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Wednesday January 17

09:19
GAO expects delays in SpaceX and Boeing astronaut...

It's no secret that NASA is pretty far behind schedule when it comes to returning to human spaceflight. Currently it's working with two contractors, Boeing and SpaceX, for eventual crewed flights. Today, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Tec...

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09:04
'Top 100 Global Technology Leaders' list...




Apple has been included in Thomson Reuters' list of the 'Top 100 Global Tech Leaders,' with the iPhone producer put into sixth place in the rankings of firms identified as 'the industry's most operationally sound and financially successful operations.'

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09:03
PSA: chaiOS Web Link Crashes Messages on iPhone,...

There’s a URL circulating that can crash Messages on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it can even cause the iOS springboard to unexpectedly crash and relaunch.


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08:57
Should Apple be made responsible for making iPhones...

A thoughtful new piece by Farhad Manjoo in The New York Times today takes a look how Apple could improve our relationship with our iPhones. While it’s not the iPhone maker’s fault we’re so addicted to our devices, Manjoo thinks there’s an opportunity for Apple to encourage more intentional use, which would mean less use. Could there be a way to do this that’s both beneficial for users and Apple?

more…

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08:55
News: Report: Apple in bidding war with HBO for new...

Apple is currently in a bidding war with HBO for a new sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams, Variety reports. The series is rumored to revolve around a world’s efforts to repel a “monstrous, oppressive force” and marks Abrams’ first return to writing for TV since “Fringe” in 2008. Apple seems to be very interested in the sci-fi genre to begin its original video content venture, opting to revive Steven Spielberg’s…

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08:53
SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage 1-Year Subscription...

We have a deal on a one-year subscription for 1TB of cloud storage from SpiderOak ONE. Your traffic to and from the company’s servers are encrypted end-to-end. It’s $39.99 through us.


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08:28
Apple Trying to Score J.J. Abrams Sci-Fi Series for...

Apple is pushing to land a deal with J.J. Abrams for a new sci-fi drama series for Apple Music.


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08:08
News: BMW to charge $80 annual fee for CarPlay in...

While most automakers either offer CarPlay as a standard feature or charge a flat fee to include it, BMW is making a curious move to charge an $80-a-year subscription fee for the Apple feature, The Verge reports. Last year BMW added CarPlay as an option for a $300 one-time fee, but Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, said the company will now offer the service free for the first year and then charge $80 each year after that…

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07:55
iPhone slowdown class action lawyers make '...




Lawyers working on one of a number of class-action lawsuit proposals over the iPhone battery slowdown issue want Apple to retain the old batteries it swaps out in its battery replacement program, along with a request to hand over any diagnostic data Apple produces relating to the batteries.

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07:34
A new glitch: a text message can crash your iOS,...

Abraham Masri has shared a link on Twitter that can freeze a recipient’s iOS or macOS device, and possibly restart it, when sent in a text message.

The so-called “chaiOS bug” links to a page of code on GitHub. If you click on the link, Apple’s iOS Messages app crashes. You’ll have to delete the conversation in which you received the link and start over. 

As for Safari and Chrome on the Mac, they’ll display the “spinning beach ball.” As best I can tell, you’ll have to force quit the browsers, then re-open them.

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07:32
News: Apple opens Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature...

Even though the HomePod has been delayed, Apple is rolling out Siri’s new “Give me the news” feature to iOS users in the US, UK and Australia, 9to5Mac reports. The update plays a daily news podcast when users ask Siri, “Give me the news,” with the default content coming from NPR in the US, the BBC in the UK and ABC in Australia. Users can switch the podcast by asking Siri to switch to CNN, Fox News or The Washington Post…

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07:30
Meltdown & Spectre discoveries credited to 22-...




The identification of the "Meltdown" and "Spectre" vulnerabilities in Intel- and ARM-based processors -- including chips used in Apple's Macs, iPhones, and iPads -- can be credited almost entirely to a Google security researcher in his early 20s, Jann Horn.

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07:25
New Yorker Pokes Fun at Donald Trump with Google...

The New Yorker underscores how popular the museum art face comparison feature is in the Google Arts & Culture app with a clever political cartoon.


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07:15
VoIP-Pal calls Apple’s sanctions bid ‘absurd’

VoIP-Pal.com Inc., which earlier beat back Apple’s challenges to two patents for Voice over Internet Protocol technology, on Friday characterized as "absurd" the company's bid for sanctions after it alleged VoIP-Pal tainted Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings with a series of behind-the-scenes communications, reports Law360.

Apple wants to reverse a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling upholding the validity of certain patents owned by VoIP-Pal. The tech giant claims that its opponent contacted senior administration officials and the judges presiding over the case, swaying the outcome of an inter partes review proceeding, according to The Recorder

This...

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07:09
New York Times: It’s time for Apple to build a less...

Farhad Manjoo, New York Times:

Tech “addiction” is a topic of rising national concern. I put the A-word in quotes because the precise pull that our phones exert over us isn’t the same as that of drugs or alcohol. The issue isn’t really new, either; researchers who study how we use digital technology have for years been warning of its potential negative effects on our cognition, psyche and well-being.

What is new is who has joined the ranks of the worried. Recently, a parade of tech luminaries, including several former Facebook employees, have argued that we’re no match for the sophisticated machinery of engagement and persuasion being built into smartphone apps. Their fears are manifold: They’re worried about distraction, productivity, how social networks alter our emotional lives and relationships, and what they’re doing to children.

And:

I got to thinking about Apple’s responsibility last week when two large investors wrote an open letter asking the...

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06:58
Apple named in Thomson Reuters top 10 global tech...

Thomson Reuters has listed Apple in its top 10 global tech leaders list, behind Microsoft, Intel and Cisco. Other top ten companies are Alphabet, IBM, Texas Instruments, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, SAP and Accenture.

The full list of 100 companies includes Adobe, Acer, Amazon, ASUS, eBay, Facebook, HP, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, Qualcomm and Samsung …

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06:56
TWiT is suing Twitter, alleging breach of contract...

Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch:

TWiT, officially known as This Week in Tech, is suing Twitter. The audio and video media platform alleges breach of written contract, breach of oral agreement, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and trademark infringement.

As the story goes, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was simply a text-based microblogging service, the lawsuit states.

And:

As the lawsuit alleges, what happened on Twitter — short, 140-character bursts of text — was very different from the audio and video TWiT produced on its platform. In 2009, however, Laporte felt concerned that Twitter was going to move in on TWiT’s audio and video, the lawsuit states. That’s when Laporte allegedly reached out to Williams, who told Laporte “we’re not expanding to audio or video under the Twitter brand,” the lawsuit states.

This Week in Tech started as a roundtable discussion at MacWorld Expo,...

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06:54
News: Report: Manufacturing partner starts shipping...

Manufacturing partner Inventec has begun shipping completed HomePod units to Apple, The Taipei Times reports. Sources said Inventec has sent 1 million of the devices to Apple, although one said, “revenue contribution from the product to Inventec is expected to be limited this quarter, as the initial shipment is not large.” The first million units is only a fraction of the 10–12 million expected to be built this year, with Inventec and…

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06:51
Hands-on: Nomad Wireless Hub with integrated 4-port...

Nomad, known for its popular line of leather smartphone cases, has just launched a new charging hub to accommodate all of your power-hungry devices. The Nomad Wireless Hub is capable of charging up to five devices at once, thanks to four USB charging ports, and a 7.5W wireless charging top surface. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for more details. more…

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06:42
Some pain points in the iOS 11 Music app

Yesterday, we posted an article titled, Apple Music and the loss of the album.

As a result of that discussion, I became aware of this post from a few month’s ago, a piece by Dave B on pain points in the iOS 11 Music app.

Dave does a nice job digging through Apple’s music experience, and I hope that folks on the Apple Music team take a few minutes to read through this post, if they haven’t already. Some terrific food for thought.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:39
Secdo announces security support for macOS

Secdo, which specializes in automated endpoint security and incident response technology, has announced support for macOS. The company says its approach “brings a number of long-awaited firsts among endpoint detection and response providers who lack feature parity for organizations faced with growing numbers of Mac users.”

Combining thread-level visibility with a behavior based assisted learning engine, Secdo is a solution that automatically detects new threats and investigate every security alert from any source. It creates a “force multiplier” for security teams while dramatically improving the operational backlog for discovery and recovery of internal and external threats. With the addition of the Mac agent, Gil Barak, chief technical officer and co-founder of Secdo, says the company brings the following innovations to the endpoint detection and response market, including:

  • The first platform with...
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06:39
First Million HomePods Roll Off Inventec Assembly...

Apple’s HomePod still isn’t on store shelves, but it looks to be getting a little closer now that Inventec has completed a production order for 1 million units.


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06:32
Supply chain in uncharted territory with three...




Component producers in Apple's supply chain for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are expecting orders for the parts to reduce in the first quarter of 2018, but it appears that they are using previous sales metrics based on two flagship model phones, rather than three for the predictions.

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06:30
High School Senior Rebecca Kahn emails Tim Cook for...

Rebecca Kahn:

The process began when my computer class teacher at Porter-Gaud challenged us to interview a person of interest in technology and present what we learned.

And:

It was my senior year, and I wanted to interview not just a real leader in technology, but one whose philosophy and ideas about life were motivating as well. As soon as the assignment was announced, one name immediately came to mind: Apple CEO Tim Cook. He is not just in charge of the world’s largest tech company, but he personally advocates and stands up for things he believes are right. He travels the world and meets with political and innovative leaders. What was the likelihood of him even responding to me?

I love this story.

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06:29
Law firm claims iPhone recycled batteries are...

The number of class action lawsuits against Apple over “Batterygate” has reached 45, but the law firm of DiCello Levitt & Casey wants to go rather further than demanding compensation. As noted by 9to5Mac, it wants to force the tech giant to suspend the battery recycling program, keeping all the old batteries swapped so far.

The law firm told 9to5Mac that Apple was discarding batteries removed through the program, and it wanted to see these retained as evidence. DiCello Levitt & Casey also accuses the Cupertino, California-based company of deceptive practices. 

Apple has published an apology letter to customers in regards to slowing down older phones to compensate for erratic battery performance. The tech giant is offering $29 replacement batteries for those with an...

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06:23
∞ Apple and the The Office: Office actors surface in...

[VIDEO] One of the rumors linked to Apple’s burgeoning video efforts was a possible reboot of The Office.

Not clear if this is the extent of Apple’s plans for The Office, but check out this FileMaker ad (embedded in the main Loop post). I’ll leave it to you to judge the ad’s charms.

I was surprised to see an ad for FileMaker after all these years. I’d love to know the backstory here. Was this done solely by FileMaker staff? Or was this the brainchild of Apple marketing, either as an experiment, or as an attempt to bump FileMaker visibility/sales?

Seems expensive for an experiment, or a FileMaker coffers funded ad campaign. And the ad specifically brands FileMaker as “An Apple Subsidiary”.

Perhaps this is serving more as a trailer for Apple’s future video efforts.

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06:21
Apple places sixth on ‘Top 100 Global Technology...

Thomson Reuters, a mass media and information firm, has published its first "Top 100 Global Technology Leaders" list, which celebrates "the industry's most operationally sound and financially successful organizations.” Apple places sixth on the list.

Ahead of the tech giant are Microsoft, Intel, Cisco, IBM, and Alphabet. Thomson Reuters says it assessed each company using a 28-data-point algorithm to "objectively identify organizations with the fortitude for the future in today's complex business environment."

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06:16
First shipment of HomePods reportedly on the way

We may be able to get our hands on an Apple HomePod soon. According to the Taipei Times, Inventec Corp., one of the two assemblers for the smart speaker, has released an initial shipment of about one million.

HomePod shipments this year are expected to reach between 10 million and 12 million units, with Inventec and Hon Hai each fulfilling half of the orders, the article adds. Apple unveiled its first voice-controlled smart speaker during the June 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

The HomePod was originally slated to arrive before the end of the year. However, in November, Apple issued a statement saying that it needed more time before the product is ready for customers.

The $349 smart speaker is just under seven inches tall and looks like a piece of furniture. It will be available in both space gray and white, and also acts as a hub for HomeKit devices...

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06:01
Apple's first million HomePods now shipping...




Having missed an original December launch date, the HomePod is finally rolling off the production lines of one of two assembly partners, Inventec, a report said this week.

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06:00
Deal: One Year Subscription to Private Internet...

During the past year, we've had a lot of deals on virtual private networks (VPNs) in the Apple World Today Deals Shop. Today we're pleased to offer our readers a deal on Private Internet Access VPN (PIA), one of the top VPNs globally. 

If you don't want your activities on the web logged, PIA VPN is the service to use. PIA doesn't just say they'll protect your anonymity -- they do it! According to Torrent Freak, "While many VPN providers say they do not log their users' activities in order to protect anonymity, it's not often their claims get tested in the wild. However, a criminal complaint filed by the FBI... notes that a subpoena sent to...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage, 1...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get a one-year subscription to SpiderOak ONE for only $39.99 — that’s 84% off the regular price. Widely considered by experts like Edward Snowden to be one of the most secure cloud storage solutions on the planet, SpiderOak One ensures all of your data is protected before it even leaves your computer — every file is encrypted while in transit as well as in storage on SpiderOak’s servers with user-specific…

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05:53
Matt Birchler lays out a beautifully designed wish...

Matt Birchler:

It strikes me this year that we’re hitting the 5th major version of watchOS. This is not a brand new platform anymore, even though the Apple Watch feels relatively new in the grand scheme of things. Add to that the fact that Apple’s direct competitor here, Android Wear, has all but exited the market as Wear 2.0 barely got released and basically no one is making Wear watches anymore, and you get the feeling that watchOS updates don’t need to be that substantial anymore.

And:

watchOS is far from perfect and there are tons of things that could be done to make it not only a better experience for those who already own one, but to draw in more people to the platform. The Apple Watch is one of the largest reasons I’m loyal to iOS for my smartphone, and since Apple is pretty darn invested in people buying more iPhones, they probably want to get people to love their Apple Watches even more so these customers never change sides.

Without further ado...

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05:48
Will Apple, Google & others get so large the...

A piece in the WSJ poses an interesting question: as Apple, Google and other tech giants become ever more powerful, will the government ever step in to break them up or regulate them … ?

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05:08
Startup offers pay-per-day automatic travel...

Unless you travel frequently enough to justify an annual policy, arranging travel insurance is just one more thing to think about when planning a trip. Financial startup Revolut now offers a solution to that: pay-per-day travel insurance that kicks in automatically, based on your phone’s GPS location …

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05:00
Apple patent involves flexible connectors for...

There’s talk that Apple is working on a “foldable” (or at least bendable) iPhone for the future. A newly granted Apple patent (number 9,869,807) for “electronic devices with soft input-output components” may add credence to the rumor as it involves flexible connectors.

Apple says it can be challenging to incorporate input-output devices into an electronic device. Form factor considerations, reliability considerations, and various other factors may make it difficult or impossible for conventional input-output components to be used in certain devices. As an example, if an electronic device has bendable portions, traditional displays and touch sensors mounted in the device may be subject to stress-induced failures. Apple thinks “stretchable” connectors are part of the solution.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “A flexible input-output device may be formed from an elastomeric substrate layer. The substrate layer may have signal paths to which components are...

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04:31
Latest iPhone battery lawsuit calls for recycling...

The number of class action lawsuits against Apple for deliberately slowing older iPhones has now reached 45, but one law firm wants to go rather further than demanding compensation.

DiCello Levitt & Casey wants to force Apple to suspend the battery recycling program, keeping all the old batteries swapped to date …

more…

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04:30
ParcSlope is a great hybrid stand for Mac laptops,...

By Aaron Lee

Twelve South's ParcSlope is an $49.99 hybrid stand that works great with a Mac laptop and iPad Pro.MacBook Pro. The sleek metal wedge elevates your device’s screen while tilting your keyboard at desk level for comfortable typing. And it makes a fine drawing easel for the tablet.

Crafted from a seamless sheet of steel, the ParcSlope lifts your Mac or iPad Pro screen to a neck-friendly viewing height, while tilting your keyboard to a comfortable 18-degree typing angle. Built-in cable management keeps your cables and connections from dropping to the floor when you unplug a connected MacBook or iPad to go.

The ParcSlope can be used on virtually any desk at home or work. This stand also comes in handy on a kitchen counter, stand-up workstation or workbench where it elevates a Mac laptop enough to reduce neck strain. 

For those who prefer a dual-screen...

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04:18
Report: First 1 million HomePods begin shipping from...

After facing a delay late last year, a new report claims that the first orders of Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have begun shipping from supply chain partners … more…

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04:00
How to go directly to a specific folder in macOS...

You can jump directly to a specific folder in macOS High Sierra if you wish. In the Finder, click the Go menu in the menu bar, then choose one of the following:

  • Enclosing Folder: Choose this option to open the parent folder for the current window. For example, if you’re in your Downloads folder, this option opens your All My Files, Documents, or other listed folders: Choose a folder from the list.
  • Library: Press and hold the Option key, then choose Library.
  • Recent Folders: Choose a folder from the submenu. (The submenu shows up to 10 recently opened folders.)
  • Go to Folder: Type the folder’s pathname (for example, /Library/Fonts/ or ~/Pictures/), then click Go.

 

A slash at the beginning of a pathname indicates that the starting point is the top level of your computer’s folder structure. A...

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03:59
Google Arts & Culture tops iOS free app charts...

If you were to guess which app would top the charts of free iOS apps, you’d probably guess Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, a game or something to do with emoji. But no, right now it’s an app no-one would ever have predicted: Google Arts & Culture.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.

Sadly, this unexpected popularity doesn’t reflect a sudden popular interest in either cultural artifacts or art …

more…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 17, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has updated Keep It — their notebook, scrapbook and organizer for macOS — to version 1.2. 

The upgrade adds icon view, improved Files app support, custom styles for notes, and improvements to search, tag filtering, imports, and more. Keep It is the successor to Together.

Keep It for Mac 1.2 requires macOS 10.12 or later. A 15-day demo is available for download. Registration costs $49.99, and includes all Keep It version 1.x updates. Together 3 users can purchase a $24.99 upgrade, or get a free copy if Together 3 was purchased during its final 6six months on sale.

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to combine Face ID components, create...

A new rumor has hinted towards next-gen iPhone featuring a smaller camera notch in 2019 or beyond.

South Korea’s ETNews, citing industry sources, has stated that Apple is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year’s iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.

The sources have indicated that Apple is looking to strengthen its face sensing function beginning with the 2019 iPhones. In essence, the company is planning to increase the number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.

The rumors have also hinted as to a singular face recognition module, while the current Face ID system is powered by an infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator. It’s unknown as to how Apple has managed to combine these components.

Back in November, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Face ID will be featured...

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03:00
Apple Pay gains additional support among banks,...

Apple has expended its lineup of banks and credit unions that support Apple Pay in the United States, Canada, and China.

Canadians can now add cards from Servus Credit Union. In China, the expansion includes Visa and Mastercard for China Construction Bank, and PrimeCredit Limited Visa in Hong Kong.

The complete list of new U.S. issuers is as follows:

Audubon State Bank

Bank of Lafayette

CedarStone Bank

Chemung Canal Trust Company

Citizens Bank [MN]

Citizens State Bank

Consumer Credit Union

Copiah Bank

Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union

Fairfield Federal

Farmers State Bank & Trust Co.

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union

First Independent Bank

First National Bank [TX]

First National Bank South

First State Bank [TX & IL]

First State Bank of Bloomington

First State Bank of Odem

Fisher National Bank

Freedom Northwest Credit...

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03:00
Amazon's Fire TV boss: We're beating Roku...

Amazon says it's winning the streaming device wars and plotting a return to smart TVs.

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02:55
Report: Apple suppliers easing off iPhone production...

Apple suppliers will be lowering component manufacturing for iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in the first quarter of this year following the peak holiday season. Via Digitimes, lower orders are mostly from seasonality trends but some sources noted that iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 sales have not been as strong as expected and are ‘dragging down’ iPhone X momentum in terms of overall iPhone production.

iPhone 8 component orders apparently began falling off during the final months of 2017 which is unusual for flagship iPhone sales. However, even Apple admitted on its last earnings call that it doesn’t really know how customers would react to a three flagship iPhone product mix, so comparisons to expectations may not be significant.

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Tuesday January 16

23:33
Teach valuable STEM skills with electronic...

*Hitches up onion belt* Now back in my day, our papercraft activity books just folded up into something pretty. And we liked it that way. But you kids, with your Nintendoodads and Snapcharts, well that just isn't good enough, is it? No, your paper-ba...

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22:03
‘Scribblenauts’ returns with a party game for...

Innovative wordplay-based game Scribblenauts debuted on the Nintendo DS at the end of the last decade, but we haven't heard from the franchise since it headed to mobile for a semi-sequel in 2015. But today we got news that a new entry in the series,...

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20:36
Video offers peek at ultra-wide Large Synoptic...

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope has been a long time in the making when work on its mirrors started in 2007. It's finally coming together, though. The LSST team has released a brief clip showing progress on the Chilean facility as of the end of...

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19:33
Samsung designed a 2018 Winter Olympics edition...

Samsung has unveiled a sweet-looking Galaxy Note 8 you might never get your hands on. The Korean conglomerate has designed a limited edition version of its extra large phone exclusively for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics participants. It's fitted w...

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18:51
Dallas Mavericks are the latest pro team to accept...

You don't just have to attend Sacramento Kings games if you're itching to spend some digital money on a pro sports event. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has confirmed (both to Bloomberg and on Twitter) that his basketball team will start acceptin...

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18:35
Twist, the startup behind an AirPlay-powered smart...

Two years ago, we reported on Twist, a new smart home accessory maker aiming to take a different approach to smart home lighting. At the time, the company debuted an AirPlay-connected lightbulb and speaker system combo, but it now appears that those efforts didn’t catch on like Twist had hoped…

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17:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook talks diversity, coding, more in...




Apple CEO Tim Cook recently offered a few words of wisdom to high school senior Rebecca Kahn as part of a National Center for Women & Information Technology outreach program dubbed "Innovator to Innovator," which grants NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community members time with Apple executives.

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17:55
There's a new malicious link that can crash or...




Yet another "text bomb" has surfaced, this time in the form of a website that can sometimes cause system crashes or hangups when received through Apple's Messages app on iOS and macOS.

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17:29
Apple expands Siri’s ‘Give me the news’ feature to...

Update: The feature is also rolling out in Australia, with ABC, SBS, and Seven Network as sources.

Earlier this month, Apple started testing a new capability for Siri that would play daily podcasts when asked about the news. At first, the feature was limited to users running the iOS 11.2.5 beta in the United States, but Apple today has expanded it to non-beta users and users in the UK…

more…

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17:24
YouTube implements stricter requirements for partners

YouTube has been under fire for months over inappropriate content masquerading as kid-friendly videos and popular creators acting out of line. Now, Google has introduced stricter requirements for the video platform's YouTube Partners and Preferred pr...

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17:10
Chinese Consumer Group Also Wants Answers on...

his new call joins a chorus of lawsuits, and even a French criminal probe, demanding information and damages for the practice.


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16:58
Tim Cook talks women in tech, who he admires, &...

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently sat down with high school senior Rebecca Kahn for an interview discussing women in technology, diversity, the importance of coding, and more. The full interview was shared by the National Center for Women and Information Technology…

more…

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16:46
Watch: Safari 11 Tips and Tricks




Apples web browser, Safari, has been updated to Safari 11 with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra with some pretty impressive updates that might go overlooked by casual users. We round up the best new features in this video.

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16:44
Post CES 2018 Update on the State of 4K/UHD HDR...

The 4K/UHD HDR standards are in place, and Apple TV 4K honors the most important ones. But there are a few wrinkles to be aware of.


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16:43
This FBI Special Agent in Charge Says: ‘We Heart...

John Bennett, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, told Forbes, “We heart Apple. They train our cops.”


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16:34
Siri learns to play news podcasts automatically




Now you can stay informed about the events of the day without ever touching your phone, thanks to a new podcast tweak to the hands-free mode in Apple's personal digital assistant.

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16:29
PSA: This link will crash Messages on iOS and macOS...

Every so often, a bizarre link or piece of text surfaces that, when sent via iOS or macOS, will cause noticeable issues to the recipient’s device. Today, the latest form of this has emerged in what’s being referred to as “chaiOS.” It’s a basic GitHub link on the surface, but it crashes Messages on both macOS and iOS…

more…

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16:23
BMW to charge drivers $80 per year for CarPlay...




Since 2016, BMW has offered Apple CarPlay integration as a one-time add-on option, but that will soon change, as the German car maker is switching to a subscription model for 2019.

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16:18
Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X...

Someone might have just spoiled Motorola's 2018 in a big way. Droid Life has posted a trio of leaks which, if accurate, hint at some big changes to the Lenovo brand's smartphone lineup. The headliner would be the Moto X5, and it's not hard to see w...

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16:07
Apple, HBO in bidding war for new J.J. Abrams TV...

Details of the project are being kept under tight wraps, but it would reportedly deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Should the project move forward, it would be Abrams’ first TV writing gig since “Fringe” in 2008.

J.J. Abrams is just the type of hitmaker that Apple needs if it’s going to make a big splash in the original series TV market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:04
21 states sue to keep net neutrality

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

Good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:01
Curve's payment-switching smart card goes live...

Like the thought of switching payment methods for a purchase long after you've left the store? You now have a chance to try it. Curve has launched its smart card in the UK, letting you not only consolidate your credit cards (currently just Masterca...

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BMW nickel and diming owners with subscription based...

As the Detroit Auto Show continues, BMW today revealed its plans to turn CarPlay into a subscription service. The automaker only started supporting CarPlay last year, making it a $300 option on select cars, but it’s already planning to revamp its pricing scheme…

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15:34
Facebook teams up with 'True Blood'...

Facebook's Watch tab won't just be chock-full of sports shows and gaming culture. The social site has ordered 10 episodes of Sacred Lies, an adaptation of the Stephanie Oakes novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly (which, in turn, is an adaptation of th...

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Bitcoin Drops Below $10K, Rallies Back Above $11K

The price of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency fell below $10,000 Tuesday afternoon, only to immediately rally back to $11,000 moments later.


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15:25
007: FileMaker meets The Office, iPhone 12 rumors,...

Today we’ve got Apple subsidiary FileMaker’s new ad starring the cast of The Office, Facebook admitting Messenger is too bloated, Apple’s 500th retail store opening next week, a 2019 iPhone rumor, and an excellent watchOS 5 concept.

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15:18
Apple slugs it out with HBO over new J.J. Abrams TV...




A bidding war has reportedly broken out between Apple and HBO for rights to a new science fiction drama written by Star Trek director and Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams.

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Apple, HBO bidding for new sci-fi show from J.J....

According to Variety, J.J. Abrams — co-creator of the Lost, Alias, Felicity, and Fringe series — has written a new sci-fi drama television show that’s the subject of a bidding war between Apple and HBO. The series would reportedly deal with a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. 

Should the project move forward, it would be Abrams’ first TV writing gig since Fringe in 2008. Abrams would also executive produce, with Ben Stephenson–head of television for Bad Robot Productions–also serving as an executive producer. Warner Bros. Television would produce. 

While Apple and HBO are the top contenders for the project, Warner Bros. is said to be open to other bidders, notes Variety. If Apple lands it, it will be the company’s fifth scripted show.

In December Apple gave a straight-to-series order to a space drama from...

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15:06
Ferrari plans to build an electric supercar after all

Despite Tesla's lead on the electric vehicle market, large automakers spent 2017 announcing they will transition their gas-powered car models to EVs. But other companies selling more elite vehicles are also throwing their hat in the ring. At NAIAS in...

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Report: Apple in ‘bidding war’ with HBO for new J.J...

According to a new report from Variety, J.J. Abrams has written a new sci-fi drama television show that has attracted interest from both HBO and Apple. The show is said to focus on “a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force.”

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14:32
‘Night in the Woods’ makes the leap to Nintendo...

Quirky adventure game Night in the Woods is a finalist for three awards in the upcoming Independent Games Festival: the Seumas McNally grand prize, visual art and narrative categories. Now it's coming to Nintendo's Switch console this February 1st, a...

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14:29
States take net neutrality fight to court as Senate...




The attorneys general of 22 states on Tuesday asked a federal court to intervene in the FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality protections, while a resolution of disapproval in the U.S. Senate crept closer to passage.

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14:08
Apple World Today News Update: January 16, 2018

A smaller sensor notch in 2019, poor working conditions in a supplier's factory (or not), and the folks from Cupertino are pretty darned helpful to law enforcement:

  • A rumor has it that 2019 iOS devices may use a much more compact sensor for Face ID
  • Apple's own investigation seems to contradict a Bloomberg/China Labor Watch report that found bad working conditions at an Apple supplier's factory
  • The head of the California Division of the FBI loves Apple, as the company provides training to FBI and local law enforcement officials
  • Apple's Health app is being used as evidence in a German murder trial (hint: your heart rate climbs when you're trying to dispose of a body)

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13:59
Nissan: Leaf EV pre-orders are over 13,000

Over the last week or so we've seen some wild concepts from Nissan at CES (IMx) and NAIAS (Xmotion), but as usual, its Leaf EV is quietly a story as well. The revamped electric vehicle is weeks away from going on sale, and the company tells Engadget...

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13:56
TMO’s Top 5 Picks from CES 2018

CES 2018 brought loads of interesting products to Las Vegas for us to check out. These are our top picks from everything we got to look at.


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13:55
NY attorney general isn’t waiting on Congress, leads...

Multi-state efforts to reverse last month’s FCC decision to repeal net neutrality have been formalized today with a court filing.

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13:51
Apple Pay picks up new card issuers in US, Canada...




Apple has updated its roster of banks and credit unions with Apple Pay to include more U.S. institutions, plus a handful of additional options in Canada and China.

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13:35
The fight to restore net neutrality is picking up...

Yesterday, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said that Senate Democrats now have a total of 50 votes in favor of restoring net neutrality. Today, the push back against the net neutrality repeal intensifies, as a companion House bill to reject the...

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13:27
Congressman requests Meltdown and Spectre briefing...

US Representative Jerry McNerney sent a letter to Intel, AMD and ARM today requesting a briefing on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities and the companies' handling of them. McNerney, a California representative and member of the House Energy and...

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13:26
Universal Audio's $499 Arrow interface connects...




Universal Audio has shipped the Arrow desktop audio interface, a high-end peripheral for music creation and audio recording that connects to a Mac with Thunderbolt 3, with the portable unit including a number of built-in plug-ins to help refine the overall sound of recordings.

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13:15
These are the latest Apple Pay banks in North...

While Apple Pay works with nearly all of the major banks across the United States, there are still plenty of regional banks and credit unions with customers waiting for Apple Pay to work with their institution. The latest expansion includes several additional banks across North America and Asia.

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13:07
FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural...

Bringing broadband internet access to rural areas has been an ongoing, long-term effort, but millions of Americans, including over a third of rural citizens according to 2016 reports, still don't have the option. Today FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed...

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12:57
Universal Audio ships Arrow Thunderbolt 3 audio...

This compact 2×4 interface starts with esteemed UA conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo interface range, to sonically outperform anything in its class. With its Unison technology and built-in UAD-2 SOLO Core processor, you can record through classic audio tools including the 610 Tube Preamp, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and a genuine Marshall Plexi amp plug-in — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer setting.

This is an incredible looking interface and included plug-ins bundle.

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12:55
San Francisco FBI chief shares why the agency loves...

A new report today from Forbes sheds a new perspective on the relationship between the FBI and Apple. From the public’s perspective, the two usually seem to be at odds, but the FBI’s San Francisco chief has shared why “we heart Apple” and how the relationship between the two is improving.

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12:44
Amazon makes it easier to find live shows on Fire TV

While most movies and TV shows on Amazon Channels are available on demand, a few of them can be watched live at the same time they're broadcast on traditional TV. If you use a Fire TV stick to watch television and movies on the big screen, you might...

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12:21
Microsoft may be working on a new Xbox Elite...

Microsoft's Xbox Elite controller is pricey, but arguably the go-to choice for Xbox One owners who want a gamepad that fits their exact needs. And apparently, there's enough demand to merit a sequel. Multiple leaks appear to have uncovered a new El...

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12:09
Dictation Eases Data Entry

If you need to enter numbers, dates, or times into your Mac by hand, there’s an easier way than typing them in with your keyboard. Instead, try dictating them into your iPhone or iPad!

 

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12:00
Lamborghini’s 650HP Urus is equal parts muscle and...

Lamborghini's Urus is more than just an absurdly overpowered SUV, it's packed with technology both on the entertainment and safety sides too. That means along with its 650 horsepower twin-turbo aluminum 4.0 liter V8 (whew) you also have the option fo...

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11:55
Apple educating FBI, other police on accessing data...




Despite the appearance of conflict between Apple and U.S. law enforcement, the company is not only cooperating in many search requests but actually training the FBI and other police forces.

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11:42
Comcast brings Jackbox's Party Packs to X1 set-...

Comcast is rolling out some new gaming options for its X1 set-top box users. Multichannel News reports that Jackbox Games has begun to show up on X1 this month with two gaming packages being offered. Jackbox Party Packs 3 and 4 are available for $25...

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11:33
Issue in Google's Cast-enabled devices,...




Google's Chromecast and Home devices are reportedly causing issues with some Wi-Fi networks, with the Cast-enabled hardware like the Google Home Max flooding the network with packets of data after waking from 'sleep mode,' a problem Google is working to rectify.

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11:26
The Human Cost of the Apple Supply Chain Machine

Apple is still struggling to improve working conditions at its supply chain factories. China Labor Watch and Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Catcher, a key supplier for iPhone and MacBook casings, makes workers endure harsh safety conditions and unfair work terms in a factory in Suqian. According to observers and discussions with workers, the machines are not only loud, but spray fluid and metallic particles that frequently hit workers' faces only some of which have access to safety goggles and gloves. From the report: Hundreds throng a workshop where the main door only opens about 12 inches. Off duty, they return to debris-strewn dorms bereft of showers or hot water. Many go without washing for days at a time, workers told Bloomberg. "My hands turned bloodless white after a day of work," said one of the workers, who makes a little over 4,000 yuan a month (just over $2 an hour) in her first job outside her home province of Henan. She turned to Catcher because her husband's home-...

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11:23
'Far Cry 5' limited edition includes new...

If you get excited by cool vinyl video game soundtracks like we do, you're in luck. Mondo, the company behind the amazing Contra vinyl and that fantastic The Last of Us box set, has just partnered with Ubisoft on Far Cry 5. Starting today, January 16...

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11:20
OSX/MaMi Malware, CES 2018 Trends from the Outside...

John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to shed some light on the OSX/MaMi malware threat for the Mac, plus they share their perspective from the outside on CES 2018 trends.


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11:10
watchOS 5 dream concept imagines info-dense faces,...

Matt Birchler has published an excellent watchOS 5 design concept that envisions future features that could come to Apple Watch. Included are much more information dense watch faces with new layouts, third-party apps as data sources on the Siri watch face, and my favorite: podcast playback.

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