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Wednesday April 26

09:40
The first 4K livestream from space starts at 1:30PM...

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has already broken plenty of new ground in her current role as a commander aboard the International Space Station, but she's about to break some more. As promised, Whitson will star in the first-ever 4K livestream from space t...

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB Flash...

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09:23
Google Home has 5 million recipe options for your...

Google has been rapidly adding new features to its Home connected speaker recently, and the latest will be handy for chefs. Google Home can now read out recipes step-by-step -- but it sounds like you'll need to kick off the process using your smartph...

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09:19
Amazon Echo Look and iOS app judges your wardrobe...




On Wednesday, Amazon expanded its Alexa family of devices with the Echo Look -- a voice recognition device with a camera tailored to snapping a shot of your outfit, rating it, and giving you alternate choices in conjunction with an iOS app.

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09:03
NAB 2017: Apple announces 2 milion users of Final...

Final Cut Pro X first made it to the Mac about five and a half years ago to a largely negative user base. Those who complained about the removal of core features from version 7 and the addition of a completely redesigned user interface apparently got over their initial distates for the app, as it was announced at NAB 2017 that the app now has two million users.

Richard Taylor, host of a series of Final Cut Pro X videos on YouTube, caught the announcement on video:

Of interest in the announcement was word that it took less time for Final Cut Pro X to grow from 1 to 2 million users than it took to capture the first million. That indicates a growing acceptance of the tool in the video editing field as well as a larger user base for the pro app. The addition of many third-party plugins for Final Cut Pro X as well as acceptance of the revised UI after over five years has made...

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08:59
Tesla Model S safety concerns cost it Consumer...

Consumer Reports and Tesla really aren't getting along well lately. The what-should-I-buy magazine has lowered the ratings of Tesla's Model S and Model X after noting that a promised automatic emergency braking feature (originally due by the end of 2...

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08:50
Apple’s New Clips App Is iMovie for the Social Age

Apple’s new Clips app for iOS is a video-editing app like iMovie, but it’s loaded with emojis and other zany features like those in Snapchat and other social video apps. Clips is fun, but limited and opaque in some ways.

 

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08:38
Robbers nab $24K worth of Apple goods in Corte...

Apple devices usually come with a "Designed in California" label. Now 17 iPhones, three iPads, and two Macs can wear the "Stolen in California" label, as the devices were stolen from an Apple retail outlet at The Village at Corte Madera mall in Corte Madera, CA. 

The devices are valued at $24,000, and were stolen shortly after the store closed at 8 PM on Monday, April 24. Five robbers who were described as being in their late teens or early 20s made the heist, and were later spotted by a security guard running towards the rear of a nearby Macy's store. Apparently there were still customers in the store at the time. 

A tweet by ABC7 news reporter Amy Hollyfield shows the empty tabletops: 

Look at the empty counter at the Corte Madera Apple Store. Police say 5 thieves grabbed about $24k worth of products and took off...

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08:38
FDA: Stop buying miracle cancer drugs on Instagram

The FDA has issued a warning to social media users not to be taken in by miracle cures hawked on the internet. The agency found 14 companies that made fraudulent, outrageous claims about the power of their medicines on platforms like Facebook and Ins...

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08:22
Google Maps on iPhone adds parking reminders,...

Google Maps for iPhone (free) has a new feature that's been in Apple Maps for a while; the ability to set parking reminders automatically or manually. 

Those who are using Apple CarPlay or the like to pair to a car via USB or Bluetooth should find that Maps places a pin on a parking location automatically when a phone is disconnected. If that doesn't work for you -- say, the parking location is never accurate enough -- you can disable autosave through the options on the blue dot that marks a user's current location.

Manual addition of a parking spot is done by tapping on the blue dot or by adding a red "pin", then tapping on the menu at upper right to "Set as parking location". 

In addition, there's now a new "Directions widget" that provides users with directions right on the lock screen (see image above). With a tap, both the starting and ending...

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08:21
Amazon Echo Look is a voice-controlled camera for...

Amazon's Echo smart speakers just went in an unusual (but potentially very helpful) new direction. Meet Echo Look, an Alexa-powered camera designed around taking your own fashion photos and videos. If you want to show off your daily wardrobe, you j...

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08:06
Trump proves a boon for Twitter growth as service...

Wednesday morning, Twitter held its shareholders meeting for Q1 2017 results. Pointing to the changes it introduced to fight abusive accounts, pulling @names from a Tweet’s character count, and building out an API were all reported as contributing factors for monthly active user growth. A key area that may have contributed to the 9 million new users seen in Q1 was the vocal political leaders on the platform like President Donald Trump.

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08:02
Uber highlights your rating to make you a better...

It's no secret that Uber assigns star ratings to passengers as well as drivers, but finding your passenger rating has practically required a small mining expedition. After today, though, you'll hardly have to lift a finger to understand your reputati...

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07:54
Apple Pay with Touch ID is in the crosshairs of a...

As my vacationing blog partner Dennis Sellers would say, "another day, another lawsuit." Today's lawsuit against Apple is from the trollishly named Pen-One Acquisition Group, which says that Apple infringed its patent titled "Pen-based transponder identity verification system." The patent describes a point of sale system using a stylus or fingerprint signature, and Pen-One Acquisition Group says that any Apple device using Touch ID to make a purchase infringes on its patent.

The complaint covers the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad, iPad mini and iPad Pro, all of which have Touch ID authentication and can be used to make purchases with Apple Pay. 

The abstract for the patent in question says "This pen-based, identity verification uses biometric technology. For use...

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07:44
Google Maps adds parking reminders on Apple's...




Taking a cue from Apple Maps, Google has updated its own Maps app for the iPhone with support for parking reminders, including both manual and automatic options.

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07:43
Uber wants to encourage ‘better rider behavior’ by...

You’ve always been able to rate your driver in Uber and see their star average before using the ride-sharing service, but Uber hasn’t easily exposed your star average intentionally before. Now Uber says it is rolling out an update to make your passenger rating visible in its app to encourage better rider behavior.

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07:42
ESPN fires 100 on-air personalities, will focus on...

ESPN has announced some upcoming changes for the network today, including informing employees that 100 on-air talent positions will be cut as the company refocuses its content strategy. It also announced new features coming for the ESPN apps today, which is available to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users as well as on other platforms.

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07:42
VR's latest victim: 'live' standup...

Comedy Living Room started in 2012 as a way for emerging stand-ups to try out gags in the safety of a friend's living room. Now, the event is embracing virtual reality, enabling everyone to watch a low-fi comedy gig in someone else's living room whil...

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07:30
The web’s best hidden gems

Lots and lots of great links to explore.

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07:23
Apple's HomeKit accessory list updated with new...




Apple has updated its curated page of HomeKit-compatible devices, notably adding the as-yet unreleased Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and removing a Bluetooth extender and a Lightwave to HomeKit bridge.

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07:06
Dual cameras could be just the start, suggests CNET...

The move by Apple and other smartphone manufacturers to dual cameras could be just the start, suggests a CNET piece. It argues that future smartphones could have three, four, five or more cameras …

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07:00
A Fitbit helped police arrest a man for his wife’s...

BuzzFeed:

A Connecticut man was charged with murdering his wife after police analyzed the woman’s Fitbit and found the device recorded her movements after the time the man told investigators she was fatally shot by a home intruder.

Imagine the shock on this guy’s face when they laid this out for him. Like an episode of Elementary.

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07:00
Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble brings the animated show...

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

I love Yo-Kai Watch, so naturally I had to download Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble, a casual match-3 style game with bright, adorable graphics, an energetic soundtrack, and plenty of levels to keep you occupied.

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06:51
How to save your parking spot in Google Maps

Update, 4/26/17: The article has been updated with additional information now that the parking feature is out of beta testing.

Google Maps is finally starting to understand the headache that is parking. Earlier this year it added a parking availability feature that let you know how hard it would be to find a spot at your destination, but the latest addition to Maps is one we’ve been waiting years to get.

Google has long offered a parking reminder card in Google Now, but it’s always been kind of flaky (and never really belonged there). With the latest version of Maps on iOS and Android, Google is giving it a new home, right inside the Maps app. And it's a snap to use. When you tap the blue location dot on the map on...

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06:48
Apple releases Live Photos API, add Live Photos to...

The details and live examples are here. To bring the sample pictures to life, hover over the “Live” box in the upper-right corner.

The key is a chunk of JavaScript wrapped up in a library called LivePhotosKit. Read more about LivePhotosKit here.

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06:35
CNBC: Fluent survey shows “Customer excitement for...

CNBC:

According to a new survey, individuals who did not already own Apple’s smartwatch were unenthusiastic about buying one anytime soon, while just 8 percent of those surveyed said they planned to make the purchase.

A total of 1,339 consumers were polled by consumer marketing firm Fluent for the survey.

“Customer excitement for the Apple Watch has plateaued since hitting the market in 2015. Only current owners think it’s a great product, but nearly half of them don’t plan on upgrading,” a Fluent spokeswoman said in an email.

I think it’s hard to draw these sorts of conclusions about a market that is so young and still growing, still finding its way. Add to that that the Apple Watch is a secondary device, designed to augment the iPhone, at least for most people. Apple Watch sales are gravy for Apple, enhancing iPhone sales numbers, helping add value to the ecosystem.

As to upgrading, I’d say give that time, time for the Apple Watch and watchOS to...

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06:23
Instagram touts 700 million users, 100 million added...

Instagram has become quite competitive lately with new features that take on Snapchat directly, and now the social network has shared that it has 700 million users which is a new milestone. Instagram made the announcement in a blog post this morning:

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06:22
$24K worth of products stolen in 2nd recent robbery...




Robbers reportedly struck an Apple outlet in Corte Madera, Calif. this week, stealing some $24,000 worth of goods just months after a previous raid on the store.

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06:17
Comment: Today at Apple will convert a fairly well-...

When Angela Ahrendts spoke to CBS about a new Apple Store initiative called Today at Apple, I was initially a little confused. What she described as something new at first sounded pretty much identical to something that has existed for many years: free workshops at Apple Stores.

Rebranding and promoting the workshop would make sense, of course. Many Apple customers seem entirely unaware that the workshops exist, while others know about the basic ones but not the more advanced sessions.

This was made clear to me when I mentioned on Facebook that I was attending a Final Cut Pro workshop at Apple’s Regent Street store in London, and several friends told me they had no idea these existed. Even among 9to5Mac readers, there were similar comments when I mentioned them in my...

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06:10
∞ Video shows expressions on one person transferred...

[VIDEO] Watch the video in the main Loop post and notice that the person on the left is not moving, is relatively expressionless. The person on the right is moving their face.

Now switch your gaze to the two screens in the video. Note that the video of the person on the left has the expressions of the person on the right.

Like the post from Monday where an AI was used to speak using someone else’s voice, this has potential badness and chicanery written all over it.

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06:02
Apple’s newest Middle East Apple Store, Apple Dubai...

Check out the images in the press release. I love the animated GIF toward the bottom of the release that shows the “solar wings” opening and closing. Apple Stores sometimes seem, to me, like sculptures.

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05:53
China hits 836M 4G users as Apple faces app battles...

The world’s largest LTE network keeps growing. The Chinese government announced today that the country now has 836M 4G users.

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05:26
Apple announces it has two million Final Cut Pro X...

Apple has announced that it now has two million Final Cut Pro X users – or ‘seats,’ in the terminology used when speaking to an audience at the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual conference.

Apple said that it hit the milestone some five and a half years after launching version 10 of the professional video editing app. Notably, it said that the pace of adoption was increasing. While the company didn’t provide specific dates, it said that it had taken much less time to grow from 1M to 2M users than it had taken to hit that first million.

The milestone is significant given initial reactions to the app …

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05:15
Notebooks and tablets may be banned from cabin...

The U.S. ban on notebooks and tablets in the cabin of certain inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The ban, which currently extends to flights from 10 airports, mostly from the Middle East and North Africa, was introduced last month with the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside certain consumer electronics.

A new report from The Guardian has stated that the Trump administration is “considering” extending the ban to inbound flights from Europe.

The Department of Homeland Security offered the following comment:

“We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic...

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05:00
Apple to launch “Today at Apple” workshops beginning...

Apple is looking to make its retail locations the places to be for educational events.

The company has announced that it plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed “Today at Apple,” retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday.

The program will roll out across all of Apple’s retail locations as part of an effort to manufacture “town squares” wherein customers engage with their communities and their devices. Visitors should be able to attend classes, complete with Apple’s new “creative pro” staffers skilled in fields like music and photography.

The company has long held workshops and other events at its stores, and it’s not yet clear how Today at Apple will distinguish itself.

Under Ahrendts’ guidance, Apple has worked to retool its retail design and operations. As such, many locations have added trees, wooden shelves, oversized video screens, new conference rooms and new work roles for staff. More controversially...

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05:00
iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course,...

One of the most comprehensive developer courses we've had in the store has just arrived in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Aaron Caines of Geeky Lemon Development has been an iOS developer for seven years, and during that time he's also been an online instructor. You can benefit from Aaron's experience creating apps with the iOS 10 & Objective-C Complete Developer Course, on sale for $88.

In this online training, you'...

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04:17
Second burglary at Apple Store in Corte Madera,...

ABC7 News reports that an Apple Store in Corte Madera, California, was the subject of a second major theft in the space of a few months. On this occasion, police report that $24,000 worth of iPhones, iPads and Macs were stolen.

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03:53
Apple shows off Dubai Mall store with ‘stunning...

A day before the official opening, Apple invited local press to tour its latest retail store within the Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates. Headline features include views of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a 180-feet wide motorized window comprising 18 carbon fiber panels.

To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Parters designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fiber reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.

The store will also...

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03:45
Typinator 7.2

Improves speed of expansions and improves compatibility in Safari, Firefox, Outlook, and other third-party apps. (€24.99 new, free update, 8.1 MB)

 

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03:00
Little Flocker reincarnates as Xfence, a free beta...

When security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski took a job at Apple a few weeks ago, I heard from many people concerned about the future of his macOS app, Little Flocker, a tool that restricts apps and system processes access to files without permission. He was unable to talk details, but recently F-Secure, a leading security developer and analysis company, announced its purchase of Little Flocker, which it’s rebranded as Xfence.

I spoke to Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, about the changeover and the general current set of risks to Mac users. He said Xfence, which was in release form as Little Flocker, will shift into a free beta mode for the foreseeable future. (Those who paid for a Little Flocker license will get some currently unspecified benefit as future pricing for Xfence and its inclusion in other products isn’t yet set. “Their license will carry through when...

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Tuesday April 25

23:00
NAB Show 2017: FeiyuTech iPhone gimbals




AppleInsider is on the scene at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show with a look at some of the hottest gear designed to work with Apple products. In this video, we take a closer look at some of FeiyuTech's handheld iPhone gimbals.

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20:45
Pages 6.1.1, Numbers 4.1.1, and Keynote 7.1.1 for Mac

Maintenance updates for the trio of iWork apps for the Mac. (Free, various sizes)

 

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17:07
Netflix gets its shows into China through iQiyi...

While Netflix has dominated much of the streaming content market, it's been blocked by regulators in a major region: China. Having previously licensed content to LeEco (which is currently dealing with its own problems) as far back as 2014, the compan...

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16:16
Scientists successfully grew fetal lambs inside...

Doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have developed a new artificial womb that could benefit the tens of thousands of critically preterm (younger than 26 weeks) births in the US each year. According to a new paper published in the journal N...

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15:37
Fans resurrect 'Tomb Raider' in your web...

If you need a reminder of how far video games have come since the mid-90s, look no further than OpenTomb. Over the past four years, a handful of devoted developers have been rebuilding the original five Tomb Raider games from scratch, and the City of...

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14:53
This prosthetic arm is powered by Bluetooth and your...

Robotic limbs aren't a new technology, though the range of motion and strength of such limbs continue to improve. Controlling prosthetics with your mind is another area of refinement, but they're typically connected directly to a patient's brain. A n...

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14:37
Campy, live-action horror game 'Night Trap...

After 25 years, a browser port and a failed Kickstarter, cult classic FMV (full-motion video) game Night Trap is finally getting making its way back to living rooms. Thanks to the folks at developer Screaming Villains and publisher Limited Run Games,...

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14:21
AT&T's faux 5G network launches in Austin

At last, 5G wireless is here... sort of. As promised, AT&T has launched its pre-standard 5G network, starting with certain parts of Austin. So long as you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, you can get speeds that should leave LTE in the dust. Expect...

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14:05
New 'Sonic Forces' footage feels a lot...

For the last few months, SEGA has been playing coy with Sonic Forces-- first only little else beside the game's name and the usual promises of greatness. Then, earlier this month, a new trailer teased new levels for "Classic Sonic," the 1990s version...

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13:51
DC is launching its own streaming service with a...

DC Entertainment is getting into the streaming space with help from Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. What's more, the company's own service is said to be launching with a Titans live-action show, as well as the third season of Young...

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13:36
Sling tries to lure customers with an AirTV bundle

Sling has realized that it also needs a dirt-cheap hardware offering to help hook wary users into cutting the cord. That's why it's heavily discounting the AirTV Player, which lets you access local channels and Netflix, from a single, Roku-esque box....

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13:20
'Heroes of the Storm' adds everyone's...

Last month, Blizzard announced it would revamp its MOBA game, Heroes of the Storm, in a huge patch released in April. Its 2.0 update, which is live in North America, promised to upgrade its player progression system and added random-reward loot boxes...

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13:05
YouTube Kids brings cartoons and bright colors to...

YouTube Kids' mobile app is fine if your young ones are content to watch videos on a tablet, but what if you just want to plunk them down on the couch to watch on the big screen? You can after today. YouTube is trotting out a version of the Kids app...

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12:51
Nastier version of IoT botnet could brick your smart...

Two new versions of a nasty botnet called BrickerBot were spotted in the wild by researcher Pascal Geenens, who reported the latest attack for security firm Radware. Permanent denial-of-service botnets like these can infect poorly-protected IoT devic...

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12:33
A Doritos bag is all you need to play the '...

Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in an unusual way. They've created a custom-designed, limited edition series of Doritos bags with a built-in, rechargeable cassette deck-inspired player that plays th...

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12:10
Spotify took its sweet time getting Behind the...

Over a year ago, Spotify rolled out a slick new Behind the Lyrics integration on iOS that connected the song you were currently listening to with annotated lyrics from Genius. Like a cross between VH1's Pop Up Video and a karaoke machine, Behind the...

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11:52
Samsung's emoji chat app helps people with...

It seems like emoji has become a language of its own, but each symbol is really a stand-in for a wide array of thoughts and emotions. This shorthand can be useful for someone who struggles to digest written words -- like those with aphasia, a languag...

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11:36
Watson could be the key to smarter manufacturing...

Some reports predict that robots will replace 5 million jobs in the next couple of years. Bill Gates thinks we need a "robot tax" to compensate for those losses. A new partnership announced today between Swiss automation firm ABB and IBM's Watson ini...

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11:28
'Star Wars: Episode IX' ends the trilogy...

Modern Star Wars movies have had a bad habit of slipping into December, but that isn't stopping Disney and Lucasfilm from wanting the space epic to become a summer blockbuster once again. The two have announced that Star Wars: Episode IX will debut...

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11:18
Streaming is boosting the music industry worldwide

The music industry has struggled to adapt to the digital world over the past couple of decades, but it might just be hitting its stride again. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has published its annual Global Music Repo...

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11:00
IBM's Watson looked into my soul and 'drew...

Since its introduction to the world in 2009, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been crushing humans in Jeopardy, helping chefs make food with unconventional recipes and even offering tech support. But what happens when the artificial intelligence machin...

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10:44
Amazon's latest Dash button orders you fresh...

Living in an apartment without an in-unit washer and dryer means that occasionally you go to great lengths to avoid carrying all your dirty clothes to the basement's laundry room. Every now and then that entails saving time ahead of a date or trip (b...

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10:25
Flying, spherical displays are coming to a halftime...

Pepsi's drone show at the Super Bowl this year was impressive, sure, but imagine what those UAVs would've been capable of with more than one pixel. To wit, Japan's Docomo has designed a 144 x 136-pixel spherical LED screen that can display images whi...

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10:03
Apple sees its redesigned retail stores as community...

Apple's retail stores have long had a social side. You might not visit just to hang out, but the combination of free workshops and an abundance of connected devices gives you a reason to stay besides gawking at the latest products... if just to chec...

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09:40
Uber wants to test its flying taxis by 2020

Today in Dallas, Uber is taking the wraps off its flying car plans. The company's three-day "Elevate" summit is meant to discuss all things relating to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft and how Uber sees them as a major part of its future st...

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09:18
The Avengers take on gaming icons in 'Marvel vs...

After a year of silence, Capcom has announced eight new characters for its crossover fighter -- Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Doubling down on Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, Ultron and Rocket Racoon join the playable roster. On the...

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09:00
I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

At the Tribeca VR arcade this year, there were displays ranging from the harrowing to the distracting, but few were as eye-catching as Treehugger:Wawona. It's an interactive art installation that had headset-wearing participants hugging and caressing...

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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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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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