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Thursday October 12

13:30
Review: Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar

The removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last year caused no small degree of angst among tech enthusiasts; despite the fact that Apple included a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box, many raised the valid concern that this still didn't provide a way to power, charge, or sync an iPhone while also listening to music. While Belkin was quite to respond to this need last fall with its $40 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, this initial solution left us a little perplexed, since instead of actually providing a 3.5mm audio jack, it simply offered two Lightning connectors, allowing you to connect power to one and using the Apple-supplied Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the other — a functional but awkward solution. We suspect the usual arcane restrictions of Apple's rather opaque MFi program were to blame for this rather kludgy approach, but whatever the reason, we're definitely happy to see Belkin's new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar...

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13:28
BBEdit 12 Improves Text Manipulation and Search,...

Bare Bones Software released BBEdit 12 on Thursday with improved search and editing, added color schemes, and more.


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13:20
Learn To Code, It's More Important Than English...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it is more important to learn how to code than it is to learn English as a second language. From a report: The tech executive made the remarks to French outlet Konbini while in the country for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for tech companies to pay higher taxes in Europe. "If I were a French student and I were 10 years old, I think it would be more important for me to learn coding than English. I'm not telling people not to learn English in some form -- but I think you understand what I am saying is that this is a language that you can [use to] express yourself to 7 billion people in the world," Cook tells Konbini. "I think that coding should be required in every public school in the world. [...] It's the language that everyone needs, and not just for the computer scientists. It's for all of us."

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13:15
Bare Bones Software releases major BBEdit 12 update...

Earlier this year Bare Bones Software sunset its TextWrangler app and said it will focus fully on BBEdit for future versions of macOS. Today Bare Bones is shipping the next major update to BBEdit, version 12.0, which is made for macOS High Sierra.

more…

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12:48
Sony's Xperia Touch projector arrives in the US...

We've been keeping an eye on Sony's Xperia Touch projector for over a year now (closer to two, in fact). It's a smart speaker, a projector and an Android tablet all combined into one device, and the US price (which was revealed today) reflects that....

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12:38
Inside Apple's ARKit and Visual Inertial...




When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no videos. Today's iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth, AI Vision and Machine Learning. In parallel, it hosts a new platform for Augmented Reality, which integrates what the camera sees and graphics created by the device. Here's a look at how it works.

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12:32
Facebook locks down key data as researchers analyze...

The truth behind Facebook's involvement in Russian voter hacks continues to get more complicated. The social media company apparently knew about Russian meddling even before last year's US election. Mark Zuckerberg's company reported that 10 million...

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12:30
Apple’s ARKit has been installed more than three...

Apple’s ARKit has been installed more than three million times through a host of ARKit-powered apps and games since iOS 11 launched on Sept. 19, according to a new report from Sensor Tower.

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple introduced ARKit. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

According to Sensor Tower, games are the single largest category at 35% of all available ARKit-only apps. Mobile games have accounted for 53% of ARKit-only app downloads and 62% of revenue since launch, making them the largest portion of this emerging category so far.However, the overall ARKit-only ranking boasts some early standouts from other categories such as lifestyle, utilities, and entertainment.

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12:23
Using Long Exposure in iOS 11’s Photos app

Anyone who has used a DSLR to take long exposure shots will look at this technique with a little bit of envy. The iPhone shots aren’t perfect but they are damn good all things considered.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:19
First look: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 with cellular...




On the heels of the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has begun shipping the Nike Plus version of its wearable, LTE-connected device. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new sport-focused watch.

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12:18
macOS High Sierra: Enhance Browsing With Safari...

The level of control that Apple provides in Safari makes it more enticing to use over third-party browsers. That’s really what it comes down to: people should be able to control their experience of the web.


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12:16
Apple to donate $1 million plus matched employee...




Apple is donating $1 million outright and matching worker donations two-to-one to support relief efforts for the wildfires scorching northern Califoria.

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12:15
Jaybird Run review: The perfect truly wireless...

Completely wireless earbuds are everywhere this year. Call it the Apple AirPods effect, or perhaps it's just a matter of the right components being available at the right time. But now that completely cordless designs are less novel than they used to...

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12:08
Apple to donate $1 million to California wildfire...

Flames from the Valley Fire cover a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California September 13, 2015. The swiftly spreading wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee as it roared unchecked through the northern California village of Middletown and nearby communities, fire officials said on Sunday. REUTERS/Noah Berger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The devastating wildfires north of San Francisco are taking a heavy toll on life -- with 23 confirmed dead and hundreds reported missing -- and on property and businesses. Close to 3,500 homes and businesses are thought to have been destroyed so far. Apple is donating $1 million to relief efforts for the fire, and has also promised to match employee donations two for one. 

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Europe, he took the time to tweet out his concerns and highlight the donation:

Our thoughts are with our Bay Area friends & neighbors affected by...

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12:00
Fear of the US government led me to censor myself on...

The day I've been dreading for months is drawing near. On October 18th, the Department of Homeland Security's modified system of records is scheduled to go into effect. The updated policy would affect all US immigrants, whether they are new, existing...

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11:42
LG will build Europe's biggest EV battery...

As the auto industry fatefully moves into electric vehicles, Europe's major car-makers need high capacity batteries. Until now, companies like VW, Volvo and BMW have had to import batteries from Asia. LG's forthcoming car battery factory in Poland, t...

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11:31
Wacom Graphic Tablets get macOS High Sierra Support

Good news, designers! Wacom released updated drivers for its graphics tablets on Thursday that add support for macOS High Sierra.


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11:23
How to Reboot Your iPhone X

Perhaps Apple doesn’t think we’ll ever need to reboot the device, but Jeff Butts has uncovered a couple of ways to do it anyways.


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11:23
Airbnb plans five more complexes after its first...

A new report from Financial Times confirms last month's rumors that Airbnb will launch a new apartment complex in Florida in partnership with a real estate firm. The rental company plans to pitch the location as prime opportunity for seasonal tenants...

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11:22
Apple exploring 360-degree full VR helmet concept




Apple is looking beyond augmented reality in the long run, as a new patent filing suggests the company has examined the potential of full virtual reality kits not just for product testing, but for consumers as well.

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11:06
Niantic offers 'Pokemon Go' players prizes...




Development studio Niantic are encouraging players of the popular mobile game 'Pokemon Go' to head outside with their iPhones this fall, by holding a photography competition where the best AR photos from the game posted to Instagram can win prizes, including the Pokemon Go Plus accessory.

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11:02
'Life is Strange' prequel's second...

Life Is Strange was one of our favorite games of 2015 and its prequel of sorts turned out to be pretty great, even though it was made by a different studio. Titled Before the Storm, the game's first episode came out in August of this year. On October...

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10:58
iOS: How to Add Shared Google Calendars on Your...

It’s possible to add shared Google calendars in Apple’s Calendars app too. You don’t need Google’s Calendar app. Here’s how to do it.


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10:46
Apple donating $1 million to CA wildfire relief...

Apple has pledged to donate $1 million to the wildfire relief effort in California, San Francisco Chronicle reports. The company has also encouraged employees to help individually by promising to match employee donations two-to-one.

more…

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10:38
Mayor to review 1,000 Amazon products in bid for...

It's been about a month since Amazon announced it was accepting bids from US cities to host its second major headquarters. A city that comes away with a new Amazon campus could potentially see a significant economy boost, so competition will certainl...

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10:29
Discover Card and Apple Pay, Microsoft Office...

Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss Discover Card’s new Apple Pay perk, plus they look at alternatives to Microsoft Office.


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10:20
Is Apple Working on a New OS, Apple TV Pros and Cons...

In episode 15 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit debate whether or not Apple—or anyone else—is working on any kind of next generation operating system. They also discuss what’s good and bad about Apple TV, and how Apple’s lack of feature parity across its product lines is dooming new technologies like 3D Touch, Touch Bar, and more. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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10:10
Apple Music execs Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre break...




The founders of Beats, now executives at Apple Music, broke ground this week on a new academy named after them at the University of Southern California.

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09:55
Nix Mini Color Sensor Works with Your iPhone: $69

We have a deal for you today on the Nix Mini Color Sensor. This little device is a color sensor that reports to your iPhone (or Android device). More specifically, it will match a given color to an existing color library of more than 28,000 brand name paint colors, as well as RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. It’s $69 through us.


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09:38
What’s inside all the iPhones

This is unabashed gadget porn. It won’t be of much value to the average user but, if you’re the kind of person who likes to take electronics apart, this is the page for you.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:36
How ditching the home button on iPhone X could pave...




Moving away from the home button could allow for future iPhones to be used in a variety of different orientations -- and different physical form factors. AppleInsider explains how the absence of a physical home button on the iPhone X could set the stage for future radical design changes, amid rumors that Apple is interested in pursuing a folding iPhone.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro $439 off,...

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

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09:23
Apple's iPhone X suppliers 'still...




Apple suppliers are continuing to have trouble making the 3D sensors for the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X, and in particular the dot projector belonging to the "Romeo" transmission module, according to a Thursday report.

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08:29
Tim Cook continues European tour, stops by Apple...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour of Europe, making a brief stop at Apple's offices in Sweden, and continuing to discuss the importance of ARKit to Apple with a local publication.

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08:26
Apple’s Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre break ground for...

Apple employees Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have been planning an undergraduate academy for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern California for a few years now, and this week the Beats co-founders officially broke ground for the project, ABC reports.

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08:20
Review: Noble Sage In-Ear Headphones

Today we're making another stop in our exploration of high-end in-ear monitors with an audiophile favorite — Noble. The company's founder, known as "The Wizard", is known within the community for producing beautiful custom IEMs (check their lookbook and be amazed) that can cost upwards of $3,000 per pair. Although their customs are drool-worthy, Noble has also gained notoriety for their line of universal-fit in-ears. We had the opportunity to test Noble's Sage, which has a relatively entry-level price for Noble's product range. Though we were not completely wowed by the Sage's sound signature, we think it could be a great all-rounder for many users.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:14
IKEA delays Trådfri Smart Lighting HomeKit support...

Remember IKEA's promise to bring HomeKit and Amazon Alexa support to its Trådfri Smart Lighting line back in August? Well, the company started rolling out an update yesterday to add that support...only to pull it when many users reported technical difficulties in getting the automation connectivity to work.

IKEA originally stated in May of 2017 that the lighting products would support HomeKit, and there was another false start in August when the company told customers that things were ready to go...only to pull that news soon after. The company has apologized for the inconvenience to customers while it prepares a new update that will hopefully fix the remaining issues.

For now, Trådfri owners can use Philips Hue smart hubs to control the lights from smartphones. 

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08:13
IKEA does second backtrack on Apple HomeKit support...




Home furnishings vendor IKEA has once again had to retract claims of Apple HomeKit support for Tradfri, its range of smartbulbs and related accessories.

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08:04
iOS 11: How to Draw in Mail

If you want to add a quick sketch to an email message you’re crafting on your iPhone or iPad you don’t need to make a trip over to the Notes app first.


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07:56
Today's the last day to get updated Super Mario...

Back on September 29, Nintendo released an update to the classic Super Mario Run iOS game that brought support for playing as Daisy and a new world called World Star with nine new levels that appear after completing worlds one through six. At that time, the company also reduced the price of the in-app purchase to get all of the worlds from $9.99 down to $4.99 for a limited time. Today is the last day to take advantage of the sale, so be sure to get to the App Store ASAP to grab it.

The updated game has new enemies and gameplay mechanics, as well as a new mode called Remix 10. That new mode remixes and randomizes existing levels of the game so that you can get a fresh challenge each time you play. The update also added the ability to listen to your own music while playing Super Mario Run.

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07:46
Report: 3D sensor production struggles continue,...

Nikkei is repeating claims of iPhone X production delays first reported last month; suppliers are apparently still struggling with ramping up yields.

Today’s report specifically pinpoints the 3D sensor components, which Apple calls the TrueDepth camera system, as the bottleneck. The news comes as an independent analyst claims iPhone X production is now at 400K a week.

more…

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07:35
Apple investigating automatic blood pressure...




A new patent application suggests that Apple may be looking into "intelligent blood pressure monitoring" with an alert triggered by parameters set by the user -- or by data collected by wearable sensors such as those found on the Apple Watch.

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07:26
Yale's Assure smart lock family gets HomeKit...




Long-time lock producer Yale has added HomeKit support to its Assure lock family, in the form of the iM1 Network Module that provides support for Siri controls through Apple's Home app.

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07:22
Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu...

At long last, Disney has opened its Movies Anywhere service to other studios, and now you can watch your iTunes movies on an Android Phone. Here's how it works.

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07:21
Latest Piper Jaffray teen survey shows iPhone and...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

As it does towards the end of every year, Piper Jaffray today has released its Fall 2017 edition of “Taking Stock with Teens.” This survey aims to analyze what companies teen shoppers are most interested in, and every time, Apple is one of the top performers.

And:

This time around, 78 percent of teens surveyed claimed to own an iPhone, up from 76 percent during the last survey earlier this year, and 74 percent last year.

And:

The Apple Watch isn’t nearly as popular as the iPhone among teens, but it’s growing. Just 12 percent of respondents claimed to have an Apple Watch, with 17 percent saying they plan to purchase one within the next six months. Last time around, 13 percent of teens had purchase intent while 10 percent already owned an Apple Watch.

To be clear, that’s a move from 10% to 12% owning an Apple Watch, from 12% to 17% with intent to buy. Good growth.

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07:04
A true all-day assistant: The compelling argument...

With the introduction of cellular connectivity in Apple Watch Series 3, it’s now more convenient than ever to leave your phone at home for quick trips and during workouts without consequence – for the most part. When you want to snap that quick photo or have a FaceTime video call, the Watch still won’t cut it. This is the one of the largest remaining friction points in a truly independent Apple Watch experience.

At first it might sound unnecessary, or even a little invasive to have a camera always on your wrist. However, Apple has been putting in place technologies over the last several years that may soon make a camera on the Apple Watch not just a reality, but an essential part of your day-to-day life. Let’s take a look at why now may finally be the right time for all of these pieces to come together.

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07:00
Tech fund manager bullish on Apple stock in run-up...




Apple stock is prime for a rally in the run-up to iPhone X preorders on Oct. 27, even if there are concerns about the phone and the company in the future, according to one prominent investor.

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06:51
iTunes included in new Movies Anywhere platform

Movies Anywhere has launched in the U.S. with five Hollywood studios and four digital retailers on board. Apple’s iTunes is among the digital retailers.

The service features films from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment purchased or redeemed through digital retailers iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, and Vudu, Movies Anywhere brings the movies people love together to create a simple, seamless digital entertainment experience across platforms.

Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts. Movies Anywhere syncs users' libraries across their connected accounts, so consumers can watch their purchased and redeemed...

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06:45
News: Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 with a warning about...

Apple has released iOS 11.0.3, a minor update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users that addresses specific issues with iOS 11 on older iPhone models — audio and haptic feedback problems on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and unresponsive touch input on some third-party iPhone 6s displays. The iOS 11.0.3 release notes also include a specific caution against “non-genuine replacement displays” emphasizing that “Apple-certified screen…

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06:41
∞ VIDEO: Tim Cook on stage at the University of...

[VIDEO] Tim Cook was a guest at the launch of the Oxford Foundry, an entrepreneurial venture founded by the University of Oxford to channel startup efforts by the student community.

Tim’s intro starts at about 28:56. I’d start watching there. The interview starts at about 30:52.

Lots of interesting topics, including Tim’s start in life, his decision to take a role at Apple, and lots about Steve Jobs.

Compelling, worth your time to watch. The video is embedded at the end of the main Loop post.

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06:32
Yale brings HomeKit to its smart locks with new add-...

The number of HomeKit-enabled smart locks on the market is steadily expanding, and Yale is the latest to join the scene with its new add-on module. Yale’s iM1 Network Module makes its smart locks work with Apple’s Home app and Siri for easy automation and control.

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06:30
Yale releases HomeKit-enabled smart locks

Yale Locks & Hardware says its Assure Lock family is now Apple HomeKit compatible. The new Yale iM1 Network Module, which provides support for the Apple Home app and Siri, will be available for purchase as of Oct. 16 in major retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Apple's HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

When used with a compatible Assure Lock, the Yale iM1 Network Module allows homeowners to lock and unlock their home using the Apple Home app or Siri on an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. With the Yale Secure app, the user is also able to easily check battery status, manage up to 25 PIN codes, see current lock status,...

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06:20
Tim Cook sits down with Vogue, talks AR, fashion and...

Vogue:

Imagine that you’re out to lunch, and in walks a woman wearing a terrific-looking coat. Who designed it? Did she buy it last season, or is it still on sale? Covertly, you give her coat a quick scan on your smartphone, find out it’s available on Farfetch, and moments later it’s on its way out for delivery.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, that future may not be far off. In a sit-down interview with Vogue, the leader of the world’s most valuable technology company said he is betting big on augmented reality (AR), which he believes will transform everything from runway shows to shopping. “I don’t think there is any sector or industry that will be untouched by AR,” he said.

And:

It will also take some time before we’ll be able to scan and identify other women’s coats on our phones. Cook says the company has no plans to build the giant database of clothes, shoes and other goods that would make it possible. But Apple does plan to support companies who...

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06:18
Microsoft Officially Drops Office for Mac 2011...

It’s official and right on schedule: Microsoft is no longer offering any support for Office for Mac 2011.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: The MacX Media Conversion Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get The MacX Media Conversion Lifetime License Bundle for only $19.99 — that’s 84% off the regular price. This pair of apps lets you rip DVDs and convert videos, with MacX DVD Ripper Pro designed to get your DVDs onto your Apple devices with a full set trimming, cropping, merging, editing, and subtitle capabilities and MacX Video Converter Pro providing blazing fast conversion from a wide variety of video formats…

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05:56
Woz on stage at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh

From the Pittsburgh Press writeup:

New technologies are sometimes a selfish endeavor, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told a crowded Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

He built the Apple II, the computer that made Apple a household name , because he wanted color in arcade games.

And:

“Steve made the iPhone, not for you and me. He made it for himself,” Wozniak said of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. “It had to be elegant and simple, which were design flaws.”

And:

Wozniak didn’t hold back on criticisms of Jobs. He said a 2015 movie about Jobs nailed the man’s personality. He put blame for the failures of the Apple III, the Lisa and other products on Jobs.

Read the rest of the article for more on this. While I’ve heard Woz hint at these things before, I’ve never heard of an interview in which he gets so specific on his feelings about Steve Jobs. This article gets into one specific anecdote, but from what I’ve heard, he did relate...

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05:53
Apple granted patent for ‘intelligent blood pressure...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170293727) for a “user device” for “intelligent blood pressure monitoring.” The patent mentions Macs, iPhones, and iPads as the user device. 

Apple’s Health app seems a likely candidate for software implementation. But whether this invention involves the use of an Apple Watch or a separate blood pressure monitor is less clear, though the latter seems unlikely.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “In some implementations, a user device can assist a user with intelligent blood pressure monitoring. For example, the user device can present notifications and/or reminders that prompt the user to take blood pressure measurements at a prescribed time or according to a prescribed schedule. 

“The user device can automatically determine that the user should or should not take a blood pressure measurement based on the user's context and suggest an alternative time for taking the blood pressure measurement. For example, the...

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05:50
Apple, Google, Microsoft & others urge Supreme...

Apple is one of a number of major companies urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case of alleged employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation …

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05:49
Apple's $1 billion Athenry, Ireland data center...




The Irish courts have spoken, and Apple is now permitted to go forward after a long battle over environmental and power concerns for its Athenry, Ireland data center.

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05:35
Apple’s Irish data center finally wins approval

Apple has finally been given permission by Ireland's High Court to build a new data centre in Athenry, County Galway, reports Business Insider.

Justice Paul McDermott ruled that Apple should be granted permission to build the data centre on Ireland's west coast. Seán Kyne, Ireland's minister for community development, natural resources, and digital development, said it was "very positive news for Galway and the West of Ireland."

Computer-generated image of Apple’s upcoming data center in Ireland — courtesy of ‘Business Week’

Apple planned to start building the data center on a 500-acre site before the end of 2015. However, it was delayed when unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government. Complainants argued that the data centre would increase noise and light pollution, flooding, and traffic. 

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05:30
Compiling sudo and nano, XikiHub with Craig Muth –...

Join Jeff Butts once again, and he’ll show you how to compile sudo and nano in FreeBSD, plus introduce you to XikiHub, a new Terminal/command line product taking shape at Kickstarter.


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05:29
Apple, other tech giants: China regulations infringe...

U.S. industry groups representing Apple, IBM and other tech firms blame China’s rules on inbound investment for infringing the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to the South China Morning Post.

The groups spoke in a public hearing held in Washington to gather input for an ongoing trade investigation. Erin Ennis, senior vice-president of the U.S.-China Business Council, said that rules that required them to transfer technology to Chinese enterprises “as a condition to gain market access” might place “unreasonable and discriminatory burdens” on American commercial interests. He added that the “the ultimate goal” was to eliminate technology transfer requirements,

The event was the first hearing in support of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s inquiry into alleged Chinese...

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05:22
Piper Jaffray: 82% of teens expect their next phone...

Piper Jaffray Companies, an investment bank and asset management firm, completed its 34rd semi-annual Taking Stock With Teens research survey, which highlights spending trends and brand preferences amongst 6,100 teens across 44 U.S. states. Among the findings: 82% of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone, which is up from 81% in spring 2017, and more importantly, the highest ever seen in the survey.

Other findings: 

  • Snapchat is the preferred social media platform for 47% of teens using the platform – up 12% year-over-year.
  • Teens who expect >50% of their future video games to be digitally downloaded increased to 50% from 45% in spring 2017 and 37% from two years ago.
  • Streaming continues to...
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05:15
Apple adds 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar...

Because refurbished products are a good thing.

Apple on Tuesday added the June 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks equipped with a Touch Bar to its refurbished products list.

At present, Apple’s refurbished store has six different 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro models available for purchase at a discount of approximately 15 percent.

The base model 15-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and a Radeon Pro 555 graphics card is available for $2,039, for example, a discount of $360 off the price when purchased new. Both Silver and Space Gray models are available in a handful of different configurations.

All six configurations are listed with shipping elements of 30 days. The addition of the 15-inch 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar comes two months after Apple began offering refurbished versions of the 13-inch 2017 MacBook Pro models.

It’s been noted that Apple’s refurbished wares go through a thorough inspection, repairs, cleaning, and...

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05:09
Industry group representing Apple & others says...

An industry group representing Apple, Google, IBM, Amazon and other U.S. companies has said that Chinese rules on doing business in the country open them up to the risk of intellectual property theft.

Erin Ennis, senior vice-president of the US-China Business Council, has told a government hearing that the rules are unreasonable …

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05:00
Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

The updates are coming fast and furious now.

Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone and iPad. The latest software update includes bug fixes for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s.

The update, which amounts to a more than 200+ megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices

Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not services with genuine Apple parts

Note: Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts.

The update is available now over-the-air through the Software Updates section of the Settings app.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.0.3 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know what you think in the comments...

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05:00
Apple seeks new patent for folding displays as...




On the heels of a rumor that Apple is working with OLED maker LG on a future iPhone that could fold in half, a new patent application from the company describes the very same thing.

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05:00
Sonnet unveils Dual-Port USB 3.1 Gen 2 PCI Express 3...

Sonnet Technologies has unveiled the Allegro USB-C PCIe card, a two-port USB-C 3.1 adapter card that enables data transfers from connected devices at speeds up to 960 MB/s. 

It provides users with a way to add two USB-C ports to Mac Pro tower and Windows computers with PCIe slots, and to Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt ports when the card is installed in a Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express card expansion chassis. This Sonnet adapter card simultaneously supports two bus-powered devices, such as SSDs, hard drives, and external DVD and Blu-ray disc drives.

The Allegro USB-C PCIe card can be installed quickly and easily into any available PCIe slot, without the need to plug in an auxiliary power connector, says Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. With the Allegro USB-C card's ports, users can connect and use any bus-powered USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps), or USB 3.0 SSDs, SSD RAID, hard drives, and other storage devices with the card...

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04:30
Niantic invites you to get artistic with Pokémon Go...

If you can not only capture Pokémon but also artistic photographs of them, Niantic is inviting you to submit your photos in a competition held on Instagram …

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04:30
GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub adds expandability options...

QacQoc’s newest product, the GN28K Aluminum UBS-C Hub, is designed for 2016 and 2017MacBook Pros running macOS Sierra and High Sierra. I’m unfamiliar with the China-based company, but the hub provides some much-needed expandability options.

It can simultaneously transfer data and charging devices — to a point. It works with devices based on USB Power Delivery Specification (USB PD protocol), but it’s incompatible with devices based on the QC (Quick Charge 2.0/3.0) charging protocol.

The two competing quick charging methods out there are the proprietary Qualcomm Quick Charge and the USB Power Delivery from the USB-IF standards body. Qualcomm has a near-monopoly in the high-end smartphone SoC market, so nearly every high-end device supports Qualcomm Quick Charge. 

Qualcomm SoCs don't really exist in the laptop market, so Type-C laptops from Apple, Google, and others use USB Power...

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04:00
How to view 'Live Photos' in macOS High...

The Live Photos feature of recent iPhones is a lot of fun. It captures 1.5 seconds of movement surrounding a 12-megapixel still image (think the “moving newspaper" photos in the Harry Potter films). If you want to play the video portion of a Live Photo in macOS Sierra, here’s how:

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Open any album where a Live Photo is contained
  • Open any Live Photo by double-clicking on it.
  • Hover the mouse cursor over the Live Photo to play the video portion of the picture in Photos on Mac.

A Live Photo is signified by the little concentric circle and “Live” text in the corner of the picture.

(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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04:00
Comcast’s unappealing pitch to cord cutters

Xfinity Instant TV: Comcast's cord-cutting plan has arcane restrictions and potentially high prices.

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03:56
Apple’s $1B Irish data center finally approved, 2.5...

Apple has finally been granted permission to build its €850M ($1B) European data center in Ireland, more than two-and-a-half years after it was first announced. The decision was made by Ireland’s High Court this morning, after a lengthy planning battle.

The decision was so long delayed that Apple not only had time to complete construction of the Danish data center announced at the same time, but to announce a second one there – raising concerns that the company may have given up on Ireland …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 12, 2017

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

AKVIS has released SmartMask 10, a selection tool designed to make image masking fun and simple. Version 10 provides users with the new Refine Radius tool, enhanced Magic Brush tool, and other improvements.

AKVIS SmartMask allows switching between Auto and Manual modes to achieve the best possible result with any photo. For more nuanced and precise excision of a monochrome background, SmartMask offers the Chroma Key mode. To improve the selection to a very fine point and make it as perfect as possible, the Refine Edges mode and a number of post-processing tools are available.

AKVIS SmartMask requires macOS 10.7 or higher and costs $69. One...

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00:01
Totm+Travl smart Apple Watch dock hits Kickstarter...

A new product from padawanlab is hitting Kickstarter today, and it’s a beautiful piece of hardware. Totm+Travl offers a new take on Apple Watch docks, a smart dock with a clean, minimal wooden design with lots of functionality.

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Wednesday October 11

23:10
Apple, Google, others say Chinese investment...




A trade group representing a number of high-profile U.S. technology firms, including Apple, Google, and IBM, spoke out against Chinese regulations at an International Trade Commission hearing on Tuesday, saying the Asian country's rules help facilitate intellectual property theft.

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22:00
Revamped 'Movies Anywhere' service adds...




Disney on Wednesday launched Movies Anywhere, an all-in-one movie viewing service that lets users watch purchased content from five major Hollywood studios on a variety of platforms, from iTunes to Google Play.

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21:05
‘Movies Anywhere’ will combine movie libraries...

Buying movies digitally is a great way to build up a library, but there are a lot of places to buy from. Between Amazon Instant Video, VUDU, Google Play Movies, and iTunes, there are a lot of accounts to keep track of, especially if you are hunting for the best deal on a movie. Today, a joint effort from all of these major digital distributors is going to make buying digital movies a whole lot better.

more…

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17:34
∞ Apple releases iOS 11.0.3

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 11.0.3 with a couple of important updates for users. According to Apple, the update fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices. The update also addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts.

You can download the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

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16:51
Yelp for iOS updated with in-app support for Apple...

Popular iOS app Yelp has today been updated with a notable addition: Apple Pay support. Bringing the app to version 11.25.0, the update lets users opt to pay with Apple Pay when booking with local businesses, restaurants, and more.

more…

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16:25
Teen interest in iPhone hits new high of 82%, Apple...




Apple products like iPhone and Apple Watch continue enjoy healthy demand from young U.S. consumers, as new data from Piper Jaffray shows a record 82 percent of teens have iPhone in mind as their next smartphone.

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16:07
How to: turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on iPhone and...




Apple recently caught flak from the Electronic Freedom Foundation for misleading consumers by incorporating "off-ish" Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings in its iOS 11 operating system, a byproduct of decisions that favor user experience. We show you how to completely turn off the radios.

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15:44
Yelp integrates Apple Pay support in iOS app update




Popular crowd-sourced business review service Yelp added Apple Pay payments to its iOS title in an update on Wednesday, promising iPhone and iPad users a faster checkout process for orders placed from the app.

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15:24
AWT News Update: October 11, 2017

On today's podcast, we discuss a slightly less pricey Oculus headset, an update to Twitter for Apple TV, and how you can take notes on your Apple Watch:

  • But first, a note from our sponsor this week -- AR Tape Measure from It's About Time Products
  • Facebook's Oculus today introduced a $199 VR Headset called Go that doesn't require a powerful PC to operate
  • Tweet and watch TV at the same time with the new Apple TV Twitter app
  • Popular cross-platform notes app Bear gets an Apple Watch client for creating and appending notes right from your wrist

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.

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15:18
Latest Piper Jaffray teen survey shows iPhone and...

As it does towards the end of every year, Piper Jaffray today has released its Fall 2017 edition of “Taking Stock with Teens.” This survey aims to analyze what companies teen shoppers are most interested in, and every time, Apple is one of the top performers.

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14:10
Review: Fabriq Chorus AirPlay and Bluetooth Alexa-...

Last spring Fabriq released its debut speaker, bearing the company's own name and combining AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Amazon Alexa support in a $50 package. While the original Fabriq wasn't without its limitations — Alexa required push button activation and it only provided a scant five hours of listening time — we were quite impressed with what the company had managed to put together for a speaker in that price range. Now, only a few months later, Fabriq has taken it up a notch with its new Chorus Smart Speaker, which builds on the features of the original by adding voice-activated Alexa and a nice boost in sound quality in a $100 speaker.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:54
MacTech Conference Keynote and TidBITS Content...

MacTech has announced that the MacTech Conference keynote will be given by well-known programmer and security researcher Trammell Hudson, who is known for numerous reverse-engineering exploits. Also, Adam and Tonya Engst will be teaching a half-day pre-conference workshop for IT pros and consultants on creating a compelling content strategy.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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13:51
Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

For the third time since iOS 11 was released three weeks ago, Apple has updated the iPhone and iPad operating system. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.0.3.

According to the release notes, the update has bug fixes, but the notes also point out two specific fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

An Apple support document regarding the security content of iOS 11.0.3 says the update “includes the security content of iOS 11.”

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13:39
How to Disable Autoplay Videos in Google Chrome

Apple made it easy to block videos that autoplay on websites in Safari on macOS High Sierra and you can do the same in Google Chrome, too.


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13:31
Dow Jones Fake New, Cook’s Barnstorm Tour, iOS 11...

Tim Cook continues to raise his profile, tweeting more publicity photos of his visits to lots of places, including a Normandy war cemetery. Bryan and Jeff reexamine the idea that Mr. Cook may be thinking of political office. They also talk about Dow Jones’s brief flirtation with publishing fake news about Apple, and how Apple has changed the way on/off buttons work in iOS.


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13:19
Oculus reveals $199 standalone 'Go' VR...




Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook's Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.

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13:06
Redeem Apple Pay Cashback Bonuses With Discover Card

Discover says that T-Mobile users won’t be able to use the feature unless they are connected to Wi-Fi.


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12:32
The iPhone Shutter Button: Where It Should Go

When Steve Jobs said, “You’re holding it wrong,” he wasn’t referring to taking pictures; still, the saying probably holds true for that use, too.


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12:28
macOS High Sierra: The Good Things in Life Are Free...

Dr. Mac offers you a peek at some of macOS 10.13 High Sierra’s more interesting new features, including his favorites from Photos, Safari, Spotlight, and more.


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12:28
Twitter updates tvOS app with new iOS integration to...

In the latest version of Twitter for tvOS, the social media service has brought a new feature that allows you to pair your iOS device with your Apple TV as an easy way to tweet while watching specific shows and games.

more…

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12:28
Spark email client gains scheduling and reminders as...

Readdle has updated its email app Spark with new productivity features on both iOS and macOS. Spark now includes Send Later and Follow-up Reminders to make managing a busy inbox easier. Apple Watch is also getting a productivity boost thanks to Bear bringing its popular note-taking app to watchOS.

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12:25
Apple's Tim Cook says tech doesn't yet...




Apple CEO Tim Cook once again hinted at the prospect of augmented reality glasses in an interview published on Wednesday, while quashing the idea of an announcement in the near future -- and indirectly, the efforts of rivals like Microsoft.

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12:19
iPhone enters supercycle, watch demand second to none

Interesting predictions on a supercycle and Watch demand. I bet they come true.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
The rise of drone crime and how cops can stop it

It was supposed to be an easy $1,000 job. All 25-year-old Jorge Edwin Rivera had to do was pilot a drone, carrying a lunchbox filled with 13 pounds of methamphetamine, from one side of the US-Mexico border to the other where an accomplice could retri...

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11:56
This app lets you upload to Instagram directly from...

I don’t often need to do this but it’s a nice option to have.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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