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Monday February 19

20:33
Google's Indian mobile wallet can pay bills in...

Manually paying your bills online usually involves jumping between multiple apps or websites, but Google might have an easier way. Its Tez mobile wallet app for India now includes a bill payment feature that lets you handle all those recurring costs...

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19:03
What's on TV: 'Thor: Ragnarok,'...

As the Winter Olympics continue (expect plenty of speedskating, bobsled, hockey and freestyle skiing), we're ready for the return of The Walking Dead. There's also a new Metal Gear game out, Survive, and Thor: Ragnarok is ready for streaming from mos...

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18:16
Nike+ Run Club updated with new Challenges feature...

Nike this evening has updated its Nike+ Run Club application for iOS to version 5.13. The update includes a nifty new Challenges feature that will help encourage users to stay on their exercise schedule every month.

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17:59
Ohio State University expands on Apple educational...




Taking advantage of an educational partnership with Apple, Ohio State University this year will launch an app developed by students for students designed to ease the sometimes jarring transition into college life.

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17:35
Sony may launch an AI-powered taxi hailing system

Sony definitely isn't the first name you think of when you're looking for a ride, but that might change soon in its native Japan. Nikkei has learned that the tech heavyweight is leading an alliance of taxi companies (Checker Cab, Daiwa Motor Transpo...

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16:50
Ohio State University teams up with Apple for new ‘...

Ohio State University teamed up with Apple to build a new app aimed at new college students. As reported by local news outlet 10TV, the app’s goal is to make the transition to college easier for students by connecting to them to services available on campus…

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16:33
Apple seeks new trademark for multicolor logo,...




Apple is seeking a new U.S. trademark for its iconic multicolor logo, commonly referred to as the "rainbow" logo, for use on clothing items, but don't expect to see the mark adorning products at an Apple store anytime soon.

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16:23
Apple Says iPhone X #1 Smartphone, the Rest of the...

Bryan Chaffin says he’s a wee bit confused by this story: on the one hand, Apple says iPhone X is the top selling smartphone week in and week out, and on the other, everyone else keeps talking about Apple slashing orders due to “weak demand.”


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16:22
Chrome cleans up messy URLs when you share from your...

Google keeps making the web easier to use with its Chrome browser, from filtering ads on the desktop to getting rid of pop-ups and redirects on Android. The company just made sharing messy URLs nicer, too, thanks to the latest version of Chrome on mo...

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16:20
Geek Challenges, Voice Assistants, and Cool Stuff...

Ever wanted to clear recent locations in your calendar? Or alphabetize LaunchPad? How about finding old computer magazines online? These are just some of the Geek Challenges John and Dave talk through this week. Pepper in some Cool Stuff Found, other questions from fellow listeners, and a discussion about playing podcasts with your voice assistant, and you’ve got this week’s episode! Press play… and enjoy!


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15:40
Photoshop Elements 2018 on sale through Feb. 20

Photoshop Elements doesn’t get nearly the love it deserves. It’s actually a pretty good photo editor, especially for amateurs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:38
Amazon backs Marie Curie biopic starring Rosamund...

Amazon's latest Prime Video production won't just rely on star power to reel you in -- it should also appeal to science fans. The internet giant is teaming with France's Studiocanal on Radioactive, a biopic covering the work and romance of pioneerin...

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15:29
Apple Changes Corporate Address to One Apple Park Way

Behold the passing of an era, as Apple changed its official corporate address away from 1 Infinite Loop to One Apple Park Way. Spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple changed the address on its corporate contact page to its new headquarters after the company’s shareholder meeting last Tuesday. Infinite Loop still houses thousands of Apple employees—and will for the foreseeable future—but the center of the Apple universe has shifted to Apple Park. It’s a wee strange, at least to someone who’s been covering Apple for so long, but Apple Park is something special. So out with the old and in with the new and never look back.


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15:22
Apple updates macOS, iOS, watchOS, tvOS

Apple has released updates to macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS that resolves an issue of crashing when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.

The bug causes causes app and system crashing on iPhones, iPads, and Macs due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu. Apple devices can’t render the Indian character, causing apps or the entire system to crash. If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient's Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. 

If the character is pasted into the Safari or Chrome address bar on Mac, the browsers crash. This behavior extends to virtually any system text field on iOS and macOS, resulting in many third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger being affected as well.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 is available at the Mac App Store via the Updates tab. You can download iOS 11.2.6 by navigating to the Software Update section of the Settings app on your iPhone and...

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15:20
Video: Apple HomePod vs. Sonos One




The smart speaker field is quickly becoming a new battleground for tech companies, with the likes of Amazon and Google going toe-to-toe with Apple. In this video, we take a closer look at how Apple's HomePod with Siri stacks up against the Sonos One with Alexa.

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14:58
PSVR's rodent adventure 'Moss'...

PlayStation VR's adorable murine tale Moss finally has a release date. Next Tuesday, February 27th, you'll be able to guide the big-eared rodent Quill along her adventure on your PlayStation 4. When it debuted at E3 last year, developer Polyarc (made...

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14:54
The evolution of Ferrari

I am an unabashed lover of most things Ferrari and this video is just a reminder of how many of their cars I’ve lusted over through the years. I’ve always wanted the 308 GTSI (The “Magnum P.I.” Ferrari) and I would murder family members just to drive the 1962 250 GTO.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:52
The Original ‘Moore’s Law’ Paper from Intel’s Gordon...

MGG listener Bill turned us on to a copy of Gordon Moore’s original paper discussing the trend of integrated circuit component density increasing at a rate of roughly two per year. This is the paper that gave rise to what is commonly, though improperly, called Moore’s Law. It’s improper because in that it’s not a scientific law—like gravity—but rather more of an observation of a human-driven trend that was remarkably accurate for a very long time. Regardless, it’s a fun read, and thanks to Bill for alerting us to this! In the pic below, Gordon Moore is on the left, and his Intel cofounder Robert Noyce is to the right.


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14:29
Snapchat is selling more than just crappy merch

Weeks ago, Snap opened up an in-app Snapchat store to sell merch, which appeared to be an attempt to open up a new revenue stream. But it looks like it will offer more than just dancing hot dogs. During yesterday's NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles, S...

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14:17
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 19...

Notable software releases this week include GraphicConverter 10.5.5, Default Folder X 5.2.2, and Alfred 3.6.

 

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14:16
ExtraBITS for 19 February 2018

In our only ExtraBIT this week, we get a peek inside iFixit’s dash to do a tear-down on the iPhone X when it was first released in Australia.

 

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14:09
DEVONthink Pro for Mac: $39.95

We have a deal on DEVONthink Pro for the Mac. This software allows you to view and edit many documents inline, read webpages as if they were local documents, and file your information. You can also store your documents in a self-contained database and sync your data directly on the local network or on any USB stick or SD card w/ AES 256-bit encryption. It’s US$39.95 through us, half off retail.


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14:02
TMO Background Mode Interview with Axios Energy...

Amy Harder covers energy and climate change for Axios. She writes a weekly column called the Harder Line that reports on trends, has exclusive scoops and analyzes the news driving the debate about energy and climate. Her coverage includes congressional legislation, regulations, lobbying, and international policy actions affecting the United States. Amy holds a B.A. in Journalism with honors. In our interview, I asked Amy about some of the most important issues of her coverage: what is “clean coal,” how does global warming affect climate, do all conservatives deny global warming, what is a good website for scientific information, what is her workday like, and what could scientists do to better to communicate with the public? Come meet and listen to the reporter who has a terrific grasp of these important topics.


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14:01
Apple Releases tvOS 11.2.6

The company didn’t release patch notes for the update (which is common for Apple TV), but Apple’s other operating systems were all patched for the Telugu text bug.


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14:01
Air Hogs' Supernova packs motion controls in a...

Toy drones have been cheap and plentiful over the past few years, but it's really hard for new products to stand out from the pack when they need to keep the price down and can't throw in premium features like a 4K camera. But that hasn't stopped Spi...

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13:51
Apple Fixes Telugu Text Bug in macOS High Sierra 10....

That bug resulted in apps crashing from an Indian text character sequence, and messaging apps were particularly exposed.


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13:49
Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.3 Update with Telugu...

Apple released watchOS 4.2.3 on Monday with a fix for a bug where specific characters from the Telugu alphabet could cause messaging apps to crash.


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13:46
Apple updates all of its operating systems to fix...

It took a few days, but Apple already has a fix out for a bug that caused crashes on each of its platforms. The company pushed new versions of iOS, macOS and watchOS to fix the issue, which was caused when someone pasted in or received a single India...

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13:42
Twitterrific for Mac gains new profile details,...

Just a few days after Twitter announced the demise of Twitter for Mac, Twitterrific today has released a new update for its macOS application. The update brings new features for multi-account users, as well as new profile details, design tweaks, and more.

more…

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13:37
Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates...




As promised, Apple on Monday released revisions to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS with a fix for a bug that crashes devices running earlier operating system iterations when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.

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13:25
Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6, Fixes Telugu Text Bug

The Telugu text bug would crash your iOS device when certain Indian characters were sent to it.


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13:23
Apple releases iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2....

Apple has released new software updates to address the Telugu character bug that affected devices running the latest public version of Apple’s software. Updates available today include iOS 11.2.6 for iPhone and iPad, tvOS 11.2.6 for Apple TV, watchOS 4.2.3 for Apple Watch, and macOS 10.13.3 supplemental update for Mac.

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13:17
Apple released a new iOS Firmware

Apple just released iOS 11.2.6 (Build 15K600) for:

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13:15
Razor's e-skates are equal parts Heelys and...

As a cranky, childless adult in her late thirties I've largely missed the boat on personal transportation trends like Razor scooters, Heelys and hoverboards. This year Razor manages to combine all of those things into its new Turbo Jetts e-skates: It...

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13:13
Apple World Today News Update: February 19, 2018

Steve's podcasting record for February took another hit last Friday with a bad bout of stomach flu; today he's back with four news stories for you:

  • WWDC hasn't been officially announced, but rumors are pointing toward June 4 - 8, 2018 in San Jose, CA 
  • Apple's new flagship retail store in Chicago has another issue -- this time, a big crack in one of the glass panels
  • A drone crashed into Apple's new headquarters building over the weekend. The building is unscathed, but the pilot may not get the drone back (see video below!)
  • Twitter is dropping support for the Mac, discontinuing its Mac client. We have news of a deal for a replacement client for you

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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13:06
Looking for a Mac App to Replace Twitter’s Client?...

Twitter is dropping support for its native Mac app, so we went on the hunt for modern alternatives. Turns out you have two choices.


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12:42
NASA’s Opportunity rover sees its 5,000th day on Mars

This weekend, NASA's Opportunity rover spent its 5,000th day on Mars. While that is a feat in and of itself, it's even more impressive when you consider that it was only planned to last 90 Martian days, or sols. Both Opportunity and its companion rov...

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12:23
Hasbro's first HasLab toy is a replica of Jabba...

At this year's Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced HasLab, a new program that aims to bring to life special creations like a massive, four-foot long recreation of Jabba the Hutt's sail barge. The company is taking inspiration from platforms like K...

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12:16
Consumer Reports Finds Security Problems in Some...

Consumer Reports says: Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking. Read what you can do to secure your TV.


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12:10
VinylHub

Discogs:

Our mission is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet. With your help, we can create an accurate listing of all record shops & record events, useful to diggers and travelers everywhere.

What a cool use of crowdsourcing data.

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12:02
'Mega Man Legacy Collection' is headed to...

Mega Man fans were likely excited to hear that the next chapter in the venerable video game franchise, Mega Man 11, is slated for a release sometime this year. At the same time, Capcom announced plans to release two new Mega Man Legacy Collection com...

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11:47
Google is testing a splitscreen view for Android...

The latest update to Chrome OS' Canary test channel should make multitasking on a Chromebook easier. Now, in addition to split-screening two native Chrome OS apps on your machine, you can run a Chrome OS app and an Android app side-by-side or two And...

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11:41
VLCKit 3.0 adds support for H.265, better 4K memory...

Today’s VLCKit 3.0 update from the developer of the popular VLC Media Player brings a number of enhancements to the framework for apps on iOS, tvOS, and macOS. This is the first major update for the framework in over three years.

more…

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11:37
Apple Updates Its Operating Systems to Address...

Apple has updated all of its operating systems — macOS 10.13 High Sierra, iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 — to fix yet another text-crashing bug. Here’s how to get the updates, and our advice on when you should install them.

 

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11:25
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus dual cameras detailed in...

At this rate, there might not be much mystery left to the Galaxy S9 when Samsung reveals it on February 25th. WinFuture and Evan Blass have posted a flood of leaked images and details that appear to confirm key features of the S9, particularly its ca...

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11:22
An APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss...

However, they only affect certain disk images.


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11:08
Concept: Creating a more immersive HomePod store...

Prior to the release of HomePod earlier this month, many potential readers and Apple customers were eager to hear just how good the $349 speaker would sound. On launch day, we stopped in at several of Apple’s retail locations to see HomePod in person, bringing you photos of the store displays. Demoing a speaker in a noisy environment is no easy task, and while HomePod’s performance is admirable, the difference between your home and a busy store is still markedly obvious. Augmenting HomePod’s in-store display experience could help compensate for the shortcomings of a less-than-ideal testing environment. Here’s how it could be done.

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11:03
Goodbye Twitter Mac App, HomePod Blind Sound Test...

Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the options now that Twitter has announced its Mac client is no more. They also offer up their thoughts on David Pogue’s HomePod sound quality blind test.


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11:03
Google AI can scan your eyes to predict heart disease

Alphabet's health science company Verily has announced a wide range of projects, from developing smartwatches made for medical studies to mass-producing infected mosquitoes to curb their population. Scientists from the division now have a new endeavo...

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10:39
macOS: Some Useful Mac Menu Bar Shortcuts You Can Do...

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m sure there are plenty more hidden Option key shortcuts I haven’t found yet.


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10:35
KODAK SCANZA film scanner excels at digitizing photo...

For those of us who are a bit older than the average, there's a problem -- while our newer photographic memories are captured in digital format, the older photos were taken on film in the form of negatives that were usually printed or in slides. There are services that provide scanning of these images, but they're expensive, and many older methods of scanning slides were slow and of limited quality. That's all changed with the new KODAK SCANZA film scanner (US$169.99, Amazon affiliate link) from KODAK licensee C+A Global.

Product photo courtesy of C+A Global

Design

The design of the SCANZA is perfect for sitting down and digitizing a pile of slides or negatives in one session. It's a small (5.1 x 4.7 x 4.5 inch / 12.95 x 11.94 x 11.43 cm) device with a bright 3.5-inch LCD color display on top, and various openings around the bottom to accommodate...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple TV 64GB $160, MacBook...

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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09:03
Opinion: Nokia hasn’t been healthy for Withings,...

Nokia’s ownership of Withings has been incredibly messy. After buying Withings in mid-2016, Nokia sued Apple over unrelated patents which resulted in Withings digital health products being pulled from the Apple Store.

While that dispute has since been resolved, Nokia now says it is reviewing its digital health business altogether. The result could be positive or negative for Withings customers depending on where ownership lands.

As a Withings customer myself, my hope is that Apple buys the digital health product business from Nokia — if only to do the bare...

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08:50
Growing glass crack appears at Michigan Ave. Apple...




A large crack recently appeared in one of the windows at Apple's Michigan Avenue store, and has not only gone unfixed but actually gotten bigger, photos show.

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08:08
Apple’s 2018 WWDC May be June 4-8 at McEnery...

Apple’s 2018 Worldwide Developer Conference will reportedly be at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose again, from June 4th through the 8th. Apple hasn’t, however, officially confirmed the venue or dates yet.


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07:52
iPhone and Apple Watch Emergency SOS feature save...




After a horrifying collision with a drunk driver at a stoplight, a woman saved her life by calling for help with her Apple Watch with its SOS feature.

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07:51
External Link: Watch iFixit Race to Tear Apart the...

Every year, a team from iFixit races to Australia to get one of the first of the latest iPhones in order to tear it apart and document it. Motherboard joined the company on this year’s quest to get inside the iPhone X — it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes. iFixit is a boon to the Apple community since they do more than anyone to promote DIY device repair.

 

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07:42
Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store...

A huge crack in the glass at Apple’s flagship retail store in Chicago has been present now for several weeks, and appears to be growing …

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07:32
∞ How iFixit became the world’s best iPhone teardown...

[VIDEO] This is a terrific story, well told by Jason Koebler and the Motherboard team. From the video description:

Every year there’s a race to become the first to tear down the phone, with teams from around the world flying to Australia—where it’s first released—to compete to be the first to look inside the world’s most coveted new phone.

This video (embedded in the main Loop post) is riveting, well worth your time. If this sort of thing interests you, you might check out this Twitter thread, where Jason tells the story about dropping his MacBook, cracking the screen, and encountering iFixit for the first time.

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07:23
∞ Hey Apple, I lost my drone on your roof. Can I get...

[VIDEO] Matthew Roberts (the guy who posts those monthly Apple Park drone construction videos):

A drone crashed into Apple Park over the weekend. The drone pilot got in touch with me shortly after the incident to inquire if I could assist in locating the downed drone. I was happy to oblige, so I took a Phantom 4 Pro out and began searching for it. It was eventually located on the Solar Roof and appeared to be intact for the most part.

The drone operator has gotten in touch with Apple and notified them of the drone crash and it remains to be seen, whether the operator will get his crashed drone back.

The video (embedded in the main Loop post) has (very choppy) footage of the drone going down. When I first saw this, I was reminded of all those times I knocked on neighbors doors to get back baseballs, footballs, and frisbees that landed in their yard or on their roof. Never a drone though.

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07:16
Facebook Shows Why SMS Isn’t Ideal for Two-Factor...

Facebook is sending its two-factor authentication users text messages they don’t want. This situation provides yet another reason why you should use a dedicated app for generating two-factor authentication codes instead of SMS.

 

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07:14
New video shows drone crashing onto roof at Apple...




Illustrating the risks of flying over Apple Park, a pilot crashed a drone into the complex over the weekend, requiring the help of a fellow pilot to locate the wreckage.

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07:12
The pros and cons of moving from a MacBook Pro to an...

Charles Arthur, The Overspill:

A couple of weeks ago, I opened my Macbook Pro as usual. The keyboard lit up, as usual. I waited – there’s that pause while the display gathers itself (it’s a 2012 model) and the processor pulls everything together and presents the login window.

Except this time, nothing. The display didn’t light. There was the quiet sound of the fans going, but nothing. Oh dear. Closed the display, opened it to catch it unawares – no, that wasn’t going to fool it. After a bit more futzing around, I concluded that it was not in the mood to work. But I had work to do, and so I turned to my iPad Pro.

This is a well-written post, from someone who uses a MacBook Pro to maintain a blog. This is particularly interesting to me for the obvious connection to my work writing for and maintaining The Loop.

What I particularly like about this post is the objective list of the good and the bad. All of these comments resonated for me. If you’ve considered...

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07:04
The Apple Watch just saved a woman and her baby...

Kylie Gilbert, Shape:

Kacie Anderson, a 24-year-old from Hannover, PA, used the watch’s SOS feature to call for an ambulance after suffering injuries from a car accident late last year. As Anderson recently shared in a letter to Apple, she was stopped at a red light with her 9-month-old baby when her car was struck by a drunk driver. She wasn’t able to reach her phone after the collision—but she was able to use her watch to get help.

“The moment he hit us everything inside the car went airborne. My face took a horrible blow to the steering wheel, headrest, back to the steering wheel, and then to the window. I blacked out for about a minute and could not see. My eyes were wide open but all I saw was black,” Anderson shares exclusively with Shape. “My hands flew around to feel for my phone and then I realized I had my watch on and commanded it to call 911.”

I love stories like this. Great publicity for Apple that shows an unassailable value of the Apple Watch....

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07:01
PSA: Twitterrific 5 for the Mac is 60% Off at $7.99

If you’re on the hunt for a new Twitter client app now that the official Mac app has been killed off, The Iconfactory has a deal they’re hoping you can’t pass up. Twitterrific 5 is on sale for US$7.99 instead of its usual $19.99. The recently reintroduced Mac Twitter client app supports multiple accounts, sharing posts through other services, threaded conversations, color-coded tweets, timeline syncing with the iOS version, and more. It’s a great to see Twitterrific back on the Mac now that Twitter has decided it’s a platform they aren’t natively supporting.


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06:58
Apple launches “Close Your Rings” page, and a Stand...

I kind of love the look of Apple’s new Close Your Rings page. The design matches the Activity app icon, with lots of red, green, and that “Stand” shade of pale blue.

While we’re on the subject of Stand, I’d love to see Apple add just a bit more functionality to Stand tracking. As is, there’s a “you’ve not reached your Stand goal for the hour” and “You did it”. But nothing in between. The Activity app does show the individual stand status on a time line, but the current hour is either filled in (you reached the hour’s Stand goal) or faded (you’re not there yet).

I’m suggesting more of a status bar, something that fills up so I can see how close I am to my goal for the hour. As is, it’s a bit of a mystery how close I am. Sometimes, I get the “You did it” message and wrist tap when I reach the Stand goal, but often I do not get that completion message. Some sort of progress...

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06:56
Hands on: Promise Apollo Cloud 2 Duo provides...




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

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06:39
Apple officially swaps corporate address to Apple...

Michael Steeber , 9to5Mac:

On the heels of this past Tuesday’s annual shareholders meeting, Apple has made the transition to their new campus official by changing the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. The change comes just weeks after Apple was given occupancy permits for several sections of the main campus building.

I feel like a small piece of Apple culture shifted. Goodbye Infinite Loop (sung to this tune).

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06:14
Apple should’ve caught the HomePod ‘white ring’...

The "white ring" problem that affects Apple HomePods placed on certain kinds of wood furniture relates to the interaction between silicone and wood and doesn’t appear to be Apple-specific. Still, some industrial design experts that Business Insider spoke to were surprised that the tech giant, which prides itself on attention to every detail, didn’t catch the issue in quality assurance testing.

The silicone attached to the bottom of the HomePod reacts with oil-coated wood as a result of sound vibrations, leaving a white “footprint.” On the bright side, the problem probably wont be costly or time consuming to fix. Cesar Viramontes, a Senior Industrial Designer at Y Studios, a San Francisco...

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06:00
Take advantage of a price drop on a VPN Unlimited...

One of our favorite deals over the past year has been for VPN Unlimited -- a top virtual private network provider. What's the big deal about VPNs? Well, they encrypt your internet usage end to end, keeping all of your work from the prying eyes of hackers...or governments. Today's deal gets you a lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited for $39.99 - a drop of $10 from the previous price tag and a huge drop from the regular price of $499.99!

VPN Unlimited gets top ratings from PC Mag (Top VPN of 2017), Software Informer (Editor's Pick Award for 2017) and Laptop Review Pro (Top Laptop VPN of 2017) -- and from our customers. This deal currently has a four-and-a-half star rating with...

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06:00
News: Happy Presidents’ Day from iLounge

Happy Presidents’ Day from all of us here at iLounge! In observance of the U.S. holiday, alongside Family Day in Canada, we’ll be on a limited publishing schedule today. We will be back to normal updates tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 20. Thanks for reading!...

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05:59
News: Daily Deal: Live Home 3D Pro for Mac

For Monday’s iLounge Deal, you can get Live Home 3D Pro for Mac for only $24.99 — that’s 64% off the regular price. This award-winning software helps you make any home design project a breeze, whether you’re simply remodelling your kitchen or building your dream home. Intuitive point and click drafting tools let you design advanced 2D floor plans, and then access an elevation view to see a 2D side view where you can visualize wall,…

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05:28
Idiots are tweeting the Teluga character to crash...

It was last week discovered that receiving a single Telugu (Indian language) character would cause iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch apps to crash – and it of course wasn’t long before idiots started doing it deliberately …

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05:00
Apple wants to help you get a good night’s sleep

Apple wants to help you get a better night’s sleep. The company has been granted a patent (number 20180042547) for “adjusting alarms based on sleep onset latency.”

In some implementations, an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). 

The iOS or watchOS device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. The Apple device can determine when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.). In some implementations, it can determine recurring patterns of long or short sleep onset latency and present suggestions that might help the user...

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04:56
Your old iPod is a time capsule of your former...

If you have any of your old iPods in the depths of a desk drawer somewhere, they could act as an interesting time capsule of your musical tastes in your earlier life …

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04:33
‘A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia’ coming to...

Feral Interactive has announced that the latest game in the Total War franchise is coming to macOS and Linux sometime around the end of April.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is described as an epic historical strategy game, and the first of a series of standalone Total War games …

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04:30
Install Disk Creator makes it easy to create macOS...

MacDaddy’s Install Disk Creator, a free installer disk utility for macOS, simplifies the process of creating a bootable macOSinstaller from Mac App Store installation files, which can then be used to install the Mac operating system on any compatible Mac.

The application — compatible with macOS 10.7 and higher (including 10.3 High Sierra) makes creating an operating system install disk a simple process: you just  download the macOS installer from the Mac App Store, run the Install Disk Creator app, and select a drive to create the installation disk on.

Install Disk Creator presents a clean, simple interface that guides users through the process of creating a macOS installation disk. Novice users will appreciate the application's ease of use, while power users will appreciate the ability to create installation disks without the need to remember the entire series of commands that were once required...

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04:03
HomePod’s white ring problem should be easy to solve...

The HomePod wasn’t available for long before some owners started noticing that it can leave a white ring on some types of wood.

Industrial designers have said that it’s surprising that Apple didn’t catch the issue during testing, but the good news is that it shouldn’t be hard for the company to resolve …

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04:00
How to listen to podcasts on a HomePod

It’s easy to listen to podcasts on a HomePod. There are hundreds of thousands of free podcasts to choose from.

  • How to listen to a podcast. Say, for example, “Hey Siri, play the podcast Myths & Legends.”
  • How to subscribe to a podcast. Say “Hey Siri, subscribe to this podcast” to add it to your library. When new episodes are available, they appear in Listen Now in the Podcasts app on your iOS device and Apple TV.
  • How to change the playing speed. Say “Hey Siri, play this faster,” or “Hey Siri, play this slower” to listen to news and podcasts at a pace you’re most comfortable with.

(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
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 19, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Kiupe has launched Math Mathews Fractions. Developed for children ages 9 to 12, the $2.99 app is designed to help kids learn about fractions, and is packed full of puzzles, treasure, and swashbuckling pirates. There are 12  modules that cover all of the concepts relating to fractions.

Kalypso Media has releases Ski Jumping Pro, an update of its winter sports title. The app now boasts an entirely new graphics engine, revamped multiplayer mode, additional courses and improved character models and environments. Ski Jumping Pro is free...

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03:15
Rumor: Apple to possibly host WWDC from June 4-8 at...

If you’re looking to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this year, you might be headed to San Jose.

A current rumor has it that the 2018 WWDC may take place between Monday, June 4 and Friday, June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, the same venue where WWDC 2017 was hosted.

The conference was hosted at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between 2003 and 2016.

In addition, the McEnery Convention Center is already booked with other events during the second, third, and fourth weeks of this June, leaving the first full week of the month as the only available window for WWDC 2018, barring the rare possibility that Apple shares the space with other events simultaneously.

WWDC has typically occurred during June since the 2000s and tends to fall within the first half of the month. Apple has yet to finalize the dates, though the announcement generally occurs in April.

WWDC is where Apple unveils the latest...

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03:00
Twitter announces plans to discontinue Mac version...

In less than a month, Twitter’s Mac client will no longer be available.

Per an announcement from @TwitterSupport on Friday, the company said Twitter for Mac is no longer available for download starting now, and that it will not supported at all in 30 days.

The company offered the following explanation as to why its web-based client is better than the Mac client:

We’re focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that’s consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, and in 30 days will no longer be supported.

Twitter has long made it clear it would rather we use a browser on the desktop, a view that has caused controversy for much of its user base.

Definitely not a popular move.

Please let us know what you make of this in the comments.

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Sunday February 18

22:00
Record Low Prices: $500-$1,000 off Apple's iMac...




AppleInsider readers this week can snap up exclusive savings on a variety of iMac Pro configurations, from $500 off the standard model (now $4,494) up to $1,000 off a loaded 10-core system with 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and Vega 64 graphics. Each iMac Pro also ships for free with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, making these the lowest shipped prices available.

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18:37
Wikipedia ends no-cost mobile access for developing...

The Wikimedia Foundation launched Wikipedia Zero in 2012 with the hopes of democratizing information through a simple concept: cellular carriers in developing countries would offer access to its crowdsourced knowledge without charging data fees. How...

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14:21
Watch Frank Sinatra record “It Was A Very Good Year...

Open Culture:

In addition to his keen melodic sensibility, Sinatra also set a high bar with his technique. In the video at the top of the post from 1965, we see the consummate artist record “It Was a Very Good Year” in the studio, while smoking a cigarette and casually sipping what may be coffee from a paper cup in his other hand.

Think about it…this was a live studio recording. One take. No overdubs, No added tracks. Just pure talent. The only thing the sound engineers had to do was adjust the eq levels a bit and that’s it. This is what you hear on the album. You’d be hard pressed to find ANYONE who could do that today.

Sinatra was “before my time” but my mom loved him and played his music constantly so I grew up listening to his songs. This is a really interesting video of an artist doing something that few, if any, still do

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12:35
GraphicConverter 10.5.5

Maintenance update for the graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 181 MB)

 

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11:05
Nikkei pushing iPhone X production cuts as reason...




A new report suggests that Samsung is "casting about" for OLED panel production, under the premise that it is being caused by soft iPhone X demand and production cuts -- which don't appear to be grounded in reality.

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08:54
Nikkei reiterates iPhone X production being cut in...

A new report from Nikkei today explains that by lowering iPhone X orders, Apple has left Samsung scrambling to find new customers for its OLED panels. The report explains that Samsung initially ramped up production to meet demand for the iPhone X, but now faces excess capacity as Apple reportedly cuts the device’s production…

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08:36
Default Folder X 5.2.2

Speeds up the time it takes for controls to first appear next to a file dialog in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. ($34.95 new, free update, 7.1 MB)

 

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08:35
Alfred 3.6

Improves support for Google Chrome and ensures bookmark search behavior is more consistent. (£17 new, free update, 2.7 MB)

 

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07:15
∞ How does SpaceX get these amazing camera shots?

I have often wondered. Now I want to know the specs of those cameras.

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05:15
We've Reached Peak Smartphone

You don't really need a new smartphone. From a column on the Washington Post (may be paywalled): Sure, some of them squeeze more screen into a smaller form. The cameras keep getting better, if you look very close. And you had to live under a rock to miss the hoopla for Apple's 10th-anniversary iPhone X or the Samsung Galaxy S8. Many in the smartphone business were sure this latest crop would bring a "super cycle" of upgrades. But here's the reality: More and more of Americans have decided we don't need to upgrade every year. Or every other year. We're no longer locked into two-year contracts and phones are way sturdier than they used to be. And the new stuff just isn't that tantalizing even to me, a professional gadget guy. Holding onto our phones is better for our budgets, not to mention the environment. This just means we -- and phone makers -- need to start thinking of them more like cars. We may have reached peak smartphone. Global shipments slipped 0.1 percent in 2017 -- the...

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Saturday February 17

17:33
Ancient city's LiDAR scans reveal as many...

When researchers surveyed the ruins of a Purépecha Empire city in Mexico the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it took them two seasons to explore two square kilometres. Good thing they decided to use LiDAR, because the city called Angamuco turn...

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10:27
As Twitter ends support for its macOS app,...

Yesterday evening, Twitter officially announced that it is discontinuing support for its native macOS application in 30 days. In response, one of the most popular third-party Twitter clients for the Mac has dropped its price

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10:10
Has the HomePod left a ‘white ring’ on any of your...

HomePod is making its mark on early adopters. Earlier this week, it was discovered that Apple’s HomePod can leave a white ring on certain wood finished furniture. While it’s unclear how widespread the issue is, Apple did acknowledge it a support document, saying that it is not unusual for “vibration-dampening silicone” to leave marks.

We’re curious: Have you noticed the HomePod leaving white rings on your furniture?

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09:34
How to recover lost data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

If you need to recover data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, there are a few options including Apple’s own recovery tools. But an app like iMyFone D-Back for Mac makes it easy to see all of your available options and recover specific data from backups via iTunes, iCloud and the device itself even if you don’t know exactly where to look. With the click of a mouse from your Mac you’ll also be able to easily isolate only the data you want, making it easy to find things like photos, messages, and data from apps like WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, WeChat and more. Head below to see how it works.

9to5 readers can get 40% off the iMyFone D-Back for Mac app for a limited time with promo code 9to5Mac.

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08:14
This week’s top stories: HomePod’s ‘ring’ problem,...

In this week’s top stories: Another pesky text bug on iOS and macOS, more thoughts on the HomePod, Apple Watch helps save yet another life, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories..

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08:08
Apple's new corporate address is One Apple Park...

Apple has changed the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. Previously, the contact webpage listed One Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, as the company’s official address.

Infinite Loop is a street encircling six buildings of Apple's headquarters in Cupertino. Each building has a number which corresponds to its single-digit address on the Loop. The name was inspired by the programming concept of the infinite loop. An infinite loop is a sequence of instructions in a computer program which loops endlessly, either due to the loop having no terminating condition, having one that can never be met, or one that causes the loop to start over.

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07:57
Apple posts ‘How to get the most from HomePod’...

Apple has posted a "How to get the most from HomePod” tutorial with instructions on how to take full advantage of the features of the company’s wireless speaker. There are tips on such functions as talking to Siri, controlling home accessories, Personal Requests, and more.

You can find the video at Apple's YouTube support channel. There you can also find tutorials and tips for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple devices.

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07:15
∞ “The Gunfighter”

It may not be the “Best Short Film Ever” but it is damn funny.

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