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Wednesday March 21

Apple Pay expands to 25 more U.S. card issuers

Apple has added 25 U.S. card issuers to its Apple Pay roster. Also, folks in Italy and Spain can now use the mobile payment service with bunq, an online-only bank which provides a Mastercard for purchases.

You can view the full list of banks and credit unions that support Apple’s mobile payment service on Apple’s website.

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

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YouTube is testing floating picture-in-picture...

YouTube might bring one of its mobile apps' most useful multitasking features to the desktop version. The platform has started testing picture-in-picture playback on desktop, a feature that continues playing your video inside a small floating panel w...

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Tuesday March 20

'Hyper Light Drifter' is another indie...

Nintendo wasn't done with the indie game announcements after its #Nindies live stream earlier today. At an event and on social media it revealed three more ports coming to the Switch soon: Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands. All three are...

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Ubisoft fights off takeover by entertainment giant...

Ubisoft is finally free of Vivendi. The entertainment titan behind the Universal Music Group and Dailymotion kept buying more and more Ubisoft shares since 2015 to the point that it became the video game publisher's largest stakeholder. While Vivendi...

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Ecobee updates iOS app with refreshed interface, new...

Popular HomeKit accessory maker ecobee has today updated its iOS app with a visual overhaul and several new features. The update brings the ecobee app to version 6.0 and adds some more color and flare to the interface, which was previously primarily black…


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#DeleteFacebook movement gains traction as WhatsApp...

Facebook is under fire for its data sharing practices, with Cambridge Analytica having misused user data of as many as 50 million Facebook users. Now, in response to that controversy, many users are joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, including one who once netted hefty payday from the social media giant…


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Huawei's P20 Pro reportedly packs a 40MP camera

Do you still have a hole in your heart where Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 used to be? It might be filled very shortly. WinFuture sources have claimed that Huawei's upcoming P20 Pro will include an ultra-high resolution 40-megapixel rear camera i...

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Apple's GymKit arrives in Hong Kong and Japan...

Apple's slow GymKit rollout continued this month with new integrations in Hong Kong and Japan, where Apple Watch users can now share workout data with cardio equipment made by Life Fitness.

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Amazon is now second most valuable U.S.-listed... became the second most valuable publicly listed U.S. company on Tuesday, surpassing Google parent Alphabet Inc for the first time.

These numbers change all the time and we don’t post about it every time they change, but this is significant for Amazon. They only trail Apple at this point.

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WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, making its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton — very wealthy men. Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation. And he isn’t done merely with WhatsApp — in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

“It is time,” Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.


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Universal Audio releases the Neve Preamp Plug‑In

The Neve mic preamp is an undisputed audio masterpiece, adding genuine Neve sheen, richness, and thick musical detail to any signal that passes through it. The pinnacle of Neve preamp design is the classic 1073 module with EQ, but Neve also briefly produced the 1290 module — a rare, preamp-only version of the 1073.

Now, you can get the clarity, grit, and harmonically complex class‑A saturation of this amazing mic preamplifier in a simple two-knob plug-in that’s perfect for UA Audio Interface owners.

This release is huge. Being able to put the Neve Preamp into your chain using Universal Audio’s Unison technology will change the way your music sounds. There is a video and some sound clips on the UA Web site that you should listen to when you get a chance.


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WhatsApp co-founder tweets '#deleteFacebook...

While calls for users to eliminate their presence on Facebook have increased due to reports of how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the platform, most of them haven't come from anyone walking around with a few billion dollars of Facebook's money. W...

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'Apocalypse Cow' is a platform game...

One of the best things about attending GDC is that, more often than not, you come across some of the best-looking independent titles. Today, that honor goes to Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic adventure game that draws inspiration from animated films like...

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HTC slips out an upgraded VR object tracker

HTC's Vive Tracker is barely half a year old for everyday users, but it's already being replaced with a new model. The VR hardware maker has confirmed to Tom's Hardware that it's now selling an updated "Vive Tracker (2018)" for the same $99. The pr...

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GymKit continues global expansion with new...

Earlier today, Technogym announced that it has deployed some 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio machines since November. Following that announcement, Life Fitness announced this evening that it is expanding its rollout of GymKit equipment around the world…


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Plan group trips in Skype with help from TripAdvisor...

Bringing TripAdvisor into a group chat is pretty easy -- just tap the Add to Chat button and select TripAdvisor from the list of available plug-ins. You can choose a destination, then search for restaurants, hotels and activities in the area. Sharing...

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Three Star Trek Technologies That May Soon Be Within...

Rich Smith, at The Motley Fool, is enthusiastic about a new book by Dr. Ethan Siegel, a Lewis & Clark College astrophysics professor, called Treknology. In that book, Dr SIegel describes some Star Trek technologies that we could see in our lifetime. Namely, transparent aluminum (oxynitride), deflector shields and tractor beams. The book is cool and author Smith’s essay about it is also cool.

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Apple Nearly Doubles Autonomous Car Test Fleet to 45...

There are now 45 permitted Apple autonomous vehicles on the road in California, up sharply from 27 in just January.

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Roku’s free movie channel arrives on Samsung smart...

Last year, Roku launched a free, ad-supported film channel available to those with a Roku player, stick or TV in the US. Now, the company has announced that The Roku Channel will be available as an app on select Samsung smart TVs this summer. The cha...

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Google Maps for iOS adds restaurant wait times,...

Following an update last month with real-time transit and driving details, Google Maps for iOS has today received another update. Today’s update brings the app to version 4.47 and includes new details for restaurants, additional transit updates, and more…


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Uber faces lawsuit for denying rides to woman with...

Uber is facing still more legal trouble over its accessibility issues. Texas resident D'Edra Steele has sued the ridesharing company for allegedly denying her 25 rides due to the service dog she needs for her cerebral palsy. Reportedly, drivers would...

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Apple's Swift developers discuss enhancements...

Members of Apple's Swift Core team made a special appearance on the Swift Unwrapped podcast to discuss enhancements being rolled out as part of Swift 4.1 and how the company is expanding upon its efforts to engage with the community.

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Apple World Today News Update: March 20, 2018

We're stirring it up topic-wise on this Tuesday, the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, with stories about autonomous vehicles, tvOS 11.3, a mock home setting where you can test HomeKit devices, and Apple's plans for even more office space in the South Bay Area:

  • Apple has doubled its autonomous car fleet since January; we also look at the cause of Sunday's Uber autonomous car fatality
  • Apple has released the sixth -- and probably final -- beta of tvOS 11.3 to developers
  • London shoppers can try out a large HomeKit mock home setup at a new store in the Westfield London shopping center
  • Think Apple Park and Apple Campus 3 are it for the company's real estate expansion? Just wait -- the company's plans in San Jose, California are unreal

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

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Cambridge Analytica CEO: 'we ran all the...

At the same time Cambridge Analytica announced it's suspending CEO Alexander Nix, Channel 4 News released a second report on the company based on undercover videos. In this report, it shows executives claiming that their work was responsible for Trum...

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How to deactivate/delete your Facebook account or...

Whether you’ve been considering changing how you use Facebook for a while or the latest news about how the social media service has shared user data has caused some concerns, there are some easy ways make some adjustments. Follow along for how to deactivate or delete your account, or dial in your privacy settings.


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Amazon Passes Alphabet To Become the World's...

Amazon has passed Alphabet to become the second most valuable company in the world. Apple remains the only other company more valuable than Amazon. CNBC reports: The e-commerce giant rose 2.7 percent on Tuesday lifting its stock market value to $768 billion. Alphabet, the parent of Google, fell 0.4 percent and is now valued at $762.5 billion. While the U.S. tech mega-caps have rallied in the past year, Amazon's performance has dwarfed them all, with the stock surging 85 percent over the past 12 months, including 35 percent to start 2018. Investors have been piling into Amazon, betting that the company's growing and very profitable cloud computing business will provide the cash needed for investments in original content, physical stores and continuing to build data centers and warehouses.


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Autonomous Cars That Kill People Will Kill The...

Americans are on edge and hypersensitive about how technology is persistently failing them in very big and catastrophic ways. For autonomous cars to succeed, the probability that they’ll kill a human can’t be low; it has to be essentially zero. Right from the outset.

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Review: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo an Apple-centric...

Promise's Apollo Cloud 2 Duo has a simple setup process on the iPhone that just about anybody can handle, and is the closest thing we've seen yet to network storage as an appliance -- and we've been beating on one for a month.

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9to5Mac Daily 050 | March 20, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Sonos finally adds support for Audible, after...

Sonos announced today via its blog that it will be supporting the Amazon-based audiobook service Audible on its platform.


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Apple Integrates IBM’s Watson Services into iOS for...

This allows enterprise developers to tap into Watson’s advanced machine learning technology, including the ability to tag and classify images, create new models, and train models with continuous learning.

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∞ What Spring looks like around the world

Today is the first official day of spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere. The cherry blossoms and tulips are just starting to bloom here in the Vancouver area. While I know many in the northeastern US and the Canadian Maritime provinces are hunkering down in the teeth of yet another snowstorm, just hang in there and hopefully, this video will remind you what you have to look forward to.

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Elevation Lab's CordDock is a hybrid dock for...

Accessory producer Elevation Lab has launched the CordDock, a two-in-one accessory for the iPhone that provides the stability and utility of a typical smartphone dock, but combines it with the flexibility of using a cord for charging in a compact package.

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Linea Sketch 2.0: elegant, approachable sketching...

Along with the slight name change, the app comes with a bunch of cool features.

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Apple Pay comes to 25 more US banks & credit...

Apple has once more updated its roster of banks and credit unions offering Apple Pay, adding another 25 U.S. card issuers, while noting a minor expansion in Europe.

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Michigan Avenue, Chicago Apple Store retail parcel...

The landlord behind Apple's flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago is putting the building up for sale, only months after its completion and opening.

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Leaked macOS 10.13.4 Release Notes Highlight eGPU,...

What looks like the final release notes for macOS 10.13.4 were accidentally leaked in French, and show that support for external graphics processors will finally be here, along with Business Chat in Messages.

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Property owner of Apple’s Chicago flagship looking...

Apple’s Michigan Avenue, Chicago flagship store has been officially put up for sale by its landlord, Walton Street Capital.


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Landlord of Apple’s Chicago store puts building up...

Walton Street Capital purchased the 20,000-square-foot Apple Store, a 35-story office building, and a retail building next door for $370 million in 2017, and is now planning to sell the store and 10,000 square feet of retail space for $175 million while holding on to the office building.

The biggest surprise to me in this story was that Apple didn’t already own the property.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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'Subscribe with Google' attempts to...

Google is launching a new initiative to make it easier for users to subscribe to their favorite news sites, without leaving the service, or engaging in a lengthy sign-up process.

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Apple Pay expands to 25 more banks in the US, bunq...

In the second wave of new banks and credit unions, Apple Pay has picked up another 25 partners across the United States. The latest expansion includes several of those banks across the US.


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Watch the original Black Panther animated series

Open Culture:

How does it compare to the blockbuster film? From its first salvo of Wakandan warrior prowess in a cold open set in the 5th century A.D., to its seventies-African-funk-inspired theme song, to a present-day scene in the White House, with a blustery racist army general (played by Stan Lee) who sounds like a member of the current administration, the first episode, above, suggests it will live up to Hudlin’s casting of the character as “an unapologetic African man,” as Todd Steven Burroughs writes at The Root, “openly opposed to white, Western supremacy.”

I haven’t seen the movie yet (our backwoods little local theater hasn’t started showing it yet) so it’s great to be able to watch this animated

∞ Read this on The Loop

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The seven best iPhone or iPad apps for learning to...

Whether you're just learning, trying to get better, or looking to upgrade your equipment, the App Store offers a wide variety of apps geared towards guitarists, and after playing with a bunch of them, AppleInsider gives your our seven favorites.

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Sudan, world’s last male northern white rhino, is...

Reading this story this morning made me incredibly sad. These are magnificent animals and we are hunting them to extinction.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Skype adds support for easier trip planning via...

Planning a trip, whether it be with friends or family is never an easy task. Skype plans to change that with its collaboration with TripAdvisor.


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macOS High Sierra: How to Change Screenshot Location...

This way you won’t have screenshots being uploaded to iCloud Drive if you turned Documents and Desktop syncing on

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Review: Topping NX5 Portable Headphone Amplifier

Topping is a company that we don't see too often in the U.S., but it has a strong following in the nerdier corners of the headphone enthusiast community. Topping offers a line of compact and portable DACs and headphone amps, each with clean styling and no-nonsense features. Today we're taking a look at the Topping NX5, an ultra-compact portable headphone amplifier. There are lots of little boxes out there that make headphones louder — we found that this one is much more.{/exp:char_limit}

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5 Things Apple Developers Want to See at WWDC18

Andrew talked to developer and author Erica Sadun, James Thomson of TLA Systems, and Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba Software.

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Understanding Uber’s Autonomous Car Fatality – TMO...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Uber self driving car fatality, people’s reactions, and how the government may respond.

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There Will Soon be New Rules for App Update Notes

Unfortunately, this won’t change the boiler plate “bug fixes” app update notes many developers use.

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‘BabelPod’ hardware workaround brings indirect...

The HomePod has great sound, but because it feature no physical inputs, users are limited to either Apple Music or AirPlay sources. It means that there’s no way to connect a home stereo or other source directly to the HomePod via traditional line-in or Bluetooth.

To work around this issue, software architect Andrew Faden hacked together a line-in and Bluetooth input for HomePod called BabelPod. Based around a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W and a few other essential parts, Faden created a clever workaround that affords both indirect Bluetooth and line-in connectivity for Apple’s recently-launched wireless speaker. more…

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Apple releases sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3

Apple has released its sixth developer beta of tvOS 11.3, released just over a week after the fifth developer beta, and is likely to be the last beta of the Apple TV software before a full public release.

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Apple Seeds tvOS 11.3 Developer Beta 6

This update is believed to include support for Dolby Vision on some Sony TVs, and it may include AirPlay 2, as well.

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Sleep++ 3 for Apple Watch adds automatic sleep...

Apple’s Health app supports sleep tracking data on the iPhone, but populating the category with useful data can be a challenge.

You can capture some data using the Bedtime feature in the Clock app, but dedicated sleep trackers can be more reliable and offer more robust data and Apple hasn’t offered its own Apple Watch sleep tracking yet despite buying Beddit almost a year ago.

Sleep++ is a third-party app that lets you turn your Apple Watch into a dedicated sleep tracker, and today’s 3.0 release makes that much easier with automatic sleep tracking and new goal features.


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HomeKit experience on display at London's John...

London Retailer John Lewis has opened a massive 230,000 square foot retail location with a dedicated Apple HomeKit display in the Westfield London shopping center.

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Apple's self-driving car test fleet up to 45...

Apple is rapidly growing the number of self-driving test vehicles it has in its home state, putting it at second place there behind only General Motors' Cruise subsidiary.

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Uber unlikely to blame for self-driving car fatality...

Following the death late Sunday of a woman who was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber car in Arizona, we now know more about the circumstances of the tragedy, which has a chance to shake public trust in autonomous car technology.

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Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles almost...

Apple's fleet of self-driving vehicles has almost doubled over the past two months, according to the Financial Times (which requires a subscription). The article says that, based on figures provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the tech giant now has permits for 45 autonomous vehicles, up from 27 in January.

Apple's fleet is now the second largest in California, behind only General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation and its 110 cars, according the Financial Times. Google-owned Waymo has 24 self-driving test cars in the state, while Tesla has 39.

Last June Apple CEO Tim Cook...

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Technogym says it already has 5,000-plus deployed...

Equipment maker Technogym said on Tuesday that it now has over 5,000 GymKit-ready cardio machines deployed worldwide, just months after its equipment became the first with the platform in a real-world gym.

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Pay What You Want for the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-...

We have a great deal for Arduino fans, a collection called the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle. Better yet, you can pay what you want. Pay anything, even a penny, and get one of the ebooks. Beat the average price ($10 as of this writing), and you’ll get all ten ebooks in the bundle. Beat the leader’s price, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Surface Book.

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News: Apple changes policy to force developers to go...

According to a policy update from Apple, developers will soon no longer be able to change support URLs and the text in the “What’s New” section on the App Store without going through the company’s App Review process again, 9to5Mac reports. Changes to that metadata will now require developers to submit an entirely new app update where up until now the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were able to be edited at…

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Flash Deal: 15% off Apple TV 4K, HomePod, Watch...

Today only, save 15% on top of already reduced prices on nearly everything at eBay (up to $50 off) with coupon. This offer is valid on Apple's brand-new HomePod, the popular Apple TV 4K, MacBook Pros and more. Offer ends tonight at 7 p.m. Pacific. Select refurbished iPhones and Macs are also 20% off for a limited time.

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FT: Apple ramping self-driving car testing, more CA...

Apple doesn’t appear to be slowing down on its mysterious self-driving car technology testing. As noted in a new report on Uber’s fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle, the Financial Times includes new data on how many self-driving cars Apple may be testing in California.


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Here’s How to Block Facebook Platform Data Sharing

Cambridge Analytica worked Facebook’s own system to harvest millions of profiles and then used that data in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. That was all thanks to Facebook Platforms, which is a feature you can disable. Read on to learn how.

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FTC probes Facebook over personal data use following...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has allegedly started investigating Facebook concerning the use of user data by analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, including whether the social network violated the terms of a 2011 settlement by providing the data without the user's consent.

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Apple HomeKit showcased in giant Westfield London...

UK retailer John Lewis is opening a new 230,000 sq. ft. location in the Westfield London shopping center today, and on display in the giant new department store is a full display dedicated to Apple HomeKit. HouseBeautiful got a sneak peek at the setup before the doors opened to the public…


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ElevationLab launches CordDock for iPhone, a unique...

ElevationLab has today released its newest iPhone accessory, CordDock. The idea behind this product is an iPhone stand that allows users to dock and undock their iPhone easily while effortlessly being able to choose to keep it charging/syncing via an included MFi Lightning cable or to disconnect it totally. Video and more details after the break.


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News: Apple thought to have two-year lead in 3D...

Most android devices won’t have 3D sensors comparable to this in the iPhone X until 2019, giving Apple a two-year lead in the burgeoning field expected to be worth billions over the next few years, Reuters reports. Three major parts producers said Samsung and others are too far behind Apple to get the tech into customers’ hands this year, leaving Apple out ahead on facial recognition, gesture sensing and immersive experiences for gaming…

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Technogym claims first 5,000 GymKit-enabled cardio...

As part of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s annual conference, Technogym is touting a new number for how many Apple GymKit-enabled cardio machines the company has deployed: over 5000. GymKit lets users instantly sync workout data between fitness equipment and Apple Watch to provide the most accurate readings.


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Telegram loses Supreme Court appeal in Russia, must...

Not long after Telegram was pulled from the App Store when Apple learned it was serving child pornography, the encrypted messaging app has lost a Supreme Court appeal in Russia, and been ordered to share its encryption keys with KGB successor, the Federal Security Service (FSB) …


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Apple clamps down on changes to 'What's...

As of April, iPhone and iPad developers will no longer be able to make on-the-fly changes to the "What's New in This Version" text in App Store listings, or even those pages' support and marketing URLs.

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Technogym’s cardio equipment now offers Apple Watch...

Technogym has announced that its cardio equipment is now compatible with the Apple Watch using Apple’s GymKit technology.

With GymKit, customers using their favorite cardio equipment can pair their Apple Watch directly to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers from global manufacturers such as Life Fitness and Technogym with a tap.

After the first ever fitness club in the world offering Apple GymKit compatibility on Technogym equipment launched last November in Sydney (Australia), the international supplier of technology and design driven products and services in the wellness and fitness industry says it now features an installed base of more than 5,000 Apple GymKit-enabled pieces of equipment in hundreds of fitness clubs all over the world.

Apple Watch users can now track their indoor exercise (at home or at their fitness center) by tapping their Apple Watch to Apple GymKit-enabled...

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Photos: Apple's secretive race for new Silicon...

After two decades of being stuck inside 1 Infinite Loop, Apple began building an expansive new Campus 2 now called Apple Park. In parallel, it leased a third large development known as AC3. But the company isn't finished. It's expanding in other directions and has already planned out another major campus in Silicon Valley with a capacity larger than the Spaceship. Here's a look.

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HomePod Diary: I want another one for sure, maybe...

I wrote last time that one of the tests of truly useful technology is how quickly it stops feeling like a luxury and starts feeling like something you wouldn’t want to live without.

For me, streaming music started out as a luxury – something I used to supplement my own collection of music – and has turned into my primary music source. Not just because it gives me access to music that would otherwise have cost me a fortune, but also because For You playlists have introduced me to more new artists than I could count.

I’m finding that HomePod is moving rather rapidly into the same category: a gadget I wouldn’t want to be without.

A month on, I can report that HomePod has definitely completed that transition …


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Future Macs, iPhones, iPads could have wraparound,...

Future Macs, iPhones, and iPads could have wraparound, flexible displays if a newly granted Apple patent (number 9,921,608) ever reaches fruition. In the patent, the tech giant notes that an electronic device may have a front surface on which a display is mounted, but that conventional display configurations “such as these may be satisfactory in certain situations, but can be unnecessarily limiting.”

Apple’s idea for a wraparound display could include a screen with a touch sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and other sensors for gathering input such as user input (which, of course, seems more geared toward an iOS device rather than a Mac laptop or desktop). Whatever the device, it would use one or more sensors to gather information on rotational motion of the device about the longitudinal axis, tilt events, and other motion of the electronic device. In response to detection of these device motions, the electronic device can display content on the flexible display layer. ...

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How to teach Siri to pronounce a name correctly

Lory Gil, iMore:

Siri’s voice pitch and natural language has improved significantly over the years. But, just like humans, she can sometimes mispronounce a name. You can teach her how to pronounce names correctly. Here’s how.

If you’ve never gone through this exercise, this is well worth your time, a tip updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS.

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French App Store macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 listing...

The French app store let the High Sierra release notes slip a little early, suggesting that the most recent beta is extremely close to release and will include official support for external GPU technology.

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Apple granted a patent for an ‘intelligent stylus’...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,921,684) for an “intelligent stylus” that hints at features in a second generation Apple Pencil. (I know that Apple says the Pencil isn’t a stylus, but that’s how the tech giant has described it in more than one patent.)

Per the patent an intelligent stylus would provide a “stylus condition” in addition to a touch input. The stylus sensing circuitry can include multiple sensors to sense information indicative of the stylus condition (haptic feedback, perhaps?), a microcontroller to determine the stylus condition based on the sensed information, and a transmitter to transmit the determined condition to a corresponding touch sensitive device to cause some action based on the condition. Apple says that the stylus's ability to determine its condition and provide that condition to the touch sensitive device advantageously improves touch and hover sensing and increases device capabilities.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted...

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Beware taking your Mac running High Sierra to the...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

I wrote a while back about the problems I had with my 2012 retina MacBook Pro, and its strange shutdowns – which I suspected, but couldn’t absolutely prove, were due to the graphics card problem that these models have been known to suffer from: when the discrete graphics card was activated, there was a chance it would go completely off the rails.

Finally it shut down and didn’t seem to want to start.


The only way to absolutely prove that the problem with the computer was the graphics card, of course, was to take it to a Genius Bar. After eventually getting an appointment (the Mac Geniuses are rare, compared to the iPhone/iPad Geniuses), I turned up with the rMBP which I’d left for dead.

If you’ve got a Mac, especially if you are running High Sierra, take a few minutes to read this story.

My hope is that this is specific to Charles’ Apple Store and not a symptom of a much wider problem. And I do take heart...

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Apple, IBM expand their partnership via Core ML and...

Apple and IBM are expanding their partnership to allow customers to roll out advanced in-app machine learning capabilities through Apple's Core ML and IBM's Watson technology. TechCrunch reports that the project expansion lets clients develop machine learning tools based on Watson technology, then deploy those assets in app form on Apple portable devices. 

Core ML is a foundational machine learning framework used across Apple products, including Siri, Camera, and QuickType. According to Apple, it “delivers blazingly fast performance with easy integration of machine learning models enabling you to build apps with intelligent new features using just a few lines of code.” Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language.

Apple says on its...

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News: Daily Deal: PDFConverterOCR 5, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering a Lifetime License to PDFConverterOCR 5 for only $19.99 — that’s 71% off the regular price. This useful tool will let you convert both native and scanned PDF files into a range of editable documents, even retaining their original layouts. Output formats include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, editable PDFs, and more, and original fonts, images, and formatting are retained when converting. Advanced…

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Apple poised to jump into video, with over 50...

According to a new digital media trends survey, Americans spend more than $2 billion per month on streaming subscriptions, and Apple appears ready to capture some of that in the near future with its aggressive content creation moves.

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Apple tweaks developer policy regarding iTunes...

Apple has told developers that there’s a new policy regarding iTunes Connect. Starting next month, the “What’s New In This Version” text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will, according to 9to5Mac.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store. Previously, the app support URL, marketing URL and update notes were editable by the developer at any time. 

iTunes Connect is a suite of web-based tools for managing content sold on iTunes, the iBooks Store, and the various app stores. 

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Apple leaks official release notes for macOS 10.13.4...

For the latest macOS 10.13.4 beta seed, the update notes merely say ‘This is the latest version of the macOS High Sierra developer beta and is recommended for all Apple developers’ in English locales as normal for pre-release builds. However, it seems Apple has accidentally published the final full release notes in some other languages.

The release notes indicate that iMessage Business Chat will be available on macOS, as well as formally supporting external GPU (eGPU) systems. You can read the full French release notes for the upcoming High Sierra update, with an English translation, after the jump …


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Apple grows carrier billing options in UK, France,...

People wanting to take advantage of carrier billing for Apple Music, the App Store, and other Apple online services now have further options in several European countries.

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Analyst: iPhone X production meets expectations,...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Karl Ackerman says production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated. He adds that a revamped iPhone SE is likely, but not guaranteed.

Ackerman projects that 53 million iPhone X units were built in the first quarter of 2018, which is "largely in line" with an estimate made 30 days ago, suggesting the production would produce 52.5 million units. The analyst forecasts that 42.5 million Apple smartphone units will be produced in the second quarter. This includes nine million iPhone X units, but is down overall from Cowen and Company’s preliminary estimate of between 13 and 16 million units. 

Regarding an iPhone SE 2, Ackerman says that Apple has apparently planned a second generation of the...

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How to reset your Mac’s Bluetooth module to fix...

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors:

Bluetooth is what your Mac uses to connect to wireless devices like keyboards, mice, trackpads, speakers, and other peripherals. Generally, it’s a reliable technology. At some point however, the chances are you’ll run into difficulty establishing a Bluetooth connection with one or more of your devices.

Most problems can be fixed by unpairing and repairing the Bluetooth device, changing its batteries, rebooting your Mac, or performing an SMC reset. But if none of these methods work, you can always try resetting your Mac’s Bluetooth module. Here’s how to do it in macOS using the hidden Bluetooth Debug menu.

Great tip, well documented.

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Apple AirPods: the audiophile review

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

As The Verge’s resident headphones obsessive, I’m not supposed to like the AirPods. My initial reaction upon first seeing them many months ago was to pour scorn on Apple’s designers for crafting a pair of expensive and easy-to-lose cigarette butts. The AirPods were the resurrection of the awful Bluetooth headsets of years past, I thought. But this year, I finally got around to testing a pair of the AirPods for myself, and I finally understand why everyone who owns them loves them.


My wireless-doom scenario is walking into my kitchen, which is so full of metal things that it’s like a Faraday cage, while leaving my music source device in the bedroom: every non-Apple pair of wireless headphones I test becomes unusable in that situation. With the AirPods (and the Beats Solo and Studio 3, which have the same W1 wireless chip) connected to my MacBook Pro, I maintained a pretty decent connection with only minor dropouts in the kitchen....

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Apple has a two-year lead in the 3D sensing race

Most Android phones will have to wait until next year to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, three major parts producers — Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG — told Reuters.

This is history repeating itself. When the iPhone 5S launched with a fingerprint-sensing home button in September 2013, for example, it took its biggest rival Samsung until just April of the next year to deliver its own in the Galaxy S5, with others following soon after.

The 3D sensor shortage will handicap Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years, enabling facial recognition, biometrics for payments, gesture sensing, and immersive shopping and gaming experiences.

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Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian

Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times:

Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.

Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — and with an emergency backup driver behind the wheel — struck and killed a woman on a street in Tempe, Ariz. It was believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The company quickly suspended testing in Tempe as well as in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto.


A preliminary investigation showed that the vehicle was moving around 40 miles per hour when it struck Ms. Herzberg, who was walking with her bicycle on the street. He said it did not appear as though the car had slowed down before impact and that the Uber safety driver had shown no signs of impairment. The weather was clear and dry.

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Apple grabs two-year lead in Face ID 3-D sensing race


Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters, handicapping Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years.


Tech research house Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40 percent of smartphones will be equipped with 3D cameras, which can also be used for so-called augmented reality, or AR, in which digital objects cling tightly to images of the real world.


According to parts manufacturers Viavi Solutions Inc, Finisar Corp and Ams AG, bottlenecks on key parts will mean mass adoption of 3D sensing will not happen until next year, disappointing earlier expectations.

That means that China’s Huawei, Xiaomi and others could be a total of almost two years behind Apple, which launched Face ID with its iPhone X anniversary phone last September.

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iPhone X production has met expectations, '...

Production for the iPhone X has met expectations but may drop lower than anticipated, according to an analyst note to investors examining the Apple supply chain, with the report also suggesting the 'iPhone SE 2' has a good chance of launching, but the upgrade to the cheapest device in the iPhone range isn't guaranteed to happen.

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Developers will need to go through App Review to...

Apple is today informing developers of a new policy change through iTunes Connect. From April, the ‘What’s New In This Version’ text and the support URLs in App Store listings will no longer be able to changed at will.

Changes to this metadata will now require a new app update to be submitted to the App Store.


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StarTech chassis is a solid expansion option for Mac...

StarTech’s $316.99 Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis with DisplayPort is a useful turnkey solution for those wanting to beef up the expansion options on their Mac laptop (or, okay, Windows laptops), though its video options are slightly limited. The chassis lets you add your choice of external PCI Express (PCIe) card to a laptop.

The Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Expansion Chassis with DisplayPort can handle a variety of PCIe expansion cards, such as a PCIe USB 3.1/3.0/2.0 and USB-C, SSD, network, eSATA, FireWire or video capture cards. It sports a dedicated port for connecting a DisplayPort monitor. You can attach a second extended monitor display via the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port.

However, it doesn’t support video cards and doesn’t provide full power delivery. 5K support can only be achieved using a Thunderbolt 3 5K monitor. DisplayPort 5K monitors won’t work with StarTech’s chassis.

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Will take Android brands two years to catch up with...

Parts shortages mean that it will take Android brands two years to catch up with Face ID, according to suppliers of key components used for 3D camera modules.

This is in part due to Apple’s R&D lead, they say, but also due to its tight control of the supply-chain …


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How to allow others to control your Home accessories

You can allow other folks to control your Home accessories if you wish. You and the people you invite need to be signed into iCloud and have iOS 11.2.5 or later. You also need to be at your home or have a home hub set up in your home.

To invite others:

  • Tap the Home tab, then tap the arrow icon in the upper-left corner.
  • Tap Invite.
  • Enter the person's Apple ID that they use with iCloud.
  • Tap Send Invite.
  • Your recipient will get a notification in the Home app on their iOS device.

To accept an invite:

  • Open Home and tap the arrow icon.
  • Tap Home Settings.
  • Tap Accept, then tap Done.
  • After you accept the invitation, tap , then tap the name of the Home to control it.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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Analyst: Apple will see around 20% growth in...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — RBC analyst Amit Daryanani, Apple is projected to see around 20% growth in services revenue this year thanks to "increased monetiziation [sic] of install base" and "growth in the aggregate iOS install base." 

"We believe [Apple] stock should continue to outperform the market driven by strong FCF generation, ability for outsized capital allocation and a growing iOS install base that generates sustained and recurring FCF growth," he wrote. 

Apple services include Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. In its most recent quarter, Apple posted $8.5 billion in revenue in its services category, up 13% year-over-year.

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Notable apps and app updates for March 20, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Abine, the online privacy company, has integrated Face ID into its privacy-focused Blur password manager and digital wallet. This means free or premium Blur users can auto-fill account logins at any web site by looking at their phone

macOS Apps/Updates

Mellel has released Mellel 4.1, an update to its word processor. The upgrade offers a host of new export capabilities and features for both its Mac and iPad versions.

Mellel can now import Microsoft Word DOCX documents.  Users can now set letter-spacing easily...

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ edges out iPhone X in drop test...

The good news is that Apple’s upgraded glass for the iPhone X is pretty tough where drops are concerned.

The bad news is that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+’s thicker glass and aluminum may be a bit tougher.

SquareTrade today conducted its traditional breakability tests on the Galaxy S9 devices to test Samsung’s claims. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ did indeed manage to beat out the iPhone X and older Galaxy devices, but they still didn’t fare well when dropped.

In each drop test, which was conducted from a height of six feet, the Galaxy S9 and S9+’s glass shattered. The two devices bent at 230 and 210 pounds, respectively, and both were cracked in a 60 second tumble test. The Galaxy S9 earned an overall breakability score of 71, while the larger Galaxy S9+ earned a score of 76.

In previous testing from back in November, SquareTrade conducted identical tests on the iPhone X and labeled it “the most breakable iPhone ever,” given that it too shattered at both...

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Rumor: Apple exploring MicroLED display technology...

The next generation of Apple displays for Apple Watches and iPhones could be based on MicroLED technology.

Apple is reportedly developing its own MicroLED screens for future Apple Watches and iPhones that would make them thinner, brighter, and more energy efficient. The current rumor has it that the Apple Watch would receive the new displays first, followed by iPhone, but the advancements are still likely years away.

The technology, if perfected on Apple’s end, could allow for screens that are lighter, thinner, far more power efficient and hopefully cheaper.

At present, Apple does not control the displays for its iPhone and Apple Watch devices. It currently it outsources its display manufacturing to Samsung, LG, Japan Display (a joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi), and others. Samsung is Apple’s sole supplier of iPhone X OLED displays, which Apple only recently starting using in iPhone X after debuting the screen tech in the original Apple Watch. All...

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