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Tuesday August 29

Apple patents sub-display fingerprint recognition...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a patent for acoustic fingerprint imaging technology accurate enough to replace existing Touch ID optical readers, bolstering rumors that the iPhone home button is not long for this world.

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Monday August 28

Deals: Top of the line 2017 15" MacBook Pro for...

Pre-Labor Day deals continue to heat up this week on Macs. Save $400 on the top of the line 3.1GHz, 16GB, 1TB, Radeon 560 15-inch MacBook Pro with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Apple's 27-inch iMac 5K is also $1,599 ($200 off) and iMac 4Ks are $100 to $150 off with free shipping.

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Apple's Cook collects nearly $90.5M in vested...

Following a surge in Apple stock performance, Apple CEO Tim Cook last week collected the maximum number of restricted stock units -- totaling 560,000 shares -- afforded by his incentive plan, raking in nearly $90.5 million for the effort.

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Tim Cook offloads more than $43 million in AAPL stock

Apple CEO Tim Cook has sold some $43 million worth of Apple stock according to filings made with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Cook sold 268,623 restricted stock units, some of which were performance based and others time.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech, business has '...

During his trip to Austin, Tex., to announce a planned expansion to Apple's Swift curriculum, company CEO Tim Cook sat down with The New York Times to discuss how he, and other American business leaders, have been prompted to take positions on contentious social issues in light of a "less functional" government.

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Tim Cook talks Apple’s ‘moral responsibility’ to...

While on his cross-country jaunt last week, Tim Cook took time to sit down with The New York Times for an interview. The talk focused primarily on Apple’s investments in the United States, as well as education and protecting the environment.


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Suit blaming iPhone for student’s death by texting...

I feel for the family but it’s good Apple is not being held responsible. That being said, do you believe Apple (and others) should be doing more to prevent these kinds of accidents?

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Apple takes over Beddit sleep tracking customer...

Apple earlier this year acquired popular sleep tracking platform Beddit for an undisclosed amount. While the company has remained independent in its product offerings, it today updated its website to direct customer service requests through Apple…


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Window Maker Live: Cool Retro Look, Even Cooler...

Window Maker Live takes an unusual approach to desktop interface management. It has an old-fashioned look with a productive new feel. The latest version of Window Maker Live, released this month, is a Debian-based Linux distribution that uses the Window Maker window manager as the default GUI. It integrates well-known open source components in a surprisingly satisfying interface. Window Maker itself has been around since 1997. It is an X11 window manager originally designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment.

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Cloud startup founded by former Apple executives...

Western Digital on Monday announced the acquisition of Upthere, an app-based cloud services startup founded by a three-man team including former Apple SVP of Mac Software Engineering Bertrand Serlet.

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Taylor Swift’s new music video sets first-day record...

Taylor Swift returned from her self-imposed social media exile with a single that's already breaking records. Her music video for 'Look What You Made Me Do' raked in over 31 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours, surpassing Adele's previous...

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Apple now handling Beddit customer support

Apple this week took over customer support for sleep tracking hardware and software company Beddit, which the tech giant purchased in May as part of ongoing efforts to build out its health services team.

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New York City Cops Will Replace Their 36,000 Windows...

The New York City Police Department says it will give up its 36,000 Windows phones and transition to iPhones by the end of the year. The Verge reports: The switch is prompted in part by news in July that Microsoft was ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, which a large percentage of all Windows-powered phones are still using. It's a predictable end to the Windows phone, considering that its market share had already slipped below 1 percent at the time the police department adopted its phones last year. The ill-fated decision to go with the Windows phone was made solely by its NYPD deputy commissioner for IT, according to The New York Post, and apparently did not receive further judgment before implementing the program. The Windows models were Nokia Lumia 830 and Lumia 640 XL, equipped with special 911 apps, case management apps, and the ability to receive assignments. They were purchased as part of a $160 million initiative to modernize the NYPD, which has been around since 1845....

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Apple Daily Report for August 28, 2017

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

According to the “Today at Apple” website, the tech giant invites you to “join us for Star Wars–themed sessions at Apple stores across the galaxy” to celebrate Force Friday II on Friday, Sept. 1.  Attendees will learn how to code with BB-8, explore how to create your own Star Wars movie trailer, and more.

Samsung says it expects to invest $7 billion over the next three years to expand its NAND memory...

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Carbon Copy Cloner 5: The best backup utility for...

Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 5, an upgrade to its bootable backup software for macOS. The upgrade features scheduled task grouping and sorting, guided setup and restore, task history trend charts, a health check for backups, advanced file filtering, and includes hundreds of improvements and fixes.

Carbon Copy Cloner 5 requires macOS 10.10 or later and will be compatible with APFS and Apple’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra release this autumn. A full-featured thirty day trial version is available.

Carbon Copy Cloner is an app that I’ve used for years, in fact, since it was first released. The new version goes a long way to make the software easier to use, while still adding more advanced features.

You can get 15% off Carbon Copy Cloner until September 3 by using the code LOOPINSIGHT at checkout.


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Get ready for 'Halo' in VR

Microsoft regularly uses Halo as a selling point for its technology (see: the original Xbox), and that's definitely true in the virtual reality era. The tech pioneer and 343 Industries have revealed that they're working on Halo mixed reality experie...

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iPhone 7s again said to be thicker to accommodate...

Earlier this month, a report claimed that the iPhone 7s would be thicker due to the switch to glass backing to accommodate wireless charging. TechnoBuffalo today corroborates that report, reiterating detailed information on the dimensions of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s…


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The Next iPhone Is Going To Be Unveiled On Sept. 12...

According to CNBC, Apple will host its big iPhone 8 product launch event on September 12th. From the report: The tech giant is expected to announce a bevy of products, including two new iterative iPhone updates, possibly named the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, in addition to a high-end iPhone 8. Apple is also reportedly gearing up to announce a new 4K Apple TV that will support sharper content than current models, and a new Apple Watch. The iPhone 8 will reportedly feature a display that takes up almost the entire front of the device, using new OLED panels that are brighter and more colorful than previous screens. Rumor has it Apple has moved the fingerprint reader to the back of the phone but will also support facial recognition thanks to a new 3-D sensor on the front of the device. Rumors have suggested the most high-end iPhone 8 will start at $1,000. Apple typically sells its new phones within a week or so of the announcement.


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Numworks graphing calculator is made for students...

Like textbooks, graphing calculators are still a necessary (and expensive) accessory for math and science students in high school and college. Sure, there are calculator apps for tablets and smartphones, but those are often banned for tests because t...

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Watch: The best tvOS 11 features coming to Apple TV...

Apple is expected to release its next-generation tvOS 11 operating system this fall alongside a rumored Apple TV device capable of 4K resolutions and HDR color reproduction. Get up to date on the latest feature additions and improvements coming to Apple's set-top streamer in this video.

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Patton Oswalt returns to Netflix this October with a...

Patton Oswalt's honest, story-based stand-up and everyman persona has brought him quite a bit of success. He's active and loved on Twitter and won an Emmy for his 2016 Netflix special, Talking for Clapping. His wife Michelle McNamara died last Februa...

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Ex-OS X chief Bertrand Serlet’s Upthere cloud...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet founded his cloud startup company Upthere back in 2011. The service was seen as a competitor to the likes of iCloud and Dropbox, focused on offering users a quick and easy way to store and access their data in the cloud.

Today, Upthere announced that it has been acquired by storage company Western Digital…


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DJI pulls drone app plugins that swiped too much...

DJI's efforts to improve drone security go well beyond offering bug bounties and requiring updates. The company has rolled out updates to its Go and Go 4 mobile apps in order to pull add-ons that collect too much of your data. The main culprit is JPu...

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‘Game of Thrones’ season seven gets a behind-the-...

It's been a long 24 hours since Game of Thrones finished its seventh season with last night's finale, but the long wait until the final episodes will be worse. To nurse your longing for Westeros' dysfunctional band of enemies and frenemies, HBO is ai...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 13.0, Carbon Copy Cloner 5.0, Mellel 4.0, DEVONagent 3.9.8, DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.9.15, SpamSieve 2.9.29, 1Password 6.8.1, and Mailplane 3.7.


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ExtraBITS for 28 August 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is opening a new data center in Iowa that will run entirely from renewable energy, Virgin Mobile USA is offering a year of cell service for $1 even if you bring your own iPhone, Sonos is forcing a new privacy policy on speaker owners, Verizon is throttling video for new unlimited data customers, and weather app AccuWeather has been caught collecting location data without permission.


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NVIDIA's Shield 2 prototype shows up in a...

Back in 2013, NVIDIA released the Shield, a handheld gaming unit that looked like a heftier Xbox controller paired with a fold-up screen. Powered by the company's then-current Tegra 4 chips, it ran on Android as a small powerhouse. The company rename...

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App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of...

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already q...

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NYPD replacing 36,000 smartphones with iPhones

The NYPD has to scrap the 36,000 smartphones it gave cops over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, The Post has learned.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative that Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as “a huge step into the 21st century.”

But just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, sources said.

It’s baffling that the NYPD went with the Microsoft-based phones in the first place. It was a costly mistake, but at least they’re making the right choice now.

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The hits and misses of Gamescom 2017

We've just wrapped up another games show, and found plenty to keep us busy in Cologne, Germany. Gamescom might not have the flagship reveals of E3, but all the major games makers are here -- and they usually have plenty to show off. Whether it was VR...

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Lightning-connected Insta360 One camera promises...

Camera and accessory maker Insta360 has debuted the One, a 4K 360-degree camera with "selfie-stick" eradication built into software for the device.

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Samsung hints that another 360-degree camera is in...

The Gear 360 camera only reached shelves a few months ago, but that might not stop Samsung from readying a quick follow-up. The tech giant has quietly applied for a trademark on "360 Round," hinting at the possibility of another VR camera in the wor...

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Suit blaming iPhone for student’s death by texting...

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A California judge is dismissing a lawsuit brought by the family of a 20-year-old Minnesota college student who blames Apple for his 2013 death by an iPhone-wielding texting teen.

The dead boy's family claims that Apple had a legal duty to help prevent texting while driving and that it could have used patented technology it has developed to prohibit motorists from driving while distracted.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Maureen Folan, however, took Apple's side. She agreeed with Cupertino's position that Apple didn't cause the crash that killed David Riggs while he was riding his scooter. What's more, the court agreed with Apple's contention that it does not have a legal obligation to help...

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Sonos crafting smartspeaker with support for '...

Sonos is developing a new Wi-Fi-enabled speaker with built-in voice control, which should moreover support "multiple voice platforms," according to a newly-published filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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'Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' tempers...

When I first stumbled across the rumor that Nintendo and Ubisoft had teamed up to make a Super Mario Bros. and Raving Rabbids cross-over, I chose to live in denial. It just wasn't something I wanted to be real. The very idea of allowing the banal, an...

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As New Turnaround King, Is HP Better Than Apple?

HP is the new turnaround king -- but is it better than Apple? By "better," I mean a better potential investment. IBM was the king of tech in the 1980s, but in the 1990s it was the king of turnarounds, after almost going under but managing to come back from a negative brand equity, which occurs when folks will pay more for a no-name product than one with a negative brand. Apple, at the end of the 90s, was in much the same shape IBM was at the beginning, but Steve Jobs pulled off the most powerful turnaround in tech history.

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Redesigned Jaunt VR app hits Windows Mixed Reality...

Jaunt has been working on immersive VR for quite some time now. It got an infusion of Disney cash a couple of years back and has been steadily adding technology like Dolby audio to it's library of VR content. You can even check out 150 cinematic titl...

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New 'Beats Neighborhood Collection'...

Apple is now selling Beats Solo 3, Powerbeats 3 Wireless earphones, and the Beats Pill+ speaker in a new assortment of colors called the "Beats Neighborhood Collection."

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DJI will pay you to find security exploits in its...

DJI clearly doesn't like that organizations are shying away from its drones over security fears, and it knows it can't solve the problem by itself. The company is launching a bug bounty program that will pay between $100 and $30,000 to anyone who fin...

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LG’s V30 offers customizable high-quality audio

Along with a nearly bezel-less display, a great camera and face and voice unlocking, the LG V30 will also have impeccable audio. LG announced a handful of features today that will put its latest V series model well above other phones on the market wh...

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Eighth developer betas of Apple's High Sierra,...

Keeping up with the one per week cycle one more for the most part Apple has updated all of its developer betas, with eighth releases of iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra, tvOS 11, and watchOS 4.

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NYPD is already replacing its Windows phones with...

The NYPD is learning a hard lesson about the dangers of buying a declining smartphone platform in bulk. The New York Post understands that the police force is replacing all 36,000 of its officers' Windows phones with iPhones just two years after the...

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 8

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 8 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.


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tvOS 11 developer beta 8 for Apple TV now available

Apple is rolling out the eighth tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.


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watchOS 4 beta 8 for Apple Watch now available

Apple has released the eighth watchOS 4 developer beta for testing on all Apple Watch models. watchOS 4 brings new watch faces including Siri and Toy Story options, enhanced Music and Workout experiences, Apple News, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash, and more.


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Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 8

iOS 11 will likely be ready for everyone sometime next month, and today Apple has released the eighth developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.


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'The MacBook Pro's One-Year-Old Signature...

Chuq Von Rospach, a former Apple employee and commentator, has criticized the MacBook-maker to force consumers to pay extra for the Touch Bar -- a signature feature of the last year's MacBook Pro lineup -- in order to have the highest-end MacBook Pro currently available. He writes: The current [MacBook Pro] line forces users to pay for the Touch Bar on the higher end devices whether they want it or not, and that's a cost users shouldn't need to pay for a niche technology without a future. So Apple needs to either roll the Touch Bar out to the entire line and convince us we want it, or roll it back and offer more laptop options without it. [...] So what's the future of the Touch Bar? I don't know. I'm not sure Apple does, either. I was fascinated that when Apple released the iMacs earlier this year not one word was mentioned about the Touch Bar or Touch ID and support for them via an updated keyboard or trackpad was nowhere to be found. I'm taking that as an indication that after...

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Sonos may challenge the HomePod with a cross-...

When Apple previewed HomePod back in June, it positioned the $350 smart speaker as a cross between a Sonos wireless speaker and the Amazon Echo: hi-fi wireless music playback with a smart assistant built-in. Amazon has already been rumored to be working on a smart speaker with better audio quality, and now Sonos appears to be planning to make its hi-fi speakers smarter.


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Facebook will block ads from Pages that spread fake...

In its latest attempt to fix its fake news problem, Facebook will now block Pages that spread fake news from advertising on the site. "If Pages repeatedly share stories marked as false, these repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to advertise on...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 10.5-inch iPad Pro $100 off,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications. more…

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Sony's $400 PSVR bundle finally includes the...

Much of Sony's advantage with the PSVR was that it was the cheapest way to get (non-cardboard) virtual reality into your home. Now that Oculus has dropped the price of its bundle, that advantage is evaporating. In response, Sony has added the require...

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Transcend JetDrive 820 PCI-E SSD line announced for...

Flash and memory company Transcend has announced the JetDrive 820 PCI Express PCIe Generation 3.0 solid-state drive for certain Mac models -- but in some cases it will be slower than the stock drive in the machine.

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iPhone 8 rumors: WIll it be revealed on September 12?

Update August 28, 2017: Will the iPhone be revealed on September 12? Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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Moog debuts full production model of its Subsequent...

Moog may have debuted the successor to its Sub 37 analog synthesizer back at Moogfest in May, but that instrument was limited to 2,000 total units. A good chunk of those Subsequent 37 CVs probably didn't make it out of the music festival last spring....

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Whole Foods is already hawking Amazon Echo speakers

Amazon isn't wasting any time now that its Whole Foods acquisition has gone through. Sure enough, visitors to Whole Foods stores have noticed that the grocery stores are already pitching discounted Echo speakers ($100 for the regular model, and $45 f...

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Latest demos with iOS 11 ARKit show plated food, 3D...

Two new ARKit demonstrations by developers are showing the rapid advancement of what is possible with the new technology, with one showing food on a plate prior to ordering, and the other illustrating sculpting and painting with the iPad for use in other AR applications.

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Apple Watch Series 3 rumors: LTE and new workouts on...

Update 8/28/17: Further examination of the HomePod firmware release shows a slew of new activities capable of being tracked by Apple Watch, including basketball, bowling, skiing, and sailing.

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 that will bring phone independence once and for all.

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Google accidentally broke the internet throughout...

Last week, nearly half of Japan briefly lost access to the internet because of an error made by Google. The mistake was noticed and corrected within just a few minutes, but its effects led to hours of slowed internet connections. The impact was so la...

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Deals: High-end 2017 15" MacBook Pro for $2,599...

B&H Photo this week is knocking hundreds off Mid 2017 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with prices starting at $1,199. Save $200 on the high-end 15" model with Radeon 560 graphics or snap up a 13" Touch Bar for $1,599. The $399 Mac mini is back as well with no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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Fitbit debuts Ionic smartwatch to mostly positive...

Fitbit on Monday unveiled the Ionic, its first full-fledged smartwatch intended to go head-to-head with products like the Apple Watch.

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What to expect at IFA 2017

IFA is one of the world's most prestigious technology shows, and a sober European counterpart to the glitz of Las Vegas' CES. It's where plenty of big names show off the wares they hope you'll buy in the run-up to the holidays, including new phones a...

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Hulu adding The CW to its Live TV plan soon

Hulu announced today that it has signed an agreement to carry The CW on its recently launched Live TV plan. Hulu Live TV lets subscribers view movies and TV shows on supported channels through Hulu’s app like traditional cable.


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Comment: Why it won’t be a surprise or a big deal if...

A report yesterday suggested that the wireless charging capability expected to be included in the iPhone 8 will be limited to 7.5W, compared to the maximum 15W supported by the latest Qi 1.2 standards. This would mean that the device would charge half as fast as the latest tech would allow.

It’s also said that Apple’s system, though based on Qi, will be tweaked so that only Apple-approved charging pads can be used.

Although that’s not ideal – standards compatibility is generally (but not always) a good...

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Sonos FCC filing confirms a voice-powered speaker

At this point, it's probably easier to list off who isn't making a voice-controlled smart speaker (that we know of). Thanks to an FCC filing, it looks like Sonos is getting close to jumping into the fray. "Product model S13 is a high-performance all-...

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Boxer Floyd 'Money' Mayweather still...

Before and after Saturday's megafight between boxer Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, the fighter known as "Money" was shown with what appears to be the last iteration of the iPod Classic -- albeit fully studded with gems.

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Dell's latest Inspiron PCs include the first 17...

Dell is launching its latest generation of Inspiron PCs pacing Intel's latest 8th-generation "Kaby Lake" chips, with a bit more fanfare than usual. Exhibit "A" is the Inspiron lineup of laptops and 2-in-1s: Dell says the Inspiron 7000 is the first 17...

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Fitbit launches $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor...

Fitbit has officially unveiled its new ‘Ionic’ health and fitness tracker with smartwatch features that compete with the Apple Watch. Fitbit Ionic is priced at $299 and is comparable to the Apple Watch Series 2 which starts at $369.


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‘WSJ’: Apple special event slated for Sept. 12 at...

The special Apple event rumored for Tuesday, Sept. 12, is still rumored — but now the The Wall Street Journal echoes that prediction. If it’s true, expect to see the tech giant send out invitations to the media any day now.

In the past two years Apple has used San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the annual unveiling of the iPhone, but the WSJ says the company plans to use the 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater on its new “spaceship” campus this year. However, the campus isn’t yet finished and construction timetable could affect the timing or location of the event, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans.”

Whenever the event is held, odds are the “iPhone 8,” iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7s Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and next get Apple TV with 4K/HDR support will be unveiled.

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Latest Sonos Playbar firmware update causing...

If you have a Sonos Playbar speaker, and haven’t yet updated to firmware version 7.4, you may want to hold off for a while. Users on the company’s support forums are reporting a variety of audio issues since the update, up to and including complete loss of audio on some channels …


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Apple said to unveil 'iPhone 8,' '...

Apple's highly anticipated product unveiling is reportedly set to take place in just a few weeks -- on Tuesday, Sept. 12 -- where the company is expected to introduce the all-new "iPhone 8," as well as other products.

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Insta360 One is a 4K 360 camera with smart tricks

For those who haven't been following, earlier Insta360 released a montage of cool sample clips to tease its upcoming camera's bullet-time video capability. What baffled me at the time was how those slow-motion shots orbited around a person with his u...

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Apple event reportedly scheduled for September 12 to...

The Dow Jones is reporting that Apple has indeed scheduled an event on September 12, corroborating previous reports.

On that date, Apple is set to announce the new iPhone models, as well as cellular Apple Watch and a 4K Apple TV set-top box. We are still waiting for Apple to send out invites to press to make the event official, although it seems all but confirmed at this point …


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Fall foliage prediction map

It’s getting to be that time of year again. If you are in the US or planning a visit, this is a terrific resource for catching foliage at just the right moment for optimum glorious fall color.

Slide the slider to get a sense of when the leaf color change is at its peak in your area.

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Samsung sees high memory demand ahead of Apple'...

Samsung Electronics on Monday said it expects memory demand that drove record second-quarter profits to continue into the September quarter -- something that may hint at its involvement in Apple's upcoming iPhones, particularly the "iPhone 8."

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NYPD forced to scrap 36,000 Windows phones, will be...

The New York Police Department is being forced to scrap 36,000 Windows Phones bought just two years ago as part of a $160M mobility project. The move has been forced by Microsoft’s decision to cease support for the platform as of last month.

The NYPD now plans to replace the phones with iPhones by the end of the year, according to a report …


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The life and death of the MacBook Touch Bar

Chuq Von Rospach:

It seems to me Apple fell in love with the technology of the Touch Bar system, which if you dig into it a bit is a stunning piece of engineering, and expected all of us to fall in love with it as well. The problem is: Apple rarely sells things to us based on neat technology, it sells us based on the stories of how that technology will solve problems for us, and right now, the problems a Touch Bar solve for us that we care about being solved are few and far between.

Thoughtful piece on the Touch Bar. Resonates with me.

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NYPD to replace Nokia smartphones with iPhones

The New York Police Department is scrapping 36,000 smartphones it gave police officers over the past two years because they’re already obsolete and can’t be upgraded, according to The New York Post. And the NYPD is turning to Apple.

The city bought Microsoft-based Nokia smartphones as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative. However, just months after the last phone was handed out, officials plan to begin replacing them all with brand-new iPhones by the end of the year, The Post says, quoting unnamed sources. The move follows Microsoft’s decision to stop supporting the operating system that runs the NYPD’s devices.

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NYPD handcuffed by investment in Microsoft's...

The New York Police Department must replace some 36,000 smartphones running Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, and plans to provide its officers with replacement iPhones by the end of the year.

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∞ Sculpting, painting, using ARKit

[VIDEO] Watch the video embedded in the tweet in the main Loop post. There’s something groundbreaking here, though I can’t quite put my finger on it. Perhaps it’s the idea of creating 3D models for use in augmented reality apps using augmented reality itself. Fascinating.

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Why the Mac needs iCloud Backup

Dan Moren:

With the announcement this week that CrashPlan was discontinuing its consumer-oriented online backup plans, more than a few users found themselves wondering what steps to take to make sure their data remained safely and securely backed up.

There are, of course, plenty of options for Mac users who don’t want to switch to CrashPlan’s small business backup plans: Backblaze, Arq, and so on. But it also put into stark relief the fact that Mac users miss out on at least one major feature accorded to their iOS-using counterparts: iCloud Backup.

Terrific piece by Dan Moren. I would gladly pay a bit extra for the ability to include my Mac in my automatic iCloud device backup regimen.

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iOS 11 Beta points to new Apple Watch workouts:...

Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors:

This year’s Apple leaks have seen an uptick in activity thanks to data gathered from HomePod firmware, as well as internal files in pre-release beta software for iOS 11. Today, the newest piece of information comes from the latter source and concerns new exercises for the Apple Watch.

The leak that keeps on giving.

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Security researchers demo point-of-sale system hack...

Security researchers have identified a vulnerability in Point Of Sale (POS) terminals used by a large number of major chains, and hacked it to allow them to buy a MacBook for one dollar …


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Apple receives a ‘B+’ in latest RESCUECOM Computer...

RESCUECOM has released its 2017 back-to-school Computer Reliability Report, which compares the brand market share of computer makers with their repair share, based on the number of computer repair calls received per brand, to create an overall reliability score. The report includes desktops, laptops and tablets. 

The computer repair and tech support company says that...

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Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of...

With Fitbit's new Ionic fitness tracker, health and fitness still take center stage, but Ionic is more of an all-around wearable than any Fitbit that came before. Ionic represents the first fruits of the company’s Pebble, Coin, and Vector shopping spree: You can now install third-party apps, make payments, and you can store hundreds of songs for offline listening.

The biggest change for Fitbit is the new open system, as the company has leveraged its Pebble acquisition to create a platform for third-party apps. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic’s sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear.


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Now THIS is a deal! CleanMyMac 3 for just $27.99

We love our friends at MacPaw, who have been developing top Mac utilities for years. Today we're proud to offer a great deal on CleanMyMac 3, which normally sells for $39.95. You can snap up a single user license of CleanMyMac 3 for $27.99, 29% off for a limited time.

What does CleanMyMac do for you? 

  • Scans your system, iTunes, Mail, Photos, Trash bins, & even old folders to safely clean up junk
  • Removes only the junk that is 100% safe to delete w/ a single click
  • Trims gigabytes off your photo library without deleting a single picture
  • Cleans up Mail attachments, signatures, & clips w/ ease
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∞ Apple sets up iTunes page for Hurricane Harvey...

Here’s Tim’s tweet:

Prayers for Texas and all those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Join us in the relief effort by donating:

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) August 27, 2017

The link embedded in the tweet takes you to iTunes so you can make a donation to the American Red Cross specifically targeted for Hurricane Harvey relief. I believe this particular path only works in the US.

From the iTunes page:

Click Donate below the amount you wish to contribute and iTunes will transfer 100% of it to the American Red Cross, which is providing relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.

100% of the money goes to the American Red Cross. Apple doesn’t take a penny.

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Purported photos of iPhone 7s components, including...

A series of leaked photos has shown what might be iPhone 7s components.

The photos, tweeted by Benjamin Geskin, show what is purported to be an A11 processor, a logic board and other components.

If true, an A11 processor would put the iPhons 7s’ performance on par with the rumored iPhone 8, although the unit might feature different technical specifications. The iPhone 8 is also rumored to boast features such as face recognition and an advanced augmented reality system.

The iPhone 7s is thought to be a relatively minor update to the existing iPhone 7, though sharing the all-glass design of the iPhone 8. It’s been rumored that this may actually result in the updated phone being slightly thicker than the current model, as the glass will need to be thicker than the current aluminum casing.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.


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PSA: Now’s a good time to check which of your apps...

We reported back in June that Apple was dropping support for 32-bit applications altogether in iOS 11. In iOS 10, Apple displays a warning message and then allows the app to open; in iOS 11, the app won’t open at all.

But with some 187,000 32-bit apps still in the App Store – amounting to around 8% of the total – now would be a good time to check your own apps. It takes just a few seconds to do this …


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Apple opens iTunes donation links to support...

Following Hurricane Harvey’s arrival into Texas on Friday, Apple this weekend reactivated iTunes donations to support American Red Cross relief efforts in the area.

On Saturday, Apple posted prominent American Red Cross donation links to its official website and the iTunes Store landing page. The system allows users to quickly contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200 toward ongoing relief efforts.

Apple has stated that users will see 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered the following tweet:

“Thanks to all my friends in Texas, new and old, for another amazing visit! Please stay safe as the storm comes ashore,” Cook said.

Harvey made landfall on Friday as a powerful Category 4 hurricane near the town of Rockport, Texas. At least two deaths have been reported, along with massive damage to houses, businesses and other buildings across large swaths of the state.

As of Saturday,...

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The TIC Report: The Apple Watch Pro

I’m a runner who uses his Apple Watch to log running times and distances. Alas, like many folks past the age of 50, I suffer from presbyopia (which has nothing to do with Presbyterians). It’s farsightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

Which means that sometimes I have to squint to see the display on my Apple Watch while I’m running, even though I have the bigger (42mm) model. Needless to say, that’s inconvenient. CEO Tim Cook is several years younger than me, but he may also have presbyopia. 

Enter the Apple Watch Pro, which is now in testing (I’m wearing a prototype in the pic). Forget 42mm. This baby has a 6.5 x 7 inch screen. No more squinting to see the display on this smartwatch. 

Apple says the normal sized Apple Watch has an "all day battery life.” With its super-sized body and accompanying larger battery, the Apple Watch Pro has an “all week battery life.”

It will also be able to...

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CADintosh for macOS a solid tool for technical,...

By Aaron Lee

Lemke Software's CADintosh is a 2D CAD program for macOS (10.5 or later) provides a helpful selection of tools to develop technical, mechanical, and architectural drawings. Designed especially for technical draftsmen and designers, it packs extensive pen options and the ability to export the visible drawing as DXF.

CADintosh drawings are composed of layers that can be conveniently organized in groups. The software supports up to 1,024 layers and allows 32,000 groups.

CADintosh contains a wide selection of design tools to create professional drawings. Users can create lines, circles, text, dimensions, X-lines, hatching, and set scale within their drawing. There are eight different pens of varying widths, colors, and styles that can be conveniently changed by accessing drop-down menus at the top of the drawing.

CADintosh also provides six different lines types available, including full line, dotted line, chain line, dotted...

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Latest Transcend SSDs for DIY Mac upgrades support...

Transcend, which has long offered Mac owners the chance to upgrade their SSDs to higher-capacity ones, has announced a new range of drives that support PCIe Gen 3.0. These cards, which use the latest 3D NAND flash chips, offer read/write speeds of up to 950MB/s.

The new JetDrive 820 drives are available in capacities of up to 960GB, and are compatible with a wide range of Macs …


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External Link: Apple’s New Iowa Data Center Will Run...

Apple is building a $1.3 billion, 400,000 square foot data center in Waukee, Iowa that will be powered completely by renewable energy from day one. The new data center will create over 550 construction and operations jobs, and Apple will contribute up to $100 million to a community development fund for the area around Waukee. Apple didn’t say how many of those jobs would continue after construction finishes.


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IDC: personal computing device market predicted to...

According to a new IDC forecast, Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are expected to continue a slight decline through 2021. 

The results show PCD shipments declining from 435.1 million units in 2016 to 398.3 million in 2021, which represents a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of -1.7%, according to the research group. While growth for the overall PCD market is not expected at any point in the forecast, there are a few interesting trends that continue to develop, according to IDC. Apart from 2018, notebooks show small but steady year-over-year growth throughout the forecast, which is good news for the MacBook Pro and MacBook. 

Detachable tablets and convertible...

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Carriers offer free service in Hurricane Harvey area...

Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are all offering free service in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey as they describe the efforts they are making to keep networks up and running.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says that across the entire region, 96% of cell sites are working, though only 5% of sites are operational in Rockport, Texas, near where the hurricane made landfall …


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Notable apps and app updates for Aug. 28, 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

DYL, an Inc. 5000 telecommunications company, has released a new iOS app. With it, users will be able to make inbound and outbound calls from their office number and use DYL's impressive sales automation tools while on the go. DYL's lead management and telemarketing power dialer are both built into the app. Users can instantly call new internet leads, automatically follow-up with prospects, and set appointments from their iPhone.

macOS Apps/Updates

Orion Transfer has updated Property Manage, their property management solution for macOS, to version 2.2. 

The utility is designed to help landlords and tenants track rental costs, property expenses and room availability. It provides...

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24-Hour Deal: Apple's 13" MacBook Pro for...

For one day only, B&H has Apple's Late 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro (2.0GHz, 8GB, 256GB) for $1,149 with free expedited shipping and no tax collected on orders outside NY and NJ. This $350 discount offers shoppers the lowest price available from an Apple authorized reseller.

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Apple to host ILM artists, hold Star Wars-themed...

In celebration of Force Friday II, Apple this week will host a number of Star Wars-themed Today at Apple events at retail stores across the world, including special computer graphics tutorials featuring Industrial Light and Magic artists.

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Parallels Desktop 13.0

Major update for the popular virtualization software adds support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra and adding Windows applications to the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, upgrade available, 251 MB)


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Pictures of alleged 'iPhone 8' OLED screen...

A new pair of parts reportedly from the "iPhone 8" have surfaced, with one of them a single layer of the device's L-shaped motherboard, and the other what is claimed to be the edge-to-edge OLED screen for the phone.

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GraphicConverter 10.5 - $39.95
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Chromium 61.0.3163.91 - Fast and stable...
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Stormbound: Kingdom Wars guide - how to...
Stormbound: Kingdom Wars is an excellent new RTS turned card battler out now on iOS and Android. Lovers of strategy will get a lot of enjoyment out of Stormbound's chess-like mechanics, and it's cardbased units are perfect for anyone who loves the... | Read more »
The best AR apps and games on iOS right...
iOS 11 has officially launched, and with it comes Apple's ARKit, a helpful framework that makes it easier than ever for developers to create mobile AR experiences. To celebrate the occassion, we're featuring some of the best AR apps and games on... | Read more »
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of...
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice 1.00.00 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.00.00 (iTunes) Description: ************************************************※IMPORTANT※・Please read the “When... | Read more »
Kpressor (Utilities)
Kpressor 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Utilities Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: The ultimate ZIP compression application for iPhone and iPad. - Full integration of iOS 11 with support for multitasking.-... | Read more »
Find out how you can save £35 and win a...
Nothing raises excitement like a good competition, and we’re thrilled to announce our latest contest. We’ll be sending one lucky reader and a friend to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th. It’s the... | Read more »
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story...
Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Another Lost Phone is a game about exploring the social life of a young woman whose phone you have just... | Read more »
The Witness (Games)
The Witness 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $9.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: You wake up, alone, on a strange island full of puzzles that will challenge and surprise you. You don't remember who you are, and... | Read more »
Egg, Inc. guide - how to build your gold...
Egg, Inc.'s been around for some time now, but don't you believe for one second that this quirky clicker game has gone out of style. The game keeps popping up on Reddit and other community forums thanks to the outlandish gameplay (plus, the... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
Good news, everyone! Your favorite day of the week has arrived at last -- it's discount roundup day! This fine Wednesday evening we're gathering up the hottest deals on the App Store. We've got action platformers, we've got puzzle games, we've got... | Read more »
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OWC have announced the new OWC USB-C Travel Dock, the latest addition to their line of connectivity solutions. The USB-C Travel Dock lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop... Read more
Pelican Products, Inc. Unveils Cases For All...
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