone mini 4 may have been plugged in incorrectly and caused a cockpit fire
  • Tim Cook tweets out the latest New Yorker cover... that was drawn on an iPad

NOTE: The AWT News Update will not be published on Monday, May 29 due to the U.S. Memorial Day observance.

Many thanks this week to our sponsor, MNML, an easy-to-use and distraction-free Mac app for Medium.com. 

The text version...

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14:30
What to expect at Computex 2017

We're pretty much halfway through the year, which means it's Computex time. As usual, you'll find a handful of us running around the Taipei show floors next week, where we'll be getting our hands dirty with the latest PC products and components. Last...

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14:13
Chipotle finds malware exposed credit card info...

Hackers stole credit card information from customers at Chipotle restaurants across the United States between March 24th and April 18th, the company announced today. Chipotle revealed in April that it had been the victim of an attack, and today it sh...

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13:52
Tidal burns through its third CEO in two years

Yet another Tidal CEO is out. Jeff Toig, who took over the position from interim CEO Peter Tonstad in 2016, has reportedly left the company. Which means Tidal is now looking for its fourth chief executive in two years.

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13:39
Apple developing dedicated AI chip called Apple...




Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated chip for integration with devices like iPhone that can handle artificial intelligence tasks, such as facial and speech recognition, according to a report on Friday.

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13:31
MIT 3D-printed the shape-shifting future of pasta

A new research project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Tangible Media Group combines 3D printing, molecular gastronomy and macaroni. According to MIT News, researchers Wen Wang and Lining Yao have engineered flat sheets of gelatin an...

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13:08
Theresa May wants to force tech giants to curb...

British Prime Minister Theresa May called on global leaders at the G7 conference in Sicily to force internet and social media companies stop the spread of terrorist content available online. "Make no mistake: the fight is moving from the battlefield...

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13:03
Report: Apple working on dedicated ‘Apple Neural...

Ahead of next-generation iPhones expected to include augmented reality features and updates for Siri, Bloomberg is out with a new report today detailing Apple’s work on a dedicated processor that it says will be devoted entirely to artificial intelligence tech.

Dubbed “Apple Neural Engine” internally, the report says the chip will allow for much improved facial and speech recognition applications as well as improved battery life:

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13:01
Don't scream: The new 'Friday the 13th...

After a slight delay, the first official Friday the 13th game since 1989 is available today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you want to jump right into the action at Camp Crystal Lake, though, you might have to wait for Friday the 13th: The Gam...

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13:00
External Link: Walt Mossberg Signs Off

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has penned what he calls “the last weekly column I plan to write anywhere” for Recode. To wrap up his career, he looks back to his first Wall Street Journal column from 1991, which started with “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn’t your fault.” 25 years later, he has updated that to: “Personal technology is usually pretty easy to use, and, if it’s not, it’s not your fault.” Mossberg laments the current lull in tech, but he’s optimistic that it’s merely a pause before reaching greater heights, to the point where computers will fade into the background of our lives.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email...

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12:40
Sergey Brin’s secret airship will deliver aid and...

Last month, news dropped that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building an airship on the sly -- not a traditional airplane but an honest-to-god helium-filled dirigible. While he insisted the project wasn't operating under the tech titan, which had p...

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12:18
The Facebook president and Zuck's racist...

If a political campaign is an engine then propaganda is its oil, and its gas is the medium of communication with voters.

The hacking of the DNC and tonnes of raw crude in propaganda mined out through WikiLeaks, Breitbart and Daily Stormer was black...

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12:11
Securely record and view 'home videos'...




If you're looking for an ephemeral video sharing app, limiting the recipients to two people who must both consent to viewing the recorded video, iOS-exclusive app Rumuki fits the bill.

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12:03
Qualcomm pays BlackBerry $940 million in royalty spat

Qualcomm hasn't been very successful with its licensing practices. It's gotten into trouble in South Korea for charging phone makers over an "unnecessarily broad set of patents" It has also been dealing with lawsuits from the FTC and Apple for simila...

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11:52
Apple News is getting an editor in chief

This broadening and focusing the scope of Apple News will be interesting to watch.

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11:49
∞ Apple video: Earth Day 2017

Much respect for your environmental efforts, Apple.

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11:30
Forget flying cars and get ready for air taxis

Flying cars are dumb.

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11:25
Friday 5: Screens 4 brings new features to the Mac [...

Although there are many solutions available to remotely connect to a Mac, Screens has long been my go to app for doing so. Edovia’s long-running app, available on both Mac and iOS, makes it extremely simple to connect back to your Mac, and forgoes the subscription business model for a one time payment model.

Screens 4, which just released for the Mac earlier this week, brings a bevy of new features to the table in an effort to make the app even easier to use. In this week’s Friday 5, we highlight a few of the new features that we especially appreciate. more…

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11:08
Uber is free to operate in Italy on a long-term basis

If you're in Italy, you can use Uber. A court in Rome today annulled a temporary ban placed on Uber in early April that prevented the company from advertising and operating throughout the country. This didn't completely stop Uber from infiltrating It...

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11:01
Apple may aid investigation into deadly 2016...




Apple on Friday said that it's open to cooperation with French authorities, who are exploring the possibility that two of the company's devices were linked to the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 in 2016.

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10:37
9to5Rewards: Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 iPhone-...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Wellbots, a US-based online retailer that specializes in smart products like drones, robots, wearables, home automation devices, connected toys and more.

The company has the iPhone-controlled Sphero BB-8 Star Wars Droid to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

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10:18
The New Yorker cover made on iPad with Apple Pencil

It always amazes me when I see artists using the iPad and Apple Pencil to make illustrations like this. There is a video on the page showing how the cover was made.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
Amazon is offering two free months of Music...

All the various music streaming services desperately try to differentiate themselves with personalization features and the occasional exclusive. If you ask me, however, they're all pretty much the same with similar catalogs. For those who disagree, right now is a great time to see how the other half lives. Amazon is currently offering two free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for new users.

To get this deal, you have to sign-up using Amazon's promotional web page. Once you arrive on the page, click Enter Your Code. In the pop-up window that appears, enter the code MOREMUSIC, then click Apply.

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10:10
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

Thanks to Letter Opener for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

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09:29
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch Series 2 $70 off,...

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.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy Memorial Day Sale:...

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09:03
iPad Pro, Apple Pencil help capture a slice of...




Artist Jorge Colombo turned to Apple's iPad to sketch the latest cover of "The New Yorker" magazine, allowing the creation of the digital drawing to be relived through a short video clip.

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08:51
Tips for working out with Apple Watch

Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker and has proved to be an effective workout coach for me personally. If you want to get outside more over the three-day weekend or just use your Apple Watch in new ways for the first time, read along for a few of my favorite tips for working out with Apple Watch.

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08:07
Notoriously bearish Apple analyst predicts doom...




An analyst with historically off-target guesses about Apple's hardware intentions and supply chain machinations is claiming that the "iPhone 8" will not only ship later than expected because of Touch ID supply problems, but also claims that full manufacturing won't fully ramp up until the first calendar quarter of 2018.

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08:00
Daily Deal: Drive Genius 5 Standard License for $39

Mac experts all agree -- if you want to keep an eye on your Mac's performance, there's probably no single app that can do the job better than Drive Genius 5. We want you to get the benefit of this powerful utility app without paying full price, so our deal on this lovely spring Friday will get you a standard license for Drive Genius 5 for just  $39 - 60% off of the regular $99 price tag. 

Drive Genius 5 consists of 19 powerful utilities that work behind the scenes to keep your Mac running at top performance. What can it do for you?

  • Scan your system automatically & identify malware while in idle mode using the brand new Drive Pulse feature
  • Create a bootable secondary drive to easily repair your main hard drive w/ the...
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07:55
Apple designer Marc Newson sells $12K hourglass as...




One of the designers behind the Apple Watch, Marc Newson, has crafted a special-edition hourglass priced at a whopping $12,000. Swiss luxury watchmaker H. Moser & Cie., meanwhile, has launched a new mechanical piece designed to resemble the Apple Watch itself.

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07:41
857 missing/abducted children rescued as a result of...

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says that a total of 857 children who were reported missing or abducted have been successfully rescued as a direct result of the AMBER alert program.

AMBER alerts are designed to get descriptions and vehicle details to everyone in the area as quickly as possible. They include television and radio appeals, but are notable for the text notifications sent to every mobile phone within range, known as Wireless Emergency Alerts …

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07:40
Opera Abandons iOS Platform

Reader BrianFagioli writes: After searching for Opera in the Apple App Store, I noticed something odd -- none of the company's iOS browsers (Opera Mini and Opera Coast) had been updated in 2017. Since we are almost halfway through the year, I decided to ask Opera what was up. Shockingly, the company told me that it no longer has a team working on iOS. An Opera employee by the name of 'Rosi' sent me a tweet this morning, making the revelation. While the desktop version of the browser is still in development, the company has chosen to abandon its efforts on iOS. To show just how bad it is, the Opera Mini browser hasn't been updated in almost a year. Opera Coast was updated in December of 2016, however -- almost six months ago.


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07:40
Opera Slows Its Development On The iOS Platform

Reader BrianFagioli writes: After searching for Opera in the Apple App Store, I noticed something odd -- none of the company's iOS browsers (Opera Mini and Opera Coast) had been updated in 2017. Since we are almost halfway through the year, I decided to ask Opera what was up. Shockingly, the company told me that it no longer has a team working on iOS. An Opera employee by the name of 'Rosi' sent me a tweet this morning, making the revelation. While the desktop version of the browser is still in development, the company has chosen to abandon its efforts on iOS. To show just how bad it is, the Opera Mini browser hasn't been updated in almost a year. Opera Coast was updated in December of 2016, however -- almost six months ago.
Update: Opera has clarified that while they're not currently working on iOS, they still plan to support it.

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07:11
Watch artist create this week’s New Yorker cover on...

The cover illustration for this week’s issue of New Yorker was created by an artist using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, and as the magazine did back in January, it’s shared a time-lapse video showing how the drawing was created …

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06:30
‘iPhone 8’ may ship after Sept. 17

The “iPhone 8” — pictured in fanciful mock-ups — could ship after Sept. 17, according to a memo sent to AppleCare workers, as noted by AppleInsider.

"As you know, there are new product announcements and launches in September," part of the memo shared by leaker Benjamin Geskin reads. "Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate,”

To deal with an expected jump in call volume, the company is imposing a "black out" on time off for AppleCare staff between Sept. 17 and Nov. 4. 

The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) says the next generation of Apple’s smartphone will be introduced in September with some units not shipping until October. As always, expect more demand than available product.

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06:21
Apple urges court to stick to its guns in ruling...

Apple on Wednesday urged the Federal Circuit to keep its decision freeing the tech giant from a $533 million infringement verdict by invalidating Smartflash’s data storage patents, saying the patent holder hadn’t raised anything new in its rehearing bid, reports the Law 360 website.

In March a federal appeals court tossed a jury verdict that had required Apple to pay $533 million to Smartflash, a patent holding company (which some might calla a “patent troll”), which claims that claimed the Cupertino, California-based company’s iTunes software infringed its data storage patents.

The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015; however, the U.S. Court of...

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06:10
Apple updates iMovie, Final Cut Pro

Apple has updated iMovie and Final Cut Pro, the (respectively) consumer and pro versions of its video editing software. Both upgrades are available via the Mac App Store.

iMovie 10.1.4 improves stability when updating libraries created with earlier versions of the software. It also addresses an issue that would lower the volume of clips after transitions. For new users iMovie costs $14.99.

Final Cut Pro 10.3.4 resolves a stability issue when using keyboard shortcuts to trim in Secondary Storylines. It also fixes an issue in which certain editing operations could create an extra audio fade in and fixes an issue in which the Share dialog could incorrectly display a codec warning. For new users the software costs $299.

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06:05
Apple staff blackout dates hint at 'iPhone 8...




Apple's anticipated launch of new iPhones -- including the "iPhone 8" -- should take place sometime after Sept. 17, a memo sent to AppleCare workers suggests.

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06:04
Poll: Will you buy the iPhone 8 with or without...

The latest in a long line of will-they/won’t-they reports on Touch ID embedded into the display of the iPhone 8 says yes – but there have been so many conflicting reports, it remains an unknown for now.

Conflicting reports have suggested that Touch ID could be moved to the back of the iPhone or even dropped altogether in favor of face-recognition.

Some have suggested...

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05:47
AppleInsider podcast talks 'iPhone 8'...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk 'iPhone 8' rumors, Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty free, some HomeKit devices supposedly on the horizon, and more.

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05:31
TSMC source alleges 'iPhone 8' Touch ID...




Potentially confirming rumored details about the "iPhone 8," a report claims that a TSMC representative spoke out about specific details about the new device at the NA Technology Symposium on Thursday.

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05:15
Continuation patent points to Apple’s renewed...

It looks like Apple is continuing its development work regarding a virtual keyboard technology.

The company, which has filed for patents for virtual keyboards on MacBook notebooks as far back as 2009, has recently had a continuation patent application published today shows that the company is still exploring the idea.

The virtual keyboard made headlines when it launched on the iPhone in 2007 and became a notable feature in the late-2016 MacBook Pro via the Touch Bar.

The Patently Apple article noted the following regarding the patent, which might be pointing to more of an iPad-style unit:

The secret to this invention is that it also oddly covers tablets […] Technically it could be some kind of hybrid device […] This past February, an Apple patent application covered an iPad Pro smart cover that supported a new virtual keyboard. So it’s evident that Apple is coming at this project from many angles.

As always, stay tuned for additional details as...

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05:00
Apple posts directions for watching the WWDC 2017...

Apple won’t be televising its WWDC, albeit you can live-stream it to your heart’s content.

The company has confirmed that users will be able to live-stream the keynote for the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple’s first event of the year is scheduled to kick off with a keynote on Monday, June 5 at 10 a.m. PT.

The Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 5th to the 9th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple will also be uploading videos of several conference sessions so you can watch them online.

Users can go to https://www.apple.com/apple-events/june-2017/, wherein they can also download a calendar invite to remind them to tune in.

Watching the stream on a Mac requires OS X 10.8.5 or later and Safari 6.0.5 or later. Windows PC users can watch the livestream the fun via Microsoft Edge on Windows 10. To watch the stream on an iOS...

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05:00
New patent filing hints at an Apple home server/NAS...

Occasionally an Apple patent filing pops up at that hints at an Apple NAS device/home server, something I’ve long wanted. Another one (number 20170149923) has appeared, this one for “remote access of media items.”

Methods and systems that facilitate the downloading of media items to a first network device from a second network device are disclosed. Metadata associated with the items is obtained from the second network device and stored on the first network device. The items are stored on the first network device. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that many users purchase media items such as songs or movies online and store them on a network device such as a Mac. However, users often own and use multiple devices. For instance, many users own portable electronic devices such as iPhones, iPod touches and iPads that they use to play media items.

Apple says that, unfortunately, downloading media items from a host computer to a media player can be a time-consuming...

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04:30
How to automatically select the best email account...

Did you know that you can have Mail in macOS Sierra automatically selects the best email account for a new message based on who the email is addressed to and what mailbox you selected when our began composing your new email. Well, you can. Here's how:

With Mail up and running, click Mail, then Preferences from the top menus.

Click on the Composing tab.

There’ll be a drop-down next to “Send new messages from.” Choose that to view your options.

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

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04:17
Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage...

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …

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04:00
Charcoal for macOS makes it fun to turn photos into...

By Aaron Lee

AKVIS Charcoal 1.0 is a fun standalone application and Photoshop plug-in for macOS that lets you create charcoal, chalk, and sanguine drawings from photos.

The program contains 34 ready-to-use presets. You can create your own presets saving your favorite combinations of the parameters. Using the program you can make professional-looking, expressive black and white images. You can also achieve artistic effects, such as sanguine and others, by playing with colors and options of the software.

AKVIS Charcoal lets you observe the conversion of your photo into a charcoal and chalk drawing in real time. It makes snapshots during processing and lets you choose between them. You can create variations of drawings without adjusting the settings. What's more, to make a drawing more authentic it's possible to apply a variety of canvas textures.

Version 2 introduced a...

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03:51
iPhone credited with saving the life of woman badly...

An iPhone has been credited with saving the life of a woman badly injured in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK. The phone was said to have ‘diverted and slowed’ a nut that went through the woman’s cheek.

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 26, 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

Tag of Joy has announced that Monster Buster: World Invasion, a free, monster collecting and fighting augmented reality game, is now available on the App Store. Armed with a location based scan and a smartphone camera, players set out to explore the real world surroundings and capture mischievous creatures roaming the neighborhood before the monster invasion gets out of control.

Zombie Gunship Survival, the new installment in the Zombie Gunship franchise has been unleashed on the...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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