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Friday September 22

06:03
iPhone 8 Plus best performing smartphone camera ever...




While the new iPhone 8 did very well beating all other manufacturer's devices in testing by DxOMark, the iPhone 8 Plus is the undisputed champion of all other smartphones ever produced.

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06:01
iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown

Lots and lots of detail. A few highlights:

Fully topped off, this 3.82 V, 1821 mAh cell will deliver up to 6.96 Wh of power.

The iPhone 7 battery is 7.45 Wh, the Galaxy S8 has 11.55 Wh. Apple says the iPhone 7 battery life is comparable to the iPhone 7, even with the smaller capacity. Not clear how it compares with the Galaxy S8.

The 8’s sensor is bigger than the 7’s, but specs the same 12 MP resolution. This means the individual pixels are larger, letting in more light, improving colors, and decreasing noise.

The sample pictures I’ve seen all show this to be true, especially easy to see in low light.

There’s lots more, with some terrific pictures. Scroll about halfway down for some nice shots of the Qi enabled (pronounced “chee”) wireless charging coil.

Love this stuff.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Blips Smartphone Lens Kits

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Blips Smartphone Lens Kits for only $24.99 — that’s 26% off the regular price. Billed as the world’s smallest and thinnest smartphone lenses, these lenses let you magnify the microscopic world and get extreme close-ups with minimal bulk. This kid includes the Macro Plus Lens that offers a focal distance of 20mm, and the Macro Lens with a 10x magnification and a focal distance of 10mm.…

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06:00
iPhone macro photography made easy with Blips...

There are tons of macro and wide angle lens kits for iPhones, but they all share some common issues: they're usually expensive and bulky. Blips Smartphone Lens Kits take care of those problems, with a low cost of just $24.99 in our Deals Shop and a profile that makes it easy to carry the lenses with you wherever you go.

These minuscule lenses use a reusable adhesive to attach to your iPhone, and come in a matchbook-like carrier that's easy to slip into your wallet or pocket. The macro lens provides a 10x magnification at a focal length around 10mm, while the macro plus lens bumps that focal length to around 20mm. 

Blips started with a crowdfunding program that brought not only the lenses but a complete microscopy kit called the Ultra Lab Kit ($52.99). If...

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05:58
Uber to be banned from London, found to ‘pose a...

Uber has been told by London’s taxi regulatory authority that it will not be renewing the company’s license to operate when it expires in just over a week’s time.

Transport for London (TfL) says it concluded that the company was ‘not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence,’ citing four reasons …

more…

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05:40
AppleInsider podcast gives first user impressions of...




In this special episode of the AppleInsider Podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger joins Victor to talk about his experiences now that he's had the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in his hands for a few days.

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05:39
iOS 11 Mail Failing to Send with Outlook.com, Office...

Due to an improperly negotiated HTTP/2 connection, Mail in iOS 11 is having trouble sending email with Outlook.com, Office 365, and Exchange Server 2016 accounts. Those who haven’t yet updated to iOS 11 and rely on Microsoft-hosted email should probably delay the upgrade. If you’ve already upgraded to iOS 11, you can either use Microsoft’s Outlook client or potentially disable HTTP/2 in Windows Server 2016.

 

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05:15
Uber update notes show company may be trying to take...

Ridesharing service Uber may have gotten itself in hot water again.

A recently released screenshot of the company’s latest patch notes for the app has revealed that Uber may be taking credit for iOS 11’s improved control over privacy and location information.

The app notes state that users can choose between “While Using the App”, “Always” and “Never” to select when location information is shared.

Neither Apple or Uber have released an official statement regarding the patch notes.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Reddit and Imgur

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05:12
StatCounter: iOS 11 rockets to over 65 of Internet...

iOS 11 has rocketed to over 6% internet usage just two days after launch, according to independent web analytics company StatCounter. Its research arm StatCounter Global Stats finds that iOS 11 reached 6.2% of all iOS versions worldwide Wednesday.

“Apple is good at migrating users to its latest iOS upgrades but this performance is particularly impressive,” says Aodhan Cullen, of CEO, StatCounter. “To put this in perspective, Android’s latest edition Nougat is at 14.6% of all Android versions over a year after launch Such is the rapid rise of iOS 11 that digital advertisers could soon see an impact due to a feature called Intelligent Tracking...

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05:10
Verizon creates AR-based scavenger hunt for free...

If you like the idea of the iPhone 8 but are less sure about laying out the cash for one, Verizon is offering you the chance to win one. You can track one down in an augmented reality scavenger hunt, and take a creative photo be in with a shot …

more…

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05:00
First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K...

The very first pre-ordered iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K units have begun to arrive in the hands of customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

The sales process appears to be running much more smoothly than past iPhone releases. Of note, Apple stores in Australia are not seeing extremely long queues lining up outside, as they did with last year’s iPhone 7 launch. One reason could be the upcoming launch of iPhone X, Apple’s flagship handset set to debut in November.

Here in the U.S., lines have begun to form outside flagship Apple Store locations in New York, California and elsewhere.

Apple is launching iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in 29 regions, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico,...

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05:00
Apple wants to make it easier to set up speaker...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170272886) for “optimizing the performance of an audio playback system with a linked audio/video feed.” The goal is to make it easier to set up speaker systems with various iOS, macOS and tvOS devices. The patent also may refer to Apple’s upcoming HomePod speaker, based on some of the accompanying images.

Speaker arrays may reproduce pieces of sound program content to a user through the use of one or more audio beams. For example, a set of speaker arrays may reproduce front left, front center, and front right channels for a piece of sound program content (e.g., a musical composition or an audio track for a movie). Apple says that although speaker arrays provide a wide degree of customization through the production of audio beams, conventional speaker array systems must be manually configured each time a new user and/or a new speaker array are added to the system. 

This requirement for manual configuration may be burdensome and...

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04:39
PSA: Free upgrades of iTunes movies to 4K only...

Those who’ve bought a lot of movies from the iTunes Store got a pleasant surprise during last week’s keynote. Any movies which iTunes makes available in 4K will be available at that resolution to existing HD purchasers at no extra cost …

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04:39
Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are...

The Apple Watch Series 3, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus go on sale globally at 8 .m. (local time) today.

Apple Watch Series 3 with built-in cellular and Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS s add health and fitness enhancements, a faster dual-core processor, a new wireless chip and watchOS 4. The new generation of iPhone features a glass back design that enables wireless charging, Retina HD displays, A11 Bionic chip and is designed for the ultimate augmented reality experience.

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04:30
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus top DxOMark smartphone...

Apple’s iPhone is back at the top of the DxOMark camera rankings, after the Google Pixel and HTC U11 beat out the iPhone 7 series.

The sensor improvements and new features in the iPhone 8 gave it a score of 92, whilst the dual-camera iPhone 8 Plus scores 94 …

more…

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04:30
How to control music on your iPhone using watchOS 4

You can use your Apple Watch and watchOS 4 to control music on your iPhone, or you can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without the smartphone.

When your paired iPhone is in range, you can use your Apple Watch to control what's playing on your iPhone. Press the side button, then tap Now Playing in the Dock. The name of the device that you currently control appears in the top-left corner. 

You can enjoy music on your Apple Watch without your iPhone when you pair with Bluetooth headphones. Open the Music app, then choose what to play, including your synced content from Apple Music.

(This how-to is based on my experiences and info on Apple's support pages — where the images sometimes come from.)

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04:07
iPhone 8 faster than a Core i5 13-inch MacBook Pro...

We noted in our iPhone 8 review that the Geekbench scores of the new iPhone were equivalent to a MacBook Pro.

To put it simply, the iPhone 8 line has a MacBook Pro Intel level processor inside.

Fresh tests provide a direct comparison to prove the point – and show the astonishing performance lead the iPhone 8 has over Samsung’s flagship devices in a real-life video editing task …

more…

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04:00
ProjectWizards is a ‘magical’ macOS tool for...

ProjectWizards’ Merlin Project for macOS is a handy tool for planning complex projects.

Many actions in Merlin Project are now animated to help customers get a better understanding of what happens in Merlin Project. In addition, there is integration in macOS (Calendar, Contacts, and more), open interfaces to other Mac programs, and the possibility to import data from Microsoft software such as Excel and MS Project.

Another useful feature is the "report" view. With customizable reports, Merlin Project allows any time an overview of the utilization of staff, budget and the state of the project progress.

If you plan complex projects, you won't get far with a simple list of tasks. Good planning raises questions about the dependencies of activities on each other, the impact of delays on the project completion date, and budget planning. Here, a spreadsheet quickly runs up against its limitations. These are...

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 22, 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

Playrix has launched Homescapes, a free, story-based, Match-3 adventure. It depicts a family adventure following the central character’s life in his ancestral mansion. Homescapes players help Austin the butler bring warmth and comfort back to his family’s mansion. Players can show their designer skills by furnishing and decorating the kitchen, the hall, the orangery, and other house areas, including the garage. 

macOS Apps/Updates

Montibus has announced Suite for Pixelmator 2.0, an update to their add-on suite for the Pixelmator image editor for macOS.

It offers more than 1,800 brushes, shapes and...

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00:29
iFixit offers closeup look at what’s inside the...

As it does every year, the folks at iFixit are tearing apart Apple’s latest and greatest devices to see what exactly has changed beneath the surface. Kicking off this year’s series of teardowns is the iPhone 8, and while not a lot has changed, there are a few things worth noting…

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Thursday September 21

21:48
Apple's iPhone 8 survives harsh scratch and...




As it does every year, Apple's latest iPhone model is being put through a battery of stress tests for the viewing pleasure of YouTube, with a new video showing off the handset's ability to withstand bends and all but the most brutal scratches.

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20:48
Watch the iPhone 8 go through speed and durability...

As the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus start to arrive to customers, early videos offer a closer look at features and capabilities. A pair of YouTube videos put the device to the test when it comes to durability as well as speed. As you might expect, there aren’t huge differences between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, but the videos are nevertheless worth watching…

more…

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20:27
Apple Watch Series 3 compatible with select Qi...




Apple turned heads last week with the announcement of its own Qi standard-based wireless charging accessory, the AirPower mat, which promises to not only charge new iPhone 8 and iPhone X hardware, but Apple Watch Series 3, as well. This revelation led to speculation that the new wearable is also compatible with third-party chargers, a first for the product line.

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19:43
iPhone 8 launch sees ‘bleak’ turnout in Australia as...

As we highlighted earlier this evening, the iPhone 8 is already available for purchase in several countries around the world as time zones shift into September 22nd. It’s no secret that much of the typical iPhone launch day excitement this year is tapered by the looming iPhone X, however, and Reuters says the effect was crystal clear in Australia…

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19:31
iPhone 8 unboxing & fast setup with iOS 11'...




In iOS 11, Apple has made it even easier to set up a new iPhone with your existing phone with Quick Start, a new system that discovers your new device (similar to the setup of Apple Watch or AirPods) and transfers most of your settings and preferences automatically. Here's how it works.

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19:10
First iPhone 8 teardown reveals few internal design...




Just hours after iPhone 8 hit store shelves in early launch countries, iFixit tore down Apple's newest smartphones to reveal all the goodies packed within, finding an internal layout largely identical to iPhone 7.

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18:54
Apple shares new Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash tutorial...




In preparation of the iPhone 8 release tomorrow (or today in some countries), Apple on Thursday posted a trio of videos to its YouTube channel and website documenting the process of adding a card to Apple Pay and using it with Touch ID.

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18:51
iPhone 8 is world’s fastest phone (it’s not even...

I think the “Bionic” part is silly marketing speak but these results, while not important to the average consumer, still point to the remarkable job Apple has done with their chip designs.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:25
'Dear Apple, The iPhone X and Face ID Are...

Trent Lapinski from Hacker Noon writes an informal letter to Apple, asking "who the hell actually asked for Face ID?" and calling the iPhone X and new face-scanning security measure "Orwellian" and "creepy": For the company that famously used 1984 in its advertising to usher in a new era of personal computing, it is pretty ironic that 30+ years later they would announce technology that has the potential to eliminate global privacy. I've been waiting 10-years since the first iPhone was announced for a full-screen device that is both smaller in my hand but has a larger display and higher capacity battery. However, I do not want these features at the cost of my privacy, and the privacy of those around me. While the ease of use and user experience of Face ID is apparent, I am not questioning that, the privacy concerns are paramount in today's world of consistent security breaches. Given what we know from Wikileaks Vault7 and the CIA / NSA capabilities to hijack any iPhone, including...

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18:12
Apple’s latest how-to videos highlight tips and...

Apple this evening has shared a pair of new videos to its YouTube channel as part of its ongoing how-to series. These videos focus on Apple Pay and the process of setting up a card and subsequently paying in store using your iPhone.

more…

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16:54
Court rules Stingray use without a warrant violates...

Today, the Washington DC Court of Appeals overturned a Superior Court conviction of a man who was located by police using a cell-site simulator, or Stingray, CBS News reports. The court ruled that the defendant's Fourth Amendment rights were violated...

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16:45
Original Apple Watch Doesn’t Support watchOS 4 Heart...

If you’re planning on using the new heart rate monitoring features in watchOS 4 on your original Apple Watch think again because they aren’t there.


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16:31
First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K...




Apple's recently released iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K devices arrived in the hands of early pre-order customers living in Australia, New Zealand and Asia on Friday, local time, while Apple retail stores in those regions began sales of the new hardware.

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16:20
Facebook and Amazon might bid on English Premier...

It's no secret that online titans are jockeying with each other for sports streaming rights. Most of the news has revealed domestic squabbling, like when Amazon wrested the rights to broadcast NFL games from Twitter back in April. But a Manchester Un...

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16:07
Apple donates $1 million to earthquake recovery...

In a Twitter post, Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is donating $1 million toward earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico. The company has also donated to hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida.

For the second time in two weeks, a powerful earthquake struck Mexico, toppling buildings, cracking highways and killing hundreds of people. Just like the deadly earthquake earlier this month, Tuesday's temblor caused heavy and prolonged rattling in the capital. 

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15:54
Review: ShoulderPod brings Lego-like modularity to...

Smartphone grips and mounts are a dime a dozen nowadays. Making a product that stands apart from the crowd is difficult, but ShoulderPod may be the first company to do that in a long time. The company has built out a modular smartphone camera system allowing photographers and videographers to customize their tools to suit their individual needs. I put the company’s Lego-like experience to the test over the past few weeks, and have been pleasantly surprised with just about everything it offers.

more…

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15:44
Apple contributing $1M to Mexico earthquake relief...




Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday announced the company is donating $1 million toward earthquake recovery efforts in Mexico, the latest gift in a string of contributions benefitting those stricken by natural disasters.

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15:41
iOS 11: How to Use One Handed Keyboard with Your...

iOS 11 has a new one-hand keyboard option for the iPhone that lets you do exactly what it says: type with just one hand. It’s easy to get at, but a little confusing why you may not see it.


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15:38
BYU develops sports helmet foam for real-time...

Cranial collisions are haunting the sports world more and more. A recent survey of 111 former football player's brains found that 110 showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease caused by repeated blows like those d...

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15:34
Netflix for iOS updated with support for HDR...

Netflix today has released an update for its iOS app that brings HDR content support to supported devices. The update also brings support and enhancements for iOS 11 all around and is available now for all users as the iPhone 8 starts to arrive to customers around the world.

more…

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15:15
Apple released 2 new Software Updates

Apple just released 2 new Software Updates:

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15:11
First iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV...

As the clock turns to Friday, September 22nd around the globe, people are slowly starting to receive their new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K devices. As is always the case with Apple preorders, customers in Australia and New Zealand are the first to receive their preordered devices…

more…

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15:02
Volvo launches 12-month trade-in plan with XC40...

By Reese Counts

After months of teasers and leaked images, Volvo finally pulled back the curtain on its latest crossover, the all-new XC40. The stylish new crossover packs in everything you would expect from a modern Volvo. The model will pack a wh...

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14:58
Thoughts on Apple TV 4K

I’ve been testing the new Apple TV 4K for a few days, but I don’t own a 4K TV, so there’s no way I can pretend to write a full-on review when I can’t make use of the tentpole new feature. I do have a few thoughts, though:

  • Initial setup was amazingly simple. Plug it in, it boots up quickly, and it asks if you want to share setup information like your Wi-Fi network info from your iPhone. Hold your iPhone near the Apple TV and boom, Apple TV is on your network, and it knows some information like your iTunes Apple ID. This is true too for setting up a new iOS 11 device — you can get a headstart on setting up a new iPhone just by holding your old iPhone next to it. But this is especially helpful on Apple TV, where entering passwords and email addresses through the on-screen keyboard felt like a form of punishment. When you do need to type things, Siri dictation works like a charm — fast and accurate.

  • It is baffling to me that Apple didn’t redesign the...

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14:50
OWC Intros USB-C Travel Dock with HDMI, SD Card...

OWC has a new USB-C travel dock out that’s loaded with ports to make your tech life easier on the go. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock includes two USB 3.1 Gen 1 type A ports, HDMI capable of driving a 4K display, an SD card reader, plus a USB-C power port that can charge Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s available in silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold at the Macsales website for US$49.99.


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14:39
'Resident Evil 7' DLC trailer offers the...

Chris Redfield has had a long and storied career as the fictitious protagonist in many installments of Capcom's Resident Evil video game series. The Raccoon City policeman starred, along with partner Jill Valentine, in the original 1996 game, and has...

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14:18
Instagram's 'follows you' feature...

In what might be one of the most overdue updates of all time, Instagram is finally testing a feature that lets you see if someone is following you directly from their bio. Previously, you'd have to laboriously scroll through your followers list to se...

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14:09
Tim Cook says Apple is donating $1 million to...

Following the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City and surrounding areas on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook has announced today that Apple will be contributing $1 million to recovery efforts in the country…

more…

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14:05
A Beautiful High-Definition Video of 21 August Solar...

Digg has posted a drop-dead gorgeous, high definition video (2m:18s) of the August 21 solar eclipse. At totality you can solar prominences. The accompanying music is great too. Regrettably, no source or credit is provided.


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14:01
The Wirecutter's best deals: $100 off an Epson...

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, they may earn affiliate commissions that support their work. Read their c...

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13:55
Concerns about iPhone 8 demand ahead of X launch...

A report today about U.S. stock indexes dropping cites concerns about iPhone demand as one of the major causes.

With reviews now out ahead of tomorrow’s launch of the iPhone 8 (along with Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K) and pre-order demand weaker than normal in the shadow of the upcoming iPhone XReuters reports that iPhone demand is one of two factors dragging down the stock market.

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13:55
Article: Instant Expert: Secrets & Features of...

This week Apple released watchOS 4, the fourth major update to its flagship wearable device in the two years since it’s been available. While the Apple Watch had a fairly basic start with the first iteration of its operating system, Apple provided more frequent updates, with watchOS 2 redefining the experience and watchOS 3 significantly increasing performance and interactivity. With watchOS 3 having finally established a solid foundation for…

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13:47
How to Pair Your Apple Watch when You get a New...

If you’re getting a new iPhone—or just replacing one that met an untimely demise—you need to make sure your Apple Watch makes the transition, too.


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13:37
Facebook will turn over Russia-linked ads to Congress

Earlier this month, Facebook admitted that it sold $100,000 worth of ads between 2015 and 2017 that led to fake news pages and were bought by advertisers operating out of Russia. A report released yesterday noted that the Senate Intelligence Committe...

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13:19
Unlimited 'Stargate' streaming will cost...

MGM Studios announced a new web-based entry into its popular Stargate franchise, Stargate Origins, this past July at San Diego Comic Con. In order to see the prequel series, though, you'll have to subscribe to a Stargate-only streaming service, too....

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13:02
3D Touch app switcher shortcut will return to iOS 11...




A 3D Touch gesture used to launch the iOS app switcher -- removed in iOS 11 -- will return in a future software update, according to Apple's senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi.

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13:00
AWT News Update: September 21, 2017

We'll be "off the air" tomorrow, but today we have a rumor, a note from Craig Federighi, a smartbulb that now uses HomeKit, and a fun hint:

  • Rumors are circulating about the AirPods case that will work with the AirPower charging mat that ships next year
  • Craig Federighi gives the official word that a gesture dropped from iOS 11 is only gone temporarily
  • LIFX adds HomeKit compatibility to a lot of its smart bulb product line
  • Want or need to type one-handed on an iPhone? We have a hint on how to do it

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and you’re listening...

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12:59
Tesla will discontinue its most affordable Model S...

On Sunday, Tesla's vehicle lineup will be smaller by one as it discontinues its cheapest Model S option, the Model S 75. That means the all-wheel-drive version -- the 75D -- will take its place as the low-end Model S sedan, currently listed at a star...

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12:55
3D Touch Multitasking Coming Back in Future iOS 11...

Adam Zahn, a reader of MacRumors, sent an email to Craig Federighi asking about 3D Touch multitasking. This was a feature that Apple added in iOS 10. It lets iPhone users quickly open the app switcher on iOS by 3D Touching the left edge of the screen. Before this, you had to double-press the home button in order to switch between apps. Adding a 3D touch feature put less strain on the home button, even though the iPhone 7/7+ removed movable button parts. It was still a nice option to have, and I’m glad Apple is bringing it back. Adam’s email saidCould we at least make the 3D Touch app switch gesture an option in iOS 11 so that I could retain the ability to switch apps that way instead of having to double tap the home button? Craig’s response was: Hi Adam, We regretfully had to temporarily drop support for this gesture due...

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12:39
Original Xbox's huge controller is returning...

Original Xbox owners got a powerful yet eccentric machine in Microsoft's first stab at console gaming. The system itself was a massive VCR-sized slab of circuits and plastic, but it was the comically oversized controller that most baffled gamers. Yet...

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12:38
Toronto police ask iPhone users not to test iOS 11...




A new security feature in iOS 11 allows iPhone users to temporarily disable Touch ID logins and quickly call 9-1-1 -- but it has had unintended consequences in Toronto, where the police have asked residents to stop testing it out.

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12:25
OWC USB-C Travel Dock provides MacBook with HDMI,...




Mac upgrade vendor OWC has launched another dock aimed at MacBook Pro users, with the OWC USB-C Travel Dock providing a number of extra USB connections, HDMI-out, and an SD card reader to notebooks in a compact and highly portable unit.

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12:21
D&D Reader app brings paper reference books to...

Dungeon Masters can rest a bit easier now that the library of Dungeons and Dragons core rulebooks will soon be available in an easy-to-lug digital edition. Instead of a stack of heavy paper-bound volumes, you'll be able to take your iPad or Android t...

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12:03
Experian makes it easy for someone to undo your...

Turns out Equifax isn't the only credit reporting agency with garbage security, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise at this point. As Brian Krebs reports on his security news website, Experian has a few issues too, namely some incredibly lax...

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11:42
How to ditch bad Wi-Fi info so Apple Watch Series 3...




The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE has a bug related to how it decides to stay on shoddy Wi-Fi, or shift to LTE. This can be remedied somewhat by cleaning up your known networks and not connecting to the some bad Wi-Fi hotspots in the first place -- here's how to do it.

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11:42
US allies accuse NSA of manipulating encryption...

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is in the global bad books again after allegations surfaced suggesting it was trying to manipulate international encryption standards. Reuters reports that it has seen interviews and emails from experts in countr...

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11:26
Nearly 1700 Aldi grocery stores gain support for...




iPhone and Apple Watch users shopping at Aldi grocery stores can now check out with Apple Pay at nearly 1,700 locations across the U.S., marking a significant expansion for Apple's tap-to-pay service.

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11:21
Dolby Atmos Coming to Apple TV in Future Update

The price for the new model (5th generation) starts at US$179 for 32GB. You can also opt for the 64GB model at US$199.


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11:21
Instagram's face filters are now available...

The face filters that Instagram swiped from Snapchat are now available on Instagram Live. Starting today, you can add filters before your Live feed airs or during with options that include various crowns and animal ears as well as pilot getup and and...

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11:06
Ford Motor Puts Design Strategy Under the HoloLens


Ford Motor Company has unveiled details about its use of Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality technology in the automotive design process. Ford's design teams have swapped out their clay-sculpting tools -- a staple of the automotive world since the 1930s, when Harley Earl introduced them at General Motors -- for mixed reality headsets and visualization software. Unlike with the clay models, which can weigh 5,000 or more pounds, designers with HoloLens can make instant changes to side mirrors, grilles, interiors and other vehicle elements.

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11:05
Apple TV 4K won't play 4K YouTube videos...




While the Apple TV 4K can play 4K videos from sources like iTunes and Netflix, that support is conspicuously missing from one of the most popular tvOS apps, YouTube.

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11:01
Prepping Your Old iPhone for Its New Owner

It doesn’t take much time, but following this procedure keeps your data safe and gives your iPhone’s new owner a fresh device.


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11:00
The universe's most energetic particles have...

The origin of cosmic rays has been a mystery to scientists since their detection over fifty years ago. One of the prevailing theories is that they come from the center of our galaxy. But now, a group of more than 400 scientists from eighteen differen...

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10:44
US music sales keep climbing thanks to streaming

Last year, streaming generated more money in the US for the music business than all other forms of distribution for the first time ever, and that trend is continuing in spades. In the first half of 2017, the industry raked in just under $4 billion, u...

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10:32
The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle: $49

Ready to get up to speed on coding for iOS 11? Check out today’s TMO deal: The Definitive iOS 11 Developer Bundle. It’s packed with 108 hours of tutorials to get hone your iOS 11 developer skills in Swift, machine learning, developing for the iPhone, and more. The online package is usually US$1,224, but you can get it for 95% off with our deal—that’s only $49.


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10:30
How Peggy Whitson stayed in shape for nine months...

Space is no place for battles of the bulge. That's why NASA insists on getting its astronauts into peak physical condition before sending them offworld. But aboard the ISS, in a living space the size of a football field, the human body will readily g...

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10:16
AirPods wireless charging case will be sold...

When Apple announced its new AirPower charging mat accessory alongside the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X– the first iPhones to support wireless charging– it also casually mentioned that AirPods would get a new optional wireless charging case. But otherwise details have been slim. Can you use your old AirPods with the new charging case? Will you be able to buy the case separately or only bundled together with new AirPods? And should you hold off on buying AirPods until Apple reveals more details about the new charging case?

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10:16
Understanding iOS 11 Control Center, ARKit’s...

Dave Hamilton and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to explain how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings work in iOS 11’s Control Center, plus Mr. B has a few complaints about ARKit.


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10:16
FTC lawsuit over D-Link’s lax router security just...

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took D-Link to court over its incredibly insufficient security. The FTC claimed that the company failed to protect its routers and IP cameras from unauthorized access, exposing them to use in botnet atta...

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10:02
Apple Pay comes to grocery store chain ALDI’s almost...

Apple regularly adds new banks and credit unions to support Apple Pay, but mobile payment adoption by major holdouts is a much slower process. Grocery store chain ALDI, however, announced today that it now accepts Apple Pay at its almost 1700 locations across the United States.

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10:00
Facebook's 'M' AI assistant will help...

Facebook had grand plans for its in-Messenger AI assistant, M, when it was launched in 2015. While the service hasn't quite yet lived up to the hype, the company is continually rolling out new features in a bid to make using it a fun experience, and...

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09:58
‘I was just doing my job’: Soviet officer who...

This is a truly terrifying story and, sadly, he never got the recognition and appreciation he deserved.

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09:48
Inside iOS 11: Cover Sheet mimics lock screen,...




The launch of iOS 11 brings about a convergence of the iPhone's Notification Center and Lock Screen for a new feature called Cover Sheet. Presenting a user's notifications and other events, the feature also offers a glimpse at how the new home-button-free iPhone X will work when it debuts in November.

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09:46
Roku reportedly has a 4K streaming stick on tap for...

Roku's getting ready for a new round of hardware updates this fall (we've previously reported on their interest in a smart speaker), and we have some news on what may be coming. According to Zats Not Funny, Roku will unveil a 4K HDR streaming stick w...

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09:42
Instagram brings its popular face filters to live...

In an update today to the social media service, Instagram is making its popular face filters available to users when sharing live video.

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09:36
OWC unveils new USB-C Travel Dock

OWC has announced the OWC USB-C Travel Dock, which lets you connect its integrated USB-C cable to a Mac or PC laptop or other computer to utilize its five ports of mobile connectivity from a dock small enough to fit in a pocket.

The included USB-C cable provides connectivity to the dock’s five ports for USB devices users need when traveling. It provides connectivity to USB devices through two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports to connect and power two USB devices, so users can have a full tablet and/or phone charge at all times. An HDMI port connects one 4K display, and an SD card slot allows users to access and store photos with one connection.

The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is available from Macsales and other retailers. It costs $49.99 and comes in gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold.

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09:31
OWC’s pocket-sized USB-C Travel Dock adds USB-A,...

OWC has unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of expansion docks for MacBooks with the new USB-C Travel Dock. Pocket-sized and priced affordably, USB-C Travel Dock adds two traditional USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and an SD Card reader over a single USB-C connection.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13″ MacBook Air $790, TP-Link...

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09:30
What if the Google-HTC deal is actually about voice...

The news is out: HTC and Google have finally consummated their ages-long flirtation with each other. In exchange for $1.1 billion in cash, HTC will hand over 2,000 employees to the search giant. These are the people who formed the bulk of the Taiwane...

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09:27
Apple’s Angela Ahrendt ranks 13th on FORTUNE’s ‘Most...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail stores, ranks 13th on FORTUNE’s "Most Powerful Women" list for 2017. Last year she placed 14th on the list, which is comprised of 26 CEOs controlling $1.1 trillion in market cap, seven newcomers, one returnee, and nine women in the tech industry. 

Here’s what FORTUNE has to say about Ahrendts: “ince being persuaded by Tim Cook to join Apple in 2014 (she previously led British fashion brand Burberry), Ahrendts has been heads down on the tech behemoth’s largest store redesign in 15 years. In May the company launched its long-awaited “Today at Apple” initiative, which seeks to supplement public education through free courses on everything from coding to music production to photography. Apple’s highest-ranking woman, she oversees 60,000 retail employees and is responsible for the in-store experiences of a more than a million daily customers. Research...

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09:20
London Costcutter trials finger-vein readers for...

The humble Costcutter supermarket at Brunel University in London has recently become home to a biometric payment system that allows customers to check out with a tap of their finger. The store's owner has begun trialling Sthaler's Fingopay system, wh...

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09:14
Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to '...

A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull...

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09:00
Royole's 'personal cinema' headset...

VR's not-so-meteoric rise has also revived interest in that most sci-fi of concepts: the personal cinema. A head-mounted display that lets you immerse yourself in a movie, blocking out the distractions of modern life. No matter if you're on a plane o...

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08:53
LIFX smarbulbs gain long-delayed support for Apple...




Several LIFX smartbulbs are now compatible with Apple's HomeKit, the company announced on Thursday, in a move which could bolster the company's attempts to compete with Philips' popular Hue series.

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08:47
Happy Hour Podcast 139 | Hands on with Apple Watch...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss 9to5Mac’s iPhone 8 / 8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3 reviews, favorite app updates for iOS 11, and best features in iOS 11 / watchOS 4 / tvOS 11.

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

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08:46
Here’s What You Need to Know About the iPhone and...

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X all support wireless charging. Here’s what you need to know.


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08:28
Review: OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 12 I/O ports and...

The promise of Apple’s USB-C laptop future is expandability, versatility and flexibility. Plugging in single-device dongles for USB and HDMI is a stop-gap, but is wasting the potential of the port.

The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock ($299) better fulfills the idea: one port, one cable, provides power and a multitude of inputs and outputs like normal USB, a 3.5mm jack, SD card, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet and more. It isn’t perfect, but I’ve been using it for months now with my MacBook Pro and it adds so much convenience and utility. Read on for my full review …

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08:15
∞ The 70 most influential visual effects films of...

What an interesting list, not necessarily of good movies but of movies that had visual excellence.

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08:13
AAPL share price dives after Apple Watch Series 3,...

Shares in AAPL were sharply lower at the start of trading this morning on negative news about two new products; the Apple Watch Series 3 (which begins shipping tomorrow) and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

For the Apple Watch Series 3, the bad news was that early reviewers had issues with the device not connecting to LTE networks -- oddly enough, an issue caused by the Wi-Fi connectivity of the device. 

An Apple spokesperson told The Verge -- which had panned the Watch in a review based on the technical issues -- that "We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release."

As the Watch will be in the hands of many early adopters tomorrow, the need for a fast fix is imperative for Apple. With the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the "issue" isn't really a surprise. Orders for the two new iPhones are slower than they...

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08:10
News: iPhone X production faces further ‘incremental...

Apple’s new iPhone X is experiencing an “incremental delay” in its build plans that will likely delay production until mid-October, according to a new investor note obtained by Barron’s. The note reveals that production of the flagship iPhone doesn’t appear to have started yet, and the mid-October production start represents a one-month delay compared to previous expectations. The investor note primarily concerns itself…

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