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Thursday August 24

03:06
External Link: Verizon Wireless Throttling Video for...

When Verizon Wireless announced the return of unlimited data plans earlier this year, we were afraid it was too good of a deal. Verizon now offers an unlimited plan for $75 per month ($5 less than before) but will throttle video streams so that they cannot exceed 480p (DVD) resolution on phones and 720p on tablets. Those resolution limits will also apply to mobile hotspots, which will also be capped at 600 Kbps. Verizon has also announced a new $85-per-month Beyond Unlimited plan that lets you stream video in HD resolutions and includes 15 GB of 4G LTE data for tethering per month, throttling data to 600 Kbps after 15 GB. The good news is that if you currently subscribe to previous Verizon’s $80-per-month unlimited plan, you get the benefits of Beyond Unlimited for the same price as before, at least for now.

 

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Wednesday August 23

18:50
Apple refreshes News Publisher with new dashboard,...

Apple has today updated its News Publisher with a fresh design across the iCloud based media manager.

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17:44
Hulu Live TV now available for streaming on Mac via...




Hulu on Wednesday released a web version of its Live TV plan, granting Mac and PC users access to live TV streams previously constrained to set-top boxes and mobile apps.

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17:30
What do you think of Apple’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’...

A few months after debuting its first original content series in the form of Planet of the Apps, Apple this month has started releasing episodes of its Carpool Karaoke series exclusively on Apple Music.

With five episodes of the series now out in the wild, what are your thoughts?

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17:12
Apple updates News Publisher with redesigned...




Apple on Wednesday rolled out updates to its iCloud-based News Publisher, featuring a number of user interface enhancements and a completely redesigned dashboard.

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17:05
Roku Is the Top Streaming Device In the US and Still...

Roku is the top streaming media player device in the U.S., and its growth is only increasing. According to the latest industry report from market intelligence firm Parks Associates, 37 percent of streaming devices in U.S. households are Roku devices, as of the first quarter of this year. That's up from 30 percent in the same quarter last year, the report notes. TechCrunch reports: The growth is coming at the expense of Roku's top competitors, like Apple and Google, with only Amazon's Fire TV able to increase its install base during the same timeframe. Fire TV devices are in 24 percent of U.S. households, as of Q1 2017, up from 16 percent last year. That climb allowed Amazon to snag the second position from Google's Chromecast, which has an 18 percent share. Lagging behind, Apple TV's market share fell to 15 percent -- a drop that Parks Associates Senior Analyst Glenn Hower attributes to Apple TV's price point. Roku last fall overhauled its line of streaming players with the...

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17:01
Hulu launches beta version of live TV for Mac and PC...

Hulu is making its streaming live TV and on demand content available to users via its website today. Although the update brings the functionality to users now, the company notes the new feature will be an optional beta…

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15:57
Kolab Now Is a Smooth On-Ramp for LibreOffice Online


As cloud popularity grows, so does the collection of free or low-cost online office tools that services like Microsoft Office Online and Google Docs/G Suite provide. However, those two major league offerings, along with a swarm of other cloud-based productivity platforms, are proprietary. Until now, online open source office suites have been little more than vaporware. You can get your document work done fine using an open source local installation, but the inconvenience factor kicks in very quickly when you try to handle collaborative tasks.

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15:53
Here’s a shocker from Samsung

Samsung is working on a smart speaker that will be launched “soon”, the company’s mobile chief told CNBC, which will pit it against the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google, in the hotly-contested space.

Of course you are.

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15:50
Uber reports $645 million second quarter loss

Uber Technologies Inc reported on Wednesday that its losses narrowed in the second quarter by 9 percent and ride bookings rose, but the company is still a long way from being profitable.

Damn.

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15:49
Safari in iOS 11 strips Google AMP links down to...




When iOS 11 launches this fall, users sharing Google AMP pages from Safari will find Apple's operating system automatically remove Google's proprietary URL in favor of the webpage's original format.

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14:14
Analysts: Only 18% of iPhone buyers likely to spend...

An analyst note today from Barclays’ Mark Moskowitz and company predicts that Samsung is in position to take more of the premium smartphone market share with the launch of its Galaxy Note 8. They are also concerned that less than 1 in 5 potential iPhone buyers will spend $1,000 or more on a new iPhone.

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14:13
Apple Daily Report for August 23, 2017

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

A document published on August 18 details what versions of Apple's pro apps will work in the upcoming macOS High Sierra.

Apple has released Safari Technology Preview 38 (Safari TP38) on Wednesday. It tests out Payment Requests for Web Payments, and adds support for phonetic names in Apple Pay. 

Two new episodes of Carpool Karaoke: The Series air tonight, Apple has shared trailers for next week's episodes, which will pair Queen...

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13:26
Samsung confirms plans for smartspeaker challenging...




In addition to premiering the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung on Wednesday said that it's working on its own smartspeaker, which will face off against products like the Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Google Home.

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13:11
Google May Have Pixel Chromebook Showcase, Tiny Home...


Google appears to be planning a Pixel-branded Chromebook and a downsized version of its Home smart speaker, following in the steps of Microsoft and Amazon. Along with two expected new Pixel phones, Google this fall will unveil a Pixel-branded Chromebook and smaller, lower-priced version of its Home smart speaker, according to a report. Chromebooks typically have been popular with budget-conscious schools and penny-pinching consumers, but the Pixel laptop may be setting it sights on a segment of the market that's willing to spend more.

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13:05
Wading Through AccuWeather's Response

On Tuesday, ZDNet reported that popular weather app AccuWeather was sending location-identifying information to a monetization firm, even when a person had disabled location data from the app. In a response, AccuWeather said today "if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user." But it is misleading people. John Gruber of DaringFireball writes: The accusation has nothing to do with "GPS coordinates." The accusation is that their iOS app is collecting Wi-Fi router names and MAC addresses and sending them to servers that belong to Reveal Mobile, which in turn can easily be used to locate the user. Claiming this is about GPS coordinates is like if they were caught stealing debit cards and they issued a denial that they never stole anyone's cash. The accusation comes from Will Strafech, a respected security researcher who discovered the "actual information" by observing network traffic...

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12:49
'Assassin's Creed,' 'Game of...




Game developers are known to hold 'soft launches' of games, limiting the release to a few countries for testing, with 'Assassin's Creed: Rebellion,' 'Brawl Stars,' and 'Game of Thrones: Conquest' currently playable in countries around the globe for initial testing -- but not for U.S. players.

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12:34
Facebook rolling out ability to take 360-degree...

Facebook today is bringing the option to take 360-degree photos with its iOS app without needing any extra hardware beyond your iPhone.

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12:30
Apple updates Machine Learning Journal with articles...




Apple on Wednesday added three new articles to its Machine Learning Journal, part of an attempt at bringing some of its research -- and researchers -- out of the shadows.

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12:30
Samsung says it's building an Echo-like smart...

Samsung is spilling the beans on more than just its smartwatch plans in the wake of its Galaxy Note 8 event. In an interview with CNBC, mobile division chief DJ Koh has confirmed that his company is working on a smart speaker. He's shy on details,...

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12:19
Wading Through AccuWeather’s Bullshit Response

AccuWeather issued a statement regarding the controversy over their app sending location-identifying information to a monetization firm. It’s a veritable mountain of horseshit:

Despite stories to the contrary from sources not connected to the
actual information, if a user opts out of location tracking on
AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without
further opt-in permission from the user.

The accusation has nothing to do with “GPS coordinates”. The accusation is that their iOS app is collecting Wi-Fi router names and MAC addresses and sending them to servers that belong to Reveal Mobile, which in turn can easily be used to locate the user. Claiming this is about GPS coordinates is like if they were caught stealing debit cards and they...

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12:17
Catch up on Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 news in 10...

The Galaxy Note 8 wasn't exactly a well-kept secret, but Samsung officially revealed the supersized handset earlier today. If you missed the announcement live, don't worry: We've got you covered. We chopped down today's event to a much shorter clip,...

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12:15
Google: Learning more about clinical depression

Now when you search for “depression” on Google on mobile, you’ll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap “check if you’re clinically depressed”, which will bring you to PHQ-9, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to test what your likely level of depression may be. To ensure that the information shared in the PHQ-9 questionnaire is accurate and useful, we have partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness on this announcement.

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12:10
WatchOS 4 features in a four minute video

I thought this was a great video from the AppleInsider staff. I’m looking forward to the new WatchOS.

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12:05
Video: Everything you need to know about watchOS 4...




AppleInsider runs you through all of the most important changes and new features coming with watchOS 4, expected to be released this fall alongside the rumored Apple Watch 'Series 3.'

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12:02
Snapchat will feature original scripted shows by end...

Snapchat has jumped into television in a big way, with NBC's twice-daily news show, CNN's newscast, a CBS-led James Corden variety show and even MTV's Cribs crowding in to connect with Snapchat users. Now the photo messaging app is set to move into t...

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11:58
Fuck this guy

Gruber’s Jackass of the Week. Well said.

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11:51
Warning: Samsung is selling the Galaxy Note again

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd set out to wipe the slate clean in New York on Wednesday with the new Galaxy Note 8 phablet, hoping features like dual rear cameras and its biggest-ever screen will extinguish memories of its fire-prone predecessor.

Holy sweet shit, why are they doing this?

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11:47
Samsung's new Gear VR is built for the big...

Thanks to its tie-in with Oculus, Samsung's Gear VR has had the most content and arguably the best image quality of any mobile virtual reality headset since it launched. It has improved ever since, and the model unveiled with the Galaxy S8 finally in...

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11:43
Apple engineers share behind-the-scenes evolution of...

After first launching its new Machine Learning Journal for Apple engineers to share with the community, today the Siri team has shared three new blog posts based on research being presented at Interspeech 2017 in Stockholm this week.

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11:32
Luna Display: Turn any iPad into a true, wireless...

Luna Display seamlessly extends your Mac desktop to your iPad, creating a wireless second monitor with stunning image quality. Available for Mini DisplayPort or USB-C, Luna sets up in seconds and instantly works with your existing Wi-Fi.

This is a remarkable product. I had a chance to use it this summer and was truly impressed with the implementation and how it worked.

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11:30
Snapchat VP says more scripted content should arrive...

The effort and innovation of social media services over the last year has been steadily ramping up. Snapchat in particular has been copied by Instagram and Facebook in several different instances as the competition heats up. Now, it looks like Snapchat is going to be launching more original scripted content by the end of the year.

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11:30
Robot bears are coming for your grandparents

Not content to simply blame millennials for killing practically everything, baby boomers are now expecting the younger generations to care for them in their agedness. The nerve. Indeed, some 13 percent of the American population is now 65 or older, t...

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11:19
Why are Kinder Surprise eggs illegal in the United...

I knew that Kinder eggs were illegal in the US (and it’s a point we Canadians often use to show our “superiority” over America) but I didn’t know the legal reasoning behind it.

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11:19
A dual-port wall charger is $11 today

Looking for a dual-port wall charger that supports quick charging to match the car charger we talked about last week? Well, today is your lucky day. Right now Aukey is selling its Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for $11 on Amazon.

As usual, Aukey’s products are sold by the company but fulfilled by Amazon. That means you’re covered by Amazon’s customer service policies if you need to return anything.

The official price on the Amazon page is $20, but right underneath that is a link for “Buy 1, get 45% off.” (You may need to scroll further down the page to find it if you’re on a mobile device.) Redeem that and you’ll get the $11 deal price.

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11:19
A dual-port wall charger is $11 today

Looking for a dual-port wall charger that supports quick charging to match the car charger we talked about last week? Well, today is your lucky day. Right now Aukey is selling its Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for $11 on Amazon.

As usual, Aukey’s products are sold by the company but fulfilled by Amazon. That means you’re covered by Amazon’s customer service policies if you need to return anything.

The official price on the Amazon page is $20, but right underneath that is a link for “Buy 1, get 45% off.” (You may need to scroll further down the page to find it if you’re on a mobile device.) Redeem that and you’ll get the $11 deal price.

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11:16
New support document spells out compatibility of...




A support document published in advance of Apple's impending release of High Sierra details what versions of Apple's Pro Apps will work fine in High Sierra -- and what has been left behind.

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11:16
ESPN's mobile app personalizes your live sports...

ESPN is keeping up its recent trend of letting you watch sports your way. The TV network has updated its Android and iOS apps with a reworked Watch tab that gives you a more personalized approach to video, including live video -- if there's an in-pr...

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11:00
One week with Samsung Bixby

Nobody wants an assistant they can't trust. And no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't put my faith in Samsung's Bixby. It's the newest entry in the crowded field of virtual assistants, and its youthful inexperience shows. After living with Bixby on...

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10:49
Apple TV losing market share to streaming set-top...




Competitors to the Apple TV are continuing to outpace Apple's streaming set-top box, a consumer research report claims, with the proportion of U.S. households owning and using an Apple TV shrinking while Roku increases its strong lead.

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10:43
By the numbers: Samsung's Note 8 revealed

It was a big day for Samsung and its recently maligned Note line of phones (becoming an explosive punchline will do that to a brand). The company revealed on Wednesday the Note 8, a 6.3-inch pocket computer sporting an improved stylus, dual rear came...

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10:41
How Some Thunderbolt 3 Cables Underperform with USB-...

AppleInsider found a mismatch with certain Thunderbolt 3 cables and USB-C drives that support only USB standards. We checked it out and were able to confirm AppleInsider’s results.

 

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10:35
Apple sets sights on new Iowa data center to handle...




Apple is reportedly in the early stages of setting up a new data center in Waukee, Iowa, which should join several others scattered around the U.S.

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10:34
Apple plans to build a data center in Waukee, Iowa

Apple plans to build a data center in Waukee, joining Google, Facebook and Microsoft in building facilities in Iowa, reports The Des Moines Register. The project became public after state officials published an agenda for a specially called meeting of the Iowa Economic Development Authority board.

Using the code name Project Morgan, the council agenda shows plans for a development agreement with Apple, the sale of city-owned property to Bravo Real Estate, and rezoning of properties from agricultural use to light industrial. The report also says that...

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10:31
‘Swords of Ditto’ scratches that retro ‘Zelda’ itch

Washed up on the beach, you, young boy/girl/robot, are the hero that will save the island of Ditto. Or you'll fail, and plunge the land into a hundred years of darkness until another hero is born. OneBitBeyond's The Swords Of Ditto lets you control o...

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10:16
Apple plans to build next U.S. data center in Iowa

Apple’s next plans to expand its data centers in the U.S. are for a facility to be built in Waukee, Iowa.

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10:14
The Galaxy Note 8 vs. the competition: More than...

With phone screens getting bigger and bigger, the Galaxy Note doesn't quite stand out the way it used to. The Note 8's 6.3-inch screen is only a tad larger than the 6.2 inches boasted by the Galaxy S8+, and both devices share the same Snapdragon 835...

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10:00
Facebook's mobile apps now take 360-degree...

Standalone cameras and apps that can take 360-degree photos and videos are a must if they're essential to your job or if they fit your lifestyle. But if you find yourself taking spherical images merely once in a blue moon, you may not need them at al...

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09:38
Randy Ubillos, FCP and Adobe Premiere creator honored

SMPTE (The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers) have announced that former Adobe, Macromedia and Apple employee Randy Ubillos will be receiving the Workflow Systems Medal at the SMPTE 2017 Awards later this year.

Cheers, Randy.

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09:32
John Lee Hooker five-disc box set coming in Sept.

In honor of John Lee Hooker’s 100th birthday, Craft Recordings has announced King of the Boogie, a comprehensive, five-disc box set of the blues legend’s greatest hits, plus some rarities, live recordings and numerous previously unreleased cuts.

This is a must have.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13-inch MacBook Pro $150 off,...

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

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09:15
Apple Puts Brakes on Self-driving Car Project,...

Apple is following the road taken by Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet, and downshifting on its still-unannounced self-driving car project, according to a report in the New York Times. From a report: The company has been working on its automotive technology under the internal code name "Project Titan" since at least 2014, and once intended to build its own vehicle from start to finish, creating a true "Apple Car." Now it's put the car-building side of the project on hold, perhaps indefinitely, as it instead focuses on creating and perfecting the software and hardware necessary to get a self-driving car on the streets. Apple is now planning on working with other car-makers to get its self-driving tech into the garages and driveways of customers, according to the paper. One upcoming example of that collaboration: an autonomous shuttle service that will ferry employees back and forth between the company's Silicon Valley offices in Palo Alto and...

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09:13
Samsung to face off against Apple's '...




Looking to finally eclipse last year's fire-prone Galaxy Note 7, Samsung on Wednesday announced the Note 8, which should ship to the U.S. on Sept. 15. [Updated with pricing]

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09:10
Giveaway: 2 Pairs of BlackPods (customized AirPods)...




BlackPods is partnering with AppleInsider this week to offer readers the chance to win a pair of BlackPods (AirPods finished with a military-grade coating) in Classic or Stealth. Two pairs are up for grabs -- enter today for your chance to win.

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09:09
Roundup: Here are the best iCloud alternatives for...




With Code42 discontinuing its CrashPlan for Home service, finding the right backup solution with reliable protection is key. We're rounding up the best alternatives to Apple's iCloud service to help keep your data safe and secure.

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09:00
The unbelievable life of the “John 3:16” sports guy

If you watched sports in 1980s, you saw this guy in the background of major sporting events. I found him incredibly annoying and, while I never wondered or cared about what happened to him, the path his life took is tragic.

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08:53
Samsung announces Galaxy Note 8, claims better OIS...

Samsung today officially announced its new flagship Galaxy Note 8 device ahead of Apple’s iPhone 8 and compared some of the device’s new features directly to iPhone.

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08:45
The Powerball jackpot is offering at least $850...

Many of us Canadians are jealous about the size of the Powerball jackpot. This is an easy way for us (and others outside the US) to get in on the fun.

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08:32
Akitio launches MacBook Pro compatible Thunder3 Quad...




Enclosure producer Akitio has unveiled the Thunder3 Quad X, an external storage device that can also be used to connect a second display, as well as providing high transfer speeds to enclosed drives over a Thunderbolt 3 connection.

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08:00
Hands on: Astropad's Luna Display dongle fakes...




Assorted app combinations have been utilizing Wi-Fi to extend the Mac's desktop to the iPad for some time -- but a new hardware dongle from the makers of the Astropad app eliminates hacks from the equation, and is able to send fully accelerated video to an iPad companion app.

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08:00
Hands-on with Astropad’s new MacBook dongle that...

Astropad, the company behind many popular and incredibly powerful iOS apps, has unveiled an all-new hardware product. Called Luna Display, Astropad explains that this accessory is the “first and only hardware solution that turns any iPad into a true, wireless second screen display.” Read on for our hands-on review…

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08:00
Update to Luminar app adds support for aerial photos

Luminar is a wonderful photo editing app from Macphun that provides all of the tools digital photographers need to turn their photos from "so-so" to "spectacular!!!". We reviewed Luminar last year and found a lot to love, and Macphun has been great about updating the app with new capabilities. Now there's an update that adds tools to aid in making those drone images look as good as possible. 

According to Macphun, "The new version of Luminar addresses some of the common challenges that aerial photographers face. These include being able to reduce noise, cropping to create a better composition, and adding Polarizing and Gradient filters to enhance sunsets and landscapes (just to name a few). Luminar takes often complicated post-processing work and makes enhancing photos simple and easy, all while offering creative inspiration through presets and unique...

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07:38
Roku extends its lead over the Apple TV and other...

Okay, Apple, it’s time for a fifth generation Apple TV with 4K and HDR support. New consumer research from Parks Associates reveals Roku is increasing its lead in the streaming media player landscape, with 37% of U.S. households owning and using a Roku device as of quarter one (Q1) of 2017, That’s up from 30% in Q1 2016. The research group says this increase in share of installed base puts Roku further ahead of its main competitors Amazon, Google, and Apple.

"Roku emerged early as a U.S. market leader for streaming media players, and the company has held firmly to that position," says Glenn Hower, senior analyst, Parks Associates. "Higher-priced devices, such as the Apple TV, have not been able to keep up with low-priced and readily available Roku devices, which can be found at Walmart for as low as $29.99."

According to Parks Associates, of the other major players in this market, only...

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07:38
As Apple Watch 3 expected to gain LTE, a quarter of...

A survey of how U.S. consumers use their smartwatches produced mostly unsurprising results. Notifications and texts are of course the most frequent use, with activity-tracking number two …

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07:25
Virgin Mobile extends $1 year of unlimited iPhone...




Just ahead of Apple's anticipated announcement of new iPhones, U.S. carrier Virgin Mobile has opened its offer of a year of unlimited service for $1 to existing iPhone owners switching over, not just people buying a new iPhone.

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07:16
NordVPN confirms that using a VPN will bypass...

NordVPN has confirmed that Verizon’s plan to throttle all video streams on its unlimited data plans can be bypassed by using a VPN connection …

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07:15
The End of Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is Nigh

The end is coming for Microsoft Office 2011, as Microsoft is dropping support on 10 October 2017. Josh Centers lists your options.

 

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07:01
Carrier-sourced rumor suggests 'iPhone 8'...




Apple is supposedly planning to reveal the 'iPhone 8,' 'iPhone 7s,' and the 'iPhone 7s Plus' on September 12, according to a French report citing a number of sources within European carriers preparing for the impending iPhone launches.

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06:52
∞ The annoyance and UI divide of push notifications

Joanna Stern, writing for the Wall Street Journal:

You’ve tried to silence unimportant push alerts but couldn’t figure out the complicated settings. Or worse, you thought you mastered the settings, but trivial messages still manage to sneak through like a mouse in an air vent.

Our attention has become such a precious commodity that apps, social networks and, yes, news outlets have deployed infuriating numbers of pop-ups to conquer it.

“Silence all the notifications!” is not the answer, however. Do I want Facebook to ding me to update my profile? Never. But I sure as heck want to be buzzed by the babysitter watching my newborn.

Notifications are a constant river of pain. But they do have value. The key is tuning them. The post does a nice job walking through some settings to give a sense of what lives where and what you can control.

But...

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06:51
Apple scales back its ambitions for a self-driving...

Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for the New York Times:

The company has put off any notion of an Apple-branded autonomous vehicle and is instead working on the underlying technology that allows a car to drive itself.

And:

A notable symbol of that retrenchment is a self-driving shuttle service that ferries employees from one Apple building to another. The shuttle, which has never been reported before, will likely be a commercial vehicle from an automaker and Apple will use it to test the autonomous driving technology that it develops.

And:

Five people familiar with Apple’s car project, code-named “Titan,” discussed with The New York Times the missteps that led the tech giant to move — at least for now — from creating a self-driving Apple car to creating technology for a car that someone else builds. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about Apple’s plans.

The project’s reduced scale aligns...

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06:49
Rumor: Apple to announce new iPhones on September 12

Apple will announce the new iPhones and an the Apple Watch Series 3 on Tuesday, Sept. 12, according to Mac4Ever — as noted by 9to5Mac.

Apple has reportedly told carriers to expect the event on that day. The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) thinks there’s a 80% chance the rumor is true. We’ll know for sure if press invitations are sent out next week. 

If they’re not, I expect the event to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26. I expect pre-orders for the new phones to start the Friday after the special event (whenever it’s held), though supplies — especially for the "iPhone 8" — will be (as usual) constrained. I predict the new Apple Watches will be available immediately after their announcement.

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06:42
Rumor: the ‘iPhone 8’ will come in 64GB, 256GB and...

The “iPhone 8” will come with 64GB, 256GB and 512GB of RAM, according to the Chinese site, GeekBar — as noted by AppleInsider. What’s more, the high end Apple smartphone will also pack 3GB of RAM.

This conflicts with recent claims that the iPhone 8 will ship in 64GB and 128GB versons, but no 256GB or 512GB options. However, the Sellers Research Firm (thats me) thinks GeekBar may be right because of the myriad reportsthat Apple will sell configurations costing over $1,000.

The iPhone 8 (shown in fanciful mock-ups) is expected to be announced next month, along with the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7s Plus. The rumor mill is in overdrive regarding the next gen iPhones; you...

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06:32
This Thunderbolt 3 hard drive/SSD enclosure looks...

I always loved the design of the old ‘cheese-grater‘ Mac Pro, and computer storage company Akitio has used it as the inspiration for its new Thunderbolt 3 drive enclosure.

The company says that the Akitio Thunder3 Quad X was designed for use with the MacBook Pro. The previous version – which had a more generic design – did not support Macs …

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06:29
‘NYT’: no ‘Apple Car” is coming soon, but a self-...

Haven’t we known this for awhile? Apple is scaling back plans to build actual self-driving cars, and will instead focus on creating autonomous systems, according to The New York Times.

Why? shifting priorities, unrealistic deadlines and lack of a clear vision for the end product. However, the NYT says Apple is focusing on a self-driving campus shuttle called PAIL — short for "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop.” It will likely be a commercial vehicle from an automaker and Apple will use it to test the autonomous driving technology that it develops.

As the Sellers Research Group (that’s me) has long said, I don't think that Apple will actually build its own automobiles, but will work with other manufactures to implement technologies such as enhanced CarPlay into their vehicles. Of course, if PAIL works really well, Apple could start making...

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06:04
Apple's 'iPhone 8' to come with 64,...




Apple is planning to ramp up storage options across the board with this fall's "iPhone 8," selling 64-, 256-, and 512-gigabyte models, according to a Chinese report.

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06:01
Hulu combining its two iOS apps, merging live TV...




Hulu is preparing to simplify its streaming video offerings on iOS by incorporating its Hulu with Live TV app into the main app, combining the two separate services into one single app and phasing out its live-streaming app entirely.

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06:00
Deal! Get this 3-in-1 Universal Smartphone Camera...

Taking photos with your iPhone or any smartphone is fun...but limiting. After all, your phone usually has a lens that limits you to the equivalent of a 28mm wide-angle lens on a DSLR. Variety is the spice of life, and that means that having more lenses can help you take more exciting photos. We're offering a 3-in-1 Universal Smartphone Camera Lens Kit for just $9.99, letting you experiment with ultra-wide-angle, fisheye, and macro photography without breaking the bank. 

Rather than requiring a special case or messy stick-on magnets, the RAWtronics lens kit uses an innovative clip that lets you attach any of the three provided lenses to your camera in seconds. 

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05:59
Medium’s new approach to writers making money

From the Medium blog:

Today we’re launching the first step of an exciting new phase at Medium.

We strongly believe that quality content needs to be paid for by consumers — not advertisers — so creators can do their best work, and to align the incentives of everyone involved. So, since March, we’ve been experimenting with our subscription paywall and putting more and more great stories behind it. But that’s only a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands of fantastic stories published on Medium every day. And, though Medium is an open publishing platform, we haven’t enabled a way for most of our writers to participate in the economics.

Until now.

In a nutshell, Medium is updating their Partner Program to allow writers to be paid by engagement. And how is that engagement measured?

For the creators in the program, each month you will be paid based on the level of engagement your stories get from Medium members. Essentially, we look at the...

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05:58
Ahead of iPhone 8, Virgin Mobile extends ‘all you...

Virgin Mobile really loves iPhone users … After going iPhone-only back in June, and offering a really sweet deal to those buying a new phone, it has now extended the offer to existing iPhone owners switching to the carrier.

The carrier says that any iPhone owner who ports their number to Virgin will be able to get the same ‘all you can eat’ $1 deal for a full 12 months …

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05:42
AccuWeather responds to accusations they shared...

Yesterday, from a post called Screw you, AccuWeather:

Popular weather app AccuWeather has been caught sending geolocation data to a third-party data monetization firm, even when the user has switched off location sharing.

And Jim’s followup:

How can you ever trust them again? You can’t.

Last night, AccuWeather released this statement:

Despite stories to the contrary from sources not connected to the actual information, if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user.

Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information, was for a short period available on the Reveal SDK, but was unused by AccuWeather. In fact, AccuWeather was unaware the data was available to it. Accordingly, at no point was the data used by AccuWeather for any...

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05:30
Kensington introduces the SecureBack Rugged Case for...

Kensington has announced the $99.99 SecureBack Rugged Case for Square Reader, which is compatible with 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2.

Designed to protect the Apple tablet in a mobile point-of-sale environment, it provides integrated protection for the Square Contactless & Chip Reader, and the Square Magstripe Reader. The dual layer construction offers drop protection while the raised bezel edging guards against screen scratches.

The rotating hand strap and shoulder strap are designed to make it easy to carry. A built-in anchor lets the user quickly attach a ClickSafe lock to deter any theft attempts when the user is away from the tablet.

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05:24
Hulu dropping Live TV iOS app, incorporating...

Hulu has announced that it is dropping its standalone Live TV app, and instead bringing this functionality into its main app …

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05:15
Rumored 3D sensing camera module for next-gen iPhone...

As of late Monday, a leaked photo had surfaced of an alleged leaked 3D sensing camera module destined for the upcoming “iPhone 8”. Apple is said to have radically revamped its front-facing camera for its OLED iPhone, adding 3D sensing capabilities for facial recognition.

The leak dovetails with KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo having stated that the next-gen iPhone’s camera will consist of three modules: a standard camera front-facing camera module, an infrared transmitting module, and an infrared receiving module, all of which will allow the iPhone 8 to perform 3D sensing and modeling functions.

It’s also been rumored that the front facing camera might support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The rumor is based on code references found without the HomePod firmware leak. It’s also been argued that this feature could be limited to the rear camera as opposed to the rear camera.

It’s also possible that the front-facing camera will support 4K video...

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04:28
External Link: AccuWeather Gathering Location Data...

iOS weather app AccuWeather has been gathering data about your location even if you told it not to in Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Security researcher Will Strafach found that the app sends your Wi-Fi router name and MAC address to data monetization firm Reveal Mobile every few hours. Although Reveal Mobile claimed it was never tracking individual devices, the Wi-Fi router and MAC address data can be used to determine your location. AccuWeather says that it’s updating its app to eliminate this behavior, but we recommend switching to another weather app and deleting AccuWeather on principle. There must be consequences for such a blatant disregard for user privacy, and all we users can do is vote with our feet.

 

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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