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A new test could tell us whether an AI has common...

Virtual assistants and chatbots don't have a lot of common sense. It's because these types of machine learning rely on specific situations they have encountered before, rather than using broader knowledge to answer a question. However, researchers at...

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Apple's Siri history was plagued by infighting...

With dissatisfaction with Siri threatening to hurt various product lines now, several former employees on the Siri team have spoken out about blunders that took place during the rolling out of the technology back in 2011, as well as infighting and turf battles afterward.

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Reddit introducing native promoted ads in its iOS...

Reddit not too long ago purchased the popular Alien Blue third-party mobile client to make it its own. Now the company is looking into native promoted post ads as mobile becomes the most popular way to browse Reddit.


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Review: Beyerdynamic Aventho Wireless On-Ear...

When headphone enthusiasts hear the name "Beyerdynamic", they think of full-size over-ear studio monitors like the DT 770 and DT 990. In business since 1924, Beyerdynamic is an institution in audiophile and music production communities. Over the next few months, we're going to be reviewing many of the headphones that Beyerdynamic is best known for, including those of their iconic DT Pro line. We are starting, however, with something that Beyerdynamic is not known for — an on-ear, portable, Bluetooth headphones with DSP. With its Aventho Wireless headphone, Beyerdynamic has expanded in a new, techy direction, and we think they've done quite well.{/exp:char_limit}

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Siri Team Didn't Learn About HomePod Until 2015...

The Information (paywalled) has published a lengthy report today covering the development of Siri. The article documents Siri's tumultuous changes in leadership and management over the last few years, indicating that Siri 1.0's infrastructure was very creaky, which held back the service. From a report: One of the most interesting anecdotes is the claim that Apple's HomePod team didn't meet with the Siri group until 2015 (Amazon Echo debuted in late 2014). The story says Apple had originally considered launching the speaker without Siri. The big takeaway from The Information's reporting is that Siri launched with a poorly scalable infrastructure that caused bottlenecks for years after it launched in 2011. At the initial release, the popularity of Siri 'exceeded expectations' and led to a lot of unreliability. The backend was not designed to handle enough users. Apple has spent the intervening years modernising the system apparently.


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Confessions of a Camera App Addict

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus tells us about three useful iOS camera apps he’s been been testing—FiLMiC Pro, Halide, and SelfieX

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OWC ships Mercury Elite Pro Quad four-bay external...

Aftermarket Mac upgrade vendor OWC has launched the Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external hard drive enclosure which connects via USB-C that is capable of offering up to 48 terabytes of RAID storage when all four of its bays are occupied with drives.

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NetSpot Pro: $39

We have a deal on NetSpot Pro for Mac, software that analyzes your Wi-Fi network. It also helps you visualize, manage, troubleshoot, audit, plan, and deploy wireless networks. A lifetime license for this app is $39 through us.

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France Accuses Apple of Abusive Contracts, Will Sue...

France seeks fines of 2 million euros (US$2,471,280).

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Wikivoyage is the travel guide to everywhere

Whenever I travel, I do research on the city and country I’m going to, no matter how big or small. I like learning new things about new places and Wikivoyage can help a lot.

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A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that...

At first blush, this seems idiotic but on reading the article, I understand and appreciate the point of the “service”.

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Today only, save $370 on a DJI Phantom 4 Advanced...

Drones are pretty nifty devices, but the prices for the best ones can often feel as high as the altitudes the drones can reach. Fortunately, B&H currently has a one-day sale on the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced Quadcopter that lets you pick up the device for $370 off the regular price of $1,199. All total, you'll be paying just $829 as B&H is offering free shipping.

The quadcopter flies at around 44 miles per hour and can stay up in the air for around 30 minutes. It also comes with five sensors for avoiding obstacles, and its 20MP camera can capture 4K video with a range of 4.35 miles.

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Apple tops the 2018 Brand Intimacy Survey

Apple has again been named “the most intimate brand,” according to the 2018 Brand Intimacy Survey by MBLM, a consulting, branding, experience and technology company. Following the tech giant in the top 10 are Amazon, BMW, Jeep, Disney, YouTube, Target, Netflix, Whole Foods Market, and Google.

The rankings were based on the following criteria:

  • Fulfilment: exceeds expectations, delivering superior service, quality, and efficacy;
  • Identity: reflects an aspirational image or admired values and beliefs that resonate deeply;
  • Enhancement: becoming better through use of the brand—smarter, more capable, and more connected;
  • Ritual: ingraining a brand into daily actions—more than habitual behavior. The brand becomes a vitally important part of daily existence;
  • Nostalgia: focuses on memories of the past and the warm, poignant feelings associated with them. These are...
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How to Enable Alexa’s Follow-Up Mode

Amazon added a new feature to its Alexa voice assistant platform that saves you from having to say the trigger word multiple times when you’re speaking a series of commands. The feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and here’s how to enable it.

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'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' headed...

Deck Nine's popular PC and console adventure game "Life is Strange: Before the Storm" is being ported to the Mac this spring, publisher Feral Interactive said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Australian "Fruit Ninja" developer Halfbrick has suffered a major setback, losing half of its workforce.

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9to5Toys Last Call: Apple 13″ MacBook Pro 512GB $299...

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

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How to create keyboard shortcuts to launch apps in...

While macOS allows users to create their own keyboard shortcuts to perform functions in apps, there isn't a built-in way to launch the apps themselves using a similar maneuver. AppleInsider shows you one way to create app-launching keyboard shortcuts, using the included Automator utility.

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News: Apple expands ‘Apple Music for Artists’ beta,...

Apple Music has announced an expansion of the “Apple Music for Artists” beta program, allowing artists to sign up for access to data about how often their music is played, how users are finding it, where their listeners are located and more. The roll out of the beta earlier this year was limited to a few thousand artists, but now the program is seemingly open to all artists who have their tracks listed on Apple Music....

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Dave Hamilton On Location at SXSW 2018 – TMO Daily...

Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet from SXSW in Austin to talk about Eddy Cue, Apple’s stance of free speech, music streaming, Elon Musk, and more.

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Report: Siri team didn’t learn about HomePod until...

The Information has published a lengthy report today covering the development of Siri. The article documents Siri’s tumultuous changes in leadership and management over the last few years, indicating that Siri 1.0’s infrastructure was very creaky, which held back the service.

One of the most interesting anecdotes is the claim that Apple’s HomePod team didn’t meet with the Siri group until 2015 (Amazon Echo first debuted in late 2014). The story says Apple had originally considered launching the speaker without Siri.


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Deals: Apple's latest 15" MacBook Pro (...

Mere hours remain to pick up DJI's Phantom 4 Advanced Quadcopter for just $829, a discount of $370 off retail during B&H's DealZone event. Apple's 13" MacBook Air is also $100 off with no tax in most states, while the Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro with 512GB of storage is $200 off with our exclusive coupon.

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This Philips Hue Smart Bulb kit is $20 Off

Smart bulbs are great starting points when creating the connected home of your dreams. Because they connect to Wi-Fi, you can adjust them from an app, and control them via voice commands with your smart speakers. They also offer an awesome level of granular control, whether that means setting them on timers, or controlling their precise brightness levels and color profiles.

For the smart home-curious, Philips has put its entry-level smart bulb kit on sale. The...

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News: France taking action against Apple for ‘...

The French government is taking legal action against Apple and Google over “abusive commercial practices” related to app developers, Bloomberg reports. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire took issue with the strict controls Apple imposes on things like pricing, data use and the terms of contracts. “All that is unacceptable and it’s not the economy that we want,” Le Maire said. “They can’t treat our startups and developers…

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WhatsApp agrees not to share data with Facebook (for...

Facebook ran into trouble following its acquisition of WhatsApp back in 2014. It appeared to backtrack on an earlier promise not to share data between the two services, and was later warned that it may be breaking the law in the UK and elsewhere …


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External Link: Why Blocking Broadcom’s Acquisition...

President Trump has nixed Singapore-based Broadcom’s purchase of the American chipmaker Qualcomm on national security and protectionist grounds, although Broadcom had promised to relocate to the United States. Analyst Ben Thompson explains why he thinks this was the right move. In short, Broadcom had made it clear that it planned to focus on Qualcomm’s past patents instead of producing new technology with the company’s resources. This would have reduced competition with Chinese companies in future mobile developments — 6G and beyond — and thus potentially left the United States at a technological disadvantage.


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macOS: Turning Off Calendar and Contacts Suggestions

Today’s Quick Tip is all about those grey suggestions in Calendar and Contacts that may be coming from other apps around your Mac. If you’ve made a flight reservation and see that event show up automatically on your calendar, that may be handy! But if you’d rather someone’s business phone number not get added to her contact card, for example, you may find the feature less helpful. We’ll tell you how to stop this from happening in either program!

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News: HomeKit-compatible ecobee Switch+ smart light...

The much-hyped ecobee Switch+ smart light switch will be landing in stores on March 26, ecobee President and CEO Stuart Lombard announced at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas. The Switch+ uses far-field voice technology to provide voice control and is HomeKit-compatible, allowing users to control lights, music and other smarthome devices with Siri. The device has motion sensors and daylight sensors so that the lights can be activated…

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Stevie Nicks belts out a song while sitting in the...

[VIDEO embedded in main Loop post] Chrysanthe Tenentes,

Here you have songbird Stevie Nicks, every makeup artist’s worst nightmare, belting out an early version of her song “Wild Heart” during an Annie Leibowitz cover shoot for Rolling Stone in 1981.

This is a little gem. Think about how hard it is to sing when you are sitting down. Stevie Nicks really lets us have it, making the whole thing effortless.

And listen for the other folks joining in. This is off-the-cuff, and wonderful.

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A complete guide to every Apple TV show in...

Good list. It’d be nice to have this as a constantly updated resource.

As Apple’s media plans mature, seems to me they should add a page to their main site that makes it easy to follow along.

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Beats co-founder Dr. Dre performs during Apple Music...

Beats co-founder and Apple Music executive Dr. Dre performed during Tuesday night's 'One Night Only' Anderson .Paak concert in London, with the rapper and producer making a rare appearance on the stage to entertain the crowd alongside the upcoming musical artist.

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It’s time for a complete Home App makeover

John Voorhees, MacStories:

Home is both too complex because of the way it splits things into rooms, zones, groups, scenes, and automations and too simple because it lacks features like robust state awareness and, in some places, timers. However, the problems with the Home app run even deeper. They are compounded by a generic UI and complex navigation.

Read John’s post to really get a sense of his point. Or just spend some time trying to edit the HomePod’s now playing queue.

All this said, it is early days still, both for HomeKit and HomePod. Even though HomeKit dates back to iOS 8 (a bit more than two years ago), I see it as still early in the adoption cycle, still in its infancy. As more and more people start using HomeKit compatible gear, the use cases are becoming better defined.

John makes the case that it is time for Apple to re-roll the interface.


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Two clues suggest that Apple Pay could be coming to...

Two clues spotted by a Dutch website suggest that Apple Pay could be coming to the Netherlands this month, with a possible announcement on March 20 …


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OWC debuts the Mercury Elite Pro Quad

OWC has introduced the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad, an external storage solution that offers four drive bays to provide massive amounts of storage from a single USB-C connection, with the flexibility to be utilized in Mac, PC and mixed Mac/PC environments. 

It’s designed for users who require high capacity storage with fast transfer speeds, such as those in post- production firms, photographers, creative agencies, higher education programs, and small businesses. The Mercury Elite Pro Quad's USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface and USB-C port work universally with any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 equipped Mac or Windows PC. The included USB-C to USB-A adapter cable provides the ability to connect to any USB equipped computer. And it packs a heat-dissipating aluminum enclosure, quiet fan and vibration-absorbing feet.

The Mercury Elite Pro Quad is available in two versions of the SoftRAID engine for Mac...

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Stephen Hawking dies at age 76, Apple's Tim...

The author and physicist, one of the most important thinkers of the last century, was praised by Apple CEO Tim Cook, Steve Wozniak and others following his passing on Monday.

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Apple puts up gorgeous, animated WWDC graphic

Take a look, on the highest resolution screen you have. Beautiful work.

What’s it all mean? Are there clues in this art? The most common thing I’ve heard (and what sprang to mind for me, instantly) is a design language for Augmented Reality.

This from John Gruber:

Now, if we want to play Cupertino-ology, does the graphic offer any hints about planned announcements (like, say, a unified cross-platform set of UI frameworks for Mac and iOS) or it just a cool graphic?

That’s an interesting take.

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Wakefy turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock

Javier Ramirez has introduced Wakefy for macOS 10.12 or later. It’s a free app that turns your Mac into a Spotify alarm clock. 

Wakefy forces you to actually get up and walk to turn off the alarm, and allows you to wake up to your favorite Spotify tunes. It works even if your Mac isn’t awake. The utility lives in your menu bar and only pops up when you need it. You can set it once, then forget about it.

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Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the...

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider:

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn’t Google’s vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it’s refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is “leading by a significant margin.”

And from the original study from Counterpoint Research:

The low growth of the new smartphone market in 2017 can be partially attributed to the growth of the refurb market. The slowdown in innovation has made two-year-old flagship smartphones comparable in design and features with the most recent mid-range phones. Therefore, the mid low-end market for new smartphones is being cannibalized by refurbished high-end phones, mostly Apple iPhones and, to a lesser extent, Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

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Counterpoint: Apple dominates the refurbished...

According to the latest research from Counterpoint Research’s Refurbished Smartphone tracker, the global market for refurbished smartphones grew 13% year-over-year in 2017, reaching close to 140 million units. This was in contrast with the global new smartphone market that grew a 3% last year, thus being outpaced by refurbished “second life” smartphones.

Photo courtesy of Counterpoint Research

Refurbished smartphones are pre-owned smartphones that are collected, rejuvenated or repaired to be sold again in the market. Only 25% of all pre-owned phones are sold back into the market. Counterpoint says that Apple and Samsung’s dominance is more obvious in the refurb market than in the new smartphone market. 

The two brands combined hold close to three-fourths of the refurbished smartphone market, with Apple leading by a significant margin. In terms of revenue, the dominance grows further, as...

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News: Daily Deal: NetSpot Pro, Lifetime License

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the lifetime license to NetSpot Pro for only $39 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This powerful Wi-Fi analysis tool helps you get the most out of your Internet connection by using your MacBook to visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks. NetSpot’s features allow you to figure out the optimal placement for your hotspots and selection of radio channels, with visual maps…

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Get ten essential Mac apps for $19.99 with the 2018...

Imagine getting ten powerful Mac apps for about $2 each -- that's a heck of a deal, right? We have that deal for you today with the 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle, available for a short time for $19.99.

Buying each of these apps separately at their usual prices, you'd spend about $525. Our friends at Stack Commerce made some great deals and brought these ten apps together for $19.99. You get:

  • BusyCal 3: Take Charge of Your Schedule with This Award-Winning Calendar App
  • Cargo VPN: A two-year subscription to this powerful virtual private network from Eltima Software
  • HoudahSpot 4: Never Misplace...
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France to take legal action against Apple, Google...

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (pictured) says France will take legal action against Apple and Alphabet’s Google a for “abusive commercial practices,” reports Bloomberg. He accuses the tech giants of taking advantage of French developers.

“I learned that when developers develop their applications, and sell to Google and Apple, their prices are imposed, Google and Apple take all their data, Google and Apple can unilaterally rewrite their contracts,” Le Maire said on RTL radio. “All that is unacceptable and it’s not the economy that we want. They can’t treat our startups and developers the way they do.”

Le Maire’s office said an investigation by the ministry’s fraud office determined that between 2015 and 2017 there were “significant imbalances” in the relationship between the two companies and developers who sold via...

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Stephen Hawking, a physicist transcending space and...

I read a number of appreciation articles this morning, but this Wired piece by Adam Rogers was my favorite.

A few highlights:

He and the physicist Roger Penrose described singularities, mind-bending physical concepts where relativity and quantum mechanics collapse inward on each other—as at the heart of a black hole.


His calculations helped show that as the young universe expanded and grew through inflation, fluctuations at the quantum scale—the smallest possible gradation of matter—became the galaxies we see around us. No human will ever visit another galaxy, and the quantum realm barely waves at us in our technology, but Hawking envisioned them both.

And, perhaps my favorite:

He proved time travel didn’t exist by throwing a party for time travelers, but not sending out invitations until the party was over. No one came.

Notably, Stephen Hawking died on Albert Einstein’s birthday.


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France plans to take Apple and Google to court over...

The French government will be taking legal action against Apple and Google for alleged "abusive commercial practices," France's finance minister has declared, accusing the tech firms of taking advantage of the country's app developers with unfair contracts and unjust app store pricing schemes.

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Apple is granted a patent for an external fuel cell...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,917,340) for a “fuel cell system to power a portable computing device” such as an iPad or a Mac laptop.

According to Apple, the fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack which converts fuel into electrical power. It also includes a fuel source for the fuel cell stack and a controller which controls operation of the fuel cell system. 

The fuel system also includes an interface to the portable computing device, wherein the interface comprises a power link that provides power to the portable computing device, and a bidirectional communication link that provides bidirectional communication between the portable computing device and the controller for the fuel cell system.

In the patent filing, Applel notes that electronics manufacturers have become very interested in developing renewable energy sources for their products, and they have been exploring a number of promising renewable energy sources such as hydrogen fuel...

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Scrub out that unwanted audio noise with SoundSoap 5...

Soundness’ SoundSoap 5.0, the latest major version of the audio noise reduction software for macOS and Windows, introduced new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. Unfortunately, files with more than one stereo or mono audio track still aren’t supported. Supported file types for opening are determined by Apple’s AV Foundation framework.

Other improvements included a graphical learn noise mode, better hum removal, improved media playback controls, FLAC and MP3 file support, high-resolution audio meters, and full bypass and reset commands. SoundSoap is a tool that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files.

SoundSoap is useful for creating audio for their video and audio projects. Average joes like me can use it to fix audio noise problems. It’s ideal anyone creating videos, screencasts, podcasts, LP...

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France taking Apple & Google to court for ‘...

The French government is taking both Apple and Google to court, accusing the companies of ‘abusive trade practices’ in the way that they treat developers.

Reporting on the case is light on detail, but France appears to have three objections to the way the relationship works between app stores and developers …


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Notable apps and app updates for March 14, 2018

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

macOS Apps/Updates

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 2.0.13, a maintenance update to the company's output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign. 

Output Factory automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The app can serve unlimited users and offers single page export, layer versioning, preflighting and more. The new version lets users edit workflow settings during processing without having to restart hot folder watching for the changes to take effect.

Output Factory Server can be purchased from the Zevrix website for $699.95. A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 2 is $350...

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Apple open 2018 WWDC registration, announces...

Apple has that its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference will take place from June 4th to the 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. The company is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.

As with previous years, Apple is relying on a lottery system to address demand for tickets. Registration for the chance to buy a $1599 ticket is open from today through next Thursday.

The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC18 is offered by random selection. Registration is open until Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Rumors as to what to expect include potential new iPads and the focus is expected to feature a renewed focus on bug fixes and performance improvements at the cost of scaling back major new features until next year as well as a potential new solution for adapting apps between iOS and macOS.


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Nifty Thing: Tiny Player

If you’re tired of the rather large/bloated nature of iTunes and just want to play some MP3s like you did years ago, it’s worth trying Tiny Player for the Mac.

Tiny Player, developed by Catnap Games, is available for free.

While the application doesn’t have the many features of iTunes, or even of VLC, features no equalizer, or cover art, or “related music.” It simply plays your music files, in the order you tell it, with or without shuffle and repeat.

Tiny Player also plays FLAC, AAC, AIFF and WAV files. The program can save and open m3u playlists.

Via lifehacker and Catnap Games

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Where Apple’s reinvention of the keyboard may go next

Keyboards are important. While speech-to-text technology has come a long way, I suspect there will always be value in writing one letter after another with your hands. Apple clearly thinks to, too, because in recent weeks there have been reports about several new Apple patents regarding keyboard technology. From those patents to the controversial innovations that drove the latest generation of MacBook keyboards, Apple’s continues to push the boundaries of text input.

So what do Apple’s current technology directions suggest about where the company might be innovating in the future when it comes to keyboards?

A reliable tool

I’ll admit that as a writer, I’m especially opinionated when it comes to keyboards. As a writer friend of mine told me a very long time ago, keyboards are to us what guitars are to rock musicians—they’re the tool of our trade. But even if you’re inputting data into a spreadsheet or writing an email to a friend, most people need keyboards. (...

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Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the...

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn't Google's vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it's refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is "leading by a significant margin."

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Tuesday March 13

Broadcom to formally abandon Qualcomm bid, report...

After President Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Broadcom's proposed takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm, the Singapore-based company will formally announce an end to acquisition efforts, a report said Tuesday.

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Overcast podcast app adds new ‘Smart Resume’ feature...

Popular third-party podcast app Overcast has been updated today to version 4.1, bringing a new Smart Resume feature and various other improvements…


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Behold the Mitsubishi Fidget Spinner that Spins for...

OK, confession: I love high-end fidget spinners. I have several, including my most recent, which is made from Tungsten. Fine. I’m a dork. Or an overgrown kid, whatever, I love these beautifully-machined mechanical devices. I got a 10 minute spin out of one of my spinners—once—and I’m giddy when I can get 8 minutes. Well, the folks at automobile, airplane, boat Japanese behemoth Mitsubishi would laugh at that because they made a spinner that claimed the new Guinness record of 24 minutes and 46.34 seconds, according to The Kids Should See This (via Gizmodo). That’s just crazy, and what’s crazier is that they had 50 (well-paid) people...

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Calendar 2 made $2K in 3 days mining cryptocurrency...

Yesterday, we reported on a macOS app called Calendar 2 that seemingly added cryptocurrency mining as an alternative to paying for premium features. At the time, the app’s developers, Qbix, had made the decision to remove the feature from the app.

The company now tells us, however, that Apple ended up pulling the app from the Mac App Store for violating its guidelines…


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'Calendar 2' returns to Mac App Store...

Popular scheduling app "Calendar 2" returned to the Mac App Store on Tuesday after an earlier version of the software sparked concern over its integration of a cryptocurrency miner, with developer Qbix confirming Apple pulled the software citing excessive resource utilization.

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What are you most excited to see at WWDC 2018? [Poll]

Apple today officially announced dates for annual developer conference, WWDC 2018. This year, the event will run from June 4th through June 8th in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center.

WWDC 2018 will mark the unveil of Apple’s latest software updates, as well as some potential hardware updates. What are you most excited to see at this year’s event?


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The Trailer for ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of...

The trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald—the next film from the Harry Potter universe—has dropped. And it looks great! The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the new film continues the adventures of Newt Scamander, who is in the services of the handsome young Hogwarts headmaster, Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law). This is all happening in the 1920s, remember. The trailer indicates the film will more deeply focus on the anti-fascist themes that have always been part of the Potter universe, and seem all the more relevant today. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to debut on November 16th, 2018, and I can’t wait!

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Apple debuts new iTunes promotional graphics with...

Apple in an email to iTunes Affiliate Program members on Tuesday announced the introduction of revamped promotional assets including a new badge, text lockup and iTunes star icon, the latter being a play on the iOS 11 iTunes app.

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Tim Cook mingles with lawmakers on Capitol Hill...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is in Washington D.C. today, mingling with lawmakers at Capitol Hill. NBC News producer and reporter Frank Thorp shared the above image, showing Cook with Sen. Mark Warner and Sen. Richard Burr…


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Steve Jobs 1973 Job Application Up for Auction –...

It’s kind of a mess, too, but before you get all smug, think about what you were doing when you were 18 years old.

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The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle: $19.99 – Includes...

Check out the The 2018 Mac Essentials Bundle, a collection of 10 Mac apps that includes BusyCal 3, a 2 year VPN subscription, RollercoasterTycoon 3 Platinum, uBar 4, Flip PDF for Mac, and more. That’s a solid collection of apps, all for $19.99. Check out the details in the deal listing.

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Apple Daily Report for March 13, 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 unit of Apple’s Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corp. has won approval will build a new assembly facility in the south Indian state, signaling a potential expansion of iPhone assembly work in India.

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe now says he misspoke at a recent industry conference in describing the kinds of data the company tracks on its users — and he emphasized that the startup will always allow customers to opt in to location-based marketing offers in the future.

The $200 Early, Early Bird discount for the...

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Apple hires Golden State Warriors' Gail Hunter...

Apple has hired Gail Hunter, the Golden State Warriors’ vice president of public affairs and event management, as director of events, reports the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. 

Hunter joined the Warriors in 2012 to help the team’s community efforts related to the construction of the $1 billion Chase Center, set to open in 2019. 

Prior to joining the NBA in 1999, Hunter served as the director of Corporate Marketing for the Seattle Mariners, where she was in charge of corporate sponsorship sales, corporate development, marketing, and ballpark planning for Safeco Field. Before joining the Mariners, she spent seven years (1991-98) as director of Promotional Events for Major League Baseball, where she developed and managed baseball’s premier...

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Apple hires events director from Golden State...

Apple has hired Gail Hunter, current president of public affairs and event management for the Golden State Warriors, to take on a new role as the company's events director, according to a report on Tuesday.

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How to track back-to-back workouts with Apple Watch

Have you ever wanted to track multiple workouts with your Apple Watch back-to-back? Whether you’re doing something like a triathlon or want to split up something like two legs (or more) of a run or hike, follow along for how to easily track and organize your workouts with Apple Watch.


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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Washington, D.C., meets...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on Tuesday spotted in Capitol Hill where he reportedly lunched with Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who has taken an interest in digital encryption and privacy.

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9to5Mac Daily 046 | March 13, 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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Review: Elgato Eve Button for HomeKit

Elgato's new Eve Button is the latest entry in the company's lineup of HomeKit-focused accessories. Announced at CES 2018, Eve Button is a simple Bluetooth button that takes advantage of recently expanded HomeKit support for controllers, similar to that added by Philips Hue last fall. {/exp:char_limit}

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Scott Kelly spent a year in space, and now he has...

This is all kinds of mind-blowing and may have real consequences as we go forward into space.

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260,000 AmazonBasics portable power banks recalled...

Amazon has today recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics portable power banks, including a total of 260,000 units. This comes after some units have caused property damage and in one case, a chemical burn.


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Apple continues beta rollout of ‘Apple Music for...

After opening the platform to a few thousand artists earlier this year, Apple is further expanding beta testing of its ‘Apple Music for Artists’ dashboard, the company announced via a tweet.


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There Are Ways of Talking to Your AI That Are...

The subject of how tempted we are to treat artificial intelligent entities as real human beings has some up once again.

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Need an Apple Pencil Case? You Can 3D Print This One

Redditor u/flashnet needed an Apple Pencil case, so they made one themselves using a 3D printer. They tried existing designs but ran into trouble with the magnets it used. So this one—called iCICLE—screws together. There are plenty of Apple Pencil sleeves on the market, including ones that Apple sells. But the cases I’ve seen are bulky, and they would take up a lot of space in your bag. The iCICLE is slim and has a minimal design that Jony Ive would be proud of. In fact, it was inspired by Johnny, the Apple Pencil case on Indiegogo. Unfortunately the product didn’t get fully funded. The iCICLE is a close approximation, and...

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Apple expands access to Apple Music For Artists beta...

Apple has issued another call for signups for its Apple Music For Artists program, an analytics tool that helps musicians examine and track the listening habits of their fans.

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Apple releases updated brand assets for Apple Music...

Apple has today shared refreshed assets for to help affiliates promote and share music, movies, and TV content that can be found on Apple Music and the iTunes Store.


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iOS 11 Control Center Needs a VPN Button

You can’t enable your VPN service from Control Center in iOS 11. That seems like a feature begging to happen.

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Mac: Charles Aroutiounian Hue Menu 3

Apple still hasn’t brought HomeKit support to the Mac, but if you’re a user of Philips’ Hue system, you have other options available. Charles Aroutiounian first brought his app for controlling Hue devices to the Mac five years ago, and now with Hue Menu 3 the app has undergone a major overhaul under the hood, and most significantly added TouchBar support for users of the newest MacBooks.

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WWDC 2018 will be held from June 4-8 in San Jose

Apple has taken the wraps off this year's WWDC website, and opened registration for developers. The developer conference will be held from June 4 to June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, just as it was in 2017. 

Developers can register to attend starting today, for the price of $1,599. Registration will remain open until March 22 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple will also make up to 350 student scholarships available.

All of Apple's big WWDC announcements happen during the keynote on the morning of June 4. This year, we expect to hear about iOS 12, macOS 10.14, and new Mac hardware including updated Mac laptops and maybe even the new Mac Pro. Apple's big iPhone announcements are typically held for an event in September, but we may be treated to a...

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Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands...

That reasoning seems odd. What does “attention-grabbing products” have to do with a company’s reputation? Especially given that “film production company The Weinstein Co made its debut at 99th out of 100 on the list”. So – its reputation got better?

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Best Apple CarPlay receivers for your car,...

Apple CarPlay is hands-down the safest way to interact with your iPhone in the car. That’s because you never actually touch your iPhone while driving — something you should never ever do anyway — and instead you control navigation, communication, and entertainment with Siri and a simplified interface on your car’s screen.

But what if your car doesn’t have a built-in display or the one it has doesn’t work with Apple CarPlay? The good news is you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a brand new car. In most cases, you can buy and have a really good in-dash system installed for under $1,000, but picking the right solution before you make the investment is important. Here are a few tips:


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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference...

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This year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple's annual software-focused event, will run from June 4 to June 8. Like last year's WWDC, 2018's conference will take place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.

Members of Apple's Developer Program and its Developer Enterprise Program can apply for conference tickets now through March 22. Tickets will be issued through a random selection process. Attendees will have to pay $1,599 per ticket, the same as a ticket was to...

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Photo contest judges raise alarm: “We didn’t judge...

Another reason to be wary of “photo contests” in general and absolutely avoid paid contests.

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Video: How to backup, erase, and factory reset your...

When selling or giving away your iPad, you need to make sure to protect your data and leave a clean slate for the next owner. Appleinsider takes you through all the steps you need to take to ensure your iPad is safely wiped before passing it on to its next owner.

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WWDC 2018 Returns to San Jose on June 4th through 8th

Apple has announced WWDC 2018 dates and that the location will remain in San Jose.


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Soon You Can Buy a Headphone Jack to Lightning...

These are different than the adapter that Apple bundles with its recent iPhone models.

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AltConf announces 2018 event details, will once...

On the heels of Apple officially announcing WWDC 2018 today, AltConf has released details for its week-long event as well. This year’s AltConf will feature two speaker tracks, two community labs and some special plans for podcasters.


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News: Apple announces WWDC 2018

Apple has officially announced details for its 29th Annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will be held from June 4 – 8, 2018, once again at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. While this year’s announcement comes about a month late compared to WWDC 2017, registration has already opened today, two weeks earlier than last year. The opportunity to purchase tickets will once again be offered by random selection, and…

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Google Assistant arrives on the iPad, but still isn...

After a year stuck just on Android devices, and then another year on the iPhone, Siri competitor Google Assistant has come over to the iPad -- AppleInsider fires it up, to see how it fares on its own, and compared to Apple's offering.

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SXSW: Apple’s Eddy Cue Talks Transparency, Free...

Eddy Cue said, “I’ve been working at Apple coming up on 30 years. I hope to spend at least another 20 years there, so I’m not going to answer any questions about future products.”

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Apple’s Texture Purchase, Google’s Education Win –...

Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at why Apple bought Texture, plus they discuss Google’s rise in education at Apple’s expense.

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Apple's event calendar: When is the next Apple...

Updated 03/12/18: Apple has announced that WWDC will take place in San Jose on June 4-8.

Apple doesn’t often participate in big industry-wide events like CES or E3. The most valuable company in the world holds it own events, thank you very much. Several times a year, Apple invites the press and industry professionals out to a theater to hear all about its latest products and services. Apple calls these “Special Events,” and streams them online to its millions of fans.

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Ear-worn thermometer makes it easier to care for...

When little kids are ill, it's one of the least pleasurable experiences that it's possible to endure. After all, you're often asked to monitor their temperature on an hourly basis to keep watch for things getting worse. But the kids themselves are of...

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Register for WWDC Ticket Lottery by March 22nd –...

Registration for the ticket lottery for WWDC 2018 is open now and ends March 22nd.

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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off...


Apple today announced it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 4 through June 8. The McEnery Convention Center will be home to the world’s most creative developer community, who come together every year to share unique perspectives and learn about the future of Apple’s breakthrough products and services.

Every year, WWDC provides an opportunity for millions of developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple’s platforms for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod. A broad range of robust developer APIs, including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and CoreML, give developers new ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. Last year at WWDC Apple debuted ARKit, and since then, developers with apps in every category on the App Store have embraced inventive ways to engage customers with...

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Apple’s 2018 WWDC keynote happens June 4th

Apple has announced the dates for its annual developer conference, WWDC. The event is scheduled for June 4th through 8th and like last year, it will take place in San Jose's McEnery Convention Center. We're sure to see previews of upcoming iOS, MacOS...

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Apple's 2018 WWDC scheduled for June 4 through...

Apple has announced that it will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California from June 4 through June 8 at the McEnery Convention Center.

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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference to be...

Apple will host its 29th annual Worldwide Developers Conference at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, June 4-8. 

WWDC provides an opportunity for developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple's platforms for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod. A range of developer application programming interfaces (APIs) — including SiriKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, GymKit, MusicKit, ResearchKit, and Core ML — give developers ways to help users take command of everything from their health and homes, to how they get around, shop and learn. 

Developers and Apple enthusiasts everywhere can livestream the conference on the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as well as through the Apple Developer website. Developers can apply for tickets now through March 22 at 10 a.m. PDT via the WWDC website. Tickets are issued through a random selection process, and...

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YouTube rolls out dark theme first to iPhone &...

Google on Tuesday began rolling out a "Dark Theme" for its YouTube mobile apps, initially only to iPhone and iPad owners.

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Apple opens WWDC 2018 registration: June 4-8 in San...

Apple has officially announced dates for its annual developer conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 12, macOS 10.14, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12. WWDC 2018 will run from June 4 through June 8 and take place in San Jose, California for the second year in a row.


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