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Monday May 1

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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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Beats Pill+ Speaker $149,...

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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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∞ Latest Apple Park drone footage

[VIDEO] Beautiful footage (embedded in the main Loop post). Apple Park is getting very close to completion.

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MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017 isn't worth big-...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Baseball has been a lot more exciting for me since the Cubs won the World Series. I was there outside Wrigley Field last November when they won it all, surrounded by raucous revelers, and then I attended the home opener to see the championship flag unveiled. It’s energized me, and now I’m even watching more games on TV than I have over the past few years. It’s been a nice shot in the arm for my flagging MLB fandom.


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Hacker leaks stolen ‘Orange Is the New Black’...


An anonymous hacker has carried through on a threat to release “Orange Is the New Black” season five episodes online — after Netflix allegedly failed to respond to the cybercriminal’s shakedown demands.

Good for Netflix. The cost to them is hard to quantify, since it is not likely to impact their subscriber base. And refusing to pay the ransom sends a message to the community and to the hackers which hopefully will help others make a similar “don’t pay the ransom” decision.

The hacker or hackers also have obtained unreleased shows from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC. The content appears to have been stolen in an attack on post-production studio Larson Studios in late 2016, according to piracy-news site TorrentFreak.

Not clear if that other content was released to the pirate sites as well.


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Hacker leaks Netflix's 'Orange Is the New...

Netflix has not responded to a hacker's ransom demand, and as a result, nearly all of season 5 of "Orange Is the New Black" has been released to illicit file sharing sites.

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iPad vs Chromebook, a battle for the education...

Brian Foutty,, on the differences between an iPad and a Chromebook in the classroom:

The iPad’s camera is the BIGGEST curricular differentiator. The ability to use the iPad’s camera to take high quality pictures or video to record evidence for a presentation in Keynote or Explain Everything is invaluable in the classroom.


When I taught math, my students would use the camera to take video to track the trajectory of a football being thrown one day and a pumpkin being dropped from 45 feet the next day. Students would then use the Venier Video Physics app on another day to chart the paths of the football and the pumpkins. The app generates mathematical equations.


Having a small, lightweight, and maneuverable device (think iPad) with a great camera is what made it possible for me to provide my students an interesting, engaging, and memorable educational experience. And this is but one of many examples that my colleagues and I...

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Apple and ATT are being sued for an ‘exploding’...

Another day, another lawsuit. Gustafson Nicolai pc, a Los Angeles-based law firm, is suing Apple and ATT for an iPhone 6 that purportedly exploded.

The lawsuit — styled Romero v. Apple Inc. and AT&T Corp. — was filed April 20 in the Los Angeles Superior Court Case. It alleges “general negligence and products liability in connection with an iPhone 6 that exploded in the Plaintiff's pocket.” The explosion allegedly caused the destruction of the phone, and burned a hole through the plaintiff's pants and caused “significant burns to his right thigh area.”

The complaint seeks damages for wage loss, loss of use of property, hospital and medical expenses, general damage, property damage, and loss of earning capacity. The complaint also seeks punitive and exemplary damages. 

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Nintendo comments on pulling the plug on the...


According to Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé, the total global sell-in for Nintendo’s pint-sized version of its 1980s Nintendo Entertainment System is 2.3 million.

Astonishing sales figures. Why pull the plug?

“We had originally planned for this to be a product for last holiday,” Fils-Aimé told TIME. “We just didn’t anticipate how incredible the response would be. Once we saw that response, we added shipments and extended the product for as long as we could to meet more of that consumer demand.”

But Fils-Aime did suggest the reason why the company pulled the brakes on a system amidst unprecedented demand. “Even with that extraordinary level of performance, we understand that people are frustrated about not being able to find the system, and for that we really do apologize,” he said. “But from our perspective, it’s important to recognize where our future is and the key areas that we need to drive. We’ve got a lot going on right now...

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Tynker launches two courses to support Apple's...

Tynker, a company that’s has introduced more than 50 million kids to computer programming through game-like learning activities and courses, has announced two new courses—Space Cadet and Dragon Spells—to support the Everyone Can Code program from Apple. 

These free courses, available through the Tynker iPad app, allow students to solve coding puzzles and create do-it-yourself projects using Tynker’s visual code blocks and...

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Apple extends repair coverage for 1st gen Apple...


Apple has extended its service coverage for Apple Watch (1st gen) models experiencing expanded/swollen battery problems to three years, covering customers for service for an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty that it provides with the device.

The issue with swollen and expanded batteries on first-gen Apple Watch models has been documented online by users experiencing the problem— here on Apple support forums, for example, and here on Reddit— but appears to not be widespread or something that has made mainstream media headlines...

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macOS and iOS market share down in April

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for both macOS and iOS was down in April.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, macOS had 6.25% of the global market share in April, down from 6.27% in March (that’s global market share; in the U.S. it’s over 13%). April 2016’s 9.2% was an all-time high, according to NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 91.66% as of April.

iOS had 31.06% of the mobile operating system market share in April, down from 33.39% in March. This compares to 65.19% for Android, 1.59% for Windows Phone, and 0.95% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers don’t...

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2TB of backup space for your Mac and iOS devices for...

If there's one thing that we keep hounding Apple World Today readers to do, it's backing up their devices. We've got a deal today that will give you a lifetime of backups to a secured 2TB cloud server for just $59.99. The Degoo Premium plan is worth considering if you're looking for a secure place to put some or all of your files, and it works with macOS, iOS, Windows and Android.

With Degoo...

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Apple has a record $250 billion in the bank

Enlarge / A customer buying a new iPhone in Russia. (credit: Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

When it reports its quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Apple will likely have a quarter-trillion dollars in cash in the bank.

That's a greater hoard than any other company in recent US history, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reported the numbers on Sunday. For comparison, Apple's cash pile exceeds the market value of Walmart and Procter & Gamble. The sum is more than the foreign cash reserves of the UK and Canada combined.

Some 93 percent of the company's cash and other liquid assets are kept overseas. The Trump...

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e-book sales down, while paperback and hardback...

This isn’t good news for the iBookStore (or any seller of digital books): sales of consumer e-books plunged 18.7% in the U.S. and 17% in the U.K. in 2016 over the first nine months of 2016, according to the Publishers Association — as noted by CNN. Sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children's books surged 16%.

Conversely, paperback sales were up 7.5% over the same period, and hardback sales increased 4.1%.

"The print format is appealing to many and publishers are finding that some genres lend themselves more to print than others and are using them to drive sales of print books," Phil Stokes, head of PwC's entertainment and media division in the U.K., told CNN.

Stokes said that children's book have always been more popular in print, for example, and that many people prefer recipe books in hardback format.

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Bloomberg partners with Twitter to generate 24/7...

News titan Bloomberg and Twitter have teamed up to create a service for constant news streaming on the social media venue 24 hours a day.

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Twitter continues push into video with Bloomberg...

We learned last month that Twitter was expanding its push into video by opening its API to media partners, and the WSJ reports that the company will today be announcing a partnership with Bloomberg to stream news reports 24/7 …


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Apple offers two-year warranty extension for first-...

Even Apple Watch batteries can swell.

Responding to user complaints about the issue, Apple has extended its warranty coverage for the first-gen Apple Watch’s expanded/swollen battery issues to three years. This covers customers for services an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty Period.

The issue with swollen and expanded batteries on first-gen Apple Watch models has been documented online by users experiencing the problem— here on Apple support forums, for example, and on Reddit— but appears to not be widespread or something that has made mainstream media headlines.

The change comes as the 1st gen Apple Watch passes the two year mark after having been introduced April 24, 2015.

If you’ve seen the battery swelling issue on your first-gen Apple Watch and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.


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DOK malware surfaces for macOS platform, sneaks past...

In the age of Macs becoming more popular again, the amount of malware available for the macOS is on the rise.

According to the McAfee Labs, malware attacks on Apple’s Mac computers were up 744% in 2016, and its researchers have discovered nearly 460,000 Mac malware samples, which is still just a small part of overall Mac malware out in the wild.

The Malware Research team at CheckPoint has located a new piece of fully-undetectable Mac malware which apparently affects all versions of Mac OS X, has zero detections on VirusTotal and is “signed with a valid developer certificate (authenticated by Apple).”

The malware, which has been named “DOK”, is distributed through a coordinated email phishing campaign and is among the first pieces of malware to target macOS users.

DOK is designed to gain administration-level privileges and install a new root certificate on the target system, which allows attackers to intercept and gain complete access to all victim...

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eBook sales down 18.7% in the US, 17% in the UK, as...

US eBook sales fell by 18.7% in the first nine months of 2016, while UK sales dropped 17% across the year, reports CNN. There appears to have been a resurgence in reading physical books, where sales grew during the same period.

In the UK, sales of physical books and journals went up by 7% over the same period, while children’s books surged 16%. The same trend is on display in the U.S., where […] paperback sales were up 7.5% over the same period, and hardback sales increased 4.1%.

The popularity of print format books is not necessarily very literary in nature, however …


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Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should...

Dan Counsell

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.


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ChargeHub X5 is a great item for family trips that...

On our recent vacation, my wife, daughter and I all had multiple electronic gadgets in tow. They needed charging at night, and the $49.99 ChargeHub X5 made this easy without dealing with cord tangle.

We connected three iPhones, my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and a GoPro to the five-USB universal charging station, so we didn't have to carry multiple chargers on our trip.   The ChargeHub X5 charges five devices simultaneously (there's also a $39.99 X3 model that charges three gadgets at once). Just one power cord goes from the charging station to the outlet,

SmartSpeed Technology provides a quick charge, up to 2.4 amps per port, or 5 amps overall (the charger doesn’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge). A blue LED power indicator light shows the ChargeHub X5 is on and functioning.

When multiple devices are connected, the ChargeHub may sometimes reach its maximum...

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How to connect to a remote Mac in your Back to My...

With macOS Sierra’s Back to My Mac, you can connect to your other Macs securely over the Internet. It’s an iCloud feature that lets you set up a network of Macs that you can access remotely. 

After you set up each Mac or AirPort base station, you can connect to it remotely. Here's how:

  • From the Finder menu, choose Preferences, and click the Sidebar tab.
  • In the Shared section, select Back to My Mac. 
  • Open a Finder window, and look for the Shared section in the sidebar. If you don’t see any shared computers or base stations, place the pointer over the word Shared and click Show.
  • Select the remote computer or base station that you want to access and click Connect As. (To share a screen with your remote Mac, select the Mac and click Share Screen.) If you don't see the Mac or base station that you're looking for, click All to see a list of available Mac computers and...
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Apple’s cash reserves now exceed a quarter of a...

Apple’s cash reserves now exceed more than $250B, reports the WSJ. The company will report the actual number in tomorrow’s earnings report.

Apple Inc. is expected to report Tuesday that its stockpile of cash has topped a quarter of a trillion dollars, an unrivaled corporate hoard that is greater than the market value of both Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. and exceeds the combined foreign-currency reserves held by the U.K. and Canada combined.

While there’s as yet no official confirmation of the number, it seems a pretty safe bet …


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11% of active smartphones globally will be...

According to new analysis from the IHS Markit research firm, 3.4 billion smartphones will be ready for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by the end of 2017, and the number is expected to increase to 5.3 billion by 2021.

IHS Markit estimates that by the end of the 2017, 11% of active smartphones globally will be compatible with Apple Pay; 61%with Android Pay; and 3% with Samsung Pay, which overlaps with Android Pay, as Android Pay is also available on Samsung smartphones. 

“To reach these smartphones, Apple, Samsung and Android must strategically expand mobile payments services and build partnerships with banks and financial institutions,” says Ruomeng Wang, Mobile & Telecoms analyst at IHS Markit. 

By the end of the first quarter of 2017, Apple had launched Apply Pay in 15 international markets; Samsung...

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New macOS malware OSX/Dok requires a lot of manual...

Check Point, a security analysis firm, posted an alarming blog entry on Thursday about a new malicious macOS Trojan horse that appeared able to bypass Apple’s protections and could hijack and sniff all the traffic entering and leaving a Mac without a user’s knowledge. This would include SSL/TLS encrypted connections, because the malware installs a local digital certificate that overrides normal man-in-the-middle warnings and protections.

The malware, called OSX/Dok by Check Point, spreads via a phishing attack that Check Point says mostly targets European users. One message shown is in German and the signature portion says it’s from the Swiss tax office. The email contains a ZIP file attachment which has to be saved, opened, and an item within it launched. It’s unclear from the description whether a user has to enter an administrative password, although based on the steps, this...

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Sunday April 30

Canadians singing the national anthem at the...

No big deal, right? Except….

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Atom-thin water layers may lead to faster electric...

So many battery breakthroughs focus on longer battery life (and for good reason), but what about the speed of delivering that energy? That's what North Carolina State University researchers want to solve. They've produced a material, crystalline tu...

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'Major scale' malware targets your Mac...

Mac users are increasingly being targeted by malware after years of being relatively safe, and that means they're facing attacks that other users have unfortunately come to expect for a while. Check Point researchers have discovered Dok, the first "...

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AAA launches its own app-based car sharing service

Few companies connected to the auto industry can resist the allure of starting their own car sharing service, it seems. After a brief tease, AAA's venture wing has launched Gig, an app-centric car sharing service, in Berkeley and Oakland. You pull...

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Tweetbot 2.5

Adds support for sending images in Direct Messages and keeping usernames from counting against the character limit in replies. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.7 MB)


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China takes its turn at a giant fighting robot

MegaBots' giant robot duel might just turn into a full-scale brawl. Beijing outfit Greatmetal has unveiled a prototype of Monkey King, China's take on an enormous battle machine. It's still human-piloted, but it has a distinct trick up its sleeve:...

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'Orange is the New Black' hackers may have...

When the hackers who swiped Netflix's unreleased Orange is the New Black season warned that they had shows from other TV networks, they might not have been kidding around. TheDarkOverlord has reportedly provided with a "preview" of...

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iPhone sales remain flat in the first quarter

According to preliminary results from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, phone companies shipped a total of 347.4 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17). Worldwide shipments grew 4.3% in 1Q17, which was slightly higher than the research group's previous forecast of 3.6% growth.

Apple remained essentially flat with shipments reaching 51.6 million units in the first quarter, up slightly from the 51.2 million shipped last year. The strong holiday fourth quarter carried into the month of January as the larger iPhone 7 Plus returned to stock across most channels in numerous regions, according to IDC. Apple introduced a refreshed iPhone SE with more storage capacity (32GB and 128GB) that puts the mid-tier device in line with the rest of the iPhone portfolio.

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1Password 6.7.1

Collects a number of long gestating bug fixes and improvements. ($64.99 new, free update, 47.3 MB)


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DNA in dirt can reveal where human ancestors lived

When you want to know where humans have lived, you typically look for direct signs like bones or buildings. But that's not always easy, especially with hominid ancestors who didn't exactly leave an abundance of remains. Thanks to a new genetic rese...

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Gene editing could lead to a vaccine for arthritis

Right now, arthritis treatment tends to be an all-or-nothing proposition: the drugs you take affect your entire body, causing havoc with your immune system and leaving you prone to infections. But how do you narrow the treatment to just those areas...

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ChronoSync 4.7.6 and ChronoAgent 1.6.2

Updates the synchronization and backup app and its background utility with enhancements and bug fixes. ($49.99 new for ChronoSync, $14.99 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 42.8 MB, 12.7 MB)


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Microsoft And Apple Target Schools In War With...

An anonymous reader writes:
"Google [is] commanding 58% of U.S. K-12 schools. Windows is in second with around 22% and the combined impact of MacOS and iOS are close behind at 19%," reports TechCrunch, citing figures from consulting firm Futuresource. But now Chromebooks are under fire from cheaper iPads and Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Cloud laptop with its cloud-based software. "For many schools, the dream of a one-device-per-child experience has finally been realized through a consumer technology battle waged by the biggest names in the industry... Fostering an entire generation of first-time computer users with your software and device ecosystem could mean developing lifelong loyalties, which is precisely why all this knock-down, drag-out fight won't be drawing to a close any time soon."
That raises an interesting question. Do Slashdot readers remember the computers that were used in their own high schools -- and did that instill any lifelong brand loyalty?

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Tesla ends SolarCity's door-to-door sales...

Tesla is used to selling cars online, but that's not how the recently acquired SolarCity liked to roll -- it preferred door-to-door sales pitches to get panels on your roof. Thankfully, you won't have anyone interrupting dinner going forward. Tesla...

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Interact Scratchpad 1.0.2 brings refined contact...

Interact Scratchpad makes adding contacts fast and accurate, bringing the best features of the iOS app to the Mac.

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The best rice cooker

By Karen Solomon & Tim Barribeau

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that...

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Apple adds one more year to first-generation Watch...

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Apple added one extra year to its warranty for some first-generation Apple Watches, according to a note sent to authorized service providers obtained by 9to5Mac. The company will now cover eligible Apple Watches for three years after the original purchase date. The first-gen devices covered by this warranty are those experiencing ballooning battery issues.

"Apple has extended Service coverage to eligible Apple Watch (1st gen) models with an expanded/swollen battery to three years after the original date of...

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The best 360-degree camera

I’ve used the recommended camera and, while it’s very specific in its application, can produce some interesting pictures and video.

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Salt life

Settle in for a long but very interesting read on one of the things you rarely think about but can’t live without.

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EduTech: With Swift Playgrounds, Apple has a chance...

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

This week’s EduTech is a guest post from Apple Distinguished Educator Michael Cohen, founder of The Tech Rabbi. Apple’s Distinguished Educator program recognizes professionals who are using Apple to “transform teaching and learning.” 

When Apple announced the Swift programming language at WWDC in 2014, they aimed to change the way...

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∞ Big wave surfing in Portugal

Just watching this video makes me want to go in a corner and weep in fear. I can’t imagine the courage of a surfer willing to try and ride these waves.

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After Math: Keeping it 100

As America's least likeable plutocrat rounds out his first 100 days in office, we're taking a look at other centennial achievements from the world of technology. Google and Facebook were named as victims in $100 million scam, Instagram now boasts 700...

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Ben Heck's logic gate board game: Fun with LCD...

With Karen's laser cutting design skills and Felix's soldering, the team has created a prototype of the logic board game using Karen's magnetic clasp design. Now it's time to give the concept a test run with help from The Game Craft proprietor JT...

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MIT fires a rocket motor made using 3D-printed...

If you're going to 3D-print rocket parts, you'd want to make them out of metal to handle the stress, right? Not necessarily. MIT has successfully test-fired what it believes is the first completely 3D-printed rocket motor to be made with plastic casi...

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Apple adds one more year of warranty to first-gen...

Apple will still repair your first-gen Apple Watch if it breaks due to battery issues even if it's already older than two years. The tech titan has extended its wearable's repair coverage related to battery woes to last two years instead of one, acco...

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Tesla revives automatic braking in response to lower...

Apparently, public pressure works... to a degree. Tesla has reintroduced automatic emergency braking to the Model S and Model X through an update after their continued omission led Consumer Reports to lower its ratings for the electric cars. It's a t...

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Latest drone footage shows work continue on Apple...

Apple Park is taking shape after a lengthy construction period and more proof of that progress can be seen in the latest drone footage of the campus. Earlier today, Matthew Roberts released his latest 4K flyover drone footage, showing work slowly but surely continue…


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Amazon's free Android app program is nearing...

Back in 2015, Amazon launched a program called Underground that gave users free access to paid Android apps and in-app purchases. For those who've never heard of it before, you can think of it as a way to find applications you never knew existed or t...

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Hideo Kojima on his cinematic influences, '...

If you're starting a new gaming festival, having Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima aboard is a good way to prove you mean business. That was the case for the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival, which featured Kojima in a keynote conversation tonigh...

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Apple, Tesla want changes to California's self-...

Califonia's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will soon review the new set of proposed regulations that could change how testing works in the state. If the proposals are approved, we might see some truly unmanned autonomous vehicles with no steering...

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

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. Last week we saw some major announcements from SuperBooth 17, and this week we are focusing on iOS. We get an interesting new sequencer from Reactable, a new AI-powered iOS drum app from Positive Grid, artificial reverb processing from Mac and the limited run of a Moog legend… more…

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Turkey blocks Wikipedia over an alleged 'smear...

Turkey may have just stepped up its efforts to quash online free speech. The country has blocked Wikipedia for supposedly running a "smear campaign" by allowing articles claiming that the Turkish government was coordinating with militant groups. The...

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How to change Backblaze password and add two-factor...

A lot of Apple World Today readers are also customers of online backup pioneer Backblaze, and yesterday they all received an email from the company titled simply "Protecting Your Account". In this short post, we'll show you how to change your Backblaze password and set up two-factor authentication. First, here's the email in its entirety if you haven't yet seen it:

To start the process of changing your password and setting up two-factor authentication, first go to and sign into your account. Once you're logged in, follow these simple steps:

1 - From the account overview page, click My Settings (circled in blue in image above). This takes you to your account settings page, which includes a section for security settings.

2 - To begin with, make sure that you have verified the email address associated with your...

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Watch SpaceX try a picture-perfect rocket landing at...

Many SpaceX rocket landings have gotchas for viewers. Drone ship landings frequently mean shaky satellite video feeds, and nighttime launches just aren't very photogenic. You're about to have a much better look, however. SpaceX is launching a US sp...

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Latest Apple Park drone footage shows rough edges in...

New drone footage of Apple Park in Cupertino indicates that while the complex may be largely complete, significant work remains -- particularly in landscaping and on the Steve Jobs Theater.

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Apple Dubai Mall opening

The inside of the store looks pretty much like every other Apple store. But Apple has really taken advantage of the location and the outside of the store is magnificent.

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EPA pulls climate science web pages to reflect White...

President Trump and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt aren't exactly fans of climate science, and they're scaling back the EPA's website to reflect their views. The EPA has started implementing a site revision that will "reflect the...

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7 things you don’t know about “Reservoir Dogs as...

I would pay significant amounts of money for a tape of that reunion. Dogs is one of my top 10 favorite movies.

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Raw images from Cassini

If you’re an astronomy nerd, do not go to this site. Your weekend will be shot. There are 383,000+ and counting images.

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'The Circle' takes anti-tech paranoia to...

As a book, David Eggers' The Circle was a flimsy attack against modern technology culture with occasional bits of insight. As a film, though, it's so disjointed, ridiculous and dull that even Tom Hanks can't save it. Sure, it didn't really have much...

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 reports, Apple’s self-driving car, Apple Watch NikeLab, building a Hackintosh, and much more.


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Recommended Reading: The genetics of better beer

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The beer industry certainly isn't hurting for money these days, but a group of scientists are trying to figure out how to make the beverage even better. They're doing so...

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∞ Heineken’s “Worlds Apart” ad

Hey Pepsi – here’s how you do socially relevant advertising. I showed this to The Publisher and he couldn’t post it through his tears of joy so I’m doing it on his behalf.

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