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Tuesday May 2

Twitter adds 11 more streaming offerings in live...

Shortly after annnouncing a 24/7 streaming news deal with Bloomberg, Twitter has revealed another 11 video offerings, covering not just news but sports, music, and other fields.

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Teens split video time 34% to YouTube, 27% to...

Hulu came in at 4%, Amazon at 3%. From the article:

In a recent survey of US college students, commissioned by LendEDU, only 8% of respondents said they didn’t have a Netflix account. This doesn’t mean young people actually pay for Netflix, as 54% said they use a friend’s or family member’s account. But at 92%, that is still an astonishing level of audience penetration.

Very interesting numbers. This is an audience that Apple covets. Going to be interesting to see how they progress in this space.

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With Apple’s Q2 financials expected to be on-track,...

Analysts appear to be expecting Apple to announce that its Q2 2017 earnings were in line with the guidance it gave last time – albeit with revenue around the top end of the predicted range.

When tuning in to the earnings report conference call, here are the numbers Apple needs to match or beat to be on-track …


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Take Control Books acquired by Joe Kissell and...

Congrats to Joe Kissell and Morgen Jahnke for the acquisition, and to Adam and Tonya Engst and the rest of the TidBITS team for the sale.

New chapters for everyone.

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∞ Apple’s strong earnings, possible supercycle

Apple will announce earnings for 2017Q2 this afternoon at 1:30 PT.

Interested in specifics? Start with this MacRumors post.

Apple projected their revenues to be between $51.5 billion and $53.5 billion. Analysts project revenues between $51.7B and $55B.

From this CNBC article:

Apple investors are excited by the prospect of a “supercycle” in its next fiscal year, driven by the next generation of iPhones, and it appears the market for people who want to upgrade their devices could be over 300 million.

In a note released Monday, former Apple analyst turned venture capitalist Gene Munster, estimates that...

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Global Payments announces support for Apple Pay in...

Global Payments, a worldwide provider of payment technology services, is now offering merchants in Taiwan the ability to accept credit and debit card payments via Apple Pay. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with more than 8,500 employees worldwide, the company is a member of the S&P 500 with merchants and partners in 30 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and Brazil.

Apple Pay is currently available in 14 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Apple Pay works with iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.  It also works in macOS Sierra.

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Apple wants to help you eat healthier — and perhaps...

Apple wants to help you eat healthier. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,640,088) for “electronic tag transmissions of custom-order nutritional information.”

It involves a computer-implemented method for encoding radio frequency identification (RFID) electronic tags to represent custom-order nutrition variables that could communicate with your iPhone or Apple Watch. At an electronic vendor device at a check-out counter, a custom food order can be identified. At the device, a nutrition variable based on the custom food order can be determined. At the electronic vendor device, an RFID electronic tag can be encoded to store the nutritional variable.

In the patent filing, Apple says that restricting particular types of consumption can be advantageous, such as restricting calories, fat consumption, salt intake and/or sugar intake. What’s more, consuming at least a threshold quantity of vegetables, fruits, dairy, healthy fats, vitamins, water and so on are...

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Following App Store price increases in Europe, Apple...

Following Apple’s decision to increase the prices of App Store prices in Europe, Italian site iSpazia reports that the company appears to be allowing developers the option of more flexible pricing. Instead of having to choose one of the standard tiers, they would be free to select alternatives – including a starting-point of €0.49 …


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Google, Amazon, eBay and others drop Apple Watch...

It’s been a quiet trend, but it’s still worth noting.

Over the last few months, a number of companies, including Google, Amazon and eBay have pulled some of their Apple Watch apps from the App Store.

The programs, namely Google Maps, Amazon and eBay, were all early supporters of the Apple Watch and released apps within a few months of the wearable’s April 2015 debut.

Checking today, none of the three companies offer Apple Watch apps, having quietly removed Apple Watch functionality through App Store updates. It’s not entirely clear when each app was updated to remove Apple Watch support, with the feature elimination appearing to have largely gone under the radar.

It’s thought that the apps were quietly removed without notice in that there weren’t many people using them.

Google Maps was perhaps the only app that was useful on the wrist, with quick directions to places like home and work. Amazon’s Apple Watch app simply allowed for voice-based...

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Samsung’s Siri competitor Bixby claims to be better...

Samsung may have kept its smartphone owners waiting more than five years to launch Bixby – its answer to Apple’s Siri – but that hasn’t stopped the company taking a dig at Apple’s IA …


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Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC...

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

In the note, Kuo stated that the product will be positioned towards the high-end market.

Kuo also stated that Apple could ship as many as 12 million units over the device’s first year on the market.

In particular, he sees Apple’s custom W1 Bluetooth chip...

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White noise and then some

By Frank Petrie

There are a plethora of apps that deal with relaxation, mindfulness and such, but White Noise by TMSOFT takes the concept to every imaginable requirement that you may have and them some. 

Utilizing the ambient sounds that are included with their Mac or iOS Free or Pro version, you can do amazing things. You can create playlists, mix various sounds, or even create your own mixes and share them within the community.

Over 100-plus additional sounds(“singles”) can be purchased at their market or at iTunes, Amazon Music or Google play as MP3 audio files.  Or you can download the Market App and download new sounds for free. With my iMac, I had the choice to stream additional sounds via  Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud, Rhapsody, and Groove to name...

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Twitter reveals 11 more video partners a day after...

Just one day after announcing a deal with Bloomberg to stream news reports 24/7, Twitter has now revealed video partnership arrangements with 11 more content providers in the fields of news, sports and entertainment.

News partners will be Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Cheddar and The Verge. Sports coverage will be provided by MLBAB, PGA Tour, The Players’ Tribune and Stadium. The three entertainment channels will be IMG Fashion, Live Nation and Propagate.

Twitter also revealed the specifics of what to expect from each partner …


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Deutsche Bank analysts suggests iPhone 8 may not...

A research note from Deutsche Bank suggests that the iPhone 8 may not be launched this year.

Report suggests no new iPhone 8 this calendar year. As we have written in previous [research notes], several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall. We believe this report further underscores the uncertainty around the timing of Apple’s next- generation iPhone model.

The evidence for this appears thin, though it may explain an odd report from last week …


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How to remove a Mac from your Back to My Mac network...

You can turn off Back to My Mac whenever you want (here’s how you set it up). When you do, you'll remove that Mac or AirPort base station from your Back to My Mac network.

On the Mac that you want to remove, follow these steps:

  • Choose System Preferences from the  menu, then click iCloud.
  • In iCloud preferences, deselect Back to My Mac to turn it off. You also can click Sign Out to log out of iCloud completely.
  • To remove a base station, follow these steps:
  • From the menu bar, choose Go > Utilities and double-click AirPort Utility.
  • Select the AirPort base station that you don't want to use anymore, and click Edit. If you don't see the base station, click Other Wi-Fi Devices to see a list of available base stations. You might need to choose a different Network Interface from the pop-up menu.
  • Enter the base station password. This password is different from your...
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Notable apps and app updates for May 2, 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


Creaceed has introduced Prizmo Go 1.0. The app lets the user take a picture of printed text, then recognizes it using OCR technology. Part of said text can then be selected directly from the photo by swiping through it. Users can then interact with it or just copy/paste it to other apps or just copy/paste it to other apps or to the Mac.

Prizmo Go 1.0 is available as a free app and is localized in 16 languages, but access to text is limited. Text access can be unlocked by purchasing Export Pack for $4.99 as a one-time purchase. Cloud OCR requires units to be operated, units that can be purchased directly within the app: a 100-pack is $...

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Apple invention uses RFID tags, Apple Watch to track...

As Apple wades further into health industry waters with products like Apple Watch, the company on Tuesday was granted a patent for technology that would allow food vendors to embed nutritional information in device-readable RFID tags. The solution presents a unique and partially automated solution to calorie counting, one of the more laborious aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Monday May 1

Logitech launches Slim Folio keyboard case with four...

Apple’s recently released 5th-generation iPad is receiving a new third-party keyboard courtesy of Logitech. The Slim Folio is a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard that snaps onto the new 2017 9.7-inch iPad to enable more efficient typing.

But the most compelling thing about Logitech’s iPad keyboard case is its battery life. Thanks the implementation of power-sipping Bluetooth Low Energy, Logitech states that the unit’s coin cell batteries can last up to four years with two hours of daily usage. Depending on how you use your iPad, that could mean that you’ll never have to worry about the Slim Folio’s Keyboard for the lifetime of iPad ownership. more…

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First 'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' DLC adds...

Nintendo's latest Zelda game is such a smash hit that copies of the Switch version outsold the console itself. Now, for players who've already traversed every corner of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's open world, the company has revealed de...

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'Gears 4' updated with new maps, support...

It's taken a while since Gears of War 4's October debut, but Microsoft has finally added an often-requested feature for PC gamers: SLI support. That way they can take advantage of multiple GPUs to render the game at its maximum quality, instead of le...

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Amazon gives Prime to everyone in Manchester-by-the-...

Amazon just highlighted one of the bonuses of both producing movies and running the internet service that plays them: you can offer viewer perks that conventional studios can't match. The online giant is giving away a year of free Prime membership (...

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Apple Watch support returning to Google Maps '...

Google on Monday responded to revelations that the latest Google Maps update is stripped of all Apple Watch support, saying it expects to return compatibility with Apple's wearable at some point in the future.

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Is this Microsoft's new Surface Laptop?

Tomorrow Microsoft is holding its #MicrosoftEDU event where we expect to find out how it will take on Google's Chrome OS, but some of the news may have already leaked. Notorious Microsoft watcher @h0x0d tweeted out a few images of a slim 13.5-inch la...

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Apple declares last polycarbonate MacBook model...

Apple on Monday added a handful of MacBook models to a running list of "obsolete" and "vintage" hardware, including 2010's 13-inch MacBook, the last of the company's laptops to feature a polycarbonate outer shell.

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Apple Watch apps for Amazon, eBay and Google Maps...

Have you noticed a few apps disappearing from your Apple Watch? It's not just your imagination. AppleInsider has learned that the Amazon, eBay and Google Maps iOS apps no longer include versions for Apple's smartwatch. The first two appear to have lo...

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Twitter announces 16 new live streaming partners

Another 16 sports, news and entertainment companies will soon be livestreaming content on Twitter as the company furthers its mission to be the go-to source for live content around the clock.

Twitter isn’t the place I go for live streaming, but maybe I’m wrong.

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What's on TV: 'Prey,' 'Sense8...

This week we get the second season of the Wachowski's Sense8 series on Netflix, as Hulu continues on with The Handmaid's Tale. For gamers, a rebooted Prey arrives at the end of the week, along with indie charmer TumbleSeed on Switch, PS4 and PC, plus...

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Hands-on: Aukey’s USB-C to HDMI Cable can easily...

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to connect your MacBook or MacBook Pro to an HDMI-enabled input, then Aukey’s USB-C to HDMI Cable might be able to do the job. more…

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Twitter wants to be your home for watching live shows

Twitter's livestreamed content has been mostly sports and politics over the last few years, with fans able to watch and tweet about the latest boxing match or presidential debate right on Twitter itself. The company is set to double down on the strat...

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Uber CEO cancels Code Conference interview

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is not the first exec to deal with sexual harassment and sexism issues. And he’s not the first to be accused of stealing technology. He’s also not the first to anger customers through cloddish statements. And he’s not the first to face significant doubts about his ability to manage a fast-growing startup.

But he is the very first speaker in the 15 years we have been putting on our tech and media events to cancel his interview due to the many embarrassing issues at his company. In this case, because the report from former Attorney General Eric Holder on Uber’s culture and management problems has been delayed until the week of Code at the end of May.

This clearly shows he wouldn’t be able to answer the tough questions Kara Swisher would have asked him.


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New research shows AirPods hit 98 percent customer...

Apple’s AirPods may be hard to come by, but those who have gotten their hands on them seem to love them. While Tim Cook has called the earbuds a “runaway success,” new data from research firm Creative Strategies and Experian show that the AirPods have an incredibly high customer satisfaction rate…


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Apple Has a Record $250 Billion In Cash, 90% of It...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phone Arena: On Tuesday, Apple is expected to report its fiscal second quarter earnings. In that report, the tech titan will reportedly announce that it is holding $250 billion in cash. If you think that this is a lot of money, you're absolutely right. According to, this is more than the foreign currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined. Looking at it another way, at current valuations Apple could purchase all of the outstanding shares of Walmart and Procter & Gamble and still have money left over. It has taken Apple only 4 and half years to double its cash hoard. During the fiscal first quarter of 2017, Apple was adding $3.6 million to its cash position every hour. It finished the quarter ending in December with $246.09 billion in cash. 90% of the money is banked overseas, which means that Apple would be one of the companies to benefit the most from President Trump's plan to offer a one time tax break on...

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LG's latest 4K monitor puts four displays in...

LG's Apple-flagship 5K monitor may have stumbled on its release, but the company's newest display looks like it'll cover all the bases in terms of sheer flexibility and screen real estate. The LG 43UD79-B, as it's cleverly called, is a 42.5-inch UHD...

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AWT TV Episode 6: Join us tonight!

Tonight's the night for AWT TV, and although Dennis Sellers is back from his vacation, he'll be attending the grad-school graduation of his daughter-in-law like a good father-in-law should! Marty Edwards and I will be partners in crime for the new episode, and we'd like to invite you to watch or -- if you're a Team AWT member -- join in on the livestream.

To watch AWT TV live, visit the Apple World Today YouTube channel at around 6:30 PM PDT / 9:30 PM EDT and we'll be there in living color and stereophonic sound. Team AWT members received a separate emailed invitation today along with instructions on being participants in our meeting. 

Tonight's topics? Well, we do have one fun one -- "Things we hate about Apple" -- and...

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Facebook tests in-app store loyalty programs

Facebook doesn't just want you to tap on ads -- it wants you to head to the store. TechCrunch has learned that the social network is testing a Facebook Rewards loyalty program that offers perks when you scan a personal QR code (tucked within the Fac...

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Fyre Festival organizers hit with $100 million...

High profile plaintiff’s attorney Mark Geragos is taking aim at Ja Rule and Billy McFarland for their negligence regarding the catastrophic Fyre Festival, which was set to be held at a “private” island in the Bahamas from April 28-30 and May 5-7. The festival was canceled after the first day. Supermodels Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski, and musical acts such as Tyga, Blink-182 and Major Lazer were set to perform before the entire event was shut down. Attendees, who paid up to $100,000 to attend the event are livid, and one concert-goer has hired Geragos, who has filed a $100,000,00 class action.

The organizers of this event are so screwed.


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Watch AppleInsider's Apple Pro discussion live

AppleInsider editors Daniel Eran Dilger and Victor Marks are in New York City to discuss the current state of Apple's pro-level hardware with the people that use it. If you're not in NYC, don't worry, you can watch a livestream of the event right here.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1...

Notable software releases this week include Tweetbot 2.5, 1Password 6.7.1, ChronoSync 4.7.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.2, Typinator 7.2, and Pages 6.1.1, Numbers 4.1.1, and Keynote 7.1.1 for Mac.


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How to mix a song from scratch

This is a six part series from Graham Cochrane. He offers from great advice on mixing a song using out of the box plug-ins, which is a nice way to start off. Once you get used to what each plug-in does, you can purchase some of the industries best, like those from Universal Audio.

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Hulu signs NBCUniversal, affiliates for imminent...

Hulu on Monday annouced a deal to bring NBCUniversal on board for its upcoming live TV service, securing the last of the four major U.S. broadcast networks plus its associated specialty channels, such as Syfy and Telemundo.

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[Sponsor] Amazon Web Service Device Farm

AWS Device Farm is an app testing service that lets you test and interact with your Android, iOS, and web apps on many devices at once, or reproduce issues on a device in real time. View video, screenshots, logs, and performance data to pinpoint and fix issues before shipping your app.

For a limited time, get 1000 device minutes as part of your one-time free trial, 4X the usual 250. Furthermore, get 3 months for the price of 1 on your first device slot purchase, giving you additional time to set-up, tune, integrate, and ramp your testing efforts.

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Would you pay $1,600 to replace your sheet music...

Last year, we told you about the Gvido, a lovely double-screened tablet designed to organize and display sheet music. Created by Japanese company Terrada Music, it allows musicians to turn pages with the tap of a finger. Now, it looks like the Gvido...

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ExtraBITS for 1 May 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Rogue Amoeba has a preliminary fix for tvOS 10.2 breaking their Airfoil app, it has been revealed that email cleansing service sold user data to Uber, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released a proposal that would reverse most Obama-era net neutrality regulations.


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Leaked Fitbit photos show new devices in need of a...

Fitbit is working on a follow-up to last year’s Blaze fitness watch, and a series of leaked photos show the Apple Watch rival isn’t going to win any design awards.

The watch, which Fitbit has reportedly codenamed “Higgs,” is rumored to have a spec list that can certainly stand up to Apple’s Series 2 watch. According to Yahoo Finance’s unnamed sources, Fitbit’s second-gen Blaze will feature GPS, heart rate-monitoring, NFC payments, on-board music storage, streaming integration with Pandora, and up to four days of battery life for the cool price of $300. That’s cheaper than an Apple Watch Series 2 by $69.


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AWT News Update: May 1, 2017

Mayday! Mayday! We've got some fascinating news bits for you today, the first day of May.

  • Apple TV gains three new apps as well as three other apps that support universal search
  • Siri saves three more lives, this time thanks to a waterproof iPhone 7 on a capsized boat
  • AAPL shares close today at $146.58
  • Longtime Apple writer Joe Kissell purchases the Take Control Books publishing company from Adam and Tonya Engst of TidBITS
  • Some Apple Watch apps from big players are disappearing from the small screen

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple...

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Apple's AirPods achieve 98% customer...

According to recent survey conducted by market research firm Creative Strategies, a record breaking 98 percent of AirPods owners said they were either "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the wireless headphones.

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Modern 'Hackintoshes' Show That Apple...

An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a report written by Andrew Cunningham via Ars Technica: Apple is working on new desktop Macs, including a ground-up redesign of the tiny-but-controversial 2013 Mac Pro. We're also due for some new iMacs, which Apple says will include some features that will make less-demanding pro users happy. But we don't know when they're coming, and the Mac Pro in particular is going to take at least a year to get here. Apple's reassurances are nice, but it's a small comfort to anyone who wants high-end processing power in a Mac right now. Apple hasn't put out a new desktop since it refreshed the iMacs in October of 2015, and the older, slower components in these computers keeps Apple out of new high-end fields like VR. This is a problem for people who prefer or need macOS, since Apple's operating system is only really designed to work on Apple's hardware. But for the truly adventurous and desperate, there's another place to turn: fake Macs built with...

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Netflix gives controversial '13 Reasons Why...

There's not a more controversial series on TV right now than 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix original which centers around bullying, rape and youth suicide. While the show has been rated for mature audiences (TV-MA) since its debut on March 31st, Netflix...

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Samsung's latest app could help curb your kid...

Samsung has an idea for how to encourage kids to use their devices responsibly. With its Marshmallow app (not the outdated version of Android), kids earn points by following their self-set usage plan. With the application installed and running, kids...

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Airbnb agrees to register all hosts in San Francisco

Airbnb, HomeAway and San Francisco have finally set aside their differences and figured out how to automatically register all hosts in the city. The house-sharing service sued the City by the Bay in federal court after an ordinance was passed by supe...

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Opinion: It’s time to rethink early Apple Watch apps...

Despite having its own App Store on the iPhone, Apple Watch has had a mixed experience with third-party apps during its first two years on the market. The first round of apps heavily relied on the iPhone to work, then Apple later allowed developers to run apps natively on the Apple Watch. Some high-profile iPhone apps still have outdated Apple Watch versions or no version at all. Now a few big name companies are quietly pulling their existing Apple Watch apps altogether.


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Siri helps prevent Florida fishermen from drowning

Local news station Fox 4 in Miami reported today that Siri helped save the lives of three fishermen over the weekend…


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Apple AirPods get 98% customer satisfaction

Ben Bajarin:

The big story is customer satisfaction with AirPods is extremely high. 98% of AirPod owners said they were very satisfied or satisfied. Remarkably, 82% said they were very satisfied. The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%.

That’s an absolutely incredible number. I’ve been using my AirPods since they were introduced last September and love them.

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Apple World Today Video Tip: Reconnecting with...

Have you ever unfollowed someone on Facebook? If a "friend" is being obnoxious, but you'd still like to remain "friends" with them on Facebook, you can unfollow them -- this just takes their posts out of your News feed so you don't have to read their opinions. On today's video tip, we'll show you how to reconnect with those folks you've unfollowed in the past:

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Apple approaches all-time market cap record as...

Apple's stock price on Monday hit a new record at the close of business of $146.57, with the stock sitting less than a dollar away from beating the old market capitalization record set in 2015.

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Release Notes conference this Oct. in Chicago

For the third year in a row, Release Notes will gather together the best and brightest in the iOS and Mac development community to share our experiences, our struggles, and our victories in the face of an ever-changing software market. Whether you work for yourself, a small team, or a large company, if you’re the type of person who is interested in learning how a technology business is built and maintained, you’ll want to spend time in Chicago with us this fall.

I attended the very first Release Notes and it was really well done. The conference itself was filled with great speakers and it was a lot of fun.

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Avegant's light-field tech gives hope to a...

Virtual reality has arrived. With high-end gear like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive and PS VR (and mobile-friendly models like the Gear VR and Google's DayDream) on the market for well over a year now, it's safe to say that VR is here to stay. The sta...

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3D audio will make the next 'Doctor Who'...

This Saturday's episode of Doctor Who is a spooky affair called "Knock Knock," and it's getting a special binaural edition online immediately after the episode's premiere. Anyone wearing headphones (it's best experienced with headphones) can enjoy th...

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Ford-backed Bridj shuts down its on-demand shuttle...

When Ford backed the on-demand shuttle service Bridj, the future looked rosy: there would soon be a day where an economical trip to the airport involved just a few taps on your phone. However, it now looks like that vision will have to wait. Bridj...

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Appeals court won't rehear a challenge to net...

A U.S. appeals court has denied a request by broadband trade groups to rehear its decision last June to uphold the Federal Communications Commission's controversial 2015 net neutrality rules.

The court's decision on Monday is a hollow victory for net neutrality supporters. Just last Wednesday, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to repeal the rules at the agency, without a court ordering him to do so.

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A Prairie HomeKit Companion: Two Smart Outlets

Amidst the chaos of a house move, Josh Centers takes a break to tell you about two HomeKit-compatible smart outlets that are easy to take with you wherever you may go.


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Apple adds Spike & Nickelodeon to Apple TV'...

Apple has updated universal search on the fourth-generation Apple TV with support for Spike, Nickelodeon, and Nick. Jr., while separately expanding the number of services compatible with its "TV" app for both tvOS and iOS devices.

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The 'mother of WiFi' gets her due in a new...

Twenty minutes into Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, I realized I know the actress for an embarrassing reason. We're introduced to one of the defining moments of Lamarr's career. She appears nude, hiding in some bushes in a 1933 black-and-white Czec...

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Tynker app teaches kids Apple Swift with coding games

Coding is as essential to our kids' education as math and history lessons, with tech leaders, presidents and coding organizations touting the importance of the skill. Learning how to create the stuff on which our modern society runs will ready future...

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The federal courts have already given up on net...

The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has not been quiet about his plans to gut net neutrality, and the US legal system is taking him seriously. A federal court on Monday denied a group of internet service providers the chance...

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Apple, others propose changes to California’s self-...

In a letter made public on Friday, Apple suggested a series of changes to the draft policy that is under development and said it looks forward to working with California and others “so that rapid technology development may be realized while ensuring the safety of the traveling public.”

Google, Toyota, Ford, Uber, and Tesla also made suggestions for changes to the policies.

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Major apps abandoning Apple Watch, including Google...

In recent months, major companies that offered dedicated Apple Watch apps have since abandoned the platform, quietly removing support for watchOS in updates submitted to the App Store.

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How to be a human being in the comments: A refresher

So it has been a long time since we last posted comments guidelines and standards. To put it in perspective, the last time we talked comments with y'all, the iPhone 5 hadn't been released, Android fans were using Jelly Bean and Facebook had just gone...

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Hulu inks deal with NBC, still expected to launch...

Hulu has announced today that it has secured a deal with NBCUniversal ahead of an expected launch of its new live TV service this month. While Hulu hasn’t officially shared a launch date, today’s news includes speculation that we may see the service become available within the next 1-2 weeks.


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'House of Cards' paints the portrait of an...

After months of drumming up hype with cheekily-timed previews, Netflix has released its first trailer for House of Cards' fifth season (not-so-coincidentally after President Trump's first 100 days)... and it's clear that the Underwoods will both have...

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Apple releases macOS Sierra 10.12.5 beta 5 to...

On Monday, Apple made available the fifth beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5, which still appears to focus on bug fixes and speed improvements.

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Customer satisfaction with Apple’s AirPods is...

Customer satisfaction with Apple’s AirPods is extremely high. Ninety-eight percent of owners of the device said in a survey by Creative Strategies and Experience that they really, really liked the device.

In fact, 82% said they were “very satisfied.” The overall customer satisfaction level of 98% sets the record for the highest level of satisfaction for a new product from Apple. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it held a 92% customer satisfaction level, the iPad in 2010 had 92%, and Apple Watch in 2015 had 97%.

AirPods are wireless headphones that allow users to listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. Apple says that advanced sensors know when you are listening and automatically play and pause...

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Apple's latest video ad continues focus on...

Hammering home a common marketing point, Apple on Monday released a new commercial, "The City," demonstrating the Portrait Mode available on the iPhone 7 Plus.

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What People Don't Get About Tesla

Tesla is like Apple in that it represents a revolution in thinking. Although everyone seems to focus on the electric power plant, that is really a small part of the Tesla revolution, and I'm convinced that if Musk were to launch an almost-identical company but with gas engines, it would cut through the market like a hot knife through butter. In terms of volume, the electric part isn't as much a sales accelerant as it is an impediment. Although Tesla's valuation exceeds GM and Ford at times, old-time car company executives believe it will fail.

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Apple rolling out fifth macOS 10.12.5 beta for Mac

Apple is rolling out the fifth macOS 10.12.5 developer beta through the Mac App Store.


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Here's a round-up of the rumors about Apple...

In a note to clients -- as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there's a 50/50 chance Apple will announce its Siri-based competitor to Amazon Echo at next month’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which will be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 5-9.

He thinks the device will sport one woofer and seven tweeters for rich sound and will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer. With these features, Kuo anticipates that Apple will sell the Siri speaker system at a higher price than Amazon Echo prices and will position the produce for the high-end market with a better entertainment experience and superior sound quality. The analyst also believes that support for the existing...

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Report: Apple to sell locally made iPhones online in...

Apple has been working with the local government in India for quite a while to bring iPhone manufacturing local and initiate direct hardware sales. Now a new report claims Apple will start selling the iPhone directly in India later this year, but only certain models and only online.


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Hulu adds NBC networks to its upcoming live TV...

When Hulu debuted its plans to stream live TV in addition to its day-after offerings there was a big peacock-shaped gap. That's changed. Today the streaming company announced that it'll have programming from NBC-and-Telemundo owned networks available...

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MPs urge the UK government to close 'gig...

UK employment laws should be updated so that drivers working for Uber, Deliveroo and other 'gig economy' companies are defined as "workers" rather than "self-employed" by default, a group of MPs has argued. The suggestion is part of a report, publish...

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Apple will reportedly sell the iPhone SE online in...

Apple may kickstart its India sales ambitions by launching its own online store in India to sell the iPhone SE instead of just relying on authorized dealers, before it opens up its own brick and mortar retail presence.

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Apple's Siri speaker could be the 'one...

You might not have to wait too much longer to see Apple's fabled smart speaker... though buying it may be another matter. Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will introduce its Siri-equipped speaker (labeled by Kuo as Apple's "f...

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Trump calls tech CEOs to June meetings, orders...

U.S. President Donald Trump has reportedly signed a new executive order, creating a council meant to "transform and modernize" government IT systems. Simultaneously, the White House revealed a series of meetings in June, during which some 20 high-tech CEOs -- likely including Apple's Tim Cook -- will be brought in to discuss the topic.

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Samsung is testing self-driving car technology in...

Samsung's ambitions to be a player in the self-driving car space aren't new, but today the company hit a big milestone. The company's home country of South Korea has approved Samsung's plans to test self-driving cars on real roads, not just test cour...

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World’s fastest camera shoots five trillion photos...

I’m always fascinated by this completely out of reach technology.

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Help an AWT reader: Do you have 1985 - 87 MACazine...

Part of our mission at Apple World Today is to keep alive the history of the Mac and other Apple products. After a recent post about a working PowerBook that was donated to our Vintage Apple project, I received an email from an reader -- Steve Neago -- who is looking for a piece of Mac history. Here's his message:

 I am one of the first 20,000 Buyers of the 128K Macintosh, and during the mid to late 1980s a monthly magazine named MACazine was published here in the USA. 

I later modified the 128K Mac to the 512K model and later a 512Ke, where I still own it and it works great with the vintage OS software but I am looking for a couple of older magazine articles published in MACazine when these Macintosh models were manufactured by Apple.

I own a few of the 85 - 87 MACazine issues, but where could I find MACazine full article indexes for years 1985 - 1987? I do not know which, if any MACazine issues had the articles indexes for these years from 1985 - 87. I have...

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Apple showcases iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode...

Apple has published a new extended video ad called ‘The City’ where it showcases the iPhone 7 Plus and shooting photos with Portrait Mode. The special camera feature is only available on the iPhone 7 Plus which has a dual camera system for 2x optical zoom.


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Apple could finally launch a Siri speaker at WWDC

After months (and months and months) of rumors, Apple’s long-awaited Amazon Echo rival may be announced as soon as June.

According to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo and noted Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, Apple is preparing to launch its Siri-powered speaker at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, though it won’t officially go on sale ‘til later this year.

It’s unclear exactly what Apple would name the device (we’re guessing “Siri Speaker” isn’t the official name), but Kuo is predicting that it will be “Apple’s first home AI product” with seven tweeters and a subwoofer. You can also expect it to cost more than an Amazon Echo, because, well, Apple.

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Deals: 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro for $2,099 ($...

Apple deals are in full swing the first of May with discounts of up to $390 off Late 2016 MacBook Pros with AppleCare, plus free shipping and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up the 15" without AppleCare for $2,099 ($300 off). Those in the market for a 21" iMac 4K can also save $151 instantly, while Apple's 128GB 9.7" iPad is $419 ($10 off).

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Tynker teaches Swift to grade-schoolers for Apple...

Long-time coding educators Tynker have released a pair of introductory courses in support of Apple's "Everyone Can Code" initiative to help teach younger kids the fundamentals of coding before they get involved with Swift Playgrounds.

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Leaked images show first glimpses at Fitbit's...

New images are said to depict Fitbit's first full-scale smartwatch, as well as its first set of Bluetooth earbuds -- both apparently intended to compete with Apple.

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Zakk Wylde is back in Ozzy’s band

Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde have reunited! The guitarist has rejoined the Prince of Darkness’ band and they’ll be together onstage for Ozzy’s upcoming 2017 shows!

For fans of Zakk and Ozzy, there could be no better news than this. Ozzy has always had great guitarists in his bands throughout his career, but for me, Zakk is the man.

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Apple partners with Tynker to create game-based...

Apple has partnered with Tynker, a San Francisco-based STEM education platform, to release two new game-based programming lessons aimed to help kids learn how to code. The new Space Cadet and Dragon Spells courses are available for free.


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Apple's Siri-based Echo competitor to carry...

Apple's anticipated personal assistant accessory is expected to be a powerful and capable device, boasting "excellent" acoustics and computing power similar to recent iPhone models, positioning it for the high-end market with pricing higher than Amazon's Echo. And there's apparently a good chance it could be announced next month.

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Twitter will stream video news from Bloomberg all...

Bloomberg news will soon be reporting for Twitter. The news organization and the social network are teaming up to create a 24/7 news channel available on Twitter. The two companies are expected to announce the new effort later on Monday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The as yet unnamed news channel will cover a wide variety of topics beyond Bloomberg’s preference for financial news and politics. It will be “focused on the most important news for an intelligent audience around the globe,” Bloomberg CEO Justin Smith told the Journal.

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Apple is reportedly planning an online store in India

Apple is reportedly planning to launch official online store in India later this year. The tech giant will sell locally assembled iPhone SE and mobile accessories on its e-shop from Diwali onwards, The Economics Times reports, citing an unnamed Apple India official.

It’s believe that Apple's online store requires less supervision from central government, adds the International Business Times. Also, it doesn't fall under central government's FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) policy purview, as the company is selling devices, which are manufactured...

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KGI: Apple likely to announce ‘home AI’ Siri Speaker...

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo has published an industry report today claiming that Apple will likely announce a Siri Speaker product (branding unknown, Kuo calls it ‘Apple’s first home AI product’) at WWDC in June. The device will compete with the Amazon Echo and go on sale in the second half of the year.

Kuo says Apple’s product will feature ‘excellent’ sound with seven tweeters and a subwoofer, and will be positioned as a more premium product than the Echo … with a higher price tag to match.


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∞ History of metal, all in one song

[VIDEO] Guitarist Ben Higgins does a masterful job moving from one metal sub-genre to another. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between say, speed metal and grindcore, this video (embedded in the main Loop post) is for you.

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Analysts expect AAPL to deliver on Q2 guidance,...

One day ahead of Apple’s announcement of its Q2 earnings, the prevailing analyst view appears to be that there will be no surprises. The company is expected to deliver close to the top end of its revenue guidance, with most expecting revenue of around $53B.

Analysts also expect the company to show year-on-year growth in iPhone sales …


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Take Control Books Acquired by Joe Kissell

No joke — we have sold the Take Control Books part of our business to our most prolific author, Joe Kissell. It’s an entirely positive move that lets all of us get out of our respective ruts and take on new challenges. Read on for Adam’s tale of how we came to this momentous decision.


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