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Tuesday February 28

Pad & Quill's new Leather Apple Pencil Grip...

The Apple Pencil is a wonderful accessory and companion to the iPad Pro, but there's always the question about what to do with the Pencil, the "charger cap" and so on. Put it on a desk that's slanted more than just a bit and it will roll off, and if you have beefy hands it may feel too slim. Pad & Quill's craftspersons have come up with the new Leather Apple Pencil Grip (regular price $59.95, currently on pre-sale for $49.95)  to resolve all of these problems.

Available in three different leather finishes -- Chestnut, Whiskey, and Galloper Black -- the Leather Apple Pencil Grip is made of full-grain American leather that's stitched together with nylon parachute-grade cord in a baseball stitch. The leather grip adds a nice bit of width to the Pencil, while the upper portion provides a stainless steel pen...

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Old versions of ESET anti-virus for macOS subject to...

A newly discovered exploit in an update made to ESET anti-virus package in October 2016 contains an outdated XML parser from 2007 that is vulnerable to attack, allowing root-level code execution, and ultimately a compromised machine.

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YouTube TV offers big 4 networks & 39 other...

YouTube has finally announced its long-rumored online television service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. Known simply as YouTube TV, it features local broadcast networks and channels like ESPN for $35 a month.


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Learn to bargain before you buy these 3 big-ticket...

We don’t have a “haggling mentality” in North America but I’ve haggled on all three of the items mentioned in this piece and have literally saved thousands of dollars off the sticker price.

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YouTube TV to offer live TV from four major networks...

Google on Tuesday announced YouTube TV, a live TV service launching this spring that will compete with other internet-only providers like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

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Microsoft will pay $1.2M to settle class-action suit...

Microsoft has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit against its retail efforts, paying almost $1.2 million in compensation to customers and legal costs, over an accusation receipts provided by Microsoft Stores provided too much information about a customer's payment details.

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How to use Private Browsing with Safari on iPhone...

Private Browsing is a useful feature built-in to Safari in iOS that limits what information is saved and shared as you browse the web. Let’s take a look at how it works.


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Apple's new iPad Pro ad says users can avoid...

Apple on Tuesday released another spot in its recent series of iPad Pro ads, this time concentrated on the idea that the tablet can let people avoid using printers.

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Macworld’s March Digital Edition: The MacBook Pro...

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

In the March issue

Tested: The truth behind the MacBook Pro’s 'terrible' battery life. Also, choose the best Wi-Fi replacement for your Apple AirPort router.

Also in this month’s issue:

Mac User: Hands on with Setapp

iOS Central: AirPods wish list

• Working Mac: Browse privately on a Mac, iPhone, and iPad

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Apple’s new iPad Pro ad campaign continues with...

Earlier this month Apple kicked off a new whimsical iPad Pro advertising campaign based on real tweets complaining about PC problems that iPads can solve. Now Apple is out with the latest addition highlighting Apple Pencil.


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App Store, Apple Music, iCloud & other Apple...

A variety of Apple cloud services experienced outages and slowdowns on Tuesday in what appeared to be a major issue with Amazon Web Services, which hosts some of the biggest online companies in the U.S.

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Revised LG UltraFine 5K display with enhanced RF...

The LG UltraFine 5K display is beginning its slow march back to availability, with shipments of the improved model leaving Apple warehouses on March 7 -- but some users with the monitor now are still hitting roadblocks in trying to get the situation rectified.

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Tim Cook: Apple will ‘do more’ in the pro area

During a Q&A session at today's shareholder meeting held at Apple's Cupertino, California campus, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors that the company is still very much focused on its professional and creative pro customers and will "do more" in the pro area. 

"You will see us do more in the pro area," Cook said. "The pro area is very important to us. The creative area is very important to us in particular." 

He was also asked about a touchscreen Mac. Cook didn’t explicitly deny that such a thing might happen, but said that he sees the iPad and the Mac as two separate product lines that serve different purposes. 

"Expect us to do more and more where people will view it as a laptop replacement, but not a Mac replacement - the Mac does so much more," the CEO said. "To merge these worlds, you would lose the simplicity of one, and the power of the other." 

In other comments, Cook said:

  • They can’t make enough" Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatches...
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Serena Williams crashes a tennis game

Can you imagine this happening to you? It’s like if Michael Jordan showed up at your local hoop and called, “I got next….”

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Apple posts the fourth developer beta of tvOS 10.2

Apple has posted the fourth tvOS 10.2 beta for the Apple TV for developers. Available at the Apple Developer Center, it focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK [software development kit.”

The tvOS 10.2 beta provides an accelerated scrolling feature to the Siri remote so you can scroll through lists of content faster. The OS update also adds the TV app, which is designed to offer a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.  It provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch.

What’s more, the tvOS 10.2 beta adds support for the Device Enrollment Program and support for the VideoToolbox framework, which lets people tap directly into hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding functions.

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iCloud experiencing slow performance as AWS outage...

Apple’s system status site currently lists multiple iCloud services as experiencing slower than usual performance for some users.


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Cook pledges support to pro users, talks Trump at...

Apple on Tuesday held its annual shareholder meeting, where the company's board was re-elected, Ernst and Young was named its accounting firm, and a number of shareholder proposals were rejected. AppleInsider was there and offers notes of interest from the proceedings.

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Tim Cook calls AirPods a ‘cultural phenomenon’ at...

Apple held its annual shareholders meeting at its headquarters in Cupertino today where top lawyer Bruce Sewell and CEO Tim Cook fielded questions and comments from investors. Nine proposals were detailed and voted on in total, followed by the re-approval of each board member. Cook also fielded some interesting questions including one on Apple making a round dumb phone with smart features and Apple’s plans to do more in the pro space…


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The 10 best US states — and why they are great...

This is an interesting list. Do you live in one of these ten states? Do you agree with their inclusion or placement?

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Apple issues fourth beta of tvOS 10.2 for developers...

Apple on Tuesday released a fourth developer beta of tvOS 10.2, an update for the fourth-generation Apple TV that should mostly add minor feature enhancements.

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∞ Notes from Apple’s shareholder meeting

I attended Apple’s shareholder meeting in the company’s Cupertino, Calif. headquarters this morning as a member of the media. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the meeting and received a standing ovation before giving a few brief remarks, including a look at next year’s meeting. […]

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Nokia 3310 Pushes Nostalgia Buttons

HMD Global, owner of the Nokia phone brand, on Sunday reintroduced the classic 3310 feature phone at the MWC, along with a line of brand new Nokia smartphones that run on the Android platform. The relaunch of the 3310 is the reimagination of one of the world's best-selling feature phones as a sleek, lightweight device that features 22 hours of talk time and an entire month of standby time. Its average retail price will be about $52. The phone will come in four colors: warm red and yellow with a glossy finish, and dark blue and gray in matte.

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Sistine Chapel gets full digital treatment for...

And people thought Apple’s $300 coffee table book was expensive.

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How to use MyFitnessPal on your iPhone to track...

While there are subtleties involved like protein and carb intake, ultimately, losing fat or gaining muscle comes down to one thing: calories in versus calories out. MyFitnessPal for the iPhone is one of the most popular tools for managing this, and here's how to use it.

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tvOS 10.2 beta 4 rolling out for Apple TV

Apple is rolling out the fourth tvOS 10.2 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. tvOS 10.2 focuses on “new features, bug fixes, and improvements in the OS and SDK” according to developer release notes.


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Vive Studios' 'VR Sports' is exactly...

The unmitigated phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii had an everlasting effect on any medium with motion controllers: if you have hardware that can track hand movements, it needs to have its own "Wii Sports" game. Enter Vive Studios latest virtual re...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 27-inch 5K iMac refurb $1,300...

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.


Apple certified refurb 27-inch 5K iMac 3.3GHz/8GB/2TB with one-year warranty: $1,300 shipped (Orig. $2,299)


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The Nokia 3310 stole Samsung's show at MWC 2017

In MWCs past, the event's news has typically been dominated by Samsung showing off its latest Galaxy flagship smartphone for the year. But the company's delayed announcement this time around meant that the scores of tech aficionados at the show neede...

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Motorola's Alexa mod is just the start of an...

Motorola might have lured people to its MWC press conference with the promise of new phones, but the real talking point came toward the end of the event. After hyping a pair of mid-range devices and some fun Moto Mod concepts, the company confirmed t...

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Ubisoft is building a game in the 'Avatar...

Alongside this week's Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Ubisoft announced its next AAA-project: a new experience set on the moon Pandora from James Cameron's Avatar universe. The game is being developed by Massive Entertainment -- the Ubiso...

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With the Prius Prime, Toyota delivers nearly the...

The Toyota Prius made hybrids mainstream. In cities like San Francisco, you can't swing an artisanally carved reclaimed-wood stick without hitting at least one of these midsize cars rolling down the street. By sheer numbers (nearly four million sold!...

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A possible AirPort Extreme replacement? Hands-on...

Since the news broke that Apple is getting out of the router business, I’ve been looking to replace my AirPort Extreme. I wanted something with more power-user features, and the Synology RT2600ac stood out as a likely candidate. The $240 RT2600ac, which is the follow-up to last year’s popular RT1900ac, contains a wealth of new additions, and is considerably more power-user friendly than Apple’s AirPort Extreme.

Synology’s routers run the SRM operating system, which makes managing the RT2600ac similar to driving one of the company’s popular NAS boxes. But does this router make a good replacement for the easy-to-use AirPort Extreme? Have a look at our hands-on video walkthrough as I showcase 15 of my favorite RT2600ac features.


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Patent owner infographic shows contrast between...

A pair of visualizations comparing Apple's and Google's "innovation signatures" shows the difference in corporate cultures between the two giants, but doesn't tell the entire tale.

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson opening a coffee shop

April 7-9, Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique Coffee brand of Grammy-Winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will hold a GRAND OPENING for its first brick and mortar ELLEFSON COFFEE CO shop in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN. In addition to Ellefson himself, who will be in attendance, the event will be co-hosted by special guest comedian, and THAT METAL SHOW co-host, Don Jamieson.

I have to order some of this coffee. The blend names are amazing.

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FCC chairman Ajit Pai calls net neutrality a '...

New FCC chairman Ajit Pai has made his views on net neutrality clear in the past -- he's against it. But today at Mobile World Congress, Pai gave a wide-ranging speech in which he made his most pointed comments against net neutrality since taking ove...

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Microsoft unveils Xbox Game Pass gaming subscription

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

I’m betting this will be popular.

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Apple granted patent for fingerprint recognition...

Rumors that Apple is considering a future without a physical home button on its iPhones have been bolstered by a patent granted to the company on Tuesday -- one that could allow users to authenticate their fingerprint by touching anywhere on the screen.

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Your kid's new Spanish tutor is a creepy robot

A lot of well-meaning parents really, really want their child to learn a second language. However, it's hard to teach a language when you don't actually speak it yourself. Flash cards, videos and apps are all great, but real retention only happens th...

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Sky VR now available on Google Daydream headsets

Sky has slowly been adding virtual reality content to its Sky VR app, but those Star Wars and David Beckham specials have only been available to viewers with Google Cardboard. Fast forward almost five months and the broadcaster has finally done somet...

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SoundCloud Go introduces new cheaper $5/month plan w...

After first introducing its $10/month ‘SoundCloud Go’ subscription service last March, the company is today introducing a mid-tier offering at a cheaper $5-6 price point with a limited catalog.


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Engadget giveaway - Win a Basslet wearable subwoofer...

Good headphones can usually deliver a bass-rich sound to your ears, but if you're interested in bumping up the visceral enjoyment of your beats, the Basslet can help. This haptic wearable delivers a low-end rumble -- spanning frequencies from 10 to 2...

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Report: Next-gen iPhone could dump the Lightning...

Enlarge / The iPhone 7 made few changes to the iPhone 6-era design. The next one could be different. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A new Wall Street Journal report on Apple's next-generation iPhone suggests a significant overhaul after three years of roughly the same physical design, and much of the WSJ's reporting echoes or builds upon rumors we've heard before. The WSJ says that Apple could switch to an OLED display like those used in the Apple Watch, the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, and many Android phones, also suggesting that display could be curved rather than flat. Apple could follow up on the iPhone 7's static Home button by doing away with it entirely, switching...

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My 2015 MacBook Pro Retina exploded

Daniel Dourvaris:

One afternoon as I was lying on my bed browsing the internet, my MacBook Pro suddenly turned off. I turned it back on and within a few seconds there was weird hissing sound, followed by white smoke and thin flames coming out of from the back.

I got up and ran with the laptop for the bathroom where I could put it on the ceramic tiles. Not more than ten seconds had passed and already the heat from the bottom of the laptop burnt my middle and ring fingers so badly I had to let it drop.


There was a bang as I backed away causing the back to pop and smoke kept pouring out. It kept sizzling for a few minutes and then finally it stopped.

The house had filled up with smoke everywhere, the acidic stench of melted plastic made my eyes water.

Look at the pictures. Amazing. Looks like melted modeling clay.

This is scary.

It’s long been known that Lithium batteries can swell up inside a computer case, causing problems...

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Analyst: look for an augmented reality feature on...

In a note to clients — as noted by Business Insider — UBS analyst Steven Milunovich says Apple may have 1,000-plus engineers working on augmented reality (AR) and expects to see AR features on the “iPhone 8.”

He thinks this could include moderate 3D mapping and possibly an AR software development kit. Milunovich says Apple is more interested in AR = than virtual reality (VR), because the former connects people whereas the latter is often an isolating experience involving a headset that renders the user blind to the real world.

AR takes the existing environment and adds a new layer of information to it. For instance, AR apps let you hold up a phone with images superimposed onto the real-world view seen through the camera screen.

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Calling augmented reality 'the next major...

Expectations are growing that augmented reality could play a key role in Apple's "iPhone 8" and beyond, prompting investment firm UBS to increase its price target for shares of the company on Tuesday.

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How to customize AirPods by changing double-tap...

Nice find by Chance Miller. Got AirPods? Read this post.

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Comment: Auto-authentication of fingerprints has...

With Apple widely expected to embed a fingerprint reader into the display of the iPhone 8, the company has patented a number of different technologies it could use to accomplish this.

One approach would limit fingerprint recognition to the bottom section of the display, meaning that authenticating a fingerprint would have to be a deliberate step, as it is with today’s Touch ID sensor. But a patented granted today would allow a fingerprint to be recognized anywhere on the screen, with Apple specifically arguing that authentication could then be completely automatic …


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WSJ: New iPhone to have USB-C for power instead of...

Takashi Mochizuki, Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc. has decided to adopt a flexible display for one model of the new iPhone coming out this year and has ordered sufficient components to enable mass production, people familiar with the matter said.


They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector.

Two pretty big claims. The transition from lightning to USB-C makes sense to me. The MacBook and MacBook Pro have made the switch to USB-C for power. Presumably, this unified approach would allow me to travel with a single power adapter/cable which I could use for both MacBook Pro and iPhone.

And Apple adhering to a widely adopted standard could only help them in their negotiations with other countries who have long ago made clear their preference for standardized vs proprietary phone chargers.

As always, take these rumors...

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Shopping for St. Patrick’s Day

There are some great things for the entire family and friends too. Scroll to the bottom to find a variety of categories, which may make it easier to narrow in on what you’re looking for.

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Revamped UltraFine 5K displays should start shipping...

Now LG appears to have revised UltraFine 5K displays (presumably with proper shielding) since Apple is currently promising deliveries as soon as March 8 through March 16 for new orders, reports 9to5Mac. Apple Store Pickup still isn’t available, but that will likely change once inventory reaches retail locations, the article adds.

In January 9to5Mac reported that the LG UltraFine 5K Display can be effectively unusable if placed near a Wi-Fi router with some kind of radio interference causing the monitor to regularly black out and hang the connected MacBook Pro. LG says it’s identified the hardware problem in which Wi-Fi routers within two feet of the display may result in signal interference issues.

All new UltraFine units produced after February won’t affected as...

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∞ Introducing Handle from Boston Dynamic

This is either really cool or the beginning of the robot uprising.

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Renault-Nissan developing a fleet of self-driving EVs

French people love to drive, but with private radar companies set to give out way more speeding tickets, they may be willing to let machines take the wheel. Luckily, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has teamed with a company called Transdev to develop a f...

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Supply constraints will limit OLED to just '...

A new analyst report sheds some doubt on the "super cycle" concept because of a probable limit in OLED screen supply, suggesting that the pent-up demand for a revolutionary iPhone incorporating the flexible screens will only be sated after a few years -- which will boost AAPL over the long term.

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Apple updates system status site for reporting...

It’s never a great experience when iCloud goes down and Apple services are affected, but it always helps to know it’s not just you having issues. Apple typically acknowledges ongoing outages on its System Status site with a brief description of the problem, and this week Apple has updated its design to emphasize last known issues.


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'Brass Tactics' is a VR RTS that puts you...

Real-time strategy and VR don't seem like they would go together. After all, the key attraction to virtual reality is feeling like you're in someone else's shoes in a faraway land of make believe. The top-down view of typical RTS games doesn't quite...

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Oculus shows off upcoming VR titles at GDC 2017

It's the start of the 2017 Game Developers Conference and, as you might expect, it's an event where VR is likely to take center stage. Kicking it all off is Oculus, which not only announced a new Gear VR plus a new controller this weekend, it also sh...

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'From Other Suns' lets players move in VR...

When I boot up a new VR game for the first time, the same question always hangs in my mind. "So," I think, "how do you teleport in this game." It's become a standard in virtual reality, the go-to movement system that lets players explore the digital...

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Games like 'Augmented Empire' are why Gear...

If you've ever used a Samsung Gear VR before, you've probably found yourself awkwardly tapping the side of the headset to issue a command, or fumbling with its four-way touchpad to make a selection in a menu. This inelegant, embedded touch control is...

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Apple has 1,000 engineers working on AR, may debut...

A UBS research note seen by Business Insider says that Apple is believed to have more than 1,000 engineers working on an augmented reality project, and that the company’s first AR offering may be seen in the iPhone 8.

According to some industry sources, the company may have over 1,000 engineers working on a project in Israel that could be related to AR […] UBS expects Apple could implement new AR products as early as in the next iPhone, expected later this year, which could include “moderate 3D mapping … and possibly an AR software development kit,” the note says.

The note is consistent with a KGI one stating that the iPhone 8 will include a ‘...

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ICYMI: San Diego's smart street lights and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: AT&T is teaming with GE to install 3,200 smart sensors atop San Diego's public street lights. These devices, part of a $30 million infrastructure upgrade, will help city administrators better track and manage e...

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LG UltraFine 5K Displays now shipping March 8 after...

After previously pulling inventory over quality issues caused by poor shielding, Apple now promises LG UltraFine 5K Display deliveries as soon as March 8. 9to5Mac discovered last month that the original version of the Apple-endorsed Retina resolution monitor could become unusable when placed near a wireless access point like most routers.


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Warren Buffett on Apple and stickiness

Warren Buffett is one of the richest people in the world, one of the world’s shrewdest, hardest working investors. He does his homework before he spends a dime.

As has been widely reported, Buffett more than doubled his ownership in Apple stock (was 59M shares on Dec 31, now up to 133M shares) so far this year. In yesterday’s interview with CNBC, Buffett lays out his logic. Compelling.

You can watch part of his more than three hour interview here.

From the official transcript:

When I take my great-grandchildren to Dairy...

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Korean prosecutors charge Samsung head, other execs...

South Korea prosecutors on Tuesday indicted the acting head of the Samsung Group -- Jay Y. Lee -- for bribery and embezzlement, leveling similar charges at four other executives as well in the influence scandal surrounding Korean President Park Geun-hye and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.

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Report claims it's now more reliable to own...

Based on my experiences and those of all theiPhone owners I know, I find this hard to believe. However, according to the Q4 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report by the Blancco Technology Group, which specializes in data erasure and mobile device diagnostics, it's now more reliable to own Android devices than iPhones.

The report claims the iOS failure rate has consecutively increased quarter-over-quarter – from 15% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2015 to 25% in Q1 2016 to 58% in Q2 2016 to 62% in Q3 2016. Although the iOS failure rate (62%) has since stabilized in Q4 2016, Apple is still playing catch up with Android (47%), claims Blancco. 

Additionally, the company claims that the iPhone 6 has been the worst performing iOS device consecutively for four quarters with the highest...

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Xbox Game Pass lets you play 100 titles for $10 a...

Microsoft received a good amount of deserved praise for adding backwards compatibility to the Xbox One. Today, the company is adding another way to play older titles on its flagship console. The new Xbox Game Pass is another take on the "Netflix for...

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Opinion: The time is right for a switch to USB-C in...

I wrote an opinion piece last year speculating on whether Apple would switch from Lightning to USB-C, and when it might do so. A new report today suggests that the company is planning to do so this year, in the iPhone 8.

I argued then that there were compelling reasons for Apple to make the switch. While the Lightning port is a clever standard, USB-C is even smarter and more capable. Adopting a single port across both Mac and iOS devices would massively simplify the cable and connector ecosystem. And the high-speed data transfer capabilities provided by USB-C would allow Apple devices to work together better than ever.

I addressed the three possible objections before, but let’s quickly summarize them here …


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Kids can learn Hebrew letter basics with Alef Bet...

The Davka Corp. has announced Alef Bet Schoolhouse for the Mac. It’s an app that introduces Hebrew letter basics to children ages three and up. 

Alef Bet Schoolhouse features four activities that teach pronunciation of Hebrew letters, recognition of letter shapes, the order of the Hebrew alphabet, and the differences between letters of similar appearance. The Meet the Alef Bet section displays each Hebrew letter with a picture of a word that begins with that letter, accompanied with delightful animation and audio pronunciation of the letter and word. 

The Magical Alef Bet Game presents a sequence of Hebrew letters that need to be placed in their proper order. The Unscrambulator requires players to reassemble scrambled Hebrew letters into their correct shapes, while Name that Letter places different letters of similar appearance on the screen that must be identified and distinguished from one another.

Alef Bet Schoolhouse requires macOS 10.12 or higher. It costs...

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For This Year's iPhone, Apple Is Ditching...

Apple has decided to adopt a flexible display for at least one model of the new iPhone, reports WSJ. From the report: People with direct knowledge of Apple's production plans said the Cupertino, Calif., company has decided to go ahead with the technology, and it will release a phone model using the OLED screens this year (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source). The technology allows manufacturers to bend screens in ways they couldn't previously -- such as by introducing a curve at the edge of the phone as in some Samsung models. However, once the phone is manufactured, the OLED screen can't be bent or folded by the user, at least with current technology. Using OLED displays would allow Apple to introduce a phone with a new look to fuel sales. They said Apple would introduce other updates including a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector. The models would also do away with a physical...

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SoundCloud adds a new tier to its subscription...

SoundCloud Go is now a completely different offering after the company has revamped its music streaming service. The $10-per-month unlimited subscription still offers ad-free and offline access to over 150 million tracks, but it's now called SoundClo...

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iShoes, anyone?Apple granted patent for shoe wear-...

iShoes, anyone? Okay, I don’t think Apple is entering the shoe business, but the company has been granted a patent (number 9,578,927) for a “shoe wear-out sensor, body-bar sensing system, unit less activity accessment, and associated methods.”

In what may indicate an even closer tie with Nike, the patent does mention sneakers, boots, and shoes for running, soccer, and American football. Apple says that “as a shoe wears, physical support provided by the shoe decreases, thereby reducing associated protection from injury.” It also notes that “when a critical wear level is reached, even if the shoe looks like it is not particularly worn, the shoe may not provide adequate support and may, in fact, cause damage to feet.”

Here’s Apple’s summary of the patent: “A system assesses activity and displays a unitless activity value. A detector senses activity of a user. A processor reads sensed activity data from the detector. A display displays the unitless...

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Ofcom forces BT to cut over two million monthly...

Healthy competition between the UK's quad-play providers may have led to lower prices for all-in-one broadband, phone, TV and mobile packages, but some customers like to pick and choose individual providers for each job. For landline customers in par...

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EduTech: Developers behind AirParrot introduce new...

EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here

This special mid-week installment highlights a new app from Squirrels, the company behind AirParrot: 

The developers behind the popular screen sharing software AirParrot have today launched a new app built specifically for use in education. The new app from Squirrels is simply called ClassHub and is a classroom operations platform that “combines collaboration, device management and device monitoring into a single dashboard for teachers.”


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Netflix's CEO plans on putting buffering to bed

It's no secret that video streaming is king right now, and that the binge-watching craze Netflix helped establish is making other TV providers rethink how they offer content to customers. Here at Mobile World Congress, the service's CEO Reed Hastings...

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Rumor: the ‘iPhone 8’ will have a curved screen and...

According to the Wall Street Journal, the upcoming “iPhone 8” will have a curved OLED display and will ditch the Lightning port for a USB-C port.

“Apple Inc. has decided to adopt a flexible display for one model of the new iPhone coming out this year and has ordered sufficient components to enable mass production, people familiar with the matter said,” according to the WSJ.

The article also says that reports that Apple will replace the Lightning connector with a USB-C port. All of the next iPhones are said to feature a "USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company's original Lightning connector,” according to the WSJ.

According to the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) chances that the upcoming iPhone will have a curved screen are 80% (and it will be OLED, at least on a high-end model), but the...

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Rumor: 10.5-inch iPad Pro to feature 2,224 x 1,668...

Even if it’s a rumor, there’s generally some truth to it.

It’s been said that Apple’s rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro tablet will feature a higher resolution of 2,224 × 1,668 pixels, while maintaining the same pixel density as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The rumor hails from IHS Markit director of tablets and PCs Rhoda Alexander.

Alexander, in an interview with Forbes, stated that the upcoming tablet will have a resolution of 2,224 × 1,668 pixels with a 264 PPI, equal to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro at 2,048×1,536.

Alexander also stated that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro would feature slimmer bezels that would allow it to have the same overall footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. She also stated that she expects the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to “arrive in the March-April timeframe,” which plays along with a rumored March event Apple is said to be planning.

Finally, Alexander also said Apple’s rumored low-cost 9.7-inch iPad Pro could start at $299, which...

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Google reveals the latest plans for its futuristic...

Google's plans for its futuristic Mountain View campus changed yet again when it swapped lands with LinkedIn last year. The tech titan has recently submitted its updated proposal to City of Mountain View, and its computer renders show us what Google'...

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1Password for Mac updated to 6.6.1, includes...

It’s a nifty program and it just got a little bit better.

1Password for Mac has just been updated to version 6.1.1. The new version includes enhanced Touch Bar support for the MacBook Pro as well as a new payment model that centers around subscriptions.

The software, which generally listed around $65, is being priced towards a more affordable number and now features free trials via the Mac App Store.

The new version incorporates the Touch Bar beyond the initial update that launched back in November. Customizing passwords when changing or creating new passwords now works with the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros. A new slider appears when editing passwords so you can easily change how many characters or words appear in each password you generate.

For new customers, the software arrives with a 30-day free trial. Existing customers will be able to log in as needed from any device.

Those who previously purchased 1Password in the Mac App Store will...

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Boat skipper suspended after boat sank in collision...

The skipper of a historic motor launch has been suspended from his duties as a waterways pilot after a collision with a ferry. The boat he was skippering sank.


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Lotus WorkStation can improve your health, but may...

More folks companies are realizing the health, comfort and productivity of "standing desks." For these reasons, Fellowes Brands has introduced the Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation. It works well with, say, an iMac, but was cumbersome when I used it with my combination of 15-inch MacBook Pro and a 27-inch LG Ultrafine 5K.

Research has determined “sitting disease” as the cause for numerous health issues. The 90-degree sitting position that many of us take on for hours on end during the work week is a cause for concern. Eighteen research studies in which almost 800,000 men and women participated show that people who live a sedentary life, largely sitting at a desk for hours on end every day, have a significantly higher risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Questionable rumor claims Apple will ditch Lightning...

A new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple will abandon its proprietary Lightning port later this year, instead opting for a USB-C connection for charging and wired syncing. For a company that has recently doubled down on Lightning, that seems unlikely. Here's why.

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Apple granted patent for fingerprint reader embedded...

Apple has filed a number of patent applications for different ways of embedding a fingerprint reader into a display, and one of these has today been granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Apple first applied for the patent in 2015.

In addition to allowing Apple to eliminate a separate Touch ID sensor, the patent also explains how embedding the...

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Ubisoft's 'Rabbids' invade virtual...

Virtual reality is about to be invaded by derpy, mischievous rabbits. Ubisoft's long-running Rabbids franchise is coming to Google's Daydream VR platform sometime this spring, the publisher announced.

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How to view, add, edit user names, passwords in...

You can view, add, or edit user names and passwords Safari saved for websites. To set these options, open Safari, choose Safari > Preferences, then click Passwords.

To sort the website list, click a column heading. For example, to focus on websites with saved passwords, bring them to the top of the list by clicking the Password column heading. Click again to change the sort direction.

You can search website addresses, user names, and shown passwords in the list.

You can have Safari securely save user names and passwords you enter on webpages, then automatically fill in the saved information when you revisit the same webpages.

If a website’s password is listed as “never saved,” Safari never autofills it. To let Safari autofill your password for a website, remove the website from this list.

Safari’s AutoFill list shows websites whose user names or passwords you saved while signing in or manually added, and whose passwords you chose never to save....

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WSJ: iPhone 8 to replace Lightning connector with a...

The Wall Street Journal has outlined their current thinking on the next new iPhone from Apple, colloquially dubbed the iPhone 8. They believe that Apple will replace the Lightning connector on the bottom of the phone with a USB-C port, ditching its own propriety connector with an industry standard.

The report also reaffirms rumors of the device featuring a large curved OLED display, losing the Home Button in favour of a new touch screen function area.


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Paint with pinballs in the enchanting Inks for iOS

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

State of Play has a knack for making video games look like fabulous, imaginative art, as seen in the wonderful Lumino City for iOS and Mac—a game that was made by filming real papercraft locations and characters and forging them into game elements. So it’s little surprise to see the studio’s next effort deliver another eye-popping and totally original concept. 

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EA's Peter Moore makes a big money transfer to...

Yesterday's Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool was notable for two reasons. First was the result: managerless Leicester, the current champions of England, pulled off a surprise 3-1 win against an in-form Liverpool team after a...

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Google Home is coming to the UK this spring

If you've been waiting for Google to bring its smart Home speaker to the UK, you may only have to hang on a little bit longer. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Engadget today that the contoured cylinder will make its journey across the Atlantic in...

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The Morning After: Tuesday, February 28 2017

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

It's Tuesday. That means Boston Dynamics has unveiled a new robot harbinger of death, there are more new smartphones and we have an idea who screwed up at the Oscars. In more encouraging news, we checked in with...

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Monday February 27

How to customize AirPods by changing double-tap...

Apple’s AirPods have been available for a few months now and as the completely wireless earbuds make their way to more users, there have been increased requests for more customization options.

While it’s not explicitly clear from the start, there are a few changes you can make in the Settings app on your iOS device to slightly customize the AirPods experience. Read on for a breakdown…


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How to: change the email address linked to your...

Apple ID is the gateway to Apple's online services -- App Store, iCloud, iTunes and more -- and is a crucial part of your digital identity. AppleInsider shows you how to change the email address that serves as your Apple ID login credential in a few easy steps.

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Mozilla buys Pocket

Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum. The nine-year-old company, which makes tools for saving articles and videos to view them later, is Mozilla’s first acquisition. It represents a homecoming of sorts for Pocket, which began life as a Firefox extension before eventually expanding its team and building a suite of apps for every major platform. Pocket has been Firefox’s default read-it-later service since 2015.

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Banco Santander, IBM to co-develop MobileFirst for...

Banco Santander, a retail and commercial bank headquartered in Spain, and IBM have announced a collaboration to design and develop a suite of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps to “support the banking group's digital transformation and give employees the tools to create deeper engagements with their customers.”

These custom-built, native apps made for iOS will be rolled out across more than 11,000 iOS devices, changing how Santander's commercial network employees, including those supporting corporate, SME, private and retail banking, approach their day-to-day activities and boost productivity, according to Javier Cuenca, managing director T&O Area Banco Santander.

Using an iPhone, Santander employees can expect to have immediate access to up-to-date information on products, services, and clients, allowing them to make better recommendations to customers on bank products such as Santander's 1|2|3 account for SMEs, an account that provides cash back incentives for...

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Banco Santander partners with IBM to develop suite...

Santander, one of the world's top banks by market capitalization, has announced plans to collaborate with IBM on the development of a series of native iOS apps to support a "digital transformation" of its business, assisting its bankers to create deeper engagements with clients.

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Google's Jigsaw Launches Troll-Thwarting API

A new tool is available to check the persistent harassment of online trolls. Google's Jigsaw think tank last week launched Perspective, an early stage technology that uses machine learning to help neutralize trolls. Perspective reviews comments and scores them based on their similarity to comments people have labeled as toxic, or that are likely to result in someone leaving a conversation. Publishers can select what they want to do with the information Perspective provides to them.

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Apple Daily Report for February 27, 2017

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

AT&T launched a new unlimited data plan less than two weeks ago, but with more competitive options available from Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, it revamped its plans. Starting Thursday, new and existing AT&T customers can choose from two new plans: Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice

Apple iCloud users beware: scammers have come up with another way to target you. Scammers are calling unsuspecting victims and saying that the call recipient's iCloud account has been hacked, according to Daily Beast senior editor Michael Weiss.

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Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 27, 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

Almalence has launched its xTeleZoom app for the iPhone 7 Plus, enabling extra high quality zoom capability capable of preserving resolution and suppressing the noise while zooming. The $0.99 tool is developed especially to extend the high quality zoom range of the telephoto camera of the iPhone 7+. Users of iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models without a tele-camera will also reportedly benefit from higher quality zoom using the xTeleZoom app.

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has released AKVIS Points 3.0., an update of the macOS-compatible...

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What are you most excited to see at Apple’s iPhone,...

Earlier today, Zac offered up a full roundup of everything that we could potentially see at Apple’s spring event this year. While the event is generally much smaller-scale than Apple’s other events every year, there are a few things that most usually interest most people.

What rumored announcement for Apple’s April event excites you the most?

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SpaceX to fly tourists around the moon next year

The dark side of the moon. I think I’ll wait a bit on this trip.

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Good news: A third-party screen repair won’t void...

Taking your iPhone to any place but an Apple store or Apple-authorized repair shop for a screen fix used to automatically void your warranty. That’s apparently no longer the case.

According to an internal memo circulated to Apple retail stores and published by 9to5Mac, iPhone repairs that would be covered by your device’s warranty will still be covered, even if you had your screen fixed by a third-party shop. There’s a caveat, though: If there are signs that the third-party repair work caused damage to your iPhone, or if the repair is related to the display, you’ll have to pay the out-of-warranty price for repair at an Apple store or authorized repair shop.

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Splish, splash! The Pokémon GO Water Fes...
Niantic is back with a new festival for dedicated Pokémon GO collectors. The Water Festival officially kicks off today at 1 P.M. PDT and runs through March 29. Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their assorted evolved forms will be appearing at... | Read more »
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Bean's Quest is a new take on both the classic platformer and the endless runner, and it's free on the App Store for the time being. Instead of running constantly, you can't stop jumping. That adds a surprising new level of challenge to the game... | Read more »
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