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Wednesday May 24

Watch: See DJI's Jedi-like palm-based gesture...

While DJI's new Spark drone relies heavily on an iPhone for editing and sharing video, its default mode of control when powered on is via palm-based gestures. AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they work, including footage of controlling two Spark units at once.

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Bacteria open vents in this shirt when you sweat

Fashion and tech are teaming up yet again. Engineers at MIT have designed a workout suit that responds to your body heat, according to a study published last week in Science Advances. The clothing, made from latex, is covered with thumbnail- to finge...

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Twitter updates its emoji set with full Emoji 5.0...

Twitter designer Bryan Haggerty has shared today that the social media platform has updated its emoji to include all of the new images available with the Emoji 5.0 release.

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NASA probe on a fast track to reach metallic asteroid

While NASA's plans to put humans on Mars have suffered recent setbacks, its unmanned robotic programs are achieving milestones on a daily basis. Earlier this year, NASA announced that it had approved a mission, Psyche, to the asteroid belt. Today, th...

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∞ The Dalrymple Report: With guest James Dempsey

James Dempsey joins me this week to talk about his event happening during the week of WWDC. James shares some stories about his time attending WWDC, from singing his first song on stage during the conference, to what it’s like being a developer and attending WWDC.


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James Dempsey and the Breakpoints Album

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Safari vs. Chrome on the Mac

Eric Petitt, writing for The Official Unofficial Firefox Blog yesterday:

I head up Firefox marketing, but I use Chrome every day. Works
fine. Easy to use. Like most of us who spend too much time in
front of a laptop, I have two browsers open; Firefox for work,
Chrome for play, customized settings for each. There are multiple
things that bug me about the Chrome product, for sure, but I‘m OK
with Chrome. I just don’t like only being on Chrome. […]

But talking to friends, it sounds more and more like living on
Chrome has started to feel like their only option. Edge is broken.
Safari and Internet Explorer are just plain bad. And
unfortunately, too many people think Firefox isn’t a modern

In an update posted today, he walked that back:

In my original post I made a personal dig...

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Twitter updates Apple TV app with live 360-degree...

Twitter on Wednesday updated its Apple TV app with support for a few new features, including live 360 video support and the Periscope Global Map. On iOS, at least some users should now able to link their account to an Apple TV.

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Twitter's live 360-degree videos arrive on...

Twitter launched its very first streaming app on Apple TV last year with the promise of Thursday Night Football and live sports. Now it's expanding its television repertoire with even more live content: 360-degree videos. The social media company jus...

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Comprehensive Guide to Mac Trackpad Gestures and...

Jeff Butts examines the Mac trackpad gestures available within macOS Sierra, explaining how to enable and use them.

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Podcast 560: By the non-pricking of my thumbs

Could a non-invasive wearable blood-glucose monitor that links to an Apple Watch help change people’s lives and lead to better avoidance of diabetes onset? Roman and Glenn discuss this, along with the potential of new laptops at WWDC, Today at Apple, and the odd introduction of an Android switcher campaign when new phones are just a few months away.

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Watch the Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

OK, Game of Thrones fans, war is nigh. HBO released the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 7, which will first air on July 16th, 2017. The show outpaced the books during Season 6, leaving many fans all the hungrier to know what happens. Judging by the trailer, what happens is war, war, battles, dragons, war, and a side of war thrown in just for fun. In fact, the closing line of the trailer is, “The great war is hear,” and if I’m not mistaken, it’s one Jon Snow saying it. But hey, I could be wrong. Enjoy!

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The best MIDI keyboards for Mac and Logic Pro

Now that we are well in to 2017, we thought it was a good time to re-assess the MIDI keyboard situation for Mac users. We have some new contenders on the block that have pushed some old favorites to the side, while AKAI, Native Instruments and more continue to bring some of the best and most affordable controllers to market. If you are just getting into making music with virtual instruments on your Mac and Logic Pro X, a MIDI controller of some kind is a must and a keyboard option is usually the best point of entry.

Head below for our 2017 picks of the best MIDI keyboards for Mac users: more…

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Attackers can use video subtitles to hijack your...

Be careful before you fire up media player software to play that foreign-language movie -- it might be a way for intruders to compromise your system. Check Point researchers have discovered an exploit that uses maliciously crafted subtitles to take c...

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News: Apple releases AirPods firmware 3.7.2 update

Apple has released a new AirPods wireless firmware update. While no release notes are provided with AirPods updates at this point, the update likely just includes bug fixes and performance improvements for the wireless earbuds. AirPods firmware updates should be automatically transferred from a paired iPhone to the AirPods whenever they’re connected; users can check the version number from the iOS Settings app, under General, About, AirPods.…

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Ellen coyly hints at return to standup with Netflix...

It's been over 15 years since Ellen DeGeneres took the stage for a proper stand-up special. With a smash hit daytime talk show, a record-setting Twitter account and bonafide American treasure status, DeGeneres doesn't exactly need the exposure of ano...

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Apple issues new 3.7.2 firmware update for AirPods...

Apple on Wednesday released a small firmware update for its fully wireless AirPods, version 3.7.2, though what the patch does exactly remains unknown.

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Review: Marshall Monitor Black Bluetooth Headphones

You know Marshall guitar amplifiers. If you’re a fan of music, you know what Marshall’s iconic amps look like and you have definitely heard them. The company is so much a part of music history that it's surprising that they only recently launched a line of headphones. Marshall’s headphone lineup is fairly extensive, with a range of in-ear, on-ear, over-ear, and wireless cans all bearing the Marshall brand. The newest entry into this lineup is Marshall’s Monitor Black Bluetooth over-ear, priced at $249. While they sound good enough to carry the Marshall name, some aspects of their design detract from the experience.

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Dash returns to App Store seven months after review...

Dash, an API documentation browser, has reappeared in the iOS App Store seven months after it was removed over alleged review manipulation, with developer Bogdan Popescu claiming the app was resubmitted to stop others from uploading their own copy-cat apps using the open-sourced code.

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Apple Wants To Turn Community College Students Into...

Ina Fried, writing for Axios: Apple already offers a variety of tools to help school kids learn the basics of coding. Now, it aims to give older students what they need to become full-fledged app developers. On Wednesday the company is releasing, for free, the curriculum for a year-long course on how to write apps for the iPhone. The effort, though available to all, is aimed at community college students and Apple is working with six districts around the country, with the first classes to start this summer and fall. The courseware teaches students how to create apps using Apple's Swift programming language.


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Boeing is building DARPA's new hypersonic space...

A few years ago, DARPA started work on a new experimental aircraft project called the XS-1, a vehicle designed to make launching satellites a faster, less expensive endeavor. Today, that project just took a huge leap forward: DARPA has announced that...

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Review: Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station for iPhone...

A growing number of iPhone users now own an Apple Watch as well, so the need for combined charging docks that can charge both devices has grown as well. One of the newer entrants into this market is Archeer, which has introduced the 2-in-1 Charging Station for iPhone and Apple Watch ($32.99, affiliate link, use promo code NGL7S5TD at checkout for an additional 20% off). 

Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station


Like many of the other dual docks on the market, the Archeer 2-in-1 Charging Station features a Lightning port for charging the iPhone and uses the Apple Watch charger that comes with each watch to charge the Apple Watch. The Watch and band loop around an "arm" that comes up from the base of the charging station.

The Apple Watch charger cable needs to be supplied by the user; this really isn't an extra cost as it is supplied by Apple...

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UC Berkeley researchers teach computers to be curious

When you played through Super Mario Bros. or Doom for the very first time, chances are you didn't try to speedrun the entire game but instead started exploring -- this despite not really knowing what to expect around the next corner. It's that same s...

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Let Sony's favorite developers help pick your...

Four years on and the PlayStation 4's digital storefront is pretty well stocked. But finding more obscure stuff to buy isn't the easiest and the search function kind of sucks. As a way of addressing that on the store's web version, Sony is introducin...

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Main Surface Pro Improvements Are Beneath the Surface

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a refresh of its Surface Pro tablet-laptop computer. Although Microsoft said the fifth generation of the unit has been redesigned from the inside out with more than 800 new custom parts, the Surface Pro looks similar to its predecessor. "If you were looking for a major redesign of Surface, this isn't it," said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. Nevertheless, Microsoft has made some significant improvements in the tablet cum laptop. Battery life has been boosted to 13.5 hours.

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FCC stonewalls demands for evidence of cyberattack

The FCC swears that a denial of service attack hit its servers hours after Last Week Tonight's John Oliver rallied support for net neutrality, but where's the evidence? Well, don't expect it any time soon. In an interview with ZDNet, the regulator's...

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Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock capable of connecting dual...

Accessory producer Elgato is preparing to release its Thunderbolt 3 Dock, one which allows users to connect two 4K displays to a Macbook at the same time, with the accessory shipping out to customers in the United States, Europe, and Australia on June 6.

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EU approves plans forcing Facebook and YouTube to...

The European Union has just approved a proposal to implement Europe's very first mandatory social media restrictions. In a bid to clamp down on hate speech across Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, the EU is proposing a law that allows them to block vide...

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Sketchy images of Apple's 'iPhone 8'...

A series of images posted to Chinese social media on Wednesday are claimed to show Apple's "iPhone 8," but different significantly from some rumors, and also appear to contradict each other.

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What We Know About Apple’s 5G Wi-Fi Testing

Apple applied for an experimental license to test 5G technology, specifically using millimeter wave frequencies.

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Apple Music Trailer for Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs...

Apple Music bought the rights to Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story, a documentary about Sean “Diddy” Combs and his record label, Bad Boy Records. The film was debuted at the Tribecka Film Festival earlier this year, and Apple Music subsequently bought the rights to it. The focus of the film is a reunion show with The Bad Boy Family, the original group of artists that launched with Bad Boy Records. According to the Tribecka Festivail, “the film also looks back to trace the label’s emergence in Harlem and Brooklyn, it’s meteoric rise, the tragic killing of Biggie Smalls, and the lasting influence on music, fashion, marketing and culture.” Note Apple executive Jimmy Iovine’s brief appearance in the trailer. The film debuts exclusively on Apple Music on June 25th, 2017.


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First look: DJI's $499 Spark drone is a...

Aiming to simplify aerial footage for the masses, DJI on Wednesday unveiled its latest creation, the handheld Spark drone, which combines portability with simple gesture controls and an affordable $499 starting price.

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Dash for iOS returns to the App Store following...

The popular developer utility app Dash has returned to the iOS App Store with Apple’s approval, according to the app’s developer. Dash was previously removed from the App Store after Apple claimed the developer’s account was related to fraudulent reviews.


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Apple Wants you to Know Swift, Smarthome Fatigue –...

Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to discuss Apple’s Swift education strategy, plus they talk about smart home fatigue.

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Sphero unveils iOS-controlled Lightning McQueen...

Since the company’s launch, Sphero has grown to become a household name with its line of RC toys. From the standard model to interactive BB-8, Sphero has managed to capture a real sense of wonder and delight with its creations. With Cars 3 right around the corner, it only makes sense for the Disney-backed company to add yet another lovable character to its lineup. Today, Sphero has launched the Ultimate Lightning McQueen, which lets you drive, play games, and train for the next big race with the iOS-enabled racing star.


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News: 1Password adds ‘Travel Mode’ to help protect...

AgileBits has announced a new “Travel Mode” feature for 1Password that will help to keep confidential data such as passwords, credit cards, and secure notes, safe from unwarranted searches when travelling. The new feature, which is free to all 1Password subscribers, allows users to automatically and completely remove password vaults from their devices with a single click before travelling, and then just as easily restoring them later.…

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Logitech's excellent C920 webcam is just $50...

A favorite camera among business people and Twitch streamers alike is on sale today at Amazon for a really great price.  The online retailer has the Logitech C920 webcam on sale for $50. That's the lowest price we've seen over the webcam's lifespan and currently about $12 cheaper than other retailers.

The sale is scheduled to last until just before midnight Thursday morning or when supplies run out.

Despite being around for years, the Logitech C920 is still a popular choice--even with the release of Logitech's C922 and 4K-friendly...

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Learn how to use Swift to write apps: Apple makes...

The app economy is a huge business, and  app development is in high demand. For students wanting to learn how to write apps, Apple has good news for them: On Wednesday, the company announced that it has released a new app development curriculum for people who want to learn how to write apps. And it’s free through the Apple iBooks Store.


According to Apple, the App Development with Swift training is designed as a year-long course. Anyone who participates will learn how to code using Swift and create apps. Apple also has its Everyone Can Code program for K-12 grades.


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News: UK carrier EE begins selling ‘new’ 2017 32GB...

Apple’s resurrected iPhone 6 appears to now be on sale in the United Kingdom, AppleInsider reports. The ‘new’ 32GB model of the 2014-era iPhone first appeared in on select Asian carriers in March, appearing in Belarus two weeks later, leading many to believe that Apple was releasing it primarily as a lower-cost option for emerging markets. However, its appearance in the U.K. — and the U.S. on Virgin Mobile — suggests slightly…

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Honda's 2018 Odyssey coming Thursday with Apple...

Honda's latest vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the 2018 Odyssey minivan, will officially begin arriving at U.S. dealerships on Thursday.

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DJI’s new $499 Spark drone offers gesture controls,...

Today in New York City, DJI unveiled the new Spark drone with a focus on portability and gesture-controls. This comes after a busy year for the industry leader in the drone category following the release of its Phantom 4 Advanced.

DJI claims that users will be able to go from in-hand to in-the-air taking photos in just seconds. Geared towards entry-level pilots looking to capture drone-quality images and video, Spark has a number of consumer-friendly features.

Today’s news also includes new smartphone apps with quick and simple editing features in line with what we saw from GoPro in the fall. Full details below.


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New iPhone 8 renders show rear Touch ID and color...

Two new sets of images claiming to show the upcoming design of the so-called iPhone 8 due out later this year have shown up in Chinese social media today. Both show the edge-to-edge display and vertical dual camera design as seen in previous schematics and dummy units, and the latest images show how the iPhone 8 could look in various colors…


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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 9.7″ iPad Pro $475, Amazon 1-...

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Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets $124 discount, priced from $475

Amazon 1-Day Logitech Sale...

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Deals: Where to find the lowest prices on Apple...

This Memorial Day weekend, save up to $225 on popular 13" and 15" MacBook Pros when you pair instant discounts with exclusive coupons. Or snap up a 9.7" iPad Pro with LTE capability for $599 ($130 off). Apple's high-end 12" MacBook is also $250 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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United MileagePlus rewards program now has its own...

Say what you want about United Airlines, which has become the whipping boy of the airline industry since a recent incident where a passenger was injured while being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight. The airline's MileagePlus rewards program has been popular for quite some time, and a lot of frequent business fliers have a lot of miles built up that they can exchange for flights, upgrades and merchandise. That program now includes an "Apple Store" where those miles can be redeemed for Apple gear.

It's not just Apple Watches, iPhones and iPads -- the entire Mac lineup, AirPods, and a lot of Apple accessories are on that site as well (no third party products, including Beats headphones). A fully-loaded Mac Pro takes 533,200 miles to "purchase", so if someone could lend me about 500,000 miles...

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DJI debuts $499 Spark handheld drone with hand-...

At a live event in New York City's Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, drone manufacturer DJI has released a new, small form-factor drone, called the DJI Spark -- and AppleInsider is at the event.

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Elgato’s expansive Thunderbolt 3 Dock for new...

Elgato first unveiled its new Thunderbolt 3 Dock for the latest MacBook Pros back in January as part of CES 2017, and today the company has officially announced a ship date. Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock will ship in just under two weeks on June 6 in the United States, across Europe, and Australia. Here’s a recap of how Thunderbolt 3 Dock expands MacBook Pro I/O:


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Elgato's Thunderbolt 3 Dock arrives on June 6

Elgato has announced that its Thunderbolt 3 Dock will be available in the U.S., Europe and Australia on June 6. It’s designed for laptop users who need a multi-monitor workstation with high-speed expansion options and secure networking.

The Thunderbolt 3 Dock connects and charges your MacBook Pro using one cable. It provides two Thunderbolt 3 ports: one to connect and charge your computer, and one to extend the versatility of Thunderbolt further.

Featuring a DisplayPort, the dock will drive up to two additional displays without compromising their 4k resolution at 60Hz frame rates, according to the folks at OWC. The Thunderbolt 3 Dock is equipped with three USB 3.0 ports to ensure that multiple devices can be operated at full speed. 

A 15-inch MacBook Pro is charged at 85W, USB-C accessories receive up to 15W of power, while the built-in USB 3.0 ports provide boosted charging for your iPad...

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QuarkXPress 2017 expands layout tech, brings non-...

Quark on Wednesday launched QuarkXPress 2017, the latest edition of its design and publishing suite for the Mac, with a heavy focus on publishing for multiple platforms including iOS.

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EE commences sales of new 32GB iPhone 6 model in...

The re-released iPhone 6 with 32 gigabytes of storage has surfaced again in a new country, with the smartphone going on sale in the United Kingdom for the first time with its unusual capacity through carrier EE, suggesting the device's relatively unannounced sales are not being confined to just emerging markets.

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Pick 12 great Mac apps/utilities from selection of...

From 9to5Toys:

Bundlehunt is offering up a selection of 60 solid apps, utilities and learning resources where you can select any 12 of them for just $19.99 ($1.66/app!) . That total is often a lower price than the retail price of one of the apps and the biggest selection of popular Mac apps we’ve seen for anywhere near $20.


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This iPhone app can identify Pantone colors from the...

I don’t know that I have a use for this app but it’s a very clever implementation.

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Apple Launches New Swift Curriculum on iBooks Store...

Apple wants everyone to know how to code for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, so new training resources are rolling out today.

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Apple rumored to have ordered small batch of Micro...

A supply chain report suggests that Apple is already looking beyond OLED for future products, with the company said to be taking steps for trial production of Micro LED screens in the second half of 2017.

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News: IKEA bringing HomeKit support to its smart...

IKEA has announced plans to add support for HomeKit to its complete range of TRÅDFRI smart lighting products. According to the company’s press release, updates are expected to arrive “during the summer and early autumn” that will not only provide HomeKit integration but also add support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Released last month, IKEA’s TRÅDFRI smart lighting provides a plug-and-play solution that allows users…

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Honda’s 2018 Odyssey Minivan goes on sale as latest...

Honda announced today that its new 2018 Odyssey Minivan will go on sale tomorrow in the US, making it the latest vehicle to arrive with Apple’s in-dash CarPlay system.


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Garmin steps up against GoPro with new iPhone-...

Garmin on Wednesday announced the VIRB 360, an upcoming action camera capable of shooting 360-degree video at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second.

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PSA: Many major media players vulnerable to attack...

Security researchers have discovered a surprising new way for attackers to gain control of a machine: malicious subtitles. The vulnerability is device-independent, meaning it could be used to gain control of anything from an iPhone to a Mac.


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Intel making Thunderbolt 3 royalty-free for...

Thunderbolt has never seen a great deal of market penetration, but that may be about to change with Intel natively integrating Thunderbolt 3 into future CPU models and making the protocol royalty-free to chipmakers by the end of 2017.

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Northern Ireland study finds multiple benefits to...

Technology can be beneficial to younger students learning core skills, a two-year research project has found, with elementary schools in Northern Ireland found to have improved the numeracy, literacy, and communication skills of their pupils after incorporating iPads into their lessons.

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Belkin launches the Pocket Power, a portable power...

Belkin has released the Pocket Power, a compact, portable power bank that comes in 5,000 and 10,000 mAh sizes and in black, rose gold and silver flavors. A 15,000 mAh model will be available in black only. 

Featuring fast-charging capability and polymer battery cell technology, the new battery packs are lighter, thinner and equipped to charge multiple devices at an affordable price point, according to Marco Peters, vice president of product management. It has built-in safety features, a micro-USB port for charging battery pack, a six-inch micro-USB cable, four LED indicators that display the remaining power level, and a plastic casing.

The Pocket Power 5,000 mAh is available for a manufacturer’s retail price of $29.99 online and at Target in the U.S. and Walmart in Canada. The Pocket Power 10,000 mAh and 15,000 mAh will be available this summer.

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The Week in iOS Accessories and Cases: Casio unveils...

Watch out!

Image by Rob Schultz/Macworld

This week's roundup includes a new Bluetooth-enabled watch from Casio, plus cool new earbuds that can translate 40 languages, as well some snazzy new cases for your iPhone and iPad.


Image by Casio

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Apple announces ‘App Development with Swift’

Apple has served up App Development with Swift, a free course available as an iBooks course at the iBookStore. It's a year-long program geared towards helping people "design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology," according to Apple.

Touted as safe, fast, and expressive, Swift appeals to developers who are aiming to build on Apple’s multiple platforms, such as iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. About three years ago Apple announced that it would replace its "ancient" native mobile app development language Objective-C by its newborn language called Swift. 

According to AppleInsider, in the fall, six colleges will begin teaching the iBooks material: the Alabama Community College System, Columbus State Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College, Houston...

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News: Apple to begin testing ‘5G’ wireless technology

Apple has filed an application with the FCC to begin testing “5G” wireless technology, Business Insider reports. The application for an experimental license for the new technology was filed by Apple and made public by the FCC earlier this week, and states in part that, “Apple Inc. seeks to assess cellular link performance in direct path and multipath environments between base station transmitters and receivers using this spectrum,”…

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Oh Samsung

Chaos Computer Club blog:

Biometric authentication systems – again – don’t deliver on their security promise: The iris recognition system of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 was successfully defeated by hackers of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC). A video demonstrates how the simple technique works.

The video is embedded in the main Loop post. This seems incredibly easy to replicate. Did Samsung even try to break their own iris recognition system? Sigh. Oh, Samsung.

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Report: Apple set for trial production run of...

While everyone is awaiting the iPhone 8 and its OLED screen, Apple is already looking at the next generation of display technology: microLED.

A new report claims that Apple will be making small volumes of microLED devices this year …


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QuarkXPress 2017 ships with non-destructive image...

Quark Software has released QuarkXPress 2017, the newest version of the company’s graphic design and desktop publishing software for professional print and digital production.

QuarkXPress 2017 introduces new graphics and image editing capabilities, such as non-destructive image editing, and extends text and typography features, such as text stroking and shading. The new version includes a range of the top user-requested features and continues to be sold as a perpetual license.

With QuarkXPress 2017, you can edit images by adjusting levels and...

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∞ The new Microsoft Surface Pro: What that $799...

Microsoft just rolled out the latest and greatest version of its Surface tablet/laptop hybrid, branded as the Surface Pro. Here’s a link to the official Surface Pro product page.

Much has been made about the Surface Pro’s price of $799. But what do you get for your money?

The $799 Surface Pro ships with:

  • Intel® Core™ m3 processor
  • 128GB SSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel® HD Graphics 615

That’s a pretty bare-bones machine. Apple’s cheapest machine (the $999 MacBook Air) comes with 8GB of RAM. I can’t imagine using a modern version of Windows or macOS with less than 8GB. Let’s tweak that so we can compare apples with Apples.

Bumping the Surface Pro to a minimally livable (in my opinion) 8GB brings the price to $1299. There’s just no cheaper way to get to...

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'iPhone 8' production problems force late...

If the so-called "iPhone 8" does not ship by the end of the third quarter, pent-up demand will only increase the subsequent holiday quarter's sales, rather than hurting Apple, one analyst believes.

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Media Cutter 1.0 is a new video splitting tool for...

Joyoshare Software has debuted Media Cutter 1.0, a video splitting tool for Mac and Windows systems. It allows you to cut, edit and convert videos as well as audio in seconds with lossless quality. 

Media Cutter was specifically developed for cutting and trimming large videos and audio from any popular format to smaller footage without quality loss. It also allows you convert video footage to any other format, such as M4V, MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, etc., as well as transfer split videos and audio to multiple ready-presets of devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Samsung Galaxy S and other Android devices and game consoles.

Media Cutter 1.0 costs $29.95 and requires macOS 10.12 or higher. A free demo is available that provides five opportunities for any user to cut and convert videos and audios for free. On the Mac platform, it’s compatible with macOS 10.8 and higher.

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Apple puts free Swift curriculum on iBooks, plans...

Apple on Wednesday released "App Development with Swift," a free course available through the iBooks Store, which will also be coming to a handful of U.S. schools at the beginning of the fall semester.

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Live Home 3D Pro for Mac: $24.99

Live Home 3D Pro for Mac allows you to design residential buildings from the ground up. Sheds, living rooms, homes, or even a skyscraper, according to the company that makes it. We have a deal on it for $24.99. Check the listing for all the features.

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

Today in iLounge Deals, 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, door,…

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Learn 8 Programming Languages with The Complete...

Developers know that a sure path to success is to know a lot of languages -- programming languages, that is. The Complete Programming Language Bootcamp ($44) covers a number of languages, teaching by example in over 96 hours of interactive training. What's in it?

  • Learn by Example: Scala - Master This Highly Scalable General-Purpose Language with 65 Examples
  • From 0 to 1: Learn Java Programming - 17 Hours to Get Familiar with the World's Leading Programming Language
  • From 0 to 1: Learn Python Programming - Make Quick Work of This Popular, Powerful Programming Language in 10.5 Hours
  • Learn By Example: C++ Programming...
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An iPhone and Mac could be all you need to renew...

Mail-order eyeglasses company Warby Parker has created an iPhone app that can replace a visit to the optometrist for some customers.

Has your eyeglasses prescription expired? Want to take a vision test at home? Well, welcome! Introducing Warby Parker Prescription Check. This is our brand-spanking-new mobile refraction service that, if you are eligible, allows an eye doctor to assess your vision and provide an updated eyeglasses prescription. (Is there anything your phone can’t do?!)

You’d of course expect there to be some small-print when you’re dealing with something as important as your eye-sight, and there is …


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Apple asks court to deny Samsung’s petition...

Apple has defended a Federal Circuit’s decision to uphold a $120 million award against Samsung, saying the decision doesn't stir up any issues on obviousness, infringement, etc., and asking the court to deny Samsung’s petition, reports the Law360 website.

Last November, the Federal Circuit issued a “quick shutdown” Monday of Samsung’s bid for a rehearing of the full court’s October decision reinstating a jury’s $120 million patent infringement verdict in favor of Apple, shrugging off Samsung’s contention the ruling had been “extraordinary.”

A California jury found in 2014 that Samsung's smartphones infringed three Apple patents on the slide-to-unlock function, autocorrect features and "quick links" technology. The...

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macOS: Setting Your Default Printer

macOS always looks for the last printer you used, but it’s easy to change that to a specific printer.

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Apple today launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download today from Apple’s iBooks Store.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

Here’s a link to Apple’s Everyone Can Code page.

And here’s a link to the ECC curriculum in iTunes.


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Apple’s HR head Denise Young Smith moving to newly...

Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac:

Apple’s head of Worldwide Human Resources Denise Young Smith will now run diversity programs for the company under a newly created VP position, according to sources familiar with the move. The executive shuffle will see the creation of a new VP role for Apple’s Inclusion and Diversity team with Smith reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook. Sources say Smith has long had a passion for diversity initiatives at the company and the newly created position reflects an increased focus on the company’s efforts.


Smith has been at Apple for over 20 years and was first promoted to VP of worldwide HR back in 2014 from her previous role as head of HR for just Apple’s retail stores, a role that Steve Jobs handpicked her for during the early days of Apple’s retail efforts.


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XwaveSoft debuts SurfPro VPN 1.0 for macOS

XwaveSoft has introduced SurfPro VPN 1.0, a secure VPN client/service for macOS. It allows Mac users to keep their personal data, identity, location, and other confidential information cloaked from hackers via the app's anonymity tools. 

SurfPro also allows you access websites and Internet services that are normally blocked in your country. The software routes its protected Internet traffic via any one of over 300 proxy servers, stationed in over 50 locations around the globe.

A demo is available for download. If you decide to continue with the SurfPro VPN service, there’s a choice of subscription plans. Options range from $3.99 per month, up to $49.99 for a three-year subscription. All SurfPro VPN subscriptions allow users to access the service on up to five Macs or iOS devices.

You can download SurfPro VPN at the Mac App Store. It requires macOS 10.10 or higher.

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Analysts say Apple’s reality distortion field...

Oppenheimer has written an investment note about Apple’s falling sales in China, entitled Fading ‘Reality Distortion Field.’ It coincides with a Bernstein estimate that iPhone sales in Apple’s second-largest market have dropped by a massive 20% …


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1Password receives update, now offers “Travel Mode”...

This could come in handy.

Following an update pushed out last week, 1Password now includes a new feature that lets users selectively erase local data for maximum protection while traveling.

The new “Travel Mode” feature erases all vaults/user profiles with the exception of those marked “safe for travel” from devices connected to a 1Password account. Users can later restore their full list of vaults with another click once they arrive.

In previous versions, users worried about unwarranted searches or device theft would have to sign out of their 1Password account on each device in order to erase locally stored data. On top of this, they would have to create a dedicated travel account, sign back in, then sign out and sign back into their accounts upon reaching their destination.

With Travel Mode, users can mark vaults as “safe for travel” from the web interface. When the feature is activated from the web, all vaults save for those marked...

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Apple experimenting with 5G Millimeter Wave...

Apple looks to be edging closer to 5G.

Per Business Insider, the company is testing next-gen 5G data speeds via a wireless technology called “millimeter wave” which could ultimately improve cellular performance for iPhones and other connected devices.

Apple has apparently been granted an application by the FCC for an experimental license to test the new 5G wireless technology.

The application allows Apple to test the new technology from two locations in California including one near its current 1 Infinite Loop headquarters in Cupertino and the other in nearby Milpitas, CA.

It’s also been noted that the application states that it believes that testing will take no longer than one year. As such, this indicates that Apple has no plans to ship a 5G feature in any products shipping in 2017.

Separately, cellular network providers would need to support 5G network speeds. T-Mobile has laid out its roadmap for supporting 5G in the future while AT&T...

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Future Mac laptops could have more flexible displays

Future iPhones may not be the only Apple device with more flexible displays. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9660,004) for “flexible displays with a strengthened pad area” that may apply to Mac laptops.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that it can be challenging to form displays for electronic devices. Displays have active areas formed from arrays of display pixels. Inactive border regions surround the active regions. The inactive border region in a display contains support circuitry such as signal lines and thin-film transistor circuitry but does not contain active pixels for producing images for a user. 

Apple says that, in order to reduce the apparent size of the inactive border region, it may be desirable to use a flexible substrate in forming the display. This allows portions of the inactive border region to be bent out of sight, reducing the size of the visible inactive display border and enhancing the appearance of the display. 

However, making...

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IFTTT "Maker" tier opens the IoT platform...

IFTTT Adds Maker Tier

IFTTT has been a wonderful way for those tinkering with the "Internet of Things" (IoT) to create their own automations by linking together services and devices to form "applets." Those services are developed by developers for the many IFTTT partners, and effective today IFTTT will be expanding the availability of its development tools to a new class of developers -- Makers.

Up to this point, anyone could build IFTTT applets that worked with two IFTTT services that a user was connected to -- for example, IF Apple's share price goes over $175 per share, THEN send a text message. Makers will have expanded capabilities:

  • Publish their Applets for other users to turn on. Makers will have a public profile page where they can showcase their creations.

  • Build Applets that work with any service on IFTTT. For example, a Maker would not have to have a connected BMW in order to...

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Getting Serious About Teen Smartphone Addiction

Parents don't need a poll to tell them their teenagers are addicted to smartphones. After all, smartphones are a permanent fixture rather than accessories for kids of all ages these days. Even so, polls move these everyday observances from anecdotal to official problem when the numbers tilt in that direction -- and a Common Sense Media poll hit full tilt. The fact that 59 percent of parents said their teens were addicted to mobile devices was not surprising. However, the fact that 50 percent of teens admitted they were addicted was shocking.

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IFTTT launches Maker tier with support for multiple...

Officially unveiling today, IFTTT hopes to draw more developers to its connected services platform with its new Maker tier. The new tier would allow developers to more finely tune their Applets with multiple services, and even add in more triggered actions. Today’s announcement is a follow up on IFTTT’s partnership program from last year where they began working directly with companies like BMW and Spotify.


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The Marc Newson Hourglass for Hodinkee

You start off thinking, “Well, this is stupid. It’s just an hourglass.” You read more and think, “Kinda cool design though.” Then you get to the price and think, “There are 100 people out there with more money than sense….”

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Garmin launches a seriously-specced 360-degree...

Garmin has announced the Virb 360, a high-spec 360-degree action cam shooting at an impressive 5.7K at 30fps. The unusual resolution is designed to create enough spare pixels to automatically apply spherical stabilization to output smooth 4K video in the company’s own Virb Edit software.

As with earlier Virb action cams, there’s built-in GPS to allow you to overlay data like speed, altitude and location – as well as data sent via Bluetooth from any device with an ANT+ sensor. But the features don’t end there …


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Seal, a free FCP X template, makes it easy to create...

By Aaron Lee

Conner Productions's Seal is a professional template to make introductory seal titles for Apple's Final Cut Pro X (FCP X). It works well — and it's free.

It’s customizable and allows you to create introduction seals for your videos featuring a spinning seal that comes into focus. You can easily customize text color, background color, and other elements to craft the template to fit within your video. Conner Production's installer makes installing Seal easy; using the template in videos is a matter of dragging it into the timeline. 

No matter how long the text is or how much the title is tweaked, it will still have a refined, exceptional feel. Seal was designed in Apple's, and features organic gaussian blurs, noise, and stylistic effects.

Conner Productions offers Seal as a free download; it's compatible with Final Cut Pro X and Motion (version 5 and higher). There's no...

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How to help ease eye fatigue from the online life

I suffer from dry eyes. Working on my Mac for long periods of time only exacerbates the situation. Many of us spend an enormous amount of time on our digital devices. In fact, The Vision Council reports that nine out of 10 adults spend more than two hours a day using a digital device and that one in 10 people spends a whopping three-fourths of their waking hours doing so. 

All that screen time can cause digital eye strain, which in turn, can lead to a host of other symptoms. Most people think of eye strain as simply discomfort that happens when looking at things up close such as reading books or using the computer. However, Dora Sztipanovits Mathe, assistant professor in Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Science with the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, TN, says that “Less obviously, but not less commonly, you can have symptoms...

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Apple launches new Swift app development curriculum...

Apple has today announced that is launching a new app development curriculum designed to teach students how to start using Swift to create fully functional iPhone apps. The course will be available for free on iBooks (not yet visible in the iBooks Store) for anyone to download and builds on the Everyone Can Code series Apple already publishes.

This fall, Apple says six American community colleges will teach the curriculum as well as ‘select high schools’. Apple wants to help more people learn to code and enter the app economy.


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Notable apps and app updates for May 24, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Biko, a mobile application offering incentives for cycling, has launched in five major west coast cites – Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Already in Canada, Mexico, and Colombia, it encourages users to ride instead of drive, thereby reducing pollution and congestion while improving health and mobility. Biko features include mapping routes, measuring average speed, calculating carbon emissions saved, and recommending safe bike paths and local bike shops. 

ProSec has introduced PAPERplus, an app designed to bridge the gap between print and online....

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Apple’s re-launched 32 GB iPhone 6 now on sale in...

Over the last few months, Apple has quietly relaunched the iPhone 6 in a ‘new’ 32 GB configuration around the world. The company has opted not to sell the product directly, instead distributing the device via carrier partners.

The 32 GB iPhone 6 originally debuted in emerging markets, presumably as a lower cost option, but has more recently appeared in the US — and now it has hit the UK too …


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Facebook's latest journalism fix connects users...

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg and company announced the Facebook Journalism Project -- an initiative to repair the social network's reputation with journalists and help fight the spread of fake news. The project already introduced curated news d...

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Winner of the Apple AirPods giveaway announced [Dave...

AppleInsider would like to congratulate the winner of our latest giveaway, Dave S., who will receive a pair of brand-new Apple AirPods sealed in box.

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Apple Elevates Inclusion and Diversity to Ranks of...

And the company has a corporate heavy weight for the job in the form of its own Denise Young Smith, formerly Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources.

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1Password introduces Travel Mode to protect data...

As part of an update pushed out on last week, popular password management app 1Password introduced a new feature that lets users selectively erase local data for maximum protection while traveling.

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Daimler bets big on luxury EVs with new battery plant

Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler is incredibly bullish about electric vehicles. So much so that it's recently broken ground on another battery plant in Germany, a stone's throw from its existing facility. It'll begin operating around June next year and so...

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First video of 'iPhone 8' mockup hits the...

Building on photos of an "iPhone 8" mockup published last week, a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday appears to show an identical dummy unit in the hands of a user, offering a taste of what the next-generation handset might look like when it is released this fall.

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Google's $5,000 4K digital whiteboard goes on...

It only took half a year, but Google's first take on a digital whiteboard is finally available. Google has started selling the Jamboard in the US for $4,999 plus $600 per year for management and support ($300 if you buy one by the end of September)....

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