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Friday January 27

Tim Cook sells another $3.6M batch of Apple stock

Continuing a planned stock selloff that began earlier in January, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week sold a chunk of 30,000 AAPL shares worth $3.64 million, bringing his full-week total to nearly $11 million.

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9to5Rewards: Grovemade’s solid wood and leather...

9toRewards is officially out of beta, which means you’ll see a new giveaway as part of the program here every Friday on the main site (and our Twitter, Facebook, etc). Our sister site, 9to5Google (and soon 9to5Toys and is also now running weekly giveaways.

This week’s giveaway is from Portland-based Grovemade, makers of high-quality wood and leather accessories for your Apple products. They are giving out their wood and leather iPhone cases...

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Hands-on: Incase ICON and new ICON Lite backpacks...

Incase is launching a new laptop backpack this week called ICON Lite ($99, pictured right) that packs MacBooks up to 15-inches, any iPad, and more for under $100. ICON Lite joins Incase’s existing lineup of ICON backpacks that also includes ICON ($199, pictured left) and ICON Slim ($149) to create three sizes at three price points. Check out our hands-on with Incase ICON and the new ICON Lite below:


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Mark Zuckerberg lightly criticizes Trump order on...

Tonight President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States" that suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and suspends admissions from Syria and several other mostly-Musl...

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The Week in iOS Apps: Brown Sugar offers movie fun

The week's best new apps

This week’s roundup includes a new app that lets you watch great 1970s movies like “Shaft” and “Foxy Brown.” Read on!

Brown Sugar

Image by Brown Sugar

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'Pillars of Eternity II' breaks...

The sequel to Obsidian's critically acclaimed isometric RPG Pillars of Eternity is officially a go. The studio announced Thursday that it's campaign to crowdfund development on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire reached its $1.1 million goal in less th...

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Apple's new patent is a hi-tech vaporizer

Apple wants to revolutionize several industries, from auto to TV. Could vaping also be on that list or is the company just blowing smoke?

Apple has been granted a new patent to develop a hi-tech vaporizer. The patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describes an “apparatus” that uses proprietary Apple technology to create a consistent vaporization rate, meaning more liquid is vaporized and not as much is lost to cooling. Apple originally filed for this patent in June 2016.

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Podcast 543: What’s up with WhatsApp

After last week's focus on security, this week Glenn and Susie...focus on security. Specifically, we discuss the smack of controversy around WhatsApp, and how to make it more secure. Elsewhere, Apple's fixing bugs in macOS, losing employees to Tesla, possibly building a manufacturing plant in the United States, and getting us excited with rumors about depth sensors in an upcoming iPhone.

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A whole new low in government trust

Our country changed so quickly in the past week that it feels like the pod doors have been sealed shut and an antigravity switch flipped inside our borders. From the outside, it probably looks like a snowglobe scene of hell. The Doomsday Clock advanc...

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Friday 5: GarageBand’s new update, the creator of...

In search of a few apps to keep you occupied this weekend? Then you’ll want to check out the latest edition of Friday 5. Inside you’ll find a major GarageBand update, a new game from the creator of Flappy Bird, an awesome iOS imaging app that’s currently on sale, and more. Watch our brief hands-on video for additional details. more…

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It’s official, Apple joins the partnership for AI

Apple has joined the Partnership on AI as a founding member. The company has been involved and collaborating with the Partnership since before it was first announced and is thrilled to formalize its membership alongside Amazon, Facebook, Google/DeepMind, IBM, and Microsoft.

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ZeniMax now wants $4 billion from Oculus as case...

VR pioneer Oculus has been on trial for several weeks now, defending itself against claims it stole crucial code from ZeniMax. But the ultimate judgement is now in the hands of a jury. As reported by Polygon, closing arguments have concluded and the...

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Apple Patents a Vaporizer

Apple's product lineup may extend beyond cars and the connected home. A patent filed last year and published January 26 reveals a concept for a vaporizer. From a report on CNN Money, shared by reader JoshTops: The details are a bit hazy -- that is, Apple's patent only describes "a substance that is to be vaporized or sublimated into a vapor," not what the substance might be. The patent, filed by Apple employee Tetsuya Ishikawa, outlines plans for a temperature-regulated plate inside a chamber that heats up a substance to form a vapor. Many people use vapes to inhale nicotine or marijuana, and they are sometimes used as a replacement for cigarettes. The FDA began regulating vaping last year, and set rules for the manufacturing and distribution of vapes and their components. Vaporizers are also used in industries like healthcare and agriculture, so it's possible Apple is thinking bigger than personal use.


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The Chevy Bolt makes green driving fun

I've driven the Chevy Bolt a few times. At CES, briefly in San Francisco, and after a tour of the GM plant where the electric car will be assembled. But all those tests were in preproduction vehicles. Sure, they were working cars, but they weren't qu...

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AWT News Update: January 27, 2017

TGIF! We have some fascinating stories about the world of Apple to get your weekend started off right:

  • A UK insurance company that offered a discount on Apple Watches in return for customers being more active finds that its app isn't making those customers happy
  • One of the hackers caught in connection to a 2014 iCloud data theft was sentenced to jail yesterday
  • We tell you what Apple's doing around the globe to help celebrate this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year festivities

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.

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Review: Fabriq is a $50 AirPlay speaker with a small...

from 9to5Toys

We first featured the Fabriq Wireless Speaker last fall as one of our New Toys of the Day. What particularly struck us about this product was its wide range of connectivity. We aren’t just talking Bluetooth here. It is also has AirPlay, multi-room connectivity, and support for Amazon’s popular Alexa Service. And at $50, it has big-time value.

The question is, can its compact design hang with the big boys like JBL and UE?


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Trump Clings to Personal Phone Despite Security Risks

President Donald J. Trump apparently has continued to use his personal Android smartphone despite security concerns. Trump was concerned about losing access to his personal phone even prior to taking his oath of office, according to aides who said he worried about how isolated he could become in the White House without his phone to keep in touch with friends. The president recently reportedly told a friend he had given up his phone as security officials urged him to do, but it appears that he has continued to use his personal Android to tweet.

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Apple celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with curated...

As part of ongoing festivities to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year this weekend, Apple is highlighting apps and stickers in the App Store in new curated lists, while some Apple retail stores are hosting specially themed workshops.

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Now Anyone Can Create Interactive Native iOS and...

Thanks to Ingage for sponsoring The Loop this week.

A new iPad app called Ingage hit the App Store this week that lets anyone easily create and share interactive presentations, portfolios, real estate listings, product catalogs and more, without needing a designer or developer.

Simply drag and drop photos and videos into Ingage’s interactive page templates to bring your content to life. Videos become touchable product 360s, virtual walkthroughs or time lapse demonstrations. Images are layered with pop-up hotspots or scrubbable before and afters.

While you build on an iPad, the software automatically creates a responsive HTML webpage of your interactive presentation that can be viewed by anyone, on any device. Sharing is done with just a tap with an instantly formatted text message, email or social media post. Any changes to your content are instantly reflected anywhere it’s been shared.

The app is free to download from the App Store, where you can...

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External Link: Apple Joins the Partnership on AI

Apple has officially joined a group called “Partnership on AI” as a founding member, alongside other major tech firms like Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft. Also joining the board of trustees are representatives of non-profit groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, MacArthur Foundation, OpenAI, Peterson Institute of International Economics, and UC Berkeley. The stated goals of the partnership are to support best practices for, advance understanding of, and create an open platform for discussion about artificial intelligence. Given Apple’s tendency toward secrecy, it will be interesting to see what role it will take in the group. Regardless, considering the promise and risks associated with artificial intelligence, it’s good to see tech giants and non-profits coming together in this way.


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Slack Shoehorns Threaded Messages into Its Interface

Slack has added its most-requested feature, threaded messages, to its group messaging service, but since it’s awkwardly integrated into the system’s existing interface, the result isn’t entirely successful.


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HBO Go for Apple TV finally adds single sign-on...

HBO Go and Netflix have been noticeably absent from Apple TV’s TV app and its single sign-on feature, but today HBO is getting on board with both.

The HBO Go app for tvOS and iOS has been updated so you can use your stored cable login to access content without having to enter your username and password yet again. And now HBO Go shows will appear in the TV app, which Apple designed as a central database for your favorite streaming apps.

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Apple's 'differential privacy' policy...

Apple's upcoming iOS 10.3 update will include an opt-in for collecting data from iCloud accounts, which will in turn be used to improve "intelligent features and services such as Siri," according to people testing the current beta.

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A deep dive into HandBrake and Video Transcoding

A friend of mine used to be the “encoding Guy” at Apple back in the early days of the iTunes store. He described encoding as “a Black Art. You don’t have to kill a goat at midnight under a full moon to get it right but it helps”. Griffiths does a good job at explaining what happens when you encode, why it happens and what to expect, quality and file size wise.

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Steve Jobs saved Apple—and Nike—with the same piece...

The advice, while perhaps specific to business, fits in with a lot of our personal lives, too.

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UK health insurer Vitality under fire for app sync...

An offer from UK insurer Vitality that provided a discounted Apple Watch to customers if certain levels of activity are maintained for two years has drawn complaints, as app synchronization issues are apparently causing unwarranted extra charges.

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Apple collaborates with rivals to advance AI research

Apple has joined rivals as it takes a step ahead to advance research and development of artificial intelligence technologies.

After months of collaborating, Apple is joining the Partnership on AI, with other founding members including Google, IBM, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.

The Partnership of AI was founded in September last year to also steer debate on best practices on AI. The group believes AI could help in the areas of health care, transportation, and automation in factories.

Apple's most visible AI technology is Siri, a voice assistant that can answer questions. But a larger AI strategy is still a subject of speculation. Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Amazon, and Google have well established AI strategies.

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HR 8799 star with four exoplanets

With all the political insanity going on, I really appreciate these kinds of stories that take me out of the day to day crap we’re going through. The images of theses planets circling HR 8799 is increadible.

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Satechi’s new USB-C Power Meter can detect faulty...

Satechi is launching a new USB-C Power Meter that can detect faulty cables, batteries, and chargers before they damage your MacBook or other hardware. USB-C Power Meter measures voltage, current, and power input over time so you can tell if an accessory is working as advertised or misbehaving.


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Final Cut Pro Diary: A video novice takes the step...

I’ve been a photographer since I was 14, but am very much a novice when it comes to video. I’ve used bicycle-mounted action cams to put together some basic cycling videos, but these were nothing more sophisticated than taking clips straight from the camera, importing them into iMovie and adding cross-dissolves.

In an age when tech writers are increasingly expected to be videographers too, I decided it was time to take the plunge into the world of moving images. Although iMovie is a remarkably capable piece of software, I reckoned I was inevitably going to want to take the step up to Final Cut Pro at some stage, so I might as well make the transition now, rather than have to learn everything twice.

If you’re also a basic iMovie user with ambitions of getting to grips with more professional video production, you may enjoy sharing the journey with me. And if you’re an accomplished FCP X user, I’m sure that I and others in my position would love to hear your top tips …...

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Happy Hour Podcast 104 | iOS 10.3 and Find My...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss issues with the LG 5K display, SiriKit and Theater Mode coming to watchOS, what’s new in iOS 10.3 including Find My AirPods, Night Shift for Mac with macOS 10.12.4, upcoming changes to the App Store, and much more. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 + AppleCare from $...

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Microsoft Says It Is Winning Its New War Against Macs

Windows PCs are starting to chip away at Apple's strong grip of the high-end computer market, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said on an earnings call Thursday. From a report: Microsofts licensing business, which sells Windows to third-party PC makers, was up 5 percent last quarter, confirmed CFO Amy Hood during an earnings call on Thursday. The "non-pro" (consumer) market grew 5 percent, beating the overall decline of the PC industry. "Our partner ecosystem continued to see growth and share gains in the Windows premium device category," Hood continued. Those gains would have eaten into Apple's share of that market, which has been dominated by Macs until recently. There are other things that could have contributed to this, of course. Many long-time Mac users have been somewhat disappointed with Apple's most recent releases, which come with big changes that not everyone is willing to embrace.


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Apple demands specially-certified chips &...

One of the factors slowing down adoption of Apple's HomeKit platform is the company's demand that accessory makers not only buy specific chips, but have products manufactured at Apple-certified factories, a report said on Friday.

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Deals: $200 off 2016 12" MacBook; 128GB 9.7...

Heading into the weekend, shoppers can pick up Apple's 2016 12" MacBook (1.2GHz, 8GB, 512GB) for $1,399 or opt for a 128GB 9.7" iPad Pro (Wi-Fi + Cellular) for $749 ($80 off). An upgraded Late 2016 13" MacBook Pro is also $100 off instantly with no tax outside NY.

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Satechi USB-C Power Meter shows power usage of...

Satechi has launched its USB-C Power Meter, a device that aims to protect MacBooks from potential damage caused through unsafe cables and accessories, by providing users with accurate readings of power drawn through the connection.

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Apple competitor Alphabet earnings up on Google,...

Apple rival Alphabet saw its revenues grow dramatically in the December quarter, while Intel -- a key Apple supplier -- saw mixed results, in spite of delivering more parts in the form of wireless chips for the iPhone 7.

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How to sync and play music from Apple Watch without...

Any Apple Watch can play music without iPhone which is especially useful for outdoor workouts, but you have to decide what music and how you’ll listen ahead of time. It’s fairly simple if you follow the right steps, however, there are a few tricks to make syncing music to Apple Watch easier.


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I happily moved away from the Apple ecosystem, and I...

Tony Heupel committed and moved away from the Apple ecosystem, embracing a platform agnostic lifestyle wherever possible. Long story short, Tony and his family are back (mostly).

This is a very interesting read. Lots of detail on where the non-Apple universe fell short, and where Apple’s approach really does make a difference.

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How to enter and exit Apple Watch power reserve mode

OS X Daily:

With Power Reserve Mode enabled, Apple Watch will cease all functions except a limited onscreen clock display. While you can enter Power Reserve at any time, this is not something you’d probably use for fun since it disables basically all features of Apple Watch like fitness tracking and heart rate monitoring, messaging, notifications, etc. With that said, it’s an incredibly effective way to continue to use the Apple Watch as a time-telling device in situations when it would otherwise run out of battery.

Good to know how to do this.

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∞ Hypnotic video of milling metals

[VIDEO] There’s something magical about watching a machine cut through metal like butter, forming a velvety smooth curve. Video in the main Loop post.

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My first 3 months on the iMessage App Store

iOS developer Genady Okrain writes about his experience making money (or not) developing an iMessage app. Cutting to the chase:

As you can see the iMessage App Store was very promising at the beginning but nowadays it is somehow abandoned. This led me to release the app as an iOS app with an iMessage extension, and it is much more successful than just the iMessage app.

Interesting read. Not easy to make a living as an indie app developer.

My 2 cents: Articles like this are good input for folks just getting started, trying to sort out the best direction to take.

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Change where macOS saves screenshots

Yesterday, we posted a few links to articles on taking screenshots on your Mac and, more specifically, how to eliminate the drop shadow when you take a screen grab of a window.

This morning, Kirk McElhearn wrote a complementary piece showing how to change where your screenshots are saved. Me, I like saving them on my desktop, the easier to drag them into my Twitter client.


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Unicode progress bars

Not exactly sure where I’d ever use these, but I love design exploration and definitely enjoyed playing with this. I could see this as an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Twitter is replacing the Moments tab with a new...

I do think the explore tab is a step in the right direction, though what’s missing is the ability to customize it or, tipping the cap to AI, for Twitter to learn the areas that interest you.

As is, there’s a top 20 “Trending Now” list and a seemingly structureless “Today’s Moments” list. To me, these could easily be blended together into a single interface, perhaps with the ability to favorite things you like, and reorder the list by hottest trending topics, chronologically, or by preference.

I love Twitter, both for communicating with the folks I follow and who follow me, and for keeping up to date on the larger Twitterverse. So much potential. And such a valuable resource, if we can get it right.


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Hands On: New Setapp service brings subscription...

For one monthly fee Mac users can have full use of 61 apps using the subscription-based SetApp. AppleInsider investigates whether "software as a service" is a good model, and delves into the financials of it for mainstream users.

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Will AAPL return to growth in Q1, or will it report...

When Apple announces its sales and revenue figures for the holiday quarter – calendar Q4 2016, Apple’s fiscal Q1 2017 – it will answer one crucial question. Following three straight quarters of year-on-year decline in sales, will the iPhone 7/Plus have been enough to return the company to growth, or will the quarter make it a full 12 months of decline?


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Fight your way through flying space debris in...

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. 

Space-flying fanatics take note: Hyperburner lets you take a trip to a galaxy far, far away, where you can dip, dive, and barrel-roll your way through futuristic space highways.

The first thing you’ll notice about Hyperburner is that it’s beautiful and unique—this isn’t some cobbled-together endless runner full of procedurally-generated geometric obstacles. The game features smooth, high-resolution graphics and six visually stunning (and distinct) zones. Each zone has its own unique atmosphere and obstacles—one zone is orange and cloudy and full of rocks and asteroids, while another is yellow-red and features hovercraft space-buses that zip toward you. You’ll need...

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Chrome 56 for macOS offers faster reload times,...

The latest release of Chrome offers macOS users a number of performance and security improvements, with version 56 of the Google-developed browser claimed to make page reloads 28 percent faster than before.

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Apple issues reminder of Q1 2017 earnings call,...

Apple has issued a reminder of the earnings call for its fiscal Q1 2017 (calendar Q4 2016) financial report. As usual, there will be a live audio webcast of the call.

Apple will provide live audio streaming of its FY 17 First Quarter Results Conference Call using Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology. The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 31, 2017, at and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. Live audio streaming requires an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with Safari on iOS 7.0 or later, a Mac with Safari 6.0.5 or later on OS X v10.8.5 or later, or a PC with Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.

The big...

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Apple officially named as founding member of...

As expected, Apple has been formally inducted into the Partnership on AI as a founding member, naming Siri-founder and Apple exec Tom Gruber to the board of trustees for the group.

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Microsoft claims Windows licensing gains are...

Licensing of Windows to PC makers was up 5 percent in the December quarter, according to Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, driven in part by sales of "premium" devices over $900 -- a category Apple's Macs have traditionally enjoyed a comfortable position in.

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Apple will move its entire international iTunes...

(credit: Steve Rhodes)

Apple is moving its international iTunes business assets from Luxembourg to Ireland at the start of next month.

From February 5, the non-US side of its business, including the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store, and the iBooks Store, will operate from its European HQ in Cork, according to a note sent out to developers yesterday.

The move isn't coming as a total surprise; Apple first announced its intentions in September, and it transferred an...

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AppleInsider podcast talks about macOS, iOS betas...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Mikey talk about what's new in macOS and iOS betas, the rumors surrounding 'iPhone 8' and TouchID, and a series of Qualcomm lawsuits with Apple.

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Satechi ships USB-C Power Meter

Satechi has released its USB-C Power Meter, which allows users to measure the volts, amps, and mAh output from their accessories to ensure they are safe, effective and compatible with their new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones such as the 12-inch MacBook and 2016 MacBook Pros.

When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they don’t permanently damage their hardware, according to the folks at Satechi. The USB-C Power Meter measures voltage in real time, amps being input a device, and how much power has travelled into your device since it started charging.

Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter features a compact design. It’s available for $29.99 at and...

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Editors Keys launch new keyboard skins for the...

Editors Keys has launched shortcut keyboard covers for the Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. The new keyboard covers protect the laptop from dust and liquid spills, in addition to offering over 150 shortcuts for programs such as Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of programs.

The new covers fit into the larger trend of Apple's focus on visible program shortcuts to help users become more productive on their machines. Priced at approximately $30, they fit both 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models.

Apple recently updated its MacBook Pro range to feature a new Touch Bar in place of the traditional physical “F” keys. The touch bar can be programmed to show a few handy shortcuts for the program you’re using.



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“Find My AirPods” feature emerges in iOS 10.3 Public...

If you’re an iOS public beta tester, this could be pretty neat.

Apple has released the first iOS 10.3 public beta for developer testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 10.3 public beta 1 follows two days after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.

The iOS 10.3 public beta 1 includes the following new features and changes, including the first chance to play with the :Find My AirPods” app:

– Find My AirPods added to Find My iPhone app

– Siri learns cricket scores from Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

– Safari now supports Reduced Motion preference in web apps

– New prominent user security section in Settings app

– iOS 10.3 uses new Apple File System (APFS)

– Podcasts app now has a widget like Music app, same app design

– New system level way for developers to request app rating, opt out option in Settings

– No “Theater Mode” or Control Center toggle on iOS 10.3...

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Daily Deal: iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac

Have both a Mac and an iPhone? We have a great deal for you! iMyFone is well known for its apps that can keep your data safe, and the iMyFone iOS System Care Bundle for Mac ($34.99, 64% off the usual price) provides two of those apps to keep your iPhone running smoothly.

The first component is iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac, a powerful app that is used to permanently delete your sensitive data from your iPhone. As iMyFone points out, "this is the nuclear option to ensure your data is completely unrecoverable" when you're selling your iPhone to get a new one.

  • Cleans all iOS files, including photos, videos, account passwords, messages, & more
  • Completely eliminate previously deleted & existing data w/...
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Comment: Sales figures show importance of India as a...

If you were in any doubt why Apple was going to so much trouble to deepen its foothold in India, new figures from Counterpoint Research provide the answer. While the global smartphone market grew only 3% last year, smartphone shipments in India grew by 18%.

The growing middle class in the country also meant that, for the first time, there were no Indian brands in the top five as consumers start to spend more on their handsets. There was also good news for Apple …


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The GoPower Watch should go with you if you’re...

Kanex’s $99.95 GoPower Watch is a portable, cordless charging solution for the Apple Watch. The key words are “portable” and “cordless.”

It’s small (about 3 inches square and one inch tall) and only weighs 4.9 ounces, so it’s easy to toss it into a purse or travel bag. It’s an Apple Certified magnetic charging dock that uses the same inductive charging connector that comes with the Apple Watch.

With a 4,000 mAh battery capacity, the GoPower Watch can charge you Apple Watch up to six times before it needs to be recharged. That makes it very handy when you’re on multi-day trips.

You can even charge your smartwatch and an iPhone simultaneously. Just plug in your Lightning cable into the USB port of the GoPower Watch. You have to press the button on the side of the charger to start power flowing to your devices. An LED indicator displays battery levels and charge status. Since the Apple Watch lays flat...

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Microsoft says Windows PCs competing more strongly...

Announcing a 5% increase in revenue from Windows licenses to third-party manufacturers, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood said that PCs were succeeding in encroaching on the premium end of the market traditionally dominated by Apple …


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How to create and modify a Smart Folder in macOS...

With macOS Sierra, you can implement Smart Folders, which automatically gather files by type and subject matter. They’re updated as you change, add, and remove files on your Mac. Here’s how to create a Smart Folder:

In the Finder, choose File > New Smart Folder. (Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, the Finder is the home base for your Mac. You use it to organize and access almost everything on your Mac, including documents, images, movies, and any other files you have.

To search for files, enter a topic, a phrase, or another parameter in the search field.

To determine whether the search should include only the names of files or their entire contents, choose “Name matches” in the search suggestions that appear below the search field, then click Name, then choose either Filename or Everything.

To search for additional specific attributes, click the Add buttonbelow the search field, then make choices using the search attribute pop-up menus...

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Software Engineers Are the Heroes of New Computer...

Tekla Perry writes: The Computer History Museum set out to turn the spotlight on software engineers and show how they are the changing the world. But what projects to feature in the new, permanent exhibit [called "Make Software: Change the World!"] (that opens to the public this Saturday, January 28th)? The curators whittled a list of 100 technologies that owe their existence to breakthroughs in software down to seven: Photoshop, the MP3, the MRI, car crash simulation, Wikipedia, texting, and World of Warcraft. They expect these choices to be debated at length, in particular, World of Warcraft, but hope the exhibition elevates the prominence of software engineers and gets more than a few middle schoolers talking about targeting their career plans in that direction.


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Tesla sues ex-Autopilot chief for stealing company...

Tesla is suing its former Autopilot director, claiming he took confidential, proprietary information about its self-driving technology and destroyed evidence to cover his tracks, according to a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court. It alleges...

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A different shade of green | 2018 Porsche Panamera 4...

Acid Green, the color Porsche uses for details on its electrified cars, doesn't exactly sound environmentally friendly. After driving the new Panamera E-Hybrid, you don't really get a tree-hugging vibe either. Porsche's third attempt at a gas-electri...

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Thursday January 26

Scientists found a way to bring back lost tomato...

Tomatoes don't taste like they used to, because breeders have been prioritizing other traits like pest and disease resistance. To bring that lost flavor back, a team of researchers from the University of Florida went on a quest to find the chemical c...

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Ford SmartLink brings WiFi, LTE-connected features...

If you want new car features like the ability to remote start via an app or have a WiFi hotspot onboard without buying a new car, then Ford's new SmartLink is one way to add them. Chrysler has offered WiFi and other features as a part of Uconnect sin...

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NVIDIA updates older Shield TVs for 4K HDR game...

Remember when we told you the old NVIDIA Shield TV would be getting the new units smarts via firmware update? It's rolling out now as part of an over-the-air patch, TechCrunch has noticed. That means 4K HDR for NVIDIA's GameStream (which lets you bro...

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Acer penalized $115k for leaving credit card info...

It wasn't nearly as bad as Yahoo leaking 500 million users' data, but Acer had its own hacking scare last year. Back in June, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer admitted that somebody stole credit card information for nearly 35,000 individuals who b...

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Second hacker who targeted celebrity Apple accounts...

A Chicago man who pleaded guilty to hacking into the Apple email and cloud storage accounts of multiple celebrities in 2014 was on Thursday sentenced to nine months behind bars.

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Scientists reverse Alzheimer's-like symptoms in...

Scientists have discovered a way of counteracting the proteins that cause Alzheimer's-like symptoms including memory loss. In mice, at least. Whereas other treatments have focused on beta-amyloid clumps (which the University of Michigan recently disc...

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Apple's 'single sign-on' feature now...

Apple's "single sign-on" feature has only been live since mid-December but it's already attracted some impressive services. In addition to A&E, Bravo, NBC, Syfy and USA, which launched with the feature, WatchESPN added the functionality in Januar...

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'Overwatch' boasts over 25 million players

Last we'd heard, online shooter Overwatch had 15 million players. A little over three months later, and that number's gone up by quite a bit. Developer Blizzard has just announced that the current count has crossed 25 million across PC, PlayStation 4...

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First look: iOS 10.3 beta's 'Find My...

AppleInsider takes a look at the new AirPods tracking tool integrated into the Find My iPhone app, a feature set to launch with iOS 10.3 later this year.

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∞ Volbeat: Seal The Deal

I love this song—great heavy groove and chorus.

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Second 'celebgate' hacker sentenced to...

For his part in the "celebgate" celebrity hacking scandal, 29-year-old Chicago man Edward Majerczyk will be sentenced to nine months in federal prison. Last July, Majerczyk agreed to plead guilty to felony computer hacking charges, admitting that he...

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Chrome warns you when a shopping site isn't...

Paying bills and shopping online is great, but sometimes it's difficult to tell when the site you're using is protecting your sensitive information. The latest update for Chrome should make that a bit easier. Now, when you're on a site that asks for...

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FCC approves $170 million for New York broadband...

The FCC's first action under new Chairman Ajit Pai will direct up to $170 million in federal funding to help ease the digital divide in New York State. The commission voted Thursday to approve the funds as part of the Connect America program, which i...

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Alphabet's moonshots are making more money,...

Alphabet, Google's parent company, continues to rake in money hand over fist. In its fourth and final quarter for 2016, the company reported $26.02 billion in revenue, which is a growth of 22 percent compared to this time last year. According to a pr...

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HBO Go updated with support for Apple’s Single Sign-...

Apple’s Single Sign-On feature and accompanying TV app were launched towards the end of last year and have been slowly adding support for new providers and apps since then. Today, HBO updated its HBO Go app for iOS with support for both Single Sign-On and the TV application.


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Apple extends $100 credit expiration for developers...

A $100 promotional credit for Apple's App Store Search Ads has been extended until March 30, according to a notification, in a bid to get more developers using the service to highlight their titles in search results.

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AWT News Update: January 26, 2017

Just three short news stories today to keep you up to date on what's happening in the world of Apple:

  • Do you drink enough water? Apple's made a hydration app free as part of the App of the Week promotion
  • An update to HBO Go enables support for Apple's TV app and brings single sign-on 
  • The UK's Ministry of Defence is switching from insecure Samsung phones to iPhone 7s for a secret communications device

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Apple's international iTunes business moves to...

Apple has assigned a definitive date to the planned relocation of its international iTunes assets, saying the iTunes Store, Apple Music, the App Store and iBooks Store businesses will make the transition to Cork, Ireland, in early February.

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The Wirecutter's best deals: The 15-inch...

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, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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The cloud and Office keep Microsoft afloat during PC...

It's been clear for a while that a big part of Microsoft's future is ensconced in the cloud, and its latest (Q2 2017) earnings report just drives that point home. Wall Street types have been paying close attention to the company's Azure cloud service...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 26, 2017

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates

Mary Shaw has introduced Candy Hearts - Animated Valentine Stickers 1.0 ($0.99) on the iMessage App Store. Similar to traditional Valentine conversation candies, each colorful Candy Heart sticker has its own message plus a playful animated heartbeat. Stickers include familiar Valentine's Day greetings such as "Hug Me," "Be Mine," "So Fine," "Luv U" and more. Users will also see common text message phrases such as "LOL," "BRB," and "BFF."

Palindrome Mobile has rolled out WordGenius 1.0. It’s a free “hidden word” game...

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Should Apple include inductive wireless charging for...

There have been a lot of reports for over a year now about wireless charging coming to the iPhone 8, but also still a lot of questions about what it will look like if it does indeed arrive on this year’s 10th anniversary iPhone update.

Will Apple have long-range wireless charging ready in time for its new iPhones this fall? And will you settle for an inductive charging solution like the competition if not?


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PlayStation is still getting away with 'minimum...

When game consoles stumbled into the modern era, their digital-content stores were a mess. Nintendo's Wii locked its customers into an annoying point system. The Xbox 360 obfuscated the value of Microsoft Points by using an odd 0.8 conversion rate. S...

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2TB Apollo Cloud is Touch Bar-enabled for the new...

Promise Technology has unveiled the latest version of its Apollo Cloud personal cloud storage appliance: the 2TB Apollo Cloud, which has an entry level price of $199. Building on the popularity of the original version, it comes with an app and is designed for on-the-go consumers who need simple, fast, secure access to their content. 

Apollo Cloud offers allows families, small businesses and work groups to store and share data from anywhere -- from any device (macOS and Windows on computers and iOS or Android on smartphones and tablets). It can be accessed by up to 10 users, each with full sharing and privacy control over their own digital files.

Every transaction is encrypted using government-level AES-256 encryption to safeguard your privacy. Apollo Cloud offers optimized hardware encryption and SMB support for macOS Sierra and supports Time Machine backup for Mac.

Features include scheduled...

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HBO Go adds support for Apple's TV app, single...

HBO on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app for cable subscribers, HBO Go, enabling support for Apple's dedicated TV app, as well as single sign-on with compatible cable or streaming providers.

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Samsung's Galaxy S8 will likely debut on March...

It's almost time for Samsung's traditional February unveiling of a new Galaxy flagship, but, as we already learned, we might have to wait a little longer this year. We now have a clearer idea of when to expect the new handset, though. VentureBeat is...

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∞ Doyle Bramhall II on building Blues tones

Doyle is a great guitarist. I love the way he plays left-handed, but with the strings upside down.

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iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods enters public beta

Just two days after Apple unleashed iOS 10.3 to developers, members of the public beta program have access to it too. Anyone who wants to kick the tires of the first public beta can join the beta program by visiting and signing in with your Apple ID.

The big selling point of iOS 10.3 is a great new feature for AirPods owners, letting them locate a misplaced AirPod by firing up the Find My iPhone app and having the AirPods play a sound. The sound plays if the AirPods are anywhere in Bluetooth range of any of your Apple devices (think Macs, iPads, iPhones) signed into the same iCloud account. If your AirPods are out of range or totally dead, the Find My iPhone app can let you know where they were last “seen” by Bluetooth. It’s pretty handy.


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Ludacris releases new 'Slang N' Friendz...

If you've ever been disappointed when Words With Friends refused to accept "bae" as a real word, then noted actor, rapper and pun aficionado Ludacris has a new app for you. The wordsmith behind Word of Mouf and Back for the First Time has partnered w...

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How to turn the 2016 MacBook Pro into a Windows...

While they’ve existed before the most recent MacBook Pro, the surge of interest in external GPUs is largely thanks to the implementation of Thunderbolt 3 in the latest Mac hardware. As we’ve shown in a previous post, an eGPU can make a significant performance difference, turning an otherwise graphically pedestrian MacBook Pro into a competent gaming machine.

In our previous tutorial, we showed you how to wield an AMD RX 480 in macOS. While that solution yielded definite benefits, it was also hindered by difficulties caused by macOS itself.

It should come as no surprise that the setup process and support with Windows is, in some ways, quite a bit better than using an eGPU with macOS. That’s not to say that you should run out and buy a Windows laptop if you want to play the latest games requiring a more powerful GPU. Instead,...

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Insufficient Samsung security forces UK military...

A program in the United Kingdom to allow members of the armed forces to discuss military secrets using a smartphone will now involve a modified iPhone 7 with hardened security, replacing insecure Android devices

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Apple extends developer promotion for free $100 App...

Apple is extending the introductory offer for App Store Search Ads until March 30, for developers who have yet to use the program. Search Ads launched in October last year, promoting apps above organic listings in the search result, with a $100 promo code for app makers who began an ad campaign.

This $100 credit offer was originally set to expire on December 31st, at the end of 2016. Apple has today announced that it is keeping the offer running for another three months.


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LG's G6 reportedly packs Google Assistant...

LG's G6 smartphone is a leaky flagship: CNET is reporting some good and bad points about the company's incoming G6 we've already heard. It will be water-resistant. Great! But it won't have a removable battery. Not so great. While phones with batterie...

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Twitter rolls out upgraded 'Explore' tab...

Completing a test phase, Twitter on Thursday announced the widescale debut of a new "Explore" tab for iPhone and iPad users, grouping together several features including a relocated Moments interface.

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Pokémon Company caught almost 6,000 'Sun'...

Cheating in online games is awful because it creates an uneven playing field against those who do play by the rules and those who do not. The Pokémon Company (TPC) noticed some irregularities in Pokémon Sun and Moon online matches and h...

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