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Tuesday March 13

Amazon's gold Kindle Oasis reminds everyone how...

The Kindle Oasis is a conspicuous display of wealth by its very nature (you have money to burn if you can spend $250 on an e-reader in 2018), but apparently Amazon didn't think it was ostentatious enough. The internet giant is taking US pre-orders fo...

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News: Apple updates MFi program with with specs for...

Apple has added specifications for USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable to its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod licensing program, 9to5Mac reports. The update will allow third-party accessory makers to include USB-C charging receptacles in certified iOS and Mac accessories. Accessory makers can also now create a Lightning to 3.5mm connector to allow iOS devices to be plugged directly into an auxiliary port. Previously users would be forced to…

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Adobe XD now lets you import Photoshop and Sketch...

There’s news in the Adobe world today with feature updates to XD, Illustrator CC, and InDesign CC out now. Adobe XD now lets designers easily work with Photoshop and Sketch assets and design files, and both Illustrator and InDesign have been refreshed.


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11-inch iPad Pro May Debut at WWDC 2018

Apple may unveil an 11-inch iPad Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference this spring, and ditch Touch ID in favor of Face ID.

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AmazonBasics power banks recalled over fire hazard...

AmazonBasics is great choice for everything from HDMI cables to coathangers and a whole lot more. Apparently "whole lot more" also extends to unintentional fire sources. The shopping juggernaut has recalled a half-dozen power banks sold between Decem...

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Google Assistant iOS app now offers native support...

If you prefer Google Assistant to Siri, the latest version of the app is available for iPad as well as iPhone …


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Apple computers are most reliable, according to...

Apple, in addition to the highest U.S. market share among computer manufacturers, is also the most reliable brand, handily beating out a group of competitors that includes Samsung, Dell, and Lenovo.

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Rumor: Apple’s AirPower will arrive before the end...

DigiTimes Research claims Apple will release its AirPower wireless charger before the end of the month. The Sellers Research Firm (that’s me) thinks the odds are favorable this will happen.

The AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

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News: Apple orders animated series from ‘Bob’s...

Apple has added a comedy cartoon to its slate of upcoming TV programming, Variety reports. The show — called “Central Park” — comes from Loren Bouchard (creator of the hit series “Bob’s Burgers”) and has been given a two-season order. The musical comedy will be written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, and centers around a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park. The show will also include Gad’s…

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∞ Siri, HomePod, and a bit of back and forth

One of my favorite habits is strolling downstairs in the morning, and asking Siri to play some music while I make coffee, do my morning routine.

Yesterday, I asked Siri to play one of my favorite albums, Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert. It’s a terrific morning album and, even though it came out back in 1975, it sounds terrific on HomePod. It’s all about the production.

The problem here is getting Siri to play this album. […]

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Rumor claims Apple at work on 11-inch iPad Pro, no...

Apple is allegedly working on an iPad Pro measuring around 11 inches, according to a Taiwanese report, which also quashed the idea of any imminent iPhone SE refresh.

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AirPower wireless charging mat for Apple Watch and...

Another publication has latched onto rumors that Apple will be launching its AirPower wireless charging mat in the next few weeks, with a report from DigiTimes about Taiwanese component shipment increases claiming the Apple-designed power accessory will arrive by the end of March.

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The mystery of crashing apps on iOS and Android

An examination of mobile app crashes between Apple's iOS and Google's Android once appeared to suggest that apps crash significantly more often on iOS compared to Android. However, developers and analysts offer some explanations of why this occurring. As is often the case, the story behind the numbers is more nuanced and complex than a trivial clickbait headline can deliver.

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What we're buying: Philips OneBlade shaver

Men don't get much when it comes to the bathroom-gadget oeuvre, and Engadget usually deals in two kinds of them: established devices given a new twist, and extreme futuristic-use cases for the future of our bathroom -- typically aimed at women. Not s...

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News: Report says new iPad Pro could feature slim...

A new report from the Economic Daily News backs up previous rumors that Apple plans to release an updated pair of iPad Pro devices this June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference. A source said the display will measure about 11”  — which could possibly just take the same footprint of the current 10.5” iPad Pro and shave down the bezels to create a slightly larger display. The 12.9” model is also expected…

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The world’s very first iPod commercial

[VIDEO] Though the commercial is obviously dated (shown by aspect ratio, resolution, fashion, and tech), the sense of how deeply Apple gets music and its importance to people is clear.

Head over to the main Loop post to watch the ad.

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Get an exclusive collection of 10 Mac productivity...

StackSocial has curated a collection of ten top apps to help you get the most out of your Mac in 2018. Highlighted by BusyCal 3, HoudahSpot 4, and the toolbar app used at Google and Facebook, uBar 4, The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle will give your Mac (and you) a productivity overhaul. Get it now for less than $2/app — it’s just $19.99 (Orig. $525). The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle includes the following:

  1. BusyCal 3 ($49.99 Value) – Customize calendar views to meet your needs
  2. Cargo VPN ($79.99 Value) – Protect your Mac while surfing public WiFi, bypass geo-restricted content, and more
  3. HoudahSpot 4 ($29.00 Value) – Find just about any file (documents, photos, emails) on your Mac
  4. uBar 4 ($30.00 Value...
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Fitbit’s latest smartwatch attempt borrows heavily...

Fitbit has announced a new $200 smartwatch which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Apple Watch in both appearance and feature-set. The Fitbit Versa is a lower-cost, redesigned version of the $300 Ionic that launched last year …


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Alexa-equipped ecobee Switch+ with HomeKit now...

After being teased last summer, ecobee has officially announced pricing and availability for its new Switch+ smart home accessory. Switch+ is available for pre-order starting today and ships on March 26 for $99 in the US and $119 in Canada. Like other smart light switches, Switch+ includes Alexa integration as well as HomeKit support for controlling lights  — but Switch+ takes integration with Amazon’s voice assistant a step further by building it in to the light switch.


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Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook...

Georges Abi-Heila, The Next Web:

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below).

Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an ad-free stripped down version of Facebook that’s actually quite relaxing.

As I’m trying to reduce my exposure to social networks, I decided to take a look at this info.

Read Georges’ post for the details. Better yet, go get your archive from Facebook so you understand just how much Facebook never forgets a single thing you do.

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iOS: Choosing How Far Back to Sync Events

You can actually choose how far back you’d like to go when syncing your calendars to your iPhone or iPad—just a month, say, or the whole kit and caboodle. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to configure this setting!

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Apple Music hits 38 million paid subscribers


Apple Inc’s streaming music service now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million in February, the company said on Monday.


Apple’s number compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 at industry leader Spotify.


Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media Inc has 5.48 million total subscribers.

Eddie Cue shared the Apple Music numbers on stage at South by Southwest in Austin.

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Hands on: Fine tune apps that launch on your Mac at...

Mac users who need to manage apps that load at startup, but want greater control than macOS' existing settings can offer need to look at Startupizer 2, a tool providing extensive and flexible organization of when an app launches after logging in, or in some cases, if an app will load at all.

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Mobile gaming's lead widened globally in 2017

Mobile app data and insights company App Annie and International Data Corporation (IDC), a provider of technology market intelligence services, have unveiled a special joint report entitled, "Gaming Spotlight, 2017 Review.” The big news: direct spending on mobile games exceeded the combined spending total on home console, Mac/PC, and handheld console games by more than one third in 2017, up from a single-digit margin by the same measure in 2016. 

Games also generated nearly 80% of total worldwide consumer spending for combined iOS and Google Play, while accounting for roughly 35% of worldwide downloads.

"Mobile gaming's lead widened globally in 2017; mobile game spending was 2.3x PC gaming and 3.6x game consoles last year," says Danielle Levitas, senior vice president of Research at App Annie. "With billions of mobile devices in the world, apps are the mass...

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Apple orders animated comedy ‘Central Park’ from ‘...

Daniel Holloway, Variety:

Apple continues to grow it series-programming slate, adding its first animated show.

The digital giant has given a two-season series order to “Central Park,” a musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, the series is described as telling the story of how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Two seasons, 13 episodes each.

The content pipeline is starting to fill. What’s not clear is how all this new programming will be packaged. Will it be part of the Apple Music subscription? Will Apple Music be segmented? Rebranded? Will a new Apple Media entity be created?


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Rumor: Apple to release an 11-inch iPad Pro (but I...

Apple plans to release an 11-inch iPad Pro with a display at this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, according to Taiwan's Economic Daily News — as noted by MacRumors. This would hint at a replacement for the company’s current 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Chances this rumor is true, according to the Sellers Research Firm (that’s me): 50%. Apple has a winner with the popular, acclaimed 10.5 incher, so why mess with success? UNLESS a bigger screen can be fit inside the same size case. Instead of an 11-inch iPad Pro, we’ll see a 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels. This would result in a slightly bigger screen size, so perhaps that would give us an 11-inch iPad Pro with the same dimensions at the current 10.5-inch model.

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GM may test a carsharing program this summer

GM's Maven is basically the equivalent of a car rental service; for a fee, users can borrow a loaded GM vehicle for up to 28 days at a time. Now, it appears that GM may be looking to expand the service. According to Bloomberg, GM will operate pilot p...

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NASA's acting chief retires with no obvious...

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. has been heading NASA's efforts ever since the previous administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr., stepped down with President Obama. Since he never officially became Bolden's replacement -- he was acting administrator for 14 month...

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PSA: iOS Markup is not designed to be a redaction...

In iOS 11, Markup is a system-level feature able to annotate and draw shapes over images and PDFs. It lets you draw with a pen, a marker and some basic squares and circles over photos. Apple doesn’t really advertise Markup as a redaction feature, to cover up information, but it feels like it is up to the job and I’ve seen many people on social media use it to do just that.

However, you have to be careful as the Markup tools can be deceptive, particularly the marker. Even if it looks like the personal info is obscured, some basic photoshop work easily reveals what is underneath …


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Wistron gains approval to build new factory for...

Apple production partner Wistron has successfully received approval to develop more land in India to fuel expansion for its manufacturing efforts, a move that could lead to the firm producing the iPhone 6s in the region in the future.

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Facebook plans to bring news to its Watch video...

Facebook is working on launching a news section within its Watch video platform, which could potentially ramp up the challenge to Apple News, or even Apple's upcoming TV slate.

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The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle offers 10 elite apps...

No Mac is complete without some great apps — and you can get 10 in one hit with the 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle. The lineup includes the ever-popular BusyCal, plus Movavi Photo Editor, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and much more besides. The bundle is now just $14.99 ($525 value) over at 9to5Toys Specials with exclusive coupon: SAVEMAC.


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With the Ace, kids are finally getting their own...

When Fitbit said it was working on a "family" of devices for this year, it really wasn't kidding. While Mom and Dad might choose to strap on a Versa, Fitbit now has a fitness tracker -- the Fitbit Ace -- meant exclusively for wee ones.

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Fitbit's $200 Versa is a friendlier fitness...

Fitbit's first true smartwatch, the Ionic, was an impressive attempt that lacked the polish needed to make it great. That's often how it goes for first attempts, but Fitbit has learned a few key lessons and is trying to crack the smartwatch market on...

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Neato's voice-activated Botvac arrives in the...

Neato first unveiled the Botvac D7 Connected vacuum over six months ago and it has finally arrived in the US and Europe. The company's flagship robotic vacuum packs a lot of tech, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice control, a floor planner...

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SteelSeries' Arctis Pro is a high-res headset...

High-fidelity audio is typically meant for the most extreme music geeks -- people who have expensive DACs (digital-to-analog converters), huge speakers and crazy headphones. You've probably seen (and rolled your eyes at) those folks extolling the vir...

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News: Daily Deal: The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle for only $19.99. The collection of ten elite apps will help you get more out of your Mac than ever, featuring advanced productivity solutions for power users like BusyCal 3, HoudahSpot 4, and uBar 4, two-year subscriptions to Cargo VPN and Systweak for privacy and protection, and lastly there’s RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Premium for just plain fun. Get the The 2018 Mac Essentials…

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Apple is granted a patent for a ‘wellness registry’

Continuing a focus on health related products, such as its HealthKit and Apple Watch, Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,916,474) for a “wellness registry” for receiving and sharing wellness data. 

The wellness data can be received by a user device from any number of sensors external or internal to a user device — from a user manually entering the wellness data, or from other users or entities. The user device can securely store the wellness data on the user device and transmit the wellness data to be stored on a remote database. A user of the device can share some or all of the wellness data with research entities conducting research studies, friends, relatives, caregivers, healthcare providers, or the like.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that approximately 133 million Americans currently suffer from at least one chronic condition. This number is expected to rise to approximately 165 million by the year 2020. As a result, the cost of healthcare in the U.S....

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Apple dives from fifth place to 27th in annual...

Apple and Alphabet’s Google corporate brands dropped in the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll while Amazon maintained the top spot for the third consecutive year, as noted by Reuters. The former plummeted from fifth place to 29th position, while the latter fell from eighth place to 28th position. 

John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll, told Reuters that the likely reason Apple and Google fell was that they have not introduced as many attention-grabbing products as they did in past years.

The Annual RQ study begins with a Nomination Phase which is used to identify the companies with the most “visible” reputations according to the General Public. All respondents are asked to name companies that stand out as having the best and worst reputations overall. Two open-end questions are used:

Of all the companies that you’re familiar with or that you might have heard about, which TWO...

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Wistron set for expanded iPhone production in India...

Apple’s iPhone supplier in India has won approval for a new $105M assembly facility close to the tech hub of Bengaluru. The new plant will allow it to expand local iPhone production in the country.

Wistron currently only makes the iPhone SE model locally, but a recent report says that Apple plans to begin local production of iPhone 6s models too


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Amazon continues to claim top spot in Harris...

In the annual poll that measures the reputations of various major companies, Apple has dropped all the way to 29th, after years in the top five.

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Movies Anywhere includes your FandangoNOW flicks

Movies Anywhere has strengthened its position as the go-to movie library platform by welcoming FandangoNOW into the fold. This means that Movies Anywhere users can now access the films they've purchased via iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play and...

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Apple approved a Mac app with a misbehaving crypto-...

You'd think apps with crypto-miners could only be found in various shady venues on the internet. But that's apparently not the case: a popular alternative for the Mac calendar called Calendar 2 recently gave people a way to unlock its Premium feature...

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Apple tumbles from #5 to #29 in huge Harris...

Apple has fallen 24 places in a huge annual survey of corporate reputations. The Harris Poll Reputation Quotient shows that the company fell from 5th to 29th place …


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Developer behind AR Super Mario creates creepy ARKit...

A developer who previously created an augmented reality version of Super Mario for the Hololens has used ARKit and Unity to create a super-creepy AR scene from The Ring


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Mindly is a solid mind mapping app for macOS and iOS

If you need a solid “mind mapping” app, check out Drip Grind’s Mindly 1.6 for Mac is a handy companion to its Mindly app for iOS and Android devices. It help keep your “inner universe” organized by giving a structure to your thoughts, ideas, plans and projects.

You can capture your ideas on-the-go with mobile version of Mindly and development them further with all the conveniences of desktop environment such as multiple windows, full-size keyboard and large screen estate thanks to Mindly for Mac.

Users of the app can organize their ideas by using natural associations between concepts. You can use colors, icons and attach images to convey meaning. 

My biggest beef with Mindly is that the docs I create and save to iCloud don’t always show up on my iPhone — and vice versa. Drip Grind has supposedly addressed the issue, but it still happens sporadically.

Mindly for Mac requires macOS 10.11 or later. It...

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TSA denies ACLU suggestion that it illegally...

A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) suggests that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may be conducting illegal searches of electronic devices belonging to passengers on domestic flights …


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London’s best orchestra is putting on a PlayStation...

PlayStation, Classic FM and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are teaming up to bring new meaning to the term "gaming culture". This May, PlayStation in Concert comes to London's Royal Albert Hall, bringing to life music used in games from Original Pl...

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How to transfer calls from your Apple Watch to your...

You can answer phone calls on an Apple Watch, but I prefer to take calls on my iPhone. However, sometimes when I’m, say, fixing a cup of coffee at the home office, my Apple Watch will start “ringing” and my smartphone is two rooms away. No problem.

If a call comes in on your Apple Watch, swipe up from the bottom of the the screen. You’ll have options to “Send a Message” or “Answer on iPhone.”

Choose the latter and the caller is placed on hold and will hear the message, “Please hold for a moment.” This gives you time to snag your iPhone and answer the call.

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Apple expands MFi licensing program, releases specs...

Apple Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program now extends to Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports. The new specs were detailed in Apple’s recently updated materials for manufacturers in the MFi program, according to sources.

Per the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. This allows users to charge their devices via either a USB-C cable or power adapter they might already own.

The MFi program, started a few years back, allowed for Apple to license its specs and thus avoid having to bundle additional cables and accessories with certain products. It also allowed for additional peripherals and the expansion of the USB-C protocol, which is found on both Macs and PCs.

Apple’s documentation for the new specs lists battery packs and speakers as products that could benefit from using a USB-C receptacle. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-...

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Rumor: Apple to release more affordable 13-inch...

If you’re hankering for a somewhat more affordable 13-inch Retina Display MacBook, it ships in June.

Per the mighty DigiTimes, Apple will release a new 13.3-inch Retina Display MacBook with the same 2,560 x 1,600 resolution display as the current 13.3-inch MacBook Pro. The panel will come from LG Display.

This sounds similar to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s report that Apple has an update for the aging MacBook Air in the works. He says a refresh is coming along with a lower price point.

The rumor fits in with speculation that Apple will release the updated notebook in time for the annual Worldwide Developer Conference will run from June 4th through June 8th at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

Apple used WWDC last year to introduce the HomePod and iMac Pro, as well as announce updates to the Mac laptop and iMac lineups. The company could have plans to unveil a lower priced Retina MacBook that replaces the MacBook...

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Apple Is Letting Companies Make 3.5mm To Lightning...

Apple has updated the specs for its Made-For-iPhone accessories program, letting accessory makers put USB-C ports on licensed devices, as well as create 3.5mm to Lightning cables for the first time. 9to5Mac reports: With the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. That allows users to charge MFi accessories with a USB-C cable and or power adapter they might already have, for example, and also draw power from the USB port on a Mac using the same cable. It also has other advantages for manufacturers. Apple's documentation for the new specs lists battery packs and speakers as products that could benefit from using a USB-C receptacle. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories, but manufacturers can opt to not include a cable or adapter and reduce their costs and or price in the process. Unlike with Lightning receptacles, Apple does not allow the port to...

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The Morning After: Larry Page's other flying car

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous.

We have more news from SXSW, including a quick recap of Elon Musk's sold-out talk. Elsewhere, Larry Page showed off an autonomous flying machine that could be the backbone of Uber-in-the-sky and Philips is ready...

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Microsoft faces 238 complaints of gender...

Microsoft has been accused of 238 cases of gender discrimination or sexual harassment by female employees working in US-based technical jobs, according to court filings made available this week. The complaints were made between 2010 and 2016, and inc...

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How to identify status lights on your HomePod

Status lights appear on the top of a HomePod and change colors depending on what you're doing on HomePod. Here's what you might see:

(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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Snapchat will feature creator-made AR Lenses in its...

Snapchat plans to give its AR Lens offerings a boost by feature submissions from its users. In late March, you'll start seeing Lenses with their creators' names underneath their titles mixed with Snapchat's own and sponsored options. According to Mas...

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Monday March 12

Play your FandangoNOW movies on Apple TV and iOS...

All-in-one movie centralization and viewing service Movies Anywhere on Tuesday announced a new partnership with FandangoNOW that will allow customers of the on-demand service to watch purchased shows on variety of platforms, including Apple's iOS and Apple TV.

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MoviePass CEO totally backtracks previous comments...

MoviePass made headlines last week when its CEO, Mitch Lowe, bragged that the subscription-based movie service collects an enormous amount of data from its users. In a new interview with Variety, however, Lowe backtracks and says his original comments were “completely inaccurate.”


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MoviePass CEO now says app never tracked user...

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe appears to be backpedaling on recent comments that suggested the movie-a-day app continuously tracks users' locations after they visit a theater, saying in a new interview that he was mistaken in what data his company gleans from customers.

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New survey aims to show how many people will upgrade...

A new survey from Loup Ventures aims to offer color on what percentage of Apple’s current iPhone users plan to upgrade to this year’s yet-to-be-announced models. The survey ultimately indicates that the iPhone is “settling into a lower growth, more predictable rhythm.”


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Mac app 'Calendar 2' mined cryptocurrency...

Popular Mac app "Calendar 2" recently added a "payment" option that uses customer computers to mine the cryptocurrency Monero in exchange for free access to premium features, but a bug in the app's code allowed the miner to run indefinitely even when users opt out of the default setting.

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ExtraBITS for 12 March 2018

In ExtraBITS this week, we have a tip that could help if you lose your AirPods case, Spike Jonze has directed a stunning HomePod ad, we look at how PDF became a cornerstone of business, you can let Mario guide you in Google Maps for the rest of the week, we learn why Google Fiber didn’t set the world on fire, and Amazon explains why Alexa is laughing at us.


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include HoudahGeo 5.2, OmniFocus 2.12, and ChronoSync 4.8.5.


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Apple Daily Report for March 12, 2018

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

A Menlo Park startup dubbed Swarm Technologies illegally launched four prototype satellites in January that the Federal Communications Commission says are unsafe to be put in orbit because they are too small to track. Swarm Technologies is a stealthy company that was founded in 2016 by former Google engineer Sara Spangelo and Benjamin Longmier, who was briefly a manager at Apple after selling a business to the tech giant.

Apple will be reopening its Bluewater retail outlet...

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Snapchat to start featuring user-created AR lenses...

Snapchat is looking to expand the AR lenses it offers via its app by introducing new content from other creators. As reported by Mashable, Snapchat is going to start featuring creator-made lenses directly in the first-party Lens carousel…


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Survey: 22% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a...

A new survey by Loup Ventures shows that 22% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a new model this year, notes analyst Gene Munster.  The survey shows:

  • 22% of current iPhone users intend to buy the newest model that is yet to be announced. This compares to 23% a year ago (iPhone X) and 15% two years ago (iPhone7).
  • The iPhone business is settling into a lower growth, more predictable rhythm.
  • The mix of iPhones in the next year will remain consistent with the latest model accounting for about half of new unit sales. This is in line with our model.

Munster says this doesn’t rule out a “supercycle” in fiscal year 2019 given this survey was conducted before widespread rumors of a larger iPhone this fall. surveyed 511 people in the US regarding their intent to upgrade to a new iPhone in the next year.

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Trump blocks Broadcom takeover of Qualcomm citing...

President Donald Trump has quashed Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile pursuit of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm citing national security concerns, the White House said in a statement on Monday.

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Apple shares hit a new high in race toward $1...

Apple hit a new high today as shares bumped $182 intraday before dipping down slightly.

Intraday is another way of saying "within the day." Intraday price movements are particularly important to short-term traders looking to make many trades over the course of a single trading session.

The move put Apple’s market cap over $925 billion ahead of Alphabet and Amazon, in the race towards the $1 trillion mark. Apple shares closed the day up 1% to $181.72.  

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Apple Seems OK With Currency Miners In the Mac App...

Apple has yet to block a popular title in the Mac App Store that has openly embraced coin mining, prompting one to ask the question: does Apple allow apps in the Mac App Store if they clearly disclose that they will be mining cryptocurrency? Ars Technica reports: The app is Calendar 2, a scheduling app that aims to include more features than the Calendar app that Apple bundles with macOS. In recent days, Calendar 2 developer Qbix endowed it with code that mines the digital coin known as Monero. The xmr-stack miner isn't supposed to run unless users specifically approve it in a dialog that says the mining will be in exchange for turning on a set of premium features. If users approve the arrangement, the miner will then run. Users can bypass this default action by selecting an option to keep the premium features turned off or to pay a fee to turn on the premium features. If Calendar 2 isn't the first known app offered in Apple's official and highly exclusive App Store to do currency...

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22 percent of iPhone owners intend to upgrade to new...

A new survey from Loup Ventures finds Apple iPhone users are falling into a predictable upgrade cycle, with 22 percent of current owners planning to purchase a next-generation version of the handset this year.

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Apple Acquires the Digital Magazine Service Texture

It looks like Apple will be getting into digital magazine subscriptions with the acquisition of Texture, which provides its subscribers with access to several hundred magazines for a flat monthly fee. Apple was silent on its plans for the service.


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Apple Buys Texture, Diving into Journalism in the...

The move appears to be quite a significant strategic play from Apple at the time when Facebook has very publicly moved away from news and media.


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Google’s Education and Enterprise Efforts Paying Off

Google’s Chromebooks and office G-Suite are doing a good job of luring business and education away from Apple and Microsoft and into their fold. Here’s the analysis from Friday’s Particle Debris page 2.

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Apple Music reaches 38M subscribers, gained 2M in...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue provided a brief update on the state of Apple Music on Monday, saying the company's streaming music service now boasts some 38 million subscribers.

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Apple Releases New Betas of macOS High Sierra for...

Apple released both macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 Developer Beta 5 and Public Beta 5 on Monday, which likely means Apple is nearing the development phase of this update.

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watchOS 4.3 Beta 5 Available for Developers

Along with iOS 11.3 developer beta 5, Apple released watchOS 4.3 beta 5 on Monday. The update is available only to registered Apple developer program members.

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9to5Mac Daily 045 | March 12, 2018

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with Tidbits...

Josh Centers is the Managing Editor of and has published several Take Control Books. His latest book is “Take Control of Apple Home Automation.” And so, I invited him to make a return appearance on Background Mode to chat about that very subject. The book is a complete guide and starts from the very beginning of the design and wiring process and the use of various hubs. Josh clearly explained how to use Apple’s HomeKit home automation platform to control smart devices in the home, such as lights, outlets, thermostats, and more. And he’s very frank about various myths surrounding home automation. We also chatted about beginner security concerns as well as the ability to maintain control and terminate any service if necessary. If you have an interest in home automation, this show is must listening.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.3 Developer Beta 5 for iPhone...

Here come the next wave of beta updates: Apple released iOS 11.3 developer beta 5 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Monday.

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Calendar 2 tried turning Macs into cryptocurrency...

Cryptocurrency mining has become common across certain apps, but now the trend has infiltrated the Mac App Store. As noted by Ars Technica, the app Calendar 2 briefly, and openly, embraced crypto mining as an alternative to having users pay a subscription fee…


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Apple is acquiring the Netflix of magazines

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Apple announced today that it signed an agreement to acquire the digital magazine service Texture, which serves articles from more than 200 magazines digitally on iOS, Windows, Amazon, and Android devices for a flat monthly fee.

Apple has acquired the entire company, including staff, and has assured users that the Android version of the app will still be supported. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

Texture was founded in 2010 and was formerly called Next Issue until it rebranded in 2015. It was chiefly founded and owned by a...

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How to customize Do Not Disturb While Driving...

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a valuable feature that came along with iOS 11. However, if you haven’t done much with it, you may find it annoying at times, particularly when it activates when you’re a passenger in a car instead of driving. Alternately it may be turned off. Follow along for how to customize this feature for convenience and safety.


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Apple engineers to lead talks on AR, VR, Micro LED...

Several Apple engineers will be hosting talks at this year's Display Week, running from May 20 to May 25 in Los Angeles.

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Apple adds Musical Comedy From Bob’s Burgers Creator

There will be 26 episodes split into two seasons.

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Apple TV Guide: All of the Original Video Content...

The content probably won’t appear until 2019, with the majority of the production happening in 2018. The list will be updated continuously, so be sure to bookmark this page.

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How to Use Mario for Driving Directions in Google...

Want to use Mario as your navigation pointer for directions in Google Maps? Here’s how, but hop to it because Google is turning the feature off in a few days.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth on Mac (and...

You want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. I want to know about Fortnite Battle Royale on iOS. And if you don’t think you do, consider that Fortnite’s popularity is such that Epic Games’ beta sign-up page crashed hard for well over an hour this morning, so crazy was the flood of people wanting to sign up. Make no mistake: If we happen to get a code within the next couple of hours, we’re totally going to devote our show to Fortnite tomorrow.

But if that doesn’t happen, have no fear! We’ve got some other cool stuff in store when we go live tomorrow at 11 a.m. Pacific! We received an invite to the alpha for World of Warcraft’s upcoming Battle for Azeroth expansion last weekend, so co-host Dan Masaoka and I will hop in and showcase its current performance on both a 2017 MacBook Pro and an iMac. We’ll also do a general hands-on with some of the popular MMO’s new features, which includes two...

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How to Find Bike Sharing Stations with Apple Maps

If all you need is to know if there are bike sharing stations nearby, Apple Maps covers the basics.

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Hands on: Apple's 'Netflix of Magazines...

Texture allows access to dozens of magazines for a monthly price of $9.99 -- and it is now in Apple's hands.

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Less than a week after seeding the fourth watchOS 4.3 beta to developers, Apple on Monday issued a fifth version of the upcoming operating system for evaluation ahead of public release.

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PSA: Be Sure to Write Down Your AirPods Serial Number

Apple doesn’t say why it won’t replace the case without the number.

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External Link: AirPods Tip: Save Your Serial Number

If you lose one of your AirPods, Apple is happy to replace it for $69. And if you lose your charging case, Apple will replace it (again for $69), but only if you can provide your serial number, something for which Apple reportedly isn’t always helpful. So it’s a good idea to make sure you can find that serial number, which may be on your receipt from the Apple Store. For online orders, you may have to log in, view the order, and then choose Print Invoice to find the serial number. Or, find the number now — on the AirPods packaging, under the case lid in the indentation for the left AirPod, or in Settings > General > About > AirPods in iOS — and save it in a secure vault like 1Password or even just in an entry in the Notes app.


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Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers

Apple Music now has 38 million paid subscribers, up from 36 million last month, reports Reuters. This compares to 71 million premium subscribers at the end of 2017 for industry leader Spotify.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, disclosed the most recent subscriber number for Apple Music at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media has 5.48 million total subscribers. Reuters notes that Google doesn’t release paid subscriber numbers for its service, Google Play Music.

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Apple makes deal for animated musical 'Central...

Apple has made yet another move for unique video content, this time an animated musical, without an announced service beyond Apple Music to host it.

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Apple Must Explain Why It Doesn't Want You To...

A California state lawmaker says she hopes to make Apple explain specifically why it has opposed and lobbied against legislation that would make it easier for you to repair your iPhone and other electronics. Motherboard reports: Last week, California assemblymember Susan Talamantes-Eggman announced that she plans to introduce right to repair legislation in the state, which would require companies like Apple, Microsoft, John Deere, and Samsung to sell replacement parts and repair tools, make repair guides available to the public, and would require companies to make diagnostic software available to independent shops. Public records show that Apple has lobbied against right to repair legislation in New York, and my previous reporting has shown that Apple has privately asked lawmakers to kill legislation in places like Nebraska. To this point, the company has largely used its membership in trade organizations such as CompTIA and the Consumer Technology Association to publicly oppose...

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watchOS 4.3 beta 5 for Apple Watch developers now...

Apple has released watchOS 4.3 beta 5 for registered developers to test on Apple Watch. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.


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Review: Koss KPH30i On-Ear Headphones

In our audio reviews, we love to feature new companies with new products packed with new technology. High-resolution music playback, high-tech speaker drivers, and high-power amplifiers are exciting, but they're not everything. There are some companies that have been around as long as there was an audio industry to write about, who are willing to produce audio products that are based on tried-and-true technologies. Koss is one of those companies (around since 1958), and the new KPH30i is one of those products.{/exp:char_limit}

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News: Apple releases fifth iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 betas...

Only a week after the fourth betas appeared, Apple has released a fifth set of betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 to registered developers. The more rapid release schedule suggests that Apple is likely getting very close to a release date for iOS 11.3, which is expected to be available by the end of this month, and will add several useful new features, along with the battery health feature. As would be expected this late in the cycle, the latest betas…

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These are the most exciting products coming to Apple...

The HomeKit accessory market has exploded, with a significant number of new accessories already planned to debut by year's end. Here are the most exciting options that we're expecting to see in 2018.

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iMate -- launched on Kickstarter -- is a docking...

Launched today on Kickstarter, Grenoplus has announced iMate, a docking station that can power up a MacBook, MacBook Pro (13-inch and 15-inch models), an iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPad Pro. It’s also the only docking station that comes with an Apple-certified Apple Watch Charger, according to Grenoplus Founder Alex Chan. 

He says iMate features include two Type-C PD faster chargers and dual charging functionality equipped with PD Fast Charge. And it’s not limited to Apple devices. You can charge and sync at high speed with 2X USB ports, HDMI 4K Ultra and SD Card reader, says Chan.

For additional information about iMate features visit . To pre-order iMate at discounted early-bird prices visit iMate’s ...

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