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Friday March 31

06:04
EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android...

Who'd have thought that just days after the house rolled back privacy protections for internet users, ISPs would take advantage? The EFF did, pointing out that Verizon has already announced that it will install spyware, in the form of the launcher Ap...

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06:02
First Apple Indonesian R&D center to begin...

Apple’s first Indonesian research and development (R&D) center is expected to begin operating in the second quarter in Tangerang, Banten, reports The Jakarta Post.

Industry Ministry expert staff member Sanny Iskandar said the tech giant was looking to rent an office as its first R&D center at Green Office Park in BSD City, Tangerang. The center will develop educational programs for 300 to 400 local students told The Jakarta Post. Mentors will teach students how to create applications. 

Apple is investing $44 million in three Indonesian R&D facilities for the right to market current and future iPhone models in the region. Beyond the Tangerang center, the company is setting up two more facilities in Java. 

Jakarta is the capital and most populous city of the Republic of Indonesia. Located on the...

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06:00
The Week in iOS Cases and Accessories: Better off Red

Red cred

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week’s roundup includes several new accessories for your red iPhone—and even a little something crimson for the iPad. Read on!

Casetify

Image by Casetify

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06:00
It's World Backup Day! What's YOUR backup...

March 31 is World Backup Day, a day set aside to remind computer users everywhere that backups aren't just a good idea; they're something that should be done religiously. Most of our readers are good about running backups on external hard drives with Time Machine or other apps (Carbon Copy Cloner, for example), doing online backups with services like Backblaze or Carbonite, and making sure that their iOS devices are backed up to iCloud nightly. Let's make sure that your backups will be able to help you in an emergency.

iOS Backups to iCloud

iOS backups are your guarantee that it will be easy to move to a new iPhone or iPad. Let's say you lose an iPhone or have an iPad stolen. When you replace it, just sign into your iCloud account and you'll be asked if you wish to restore the device with an iCloud backup. Select a backup and let it restore, and within hours your device is back up and running the way you had it set up.

It's important to know if...

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05:53
Australian banks can’t collectively barter with...

Australia will bar its banks from collective bargaining with Apple over access to the tech giant's contactless payments. That could set a global precedent, Reuters notes. 

The move will stop the banks from creating their own apps for contactless payments to rival Apple Wallet -- advantageous for the banks, in saving transaction fees and holding customers within their own apps longer. In July 2016, Australia's three biggest banks — including the top lender, National Australia Bank — lodged a joint application with anti-trust regulators seeking approval to collectively negotiate with Apple to install their own electronic payments applications on iPhones. 

Apple, which operates its Apple Pay mobile payment service, doesn’t allow third-party electronic payment apps to be installed on the smartphone. The banks were seeking to be able to negotiate jointly for access to Apple's...

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05:45
Watch the latest SpaceX launch, a historic first...

If you have even the slightest interest in space and rocketry, take a minute to watch the latest SpaceX launch. This is the first time a previously launched rocket has been reused. This will change the equation, make it much cheaper to launch a satellite. Amazing accomplishment.

You can watch the launch here.

If you just want the launch itself, jump to about 18:45 in. The landing of stage 1 back on Of Course I Still Love You (the drone ship) is a little trickier, as the video feed was cut off due to a line of site issue, but jump to about 27:30 in to get the crew reaction. First there’s a groan of disappointment as the folks watching find out the video cut out, but then…well, watch for yourself.

I absolutely love what SpaceX has accomplished here. They have changed the future of space exploration.

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05:30
Netflix has a new translation test to avoid subtitle...

Netflix supports over 20 languages, many of which aren't dubbed, so subtitles are often the only way for foreign viewers to follow the plot. While the streaming company holds itself to a high standard, the internet abounds with tales of wonky transla...

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05:15
Apple repairs iOS 10.3 vulnerability that caused iOS...

Following the release of iOS 10.3 earlier this week, a number of users reported that their iOS devices were repeatedly attempting to call 911.

The flaw was discovered by an 18-year old who found a way to use Javascript to remotely cause iOS devices to open popup alerts, open apps, and make phone calls. In an effort to show the severity of the problem, he created a code that caused iPhones to dial 911 repeatedly. All in all, he ended up being arrested and charged with four counts of computer tampering after causing thousands of accidental 911 calls.

It appears that Apple has worked with app developers to examine the issue and close the loophole.

The code only triggered 911 calls from iPhones, which exploited a feature in the underlying software that allows users to tap on a phone number and immediately initiate a call.

Apple says the update supersedes that capability and now requires users to always press a second confirmation before initiating a call...

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05:00
iFixit tears down 9.7-inch iPad, finds similar...

The new 9.7-inch iPad is built on a pretty familiar framework.

Last week, Apple unveiled its 9.7-inch iPad. According to the teardown performed by the coolest of felines at iFixit, the new iPad is essentially a spruced-up version of the original iPad Air released in 2013. They share the same battery and the same display. There are some minor tweaks, too, including the integration of the third-generation A9 chip and Touch ID capabilities.

The new model is a minor upgrade, but arrives at a nice price point wherein the 32GB model is $329, compared to the previous entry-level iPad Air 2 that went for $399.

Like the original iPad Air, the new 9.7-inch iPad has an LCD and digitizer that are unfused, which makes it easier to repair. In fact, iFixit could fit the LCD and digitizer connectors from an Air 1 into the new iPad but haven’t tested if they worked and were actually compatible.

It’s presently unknown as to whether the new 9.7-inch iPad uses a brighter...

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04:30
Apple patent filing hints at the return of the...

With the 2016 MacBook Pro line, Apple ditched the beloved MagSafe connector, which disengaged with the slightest amount of pressure. This saved many Mac laptops from a disastrous plummet when someone accidentally snagged the power cable. However, a recent patent filing (number 20170093104) for a “magnetic adapter” hints that it could return.

The patent is for adapters that may have a MagSafe connector receptacle and a Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector insert. This may allow MagSafe chargers to be used to charge devices having Universal Serial Bus Type-C connector receptacles. This also may provide the breakaway characteristic of a MagSafe connector system for a device that does not include a MagSafe connector receptacle. Other adapters may have other types of magnetic connector receptacles and connector inserts.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light...

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04:07
Verizon reportedly wants in on this streaming TV...

It looks like Comcast isn't the only cable operator considering a Sling TV-like live streaming service. Verizon has also been acquiring the digital rights to TV stations like CBS and ESPN, according to Bloomberg. However, unlike Comcast, which is rum...

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04:00
A look at the Synology DS416j after four months of...

On Nov. 28, 2016, I wrote a review of the Synology DS416j for Apple World Today. It’s been running 24/7 in my garage for over four months. How has the Synology NAS fared in a moderately harsher environment than in my home office?

I use the NAS to host and record two security cameras. The DS416j was sent to me with the cameras as a review unit. It has performed flawlessly, easily handling the cooler environment. It has run nonstop and never fails in its intended purpose of being a surveillance system.

I repartitioned the NAS to not only be a surveillance system, but to use part of the space for Time Machine backups. Setting up the Synology NAS to serve as a backup device for Time Machine was very easy and quick. I have my Mac as well as my wife's Mac backing up to it, and it works perfectly.

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03:56
Phil Schiller announces official opening of Apple’s...

Phil Schiller has announced the official opening of Apple’s iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. The center is designed to provide free guidance, inspiration and one-on-one app reviews for local developers.

App Accelerator Bengaluru – now open for iOS developers https://t.co/476KO2dxg6

— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) March 31, 2017

The company first promised the center back in May of last year, the company explaining then why it had chosen the location …

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03:18
Skype 7.49

Adds support for the Touch Bar on the 2016 MacBook Pro. (Free, 44.4 MB)

 

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03:00
The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2017

March's Mac games

Image by RadishBox

The Mac App Store didn’t get the same kind of promotion that brought so many great indie games to the iOS App Store this month, but that’s OK—March brought macOS players plenty of great options to consider. Atmospheric puzzler The Witness leads the latest stack of releases, giving you a vast island of conundrums to solve, but there’s plenty more in the mix. 

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02:44
Apple Opens App Accelerator in Bangalore, India To...

From a report: Apple is taking further steps to foster the developer ecosystem in the world's fastest growing smartphone market. The Cupertino-based company said it has opened a new App Accelerator in Bangalore, India. The announcement comes less than a year after the company said it would open an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in India's Silicon Valley. Through the new App Accelerator, the company hopes to offer specialised support to developers as well as tools to help them push the boundaries. At the centre, a group of experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. [...] With Apple's push to turn India into its next major market, it will pay in the long run to have quality apps that solve local problems on the App Store.


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Thursday March 30

22:52
Apple hires former YouTube, Spotify exec to further...




According to a report published Thursday, Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman, a former YouTube and Spotify executive, to help architect a video content strategy as it takes on established industry players like Netflix.

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20:22
Apple hires former YouTube & Spotify exec as it...

As it continues to ramp up its focus on video content, Apple has recently hired a former YouTube and Spotify executive. According to a report from The Information, Apple has hired Shiva Rajaraman to work on Apple’s video and music efforts…

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20:18
BBEdit 11.6.5

Adds two buttons to the Menus & Shortcuts preferences pane for toggling between simplified and advanced menus. ($49.99 new, free update, 14.0 MB)

 

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19:56
Video review: eero mesh Wi-Fi system is perfect for...




Following up on AppleInsider's review of the eero mesh Wi-Fi product, we dive deeper into the system's strengths and foibles with this in-depth video review.

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18:42
Apple & SAP launch enterprise-oriented Cloud...




As promised in February, enterprise software firm SAP has released its Cloud Platform SDK for iOS, built in collaboration with Apple.

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18:29
Apple to begin iPhone 7 sales in Indonesia tomorrow...

As originally reported in December, Apple is currently in the process of building its first research and development center in Indonesia. According to a new report from The Jakarta Post, the research and development center will begin operations during the second quarter of this year while iPhone 7 sales will begin in the country tomorrow…

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17:53
Apple’s new $329 iPad features a display 44%...

Earlier today, the folks at iFixit put Apple’s latest $329 iPad through the teardown process, noting of its similarities to the iPad Air 1. The repair team also, however, expressed doubts as to Apple’s claim that the device’s screen was brighter than that of previous generations.

Now, however, the iFixit team has put the new iPad through additional tests to further confirm or refute Apple’s brightness claim…

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17:18
New Apple ads tout on iPad Pro battery life, laptop...




Apple on Thursday continued its iPad Pro ad campaign with three new installments featuring the tablet's abilty to act as a desktop replacement, long battery life and educational features.

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16:31
Australian banks officially denied right to...

Standing firm on the decision it originally handed down in November, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has officially rejected a proposal from a handful of big Australian banks that would have allowed them to negotiate in a group with Apple.

The news comes as Apple Pay’s rollout continues to lag in Australia due to disagreements between Apple and the big banks.

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16:24
Zephyr Linux: Zippy Performance, Zero Decor


Zephyr Linux, a newcomer to the Linux scene, is still morphing from developmental releases. However, it takes an interesting approach to removing desktop clutter and default software bloat. Zephyr is a collaboration between Leonard Ashley and other developers. Ashley built this distro on Devuan, a fork of Debian, and with it he gives the concept of minimalist design a fresh twist. Zephyr Linux is stripped down so you can remake it your way. Version 1.0 beta 2 stable is available in a separate ISO file for Fluxbox, JWN and Openbox.

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16:18
DEVONthink 2.9.11/DEVONnote 2.9.11

Adds support for Markdownifier Web service and improves sharing notes from Apple Notes and Evernote. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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16:17
ACCC denies Australian banks to collectively bargain...




The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Friday local time issued a determination denying the country's big-three banks authorization to collectively negotiate bargain with Apple over access to Apple Pay NFC technology.

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16:05
McDonald’s will start using fresh beef, Wendy’s...

This is just hilarious. Much respect, Wendy’s.

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16:03
SpaceX successfully relaunched a Falcon 9 rocket

Today's SpaceX launch will be logged in the history books as the first time a flight-proven orbital class rocket has successfully been relaunched and returned to Earth. "We just had an incredible day today," CEO Elon Musk said after the first stage F...

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16:01
Apple and SAP launch new enterprise-focused Cloud...

As expected, Apple today released a new tool created in collaboration with SAP for developing business software. The new cloud platform aims to make it easier to develop business software and comes following Apple’s enterprise-focused partnership with SAP last year.

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15:58
Apple's first Indonesian R&D center to open...




Apple is scheduled to open the first of three first Indonesian research and development centers, into which the company will invest $44 million, in the second quarter of 2017, according to a report published Thursday.

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15:51
Streaming made last year the music industry's...

When the RIAA released its annual report last year tracking sales in 2015, it came with a significant milestone: streaming revenue had surpassed that of downloads, if only by less than a percent. But the subscription-based model continues to grow --...

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15:33
Apple continues whimsical iPad Pro ad series w/...

Apple this evening has shared three new videos in its ongoing iPad Pro ad series. The new videos highlight user complaints about PCs and offer up a solution to the problems: the iPad Pro. The three new ads highlight the design of the iPad Pro, its battery, its versatility.

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15:19
Apple's iOS 10.3 fixes flaw used in accidental...




Apple's latest iOS 10.3 release patches a flaw that can be used to repeatedly dial a phone number, accidentally exploited last year to redial 911 call centers, protecting emergency operators from potential cyberattacks.

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14:59
Apple confirms iOS 10.3 fixes flaw that caused...

Earlier this week, Apple officially released iOS 10.3 to the public and included in it were a variety of fixes, some of which are continuing to surface. A new report from The Wall Street Journal highlights that iOS 10.3 fixes a flaw we initially covered back in October that caused iOS devices to repeatedly call 911…

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14:53
Watch SpaceX relaunch the first rocket it landed on...

SpaceX is getting ready for one historic flight. The private space corporation has announced on Twitter that all systems are ready for today's launch -- the weather seems to be cooperating, as well. In 60 minutes or so (around 6:30PM Eastern), we mig...

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14:44
AWT News Update: March 30, 2017

Image via clker.com that describes Twitter perfectly...

Today's news covers the spectrum from a change at Apple retail outlets to social networks to USB problems with macOS 10.12.4:

  • Apple is apparently eliminating business-related positions at Apple retail outlets by the end of April
  • Twitter makes a change that allows those obnoxious political screeds to be even longer by no longer counting user names in replies towards the 140-character limit
  • Facebook adds a personal fundraiser feature
  • USB problems with 10.12.4 appear to be causing issues for a lot of people using USB headsets (and microphones!)

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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14:43
Online Freedom of Speech May Be in Peril: Pew


Trolling, cyberbullying, harassment and just plain nastiness have become commonplace online, and this situation is likely to remain unchanged or worsen over the next decade, suggests a report the Pew Research Center released Wednesday. Pew and Elon University last summer polled more than 1,500 technology experts, academics, and business and government leaders on the future of free speech online. Forty-two percent of the survey respondents expected future online interactions to be about the same as they are today.

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14:41
Tech's biggest players tackle climate change...

Some of America's biggest tech companies say they're still committed to battling climate change, Bloomberg reports, two days after President Trump signed a sweeping executive order that rolls back many Obama-era climate policies. Not only will it be...

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14:24
Save 50 Percent on All Books in Take Control’s...

Through 9 April 2017, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of books. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you want to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference.

 

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14:24
Streaming services pushed U.S. music industry to...




Subscription streaming music services like Apple Music and Spotify bolstered the ailing music industry in 2016, acting as a primary driver of an 11 percent bump in estimated retail revenue, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

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14:16
RIAA: Highest artist rates come from Apple Music as...

The Recording Industry Association of America is out today with an overview of the performance of the music industry during 2016. As detailed in a blog post, the music industry saw revenue of $7.7 billion during 2016, up 11.4 percent compared to the year before.

Perhaps most notably, the report states that streaming music revenue from Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube made up the majority of that revenue for the first time ever.

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14:10
The Eric Clapton Stratocaster

Experience the peerless Strat style of Slowhand himself with the Eric Clapton Stratocaster, one of our most acclaimed and enduring artist signature models. With classic design and special features that give it exceptional tonal versatility and effortless feel worthy of one of the world’s greatest names in rock and blues, it puts pure Clapton Stratocaster tone and feel straight into your hands.

What a beautiful guitar.

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13:55
Apple seeds first public beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5

Apple has released the first public beta of its next update (10.12.5) for macOS Sierra. It’s a minor update that focuses on bug fixes and speed improvements.

If you're not already signed up for the public beta program, you can do so here. The public beta program is free, but remember: beta software is unfinished software so use with care.

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13:52
The Wirecutter's best deals: A Sony 55-inch XBR...

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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13:51
Apple issues first public beta of macOS 10.12.5




Apple on Thursday released the first public beta of its next update for macOS Sierra 10.12.5, a minor update largely anticipated to focus on bug fixes and speed improvements.

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13:42
Paid streaming music drives retail revenues from...

Estimated retail revenues from recorded music in the U.S. grew 11.4% in 2016 to $7.7 billion in 2016, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The primary driver of that growth was a doubling of paid streaming music subscriptions such as Apple Music, which helped the American music business experience its biggest gain since 1998. 

At wholesale values, the industry was up 9.3% to $5.3 billion. Although RIAA’s 2016 revenue report catalogues substantial overall improvement for the industry, revenues are still only about half what they were in 1999, and revenues from more traditional unit-based sales (physical products and digital downloads) continued to decline significantly.

In 2016, for the first time, streaming music platforms generated the majority of the U.S. music industry’s revenues. The streaming category includes revenues from subscription services (such as paid versions of...

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13:40
Streaming Services Generated More Than 50% of All US...

Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: Streaming music services were for the first time ever responsible for more than 50 percent of all U.S. music industry revenue in 2016, according to new numbers released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Thursday. Paid and ad-supported streaming together generated 51 percent of music revenue last year, to be precise, bringing in a total of $3.9 billion. In 2015, streaming music was responsible for 34 percent of the music industry's annual revenue. Much of that increase can be attributed to a strong growth of paid subscriptions to services like Spotify and Apple Music. Revenue from paid subscription plans more than doubled in 2016, bringing in $2.5 billion, with an average of 22.6 million U.S. consumers subscribing to streaming services last year. The year before, subscription services had an average of 10.8 million paying subscribers.

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13:32
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Oculus VR and creator of the Rift headset, is no longer with the company. Following the news that he'd donated $10,000 to a group spreading pro-Trump memes, the 24-year old had increasingly shied away from the public eye....

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13:23
Bug delays Android Wear 2.0 yet again

Google's been talking about Android Wear 2.0 for a long time -- it was first announced almost a year ago, at the I/O 2016 developer event. But it was delayed from a planned fall launch until early 2017. And while a few watches have been released that...

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13:20
Apple releases first macOS 10.12.5 public beta

Apple has released the first public beta version of macOS 10.12.5. macOS 10.12.5 public beta 1 follows two days after the first developer version of the upcoming software update.

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13:13
Automation platform IFTTT gets applets for iOS...




On Thursday, IFTTT -- a platform that automates links between many hardware and software platforms -- announced the addition of support for the native iOS Calendar app, as well as Apple's App Store.

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13:12
New 9.7-inch iPad teardown reveals it's...

Apple’s new iPad is actually kind of a throwback.

According to iFixit, the 9.7-inch iPad that Apple unveiled last week is essentially a spruced-up version of the original iPad Air released in 2013. They share the same battery and the same display. There are some minor tweaks, too, including the integration of the third-generation A9 chip and Touch ID capabilities.

Their teardown confirmed our initial suspicions that, specs-wise, this new model is a minor upgrade. The biggest draw of the new iPad is the price. The 32GB model is $329, compared to the previous entry-level iPad Air 2 that went for $399.

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13:00
Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: Disabling...

Getting notifications of incoming Messages is a good thing; getting them on your Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and any other device you may have is a little too much. Today we'll show you how easy it is to disable Messages on the Mac so you get one less notification to interrupt your work.

Check out our other video tips and reviews on YouTube. Subscribe to the Apple World Today YouTube channel today.

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12:43
Special Apple pricing on USB-C displays, accessories...

If you want to buy displays and USB-C peripherals for the 2016 MacBook, scoop ‘em now as discounted prices end tomorrow, March 31. The new MacBook Pro has Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, which have a different connector than that of USB-A devices and cables like the iPhone sync cable. 

In a November 2016 statement Apple said, "We recognize that many users, especially pros, rely on legacy connectors to get work done today and they face a transition. We want to help them move to the latest technology and peripherals, as well as accelerate the growth of this new ecosystem.”

The LG UltraFine 5K Display is now priced at $974, a $325 price cut from its original price of $1,299.95. The LG UltraFine 4K Display is now priced at $524, a $175 price cut from its original price of $699.95....

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12:38
Norway forced Tinder to change how it uses customer...

If you actually read the terms and conditions or end-user license agreement before you click the "agree" button, raise your hand. Okay, stop being funny, we know that you actually didn't and you aren't going to score any brownie points with us. In No...

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12:35
Apple reportedly eliminating some retail store...

At the end of April, Apple plans to eliminate such retail store positions as business manager, business events lead, events coordinator, and events lead according to MacRumors, quoting an unnamed “source who shared the company's plans.” Sources within the company, not authorized to speak on Apple's behalf, have confirmed the reorganization in some stores with AppleInsider.

MacRumors’ source says that the elimination of the business manager position is “something of a shock” because they lead the Business Team and are responsible for bringing in up to 20% of overall store sales. 

"These managers have established relationships with various small and medium businesses in their markets," said the source. "Their position is highly specialized and often times...

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12:24
Apple to cut several business & events positions...




Apple will allegedly eliminate several business- and events-based retail positions entirely towards the end of April, in a move that could affect the company's behind-the-scenes dealings and potentially how it sells to enterprise going forward.

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12:14
First impressions of Apple's 2017 9.7-inch A9-...




Apple's new iPad is here, and AppleInsider takes a first look at it to see how well predictions about the hardware stack up to reality.

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12:07
Twitter stops counting replies toward character...

Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count. However, it didn’t begin testing the change with @ replies until last fall. Today, Twitter says this change to replies is rolling out to all users across the web, iOS and Android.

Great news.

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12:00
Dear Donald Trump: 'Clean coal' doesn...

"Clean coal" is an oxymoron. Even if you took a hunk of coal, doused it in bleach and scrubbed it for six hours with a soapy horsehair brush, it would still cause lung cancer and fill the air with carbon emissions when you burned it. Anyone who says...

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11:50
Notable apps and app updates for March 30, 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

Full Fat has tossed out Blocky Baseball 1.0. It’s a free batting game in which you tap the screen to swing the bat. You can hit curveballs, fastballs, bounce balls and screwballs in a batting game. You can collect new batters in a variety of traditional uniforms and some less conventional. You can unlock new bat designs from classic baseball bats in wood, aluminum or stars and stripes to crazy designs.

PugEmojis has introduced Duchess the Pug 1.0. It’s a $2.99 emoji keyboard and sticker set for the pug loving iOS user who is looking for a fun way to dress...

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11:40
Witch 4: Window and tab switching utility

The built-in macOS app switcher is great if all you use are one-window applications. But you probably have many windows open in many apps, possibly with many tabs, and navigating them all is a pain. Enter Witch, with which you can switch everything.

These guys do a great job.

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11:35
Apple Notes hides flexibility and power underneath a...




Apple Notes has some issues but it does so much, so well. AppleInsider digs deep into the long-time default offering.

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11:35
Analyst: iPhone 8 to be not as curved & edge-to-...

Today in a note to clients, JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall offered his latest analysis on Apple’s supply chain, giving us a look at his predictions for iPhone 8 sales as well as details on specs and pricing. Following Samsung’s introduction of the Galaxy S8 yesterday, the report notes that based on current supply chain intel Apple’s OLED is expected to be less curved than the S8 and therefore less of a so-called edge-to-edge “infinity” display:

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11:33
Spotify's latest show is basically '...

Apple already locked down a season's worth of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke, but Spotify isn't letting that stop it from developing a similar show of its own. The streaming service announced this week and it teamed up with Russell Simmons on Traffic...

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11:17
Apple commits to Obama’s Clean Power Plan renewable...

Despite the recent change of president in the United States, Apple is maintaining its environmental pledge made to the previous administration, Bloomberg reports. Apple joined other companies including Google and Microsoft in signing a statement backing renewable energy efforts.

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11:11
'Destiny 2' brings the interstellar MMO...

Destiny 2 will hit PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 8th, much to the delight of wannabe space hunters worldwide. The original Destiny was console-only, leaving PC players in the lurch, but pre-orders for the sequel went live today and conf...

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10:48
Audi's future-proofing plans include more ride...

Joining the likes of Maven and Sidecar from General Motors and Chariot from Ford, the Volkswagen group is eyeing a ride-sharing service of its own. Audi (part of the VW group) has announced that it intends to purchase the Austin-based Silvercar which...

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10:30
Drone flyby video shows work on Apple Park campus...




Apple Park, the iPhone producer's under-development campus, has been showcased yet again in another drone flyby video, with the new footage showing progress is continuing to be made at the facility as it gets closer to its grand opening to employees in April.

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10:27
New iPad available for personal pick-up at Apple...

If you’re in the market for one of the new iPads you can order it at Apple’s online store for personal pickup at retail stores in the U.S. and Canada. Or you can simply drop by a store and hope they have some available.

The tablet comes in silver, gold and space gray. Pricing starts at $329 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $459 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model at Apple.com and Apple Stores. iFixIt, which tears apart tech items so you don't have to, has offered a teardown of the new tablet and says it’s basically a “four-year-old iPad Air with some new jewelry (A9 processor and Touch ID).”

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10:25
'Rock Band VR' is the dorkiest game ever...

Rock Band VR will make you feel like a rock star. But from the outside, you'll look like a crazy person with an Oculus Rift on your head and a plastic guitar in your hands, strumming along in silence. Basically, you'll look like a huge dork while pla...

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10:08
iFixit: New $329 iPad is a throwback to the original...

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Apple's $329 iPad, officially dubbed the iPad (5th generation), is a lot like the iPhone SE insofar as Apple is revisiting a design from 2013, putting more modern components in it, and selling it for a relatively low price. We already knew from the size, weight, and other specs that the iPad 5 was going to be a lot like the original iPad Air, and a teardown from iFixit reveals just how similar the tablets are inside and out.

For starters, the glass on the front of the tablet and the LCD panel aren't fused together as they are in the iPad Air 2 or either of the Pros. This makes it possible to replace either the glass or the LCD without having to replace both, which can make some kinds of repairs cheaper to do (laminated screens make for thinner...

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10:05
A week with Fujifilm's GFX 50S medium-format...

Fujifilm surprised the camera world last year with the introduction of the GFX 50S, its first medium-format mirrorless. The shooter, which is now available for $6,500 body only, packs a large 51.4-megapixel CMOS sensor (43.8 x 32.9mm) in a DSLR-like...

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10:04
Some macOS 10.12.4 users complaining of stuttering...




Monday's macOS 10.12.4 update is resulting in stuttering audio for some users of USB headsets, according to multiple complaint threads on Apple's support forums and reports from social media.

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10:00
Logitech MK850 Performance Keyboard and Mouse: A...

Logitech MK850 Performance Keyboard and Mouse. Photo ©2017, Steven Sande

I've been impressed with Logitech's accessories for quite some time, currently using one of their excellent CREATE keyboards with my 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The new Logitech MK850 Performance Combo (US$99), consisting of a wireless keyboard and mouse, is top-notch in performance and design.

Details of the design are included in the video below, but here are some things you might want to know right off the bat:

  • The keyboard works for 36 months on 2 AAA batteries and the mouse for 24 months on a single AAA battery
  • The keyboard and mouse are both ergonomically designed, and they feel very comfortable under a lot of use. The keyboard has a soft wrist cushion and gentle curve, and it can be adjusted to three different angles (0°, 4° and 8°)
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09:44
Telegram's voice calls are secured by emojis

Questions about security have plagued messaging app Telegram recently, since the platform was supposedly cracked by Russia's state security agency during the election. Telegram uses its own security protocols instead of more tried-and-true options, w...

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09:43
Dropbox opening $600M credit line, potentially ready...

Dropbox is expected to close on a new $600M credit line as soon as Monday as expectations grow that the successful startup may be ready for an IPO this year.

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09:33
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09:29
Twitter changing replies so usernames no longer hit...

Twitter shared today that it has finally flipped the switch on no longer counting usernames against character limits on tweets. Since tweets are limited to 140 characters, usernames for mentions and replies shortened the amount of characters you could include in a message.

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09:22
A Google search is all you need to book a fitness...

When Reserve with Google starting helping users book fitness classes last year, the scheduling tool was only available in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. Today, the company announced that the handy feature is now available all over the...

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09:21
Wanna protect your online privacy? Open a tab and...

This won’t actually “protect your privacy” but the idea is interesting – make your search history useless to advertisers. And, if you’re bored, watching the site do its searches is weirdly fun.

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09:20
GoPro launches its Karma drone in the UK

GoPro's foray into drone development has been troubled, to say the least. The highly anticipated Karma launched in the US last October, only to be recalled a few weeks later. The reason? Some of them were falling out of the sky (eesh). As a result, G...

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09:11
Twitter stops counting usernames in replies toward...

Twitter’s 140-character limit is essential to its existence, but the company realizes how annoying it can be to trim your thoughts when composing a reply because the person you’re chatting with has a long username. Twitter has decided to no longer count a username toward your 140 characters, a change now rolling out to its iOS and Android apps as well as Twitter.com.

This means tweets will look a little bit different. Instead of including the username of the person you’re replying to in the tweet itself, the username will appear above your text. The change will make tweets more easily readable, especially when conversations include a handful of people. (This also means the end of lengthy @username clusters in Twitter reply canoes, at long last.)

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09:05
New iPad deliveries arriving, Personal Pickup at...




Apple's new iPad has starting hitting purchaser's homes with deliveries originating in China, and those seeking an iPad today have the option of selecting Personal Pickup in the U.S. and Canada or trying their luck buying at the store without a pre-purchase.

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09:02
Review: Apple’s $329 iPad is not without compromise...

I fully expected to outright dislike the new budget-friendly 9.7-inch iPad, but it’s the type of product that’s hard to hate. Sure, it lacks the gorgeous laminated, anti-reflective display of the iPad Air 2, and sure it’s not as svelte in either thickness or weight. But there’s no denying that the 2017 iPad with A9 dual core processor in tow, is a good value.

With base model storage starting at a healthy 32 GB, the new iPad is priced so reasonably that it’s almost an impulse buy for anyone previously on the fence about iOS tablets. No longer do you have to pay an extra $100 to obtain a model that will actually work over the long haul from a storage perspective. No longer are you left with an anemic processor that feels somewhat feeble after an iOS update or two.

Even with its obvious shortcomings, the 2017 iPad is worth considering as long as you know what you’re getting into. If you’re brand new to the world of iOS, or you’re coming from a pre-iPad Air device, then...

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09:00
IFTTT adds iOS Calendar service, App Store applets

One of the best inter-application tools currently available is IFTTT (IF This Then That). It's been around for years, it supports hundreds of apps and services, and when it comes to making your own workflows to get diverse things to work together, there's nothing better. Today, IFTTT is introducing a new iOS Calendar Service to provide a way to create calendar events from other apps or have Calendar control other apps. In addition, the service has added new App Store Applets to kick off workflows when something new appears in the iOS App Store.

If you have the IFTTT app for iOS and you're already a user of the IFTTT service, today's update provides some tools you're going to love. IFTTT provided the following examples of how the Calendar service can be used:

-Add the daily...

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09:00
Twitter removes @replies from 140-character limit

While many have embraced the short and sweet nature of Twitter's 140-character limit, the restriction can be something of a pain. So last year, Twitter made a few changes to help you express more with less. For example, it's now possible to quote a r...

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08:59
IFTTT launches new applets with App Store and...

IFTTT, a popular automation tool that connects across services and devices, has announced new updates to their service today specifically for iOS. The updates today include support for both the iOS Calendar and App Store.

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08:59
You can now buy McDonald’s secret burger sauces

Do people really want to put this stuff on their home burgers? Granted, I haven’t had a MacDonald’s burger in 20+ years but I don’t remember the sauce being so spectacular I’d want to buy a jar of it myself.

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08:55
How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop...

You can’t buy individual web history but it will be able to be bought in the future in aggregate. This is article explains and has some good advice how to minimize the affect on you.

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08:45
macOS 10.12.4 Recovery mode now able to install...




As of macOS 10.12.4, released on Monday, a new keystroke combination at launch will allow Macs to netboot, and download the latest OS compatible with a computer when performing a recovery, potentially saving time and bandwidth.

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08:32
Microsoft has its own version of the Samsung Galaxy...

Samsung has been bundling Microsoft apps like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote and more on its phones and tablets for a while now. However, when it comes to the Galaxy S8, the two companies are taking their partnership a step further. Microsoft is selling a...

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08:23
Adobe research creates AI tool for transferring...




Users of Adobe's image editing software may see a new creative option added to the tools in the future, thanks to artificial intelligence research conducted by Adobe and Cornell University that can make changes to a photograph by transferring the style and other elements from another source.

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08:04
Adobe's experimental app copies one photo'...

Photo retouching and style matching (not to be confused with Prisma-like Instagram filters) is challenging work that requires a trained eye and hours of labor. At least, it was, until AI took that job, too. Researchers from Adobe and Cornell Universi...

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07:48
Apple Park drone flyover shows signs of life at the...

Apple’s new under-construction 175 acre campus, now officially named Apple Park, is nearing completion ahead of an expected grand opening next month. The latest look at the site comes today via a drone flyover courtesy of Matthew Roberts (below), which shows progress made on the site in recent weeks including continued work on landscaping, solar installations, and other finishing touches. There are even signs of life at the new campus already with office chairs, tables and other equipment being set up inside…

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07:42
Volkswagen can sell (some) diesel cars in the US...

Volkswagen is about to sell diesel vehicles for the first time in the US since its emission scandal broke in 2015. The automaker has received the EPA's blessing to sell 2015 diesel models that have been updated with new hardware and anti-pollution so...

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07:39
Facebook’s copycat spree continues with GoFundMe-...

Facebook seems to be on something of a mission at present to copy all the best features from popular apps and services out there. Just a couple of days after it added Snapchat-style ephemeral stories, it has announced that it has created a GoFundMe type personal fundraising feature.

Personal fundraisers allow people to raise money for themselves, a friend or someone or something not on Facebook, for example a pet. Personal fundraisers will launch in the US for people aged 18 years or older, and in beta over the next few weeks, as we hope to continue to learn and improve the product to make it even more useful. For example, we will begin with six specific categories for critical financial needs and include a 24-hour fundraiser review process....

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