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Wednesday February 14

08:25
Apple News generates little income for smaller...




Apple's editorial team reportedly takes pitches from large reporting venues on a private Slack channel, and a team of about a dozen staffers decide if the story lives or dies on Apple News, and as a result, what makes money from being spotlighted on the service.

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08:12
Deals: 256GB 13" MacBook Pro for $1,349; DJI...




Today only, save $350 on DJI's Mavic Pro Fly More Combo at B&H, now just $949. Apple's latest 13" MacBook Pros are also $150 to $200 off with no tax outside NY and NJ. Meanwhile, new DirecTV Now subscribers can snap up a free Apple TV 4K with three months of prepaid service (as low as $105).

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08:09
News: Apple developing drama based on life of NBA...

Apple is developing a scripted drama series based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant, Variety reports. Similar to the series the company produced about Dr. Dre, the new show will explore Durant’s early basketball experiences as an amateur athlete, with an added focus on the “lives of the players, their families, and coaches.” The show — titled “Swagger” — is being produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine…

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07:59
Report: Apple News editors field pitches from...

Not much is publicly known about the team of editors behind Apple’s News app on iOS, and now The Information has a new report (paywalled) that includes new details on how it operates. According to the piece, Apple’s small editorial staff fields pitches from publications for features using Slack, and the result can be an influx of traffic for publishers.

more…

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07:46
News: Facebook using iOS app to promote VPN ‘...

Users choosing the “Protect” option in the Facebook iOS app are being sent to download a VPN app that also allows Facebook to track their phone use, TechCrunch reports. Facebook acquired Onavo Protect and its VPN technology in 2013, but iOS users in the U.S. are just starting to see the redirect link in the main Facebook app that leads to the Onavo Protect – VPN Security app in the App Store. The app promises to safeguard private information…

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07:43
OmniOutliner 3 for iPhone, iPad Includes Scripting...

The Omni Group released OmniOutliner 3 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, and it’s loaded with features that bring it in line with OmniOutliner 5 for the Mac.


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07:35
Akitio Thunder3 10G network adapter adds 10 gigabit...




Enclosure manufacturer Akitio has started to ship the Thunder3 10G Network Adapter, an accessory for an iMac or MacBook Pro offering connectivity to an ethernet network at speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, all passing through a Mac's Thunderbolt 3 port.

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07:08
Pinterest iOS app now allows you to rearrange pins,...

Pinterest is rolling out an update to its iOS and Android apps to allow greater control over your content.

At the bottom level, you’ll be able to rearrange pins – something the company says has been one of its most-requested features …

more…

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07:06
YouTube TV hikes prices for new subscribers, adds...




Google's YouTube TV on Wednesday announced the long-awaited addition of Turner networks to its lineup, though new subscribers will soon have to pay a higher monthly fee.

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06:58
Katana-Air, the world’s first totally wireless...

[VIDEO] Where have you been all my life? So much to love about this idea. I hope it becomes a standard.

Of particular note, it is motion activated. Pick up your guitar, the amp turns on.

Video embedded in main Loop post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
Only 19% of IT professionals believe Apple products...

Spiceworks has announced the results of a new survey that examines how businesses are securing their data and devices on corporate and public Wi-Fi networks. It revealed the perceived Wi-Fi risks associated with traditional computing devices is much lower, particularly among Apple products. 

Only about 19% of IT professionals believe Apple laptops, tablets, and smartphones are very to extremely vulnerable to Wi-Fi based attacks. This compares to 30% who believe Windows and Android devices are very to extremely vulnerable.

The Spiceworks survey show that IT professionals consider IoT [Internet of Things] devices the most vulnerable to Wi-Fi-based attacks, yet 50% of organizations have IoT devices connected to their Wi-Fi network. The findings indicate that although organizations are taking steps to increase Wi-Fi security, many IT professionals aren't confident in their ability to keep corporate data secure on IoT...

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06:39
Skydio launches R1 – an autonomous flying drone that...

From Drone DJ:

The Skydio R1 drone has been years in the making but it is here now! Our sister site, Electrek, first wrote about it when one of the senior engineers left Tesla to join the then start-up drone company.

What makes the R1 drone unlike any other drone you’ve seen, is its advanced obstacle avoidance system, the Skydio Autonomy Engine. With 12 cameras, the R1 creates a 3D map of its surroundings and tries to predict the movements of its subject, i.e. a skier, runner, biker, up to 4 seconds into the future so that it can follow the subject while keeping it in the center of the frame and avoiding obstacles at the same time. Impossible you say? Wait until you watch the video...

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06:39
Future iPhones destined for Chinese market may draw...




If a new supply chain report is accurate, Apple is discussing a flash memory buy from Yangtze Memory Technologies for iPhones specifically destined for the Chinese market.

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06:38
How to connect your Apple TV to HomePod, use HomePod...

Terrific article from iMore’s Lory Gil. Long story short:

  • On Apple TV, go to home screen (this next step only works from the home screen).
  • On Apple TV remote, hold down pause button for 3 seconds or so.
  • When AirPlay menu appears, select your HomePod. This will route Apple TV audio to HomePod.

Now go play a movie. The audio should be coming out of your HomePod. If you are watching in front of your TV, this isn’t really ideal, but if you are moving around, perhaps working in the kitchen with a long view of the TV screen, this can be terrifically convenient.

Now that audio is piped into your HomePod, you can say things to HomePod Siri like:

  • Volume 60 (that sets the volume to 60%)
  • Pause (pauses the video playback)
  • Go back 20 seconds

Good stuff.

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06:29
Jamf releases Jamf Pro 10.2, earns Gartner...

Jamf has released Jamf Pro 10.2, its enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution for Apple devices, which expands on the patch management framework by adding support for external patch sources. 

Users can now leverage patch reporting, patch notifications and patch policies for any third-party or in-house software titles hosted on an external source, while keeping all third-party software up to date and secure with both Jamf-managed and external patch sources. 

 Additionally, Jamf was recognized alongside Cisco and Google as a 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for EMM Suites, with a 4.6 out of 5 rating based on 135 reviews. The distinction is based on reviews by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of end-user reviews and the overall user ratings.

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06:26
How to Control iTunes on Your Mac from Your Apple...

Controlling your Mac’s iTunes playback from your Apple Watch is incredibly easy, but you’ve gotta set it up first! In today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to walk you through the process, which we don’t suggest using to annoy your housemates by switching music from afar. (Just kidding—we totally suggest doing that.)


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06:23
Qualcomm unveils 2-gigabit LTE modem amid rumors...




Qualcomm on Wednesday revealed the Snapdragon X24, its latest LTE modem for mobile devices, with peak download speeds hitting 2 gigabits per second -- though Apple may choose to forego the technology in its next iPhones.

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06:22
Analyst: Apple to ship 100 million 6.1-inch LCD...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will ship 100 million iPhones in the second half of 2018.

He thinks the built of those as coming from a new 6.1-inch, LCD smartphone that will be priced between $699 and $799. The analyst is unsure if this model will replace both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, though he thinks it’s possible. However, since it will have an LCD screen, it will be less expensive than the OLED iPhone X.

Kuo thinks Apple will introduce at least three new smartphones this year, all of which will sport Face ID and ditch the home button. In addition to a successor to the iPhone X and the LCD model, Apple is also purportedly planning an iPhone X variant with a 6.5-inch OLED display.

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06:13
Apple may buy NAND flash chips from China’s Yangtze...

Apple is in talks with China-backed Yangtze Memory Technologies to buy NAND flash chips, reports the Nikkei Asian Review (https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Apple-in-talks-for-first-order-from-a-Chinese-chipmaker) It would be Apple's first-ever purchase from a Chinese memory chipmaker.

It’s not clear if Apple is under pressure from Beijing, but one industry insider tells Nikkei Asian Review that Chinese deals like this are sure to help the company boost its business in that country. Currently, no China-baed company is producing memory chips. Yangtze's first lines aren't set to begin until sometime this year.

The earliest an Apple deal might happen would be 2019. However, 2020 would be a more likely scenario, according to the report. Apple will use these chips in new iPhone models and other products for sale in the Chinese domestic...

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06:11
Apple buying Chinese storage chips for iPhones ‘in...

A brief report claims that Apple will be adding a Chinese NAND storage chip supplier to its roster. The company has in the past bought these chips from Toshiba, SK Hynix and Samsung, but is now said to be in talks with Yangtze Memory Technologies.

The report is light on detail, but does make one interesting claim …

more…

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06:11
Apple Music to release “Cash Money” documentary...

[VIDEO] Billboard:

After numerous delays, Apple has finally confirmed that Before Anythang: The Cash Money Story will release on their Apple Music streaming platform on Friday. The Cash Money documentary will feature Bryan “Birdman” Williams narrating his childhood and what inspired him to change his life’s trajectory by launching the mythical label back in 1991.

Cash Money is home to prominent artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. An amazing, compelling story. Trailer embedded in the main Loop post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Apple developing series called “Swagger”, based on...

Variety:

The series is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences. It will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches.

The series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television along with Durant’s Thirty Five Media. Durant and Grazer will executive produce, along with Imagine’s Francie Calfo and Thirty Five Media’s Rich Kleiman.

Eddy Cue is a huge basketball fan, a die-hard Golden State Warriors fan, and a fan and friend of Warriors’ star Kevin Durant. From this New York Times article:

Another incident that stirred an online reaction came when a fan stood up and seemingly shouted at Rihanna to sit down. Numerous commenters declared they found his behavior disrespectful.

Internet sleuths soon identified...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: WhiteSmoke Premium, Lifetime...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering a Lifetime Subscription to WhiteSmoke Premium for only $69.99 — that’s 82% off the regular price. This intelligent, all-in-one spelling, style & grammar app helps you write with fewer errors, checking your work for errors so you’ll never send off a bad e-mail again. It’s compatible with all browsers and also includes a translator for over 50 languages, so you can perfect your…

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05:57
Hands On: OmniOutliner 3 for iPad organizes...




OmniOutliner 3 is a brainstorming app as well as a writer's tool, and with Wednesday's update brings a pared down Essentials options to the iPad. AppleInsider delves into what's good and bad about the new release.

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05:35
Comment: The FBI’s warning against Huawei...

The heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and three other US intelligence agencies have warned Americans not to buy Huawei smartphones, or indeed any other Huawei products and services.

The reason is somewhat ironic in view of the agency’s battle with Apple …

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05:20
Apple spotlights apps using ARKit’s capabilities on...

Apple has launched a new page on its website dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of augmented reality on iOS, made possible by the introduction of ARKit in 2017. The new page highlights several apps in the areas of productivity, gaming, and learning that have embraced AR in unique or novel ways.

more…

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05:17
Apple expected to ship 100M 6.1" LCD iPhone...




Adding to expectations that the new 6.1-inch iPhone with LCD display will be a blockbuster success, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said on Wednesday that he expects the company will ship a whopping 100 million units in the second half of 2018.

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05:00
Apple granted another patent for a networked media...

Quit teasing us, Apple! The tech giant has been granted another patent (number 9,894,505) involving a home server (you can read about another one here. This one is dubbed “networked media station.”

It involves a networked media station that would provide features such as a wireless network interface, a wired network interface, a peripheral interface, and a multimedia interface. The wireless network interface(s) allows the device to communicate to serve as a wireless base station or repeater and/or a bridge between a wireless and a wired network. 

The peripheral interface allows the device to communicate with a variety of peripherals, and, in conjunction with the network interface(s), allows sharing of a peripheral among multiple networked computers. The multimedia interface allows the device to be used with entertainment devices...

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04:46
More audiophile praise for the HomePod as...

There has been much debate about the audio quality of the HomePod. The majority of reviews have praised the speaker for its sound quality (if not for its smarts), but there have been some dissenting voices.

Some audiophiles have been dismissive of HomePod – often, it seems, without having listened to it – but others have been impressed. And a new set of tests using professional-grade equipment found that the speaker fully lives up to the claims...

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04:30
Brother Mobile Solutions’ PocketJet 7 is a...

Brother Mobile Solutions’ PocketJet 7 mobile printer line offers full-page mobile printing solutions with an Freedom Architecture that ensures across-the-board software compatibility, resulting in “instantaneous interoperability” with smartphones, tablets and PCs built on macOS, iOS, Android, and Windows.

That’s convenient. Also convenient is the fact that they’re ready to print out-of-the-box without the need for additional software development or operating system drivers.

The PocketJet 7 also has support for Apple AirPrint wireless technology on the PJ-773 model and the Bluetooth PJ-763MFi model, enabling users to seamlessly print from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The PocketJet line boasts a physical configuration that a customer’s work environment requires – mounted in a vehicle, transportable to a job site, carried in a case, or stowed in a backpack. Plus,...

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04:00
How to listen to music on an HomePod

If there’s one thing the HomePod is great for, it’s listening to music. Here are your options on how to do this with Apple’s wireless speaker.

  • To hear something you’ll like, say “Hey Siri, play some music.” Apple Music learns your taste and uses it to choose which songs to play for you. To help Apple Music learn what you like, say “Hey Siri, I like this” when you hear a song you’d like to add to your preferences. 
  • How to listen to a song. Got some music in mind? Just ask. Say, for example, “Hey Siri, play the theme from La La Land” or “Hey Siri, play Lamar Kendrick’s newest album." You can also ask for songs and playlists from your iTunes library. To hear the same song as interpreted by other artists, say “Hey Siri, play the other version.”
  • To listen by artist, genre, activity, or mood, ask for a specific artist, or a genre of music such as Latin jazz. You can also ask for the vibe you want. For example, say “Hey Siri, play some party music,” or get...
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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 14, 2018

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Peak has released AR Flashcards Abraham Lincoln, their new augmented reality app for iOS devices. Users can place a full sized Abraham Lincoln on the ground and watch him recite the Gettysburg Address. Users can also place doorways on the ground and step through them with their device to suddenly be transported to real historical places that Lincoln grew up in. AR Flashcards Abraham Lincoln is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

macOS Apps/Updates

Jumsoft has updated Money, their popular personal finance management app for...

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03:15
Security researchers locate vulnerability in Skype...

This might be something that Microsoft wants to look into and fix.

The current version of Skype feature a security flaw that could let an attacker gain control of Mac, Windows, and Linux computers. The company has stated that it isn’t planning on fixing the flaw, at least for now, because it amounts to rewriting the entire app update installer.

The security flaw is in the app update installer, and if exploited, could let attackers gain administrator level access even if the victim is logged into their computer as a standard user. From there, they can copy and delete files, install other apps, access personal information, and more.

Microsoft was made aware of the security hole in September of 2017 and has been able to reproduce it on their own computers according to security researcher Stefan Kanthak:

The engineers provided me with an update on this case. They’ve reviewed the code and were able to reproduce the issue, but have determined that the fix...

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03:00
Apple adds live news feature to iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11....

Website and Internet concept with news word on four paper post it isolated on white background.

You can now access the news a bit easier through your iOS device or Apple TV.

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iOS device users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

From the main screen, click the “Watch Now” tab, then screen down past the “Up Next” section to access the “What to Watch” recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red “Live” banner on the thumbnail image.

You’ll have had to installed the network news app of your choice to watch the desired live news feed.

Upon tapping on the live feed, you’ll then be taken to the app to play it...

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02:11
KGI: Apple estimated to sell 100 million units of...

KGI continues to double-down on its claims on what the 2018 iPhone lineup will comprise. The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will apparently resemble the iPhone X with a similar full-screen design but at a more accessible price for customers; the analyst expects this new iPhone to be priced to replace iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as cheap as $699.

The LCD 6.1-inch iPhone will use slightly less premium components, such as an aluminium frame instead of stainless steel. Nevertheless, given that it looks like a top-end iPhone in style, KGI believes the lower entry point will make it Apple’s most popular 2018 device and see total sales around 100 million units.

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Tuesday February 13

19:49
Apple's wearables business nearly size of...




Apple CEO Tim Cook provided a bit of color on the company's wearables business during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, saying combined Apple Watch, AirPods and Beats headphones revenue is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company.

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19:41
Flipboard CEO calls Apple News a ‘product living in...

Speaking at the Code Media conference today, Flipboard CEO and co-founder Mike McCue had some choice words for Apple and its Apple News platform. Flipboard, of course, is the news curation app with which Apple News directly competes…

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18:50
Flipboard CEO knocks Apple News for closed ecosystem...




Flipboard CEO Mike McCue had a few choice words for segment competitor Apple News, describing Apple's news service as "living in the past" because it does not curate media, offers no social sharing integrations and lacks other features that would set it apart in the crowded space.

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18:28
Facebook announces new Messenger features to help...

Starting when the clock officially turns to February 14th in your location, Facebook Messenger will offer a slew of Valentine’s Day features for those couples who are madly in love. The company announced the features in a blog post, saying that they allow for you to “feel the love with Messenger.”

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17:22
Highlights from Apple’s shareholders meeting

The shareholders meeting is typical a recap of what happened with the company over the last year, as well as voting on proposals. Typically, not much happens, but if you want a recap you can read this.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:07
Universal Audio releases the Helios Type 69 preamp...

Whether it was housed at Olympic in London, Musicland in Munich, or in the famed Rolling Stones’ mobile studio, the Helios Type 69 console was at the center of hundreds of iconic albums from rock’s “Golden Age.” From must-own albums by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Pink Floyd, to Bob Marley and the Wailers, David Bowie, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC, the Type 69 delivered fat, unmistakable attitude, with a punchy midrange and an assertive growl.

The Helios was legendary.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:43
Acoustic testing finds HomePod's adaptive audio...




In its advertising push for HomePod, Apple has touted its smart speaker as capable of delivering consistent sound to listeners positioned anywhere in a given room. New testing backs up those claims, and offers insight into how the company accomplished such a feat.

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15:34
027: Shareholders meeting recap, Kevin Durant on...

Today we’ve a recap of Apple’s 2018 meeting of shareholders from Steve Jobs Theater, Apple picking up a new TV show starring NBA’s Kevin Durant, and two useful HomePod tips.

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

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/9to5mac-daily-02-13-2018.mp3

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15:34
As HomePod proves divisive, what smart speaker do...

It’s no secret that HomePod has been one of the more divisive Apple products to launch in recent years. Whether it’s because of sound quality or Siri capabilities, people either love Apple’s smart speaker or hate it.

Now, we’re curious: If you’ve had the chance to try HomePod and some of its competitors, what smart speaker do you think sounds best?

more…

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13:30
Apple World Today News Update: February 13, 2018

Today was Apple's annual shareholder meeting, held at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus. As a result, today's podcast covers just one topic -- the shareholder meeting, the agenda of the meeting, and comments made by shareholders and the Apple executives during the meeting. 

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 to the AWT News Update podcast for Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  

Today’s podcast is on one topic only — Apple’s shareholder meeting that was held at the Steve Jobs Theatre on the Apple Park campus this morning.  As usual, the...

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12:14
Voters shoot down human rights committee proposal at...




A proposal to create an Apple human rights committee was defeated in voting during Tuesday's shareholders meeting, AppleInsider can confirm.

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12:10
Facebook’s ‘Protect’ feature on iOS essentially...

Facebook is rolling out a new security feature called Protect to many users of its iOS app. While the name might make unknowing users feel good about installing the associated free app, the Facebook owned VPN is designed to collect and analyze user data to “improve Facebook products and services.”

more…

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11:59
News: Report: Apple Watch sales overtake entire...

Worldwide shoppers in the fourth quarter of 2017 bought more watches from Apple than from every watchmaker in Switzerland combined, according to a new analysis from Statista. While Business Insider still notes that China still sells more watches than any other single country, the Swiss produce the iconic watch brands like Rolex and Swatch that have been staples in the industry for decades. The fact that Apple beat all those watchmakers combined over…

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11:54
The Boston Dynamics robot can now open doors. Great.

I saw this video yesterday. This is just a horror movie waiting to be filmed. So creepy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:44
Skype bug could allow malicious attacker ‘system’...

A nasty Skype bug could allow a malicious attacker to gain “system” level access, if exploited. The bug is applicable on both macOS and Windows desktop platforms.

more…

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11:20
Kevin Durant's life and times to be chronicled...




In its continuing bid to produce content to expand services revenue, Apple has commissioned a drama based on basketball star Kevin Durant's life.

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10:55
The Fall Part 2: Unbound is now out for the Mac,...

Over The Moon has launched its sequel The Fall Part 2: Unbound on Mac, PlayStation4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Linux platforms. It’s the sequel to the award-winning original game (not surprisingly called The Fall) the second chapter in a planned trilogy.

Here’s how the game is described: “The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a hybrid of haunting metroidvania exploration merged with brain teasing point-and-click adventure puzzles and a healthy dose of chilling hard sci-fi. This sequel picks up right where its predecessor left off as we follow the exploits of A.R.I.D., a rogue AI who’s rewritten its protocol to follow one rule: “save myself”. The new parameters of A.R.I.D.’s programming have allowed her the ability to possess new hosts including a posh, reality-divorced Butler, a sexy service Companion, and a mysterious combat drone known as One.’

You can buy the Mac version at ...

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10:45
Apple developing a drama series based on the life of...

Apple is developing a drama series dubbed Swagger that’s based on the early life and career of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, reports Variety.

The article says the series is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences. It will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches. The series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television along with Durant’s Thirty Five Media. 

This will be Apple’s ninth scripted pickup. Click here for more info on the company's TV plans.

Durant plays for the Golden State Warriors. He’s won an NBA championship, an NBA Most Valuable Player Award, the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most...

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10:45
Apple working on ‘Swagger’ TV show starring Kevin...

Apple is working on a TV show starring NBA superstar Kevin Durant, Variety reports. The show is dubbed “Swagger” and will be produced by Imagine Television and Durant’s Thirty Five Media.

more…

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10:39
AAPL shareholders meeting recap: Wearables business...

As scheduled, Apple’s annual shareholders meeting took place at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park today. The 2018 Annual Meeting of Shareholders — previously held at Town Hall at 1 Infinite Loop — is the first to take place at Apple’s new campus. While there were no surprises during the voting procedure, Apple CEO Tim Cook did throw out a few tidbits regarding Apple Watch, Apple Pay, who might replace him one day, and much more.

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10:37
Apple shareholders nix proposals for director...

At its annual meeting (held today), two Apple shareholder proposals weren't approved. Also, CEO Tim Cook downplayed a suggestion that the company might issue a special dividend to shareholders with some of the $285 billion in cash that the company is now able to bring back from overseas.

A proxy access measure sought reconsideration of the company's rules for shareholder nomination of directors, that currently say a group of no more than 20 shareholders have to hold a 3% stake to nominate. That measure failed with 67.8% against. Meanwhile, a call for a human rights committee that would report its oversight to the public failed with 94.4% opposed. 

Shareholders did approve four company-proposed measures, including a required "say on pay" vote for executive compensation.

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10:27
How to play anything on your HomePod, including...




Apple's HomePod may be limited in connectivity, but thanks to its support for the legacy AirPlay standard, it's possible to connect basically anything you want to it over Wi-Fi. One of the best ways to do this is with the Airfoil app, available from longtime Mac developer Rogue Amoeba.

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09:39
Consumer Reports' dismissal of HomePod a...




Testing stalwart Consumer Reports declared this week that Apple's HomePod falls behind Google's Home Max -- and even the Sonos One -- in terms of audio quality. To anyone who knows the publication's controversial history with Apple products, that conclusion is utterly unsurprising.

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09:27
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Leather iPhone Cases $36,...

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

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09:27
Canon’s and Nikon’s crazy DSLR stockpiles at the...

This story pops up every Olympics and every Olympics, I marvel at the incredible amount of hardware the big boys of DSLR bring to support their shooters.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:24
Samsung's Galaxy S9 expected to copy iPhone X...




Looking to keep up with Apple's iPhone X, Samsung is planning to add an animoji-like "3D emoji" feature to the Galaxy S9 premiering later this month, according to a Korean report.

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09:24
News: Apple provides sneak peek inside lab where...

After yesterday’s look at the insides of a HomePod that iFixit ripped apart, today brings a tale from The Loop that includes a peek at all the parts preassembly — and the lab where they were all crafted. Kate Bergeron, Apple’s Vice President for Hardware Engineering, gave the publication a look at the company’s audio lab, where the HomePod and all other sound-related projects from Apple have come to life. Bergeron said the HomePod…

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09:23
Koogeek LS1 Smart Light Strip: HomeKit-compatible...

LED light strips are nothing new; Philips has had them in its lineup of Hue lighting products for several years. But up until this time, LED light strips have been rather pricy — the Hue strip starts at $90 — and have often been incompatible with Apple’s HomeKit home automation framework. Koogeek has introduced the 2 meter long (78.7 inches) LS-1 LED light strip that works with Apple HomeKit, can offer 16 million choices of color, and has a suggested retail price of just $38.99. Apple World Today had an opportunity to try out the LS1 LED Light Strip and will definitely be a popular item once it’s available on Amazon

Design
Like most LED light strips, the LS1 has a deceptively simple design. It uses a  flexible silicone strip with 60 5050 SMD LEDs embedded in it, with a 3M adhesive tape on the back. Not only can the strip...

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08:34
Canary home security cameras now work with Amazon...

Canary has announced that its home security camera system now works with Amazon Alexa devices with screens including Echo Spot and compatible Fire TVs. Alexa support lets you use voice to view live video from connected cameras. While the company is shipping Echo integration, Canary is still not offering a clear roadmap for when Apple HomeKit support may be coming.

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08:32
News: Just-funded Plux wireless charging pad will...

With Apple’s AirPower charging pad still yet to be released, competitors have been popping up with their own offerings that provide more features at what could prove to be a lower cost. The recently funded Plux is one of them, offering a 10W fast charging Qi-compatible multi-device charging pad large enough for an iPhone, AirPods and an Apple Watch. The pad also comes with a stand converter that allows for the use of Face ID and Nightstand Mode.…

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08:15
Apple Watch holiday sales volume beat entire Swiss...




More Apple Watches shipped in the fourth quarter of 2017 than the entire Swiss watch industry, a report claims, showing the Apple-produced wearable device is still growing in popularity, though analysis also indicates the Apple Watch still has some way to go before it can outpace Swiss watches on an annual basis.

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08:04
Samsung is planning to copy Animoji on the Galaxy S9...

Whenever Apple debuts a unique feature, it’s inevitable that it eventually gets picked up by others. We’ve seen this time and time again, and with the debut of the iPhone X and its Animoji, others are copying. According to a new report, Samsung will be doing just that with its next flagship.

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07:54
Plux wireless charger aims to beat AirPower at its...

Apple's AirPower charger isn't here yet, but promises -- at a cost of $199 -- to give owners of the iPhone 8/8 Plus/X, Apple Watch, and (with a special case) AirPods a way to wirelessly charge their mobile Apple gear. Plux has an Indiegogo campaign currently running that plans to beat Apple's charger with more features and a much lower price point.

Plux is designed to charge a Qi-equipped iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time, with up to 10W of power. The power is important for fast charging, as Apple's own device will apparently deliver on 7.5W to the devices. Included in the $39 "Super Early Bird" perk is the Plux wireless charging pad, a Type C cable for connecting the device to a power source, a stand converter that can place the charging pad in a vertical position, and a wireless receiver and holder for the AirPods.

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07:37
News: iHeartRadio editorial content added to Apple...

Apple News now features editorial content from iHeartRadio, according to a recent blog post from the music and news provider. While mainly known for its music service, iHeartRadio also generates news content on everything from entertainment and celebrity gossip to sports and politics. The new content is featured in the Entertainment section of Apple News, and iHeartRadio’s radio service is also available on iOS, Apple TV and through CarPlay....

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07:33
ABI Research: Apple, Google offerings pose serious...

In a competitive study of smart home voice control platforms, ABI Research finds that Alexa currently leads the market. This is due mostly to the market deployment footprint and scale it enjoys. However, Amazon faces well positioned and strengthening challenges to its dominance, especially in multi-language support, according to the research group.

ABI Research says Amazon is the current front-runner when it comes to smart home voice control device shipments and in the breadth of partnerships that bring the Alexa platform to a wide-range of additional smart home devices and applications. However, both Google and Apple are extending their mobile device voice control platforms into the smart home, and they both have the existing user base, knowledge base, and solid regional language support to push Amazon out of the ring. Supporting multiple languages is now becoming a key function and challengers Apple (with Siri),...

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07:32
Apple's shift in iOS development pace about...




Apple's "cultural shift" towards spacing out new features in iOS is more a natural function of development scale, and not really the revolution some people might perceive it to be, according to a noted former Microsoft Windows president.

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07:23
AAPL stock climbs to $162 ahead of Apple’s...

AAPL stock has climbed to $162 ahead of this morning’s annual shareholder meeting in the Steve Jobs Theater inside the Apple Park campus grounds …

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07:20
New Mac app brings real-time WYSIWYG interface to...

Karl Traunmueller has released Compositor 1.0, a new Mac app that brings WYSIWYG [what you see is what you get] features to the LaTeX document preparation system widely used in academia for preparation of scientific and technical publications. 

Editing and viewing are fully integrated. The document is typeset with every keystroke the user makes, and the results are displayed immediately, according to Traunmueller.

Compositor works with macOS 10.11 or newer. A fully-functional 60-day free trial is available for download from the product's website. Licenses can be purchased from the product's online store at an early-adopter price of $19. The purchase includes all future updates, including major version updates. There are currently no plans to support Windows or Linux platforms, says Traunmueller.

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07:01
Android-powered Essential Phone estimated to have...




Despite being one of the first handsets on the market with an edge-to-edge display, the Essential Phone, pioneered by former Android chief Andy Rubin, failed to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone X in any meaningful way, with one new estimate suggesting just 88,000 units were shipped last year.

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06:56
Verdant Skies is a new, macOS compatible life...

Howling Moon Software has announced Verdant Skies, its latest game title for macOS and Windows. It’s a $19.99 life simulation game in which you can customize artwork, dialogue, items, crafting recipes and more.

In Verdant Skies, you're on Viridus Primus, an alien world filled with wildlife and possibility. As you build a home for yourself, you spend your days fishing, painting and combining genes from various crops so they flourish. You make friends with a cast of colonists, deepening your relationships as you work together in this exotic world.

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06:56
Apple's 2018 shareholder meeting today, held...




Later this morning, Apple is holding its 42nd annual shareholder meeting at its new Apple Park facilities for the first time, offering some members of the public a glimpse inside its new headquarters. However, this year attending the meeting requires a pre-arranged registration; shareholders of record who simply show up have been put on notice that the event is already at capacity.

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06:55
Adobe updates Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic, XD...

In a series of blog posts today, Adobe outlined changes and improvements announced for their Lightroom CC ecosystem and XD prototyping tool.

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06:47
∞ The long lost ’80s Siri instructional video

[VIDEO] I’ma just leave this here (well, actually, in the main Loop post). Well played, Squirrel Monkey.

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06:42
How to use Shazam with Siri on HomePod

If there’s music playing and there’s a HomePod in the room, chances are that music is coming from HomePod. But there may be times when you’ve got some background music coming from another source (your TV, say) and you want to identify the tune.

I am used to asking Siri on my iPhone to identify background music. Typically, I’ll fire up Siri and say:

What song is this?

But trying to get HomePod Siri to identify a song playing in the background proved tricky. I tried everything I could think of. No dice.

Fortunately, 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo figured this out. To ask HomePod’s version of Siri to identify a background song, say:

Hey Siri, Shazam this.

Works every time. Weird to me that none of the more standard ways work. I hope we don’t end up with a Siri dialect problem, where users have to remember which command works on which version of Siri...

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06:25
How to AirPlay audio from your Mac to HomePod

One piece of FUD I encounter again and again is that you can’t play competing streaming services, such as Spotify, on your HomePod.

There is an element of truth there, as Apple Music is currently the only first class citizen on HomePod. But you can AirPlay pretty much anything you can play on your Mac or iOS device to HomePod. Even Spotify.

What you lose when you AirPlay to HomePod is the ability for Siri to control the music. Though you can ask Siri to change the volume (“Siri Volume 25” to set volume at 25%, for example), you can’t get Siri to pause playback or skip to the next track. With AirPlay, you’ll need to use your iPhone or Mac to control the flow.

I wonder what magic is cooking for AirPlay 2. Will AirPlay 2 give Siri the ability to control track flow? If so, will Apple enable that gift for Spotify?

For the specifics of AirPlay on your Mac,...

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06:24
Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with...

Amazon wants to cut the lag time between your asking Alexa a question and the virtual assistant giving you an answer. According to a report by The Information, the online retailer is developing its own artificial intelligence chips to be used in Echo devices and other hardware. If successfully created and deployed, these AI chips would allow more voice-based requests to be processed on-device rather than going to the cloud.

Currently, Alexa needs to contact the cloud to interpret commands. That's why there's a short delay after you ask the virtual assistant a question—she...

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06:21
Apple invention involves a docking station that...

Apple has been granted yet another patent (number 9,891,719) involving a gesture-based user interface (you can see a list of the others here). However, this one involves a docking station and, unlike some previous ones, doesn’t seem to involve the Mac. Just iPhones and iPads.

The invention involves a docking station configured to mate to an electronic device that enables methods of interacting with the electronic device by impacting (e.g., knocking) on a table on which the device and/or the docking station are disposed and by means of contactless gestures. The electronic device may remain in a powered off state while the docking station continuously monitors for user input. The docking station may have a processor that can detect a user's impact and contactless gesture inputs.

In the patent filing, Apple says that docking...

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06:08
iFixit’s brilliant HomePod teardown

[VIDEO] Not sure how long iFixit has been posting teardown videos, but this one (embedded in the main Loop post) is the first I’ve seen. Brilliant to be able to watch someone tear this tech down to the nubs.

So much to learn about the work and material that goes into HomePod. That outer mesh is magical. I wonder how they manufacture it.

One thing that is clear: This sucker is tough to take apart. It’s no wonder Apple charges $279 to repair or replace a broken, out-of-warranty HomePod.

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06:06
The Apple Watch tops the Swiss in holiday watch...

As this chart by Statista shows, Apple shipped more watches during the holiday quarter last year than the entire Swiss watch industry exported, marking the first time Apple topped the entire export output of the industry's traditional home.

For all of 2017, the Swiss exported more watches than Apple shipped, and the Chinese still make far more watches than anyone. But as the data indicates, Apple is rapidly gaining ground, notes Business Insider.

According to estimates by market research firm Canalys, the Apple...

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06:04
Foxconn branching out from iPhones into more...

iPhone assembler Foxconn is seeking to diversify its production lines as it says the smartphone market has become stagnant. The company currently relies on Apple for around half of its revenue, but has ambitious plans for even higher-end manufacturing …

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Paww WaveSound 2.1 Low Latency...

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering the Paww WaveSound 2.1 Low Latency Bluetooth 4.2 Over Ear Headphones for only $69.99 — that’s 46% off the regular price. Designed for those who appreciate good audio quality mixed with superior design elements, these headphones use start-of-the-art wireless technologies and comfort-enhancing features to give you the freedom to listen to your music when, where, and how you want. Bluetooth…

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06:00
Google is testing its fast-loading AMP tech inside...

At this point, Gmail is pretty much the only email provider anyone uses, but that doesn't mean that Google can rest upon its laurels. The company is now experimenting with its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) tools to bring email into the 21st century....

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05:57
∞ Apple adds three new videos to their official...

[VIDEO] The videos (embedded in the main Loop post) are:

  • How to shoot a Portrait selfie on iPhone X
  • How to edit a Portrait selfie on iPhone X
  • How to create a bouncing Live Photo on iPhone

All three are found on Apple’s official iPhone photography page. If you’ve never explored that page, take a minute to look it over. Lots of helpful tips.

This is excellent marketing on Apple’s part, the first two a subtle and, I think, effective push towards the iPhone X.

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05:52
TrendForce: iPhone annual production volume to...

According to TrendForce, the iPhone's annual production volume is expected to increase by 6% because of improved specs of new iPhones and Apple’s expansion in Indian market.

Apple remained the second place in the ranking of smartphone production for 2017. TrendForce says that, for this year, Apple is set to launch three new flagship models in 3Q18, and will expand the adoption of Face ID and all-screen technology in these new iPhones, along with upgrading their existing functions and increasing the memory content, as well.

Competition will intensify in the global smartphone market this year. Apple and Nokia are the only international brands with a clear future of growth in 2018, says TrendForce. The growth momentum in global smartphone market will remain weak in 2018 due to lower demand and less replacement purchases, adds the research group.

Faced with continuous rise in the costs of upstream components,...

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05:45
First look: IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station...




The IOGear USB-C Compact Docking Station with Power Delivery Pass-Thru is a port-replacement peripheral for USB 3.1 type C gear -- but isn't perfect for 4K.

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05:36
iPhone market share will grow this year while...

Global smartphone sales were weaker than expected in the second half of 2017, says TrendForce. It predicts that growth will slow to 2.8% this year, and says that there are ‘only two international brands with a clear future of growth in 2018’ …

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04:37
‘Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration’...

Feral Interactive has announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, ‘the definitive edition of the acclaimed action-adventure,’ will be coming to macOS and Linux this spring.

The company says all the downloadable content will be bundled with the game, which includes both action and puzzle-solving …

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04:30
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day; plan accordingly

Tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 14) is Valentine’s Day. You knew that, didn’t you? If not, I’ve rounded up some websites that will help you prepare for the romantic day.

First of all, you can impress your special one (or ones) with your impressive knowledge of the history of Valentine’s Day. Well, actually, the saga of the lovers’ day and the story of its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Saint Valentine, according to romantic legend, was a kind-hearted Roman priest who married young couples against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, and was beheaded for his deeds on the Feb. 14. In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are not known. You can learn more about the legendary figure and the theories of the...

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04:00
Tips for using Apple Mail in iOS 11

Apple Mail in iOS 11 has some overlooked nifty features. Among them:

  • Fast Unsubscribe: emails with unsubscribe links will now automatically have them displayed at the top of each message with an easy to hit button.
  • Unread Only: when viewing your mailbox, look for the filter icon (bottom left corner) and change the default setting to “Filtered by: Unread.”
  • Quick Actions: Swipe left on a message in the new threaded view and it will reveal quick actions such as flag, reply and trash.

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

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03:55
Trend line suggests Apple Watch could be on track to...

Comparing recent Canalys data with that of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry numbers indicates that the Apple Watch achieved a new first in the holiday quarter: shipments of the smartwatch exceeding exports for the entire Swiss watch industry …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 13, 2018

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

macOS Apps/Updates

AKVIS has updated AKVIS Decorator, its smart resurfacing and recoloring tool for macOS (10.7 and higher). Version 6.0 offers new tools, the selection saving feature, full compatibility with Photoshop CC 2018, a number of interface improvements, etc. Also, it’s now possible to apply different textures to the same image.

AKVIS Decorator allows youto alter the surface of any objects such as clothes, furniture, buildings, cars, walls, etc. The built-in library offers more than 1800 textures to suit most needs. 

The product is available as a standalone program and as a plugin filter for AliveColors, Adobe Photoshop and...

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03:15
AppleCare+ for HomePod priced at $39, covers two...

If you’re looking to snag AppleCare+ for your new HomePod, it’ll run you $39.

The extended warranty and accidental damage repair program offers two out-of-warranty repairs like accidental damage from a drop.

Without AppleCare+, the repair will run $279.

The checkout process for a HomePod has said since the pre-order process that AppleCare+ coverage extending the warranty to two years, granting a longer customer support window, and providing for reduced-cost out-of-warranty repairs would cost $39. However, a new support document published on Friday breaks down the HomePod repair process, as well as costs associated with the repair.

While there are no varying costs for repairs associated with the HomePod (as with a screen or battery replacement for a MacBook or an iPhone), out-of-warranty damage for a HomePod, such as a drop or exposure to water, will run the user $279.

The AppleCare+ service also grants users an express replacement service,...

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03:00
iFixit completes teardown of HomePod, posts findings

When in doubt, use a hacksaw.

The cool cats at iFixit have taken it upon themselves to crack into the newly-released HomePod to find out what’s inside.

The outfit, which used an actual hacksaw to crack the smart speaker open, discovered an A8 processor, seven tweeters, six far-field microphones, and a high excursion woofer. The speaker dynamically adapts to its placement in a room to improve audio output and to create a stereo-like sound from a single unit.

After physically destroying the HomePod’s body, iFixit found they had to to slice the fabric mesh outer skin, then cut through the inner body with a saw.

It’s unknown as to what Apple’s technique is to open the HomePod without damaging the outer body.

During the teardown, iFixit found an extra microphone that’s most likely used for tuning the woofer alongside a 14-pin connector that’s thought to be used for diagnostics. The HomePod also features a large magnet to drive its high-excursion...

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02:00
Amazon Is Designing Custom AI Chips For Alexa

According to a report (paywalled) from The Information, Amazon is designing a custom artificial intelligence chip that would power future Echo devices and improve the quality and response time of its Alexa voice assistant. "The move closely followers rivals Apple and Google, both of which have already developed and deployed custom AI hardware at various scales," reports The Verge. From the report: While Amazon is unlikely to physically produce the chips, given its lack of both fabrication experience and a manufacturing presence in China, the news does pose a risk to the businesses of companies like Nvidia and Intel. Both companies have shifted large portions of their chipmaking expertise to AI and the future of the burgeoning field, and both make money by designing and manufacturing chips for companies like Apple, Amazon, and others. Amazon, which seeks to stay competitive in the smart home hardware market and in the realm of consumer-facing AI products, has nearly 450 people with...

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01:53
How to use Shazam with Siri on HomePod to identify...

HomePod’s strand of Siri has its limitations but it’s music features are pretty robust. You can actually use the Shazam song identification features on HomePod, you just need to know the right request phrase for Siri.

The HomePod uses its microphones to listen to the environment and Shazam will try to find a match for the song. You can then get the HomePod to play the song straight from Apple Music. Here’s how to use Shazam on HomePod …

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