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Wednesday April 26

Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer...

Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...

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Apple’s New Clips App Is iMovie for the Social Age

Apple’s new Clips app for iOS is a video-editing app like iMovie, but it’s loaded with emojis and other zany features like those in Snapchat and other social video apps. Clips is fun, but limited and opaque in some ways.


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Robbers nab $24K worth of Apple goods in Corte...

Apple devices usually come with a "Designed in California" label. Now 17 iPhones, three iPads, and two Macs can wear the "Stolen in California" label, as the devices were stolen from an Apple retail outlet at The Village at Corte Madera mall in Corte Madera, CA. 

The devices are valued at $24,000, and were stolen shortly after the store closed at 8 PM on Monday, April 24. Five robbers who were described as being in their late teens or early 20s made the heist, and were later spotted by a security guard running towards the rear of a nearby Macy's store. Apparently there were still customers in the store at the time. 

A tweet by ABC7 news reporter Amy Hollyfield shows the empty tabletops: 

Look at the empty counter at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Police say 5 thieves grabbed about $24k worth of products and took off...

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FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins...

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Google Maps on iPhone adds parking reminders,...

Google Maps for iPhone (free) has a new feature that's been in Apple Maps for a while; the ability to set parking reminders automatically or manually. 

Those who are using Apple CarPlay or the like to pair to a car via USB or Bluetooth should find that Maps places a pin on a parking location automatically when a phone is disconnected. If that doesn't work for you -- say, the parking location is never accurate enough -- you can disable autosave through the options on the blue dot that marks a user's current location.

Manual addition of a parking spot is done by tapping on the blue dot or by adding a red "pin", then tapping on the menu at upper right to "Set as parking location". 

In addition, there's now a new "Directions widget" that provides users with directions right on the lock screen (see image above). With a tap, both the starting and ending...

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Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for...

Amazon's Echo smart speakers just went in an unusual (but potentially very helpful) new direction. Meet Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you j...

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Trump proves a boon for Twitter growth as service...

Wednesday morning, Twitter held its shareholders meeting for Q1 2017 results. Pointing to the changes it introduced to fight abusive accounts, pulling @names from a Tweet’s character count, and building out an API were all reported as contributing factors for monthly active user growth. A key area that may have contributed to the 9 million new users seen in Q1 was the vocal political leaders on the platform like President Donald Trump.


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Uber highlights your rating to make you a better...

It's no secret that Uber assigns star ratings to passengers as well as drivers, but finding your passenger rating has practically required a small mining expedition. After today, though, you'll hardly have to lift a finger to understand your reputati...

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Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a...

As my vacationing blog partner Dennis Sellers would say, "another day, another lawsuit." Today's lawsuit against Apple is from the trollishly named Pen-One Acquisition Group, which says that Apple infringed its patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent describes a point of sale system using a stylus or fingerprint signature, and Pen-One Acquisition Group says that any Apple device using Touch ID to make a purchase infringes on its patent.

The complaint covers the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro, all of which have Touch ID authentication and can be used to make purchases with Apple Pay. 

The abstract for the patent in question says "This pen-based, identity verification uses biometric technology. For use...

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Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's...

Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

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Uber wants to encourage ‘better rider behavior’ by...

You’ve always been able to rate your driver in Uber and see their star average before using the ride-sharing service, but Uber hasn’t easily exposed your star average intentionally before. Now Uber says it is rolling out an update to make your passenger rating visible in its app to encourage better rider behavior.


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ESPN fires 100 on-air personalities, will focus on...

ESPN has announced some upcoming changes for the network today, including informing employees that 100 on-air talent positions will be cut as the company refocuses its content strategy. It also announced new features coming for the ESPN apps today, which is available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users as well as on other platforms.


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VR's latest victim: 'live' standup...

Comedy Living Room started in 2012 as a way for emerging stand-ups to try out gags in the safety of a friend's living room. Now, the event is embracing virtual reality, enabling everyone to watch a low-fi comedy gig in someone else's living room whil...

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The web’s best hidden gems

Lots and lots of great links to explore.

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Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new...

Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

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Dual cameras could be just the start, suggests CNET...

The move by Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to dual cameras could be just the start, suggests a CNET piece. It argues that future smartphones could have three, four, five or more cameras …


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A Fitbit helped police arrest a man for his wife’s...


A Connecticut man was charged with murdering his wife after police analyzed the woman’s Fitbit and found the device recorded her movements after the time the man told investigators she was fatally shot by a home intruder.

Imagine the shock on this guy’s face when they laid this out for him. Like an episode of Elementary.

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Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble brings the animated show...

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.

I love Yo-Kai Watch, so naturally I had to download Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a casual match-3 style game with bright, adorable graphics, an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of levels to keep you occupied.

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How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

Update, 4/26/17: The article has been updated with additional information now that the parking feature is out of beta testing.

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to Maps is one we’ve been waiting years to get.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest version of Maps on iOS and Android, Google is giving it a new home, right inside the Maps app. And it's a snap to use. When you tap the blue location dot on the map on...

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Apple releases Live Photos API, add Live Photos to...

The details and live examples are here. To bring the sample pictures to life, hover over the “Live” box in the upper-right corner.

The key is a chunk of JavaScript wrapped up in a library called LivePhotosKit. Read more about LivePhotosKit here.

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CNBC: Fluent survey shows “Customer excitement for...


According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just 8 percent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.

A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by consumer marketing firm Fluent for the survey.

“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015. Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.

I think it’s hard to draw these sorts of conclusions about a market that is so young and still growing, still finding its way. Add to that that the Apple Watch is a secondary device, designed to augment the iPhone, at least for most people. Apple Watch sales are gravy for Apple, enhancing iPhone sales numbers, helping add value to the ecosystem.

As to upgrading, I’d say give that time, time for the Apple Watch and watchOS to...

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Instagram touts 700 million users, 100 million added...

Instagram has become quite competitive lately with new features that take on Snapchat directly, and now the social network has shared that it has 700 million users which is a new milestone. Instagram made the announcement in a blog post this morning:


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$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery...

Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

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Comment: Today at Apple will convert a fairly well-...

When Angela Ahrendts spoke to CBS about a new Apple Store initiative called Today at Apple, I was initially a little confused. What she described as something new at first sounded pretty much identical to something that has existed for many years: free workshops at Apple Stores.

Rebranding and promoting the workshop would make sense, of course. Many Apple customers seem entirely unaware that the workshops exist, while others know about the basic ones but not the more advanced sessions.

This was made clear to me when I mentioned on Facebook that I was attending a Final Cut Pro workshop at Apple’s Regent Street store in London, and several friends told me they had no idea these existed. Even among 9to5Mac readers, there were similar comments when I mentioned them in my...

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∞ Video shows expressions on one person transferred...

[VIDEO] Watch the video in the main Loop post and notice that the person on the left is not moving, is relatively expressionless. The person on the right is moving their face.

Now switch your gaze to the two screens in the video. Note that the video of the person on the left has the expressions of the person on the right.

Like the post from Monday where an AI was used to speak using someone else’s voice, this has potential badness and chicanery written all over it.

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Apple’s newest Middle East Apple Store, Apple Dubai...

Check out the images in the press release. I love the animated GIF toward the bottom of the release that shows the “solar wings” opening and closing. Apple Stores sometimes seem, to me, like sculptures.

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China hits 836M 4G users as Apple faces app battles...

The world’s largest LTE network keeps growing. The Chinese government announced today that the country now has 836M 4G users.


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Apple announces it has two million Final Cut Pro X...

Apple has announced that it now has two million Final Cut Pro X users – or ‘seats,’ in the terminology used when speaking to an audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual conference.

Apple said that it hit the milestone some five and a half years after launching version 10 of the professional video editing app. Notably, it said that the pace of adoption was increasing. While the company didn’t provide specific dates, it said that it had taken much less time to grow from 1M to 2M users than it had taken to hit that first million.

The milestone is significant given initial reactions to the app …


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Notebooks and tablets may be banned from cabin...

The U.S. ban on notebooks and tablets in the cabin of certain inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The ban, which currently extends to flights from 10 airports, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, was introduced last month with the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside certain consumer electronics.

A new report from The Guardian has stated that the Trump administration is “considering” extending the ban to inbound flights from Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security offered the following comment:

“We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic...

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Apple to launch “Today at Apple” workshops beginning...

Apple is looking to make its retail locations the places to be for educational events.

The company has announced that it plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed “Today at Apple,” retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday.

The program will roll out across all of Apple’s retail locations as part of an effort to manufacture “town squares” wherein customers engage with their communities and their devices. Visitors should be able to attend classes, complete with Apple’s new “creative pro” staffers skilled in fields like music and photography.

The company has long held workshops and other events at its stores, and it’s not yet clear how Today at Apple will distinguish itself.

Under Ahrendts’ guidance, Apple has worked to retool its retail design and operations. As such, many locations have added trees, wooden shelves, oversized video screens, new conference rooms and new work roles for staff. More controversially...

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iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course,...

One of the most comprehensive developer courses we've had in the store has just arrived in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Aaron Caines of Geeky Lemon Development has been an iOS developer for seven years, and during that time he's also been an online instructor. You can benefit from Aaron's experience creating apps with the iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course, on sale for $88.

In this online training, you'...

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Second burglary at Apple Store in Corte Madera,...

ABC7 News reports that an Apple Store in Corte Madera, California, was the subject of a second major theft in the space of a few months. On this occasion, police report that $24,000 worth of iPhones, iPads and Macs were stolen.


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Apple shows off Dubai Mall store with ‘stunning...

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

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

The store will also...

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Typinator 7.2

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


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Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta...

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

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

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Tuesday April 25

NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals

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

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Pages 6.1.1, Numbers 4.1.1, and Keynote 7.1.1 for Mac

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


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Tweetbot for Mac updated w/ direct message image...

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

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Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi...

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

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New iPhone 8 concept video imagines bezel-less...

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


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Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside...

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

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Google Maps for iOS gains useful parking reminder...

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


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New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

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

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

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

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Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web...

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

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AWT News Update: April 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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Verizon debuts unlimited data plan for prepaid...

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

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EU Lawmakers Include Spotify and iTunes In...

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

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This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your...

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

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Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap...

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

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Verizon announces new $80/month prepaid unlimited...

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


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Prototype review: Rigiet smartphone camera stabilizer

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

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


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

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iPhone 8 may be fast, but those benchmark results...

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

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


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

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

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New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot...

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

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DC is launching its own streaming service with a...

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

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Report: Apple poached augmented reality expert from...

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

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

Jeff Norris

Jeff Norris testing Microsoft's HoloLens in microgravity environments.

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Apple AI guru Tom Gruber speaks of artificial...

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

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Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

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

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Samsung, LG concerned by Apple's plans to...

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

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'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's...

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

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YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to...

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

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Everything you need to know about ejecting from a...

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

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Nastier version of IoT botnet could brick your smart...

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

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Keynote, Numbers, Pages iWork apps updated for both...

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

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

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

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Can you spot the snake?

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

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Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the...

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

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Day One journal app adds printed books

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

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

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Samsung's emoji chat app helps people with...

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

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Apple AI expert says computing should augment human...

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


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Uber expects flying taxis by 2020

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

Fuck no!

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∞ Low Rider: Cheech and Chong

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

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Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing...

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

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Is every speed limit too low?

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

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

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

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Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

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

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

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

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


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Hubbell buys out Apple HomeKit accessory maker...

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

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IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew...

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

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Amazon's latest Dash button orders you fresh...

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

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Apple updates iWork for iOS & macOS, iPad...

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


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Flying, spherical displays are coming to a halftime...

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

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Stunning Apple Dubai Mall store set for Thursday...

Apple Dubai Mall: Gulf Business

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

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

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Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community...

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

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

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

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

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

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Uber wants to test its flying taxis by 2020

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

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

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


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The Avengers take on gaming icons in 'Marvel vs...

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

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Apple shows off Dubai store with massive 186-foot...

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

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Angela Ahrendts talks Apple store makeover, why Tim...

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

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I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

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

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Apple retail announces new store design, "Today...

Apple Store Union Square, San Francisco, CA

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

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

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

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Apple's first original series, Carpool Karaoke...

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

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

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

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

A screenshot from Luminos

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

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

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

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

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

Rendering of an "iPhone 8" via KK Sneak Leaks

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

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“Today at Apple”

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

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

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Google Photos 2.14 adds AirPlay functionality

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

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

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