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Saturday April 1

16:59
Flying courier drone can drive up to your door

Delivery drones have more than a few challenges, not the least of which is dropping off the package in a convenient place. Do you really want to head out to your yard to collect a box? You might not have to. Advanced Tactics has successfully teste...

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16:34
Steve Wozniak's Biographer Pranked By Woz'...

An anonymous reader writes:
Gina Smith is the co-author of Steve Wozniak's 2006 biography. On the day that Steve Jobs died, she posted a poignant story Woz had shared about their early days in Silicon Valley, remembering how Jobs sold his Volkswagen van while Woz sold his calculator to raise funds to build the first Apple 1 computer kit.

The post includes a picture of 22-year-old Steve Jobs standing next to young Steve Wozniak. But there's also an unexpected figure in the background wearing a black ski hat and glasses. It's "tourist guy," the figure from a 9/11 meme whose stoic face was spliced into the background of everything from the explosion of the Hindenburg to the Kennedy assassination, and even into the original Star Trek and Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. The picture is attributed to Margaret Wozniak. So does that mean Steve Wozniak's biographer got pranked by Woz's mom?
Interestingly, in 2011 the tourist guy actually apologized for creating the...

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15:32
'Archer' mobile game asks you to break out...

By their very nature, most augmented reality games are at least a little bit futuristic. The creators of Archer, however, are embracing the past... in more ways than one. FXX's Archer, P.I. mobile game will have you pointing your Android or iOS devic...

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14:01
Coal's sharp decline leads to a drop in US...

Whether you like it or not, coal power is on the decline... and that's having a marked impact on American energy output. The US Energy Information Administration has published data revealing that the country's 2016 energy production dropped over yea...

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12:30
17 corporate pranks that aren't April Fooling...

It's (ugh) that time of year again. That magically obnoxious season wherein every tech startup, thought influencer and blog worth its weight in snark attempts to pull a fast one on the rest of us with a clever April Fool's Day prank. Only problem is,...

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10:58
YouTube wants you to translate video descriptions

YouTube has had community-sourced subtitle translations since 2015, but they're only useful if people can find the videos in the first place... what about labeling the videos? You now have a chance to help. The internet video service has expanded i...

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10:40
Prank Responsibly: April Fools' Gags That...


The Internet is a minefield on April 1, with tech companies getting in on the April Fools' act in weird, wonderful and often woeful ways. The line between a successful prank and one that leaves users sighing, or worse, is micron-thin, and the boost to one's reputation -- or knock on it -- can hang around for some time. This year, we've rounded up some of the worst April Fools' pranks unleashed on a tech-savvy audience in recent memory. Last year, Google added a new button to Gmail that could append an animated GIF to an outgoing message.

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09:48
This week’s top stories: What’s new in iOS 10.3?,...

In this week’s top stories: iOS 10.3 w/ Find My AirPods & Apple File System, iPhone 8 reports, macOS 10.12.4 with Night Shift, our $329 iPad review, and much more.

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09:30
Recommended Reading: Beats 1 is a powerful music...

Blink-182 and Apple
Music Team up to
Show Off Increasing
Reach And Power of
Beats 1
Steve Baltin,
Forbes

Beats 1 has been a key selling point since Apple Music's launch. The internet radio station boasts a number of big names and includes a slate...

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08:49
April Fools’ Day 2017: AirRings by Twelve South, T-...

As has become the case every April 1st in recent years, tech companies are blessing us today with their April Fools’ Day jokes. A variety of tech companies and accessory makers are embracing the holiday, offering up some new products, services, and more.

Read on for a full roundup of the “best” jokes of April Fools’ Day 2017….

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08:22
Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon say they won’t sell...

Just a few days after Congress reversed internet privacy rules enacted during the Obama administration, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon have all made statements claiming they will not sell personal web browsing histories.

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08:00
Why bargain travel sites may no longer be bargains

I haven’t had to travel for a while but, when I did, I used aggregator sites heavily. But I always checked with the individual airline before I made the sale just in case. Looks like that’s even more true now.

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08:00
Alexa on the Huawei Mate 9 isn't worth the...

It's time to call it: Amazon has conquered the smart home industry. From connected appliance makers and game creators to television networks and even financial institutions, everyone is jumping aboard the Alexa train. But Amazon is eyeing a new domai...

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07:06
SoundCloud for iOS adds Chromecast support, shared...

Despite doom and gloom reports, SoundCloud is moving forward with new features for its iOS app. The company this week is rolling a new update to the app that adds one highly missed features: Chromecast support.

more…

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07:00
The little-known history of April Fools Day —...

In the days before widespread internet, April Fools Day was kind of fun. Granted, I was much younger then. But now, it’s just tedious, lame, and unfunny.

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07:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Mammals by Tinybop is a study...

The circle of life

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes two new apps that let kids make a close study of animals in the world around us. Read on!

iBiome-Ocean

Image by iBiome-Ocean

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06:51
SpaceX might reland Falcon Heavy's upper stage...

Hot on the heels of Falcon 9's historic flight, SpaceX chief Elon Musk has revealed on Twitter that Falcon Heavy's first flight is scheduled for late summer this year. He also announced that the company is considering trying to reland and retrieve th...

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06:41
Become Tech Savvy: How to approach updating software...

First time checking out this series? You’ll get the most value by starting at the beginning, however you can also use the series overview if you’d like to go buffet style.

Note for regular readers, the already tech savvy, and IT professionals: this series is designed as a resource you can share with those you are helping or for those looking to become tech savvy on their own.

Background, Expectations, & Best Practices

Staying up to date with software can sometimes be a confusing and frustrating task, but fortunately it’s a more straight forward process with iOS than compared with macOS.

First, let’s define some of the vocabulary we’ll be using. Software can refer to both the applications (apps) or the operating system (iOS) for your iPhone or iPad. We’ll define apps as computer software ...

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06:00
Mold an amorphous organism in the inventive puzzler...

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

Post-apocalyptic games often feature a dude with a gun, blasting away mutants and monsters amidst a crumbling wasteland—but Mushroom 11 is quite a bit different. It keeps the wasteland setting, punctuated with ruined sights of mankind’s existence in the backdrop, but there are no humans or firearms in sight: just a green blob.

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06:00
Moshi launches USB-SL: Taking USB to Light Speed!

A lot of product announcements on this first day of April, 2017! Accessory manufacturer Moshi wasted no time in sharing an important product announcement for USB-Speed of Light (USB-SL), the latest generation of USB connectivity. 

Backward-compatible with USB-C, USB-SL provides instantaneous charging of any device it is connected to through the $39.95 2m charging cable. When paired with the $39.95 Ethernet cable, infinite bandwidth and speed is at your fingertips. The USB-SL HDMI adapter ($49.95) and VGA adapter ($34.95) allow viewing of video from any point in time, including the future!

We've already written a full review of USB-SL's capabilities a few weeks from now, and it was already posted in the future. By the way, did you know that Apple World Today becomes a huge media conglomerate in the future? Nice...

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05:30
Twelve South AirRings for AirPods: Turning tech into...

Twelve South is always at the cutting edge of tech design, and now the Apple-only accessory company is merging fashion and hi-tech with its first product for Apple AirPods. The new AirRings for AirPods transform AirPods into earrings. 

From the press release:

“When you’ve got after work plans, don’t worry; changing your AirRIngs can take your look from day to night. We’ve got you covered for every occasion - from ear cuffs for the trendy fashionista, simple bands for the classically chic, and stunning drop styles for the glamourati. Our precious metal selection includes silver, yellow gold and, of course, rose gold to match your iPhone.

Guys take note - AirRings aren’t just for the ladies! Up your fashion game with AirRings for men. Simple and stylish with just the right level of rock star appeal. Pair them with a classic suit while you’re on the way to work or slip on AirRings the second you slip...

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05:00
The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Letter from the Editor

Apple may have scrapped its rumored March press event, but fortunately, we were able to count on Samsung for some good old-fashioned spectacle. Actually, by the company's standards, Wednesday's Galaxy S8 launch in New York was...

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05:00
Special April 1 report: Apple to buy Disney, Netflix...

Rumors that Apple plans to buy some “big name” companies are true. CEO Tim Cook has confirmed to Apple World Today that Apple plans to go on a shopping spree starting this month.

The company plans to buy Disney, Netflix, Tesla, Sony, Sonos, Leap Motion, Adobe, Uber, Spotify, Comcast, Dropbox, Square, SpaceX, ARM Holdings, and —surprisingly — Microsoft. Cook says Apple plans to buy the latter and discontinue Windows, so “I won’t have to listen to any more crap about Mac market share.” The purchase of Sony and Tesla means that, yes, the Apple HDTV and Apple Car projects are back on track. The SpaceX purchase will be used to develop technology so that Apple’s new “spaceship campus” will be able to, literally, fly like a spaceship.

“Hey, we’ve got a market cap of $731 billion, and all that bling is burning a whole in my pocket,” Cook said. “Oh yes, and we may buy Baskin-Robbins. Just because I like ice cream.”

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04:30
Special April 1 report: Apple to introduce a 55-inch...

Those who thought Apple has forgotten its pro users may rethink their position. Sources familiar with the matter — who asked not to be named — told Apple World Today that the Cupertino, California-based company will unveil the iMac Pro Plus at June’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

Some users — such as Yours Truly — hoped Apple would unveil a 31.5-inch iMac. However, the company is kicking it up a notch with a 55-inch OLED display equipped with 10x stereo, front-facing speakers (a subwoofer is optional). Apple is also skipping 8K and jumping directly to 12K. The iMac Pro Plus will boast 11520×2160 resolution — pixel-wise, the above setup is equivalent to 12 1920×1080 displays, with a total of 24,883,200 pixels.

With its extra big display, Apple has plenty of room for lots connectivity options. The iMac Pro Plus will sport four USB-C ports, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, four FireWire 800 ports, a Lightning port, four HDMI slots, and an SD Card...

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04:01
Special April 1 report: Apple working on an iPhone-...

Though Apple’s automobile plans (known by the nicknames of “Project Titan” andthe “Apple Car”) have reportedly been scaled back, sources who asked not to be identified tell Apple World Today this is far from true. Instead, Apple is basing its self-driving car on its most popular product: the iPhone.

The “iPhone Car” will be called the “iCar” and be available in a glossy jet black, black, silver, gold, and rose gold editions. Powered by electricity, its battery will last hundreds of miles. A full charge will take about an hour by connecting the super-sized Lightning port on the iCar to a power outlet. 

This image is courtesy of ClickMechanic.

The Apple automobile will have a smooth finish and slightly rectangular shape with rounded edges. There are no keys or ignition switches. You open the vehicle and power it up via Touch ID. 

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03:17
Expect to see BlackBerry's name (and tech) on...

A few years ago we had all the jokes about BlackBerry and licensing, but yesterday the company reported a higher profit than analysts were expecting and says that its licensing program will expand soon. Right now, BlackBerry licenses its name and And...

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03:00
The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iOS, macOS,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Mar. 31, 2017

Image by Apple

Apple released a bunch of OS updates. If you’re waiting for them to install you can check out the Apple-related headlines in this week’s roundup. Just click on the link to get more information.

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00:15
iLuv's Rainbow8 is a decent Wi-Fi smartbulb for...




On its own iLuv's new Rainbow8 does what a HomeKit bulb needs to, and should satisfy most people. A poor app and a lack of IFTTT or Alexa integration, however, may mean there are better choices.

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00:04
SoundCloud brings Chromecast streaming to iOS

With a new subscription tier and a fresh bank loan, SoundCloud is moving right ahead with business as usual. Today's update brings a sorely missed compatibility so you can now play your SoundCloud mixes through a Google Chromecast from an iOS device.

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Friday March 31

22:10
This week on AI: Apple Car plans, AR glasses move...




While the arrival of iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, and the new "budget" iPad likely grabbed the most attention this week, we also saw teases of AR glasses, car plans, and some of the display technology that might come to the "iPhone 8" and "7s."

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20:24
UK reports 70 drone near-misses at Heathrow in 2016

Heathrow is apparently a magnet for drone pilots fond of flying their devices near planes. According to the latest report from the UK Airprox Board, three planes narrowly missed drones roaming the skies near the airport last year. They're separate in...

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20:17
Samsung's Galaxy S8 facial recognition feature...




Samsung with its Galaxy S8 introduced a new device unlock feature based on facial recognition software, but it seems all it takes to bypass the low-level security layer is a photo of a registered user.

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18:29
Blizzard's first eSports stadium opens for...

Blizzard had a formative role shaping the strategy and MOBA titles that dominate eSports today. But the studio didn't really dive into competitive events until it started devoting floorspace to its own tournaments at BlizzCon 2009. Now the gaming tit...

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18:25
Apple closes WWDC 2017 registrations, notifies...




Following five days of submissions, Apple on Friday closed ticket lottery registrations for the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference and started the process of sending out email confirmations to those selected to attend.

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17:45
Study Shows Laptop Batteries Often Don't Last...

A new study conducted by Which? magazine has found that "the battery life claimed by laptop manufacturers rarely lives up to reality. "Although Apple's battery life claims were the closest to reality, in the case of some other manufacturers, their laptops lasted hours less than the stated time," reports Digital Trends. From the report: In its testing, Which looked at the battery life claims of 67 different laptop models from manufacturers as diverse as Asus, Apple, Acer, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba -- some of the world's most popular laptop makers. It found that while Apple's average claim of 10 hours was proven correct -- and was even slightly better in some cases -- Dell's claims were overstated by more than four hours, and HP, close to five. The times listed in the header image are the average claimed battery life for all of the laptops Which? has tested over the past year versus the times it recorded in its internal testing. That involved charging the laptops to full, then...

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17:37
AT&T, Comcast and Verizon explain that they don...

Now that Congress has passed a rule rolling back FCC regulations that would explicitly prevent internet service providers from selling data like your browsing history, three of the biggest ones are trying to reassure customers. AT&T, Verizon (whi...

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17:11
Apple closes WWDC 2017 lottery, begins notifying...

After opening earlier this week, Apple’s ticket lottery for its 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference came to a close earlier today. Now that the lottery is closed, Apple has started notifying developers who won tickets and offered them the opportunity to purchase tickets…

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17:05
USB Canary Sends An SMS When Someone Tinkers With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: A new tool released on GitHub last week can help paranoid sysadmins keep track of whenever someone plugs in or disconnects an USB-based device from high-value workstations. Called USB Canary, this tool is coded in Python and currently, works only on Linux (versions for Windows and Mac are in the works). The tool works by watching USB ports for any activity while the computer is locked, which generally means the owner has left his desk. If an USB device is plugged in or unplugged, USB Canary can perform one of two actions, or both. It can alert the owner by sending an SMS message via the Twilio API, or it can post a message in a Slack channel, which can be monitored by other co-workers. USB Canary can prove to be a very useful tool for large organizations that feature strict PC policies. For example, if you really want to enforce a "No USB drives" at work, this could be the tool for the job. Further, with modifications, it...

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16:47
Apple Configurator 2.4

Updates Apple’s tool for configuring and deploying software to multiple iOS and tvOS devices; requires macOS 10.12.2 Sierra. (Free, 64.2 MB)

 

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16:11
Friday 5: Creative apps for new iPad owners [Video]

We’ve heard from a number of people who recently purchased Apple’s just-released 2017 iPad. For most, if not all of these people, this was their first iPad, or their first new iPad in years.

A lot has changed since the iPad debuted. Tablets are much more capable from a hardware perspective, but there have been big changes on the software end of the spectrum as well.

The iPad has always been known as a content consumption device, but as you’ll see, it’s also a strong platform for creative-minded people. If you’re new to the iPad, you owe it to yourself to try these apps, as they truly are some of the best in the business for creative types. more…

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16:02
Android Wear 2.0 is hitting more watches today

Yesterday, Google said that an unspecified bug was delaying the Android Wear 2.0 rollout yet again. It looks like the delay hasn't been too severe though. The company says that Wear 2.0 is now available for five more watches: the Polar M600, Nixon Mi...

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15:57
A rescued seal hugging its plushy seal toy

If there is a better way to end of the week than these pictures, I don’t know what it is.

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15:55
Ten years of developing MarsEdit

Daniel Jalkut has been developing the app for ten years now—it’s quite an accomplishment. Every post I do publish on The Loop is done in MarsEdit.

Congrats, Daniel.

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15:49
Daylite: Business Productivity App for Teams on Mac...

Thanks to Daylite for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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Integrate directly with Apple Mail to organize emails for clients, projects, and sales opportunities. Track your sales pipeline and set reminders when to follow up. Share projects, schedules, and tasks with others on your team – from your Mac or iPhone/iPad.

Whether you’re a sales team, real estate firm, or lawyer, Daylite can help you win more business and get more done.

Try Daylite free for 30 days!

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15:47
Samsung could have its own Apple Park with $5...




There are a lot of ways to blow through $5,000,000,000. Apple supposedly spent that much building its new Apple Park campus, while Samsung says it figuratively (and literally) will burn through that much capital in the aftermath of rushing its flawed Galaxy Note 7 to market and then pulling it off shelves in one of the worst operational catastrophes in the history of the smartphone industry.

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15:45
Verizon announces plans to install spyware on all...

Within days of Congress repealing online privacy protections, Verizon has announced new plans to install software on customers’ devices to track what apps customers have downloaded. With this spyware, Verizon will be able to sell ads to you across the Internet based on things like which bank you use and whether you’ve downloaded a fertility app.

Sigh.

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15:43
Heavy Metal clock

I love this! Dave Mark sent it to me on Twitter this morning and I just sat there laughing.

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15:39
Testing the new Apple File System

Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton did some tests on the new Apple File System (APFS) and posted the results. There’s certainly a lot to like, but as with most low-level systems there will be plenty of debate.

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15:15
It's World Backup Day! Here are the best iCloud...




In honor of World Backup Day, we're rounding up the best backup alternatives to Apple's iCloud service to keep your data safe and secure.

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15:00
'Skylanders' learns what Amiibo knew all...

The paradigm for toys-to-life games is well-established: one part kid-friendly video game, one part expensive, collectible figurines -- and a tethered NFC "portal" that ties them together. When Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure introduced this model in 2...

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14:56
Review: PhotoFast’s new 4-in-1 Lightning drive w/...

Back in December I reviewed the Photofast iType-C thumb drive, the first MFi thumb drive we’ve seen that includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and micro-USB in a single device. That makes transferring files between iPhone and iPad and your various other devices like computers, drones and cameras a lot easier. And a companion app for iOS lets you view media files directly from the drive for offline viewing and sharing, a useful feature especially for those without extra storage on their device.

This week PhotoFast launched a new version of the iType-C drive, this time adding a microSD card slot to the equation…

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14:37
Next-gen RAM will be twice as fast ... whenever it...

PC gamers and video professionals alike (among many others) live and die on fast performance. For the speed demons out there, we have some good news. JEDEC, the organization that sets standards for the microelectronics industry, says it's currently...

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14:27
AWT News Update: March 31, 2017

Welcome to Friday, World Backup Day and the day before the dreaded April Fools' Day. We have some real news stories for you today on the podcast to offset those reports you'll see this weekend:

  • Verizon is said to be working on a streaming TV service to be introduced this summer
  • Apple's touting April as Autism Awareness Month with an app collection and specially designed Field Trips
  • Barclays analysts think that the top-end iPhone coming out later this year may include front and back "structured light" cameras with custom 3D sensors

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

Subscribe to the AWT News Update podcast today!...

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14:04
German law urges parents to rat out kids'...

When it comes to piracy, institutions typically go after individual offenders and platforms, especially illicit ones. But Germany's highest court just ruled that children aren't just on the hook for illegally downloading music or movies -- their pare...

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13:39
Pornhub adds HTTPS to keep your kinks hidden

Now that your ISP will soon be able to sell your browsing history to advertisers, it's good to know which companies have your back, privacy-wise. Around the web, the recent switch to HTTPS encryption has been a step in the right direction, but adult...

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13:15
Amazon is making Twitch a destination for original...

You'll probably have to get used to the idea of Twitch streaming a bunch of Amazon Prime Video shows. Starting at 4PM Eastern on April 5th, three of Prime Video's spring pilots will air on repeat for 24 hours on the Twitch Presents page, which just f...

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13:05
Apple marks Autism Acceptance Month at App Store,...




Apple is engaged in a pair of activities to promote April as Autism Acceptance Month, including a new collection at the App Store, and tailored "Field Trips" at its retail outlets.

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13:00
∞ Game of Thrones season 7: “The Long Walk”

“Winter is coming…”

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12:56
Twitter changes its default profile photo from an...

Twitter has ditched the egg, abandoning the bird motif for a more generic option.

On Friday, Twitter introduced a new default profile picture, switching from the well-known egg to a simple human silhouette. Twitter hopes this change will encourage users to replace the default image with a real photo of themselves, dissuading people from remaining anonymous or being associated with trolls.

The egg has been Twitter’s default profile picture for seven years, but recently it has taken on a new meaning beyond the cute bird motif. Obviously, Twitter trolls, bots and others who use the site solely for abuse and harassment choose to remain anonymous, so the egg photo has become a signifier for this type of user. As playwright Ken Armstrong put it, “...

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12:45
When the 'S' in HTTPS also stands for shady

Just when we'd learned the importance of HTTPS in address bars, spammers and malicious hackers have figured out how to game the system.

Let's Encrypt is an automated service that lets people turn their old unencrypted URLs into safely encrypted HTTP...

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12:23
Snapchat adds another feature Facebook will copy

Snapchat is in a tough spot right now and we're not just talking about all of those insensitive filters. Users love Stories, but because of that, everybody from Medium to Bumble to Facebook is adding its own version of the feature to its platforms. A...

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12:05
Snapchat announces new Stories search feature,...

As it continues to improve upon its search features, Snapchat today announced an update targeted at Stories. The company says that the new feature allows users to find relevant Stories by entering a single keyword. Called Stories in Search, the feature makes it significantly easier for users to discover additional content…

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12:02
Analysts claim True Tone technology will be included...




The next generation of iPhones may include True Tone technology, a research note from Barclays analysts claims, suggesting the 'iPhone 7s,' the 'iPhone 7s Plus,' and the 'iPhone 8' will have the same ambient light sensing feature as used on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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12:00
The government plans to crack down on sketchy...

The Federal Trade Commission is going back to an old well, and possibly will actually exercise some of its authority. We're talking about the FTC's stance on sponsored editorial posts that aren't clearly labeled as such. "The FTC will soon begin hold...

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11:20
How to securely back up your iPhone or iPad to...




It was probably prudent to make a backup of all of your iPhone's data before the shift to APFS with iOS 10.3 was applied, but fortunately it all went okay -- but what if it hadn't? In celebration of Backup Day, AppleInsider shows you how to back up your iPhone or iPad.

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11:12
Apple launches new Field Trips and App Store page...

Steven Aquino, a self-proclaimed tech journalist covering Apple accessibility, has taken to Twitter today to share some of Apple’s efforts for April’s Autism Acceptance month. Apple hopes to celebrate the unique experiences of those on the Autistic spectrum with new classes at retail stores and with a dedicated App Store page.

more…

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11:10
9to5Rewards: Mujjo’s high-quality leather iPhone...

This week’s 9to5Rewards partner is Mujjo. The Netherlands-based maker of quality handcrafted cases for iPhones and other Apple products uses leather, wood and other premium materials to make some of our favorite cases for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 

The company has three of its high-quality leather cases available for iPhone 6(s)/Plus, iPhone 7/7Plus (normally up to $46 each) to give away to 9to5Mac readers this week. 

more…

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11:09
Netflix nabs 'Archer' team for its first...

Netflix is making its animated feature film debut with the grandly titled America: The Motion Picture. According to Deadline, the original movie is an R-rated, comedic take on the founding of our country. The production team is stellar and will be le...

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10:56
Why iOS 10.3 requires an extra tap to make a phone...

When you install iOS 10.3, if you haven’t already, you’ll notice that there’s now an extra step to make a phone call. Before the update, tapping on a phone number would immediately initiate a call. Now, you have to confirm that you want to dial that number before the dialing begins. There’s a really good reason for this weird change.

According to the Wall Street Journal, an 18-year-old hacker allegedly wrote malicious code that, when tapped, would force your iPhone to dial 911 over and over. The prank led to thousands of 911 calls that overwhelmed emergency response systems in several states. There may have been people trying to reach a 911 operator that couldn’t because of the auto-dialing.

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10:52
Rumor: new iPhones to get True Tone technology

According to a new investor note from Barclays — as noted by 9to5Mac, Apple currently plans to bring its True Tone display technology to all three 2017 iPhones. True Tone was introduced with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (and has yet to make it to the 12.9-inch tablet, though that’s expected to change soon).

The research group thinks that new iPhones will feature a “full spectral sensing” ambient light sensor, thus giving the devices the “True Color” display. Barclays expects that the ambient sensors will be supplied by Austrian semiconductor manufacturer AMS.

A True Tone display uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience, according to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. True Tone displays can alter the...

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10:48
Twitter replaces infamous ‘egg’ default profile...

Twitter announced in a blog post today that it is doing away with the iconic (and infamous) egg default profile picture. The company explained in the exhaustingly thorough blog post that in place of the egg, it has developed a new default profile picture that encourages expression and diversity…

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10:45
'Final Fantasy XIV' live action drama...

Japan's unique Final Fantasy XIV-based drama is making its way to the rest of the world thanks to Netflix. Daddy of Light isn't really an adaptation of the hit MMO -- it's a live-action show that focuses on a father and son who play the game together...

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10:39
Rumor: Apple considered a potential bidder for...

While speculation on bidders for Toshiba's NAND business has centered on Broadcom, as well as Micron, Western Digital and SK Hynix, Apple may be among the bidders as well, according to a Japanese publication.

Barron's notes that a Google translation of Yomiuri Shimbun suggests such a purchase is interesting Apple as well. Fair value for Toshiba Memory may be around ¥1T, though Toshiba would like to see ¥2T (about $17.9 billion), and that's the price reports are attaching to the Broadcom/Silver Lake bid. An Apple acquisition of Toshiba Memory would allow it to lock in memory technology for its iPhone and other...

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10:33
Apple’s newest Apple Watch ad touts it as ‘the...

Apple today has shared a new commercial for the Apple Watch Series 2. The new ad is titled “Live Bright” and highlights using the Apple Watch to live an active and healthy lifestyle.

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10:31
A Seagate 4TB external hard drive is just $130 today

It's World Backup Day, and to celebrate the made up occasion, retailers are putting their storage products on sale. Today Amazon's offering a nice deal on a 4TB Seagate external hard drive for $130. That's $70 off the price at competing retailers, and the best price Amazon's offered in almost a year.

Seagate's Backup Plus Fast 4TB hard drive uses USB 3.0, and the company says this 7,200 RPM drive has a maximum data transfer speed of 220 megabytes per second. It's designed to work interchangeably with PC and Mac, thanks to the drive's preloaded NTFS driver. (However, if you're going to use this only with a Mac, reformatting it is a better option.) Seagate has also...

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10:30
‘Which?’ says Mac laptops meet or exceed Apple’s...

Well, this is interesting considering the Consumer Reports testing hoopla over 2016 MacBook Pro’s battery life): Apple’s Mac laptops are the only current laptops to meet or exceed their makers' battery life according to a report by Which?, a British testing publication.

Which? tested laptops for battery life while actively browsing the web over Wi-Fi, running the laptops in this fashion until the battery was fully drained. The number of laptops tested: Acer (8); Apple (3), Asus (8), Dell (10), HP (12), Lenovo (20), Toshiba (6).

Which? says, for example, that Apple's claimed battery life for the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 12 hours; the testing site tallied 12 hours...

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10:23
EquiSeq CEO Lexi Palmer: Act Like You're Not...


Lexi Palmer is CEO of EquiSeq, a biotech firm that does genetic testing of horses. Palmer was brought on as CEO by the company's founder, genetic researcher Paul Szauter, in 2015. "I was just finishing up my degree in interpersonal communications, and he told me about the company he'd started," Palmer recalled. "I told him I knew everything about horses and said I could learn everything he did and market it. Two weeks later we were discussing my title. He asked, "Where do you see yourself? What title do you want?" I said "CEO."

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10:22
New Apple Watch Series 2 ad showcases waterproofing...




Apple on Friday debuted a new ad, "Live Bright," once again highlighting the fitness-connected features on the Apple Watch Series 2, particularly its waterproofing.

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10:22
'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' patch improves...

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a near-perfect game, but its performance on the Nintendo Switch is far less so. While it plays smoothly in handheld mode, it's not unusual to see lower frame rates when you dock the console. Mostly, that's b...

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09:58
Apple invests in Indian developers with a new app...

In a bid to take advantage of India's growing developer community, Apple opened the doors to an App Accelerator in Bangalore today. True to its name, it'll serve as a place to speed up app development with weekly training, guidance and one-on-one app...

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09:45
∞ Samsung Gear VR headset commercial

Wonderfully silly and funny ad ruined by utterly incoherent taglines at the end.

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09:43
Report: Next iPhone models to include True Tone...

According to a new investor note from Barclays, Apple currently plans to bring its True Tone display technology to all three of this year’s new iPhones. The note explains that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 will all feature the True Tone technology, which was first introduced with the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

The report also offers new information regarding the 3D sensors that Apple is expected to include in the iPhone 8 for facial recognition and augmented reality features.

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09:37
macOS Server 5.3

Enhances control over caching server size and adds configuration options for iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4 Sierra, and tvOS 10.2. ($19.99 new, free update, 198 MB)

 

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09:36
Twitter eggs are bad news so the company got rid of...

The day before April Fools isn't the best time to make big announcements, but that's not stopping Twitter from dropping some big news. The social network revealed its new default profile picture today, an icon that looks more like a real person and g...

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09:30
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09:30
ESPN has seen the future of TV and they’re not...

It was always assumed sports would be immune from cord cutters because there was no other way to get sports live. The pundits ignored the fact people simply aren’t watching live sports as much.

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09:16
No joke, Google lets you play Ms. Pac-Mac in Google...

April Fools Day is practically a national holiday in Mountain View, so you can expect a series of pranks and jokes over the weekend. But Google is starting early this year, and everyone can get in on the joke.

Open up your Google Maps app and you’ll find a new icon above compass symbol that looks suspiciously like an 8-bit Ms. Pacman. Tap it and you’ll be transported to a random location (we were sent to Jakarta, Indonesia, and Munich, Germany) where the roads will be filled with dots and power pellets, and you’ll be able to control Ms. Pac-man as she traverses the streets to eat them. And of course, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde will be there as well.

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09:00
A brief history of random numbers

This is another of those articles I love – ones that turn out a lot more interesting than they have a right to be.

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09:00
The best portable document scanner

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

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09:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: A quick look at photo...

Today we're taking a quick look at the photo editing tools that are available in the iOS Photos app. The iPhone is a wildly popular camera, but not many people know that they can use editing tools available in the included Photos app to adjust and annotate their photos. In this video tip, we'll show you how to bring up the editing tools, use some of them (including the new Markup tool), and even revert to your original unedited photo.

This by no means a complete tutorial in how to use the Photos app; our aim is to show you some of the basics and let you explore the tools on your own. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video tips and reviews

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08:53
Test finds Apple's MacBook and MacBook Pro only...




Apple's MacBooks are the only current laptops to meet or exceed their makers' battery life claims, British testing publication Which? found in a comparison of several major brands.

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08:40
Apple's 'we're sorry we took away...

When Apple rolled out its controversial new MacBook Pro last fall, potential buyers were a bit miffed at the need to buy a host of expensive dongles to make the computer work with their old devices. Apple quickly responded by cutting prices on a host...

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08:29
Wishlist: Here are the things that we’d love to see...

My Smart Home Diary series describes my decision to go all-in on HomeKit, even though it meant the expense of replacing some older, non-HomeKit-compatible devices. For me, it just makes obvious sense to have a complete ecosystem of connected devices that can all be controlled by a single app – and by Siri.

I’d even go as far as arguing that HomeKit-compatibility is now the entry fee for companies wanting to launch smart home devices. I’ve turned down several pieces of kit offered for review because they didn’t work with HomeKit.

But great as it is, HomeKit isn’t perfect. I described earlier some of my irritations, and in this piece I’ve compared notes with my colleagues to compile a wishlist of things we’d love to see …

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08:20
Amazon's NFL series goes inside the huddle for...

Amazon debuted its All or Nothing NFL series back in 2016 with a look at the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 season. Now the online retailer is bringing back the original for a second act. The company announced that it greenlit the second season of the show,...

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08:06
Verizon reportedly plans to launch own 'over-...




Verizon is reportedly working on its own internet television service, with the carrier said to be securing streaming rights from a number of television networks in preparation for a nationwide launch this year, possibly as soon as this summer.

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08:00
Homemade 'Iron Man' suit requires a...

Remember the, insane record-shattering flight of a jet-powered hoverboard? UK inventor Richard Browning thought that riding on top of a jet pack wasn't crazy enough, so he strapped six kerosene-powered microjets to his arms. That transformed him into...

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07:38
Second consumer-test organization finds MacBook Pro...

Following extremely puzzling Consumer Reports tests that showed the 2016 MacBook Pro offering substantially better battery-life than Apple claimed, a UK consumer-testing organization has reported the same thing.

Which found in tests of 67 laptops that Apple was the only manufacturer to deliver greater than promised, while other manufacturers delivered as little as half the claimed life.

As with the previous report, though, I’m struggling to understand the stated results …

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07:38
Facebook challenges GoFundMe with personal...

Facebook is making it easier to support your friends' causes. The company recently announced a new feature that lets users create personal fundraisers. The new option is meant to raise money for medical treatments, classroom support, and similar efforts.

A GoFundMe-style feature is a no-brainer for the social network, as Facebook sees it. When you're trying to crowdfund for a personal cause you go straight to Facebook to enlist your friends' help anyway. This new feature simply cuts out the middle man.

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Personal fundraisers on Facebook.

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07:33
The Engadget Podcast Ep 34: Intergalactic

On this special all Samsung edition of the Engadget Podcast host Terrence O'Brien is joined by executive editor Dana Wollman and senior editor Chris Velazco. First all three will debate some of the most burning questions surrounding South Korea's big...

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07:20
Apple fixes iOS loophole that overloaded 911 centers...

Last October, a teenage hacker figured out how to trick some iPhones into calling 911 repeatedly, racking up thousands of bogus calls. That attack took place months ago, but Apple has just now updated iOS to keep such an incident from occurring again...

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