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Friday January 12

04:30
Apple patent hints at Mac laptops with improved...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20180014115) for an “electronic device having mechanically out-of-phase speakers” that hints at even better speakers in upcoming Mac laptops.

In the patent, Apple notes that electronic devices sometimes include a pair of loudspeakers to generate sound from electrical audio signals. Typically, the pair of loudspeakers are located in a common enclosure and are both acoustically and mechanically in-phase. 

More particularly, the loudspeakers are acoustically in-phase because they generate sound from a same audio signal, and the loudspeakers are mechanically in-phase because the same audio signal drives respective diaphragms of the loudspeakers simultaneously in the same direction. Apple thinks its idea is a better one.

The invention involves an electronic device (think laptop) having several speaker modules that are acoustically in-phase and mechanically out-of-phase is disclosed. Embodiments include a pair of speaker...

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04:00
Sharp and LG Display gearing up to compete for Apple...

Both Foxconn-owned Sharp and Japan Display are gearing up to compete with Samsung and LG for Apple orders for OLED screens, say supply-chain sources …

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04:00
macOS: Configuring Time Limits for Your Kid’s Mac

If you’re a parent who doesn’t want your child on his Mac at all hours of the night, then Parental Controls are your friend. With this built-in feature, you can set daily time limits or a bedtime and lock your kid out of his own computer after the time has elapsed! We’re sorry for this Quick Tip, kids.


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04:00
How to delete specific pages from Safari history in...

You can delete specific pages from the history list in the Safari web browser in macOS High Sierra. It’s easy.

  • Launch Safari. Select Show All History in the History menu or press ⌘-Y.
  • Find the page you want to remove.
  • Hold down the Control key while pressing the left mouse button.
  • Choose Delete from the contextual drop-down menu. You can also right click on an entry and select Delete.

(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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03:30
News from CES: January 12, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Tech21 has announced three new protective cases for the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. They include a limited edition Chinese New Year case designed in collaboration with cut paper artist Bovey Lee, a premium vegan leather case and the Evo Max, the brand’s “most protective case ever.”

Xentris Wireless is showcasing its wireless chargers, which are are Qi certified and compatible with all Qi-enabled smartphones including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. 

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03:15
Some Apple Store locations running low on iPhone 6...

You might have to wait a while before you can snag a $29 replacement battery for your iPhone 6 Plus.

A number of users have reported shortages of the iPhone 6 Plus battery and have, in some cases, been told that they’ll have to wait until March or later for their repair.

Delays are only impacting stores that have already run out of iPhone 6 Plus batteries, according to sources close to the story. Still, many locations have batteries for the iPhone 6 Plus in stock.

In many cases, customers were told they’d have to wait a few days. Anything longer may be a sign that a shop has run out of a particular model of battery.

Apple has seen intense demand following its introduction of $29 out-of-warranty battery swaps. The deal is a temporary one, expiring at the end of December, intended to appease the public following the company’s admission that it slows down iPhones with weak batteries. Nominally this is to protect against sudden shutdowns, but the company...

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03:00
App Store-based password reset vulnerability...

This is why Apple has a team working on security features.

For the third time in recent month, a vulnerability has been discovered in macOS High Sierra.

Back in September, security researcher Patrick Wardle discovered an exploit to snag plaintext passwords from the Keychain utility. Two months later, software developer Lemi Orhan Ergin realized that gaining root access to High Sierra machines was essentially as easy as inputting the username “root,” no password required.

Now, a bug report on Open Radar from earlier this week—affecting version 10.13.2—allows any user to change the App Store system preferences without a real password via these steps:

1) Log in as a local admin

2) Open App Store Prefpane from the System Preferences

3) Lock the padlock if it is already unlocked

4) Click the lock to unlock it

5) Enter any bogus password

If your Mac has already been unlocked, an outside party could easily turn off “...

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Thursday January 11

19:43
Apple features subscription apps offering free...




Apple recently published a new section to its iOS App Store that throws a spotlight on subscription-based apps offering free trials to new users, a move that plays into the company's wider push toward subscription pricing.

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18:59
Apple highlighting subscription apps w/ free trials...

As it continues to showcase new types of content in the App Store, Apple has recently started highlighting popular subscription applications with free trials. The new section is located under the “Apps” section in the App Store and aptly titled “Try It For Free.”

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18:59
Apple highlighting subscription apps w/ free trials...

As it continues to showcase new types of content in the App Store, Apple has recently started highlighting popular subscription applications with free trials. The new section is located under the “Apps” section in the App Store and aptly titled “Try It For Free.”

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18:18
CarPlay will soon have AM/FM integration with...

One long-standing criticism of Apple’s CarPlay system is the lack of support for traditional AM/FM radio. At CES 2018, however, media indexing company Gracenote is aiming to fill that void…

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18:11
Apple claims VoIP-Pal secretly lobbied judges, USPTO...




Apple is looking to reverse a Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling upholding the validity of certain patents owned by VoIP-Pal, alleging the VoIP technologies firm secretly lobbied officials presiding over the case without Apple's knowledge.

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17:37
Rejigged iOS Security Guide details Apple Pay Cash,...




Apple on Thursday unveiled a revised edition of its mobile security white paper, adding details on iOS 11.1 and 11.2 for information security professionals and intellectually curious users.

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17:33
Presenting the Best of CES 2018 winners!

Finally, after long hours of debating about which of our finalists should win our Best of CES awards this year, we've made our decisions. Below is our list of winners for each category, as well as Best of the Best and People's Choice. Congratulations...

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17:19
Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ trailer shows a vast...

We've been looking forward to Netflix's take on Blade Runner for a while now. Altered Carbon, based on the novel of the same name, even made an appearance at CES this year. Now there's a brand-new trailer to get us all excited for the upcoming sci-fi...

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17:12
Waze announces in-car mapping for iOS users w/ Ford...

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Waze announced that it is bringing its popular crowd-sourced navigation platform to select Ford vehicles with SmartDeviceLink and iOS….

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16:51
Facebook announces major News Feed overhaul w/ more...

Facebook has announced a significant overhaul of its News Feed that it says will help in “bringing people closer together.” The update, detailed in a blog post, will rollout over the next few months…

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16:48
Facebook will focus on friends over publishers in...

Facebook just announced that it will make sweeping changes to the News Feed, the primary place where users find content on the social network. Over the next few months, users will see "more from your friends, family and groups" and " less public cont...

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16:31
Apple shares revised iOS Security Guide w/ details...

Apple today has shared a revised version of its iOS Security Guide, dated January 2018. The new document, which comes in at 78 pages long includes new details on Apple Pay Cash, Face ID, and more…

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16:20
Artgasm turns the female orgasm into a literal work...

The female orgasm can be elusive, but at CES 2018, sexual health startup Lioness managed to capture and immortalize them as works of art. It's based on information gleaned from volunteers who have used its $229 bio-sensing vibrator that started shipp...

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16:01
Apple’s indirect presence fades from CES

Ben Bajarin:

Gone are the days of Apple’s presence, or observably “winning” of CES, even though they are not present. It was impossible to walk the show floor and not see a vast array of interesting innovations which touched the Apple ecosystem in some way. Now it is almost impossible to walk the floor and see any products that touch the Apple ecosystem in any way except for an app on the iOS App Store. The Apple ecosystem is no longer the star of CES but instead things like Amazon’s Alexa voice platform, and now Google’s assistant voice platform is the clear ecosystem winners of CES.

Ben says that Apple is not doomed, and he’s right. However, this is not a good sign for Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:00
Don’t call it a dildo: Kiiroo and OhMiBod on the...

CES may have a complicated relationship with sex, but one company has made it its mission to destigmatize doing it at the world's largest technology conference. For the past seven years, the family-run sex toy manufacturer OhMiBod has made the trek t...

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15:55
The Making of Apple’s Emojis

When design leads to friendship, and that friendship leads back to design, magic happens. This is the story of how an intern and her mentor designed Apple’s original emoji set and together changed the way people communicate around the world. It was also a project that led them to become lifelong friends, a key ingredient in the success of these tiny icons. In a nutshell, I was the intern and Raymond is my lifelong friend and mentor. In the course of three months, together we created some of the most widely used emoji: face with tears of joy, pile of poo, red heart, and party popper, plus around 460 additional ones. Later, as a full time Apple employee, I even got to create a few more.

It’s hard to remember a time without the ability to add an Emoji to a conversation on the iPhone.

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15:48
Services for digitizing your photos

For all you kids out there, gather round: history time. We once used to buy things called “rolls of film”. We then had to put these rolls in our cameras. These rolls had finite space for photos, and when they were full, we’d take them and get them developed into tangible photographs (usually on glossy photo paper). I know. Whoa.

I didn’t know people still wondered about these services, but a friend of mine just asked me about this the other day.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:46
LG puts Google Assistant in its own touchscreen-...

Google Assistant's fingerprints are all over the CES 2018 show floor, but it's especially easy to see on a few new Android Things-powered devices. This LG ThinQ Google Assistant Touch Screen Speaker is one of them, and like Lenovo's Smart Display, it...

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15:44
Google says its security patches not slowing down...

Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Thursday it had already deployed software patches against the Spectre and Meltdown chipset security flaws last year, without slowing down its cloud services.

Researchers with Google’s Project Zero, in conjunction with academic and industry researchers from several countries, first reported the flaws publicly on Jan. 3, but major tech firms have said they knew about the flaws months ago.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:44
Apple Has Yet Another Password Bug in macOS High...

Users of macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 can unlock Setting > Mac App Store (MAS) using any string of text for a password, allowing anyone to change your MAS settings.


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15:35
Microsoft, Signal add end-to-end encryption to Skype




Skype users will soon be able to message without fear of prying eyes as secure communications firm Signal has partnered with Microsoft to add new encryption capabilities to the service.

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15:33
Louis Vuitton is making a luggage tracker

A smartphone app and recent FCC filing strongly hints that Louis Vuitton has a new tech product on the way: A luggage tracker that pairs with particular bags sold by the fashion company. Sources tell Engadget that it will be the first such device to...

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15:19
In wake of Spectre & Meltdown, Intel CEO pens...

In response to the massive Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities exposed last week, Intel is reaffirming its commitment to security. The company’s CEO Brian Krzanich today published an open letter outlining Intel’s continued focus on security…

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15:00
The challenge of showcasing weed tech at CES

There was, as expected, a thin scent of weed in Roger Volodarsky's 28th-floor Mirage hotel suite as the Puffco CEO and founder demonstrated his latest product.

It was 11:30 PM the night before CES opened, and seven attendees gathered in the living r...

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14:58
Skype partnering w/ Signal for new ‘Private...

As first reported by ITPro, Skype is partnering with popular encrypted communication company Signal to bring end-to-end encryption to its service. The feature, called Private Conversations, will allow Skype users to have an “additional layer of security” for conversations…

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14:53
iPhone User’s Health Data Being Used in Murder...

Authorities searched through the Health app and were able to find activity data that correlate to the murder.


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14:50
Intel CEO issues 'security-first pledge'...




In an open letter released on Thursday, Intel chief Brian Krzanich outlined the company's response to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities while reassuring customers that his company views security as "an ongoing priority."

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14:49
Latest Deals: 2017 iMacs from $1,199; 15"...




Just in, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing prices on Mid 2017 Macs with discounts ranging from $100 to $200 off popular models. Pick up an iMac for as low as $1,199 or opt for a 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199 with free expedited shipping. Apple's 13" Air is also $100 off -- all with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as 0% financing OAC.

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14:40
OnePlus weighs in on smartphone strategy and the...

OnePlus released two great smartphones in 2017, but the smartphone startup is facing more and better competition than ever before. That's great for you and me, but much trickier for a startup still trying to carve out a notable niche for itself. What...

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14:35
You can't talk about accessibility without...

Over the past few years, we've been seeing more and more products at CES meant to assist the elderly and disabled. In fact, last year was the first year we added an accessibility category to the official Best of CES awards -- and the finalists in tha...

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14:34
004: Pandora podcasts, Dropbox’s IPO, and Siri’s...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today we’ve got we’ve got Pandora’s podcast genome project, the iPhone as a key witness in a murder investigation, Dropbox going public, and Siri’s new sports skills.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/...

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14:25
The Moto Z's keyboard mod feels like an...

Motorola's first great Android phone had a physical keyboard, and when I stuck Livermorium's keyboard Moto Mod onto a Moto Z2 Play, waves of nostalgia started washing over me. After I started using the keyboard, though, I suddenly remembered why the...

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14:15
Apple’s Chinese iCloud Occupation, HomeKit Miss,...

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit look at Apple’s Chinese iCloud occupation and what it says about Apple. They also think Apple is just plain missing the smarthome boat, judging by what we’re seeing at CES. John goes off on a tangent rant about parenting and Apple, and for the pop portion of the show, they talk about recent developments in The Curse of Oak Island. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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14:13
CES 2018: PEPCOM Digital Experience

Jeff Porten continues the trek through the CES pre-shows and finds more gadgetry (a 1 TB USB stick, an inexpensive USB-C hub) and technological innovations (a smartwatch that charges from body heat, a double-screen smartphone).

 

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14:10
Apple Health Data Is Being Used As Evidence In a...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since September for allegedly raping and murdering a student in Freiburg, and disposing of her body in a river. But many of the details of the trial have been hazy -- no one can agree on his real age, and most notably, there's a mysterious chunk of time missing from the geodata and surveillance video analysis of his whereabouts at the time of the crime. He refused to give authorities the passcode to his iPhone, but investigators hired a Munich company (which one is not publicly known) to gain access to his device, according to German news outlet Welt. They searched through Apple's Health app, which was added to all iPhones with the release of iOS 8 in 2014, and were able to gain more data about what he was doing that day. The app records how many steps he took and what kind of activity he was doing throughout that day. The app recorded a portion of his activity as "...

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14:03
Facebook signs two major music licensing deals this...

Facebook today has closed another major licensing deal, this time with Global Music Rights, giving the social media giant access to hits from Pharrell, Drake, and more. Facebook also signed a deal earlier this week with Sony/ATV, bolstering its content offerings.

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13:55
Video: First look at the next-generation SimpliSafe...




AppleInsider was given a first look at SimpliSafe's refreshed home security system, guided by founder and CEO Chad Laurans, as well as its outdoor security camera and video doorbell arriving later this year.

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13:53
Good News from CES 2018: It’s Safe to Buy a 4K/UHD TV

LAS VEGAS – The technology of Ultra High Definition has finally reached a stable point in time, and TVs bought now won’t be obsolete any time soon.


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13:50
Intel pledges transparency after Spectre, Meltdown...

The last week or so has seen a lot of activity around Meltdown and Spectre, two CPU flaws in modern chips from the likes of AMD and Intel. Apple, Microsoft and Google have provided interim fixes for their respective hardware, but it will take much mo...

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13:35
Samsung talks PC strategy and its vision for a...

This week, Samsung showed off everything from new laptops to a massive microLED wall to a chattier kind of refrigerator. The message couldn't be any clearer: Samsung would like nothing more than to be the center of your digital world. To dig deeper i...

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13:31
Electrameccanica's Solo is a single-seat EV...

If you're looking for an electric vehicle but don't need the extra seats (or long delivery times) that a full-sized Tesla Model 3 demands, you could always take a shot with the Solo. This electric vehicle from Canadian startup ElectraMeccanica Vehicl...

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13:16
Tip of the Day: Handing off Phone Calls to Apple...

If you have an Apple Watch, you already know that incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will ring on your watch alongside your iPhone, so you can answer the call and talk on your wrist, Dick Tracy style. Switching the call back to your iPhone once you’ve answered it is straightforward enough as well — simply tap the green bar that appears at the top of the home screen to open the Phone app and transfer the call to there in one fell swoop.…

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13:16
Tip of the Day: Handing off Phone Calls to Apple...

If you have an Apple Watch, you already know that incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will ring on your watch alongside your iPhone, so you can answer the call and talk on your wrist, Dick Tracy style. Switching the call back to your iPhone once you’ve answered it is straightforward enough as well — simply tap the green bar that appears at the top of the home screen to open the Phone app and transfer the call to there in one fell swoop.…

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13:13
155: iPhone SE 2 rumors, iOS parental controls...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s entry in the video consortium behind AV1, iPhone SE 2 rumors and our headphone jack predictions, the need for more robust parental controls on iOS, the future of Apple’s AirPort hardware and selling mesh routers, and Siri’s latest tricks.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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13:05
Scosche intros new iPhone-compatible MagicMount...




Accessory maker Scosche announced a series of car mounts this week, including the MagicMount Pro Charge line, supporting Qi wireless charging on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

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13:02
Sennheiser packed its Ambeo 3D audio tech in a...

Sennheiser has been touting the merits of its Ambeo 3D audio for a few years now at CES, but in 2018, the company plans to make that spacial soundscape more accessible. The first speaker product to feature the tech will be the Ambeo 3D Soundbar and t...

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12:52
Apple World Today News Update: January 11, 2018

Today's podcast topics deal with history - the history of emoji on iPhones, the FBI's poor opinion of Apple's excellent encryption, and an IPO for a company that Steve Jobs once unsuccessfully tried to buy:

  • The designer of some of the first 500 emoji to be used on iPhones provides a ten-year retrospective on her work
  • An FBI forensic expert frustrated with Apple's encryption refers to the company as "jerks" and "evil geniuses"
  • Dropbox, the file-sharing powerhouse that Steve Jobs once referred to as a "feature, not a product", will be going public later this year

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 listen to the podcast.

Text Version...

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12:46
Uber will pay New York drivers $3 million in class-...

It's hard to keep track of all of the lawsuits Uber's juggling these days, but there's about to be one less. The company has settled a suit brought against it by 2,421 New York drivers who claimed Uber paid them less than was contractually obligated...

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12:36
How an Apple intern and her mentor created Apple’s...

You’ve probably never heard of Angela Guzman, a former Apple intern and employee, but she’s likely influenced your life and how you communicate on a daily basis. For its tenth anniversary, Guzman has shared how she and her mentor designed Apple’s first emoji for iPhone back in 2008 in a Medium blog post.

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12:32
Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from...

Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones. The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM...

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12:15
Sony's plan for Xperia phones in 2018 includes...

It took Sony until 2018 to finally add fingerprint sensors to its Xperia phones, which is beyond fashionably late to the party. Now that that overdue feature is (thankfully) out of the way, the company needs to focus on how else it can catch up to it...

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12:04
FBI hacker says Apple are ‘Jerks’ and ‘Evil Geniuses...

At what point is it just Apple trying to protect its customers from nefarious forces that, sadly nowadays, include governments?

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12:02
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is almost ready for...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo might be best known for its horrific crash in 2014, which killed one of its pilots, but the company has slowly been coming back from that setback. Now, the company announced that the reusable craft, called the VSS Unity...

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12:00
CES – Two New Kids Robots Offer Fun Coding Education

These fun robots will help teach your kids how to code.


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11:54
Apple's Health app provides key evidence in...




The iPhone's Health app is playing a vital role in a German trial, in which the suspect is accused of raping and murdering a 19-year-old female student in Freiburg.

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11:47
Kodak slaps its name on a sketchy bitcoin-mining...

Kodak's attempt to ride the cryptocurrency wave isn't limited to offering its own virtual coins. CES attendees have learned that Kodak has attached its name to a Spotlite-run bitcoin-mining business that will lease you a Kodak KashMiner computer for...

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11:44
Pandora wants to build the ‘podcast genome project’...

Pandora launched its Apple Music competitor last spring after acquiring Rdio, and now it sounds like building a massive podcast catalog is next on its radar. In an interview with Variety, Pandora Internet Radio CEO Roger Lynch says he wants to build the “podcast genome project” and help podcasters monetize shows easier.

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11:31
Skype is adding an option for encrypted conversations

Soon, your chats on Skype can be just as secure as conversations on Signal, the service used by US Senators. Microsoft is integrating the open source Signal protocol, used by WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and Signal itself, into test versions of Skype a...

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11:20
CES – Elgato Releases Second Generation Eve Room...

The Eve Room is US$99.95 and will be available in March at Elgato, Amazon, and Apple.


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11:15
Lenovo's robust lineup of new devices sets the...

A standalone Google Daydream VR headset. One of the first Google Smart Displays. An eSIM-ready convertible. Those are just a few of the products Lenovo launched here at CES 2018, and the year's only just beginning. We spoke with the company's directo...

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11:00
Cubinote prints colorful sticky notes from your...

Even with all the reminder and to-do apps out there, plenty of people are still fond of physical sticky notes. And if you don't want to pick one over the other, there's a startup trying to bring the best of both worlds together. Cubinote is a Bluetoo...

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10:58
CES 2018: The fascinating world of strange knockoff...

Every year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest technology brands take over the city to show off some of the biggest and most impressive innovations that will shape the coming year. Walking the show floor feels like touring a monument to optimism – a vision of the future where everything is faster, easier, and more intelligent. Like the bright lights and musical sounds of Las Vegas itself, colossal, brightly decorated booths lure in passing visitors like a carnival.

Every circus has sideshows, though, and CES is no exception. Wander away from the noise and excitement of the main hallways, and you’ll find yourself in a gadget funhouse, where reality begins to distort and surprises lurk around every corner. Here awaits the world of unusual Apple accessories and product clones.

Step outside the big top and join me in a look at some of my favorite strange and copycat Apple gear at CES...

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10:57
Apple Begins Selling Linksys Mesh Routers Online and...

An Apple spokesperson said that the mesh routers are a good choice for people with larger homes.


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10:46
After a decade, Dropbox quietly files for a public...

Just a week after Spotify quietly filed to become a public company, it looks like another hot tech firm is doing the same. According to Bloomberg, Dropbox has just made its own filing to become an IPO in the US. The cloud-based file sharing company w...

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10:30
Review: Fiio F9 Pro In-Ear Headphones

This year, we've reviewed samples from most of Fiio's broad product offering — DACs, amplifiers, and dedicated audio players. The company has almost always had a small selection of in-ear monitors on offer as well, but those IEMs have never been what Fiio is really known for. That's about to change; Fiio has introduced a new line of IEMs — the F series — that show Fiio's commitment to becoming a real competitor in this space. Today we're looking at the top-of-the-line F9 Pro, a triple-driver hybrid IEM.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:30
ZTE shares its plans to keep experimenting with...

ZTE has had an interesting 2017. The crowdsourced eye-sensing phone it was planning didn't happen because of criticism about its proposed specs. Then the company released a dual-screen foldable phone via AT&T, which drew plenty of curiosity. ZTE...

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10:24
Apple makes fifth iOS 11.2.5 developer's beta...




Just days after the last release, Apple has made a new build of the iOS 11.2.5 beta available for developer testing.

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10:22
CES – Kano is the Most Fun You’ll Have building and...

LAS VEGAS – Kano makes computers and coding accessable to all ages with their built-it-yourself computer kits and easy to learn coding platform. They show Jeff Gamet their product lineup at CES 2018.


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10:12
Intel faces more class action suits over share price...




Intel's legal woes surrounding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its processors are increasing, with more legal firms filing class action suits against the chip company, this time on the behalf of its shareholders over the revelation of the flaws and the effect on the value of the company's shares.

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10:09
Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and...

[Update: Public beta too.]

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS for developer testing. iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 is now available on the developer center and over-the-air. The new version comes just two days after beta 4, although today’s release appears limited to iOS only. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

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10:04
CES 2018 Xfinity’s Smart Home Strategy, Cool Product...

Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to discuss Xfinity’s plan to make smart home tech more accessible to the average person, plus they share more cool products they’ve found.


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10:01
FBI forensic expert calls Apple 'evil genius...




FBI officials continue their attack on Apple's iPhone encryption, with the latest remarks against the company's moves coming from a senior forensics examiner -- and only one day after similar remarks were made by the FBI director.

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09:54
Apple running low on iPhone 6 Plus batteries,...




People wanting to swap out the battery on an iPhone 6 Plus may in some cases have to wait until March or later, owing to a shortage of replacement units.

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09:52
Korean consumer group considering criminal case...

A consumer group filing a civil suit against Apple on behalf of over 100 plaintiffs for damages related to a recent software update that slowed down older iPhone models are also considering preparing a criminal case, according to The Korea Herald.

“If we pursue a criminal case, the charges may include destruction of property caused by slowing down the phones, as well as fraud if (Apple) intentionally deceived users about the update,” said Yun Chul-min, a lawyer working with the consumer rights group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, at a press conference Thursday.

CUCS was set to file a civil suit representing 122 plaintiffs Thursday, asking for 2.2 million won ($2,000) in damages per plaintiff. The sum includes 1.2 million won for costs related to replacing phones that slowed down as a result of Apple’s operating system update, and one million won in compensation for...

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09:46
FBI Agent Whines About iOS Encryption, Calling Apple...

By “evil genius stuff” he of course refers to mathematics. That’s what encryption is, just a bunch of fancy math.


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09:44
Health data being used as evidence in murder...

Health app data from an iPhone is being used as evidence in a rape and murder investigation in Germany, Motherboard reports. Details in the story also point to what may be the first known iPhone 6s lock screen bypass…

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09:41
Don’t expect that iPhone 6 Plus replacement battery...

According to MacRumors, Apple won’t have iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries in stock until late March to early April.

Apple says the replacement batteries are in short supply and won't be available for weeks in the U.S. and other regions, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week and obtained by MacRumors. The doc quotes a shorter wait of "approximately two weeks" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus battery replacements, and adds that batteries for all other models like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE are expected to be available "without extended delays" in most countries. 

Last month Apple published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing...

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09:27
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09:23
FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about...

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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple's approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company "jerks" and an "evil genius" this week.

Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.

"At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?" FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a...

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09:23
The company that Steve Jobs called ‘a feature’ files...

News is just crossing the wire about Dropbox confidentially filing for its IPO, the same company that Steve Jobs once called “a feature, not a product.”

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09:00
CES – Scosche Announces New Magic Mount Pro Line...

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week Scosche was showing off its new Magic Mount Pro CHARGE line of magnetic mounts for use in the car. The new Pro line includes four products: Window/Dash with a suction base, Vent for air vent mounting, Surface for setting on the console with Scosche’s StickGRIP mat, and CD, for mounting inside those CD player slots that we never use anymore. They all combine a neodymium magnetic mount and a 360-degree adjustable cradleless design with Qi charging to truly make for a seamless mounting-and-charging experience. Every product comes with two MagicPLATES to stick to your phone. Included and online templates guide you in placing the MagicPLATES to avoid interfering with the Qi charging coil inside your phone. All are available immediately.


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08:53
News: Scosche unveils new BoomBottle, Rhythm24, and...

Scosche has announced its 2018 product lineup, including an update to the company’s BoomBottle rugged portable speaker and Rhythm heart monitor and a new lineup of wireless charging and mounting solutions. BoomBottle MM is the company’s latest rugged waterproof speaker, building off the 2015 BoomBottle+, and features two six-watt speakers and two 40 millimeter passive radiators and is IP67 rated for dust and water protection. Additional…

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08:30
Honda teases 2019 Insight hybrid with optional Apple...




Honda on Thursday previewed the 2019 Insight, which will optionally support Apple's CarPlay interface for connected iPhones.

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08:25
Apple's iOS platform advantage in fixing bugs...




Apple is the only PC or smartphone vendor to have full control over the user experience it provides to its customers, thanks to its positioning as an integrated platform vendor. This is a key--often overlooked--advantage for the company that is driving customer satisfaction and trust as well as attracting serious attention from the enterprise at a time when Google's Android is doing neither one.

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08:03
Review: Marshall Stanmore AirPlay speaker delivers...

There are some brand looks you recognize at a glance, and Marshall is one of those. Black casing with rounded edges. Black speaker grille with gold surround. And, of course, the brandname in gold script across the front.

Marshall speakers and amps are as closely associated with rock bands as the electric guitar. From buskers on the street with a single unit to banks of speakers on the stage of big band concerts, it’s hard to picture the scene without that Marshall name.

So when the company offered a range of AirPlay speakers, it would have been impossible to resist trying one out …

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08:00
CES – Fibaro’s ‘The Button’ Controls HomeKit Scenes...

The device can be programmed for three separate actions: press once, press twice, and press-and-hold, each with a corresponding buzz to confirm a successful click.


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07:36
CES – Advanced S2000 Dynamic On-stage In-ear...

LAS VEGAS – Kickstarter darling Advanced Sound has just released a set of universal fit, dynamic driver earphones built for musicians to use as in-ear monitors for just US$24.99 per pair. The Advanced S2000 features a single 10mm dynamic in each earpiece, and they’re designed to loop the cable over the ear to stay in place on stage. The low price point is intentional: they know that musicians wind up getting their in-ear cables pulled or earphones crushed in a gig bag, and their thought is to make them inexpensive enough that one doesn’t worry about replacement costs. The sound? I haven’t tried them on stage, but I did try them in my hotel room and on the show floor. They have a great sound with a high-mid boost that actually matches what I prefer for on-stage. That lift gives vocals a little more presence, and...

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07:26
Apple Pay promotion brings up to 30% off sneakers...

Apple is today sending out emails for its latest Apple Pay promotion, this time advocating fitness with a partnership with the GOAT app and up to 30% off on the app’s “Get Fit” sneaker collection.

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07:14
Zotac Amp Box & Amp Box Mini promise eGPU...




Zotac has announced the Amp Box and Amp Box Mini, two upcoming eGPU enclosures that, in combination with a compatible video card, should boost the graphics performance of Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBooks.

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07:08
CarPlay-equipped Honda Insight Protoype hybrid...

Honda has announced that it plans to unveil its latest electrified vehicle next week at the North American International Auto Show. Honda says its all-new 2019 Insight Prototype hybrid will feature an 8-inch display that offers Apple CarPlay integration.

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07:02
Some international accounts alerted to Apple’s...

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Apple began notifying Chinese iCloud customers of the forthcoming handoff of its cloud service to the Chinese company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which will take over local operations starting February 28. However, TechCrunch reported that some non-Chinese iCloud accounts have been notified of this change. Some users with US-based billing addresses and connections to the US App Store received the notification email stating the physical...

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07:00
CES – Turn Your Regular Clothes into a Fitness...

LAS VEGAS – The Spire Health Tag attaches to your regular clothes, turning them into your personal health and fitness tracker. Jeff Gamet checks them out at CES 2018.


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