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Saturday September 16

Recommended Reading: Why Cassini had to be destroyed

Analysis: Why Nasa's Cassini Probe Had to Be Destroyed
Fedor Kossakovski,

By now, you've likely read a bit about NASA's Cassini probe plunging into Saturn to end its tour of duty this week. You've also probably wondering why that had to happen...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

Welcome to the weekend. Apple's big hardware event dominated the week's news, but it wasn't the only thing going down. We're still dealing with the aftermath of Equifax's leak, and now NBA jerseys come with NFC...

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The hottest Apple-related news for the week of Sept...

There’s a lot happening in the world of Apple news this week. Following are the hottest articles for the week of Sept. 11-15.

While we know that iOS 11, tvOS 11 and watchOS 4 are launching on September 19, it took a bit of searching to find out when macOS High Sierra would finally ship. That date? Sept. 25.

Apple has updated iTunes for macOS to version 12.7, removing the App Store items for purchasing iOS apps. It can be downloaded at the Mac App Store for free.

Apple has introduced the iPhone X (yep, that’s the name, not the iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition). CEO Tim Cook said it would set the...

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Meet Rembrandt in this Samsung Gear VR experience

The best thing about VR experiences is that they can take you to fantastical places -- or meet people you'll never get to meet in real life, like Dutch master Rembrandt. Oculus has teamed up with virtual reality studio Force Field for a Samsung Gear...

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Friday September 15

Nike's 'NBA Connected' jerseys tap...

Nike is the new apparel maker for the NBA and tonight it officially rolled out updated jerseys for the teams. They're specially constructed to keep players cool and allow for freedom of movement, but there's a new feature for fans too. They'll debut...

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This week on AI: Apple unveils iPhone X & 8,...

It all came out this week, as Apple finally revealed the OLED-based iPhone X, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, a third-generation Apple Watch with LTE, and the Apple TV 4K. Find all the details you might have missed right here.

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Now Essential's Android phone will work on...

Despite being a retail exclusive at Sprint, the Essential PH-1 has arrived as an unlocked device. However, as mobile fans are unfortunately familiar with, certification with one particular network is always tricky. Tonight Essential announced that it...

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Virgin Mobile's US stores get the iPhone 8 and...

Virgin Mobile's US stores will get both the standard iPhone 8 and Plus models on September 29th. That's a full week after every other major American carrier gets the device, which is rough for Virgin Mobile in particular since it now only offers iPho...

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NBC CEO claims Facebook has 'no respect'...

NBC CEO Steve Burke talked to The Information about the current state of the media industry and seemed very unimpressed by Facebook's video efforts. While the social network just launched the Watch section it's trying to flood with video Burke finds...

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T-Mobile confirms the new Apple Watch will get LTE...

The Apple Watch Series 3 comes with built-in LTE, but as MacRumors pointed out, T-Mobile's add-on $10 wearable plan limits devices to 512kb/s connections. Tonight T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced its plan for the Watch will include unlimited 4G LTE...

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Apple addresses ad industry complaints over Safari...

In response to advertising industry objections to Safari's new Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature, Apple on Friday explained how the service is a boon for both consumers and ad services who use it responsibly.

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Microsoft Pix uses AI to make whiteboard photos...

Microsoft's Pix sets itself apart from other camera apps by using the power of artificial intelligence to correct your photos, learning new tricks over time. It can do things like add artistic flair to your images, turn photos shot in a row into "Liv...

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Hullo: Stop Flipping, Folding and Fluffing That...

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring the Loop this week. Your pitiful old squishy pillow needs constant readjustment. It’s invariably too thick, too thin, sometimes just too warm. Flipping, folding and fluffing are getting in the way of your rest. You spend around one-third of your life on that pillow of yours. Try something different: a Hullo buckwheat pillow will conform perfectly to the shape of your body and provide comfortable cool support all night long without fuss. Hullo’s features include:

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∞ Apple responds to ad group’s criticism of Safari...

Apple introduced a new technology to intelligently block browser cookies in Safari, which brought criticism from a number of advertising organizations. Apple believes in privacy with every product it makes, and the advertising groups want to track everything we do so they can sell ads. […]

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Apple airs Apple Watch Series 3 ad showcasing Apple...

Apple on Friday posted to its official YouTube channel a new commercial hyping Apple Watch Series 3 and the device's ability to stream Apple Music over cellular networks.

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Craig Federighi’s Face ID Q&A on Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien has the unaired footage of Craig Federighi’s Face ID Q&A session with audience members at this week’s iPhone X launch event, and by “footage” we mean “opening sketch for the Conan Show.” The questions are absolutely fantastic and exactly what you’d expect from random audience members. It’s also a great example of just how mainstream Apple, the iPhone, and Apple’s media events have become. The video is just over a minute and a half long and worth checking out.

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AWT News Update: September 15, 2017

By the way, you can wirelessly charge ANY iPhone at a Starbucks with one of these Powermat rings...

Steve's office is a construction zone right now, so we apologize in advance for the sound of front-end loaders and backup horns in the background of the podcast.

  • Starbucks says that its stores worldwide should be able to handle wireless charging of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus starting next week
  • We have the definitive word on APFS compatibility under macOS High Sierra from Apple
  • Samsung's pricy Galaxy Note 8 went on pre-sale today, the same day as the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

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...

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Equifax's chief security and information...

Equifax's Chief Security Officer Susan Mauldin and Chief Information Officer David Webb have both left the company as it deals with the fallout from a months-long hacking campaign that compromised the personal information of 143 million people this y...

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Apple's 'differential privacy' still...

Apple's use of "differential privacy" -- a method that inserts random noise into data as it's collected en masse -- doesn't go far enough to protect personal information, a study suggested this week.

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Amazon is building a haunted house to hype its...

Amazon's podcast-turned-series Lore is launching on Friday, October 13th, just in time for pre-Halloween fun. But the online shopping has more up its sleeve to get folks in the right spooky holiday spirit. Amazon is opening an immersive haunted house...

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‘PUBG’ has banned over 150,000 cheaters since March

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has become incredibly popular in the few months it has been available on Steam Early Access. In August, it overtook Dota 2 as the game with the most simultaneous players and by the start of this month it had sold over 10...

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The Apple TV 4K is Coming. Here’s an Introduction to...

The new Apple TV 4K ushers in a new era of TV technology for Apple customers, so it’s time to learn some new tech.

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Apple's Craig Federighi details Face ID in new...

In a brief interview on Friday, Apple SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi answered a few questions about the Face ID facial recognition feature that will ship out to customers in November, dispelling some of the more contentious rumors, providing background on its development and touting the system's benefits.

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iPhone X: Face ID Works with Sunglasses

If you’re worried about Face ID failing when you try to unlock your iPhone X because you’re wearing sunglasses, don’t be.

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Apple bans misleading apps on iOS

As soon as you get your shiny new iPhone 8, you'll probably want to download some apps. So Apple took the opportunity to update its developer app review guidelines to make sure the App Store is in tip top shape. According to 9to5 Mac, it's now offici...

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Craig Federighi talks Face ID details ahead of...

Apple showcased its new Face ID biometric technology for the first time earlier this week, and it’s been a hot topic ever since. While we’ve learned a few additional things about Face ID since Tuesday, Apple’s Craig Federighi sat down with TechCrunch to talk more about the technology and confirm some


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Virgin Mobile USA sets later Sept. 29 launch for...

The U.S. incarnation of Virgin Mobile won't launch the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus until Sept. 29, a full week after the devices arrive from Apple and the country's four major carriers, according to an announcement.

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Study says Apple data-mining safeguards don't...

During last year's WWDC in June 2016, Apple noted it would be adopting some degree of differential privacy methods to ensure privacy while the company mined user data on iOS and Mac OS. In short, the technique adds noise to data that scrambles it eno...

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Roundup: Best deals to make the iPhone 8 more...

If you’re looking pick up an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, odds are good you’ll also appreciate checking out the various options to save some cash while doing so. Follow along after the break for a look at the best deals and trade-in options for upgrading to the latest iPhone.


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iTunes rolling out 4K HDR content

Ahead of next week’s launch of the new Apple TV 4K with HDR support, Apple has begun releasing 4K HDR content on iTunes in the United States and other countries.

I love Apple’s commitment to getting this content out now, so people who purchase the new Apple TV 4K can start to enjoy it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Alphabet considers Lyft investment

Alphabet Inc. has held conversations with Lyft Inc. about a potential investment in recent weeks, signalling strong support for Uber Technologies Inc.’s main U.S. competitor, according to people familiar with the matter.

An investment of about $1 billion in Lyft may come from Google or CapitalG, Alphabet’s private-equity arm, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

This makes perfect sense for both companies. Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving car division, signed a deal with Lyft to test that technology. The strange part is that Alphabet is also an investor in Uber, but Waymo is suing them for allegedly stealing their self-driving car technology.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Twitter also has a problem with ads targeted towards...

ProPublica found that Facebook allows ads to be targeted at users based on antisemitic keywords and BuzzFeed has reported that Google similarly allows ads to be targeted through racist and hateful phrases. So, it probably shouldn't be a surprise at t...

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BMW says car keys may be replaced by mobile phone...

BMW (BMWG.DE) is reviewing the necessity of car keys, Ian Robertson, the company’s board member responsible for sales told Reuters.

The fact that customers now all carry a smartphone and the availability of a BMW App which allows customers to unlock their vehicle, has made old fashioned keys less relevant.

Yes and no. I get where they’re going, but there are some obvious situations where you may need a key. What if your phone runs out of battery or you lose it—now you can’t even get in your car.

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9to5Rewards: Jaybird’s new Run truly wireless...

This week we’re partnering with Jaybird to give away its new Run truly wireless headphones. Retailing at $180 and featuring a water-resistant design, these in-ears could be your next pair of headphones. Head below to find out how you could win.


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Apple Updates App Store to Remove iPhone Antivirus...

Because Apple sandboxes apps from one another, it’s not even possible to scan for viruses. Apps can’t directly interact with one another or the operating system.

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New Apple Watch Series 3 ad touts Apple Music on the...

Along with other videos it shared during Tuesday’s event, Apple today has uploaded an Apple Watch Series 3 advertisement to its YouTube channel. The video – which comes in at 1 minute long – highlights the LTE capabilities of Apple Watch Series 3, including support for Apple Music…


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News: U.S. Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular models will...

Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) models may only work to provide cellular services in the country where they were originally purchased, according to a new report by MacRumors. An Apple support representative told a MacRumors reader that an “Apple Watch purchased in the U.S. online store will only work with the four carriers in the United States.”  While no additional details were provided, it seems that the problem would most…

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AppleInsider readers are split on the iPhone X notch...

It wasn't quite a landslide vote, but AppleInsider readers came down in favor of Apple's decision to highlight and not hide the so-called "notch" housing the camera, sensors and earpiece atop the iPhone X edge-to-edge display.

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Apple updates App Store review guidelines for Face ID

Updated App Store Review Guidelines dictate that apps wanting to make use of Face ID on the iPhone X must offer an "alternate authentication method" for children under 13, notes AppleInsider

As the article notes, Apple is likely trying to allay any fears from parents, as well as deal with a fundamental limitation of Face ID. The technology will support only one person per smartphone, so mean parents sharing an iPhone X would always have to unlock apps themselves if they relied too heavily on facial recognition.

Apple says FaceID is “even more convenient than Touch ID.” With Face ID, the iPhone X unlocks only when you’re looking at it. It’s designed to resist spoofing by photos or masks. Your facial map is encrypted and protected by the Secure Enclave. And authentication happens instantly on the device, not...

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Updating to the High Sierra GM Candidate

Apple has changed the game again, putting us almost back to square one to install the High Sierra GM Candidate; Jeff Butts walks you through the process step-by-step.

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These stickers cover up the Digital Crown red dot on...

The Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular features a unique aesthetic decision, placing a large and noticeable red dot on the Digital Crown, that may not be appealing to all buyers. Thankfully, there are a few decent options for covering it up with a decal.

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Google’s Differential Privacy May be Better Than...

Apple, as companies get hacked left and right, it’s time to reassure users as well as security experts that you really do have our backs.

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Best Apple Watch Series 3 Bands – leather, sport,...

Pre-orders for Apple Watch Series 3 officially went live this morning, and hopefully you were fortunate to get yours placed before shipping times started to slip. Whether this is your first wearable from Apple or you’re simply upgrading, you’ll likely want to buy a few extra bands for different occasions.

Any good 9to5Toys reader knows that Apple’s official first-party bands are way over-priced. While the quality is good, you can often find two or three nice alternatives on Amazon from other manufacturers for the price of one band at Apple. We’ve put together a list of our favorite bands below, covering a wide range of materials from leather and nylon to silicone and stainless steel. Head below for our top picks.


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Apple hardware lead Johny Srouji to speak at...

Johny Srouji -- Apple's senior VP of Hardware Technologies -- will give a speech at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon on Monday, Sept. 18, the university's Computer Science school has announced.

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The best monitor arms

By Anna Perling

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, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work....

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Turning on AirDrop in iOS 11: Different, yet the Same

There are two ways; Jeff Butts thinks one is much easier, but walks you through both methods anyways.

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∞ iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch...

If you plan to get one of Apple’s new products, they are available for pre-order now.

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Video: Should you preorder Apple's iPhone 8, or...

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are now available for preorder ahead of next Friday's launch. But with the iPhone X so close behind, prospective buyers may have a hard time choosing between the two. AppleInsider offers some insight to help you make your big buying decision.

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iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Pre-orders, macOS High...

Jeff Butts and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 pre-orders and whether or not they ordered any new kit, plus they look at the extra steps they needed to install macOS High Sierra GM.

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Apple's new App Store rules say devs must...

Updated App Store Review Guidelines published this week include a variety of changes, most notably dictating that apps wanting to make use of Face ID on the iPhone X must offer an "alternate authentication method" for children under 13.

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A11 Bionic processor in iPhone 8, iPhone X contains...

Apple has brought design and development of the A11 Bionic processor even more in-house with the eradication of outside solutions, allowing the company to speed up and further integrate the new chip's various processes more than it ever has before.

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iTunes 12.7 Giveth, but Mostly It Taketh Apps and...

Apple has updated iTunes, as it often does around this time of year. The new iTunes 12.7 has a few minor tweaks and one big change: the removal of the iOS App Store. iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn looks at the most significant changes and digs into problems and solutions for those who manage iOS apps from their Macs.


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Satechi releases the Vertical Laptop Stand

Satechi has released its Vertical Laptop Stand. It elevates most laptops and tablets, keeping desks and tables clutter-free and safe from water or coffee spills.

Aside from maximizing desk space while storing laptops or tablets in an upright, vertical position, the stand is designed to keep ports exposed for charging, connecting to monitors. Additionally, its aluminum body helps devices stay cool as its bottom chamber regulates air flow and helps to prevent overheating.  

Made with anodized aluminum, the Vertical Laptop Stand is heavy enough to securely hold laptops and tablets without toppling over, according to the folks at Satechi. The Vertical Laptop Stand’s sleek, adjustable design allows it to be universally compatible with laptops and tablets, even with shell cases, with one-half inch to 1.5 inch thickness, including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, Dell XPS, Asus Zenbook, Samsung Notebook and more. 

Satechi’s Vertical Laptop Stand is available in now silver,...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Sonos PLAY:1 Speaker $165,...

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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Plan on waiting a while before getting that iPhone X

Want an iPhone X? Hope you’re a patient guy or gal. In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple isn’t likely to catch up with demand for the high-end iPhone until mid-2018. Yikes!

While he previously thought Apple might be able to build as many as 50 million iPhone X units before the end of this year, he’s reduced that figure to about 40 million. Any units Apple is unable to build this year will translate to sales next year, so Kuo has increased his 2018 shipment estimates to between 80 million and 90 million iPhone X units.

Orders for the iPhone X will start on Oct. 27 (probably around 12:01 Pacific), and they’ll begin to ship Nov. 3. The next gen smartphone will come in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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KGI lowers iPhone X shipping estimates, expects...

KGI Securities has released its first two analyst notes on the iPhone forecast since Apple’s big event on Tuesday. In the new reports, KGI addresses the later-than-anitipacted pre-order and delivery dates for the iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE features, and more.


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Apple isn't expected to catch up to iPhone X...

Apple is poised to be able to ship about 40 million iPhone X units before the end of 2017, which won't be nearly enough to meet consumer demand for the redesigned handset with edge-to-edge OLED display, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple wants Siri to help you with "serious...

Are you one of the rare people with a background in artificial intelligence, counseling and psychology? If so, you might be the perfect person for a new job opening that Apple is hoping to fill. The company has a job posting for a "Siri Software Engineer, Health and Wellness" role, based in the Santa Clara Valley and it's designed to help improve Siri in the areas of providing emergency assistance or provide guidance on living a healthy life.

The job posting describes how Siri is currently being used for "serious conversations":

"People have serious conversations with Siri. People talk to Siri about all kinds of things, including when they’re having a stressful day or have something serious on their mind. They turn to Siri in emergencies or when they want guidance on living a healthier life. Does improving Siri in these areas pique...

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Pressing on: How Apple evolved and eliminated the...

When the original iPhone was unveiled in January 2007, Steve Jobs introduced its signature home button with a succinct pitch: “It takes you home from wherever you are. And that’s it.” Such a simple explanation seems striking today. Not only would the home button evolve into a Swiss Army Knife of functions, but it would become the iconic face of the iPhone itself, making it instantly recognizable even from a distance.

Ten years later, the home button has been put through its paces. It’s old, bloated with features, and taking up valuable space on devices with rapidly shrinking bezels. For the first time this fall, Apple will ship an iPhone without a home button at all — the iPhone X. How did we get here? Let’s take a look back at the home button’s winding history.


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iPhone X: Touch ID was the Fallback, not Face ID

The assumption that Apple decided to go with facial recognition, or Face ID, on the iPhone X because Touch ID embedded in the display didn’t work is wrong, according to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. “Apple became convinced that Face ID was the way to go over a year ago…They stopped pursuing Touch ID under the display not because they couldn’t do it, but because they decided they didn’t need it,” he said. Apple wasn’t scrambling at the last minute to get Touch ID working, either. It seems Face ID was the plan all along, which means Touch ID on Apple’s other products probably won’t stick around much longer.

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How to free up space on your iPhone in iOS 11...

As default capacities have grown on the iPhone over the last year, the immediate pinch of space has been eased somewhat for new iPhone users -- but, over time the digital cruft accumulates and stacks up. Here's how to use the iCloud Photo Library to shunt your valuable pictures to the cloud without deleting any forever, and how to prune down lightly used apps automatically.

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Opinion: With one High Sierra feature, Apple isn’t...

One of the things I like about Apple is the company’s strong commitment to privacy. By making its money from hardware and chargeable services, it doesn’t need to rely much on advertising, and it can therefore afford to take a strong stand on the issue.

Indeed, the legal tussle with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooting was probably one of the best pieces of PR for the company. It demonstrated that Apple felt so strongly about protecting the privacy of its customers that it was willing to take on the might of the U.S. government.

Taking on the advertising industry is likely even better PR, but while I generally applaud Apple’s attitude, I think in one...

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Apple's iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus - what are...

With Apple's preorders now open, some people may still be on the fence about whether to get a regular iPhone 8, or spring for an iPhone 8 Plus -- here's what separates the two models.

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Reason #265 to Buy an Apple TV 4K: Ultra HD TV and...

In the “strange, but true” category, Jeff Butts has discovered that neither macOS High Sierra or iOS 11 seem to support 4K content from iTunes yet.

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Google Chrome will start blocking noisy autoplay...

Google Chrome is taking aim at those annoying autoplay videos spreading across the web.

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Here’s How to Temporarily Disable Face ID

Want to temporarily disable Face ID on the iPhone X? Read on to learn how.

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Craig Federighi answers an email, gives us some...

Keith Krimbel sent an email to Craig Federighi, asking three questions: […]

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News: 4K Movies begin appearing on iTunes

Apple has begun offering a number of movie titles in 4K HDR ahead of next week’s Apple TV 4K, identify by a “4K” designation where “HD” was previously shown, as well as a “Dolby Vision” logo. In addition to selling content in 4K for the same price as other HD content, Apple has promised that users who have previously purchased HD versions of titles that are now available in 4K will be able to download or stream…

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iPhone 8, iPhone X, and rapid charging


As if laying out $1,000 on a new iPhone X isn’t expensive enough, Apple hasn’t even included the equipment necessary to benefit from its new fast-charging capability.

Ignore the “hasn’t even included” rhetoric and read on.

The feature is available in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X unveiled this week by Apple. It means a flat battery can reach a half charge within 30 minutes, which is as fast as new flagship Android devices that support fast charging.

Apple’s specs page for the all three devices says they’re “fast-charge capable.” But then, in fine print, Apple declares that it tested fast-charging on the devices with Apple USB-C power adapters, and lists its 29W Model A1540, 61W Model A1718, and 87W Model A1719 power adapters.

Bottom line, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X will rapid charge if you use a 29W adapter, which you likely have if you own a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a USB-C port. Not certain of this, but I suspect...

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The incredible architectural secrets of Steve Jobs...

[VIDEO] Lance Ulanoff, Mashable:

Apple explained that, yes, there were some interesting acoustics in the space, one that, incredibly, doesn’t have a single column to hold up the ceiling or to slice up the sound, but I might have noticed that there were no echoes during the iPhone X launch event. People, they said, act as a natural sound absorber. If there were a small gathering, though, Apple might choose to put a bit of temporary acoustic absorption up on the walls.


What you see when you look at the Steve Jobs Theater from the outside is simplicity in the extreme. Inside, there’s no visible frame, pipes, wires, or speakers to break the illusion. The secret, though, is that it’s all there.

The carbon fiber roof is supported by the glass frame. Foster + Partner also hid the wires and pipes in plain sight. Twenty of the thin joints separating each glass panel house specially-designed water pipes for the sprinkler system, itself hidden under dozens of...

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News: iPhone 8 / 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 +...

Apple began accepting pre-orders for its new iPhone 8, Apple Watch, and Apple TV models today, with the online store re-opening at 12:01 AM Pacific time. In contrast to prior years, where high-demand models sold out in minutes, most products remain available for in-store “Reserve and Pickup” for Sept. 22, with shipping delivery dates only having slipped to “1–2 weeks.”  While it’s possible Apple may simply have…

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Insane collection of Hollywood props up for auction

This is a great collection. Just a taste of this massive catalog:

  • Indiana Jones’ whip
  • Xenomorph egg from Aliens
  • Marty McFly’s 2015 Nike Shoes from Back To The Future Part II
  • Conan’s sword from Conan the Barbarian
  • Bill Murray’s original jumpsuit costume from Ghostbusters

Lots, lots more. Here’s the Prop Store auction link. Let me know if there’s anything particular that jumps out at you.

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iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3 Shipping Dates Start...

If you’re hoping to pre-order an iPhone 8 or Apple Watch Series 3 for delivery next Friday you may be out of luck because ship dates are already slipping.

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Typinator Typing Assistant for Mac: $15.99

We have a deal on Typinator, a typing assistant utility for the Mac. You can insert commonly used phrases, images, the time, and more. It’s $15.99 through us.

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News: Daily Deal: 3-in-1 USB-C, Lightning, MicroUSB...

For Friday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering 3-in-1 USB-C, Lightning, MicroUSB Cables for only $9.99 — that’s 65% off the regular price. These cables provide a single solution to all of your device charging needs, with interchangeable USB-C, Lightning, and micro-USB connectors all on the same cord.

Get the 3-in-1 USB-C, Lightning, MicroUSB Cables now for only $9.99...

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Blocs 2 for Mac: Build professional-looking websites...

Creating a website sounds easy until you actually try it. While some tools make it simple to create sites, they don't necessarily have all of the features you may want on a trendy website. For true flexibility, you might have to hand-code a site with HTML5 and CSS. That's where Blocs 2 for Mac comes in: It's a website building app with plenty of features that can be added by simply dragging a "bloc" to the location on a page where you want it. We have Blocs 2 for Mac available at 50 percent off -- only $39.99.

The folks at Macworld gave Blocs 2 a 4-1/2 mouse rating, which is high praise indeed! What all can Blocs 2 do for you?

  • Work w/ a simple interface as well as advanced, powerful editing features
  • Create CMS driven websites...
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4K HDR content begins popping up on iTunes

Apple has started introducing 4K HDR movies on the iTunes Store. You’ll be able to buy or stream the content on the new Apple TV 4K set-top box, which can be ordered now and is due to arrive next Friday — if you’re lucky.

Not all titles are yet available in the 4K HDR format and not in all regions. Apple is beginning the roll-out in the U.S. And, as noted by AppleInsider, notification of support isn’t yet system wide; some movies display "4K" and "Dolby Vision" icons on iOS, but lack those assets on macOS. 


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How the Equifax breach affects your enrollment in...

Lory Gil, iMore:

Recently, Equifax announced it had been compromised and as many as 143 million U.S. residents may have had their personal information exposed, including home addresses, birth dates, credit account information, and Social Security numbers. One suggestion from the credit reporting agency, as well as many banks and credit card companies, is to freeze your credit report.

A credit freeze is a way for you to restrict access to your credit report to protect you from identity theft. If you’ve put a freeze on your credit report, it doesn’t affect your credit score or keep you from being able to apply for loans. There are some caveats though.

If you’ve put a credit freeze on your credit report, there are a few things you should know about applying for your iPhone Upgrade Program loan.

This is worth reading, certainly for the specifics on the iPhone Upgrade Program, but also to wrap your head around the implications of freezing your credit report...

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The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV...

Preorders start today for Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the Apple Watch Series 3. And they see to be hot sellers already.

The devices show some widening shipping windows on the official site. Some versions of the iPhone 8 models show one to two weeks for shipping and some Apple Watch models show two to three weeks. The 32GB Apple TV shows shipping for Sept. 22, the same day devices hit stores, but the 64GB shows two to three weeks. 

At 5 a.m. (Central), I placed an order for an Apple TV 4K/64 GB and Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm with sports band). However, they’re not slated to arrive until Sept. 29-Oct. 3 and Oct. 6-13, respectively.

However, my Apple Daily Report compadre, Marty Edwards, was ready at 2 .am. (Central) and used the Apple Store app on his iPhone and purchased an Apple TV 64GB. It’s slated to arrive on day one of availability (Sept. 22).

Preorders for the iPhone X kick off...

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A handy comparison table of all the iPhone 8 deals...

Personally, I always buy my iPhones outright, ordering a SIM-free model direct from Apple, but if you prefer to get yours on a monthly payment through a network, Gizmodo has put together a useful comparison table of all the UK deals for the iPhone 8


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Ad groups blasting Apple for Safari cookie blocking...

Ad Week:

The biggest advertising organizations say Apple will “sabotage” the current economic model of the internet with plans to integrate cookie-blocking technology into the new version of Safari.


Six trade groups—the Interactive Advertising Bureau, American Advertising Federation, the Association of National Advertisers, the 4A’s and two others—say they’re “deeply concerned” with Apple’s plans to release a version of the internet browser that overrides and replaces user cookie preferences with a set of Apple-controlled standards. The feature, which is called “Intelligent Tracking Prevention,” limits how advertisers and websites can track users across the internet by putting in place a 24-hour limit on ad retargeting.

From the perspective of the folks whose living depends on ad sales, I do understand this anger. But.

From the perspective of the user, the ability not to be tracked is absolutely fair. I do not want to be tracked. Period. Don’...

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AppleInsider podcast shares impressions on iPhone X...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Victor and Neil discuss some of the changes in iPhone 8 and X. Dan comes back to talk about his impressions having held them in Apple's hands-on area after the event.

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New App Store guidelines crack down on iOS ‘virus...

Apple has updated its developer app review guidelines for the iPhone and iPad App Store this week with new clauses addressing the appropriate usage of Face ID, ARKit and more.

Apple says that ARKit apps must provide a rich experience; they don’t want the store flooded with simple apps displaying single objects. There are also limits on how developers can use Face ID and a new crackdown on scammy iOS apps like so-called virus scanners …


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Apple incorporates smaller battery into iPhone 8,...

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus batteries have actually gotten a bit smaller while retaining the same battery life.

Per filings with the Chinese government, the iPhone 8 boasts a 1,821 milliamp-hour battery, while the 8 Plus is rated at 2,675 milliamp-hours, according to TENAA listings noticed by leak source Steve Hemmerstoffer. TENAA is an agency similiar to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus batteries feature 1,960 and 2,900 milliamp-hour batteries, respectively. Apple’s website suggest that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 batteries sport “about the same” battery life statistics for talk time, video playback, and internet use, albeit the figures for the new phones don’t distinguish between 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi connections.

Apple has presumably shrank the battery to accommodate new internal components such as a wireless charging system. It’s also thought that the space savings may come from more power-efficient hardware, such as...

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People treat Siri as a therapist, says Apple job ad...

An Apple job ad notes that some people treat Siri as a therapist or counsellor, and it wants to help the intelligent assistant do a better job of helping people.

People have serious conversations with Siri. People talk to Siri about all kinds of things, including when they’re having a stressful day or have something serious on their mind. They turn to Siri in emergencies or when they want guidance on living a healthier life. Does improving Siri in these areas pique your interest? Come work as part of the Siri Domains team and make a difference.

If you’re thinking of applying, you’ll need an unusual combination of skills …


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U.S. wireless carriers reveal LTE data plan rates...

The rates for LTE service for the Apple Watch Series 3 have been announced and while they’re not exactly giving it away, the data plan prices aren’t terrible.

Verizon customers can look forward to paying $10 a month using the company’s NumberShare service. The carrier is offering the first three months free, for a limited time. Verizon also charges a one-time activation fee of $30.

AT&T customers will pay $10 a month under the NumberSync plan. The carrier is offering three months free (in the form of a $30 credit) and is also giving a $25 activation fee credit for eligible customers.

T-Mobile customer will pay $10 a month via their Digits plan with the carrier offering three free months, much the same as the other carriers. Customers can either pay the full cost for the Watch up-front, or split it into 24 equal payments of $16.67 (for the 38mm watch version) or $17.92 (for the 42mm version).

Sprint’s data plan will retail for $15 a month, though...

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STM Cable Wrap keeps you from getting too wrapped up...

Too often we get wrapped up in our work — literally. Well, it's STM Cable Wrap to the rescue. 

If you're like me, when you're on the go, you have to lug around various power cords, chargers, portable backup batteries and other accessories for your MacBook, iPad, iPhone, etc. How many times have you dipped down into your backpack or purse and come up with a tangled mess that looks akin to Rapunzel having a bad hair day?

The $24.99 STM Cable Wrap is a simple organization solution for this problem. Made with water resistant fabric, it can be unrolled. Then cords can be folded and slid into pockets, while smaller accessories can be zipped into the large mesh pocket for safekeeping. When everything is in its place, you can fold the Cable Wrap back up, buckle it closed and be on your way knowing that you won't be faced with a rat's nest of cords and cables when you open it again.


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Face ID will work with most sunglasses, and can be...

Apple covered the sophistication of Face ID in some detail during this week’s launch of the iPhone X, showing that it worked with make-up, hairstyle changes, hats, scarves and glasses. But questions are still being asked, and Apple has answered a couple of them.

Just as Face ID works with normal eye-glasses, Apple’s SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi confirmed that it works with most sunglasses – even ones which appear to be opaque from the outside …


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The wearables market forecast to see double-digit...

Good news for the Apple Watch and Apple’s AirPod: the International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – to continue to drive the wearables market forward. 

Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come. According to the research group’s forecast, vendors will ship a total of 121.7 million wearable devices this year, marking a 16.6% increase from the 104.4 million units shipped in 2016. The wearables market is forecast to maintain this pace of growth with shipments reaching 229.5 million units in 2021, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2%.

"We expect the most innovation and development in the wearables market to take place on the wrist," says Ramon T. Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. "It's the ideal location for users to collect,...

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External Link: Apple Quietly Raises iPad Pro Prices

Apple has quietly raised the prices of the 256 GB and 512 GB iPad Pro tablets by $50. This applies to both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+Cellular models, but the 64 GB models are unaffected. Some have speculated that the price hike is due to increased flash storage costs, but without an official statement from Apple, it’s impossible to say for sure.


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Report: more than half of American consumers to...

More than half (54%) of US consumers expect to abandon using cash for shopping by 2020, according to Lost in Transaction, a new research report conducted by Paysafe, a global payments provider. 

The report uncovered the rapid move towards a cash-free economy with half (54%) of American consumers only visiting an ATM once a month and one in seven saying they rarely carry cash at all. With the research showing two thirds (63%) of people rely less on cash than a year ago, the move away from physical currency looks set to continue.

The study — undertaken in the US, UK and Canada — looks at attitudes to money and consumer buying behavior, and examines how cash is merging with digital formats. It reveals increased consumer confidence in mobile shopping, the start of a shift to new payment methods such as cryptocurrencies and the potential for retailers to lose relevance without the right payment mix for customers...

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Apple patent designed to make it easy to use...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20170264674) designed to make it easy redeemable coupons on iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that oyalty cards, identification cards, coupons, tickets, boarding passes and other redeemable documents are used by people every day when making purchases, proving identity, gaining access to events and when traveling. With the ubiquitous use of mobile computing devices, many of these redeemable documents have been digitized and are stored on mobile computing devices. However, Apple says that managing and accessing the digitized versions of these redeemable documents on the mobile computing device can be cumbersome and time consuming. 

What’s more, documents such as these are often transmitted to computing devices over a network. The redeemable documents can be embedded within content such as webpages, email, text messages, applications, etc. Embedded redeemable documents can be difficult to detect and...

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iPhone 8 shipping slips to 1-2 weeks, Apple Watch...

Twitter users are noting that shipping times for the iPhone 8, which started slipping within a few minutes of pre-orders opening, are now shown as 1-2 weeks for most models. Apple Watch Series 3 models are typically showing 2-3 weeks at the time of writing.

If you want to get yours earlier, there are a few things you can try …


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Notable apps and app updates for Sept. 15, 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

Mad Head Games says Monster Loops, the free-to-play touch-based arcade game, is available now to download on the Apple App Store. In the game, spherical monsters inhabit the darkness of a colorful world. Head to different areas and catch as many monsters as you can before the timer runs out.

Hell Tap Entertainment LTD has introduced Post Apocalyptic and Brutal 1.0. It’s a $0.99 apocalyptic, zombie killing RPG.

macOS Apps/Updates

.com Solutions has released FmPro...

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The Apple Store is back online!

The Apple Store is back online! The Store was down for 6 hours and 21 minutes.

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iPhone 8/X pre-order hub: How to get the phone...

The iPhone X and iPhone 8 are official and today is the day the phones begin to go up for preorder from Apple. Will you preorder direct from Apple’s website for your first chance at the device? Or will carrier deals and upgrade programs prove tempting enough to wait and take your chances at lining up for the official retail launch day later this month?

Below is our iPhone 8 preorder hub where we break down everything you need to know about where and how you can get your hands on the new phones first.

Thanks to our sponsor Speck and its brand new line of iPhone X and iPhone 8 cases available now.


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Apple iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K...

Right on schedule, Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K all went up for preorder on Friday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, through the company's dedicated Apple Store app for iOS and online storefront.

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Deals: Pre-order the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV...

Apple authorized resellers are now taking pre-orders for the brand-new line of Series 3 watches, iPhone 8 cases and Apple TV 4K devices with free shipping and no tax collected outside NY and NJ.

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iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 now...

Six hours after originally taking its online store down, Apple has now made the iPhone 8, Apple TV 4K, and Apple Watch Series 3 available for preorder. All three devices can be purchased via the Apple Online Store with the earliest arrival date being September 22nd, but that varies by SKU…


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It’s a solar-powered portable battery with a built in lamp and emergency beacon.

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SteamWorld Dig 2 is out this week on PC and Switch, and people are understandably excited. This clever series by Image and Form combines our favorite metroidvania mechanics with an esquisite universe, excellent storytelling, and true wit. While... | Read more »
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