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Tuesday October 17

06:42
Reuters: U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8

Reuters:

Apple Inc’s older iPhone 7 models are outselling the recently launched iPhone 8 ahead of the early November debut of the premium iPhone X, broker KeyBanc Capital Markets said, citing carrier store surveys.

Traditionally, new editions of the iPhone have sold quickly as fans queue for the latest upgrade, but early surveys have added to chatter that the iPhone 8 is not proving as popular as its predecessors.

  1. Not clear if this is true. These are not Apple’s numbers.
  2. If true, not clear if the motivation is demand for the iPhone X dimming demand for the iPhone 8, or a statement about the relative perceived values of the iPhone 7 vs iPhone 8.

No matter, this is the first time Apple has created this type of choice for the iPhone consumer, pitching a next generation product at the same time (give or take a month) as a new product that extends an existing line.

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06:40
OWC releases Aura Pro X line of SSD flash storage...

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced new Aura Pro X SSDs, integrating the latest NVME, 3D MLC, and SLC NAND for data performance of up to 1600MB/s with exceptional power efficiencies. They work with most 2013 and later Macs.

Built around a NVME controller, the Aura Pro X Series requires macOS High Sierra. All OWC SSDs fully enable the advanced features of APFS including strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing, atomic safe-save primitives, and improved file system fundamentals.

Aura Pro X SSDs begin shipping later this month in capacities of 240GB to 1.0TB. The 2.0TB capacity version is expected to ship in mid-November/Q4 2017. Pricing ranges from $279.99 for a 240GB model to $1,279.99 for a 2TB version. For users who don’t want to upgrade to macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the original Aura line of SSDs is...

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06:39
Apple’s universal Search feature now works with BBC...

Apple has gained several new partners around the world for its universal Search feature on Apple TV. In the United States, Apple TV users can now use the Search app or Siri to find content in BBC America, Classix, and Oxygen.

Search on Apple TV lets you look for movies and TV shows in supported channels without hunting for specific content in individual apps. Here’s the full list of new Search partners in the US and around the world:

more…

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06:34
Apple still offering free delayed battery repairs...

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

If you own a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display released in Mid 2012 or Early 2013, and your notebook qualifies for battery service, the repair should be free if you are willing to wait for around one month.

To check if your MacBook Pro battery needs service:

Click on the Apple logo in the menu bar. Then, click on About This Mac > System Report > Power. In the Health Information section, the condition should say “Service Battery.”

Good stuff. Pass this along.

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06:30
Greenpeace Says Samsung Should Copy Apple’s...

The report simultaneously praises Apple’s efforts on green energy (which it graded an A), while shaming Samsung for its dismal efforts to be environmentally responsible.


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06:25
Rhino Camera Gear introduces ROV, a $229 compact...

The iPhone has long been well-regarded for its photographic capabilities, but as of late it’s becoming quite the outstanding tool for videographers as well. For example, with the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, Apple has stepped up the device’s video feature set, adding both 24 and 60 frames per second options for 4K video capture.

But when it comes to capturing rich and dynamic video content, the iPhone hardware is only half of the equation. Apple devices, and smartphones in general, are benefited by a wide variety of add-on hardware, such as lenses, tripod mounts, filters and more. These tools can help iPhone videographers take their productions to the next level.

With this in mind, Seattle, WA-based Rhino Camera Gear, creators of the popular Rhino Slider for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, have built the ROV — a compact slider specifically with the iPhone in mind. Slider movement produces a...

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06:20
I think I broke my Facebook

Cliff Kuang, FastCoDesign:

I systematically unfollowed every single person and organization in my network except the actual news outlets. That promptly turned my sprawling social network of friends, frenemies, and strangers into a mere news reader plugged into just a half-dozen publications. Problem solved! No more updates about people’s lives.

And:

There’s a follow-on effect that I didn’t realize either: If you unfollow people on Facebook, you drop out of their Facebook feed as well. So now, whenever I have something I really want to share–a new job, or the final draft of the book I’ve been writing for years–I’m met with crickets. I’m stranded on the digital equivalent of a deserted island.

And:

There’s no obvious way to get off this island. I could manually re-follow everyone I unfollowed. But even if I do that, I have no idea if Facebook automatically makes them follow me. For all intents and purposes, my Facebook is ruined.

My...

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06:11
Apple Pay reportedly launching in Sweden next week,...

A report by the Swedish site MacPro claims that Apple Pay will be launching in Sweden next week.

It says that Nordea will be the first Swedish bank to support the payment method, and that a joint announcement will be made on October 24 …

more…

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06:05
WaterField Designs announces the Ranger iPhone X case

WaterField Designs has announced the Ranger iPhone X case, a modern take on the traditional holster. With magnetic closing systems that use Neodymium rare-earth magnets, it attaches securely to clothing, belts, work vests or straps.  

A Fidlock closure keeps the iPhone safeguarded inside the case. Scratch-free Ultrasuede lining adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone screen as users insert and remove it from the case.

The bottom opening allows users to keep ear buds connected and keeps text and call notifications audible when the iPhone is inside the case. Side openings provide access to volume and sleep buttons. A front leather pocket can hold earbuds or cash and a key.

Pre-orders for the Ranger iPhone X Case will start Nov. 3 (the day the first iPhone X units are expected to arrive to customers) and shipping starts Nov. 10. The Ranger case will cost $89 and be available in...

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06:00
DASH A – World’s Flattest Bluetooth Speaker for $59....

We have a deal on the DASH A, which the company says is the world’s flattest Bluetooth speaker. It offers 10 hours of playback and has an audio port-in, too. It’s $59.99 through us.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: DASH A — World’s Flattest Portable...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the DASH A portable speaker for only $59.99 — that’s 69% off the regular price. The world’s flattest Bluetooth speaker, this ultra-thin soundbar delivers 10 hours of playback on a single charge, while providing crisp audio quality. Custom rare-earth neodymium drivers provider wide-range playback capabilities, and you can pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled device or use the included audio cable for…

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05:58
Lawyers say Qualcomm’s Chinese injunction attempt...

The long, drawn-out legal fight between Apple and Qualcomm took a sharp turn last week when the chipmaker tried to get an injunction on iPhones being manufactured in China.

But while that might sound like big news, given that it would effectively halt most worldwide production of the device, lawyers in China say there are three reasons why there is little chance of Qualcomm succeeding …

more…

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05:58
iPhone, Apple Pencil, and the need to double the...

UPDATE: Feedback is, this is just point-by-point wrong. We try never to delete posts, or I would delete this one, but at the very least, file this one under, here’s a source I’ll not post from again.

Motley Fool:

One of the sources said that Apple will need to significantly improve the performance of its mobile processor technology to support a digital pen. The source also added that Apple “had to compromise on some touch performance of the latest iPhone X largely due to the less advanced chipset.”

And:

With the latest iPad Pro tablets, according to the company, when a user writes on the screen using the Apple Pencil, the screen begins to scan for input at a rate of 240Hz, or cycles per second. This is twice the peak refresh rate of the display (which is 120Hz).

And:

Apple reportedly tested a high-refresh rate display on the iPhone X (Apple calls such displays ProMotion displays) but ultimately chose not to ship the device...

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05:55
Flashphoner announces support for Safari browsers...

Flashphoner, a developer of streaming video systems, has released an update of its Web Call Server 5 media server to work with Safari 11 on iOS and macOS High Sierra. 

WebRTC is a technology that provides this capability, allowing users to make phone calls directly from a browser, share documents and data securely, and even do screen sharing easily. Well, Apple has agreed to put WebRTC into WebKit, which is the engine that powers Safari. The Web Call Server update allows developers to create streaming broadcasting apps, video chats, video calls and other web applications that work directly in Safari 11 browsers from Apple on iPhone and iPad.

Last month, Apple released an update of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad. This update presented a new Safari 11 browser with support for the WebRTC technology. Prior to this update the Safari browser didn’t have access to the camera and microphone and could not broadcast live...

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05:38
Future iPhones, iPads, Apple Watch bands could have...

Future iPhones and iPads may have small displays on their sides in addition to the main display. And Apple Watch bands could also offer additional display info.

Apple has been granted a patent (9,791,949) for “electronic devices with sidewall displays” and the company says that it “would be desirable to be able to use flexible display technology to provide improved electronic devices such as electronic devices with input-output components.”

According to the patent, electronic devices may be provided that contain flexible displays that are bent to form displays on multiple surfaces of the devices. Bent flexible displays may be bent to form front side displays and edge displays. Edge displays may be separated from front side displays or from other edge displays using patterned housing members, printed or painted masks, or by selectively activating and inactivating display pixels associated with the flexible display. 

Edge displays may alternately function as...

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05:29
Samsung trails Apple in new Greenpeace ‘Guide to...

The 2017 Guide to Greener Electronics was released today by Greenpeace USA, with rankings of 17 of the world's leading consumer electronics companies on sustainable manufacturing and design of IT products. Apple received a B-.

Companies were evaluated based on their transparency, commitment, performance and advocacy efforts in three critical areas: reduction of greenhouse gases through renewable energy; use of recycled materials; and elimination of hazardous chemicals.  

"Tech companies claim to be at the forefront of innovation, but their supply chains are stuck in the Industrial Age. We know they can change. Rather than fueling climate change, IT companies need to show the way forward, just like Google and Apple have done with data centers run on renewables," says Gary Cook, senior IT campaigner at Greenpeace USA.

The average grade across the 17 companies evaluated in the Guide was...

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05:22
No, wait, there’s few (if any) production delays for...

Yesterday DigiTimes claimed that Apple manufacturer Foxconn has begun shipping iPhone X devices out of China, but the first batch “only” totals around 47,000. Foxconn has ramped up its iPhone X output from 100,000 to 400,000per week, but supply still lags behind demand, the article adds. 

Now the same publication says that chip vendors "were not aware" of any production delays or shipment cutbacks. The same reports say chip deliveries for the iPhone X have been on schedule. On the whole, chip orders for new iPhone devices will grow through the fourth quarter of 2017, and will begin to slow down in the first quarter of the following year, claims DigiTimes.

Ordering for the next gen Apple smartphone will start on Oct. 27, and...

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05:15
Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to...

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

Assorted readers have noted that the Beddit product has been “sold out” for more than a week, which stands as a fairly reliable sign that Apple may be killing off the product. Were Beddit’s products still being manufactured, Apple’s web store would have offered estimated shipping dates.

Apple is thought to be incorporating some form of sleep tracking through its own products. It’s unknown as to what specific products this could find its way into.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via...

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05:12
Supply chain claims Apple's iPhone X part...




A new supply chain report suggests that the chokepoints on iPhone X manufacturing are loosening, and shipments from assemblers may meet demand before the holiday season concludes.

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05:00
How to Use One-Handed Zoom in iOS 11’s Maps

There’ll be no more endlessly double-tapping on your screen, folks, and that’s a very good thing.


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05:00
Apple confirms fix against “KRACK Attack” WPA-2...

Following the recent “KRACK Attack” Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit, Apple has cited that it has addressed the issue in its macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS betas, but has yet to officially state as to whether a patch is en route for its AirPort series of routers.

Sources within the company have stated that the patch to remove hardware susceptibility was included in a “previous” beta of the current range of operating systems, indicating a release before Monday’s batch.

Given that the most recent firmware update for the AirPort routers was released in December of 2016, it’s presently unknown as to whether Apple would release a patch for the KRACK exploit for its AirPort routers.

The KRACK exploit itself takes advantage of a four-way handshake between a router and a connecting device to establish the encryption key. Properly executed, the third step can be compromised, resulting in the re-use of an encryption key —or in some cases in Android and Linux, the establishment of...

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04:55
BBC adds CarPlay and Android Auto support to iPlayer...

If you’re a fan of listening to BBC radio shows while driving, the latest update to the iPlayer Radio app adds CarPlay support …

more…

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04:30
Kanex’s MultiSync Premium Slim is like a Magic...

Hey, Apple, I’m awaiting a Magic Keyboard with backlighting and a Touch Bar for use with my iMac. While I’m waiting, the Kanex MultiSync Premium Slim Keyboard for Mac & iOS will do, at least for the backlighting part.

The $79.95 keyboard’s MultiSync technology allows the Slim Keyboard to be shared among four (yes, four!) macOS and iOS devices. It uses a micro USB plug for juicing up, though I wish it implemented Apple’s Lightning port. After charging, you pair your devices and start toggling with one-touch switching. Everything is done wirelessly via Bluetooth 3.0, so no installation or drivers are needed.

The micro USB charging port is located on the back of the keyboard. The rear is also home to a physical toggle switch for turning the keyboard power off and on. 

The MultiSync Premium Slim Keyboard sports all of the familiar Mac keys and shortcuts, allowing you to adjust screen...

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04:25
Google Maps gets – and then loses – cupcakes in...

There can’t be many occasions on which a huge tech company has added a new feature to an app – then removed it just 24 hours later after user kickback.

But that’s exactly what’s just happened with an update to the iPhone version of Google Maps. And of all the unlikely things that feature could be, it’s a cupcake …

more…

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04:00
How to stop auto-play in macOS High Sierra’s Safari

With macOS High Sierra, Safari now stops auto-play for video with sound, so you can browse the web without annoying audio “pop-ups.” When you’re ready to watch, click the play button. 

You can customize your settings for specific websites — so articles always open in Reader, pages are zoomed in, and more. Control-click the URL, then choose Settings for This Website.

(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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03:58
iPhone X yield rates improving, questionable claim...

Supply chain sources report that yield rates for iPhone X components have improved – including the 3D camera modules that were said to be limiting production volumes, initially very severely.

They go on to make a questionable claim that supply will have caught up with demand before the holidays …

more…

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 17, 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

FreneticGamez has introduced Golf Maestro 1.0. In the free app, you play through the different golf courses with one touch control, unlock color, trails and other styles for your golf balls. You’ll face different kinds of challenges, play on grass, sand, in the middle of the night and even on some crazy adventure golf courses. The game consists of six courses with various numbers of holes in different locations.

macOS Apps/Updates

True North Software has released Station 1.4, an update of their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. 

With nested folders, you can arrange items in...

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01:59
Strava for iPhone updated w/ redesigned feed and...

Strava today has released a new version of its iPhone app with an all-new social media activity feed. The company says it has redesigned its activity feed and added a new posts functionality that allows users to share and discover tips and tricks, tell stories, and more.

more…

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Monday October 16

22:08
Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts,...




Greenpeace on Monday released its latest "Guide to Greener Electronics" report for 2017, analyzing what steps, if any, 17 of the world's top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a passable B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to "right to repair" legislation.

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21:26
Greenpeace report praises Apple’s closed-loop supply...

Greenpeace today has released a new version of its Guide to Greener Electronics. This breakdown offers a look at how several tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, are handling their environmental and renewable habits. The organization gives Apple an overall grade of B-…

more…

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19:14
Three years after its last update, would you still...

It’s officially been three years to the day that Apple last updated its Mac mini. It was all the way back on October 16th, 2014 that Phil Schiller announced the last changes to Apple’s most affordable Mac tier, and since then it’s been nothing short of radio silence.

Despite the long wait, would you still be interested in a refreshed Mac mini?

more…

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18:19
Full scale of Apple’s patent loss to VirnetX is now...

Enlarge / Apple's FaceTime has been found to infringe patents belonging to VirnetX, a public patent-holding company. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A patent-holding company called VirnetX has won a massive patent case against Apple, for the third time. Today, it became clear just how big the win was.

An order unsealed Friday (PDF) reveals that, not only did a federal judge award VirnetX the full $302 million jury verdict that it won last year, but the judge tacked on $41.3 million in enhanced damages and $96 million in costs,...

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17:16
What’s new in iOS 11.1 beta 3? Hands-on with changes...

Apple ushered in the third iOS 11.1 beta earlier today, and we’ve taken some time to discuss some of the new features and changes found in this latest developer beta release. Watch our video walkthrough for a brief look at a few of the noticeable differences between iOS 11.1 beta 2 and iOS 11.1 beta 3. more…

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17:09
Apple responds to US Senate request for more details...

Immediately after Apple unveiled Face ID last month, United States Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Tim Cook raising some concerns about security and privacy. A month later, and after publicly publishing a security white paper answering many of the questions, Apple has responded to Franken…

more…

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16:41
Australia tackles revenge porn with a national...

Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to...

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16:39
Apple considered a purchase of Crossover Health

Apple was in talks for months to buy Crossover Health, but those talks fell through, claims CNBC, quoting three “sources familiar with the matter.” The article says it’s not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch.

Assuming CNBC is correct, I’d bet that the tech giant was interested in the latter and not in starting its own line of clinics. After all, the company has expanded its initiatives into health with iOS and watchOS apps and technologies.

Pictured is the Crossover Health facility in Mountain View, California.

Apple’s Health app on iOS devices gathers the information you choose from your various health apps...

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16:24
Report: Apple entered deep acquisition talks w/...

Top image: Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare argument with mock ‘Apple Healthcare’ ad

According to a new report from CNBC, Apple entered “deep” talks with Crossover Health about an acquisition. The move comes as Apple continues its push into healthcare and Crossover Health is a startup that provides on-site medical care to a number of employers.

more…

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16:19
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK...

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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15:50
Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-...




As part of an intensifying focus on holistic health care and supporting products, Apple was recently in talks to buy health clinic start-up Crossover Health, and approached primary care group One Medical, though the discussions ultimately fell through.

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15:39
Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a...

Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakan...

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15:34
New survey shows CarPlay support becoming a ‘must...

Since its release three years ago, CarPlay has been gradually expanding with more car manufacturers signing on to support the feature every year. Now, a new report from Strategy Analytics offers a bit more information on consumer interest in CarPlay…

more…

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15:20
Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $...

Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to...

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15:05
KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit already fixed in iOS, macOS...

Apple has already patched the KRACK attack WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability in the developer and public betas for iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

Great news.

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15:03
Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires'...

Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute...

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14:53
Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID...




Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology's potential impact on consumer privacy. Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system's built-in security features.

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14:47
Apple Watch credited with helping detect lung blood...

Apple has long marketed the Apple Watch as a health device and today we’re seeing yet another instance of the device being put to good use. 28-year-old Apple Watch user James Green tweeted over the weekend that the “stupid lil wrist computer” saved his life.

more…

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14:41
Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system

In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. S...

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.39, Live Home 3D 3.3, Coda 2.6.8, SoundSource 3.0.2, 1Password 6.8.3, Parallels Desktop 13.1, PopChar X 8.2, and ChronoSync 4.8.2.

 

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14:37
ExtraBITS for 16 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has already patched the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability in its operating system betas and is offering free MacBook Pro battery repairs for select models if you’re willing to wait a month, iFixit’s CEO explains why repairs are good for the economy, and we have two articles about how some smartphone and social media pioneers are having second thoughts about their creations.

 

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14:34
AWT News Update: October 16, 2017

Andy Rubin, who shamelessly copied iOS, is being sued by a company owned by Tony Fadell for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Rubin is attempting -- badly -- to channel Steve Jobs in the Essential Phone rollout photo above.

Happy Monday! We have just a few stories for you today, but you'll find them all quite interesting...

  • Design a new home or a home improvement with BeLight Software's Live Home 3D, this week's AWT sponsor. 
  • iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Android co-creator Andy Rubin, saying that he stole trade secrets
  • Another manufacturer joins the HomeKit parade, with Sylvania adding a soft white LED smartbulb and an LED flex strip
  • Ireland gains Apple Maps transit instructions

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast...

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14:23
Facebook trying to find employees with national...

Facebook's next attempt at clearing its name from any future political entanglements is apparently hiring people with national security clearances, according to Bloomberg. "Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government...

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14:13
“While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way...

So when we ran out of buttons to hide our software’s UI behind, it really forced us to use our imagination. Instead of squeezing UI in where it didn’t fit, we built a new button to conceal it: it’s called the Camera Button.

I didn’t even think this was possible.

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14:10
Wi-Fi Calling Not Working on Your New iPhone? It May...

If you update to a new iPhone and WiFi calling seems to stop working, there’s a good explanation for that: Your call settings may not have carried over from your previous phone.


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14:10
Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup

Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made...

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13:54
TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with TMO...

Kelly Guimont does TextExpander technical support for Smile Software. She’s also a podcaster and a TMO Contributor. And she joins the TMO Daily Observations (TDO) Podcast with me on most Wednesdays. On a recent TDO episode, Kelly revealed that she holds her iPhone in a very special way with one hand. Just how she operates the iPhone in that mode and how she manages her apps created a very interesting follow-up discussion in this podcast. Kelly also shared her thoughts on the latest iTunes, version 12.7., that eliminated app support. (Apple has since mildly reversed course.) Kelly and I really let loose here, so don’t miss the fun!


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13:53
Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year

Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" tha...

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13:51
The router makers that have patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi...

Some security-minded companies have already worked on fixes and are offering patches.

This is a list of companies that are offering a fix to the Wi-Fi issue we reported on this morning.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:47
Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature

Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt...

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13:45
Our Must Have Grocery Apps For Your Next Shopping...

There are plenty of grocery apps to choose from, and we’ve found some of the best. Whether you need to build a grocery list, or you’re trying to find the best deals, this selection of free apps can help you get started.


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13:42
Tony Fadell sues Andy Rubin for theft of trade...

Privately owned Keyssa Inc, backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Essential Products Inc, a smartphone startup founded by Andy Rubin, the co-creator of the Android mobile phone operating system, accusing it of theft of trade secrets in a lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. federal court in San Francisco.

Andy Rubin basically stole iOS to create Android, so is it out of the realm to think he stole this technology from Fadell? Absolutely not. Especially since Rubin was in talks with Fadell’s company for 10 months.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:36
UPDATE: Apple has already patched KRACK Wi-Fi...

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This morning we ran a post about the KRACK vulnerability, which allows a malicious hacker to bypass WPA2 encryption on Wi-Fi networks and making a user's data easy to view. At the time, we hadn't heard how Apple was going to respond. Now word is out that Apple has already patched those vulnerabilities in beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS that should go live soon.

Apple website iMore's Rene Ritchie got the word direct from Apple (it must be nice to have access to the company instead of being ignored by them...) that the patches will be rolled out to consumers in the near future. 

It's unlikely that any firmware updates will be made to the company's AirPort Wi-Fi access points since fixing the problem on the client side ensures that hackers will not be able to use KRACK...

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13:30
Strategy Analytics: systems such as CarPlay are...

A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics, “Consumer Interest for In-Car Smartphone Mirroring is Almost Universal,” surveying consumers in the U.S., Western Europe and China, has found that an increasing number of consumers feel that smartphone mirroring systems such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Baidu CarLife will be a "must-have" when purchasing their next vehicle and moreover, are willing to pay for them at almost any reasonable price point.

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Strategy Analytics found that once consumers have mirroring solutions, they are often used to the exclusion of embedded systems. Increasing interest in mirroring...

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13:20
Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps

Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial b...

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13:16
Analyst: iPhone X could provide "strongest...

GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives tells clients that he iPhone X could provide the “strongest iPhone product cycle to date.”  He says the upgrade cycle will push “well into fiscal year18” due to the device’s supply chain issues.

However, the delay will still result in a “super cycle upgrade” that’s a “major growth catalyst” for the next year, according to Ives. The analyst forecasts that Apple will sell 265 million units in fiscal year 2018 compared to 231 million in fiscal year 2015, which was the peak iPhone 6 cycle. Ives initiates Apple at a price target of $190 to $200. 

Ordering will start on Oct. 27, and they’ll begin to ship Nov. 3. The iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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13:08
Sylvania adds hub-less HomeKit LED Flex Strip and...

Sylvania has added two more products to its new hub-less Smart+ lineup, the LED Flex Strip along with an A19 LED Soft White bulb. The company has also announced that a smart plug will be available soon.

more…

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13:06
Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the...

Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's pl...

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12:59
Apple Already Patched KRACK Hack in iOS, tvOS,...

Apple has already patched against the KRACK hack in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. iMore publisher Rene Ritchie tweeted that Apple confirmed all four OSes have been patched against the threat. In a separate piece, the site noted that Apple’s AirPort base stations have also been patched against KRACK. The flaw, called Key Reinstallation attack (KRACK) takes advantage of a flaw in the WPA2 standard that lets an attacker decrypt the data flowing through the wireless network. As noted in TMO’s Daily Observations on...

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12:49
Waymo is training cops how to respond to autonomous...

There are a lot of hurdles to clear before autonomous cars can fully take over the roadways. Chief among them is training the police on how to react and handle a self-driving car error, as spotted by Recode. Currently, Waymo is working with local pol...

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12:47
First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple...




Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

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12:34
Watch This Video of Dubai Police Star Wars-Like...

Check out this video of the Hoversurf in action. It’s a promo video Hoversurf produced with the Dubai police department to show off the Star Wars-like hoverbikes being produced for the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. These things can travel at 70 kilometers per hour (43.5MPH), according to ABC, with a range of 6 clicks (3.7 miles) and flight time of 25 minutes. It’s intensely awesome, except for the part where it’s obviously difficult to control. And keep in mind that this video is a carefully edited promotional video produced under what are theoretically optimum conditions. But whatevs, because [hoverbike]!


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12:33
Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent...

VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a...

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12:23
Review: Tsumbay TS-BH05 Active Noise Cancelling...

For most music listening, I love to use my Apple AirPods as they’re light, unobtrusive, and give me pretty good sound quality. But when I’m in noisy situations, the AirPods aren’t that great because they don’t do a good job of blocking external noise and have no noise cancelling capability built in. Today I’m looking at the Tsumbay TS-BH05 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone (MSRP $109.99, available for $59.99 on Amazon), a reasonably-priced set of Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation.

Tsumbay TS-BH05 Headphone. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

Design

The Tsumbay TS-BH05 uses an over-ear design with a soft pair of ear pads and a padded headband that can be adjusted to fit even a big head like mine. Weighing just .48 lbs (.22kg), they’re light enough to wear all day if you want to rock out for hours.

The headphone comes in a matte black finish that pretty...

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12:16
Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to...

Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group call...

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12:11
How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X

The new key combination to take a screenshot on iPhone X should be fairly intuitive for most.


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12:10
News: Report: Vulnerability in WPA2 protocol could...

A published exploit reportedly discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef has found a weakness in the WPA2 protocol powering all modern protected Wi-Fi networks, claiming “Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks.” Despite that claim, Apple is listed as “Unknown” rather than “Affected” or “Not Affected” on the attached list of…

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12:01
Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White...




LEDVANCE's Sylvania brand on Monday announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Color Indoor Flex Strip.

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12:00
Microsoft's redesigned Xbox dashboard is now...

Microsoft's next big update to the Xbox dashboard is now ready for public consumption. The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customisation. The top-level section has four shortcuts (yo...

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11:47
Apple Quietly Puts Beddit Sleep Monitor to Rest

Whatever Apple has in store for the Beddit sleep monitoring system, it doesn’t look like maintaining the product is in the plans.


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11:41
Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that...

It's hard to get excited about an Android tablet in 2017. Samsung is still trying to take on the iPad with its premium Galaxy Tab S lineup, and there are countless slates from other companies that seem more obligatory than innovative. Mostly it boils...

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11:32
Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector...




AppleInsider has learned that Apple has rectified the "KRACK Attack" Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit in "recent" macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas -- but was unable to confirm that a patch is coming for the AirPort series of routers.

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11:31
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to...

Mike Monteiro:

Twitter, which was conceived and built by a room of privileged white boys (some of them my friends!), never considered the possibility that they were building a bomb. To this day, Jack Dorsey doesn’t realize the size of the bomb he’s sitting on. Or if he does, he believes it’s metaphorical. It’s not. He is utterly unprepared for the burden he’s found himself responsible for.

Twitter would have you believe that it’s a beacon of free speech. Biz Stone would have you believe that inaction is principle. I would ask you to consider the voices that have been silenced. The voices that have disappeared from Twitter because of the hatred and the abuse. Those voices aren’t free. Those voices have been caged. Twitter has become an engine for further marginalizing the marginalized. A pretty hate machine.

Monteiro voices the frustration many of us have with Twitter and its seeming lack of direction and its inability to solved the problems that are so

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11:11
'Doom' arrives on Nintendo Switch November...

Turns out that you won't have to wait too long to raze some Hell on your Nintendo Switch. That's because Doom will be released this November 10th, only a few short weeks from now. How's it look? Based on the video below, good and it seems to play jus...

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11:08
iOS 11.1 DB3 Released with Fix for iPhone X...

iOS 11.1 DB3 has bug fixes and interface refinements, including a bug fix for Apple’s unreleased iPhone X.


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10:59
KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to...

Researchers have uncovered a Wi-Fi security flaw, dubbed KRACK, that affects nearly any device that uses Wi-Fi, whether or not the network is encrypted. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

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10:49
#MeToo becomes a rallying cry for survivors of...

Yesterday, a campaign geared towards demonstrating just how common sexual assault and harassment are began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the hashtag #MeToo, women began posting their own stories of harassment in response to...

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10:31
External Link: Apple Has Already Patched the WPA2...

Security professionals are fretting over the just-disclosed KRACK flaw, which renders all WPA2-protected Wi-Fi networks vulnerable to attack. Fortunately, MacRumors is reporting Apple told iMore’s Rene Ritchie that it has already plugged the vulnerability in the next betas of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Once Apple releases the current betas, likely in the next few days, those fixes will protect the data sent and received on devices running those operating systems, even if the Wi-Fi router itself remains vulnerable. The real concern with KRACK will come with older devices for which patches don’t become available.

 

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10:31
Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1,...




Seemingly skipping macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 for now, Apple has issued new betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 a week after the last revision.

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10:30
Review: RHA Dacamp L1 Portable DAC/Amp

One of the perks of writing headphone reviews is the chance we get to introduce readers to companies that make great audio gear they might otherwise never encounter. London-based RHA is one of those companies — already a favorite in the audiophile community, but small enough that you're not likely to see their stuff being used by your fellow commuters on a crowded train. Today we make the introduction with one of RHA's most interesting products — the Dacamp L1. Though it may strain the definition of "portable," it's one of the most versatile and feature-packed portable DAC/amps we've yet seen.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:30
A 747 'Supertanker' rains retardant on...

A converted Boeing 747-400 used to fight fires is a great example of old technology reborn with a new purpose. The aircraft, the largest passenger model in Boeing's jumbo lineup, first entered service with Japan Airlines in 1991. After being converte...

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10:23
Tesla fires hundreds of employees

The dismissals come at a crucial point for the company, which is pushing to increase vehicle production five-fold and reach a broader market with its new Model 3 sedan. The electric vehicle maker missed targets for producing the lower-cost sedan, manufacturing only 260 last quarter despite a wait list of more than 450,000 customers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:22
Report: T-Mobile and Sprint won’t sell off assets...

News today about the upcoming merger of T-Mobile and Sprint suggests that the two wireless providers won’t be selling any of their assets ahead of an announcement that could come as early as later this month.

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10:22
KRACK WPA2 Flaw Explained, Qualcomm’s Push for...

Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact the KRACK WPA2 WiFi security threat will have on us, plus they look at Qualcomm’s push to ban iPhone manufacturing in China.


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10:19
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS...

Apple has posted the third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1.

All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is. Look for public versions of the betas to be available soon (I’d guess within the week).

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10:15
The encryption many major companies rely on has a...

Researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic uncovered a major security vulnerability in RSA keys generated by Infineon Technologies-produced chips. These chips are used in products manufactured by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Sams...

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10:11
Apple releases third iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS...

Apple has released the third iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11.1 beta includes the return of 3D Touch gestures for multitasking as well as hundreds of new emoji characters including “Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie” and plenty more. Apple has also released the third beta versions of watchOS 4.1 beta with Apple Music and Radio streaming as well as tvOS 11.1 beta.

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10:10
Space out with planets in Google Maps

Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer. For extra fun, try zooming out from the Earth until you’re in space!

Very cool.

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10:07
Drone footage shows nearly-completed Apple Park

Since the construction of Apple Park began, we've been following the progress thanks to well-done videos taken from drones flying over the facility. We probably won't see these for much longer, so it's always nice to see a new video coming in from Matthew Roberts:

This video shows just how far along all of the final landscaping is. You see that trees are still being installed around the facility, there are some small structures that are still being built, and sports facilities -- basketball and tennis courts -- are being constructed. But the main "spaceship" building is all nicely finished on the exterior, although interior finish work must be ongoing (there are a lot of Porta-Potties lined up at one point near the building...). 

I'm curious to know whether Apple will apply to have the air over Apple Park set aside as a "No Fly Zone", as the skies could quickly fill with drones of...

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10:00
Origin's NT-15 Quadro is a slim laptop with pro...

I'm obsessed with lightweight, discrete graphics laptops, especially models that excel at video editing and 3D. So when I first saw Origin's 4.3-pound NT-15 Quadro, equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA professional-level Quadro...

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09:50
First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500...

Enlarge / Is there an emoji to describe frustration if these delays come true?

Reports detailing the first shipment of Apple's $999 iPhone X claim there will be even fewer devices to go around than originally expected. According to a Digitimes report that references news from the Chinese outlet Xinhuanet.com, Apple's manufacturer Foxconn recently began shipping the first round of iPhone Xs to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, but that first batch only included 46,500 devices.

The iPhone X's initial shipment is much lower than previous iPhone models, and some reports suggest the holdup...

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09:47
Amazon's selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect...

At $65 off and with wireless streaming capability built in, SanDisk's Connect Wireless Stick is a handy little device to have around.

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