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Friday October 13

08:01
Mobile Card Reader Roundup: How to transition your...




As a small business owner, accepting credit cards can make or break your business. But instead of paying a fortune for a payment gateway, we're rounding up a list of the top point of sale solutions to process credit card (and in many cases Apple Pay) transactions with ease.

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08:00
The outcome of this virtual riot depends on your...

Consider what your first reaction would be if, during a protest turned violent, you came face-to-face with a riot cop barking at you from behind his clear shield. Not the words that come out of your mouth nor the moves you could make to escape. Befor...

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07:53
Sketchy Report Says Apple is Working on an iPhone...

A report says Apple has an iPhone stylus in the works and we’ll see it in 2019. I don’t think so.


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07:42
PlayStation’s updated VR headset arrives in Japan...

You may want to hold off buying the current-gen PSVR, as its successor is imminent. We already knew the updated headset will come with integrated headphones and HDR passthrough support (courtesy of a new processor unit). And, now Sony is blessing us...

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07:33
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak forms Woz U to offer...

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has today announced the formation of Woz U, an online university designed to make tech education more affordable.

While the initiative is an online-only one for now, Woz says that the plan is to offer brick-and-mortar campuses in more than 30 cities across the U.S. and around the world …

more…

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07:30
ChronoSync 4.8.2

Maintenance release fixes a few bugs for the synchronization and backup app. ($49.99 new, free update, 48.4 MB)

 

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07:21
Samsung vice chairman quits amid leadership '...

Based on the earnings guidance Samsung has released for the third quarter of 2017, the Korean conglomerate is set to make a new record. It puts its operating profit for July to September at around $12.8 billion, almost thrice last year's $4.6 billion...

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07:12
Use R-Play to play 'Destiny 2' and other...




Bungie's "Destiny 2" isn't coming to the Mac or the iPad, but an iOS title called R-Play will allow you to take advantage of Sony's Remote Play feature to play the game on your mobile device at home or away from your console. AppleInsider tries it out, after the weekly reset.

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07:09
iOS sees growth in U.S., China, Germany, France and...

The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that for the three months ending in August 2017, iOS posted growth in the U.S., China, Germany, France, and Spain, but performance in Great Britain dropped. 

Consolidated market share for iOS in Europe’s five largest markets was up by 1.2% year on year, held back by a resurgent Samsung in Great Britain, according to the research group. Samsung boosted Android’s growth in Great Britain with the Galaxy S8 and J3 (2016) selling well, while Apple’s flagship models lost momentum in the period prior to the new iPhone announcement, offset slightly by strong sales of the iPhone SE.

“Samsung took full advantage of the weeks just before the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were released in Great Britain, with significant promotional activity that helped drive its overall share to a three-year high of 38.4% for the three months ending August 2017,” says Dominic...

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07:04
China Labor Watch blames Jabil layoffs on declining...

According to China Labor Watch, a labor rights watchdog and advocacy organization, hundreds of workers went on strike on October 11, in protest of Jabil's layoff, position rearrangements and its refusal to provide previously promised rewards. This is based on workers' account.

Jabil is a United States-based global manufacturing services company. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, it is one of the largest companies in the Tampa Bay area. It has 90 facilities in 23 countries, including China, and 175,000 employees worldwide

Workers say the factories are laying off workers and rearranging workers' positions as iPhone 8 sales have slowed. Some workers at the Green Point factory have been reassigned to the Green Magnesium factory, where the salary and benefits are not as good, claims China Labor Watch. Both Green Point and Green Magnesium are factories in Wuxi province and affiliated with Jabil, a major...

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07:01
IRS freezes its fraud prevention contract with...

The IRS got a lot of flak from both ordinary citizens and lawmakers when it awarded Equifax a fraud prevention contract earlier this month. After all, they forged their partnership after the credit reporting agency revealed that it recently suffered...

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06:48
iOS gains market share in U.S. and elsewhere, falls...

The latest Kantar data shows that iOS saw year-on-year market share growth during August in seven of the nine major markets monitored by the firm, but saw a two-point fall in the UK thanks to aggressive promotions by Samsung.

U.S. market share climbed 3.7 points, from 31.3% in August 2016 to an even 35% in the same month this year. Android dropped 2.9 points in the same period …

more…

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06:48
iPhone X makers still struggling to perfect Face ID...

Nikkei Asian Review:

A tech executive familiar with iPhone X production told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that manufacturers are still struggling to perfect 3-D sensors and in particular dot projectors in Apple premium handset’s TrueDepth camera system, though the person could not pinpoint exactly the problem.

And:

The executive’s comments were confirmed by Jeff Pu, an analyst with Taipei-based Yuanta Investment Consulting, who also identified the dot projector as the troublesome component holding back mass production of iPhone X.

Nonetheless, Pu stuck to his view voiced late September that iPhone X will enter mass production in mid-October and begin to be shipped from China in the third week of this month. He is, however, cutting his forecast of the volume of iPhone X that will be produced this year, from 40 million units to 36 million.

Is this much ado about nothing? If this is an actual problem and the issue is not resolved, will Apple push...

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06:45
Review: Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

When Apple announced Qi-compatible wireless charging for this year's slate of iPhone models, the company also highlighted a new iPhone-specific lineup of wireless charging accessories from key accessory partners. Belkin's new Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad is the first of these accessories, a reasonably attractive circular platform measuring just under five inches in diameter that allows users of the new iPhone models to simply lay their devices on top for simplified charging.{/exp:char_limit}

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06:45
An appreciation of 2017's in-game shopkeepers

In-game shops are more than handy outlets to transform random metal scraps and tired old gear into new and useful items. Shops offer a reprieve from the action of whichever digital world you've entered, allowing you to take a moment, breathe and cons...

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06:44
Steve Wozniak forms Woz U digital institute

Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has founded Woz U, “a world-class digital institute to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the U.S.”

It’s designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses. Arizona-based Woz U launched today with programs online, and plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and around the world.

“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” Wozniak says. “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”

To help, Woz U has created a mobile app to help match people with the technology-based career best suited for...

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06:41
Facebook's food delivery feature now brings...

Facebook is already a place where people can check into restaurants and search recommendations to decide where they're going to eat next. Now, the social media giant is taking that a step further. The company announced today that users in the US can...

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06:40
KGI: All 2018 iPhones to adopt Face ID as Apple...

Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out tonight with a new investor note. Kuo explains that, despite initially believing Apple might readopt fingerprint technology, it’s now likely that all 2018 iPhone models will move to Face ID and leave Touch ID in the past.

I get it. The iPhone X is the future, charting the path of the next generations of iOS devices. But there is some value in being able to unlock my iPhone without looking at it.

With Touch ID, I can extend my arm to tap my iPhone on an awkwardly placed Apple Pay terminal, use my finger to verify my identity. The angle of my phone doesn’t matter.

That said, I’ll wait for the iPhone X and Face ID experience. After all, Apple product folks have been living with Face ID. I can’t imagine they’d abandon Touch ID if it still had value.

As always, take these sorts of rumors with a grain of salt.

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06:33
Apple could diversify Face ID TrueDepth camera...




Apple's iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is looking to enter the 3D sensor market that underpins the Face ID technology according to the CEO of the manufacturer.

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06:30
Finder: ‘iPhone’ is tweeted about 1.3 times more...

Finder has completed research into online smartphone sentiment and found some very interesting results. After analyzing over 110,000 tweets mentioning “iPhone” or “Android,” the customer service site found that Apple’s smartphone was tweeted about 1.3 times more and received a 1:1 ratio of positive and negative tweets.

A further investigation into popular opinion regarding six highly sought-after smartphones showed that just 5.1% of tweets about the iPhone X were classed as negative, while the iPhone 8 had the highest proportion of negative tweets at 56%.

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06:26
Tom’s Guide tests fast chargers for iPhone 8, iPhone...

The winning third party charger is about half the price of the Apple fast charger and just a bit slower.

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06:23
iPhone with Apple Pencil support could launch “As...

Tim Cook famously said, “If you’ve ever seen what can be created on an iPhone or an iPad with that pencil, it’s really unbelievable.”

As soon as I heard those words, I thought it inevitable that we’d see Apple Pencil support for iPhone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:23
Rumor: Apple considering iPhone with stylus for...




Apple engineers have reportedly been working on an iPhone that would come with a stylus, which could launch in 2019 or later if it comes to fruition.

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06:22
Amazon suspends studio head over sexual harassment...

Amazon has suspended the exec in charge of its film and TV unit after a producer accused him of sexual harassment. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Isa Dick Hackett (daughter of sci-fi author Phillip K. Dick) claimed Roy Price made inappr...

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06:20
Sprint offers new iPhone 8 & 8 Plus deals...

Sprint is today announcing a new deal for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, offering customers $350 off the new phones and bringing down the monthly instalments to less than $10/month.

more…

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06:18
iFixit CEO on the death of the repair culture

Bloomberg:

Late in the evening of Sept. 21, X-rays of the innards of the iPhone 8 appeared on Twitter. The images didn’t come from Apple. They were posted by a team from iFixit Inc., a repair-parts, tool and software company in San Luis Obispo, California, that had flown to Australia to take advantage of the 18-hour time difference to buy the new model before it became available in the U.S. When U.S.-based Apple fans woke on iPhone 8 release day, iFixit had a step-by-step guide posted for taking apart the new phone.

Wow! That is commitment.

Over the last decade, the repair culture that spawned generations of driveway mechanics, vacuum-cleaner shops and itinerant TV-fixers has been eroded by manufacturers keen to claim service contracts and revenues. They’ve used intellectual-property laws to restrict access to repair manuals and repair software for products ranging from iPhones to John Deere tractors.

This makes me crazy. I want to be able to fix...

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06:13
Apple, Samsung battle over the latter’s bid for a...

Apple and Samsung fought in California federal court Thursday over what test a jury should use to calculate damages if a judge grants Samsung’s bid for a new trial in a $400 million smartphone patent war between the tech giants, reports Law360.

In January Samsung told the Federal Circuit that Apple was flat wrong in arguing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court finding on design patent awards didn’t disturb its claim on a $400 million award, saying it took “chutzpah” for the iPhone maker to try to stop Samsung’s new trial. In December 2016, the Supreme Court sided with Samsung, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key...

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06:08
Rumor: iPhones will gain Apple Pencil compatibility...

Apple plans to offer Apple Pencil compatible iPhones “as early as 2019,” according to The Investor, quoting unnamed “industry sources.” Currently for iPad Pros only, the stylus … er, pencil … debuted in 2016.

Along with the stylus technology, Apple's current A-series mobile chip may undergo a drastic upgrade to better support handwriting functions of the planned stylus, adds The Investor. 

There’s evidence that this rumor may actually come true. In May, Apple filed for a patent (number 9,648,7040) for “devices and methods for manipulating user interfaces with a stylus.” The patent mentioned use of the device with iPads, iPhones, and even macOS devices.

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06:00
Travel Light and Smart with this Kinkoo 3-Outlet...

Do you travel for work or pleasure? You probably know how hard it can be to find enough outlets to plug in all of your gear. Today we've got a deal on a Kinkoo 3-Outlet Surge Protecting Smart Power Strip -- three surge-protected outlets, one USB-C charging port, and three USB-A ports. Usually Kinkoo charges $35 for this strip, but you can get it for $24.99.

At the office, in your room, in the living room, in a hotel room - there are many, many power-packed places in your life that could use a good power strip. This travel-friendly strip is the solution. Equipped with 3 high-powered outlets and 4 USB charging ports, this...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: ALL-Terrain Bone Conduction...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get the ALL-Terrain Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headphones for only $64.95 — that’s 56% off the regular price. Innovative bone-vibration technology lets you listen to your music without isolating the outside world, and these headphones are also great for all of your outdoor adventures, with ruggedized water-resistance, an ergonomic design, and powerful sound. A flexible rubberized backing allows for a comfortable…

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05:59
Analyst: Apple will go all in with Face ID in 2018...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analysts Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will completely abandon its Touch ID capacitive fingerprint recognition system in favor of the “depth-sensing technology when it introduces next year's iPhone lineup.

We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/Facial recognition/Face ID/AR applications," he writes.

In September, Kuo said that IF Face ID on the iPhone X is a hit, we’ll see it replacing Touch ID on future iPhones and iPads. Apparently, he expects it to be a hit. Kuo also anticipates that the TrueDepth camera of the iPhone X will pop up in all future iOS gadgets. 

Apple says Face ID is “even more...

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05:53
Latest report of Apple Pencil compatibility for...

There have been a number of indications that Apple plans to add Pencil compatibility to a future iPhone, starting with an apparent slip of the tongue by Tim Cook, in which he talked of having used the two together.

There are also multiple patents for the idea, the most recent one specifically referencing the iPhone. And a new report goes even further, suggesting that the Apple Pencil – or some similar device – may be bundled with a 2019 iPhone …...

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05:52
BBEdit 12 — A powerful new upgrade

BBEdit 12 is now live. It’s a powerful update, with tons of new features.

I had a chance to see a pre-release of this new version and I have to say, it’s incredible how much work Rich and the team did here. My two favorite features? Canonize and Columns.

Canonize is a search and replace supercharger, letting you build a master transformation file filled with all sorts of search and replace commands. You can even Canonize a proper case spelling of a word. So you could ask Canonize to replace all instances of noerr, NOERR, NoErr with noErr by just including noErr in your list.

Columns lets you select, copy, and rearrange columns of text or data. If you ever spend your time mucking around with datasets or delimited text, you’ll love this feature.

These are but two of many new features, the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a summary of the high points, and a...

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05:32
AppleInsider podcast discusses Jony Ive, the latest...




This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about Jony Ive's interview at The New Yorker TechFest, the future of Apple, augmented reality headsets, foldable phones, Disney's push for movies on any service, and much more.

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05:20
Larger Magic Keyboard shipping slips to 6-7 weeks,...

Shipping times for the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad have slipped to 6-7 weeks, in contrast with the standard Magic Keyboard which is shown as in stock with immediate availability. We’re seeing the same availability for the product across Apple Stores in all countries, though it is still in stock with other suppliers.

Seven weeks would take us into December, which is when Apple has promised us the new iMac Pro it first teased back...

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05:15
Rumor: Apple to abandon Touch ID in favor of facial...

A new KGI Securities investor note has stated that Apple’s Face ID may be the way of the future for upcoming iPhones and could leave Touch ID in the dust.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, in a recently published note, said that Apple is likely to go all-in on 3D sensing.

The analyst writes that 3D sensing will be a “key selling point” of all new 2018 iPhone models. While Apple currently faces manufacturing difficulties with 3D sensing, Kuo says TrueDepth cameras and Face ID will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”

Kuo has predicted that Apple’s upcoming iPhone from here on out will abandon Touch ID and opt for facial recognition entirely. This move could allow Apple to hold an advantage in sensing technology and create a full-screen design unlike its competitors.

The note also stated that even on the Android side of things, manufacturers will opt towards 3D sensing technology as opposed to in-display or...

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05:00
Microsoft officially ends support for Office for Mac...

It had to come to an end sometime.

Microsoft has officially ended support for Office for Mac 2011. As such, there will be no further updates if anything goes wrong or stops working in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, or Outlook.

Microsoft has warned users the end was coming and made it very clear the official end of line would happen on October 12th, 2017. The company didn’t even bother to test Office 2011 for macOS High Sierra compatibility.

The company suggests upgrading to Office 2016 for Mac, which is also available for subscription.

As always, please let us know what you make of this in the comments.

Via The Mac Observer

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05:00
Apple granted patent for a ‘self adapting alert...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 20170294108) for a “self adapting alert device” that would allow an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch to autonomously adapt one or more user alerts to the current operating environment of the gadget.

In the patent filing Apple notes that electronic devices are ubiquitous in society and can be found in everything from wristwatches to computers. Many of these electronic devices are portable and also include the ability to obtain a user's attention through the use of an alert device. 

For example portable electronic devices like cellular phones and watches contain alert devices such as vibrating motors, speakers, and/or lights to attract the user's attention. Because of their portable nature, many of these portable electronic devices are made as small as possible by miniaturizing the components therein. As part of this miniaturization effort, the alert devices in the electronic devices are often made as small as possible in order to...

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04:52
Foxconn revenue supports earlier report that iPhone...

iPhone assembler Foxconn has reported revenues of NT$451.04B (US$14.83B) for September, up 42.4% on the previous month, but down 3.7% year-on-year.

What’s interesting about this is what it appears to indicate about iPhone 8 sales …

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04:04
Tim Cook visits Swedish forests with ‘innovative...

Any time you unbox an Apple product, it’s clear that the company puts a huge amount of thought and design effort into the packaging, and we learned a little more about that during a visit to Sweden by CEO Tim Cook.

Cook visited the ‘breathtaking forests of northern Sweden’ where the trees are grown to make sustainable packaging for iPads …

more…

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04:00
How to add effects to Live Photos in macOS High...

With macOS High Sierra, you can turn your Live Photos into fun videos you can share. You can click Loop for continuous action, or jump backwards and forwards with Bounce. 

Or choose Long Exposure to create a still photo with a cool blur effect. If you snapped a Live Photo, but someone is blinking, you can change the still image. Just click a frame under the photo, then click Make Key Photo. To edit Live Photos:

  • Find the Live Photo you want to edit and select it.
  • From the center of the screen, swipe up.
  • You can choose from Loop, Bounce, or Long Exposure.
  • Swipe down to see the effect in full screen.

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

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 13, 2017

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Eternal Storms has released Yoink for iOS 11. The $2.99 app improves and simplifies drag and drop on iPads and iPhones. The simplest way of working with Yoink is using it as a Slide-Over or Side-by-Side app and drag-dropping items to it. For example, using Yoink as a Slide-Over app on iPad allows you to dismiss it if you don't currently need it, but quickly access it again when you do.

Prosch has launched its free, online multiplayer puzzle game, 2048WARS, for the iPhone and iPad. You can compete against your friends and family, “or even the best players in the...

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Thursday October 12

21:43
Samsung Electronics CEO announces resignation as...




Longtime Apple "frenemy" Samsung Electronics on Friday local time said CEO and Vice Chairman Kwon Oh-hyun will resign from management effective March 2018. The surprise announcement comes as the South Korean tech giant forecasts record-breaking quarterly profits on the back of strong memory chip gains.

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20:42
Apple Maps Transit directions go live in Taiwan




Apple this week activated Apple Maps Transit in Taiwan, offering users in the region access to travel timetables and directions integrating data from local train, bus, ferry and other public transport services.

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19:49
Take an interactive look at how the inside of the...

Part of the iPhone tradition every year is the in-depth, high-quality teardown performed by the folks over at iFixit. This year, in honor of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the site has partnered with Bloomberg to provide a detailed, interactive look at how the guts of the iPhone have changed over the years…

more…

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18:40
Google Is Really Good At Design

Joshua Topolsky, writing for The Outline: The stuff Google showed off on October 4 was brazenly designed and strangely, invitingly touchable. These gadgets were soft, colorful... delightful? They looked human, but like something future humans had made; people who'd gotten righteously drunk with aliens. You could imagine them in your living room, your den, your bedroom. Your teleportation chamber. A fuzzy little donut you can have a conversation with. A VR headset in stunning pink. A phone with playful pops of color and an interface that seems to presage what you want, when you want it. It's weird. It's subtle. It's... good. It's Google? It's Google.

It was only a few years ago that Google was actually something of a laughing stock when it came to design. As an aggressively engineer-led company, the Mountain View behemoth's early efforts, particularly with its mobile software and devices, focused not on beauty, elegance, or simplicity, but rather concentrated on flexibility,...

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17:21
Apple predicted to ditch Touch ID for Face ID with...




Apple is going all in on Face ID, according to well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the company will completely abandon its Touch ID capacitive fingerprint recognition system in favor of the depth-sensing technology when it introduces next year's iPhone lineup.

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17:00
New data says games are the most popular use of...

It’s no secret that Apple and Tim Cook think ARKit has a huge future ahead, with Cook touting that it’s a central idea that’s as important as the smartphone itself. The augmented reality platform has been available to the public for almost a month now, and new data from analytics firm Sensor Tower offers an interesting look at early trends (via TechCrunch)…

more…

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16:50
KGI: All 2018 iPhones to adopt Face ID as Apple...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out tonight with a new investor note. Kuo explains that, despite initially believing Apple might readopt fingerprint technology, it’s now likely that all 2018 iPhone models will move to Face ID and leave Touch ID in the past…

more…

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16:27
Movies Anywhere Lets You Watch Your Movies on Any...

The service acts as a central clearing house allowing users to buy (or who bought in the past) a movie from one retailer to watch it on any of the other participating platforms.


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15:06
Hands-on: Qi wireless charging options for iPhone 8...

With the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, for the very first time, Apple’s flagship smartphones now supports Qi wireless charging. Apple sells a couple of Qi chargers in its store, including Belkin’s Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad, and Mophie’s Wireless Charging Base, but we also purchased several cheaper Qi-certified chargers from Amazon to compare.

Which wireless charger might be right for you? Watch our hands-on video walkthrough for more details. more…

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14:26
Comparison: iPhone warranties from Apple, carriers,...

As pre-orders for the iPhone X are right around the corner and you also might be considering buying more Apple devices for yourself or others in the coming months, it’s a good time to take a fresh look at how Apple’s standard warranty and its extended warranty stack up. We’ll also look at third-party options and free credit card benefits you may already have.

Along with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X announcements, Apple raised its prices for AppleCare+ as well as its repairs of most iPhones going back to the 6s and 6s Plus. Follow along to figure out what’s the best warranty strategy as you pick up Apple’s latest hardware.

more…

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14:12
Blockchain.info Adds Support for Bitcoin Cash,...

Starting today, Blockchain.info wallet users can store, exchange, and send Bitcoin Cash within those wallets.


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14:11
Waymo demands $1 billion in settlement talks with...

Alphabet Inc’s Waymo sought at least $1 billion in damages and a public apology from Uber Technologies Inc as conditions for settling its high-profile trade secret lawsuit against the ride-services company, sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters.

They also want a public apology for stealing their trade secrets.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:00
AWT News Update: October 12, 2017

"He's a lumberjack and he's OK..."

Tablet drivers, Beats Academy, and the Tim Cook Euro tour are all topics today on the Apple World Today News Update Podcast:

  • Interested in AR? Check out the free AR Tape Measure app from this month's sponsor, It's About Time Products
  • Wacom releases High Sierra-compatible drivers for its broad line of graphics tablets
  • Apple executives Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young break ground on a new USC academy that will bear their names
  • Tim Cook visits Sweden, says students should learn to code, and cuts down the tallest tree in the forest...with a herring (apologies to Monty Python)

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Apple News readers need to visit Apple World...

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13:49
Garmin update could point the way for better...




A few weeks ago, Garmin upgraded the "Strength" activity on its Fenix 5 and Forerunner 935 watches with support for counting reps and weights -- something Apple would do well to mimic, if just partly, in a future update to the Apple Watch.

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13:47
50 years later, the Apollo 11 command module still...

One of my biggest thrills in visiting the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum was seeing the Apollo 11 command module. If it comes to a city near you, you owe it to yourself to go to the exhibit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:32
iOS 11 install base about to surpass iOS 10,...

A week after iOS 11 was released to the public, adoption was at about 25%. Now, just over three weeks since launch, iOS 11 adoption has slowed down but is just about to surpass iOS 10.

more…

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13:30
Review: Belkin 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar

The removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last year caused no small degree of angst among tech enthusiasts; despite the fact that Apple included a Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box, many raised the valid concern that this still didn't provide a way to power, charge, or sync an iPhone while also listening to music. While Belkin was quite to respond to this need last fall with its $40 Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar, this initial solution left us a little perplexed, since instead of actually providing a 3.5mm audio jack, it simply offered two Lightning connectors, allowing you to connect power to one and using the Apple-supplied Lightning to 3.5mm adapter in the other — a functional but awkward solution. We suspect the usual arcane restrictions of Apple's rather opaque MFi program were to blame for this rather kludgy approach, but whatever the reason, we're definitely happy to see Belkin's new 3.5mm Audio + Charge RockStar...

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13:28
BBEdit 12 Improves Text Manipulation and Search,...

Bare Bones Software released BBEdit 12 on Thursday with improved search and editing, added color schemes, and more.


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13:20
Learn To Code, It's More Important Than English...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says it is more important to learn how to code than it is to learn English as a second language. From a report: The tech executive made the remarks to French outlet Konbini while in the country for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has called for tech companies to pay higher taxes in Europe. "If I were a French student and I were 10 years old, I think it would be more important for me to learn coding than English. I'm not telling people not to learn English in some form -- but I think you understand what I am saying is that this is a language that you can [use to] express yourself to 7 billion people in the world," Cook tells Konbini. "I think that coding should be required in every public school in the world. [...] It's the language that everyone needs, and not just for the computer scientists. It's for all of us."

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13:15
Bare Bones Software releases major BBEdit 12 update...

Earlier this year Bare Bones Software sunset its TextWrangler app and said it will focus fully on BBEdit for future versions of macOS. Today Bare Bones is shipping the next major update to BBEdit, version 12.0, which is made for macOS High Sierra.

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12:48
Sony's Xperia Touch projector arrives in the US...

We've been keeping an eye on Sony's Xperia Touch projector for over a year now (closer to two, in fact). It's a smart speaker, a projector and an Android tablet all combined into one device, and the US price (which was revealed today) reflects that....

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12:38
Inside Apple's ARKit and Visual Inertial...




When iPhone launched ten years ago it took basic photos and no videos. Today's iOS 11 now achieves a new level of image capture with Depth, AI Vision and Machine Learning. In parallel, it hosts a new platform for Augmented Reality, which integrates what the camera sees and graphics created by the device. Here's a look at how it works.

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12:32
Facebook locks down key data as researchers analyze...

The truth behind Facebook's involvement in Russian voter hacks continues to get more complicated. The social media company apparently knew about Russian meddling even before last year's US election. Mark Zuckerberg's company reported that 10 million...

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12:30
Apple’s ARKit has been installed more than three...

Apple’s ARKit has been installed more than three million times through a host of ARKit-powered apps and games since iOS 11 launched on Sept. 19, according to a new report from Sensor Tower.

At this summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple introduced ARKit. It allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.

According to Sensor Tower, games are the single largest category at 35% of all available ARKit-only apps. Mobile games have accounted for 53% of ARKit-only app downloads and 62% of revenue since launch, making them the largest portion of this emerging category so far.However, the overall ARKit-only ranking boasts some early standouts from other categories such as lifestyle, utilities, and entertainment.

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12:23
Using Long Exposure in iOS 11’s Photos app

Anyone who has used a DSLR to take long exposure shots will look at this technique with a little bit of envy. The iPhone shots aren’t perfect but they are damn good all things considered.

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12:19
First look: Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 with cellular...




On the heels of the launch of the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple has begun shipping the Nike Plus version of its wearable, LTE-connected device. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new sport-focused watch.

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12:18
macOS High Sierra: Enhance Browsing With Safari...

The level of control that Apple provides in Safari makes it more enticing to use over third-party browsers. That’s really what it comes down to: people should be able to control their experience of the web.


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12:16
Apple to donate $1 million plus matched employee...




Apple is donating $1 million outright and matching worker donations two-to-one to support relief efforts for the wildfires scorching northern Califoria.

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12:15
Jaybird Run review: The perfect truly wireless...

Completely wireless earbuds are everywhere this year. Call it the Apple AirPods effect, or perhaps it's just a matter of the right components being available at the right time. But now that completely cordless designs are less novel than they used to...

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12:08
Apple to donate $1 million to California wildfire...

Flames from the Valley Fire cover a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California September 13, 2015. The swiftly spreading wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee as it roared unchecked through the northern California village of Middletown and nearby communities, fire officials said on Sunday. REUTERS/Noah Berger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The devastating wildfires north of San Francisco are taking a heavy toll on life -- with 23 confirmed dead and hundreds reported missing -- and on property and businesses. Close to 3,500 homes and businesses are thought to have been destroyed so far. Apple is donating $1 million to relief efforts for the fire, and has also promised to match employee donations two for one. 

Although Apple CEO Tim Cook is currently in Europe, he took the time to tweet out his concerns and highlight the donation:

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12:00
Fear of the US government led me to censor myself on...

The day I've been dreading for months is drawing near. On October 18th, the Department of Homeland Security's modified system of records is scheduled to go into effect. The updated policy would affect all US immigrants, whether they are new, existing...

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11:42
LG will build Europe's biggest EV battery...

As the auto industry fatefully moves into electric vehicles, Europe's major car-makers need high capacity batteries. Until now, companies like VW, Volvo and BMW have had to import batteries from Asia. LG's forthcoming car battery factory in Poland, t...

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11:31
Wacom Graphic Tablets get macOS High Sierra Support

Good news, designers! Wacom released updated drivers for its graphics tablets on Thursday that add support for macOS High Sierra.


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11:23
How to Reboot Your iPhone X

Perhaps Apple doesn’t think we’ll ever need to reboot the device, but Jeff Butts has uncovered a couple of ways to do it anyways.


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11:23
Airbnb plans five more complexes after its first...

A new report from Financial Times confirms last month's rumors that Airbnb will launch a new apartment complex in Florida in partnership with a real estate firm. The rental company plans to pitch the location as prime opportunity for seasonal tenants...

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11:22
Apple exploring 360-degree full VR helmet concept




Apple is looking beyond augmented reality in the long run, as a new patent filing suggests the company has examined the potential of full virtual reality kits not just for product testing, but for consumers as well.

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11:06
Niantic offers 'Pokemon Go' players prizes...




Development studio Niantic are encouraging players of the popular mobile game 'Pokemon Go' to head outside with their iPhones this fall, by holding a photography competition where the best AR photos from the game posted to Instagram can win prizes, including the Pokemon Go Plus accessory.

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11:02
'Life is Strange' prequel's second...

Life Is Strange was one of our favorite games of 2015 and its prequel of sorts turned out to be pretty great, even though it was made by a different studio. Titled Before the Storm, the game's first episode came out in August of this year. On October...

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10:58
iOS: How to Add Shared Google Calendars on Your...

It’s possible to add shared Google calendars in Apple’s Calendars app too. You don’t need Google’s Calendar app. Here’s how to do it.


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10:46
Apple donating $1 million to CA wildfire relief...

Apple has pledged to donate $1 million to the wildfire relief effort in California, San Francisco Chronicle reports. The company has also encouraged employees to help individually by promising to match employee donations two-to-one.

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10:38
Mayor to review 1,000 Amazon products in bid for...

It's been about a month since Amazon announced it was accepting bids from US cities to host its second major headquarters. A city that comes away with a new Amazon campus could potentially see a significant economy boost, so competition will certainl...

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10:29
Discover Card and Apple Pay, Microsoft Office...

Jeff Butts and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to discuss Discover Card’s new Apple Pay perk, plus they look at alternatives to Microsoft Office.


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10:20
Is Apple Working on a New OS, Apple TV Pros and Cons...

In episode 15 of Pop.0, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit debate whether or not Apple—or anyone else—is working on any kind of next generation operating system. They also discuss what’s good and bad about Apple TV, and how Apple’s lack of feature parity across its product lines is dooming new technologies like 3D Touch, Touch Bar, and more. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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10:10
Apple Music execs Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre break...




The founders of Beats, now executives at Apple Music, broke ground this week on a new academy named after them at the University of Southern California.

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09:55
Nix Mini Color Sensor Works with Your iPhone: $69

We have a deal for you today on the Nix Mini Color Sensor. This little device is a color sensor that reports to your iPhone (or Android device). More specifically, it will match a given color to an existing color library of more than 28,000 brand name paint colors, as well as RGB, HEX, CMYK, and LAB colors. It’s $69 through us.


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09:38
What’s inside all the iPhones

This is unabashed gadget porn. It won’t be of much value to the average user but, if you’re the kind of person who likes to take electronics apart, this is the page for you.

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09:36
How ditching the home button on iPhone X could pave...




Moving away from the home button could allow for future iPhones to be used in a variety of different orientations -- and different physical form factors. AppleInsider explains how the absence of a physical home button on the iPhone X could set the stage for future radical design changes, amid rumors that Apple is interested in pursuing a folding iPhone.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro $439 off,...

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09:23
Apple's iPhone X suppliers 'still...




Apple suppliers are continuing to have trouble making the 3D sensors for the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X, and in particular the dot projector belonging to the "Romeo" transmission module, according to a Thursday report.

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08:29
Tim Cook continues European tour, stops by Apple...




Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour of Europe, making a brief stop at Apple's offices in Sweden, and continuing to discuss the importance of ARKit to Apple with a local publication.

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08:26
Apple’s Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre break ground for...

Apple employees Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have been planning an undergraduate academy for entrepreneurs at the University of Southern California for a few years now, and this week the Beats co-founders officially broke ground for the project, ABC reports.

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08:20
Review: Noble Sage In-Ear Headphones

Today we're making another stop in our exploration of high-end in-ear monitors with an audiophile favorite — Noble. The company's founder, known as "The Wizard", is known within the community for producing beautiful custom IEMs (check their lookbook and be amazed) that can cost upwards of $3,000 per pair. Although their customs are drool-worthy, Noble has also gained notoriety for their line of universal-fit in-ears. We had the opportunity to test Noble's Sage, which has a relatively entry-level price for Noble's product range. Though we were not completely wowed by the Sage's sound signature, we think it could be a great all-rounder for many users.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:14
IKEA delays Trådfri Smart Lighting HomeKit support...

Remember IKEA's promise to bring HomeKit and Amazon Alexa support to its Trådfri Smart Lighting line back in August? Well, the company started rolling out an update yesterday to add that support...only to pull it when many users reported technical difficulties in getting the automation connectivity to work.

IKEA originally stated in May of 2017 that the lighting products would support HomeKit, and there was another false start in August when the company told customers that things were ready to go...only to pull that news soon after. The company has apologized for the inconvenience to customers while it prepares a new update that will hopefully fix the remaining issues.

For now, Trådfri owners can use Philips Hue smart hubs to control the lights from smartphones. 

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08:13
IKEA does second backtrack on Apple HomeKit support...




Home furnishings vendor IKEA has once again had to retract claims of Apple HomeKit support for Tradfri, its range of smartbulbs and related accessories.

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08:04
iOS 11: How to Draw in Mail

If you want to add a quick sketch to an email message you’re crafting on your iPhone or iPad you don’t need to make a trip over to the Notes app first.


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07:56
Today's the last day to get updated Super Mario...

Back on September 29, Nintendo released an update to the classic Super Mario Run iOS game that brought support for playing as Daisy and a new world called World Star with nine new levels that appear after completing worlds one through six. At that time, the company also reduced the price of the in-app purchase to get all of the worlds from $9.99 down to $4.99 for a limited time. Today is the last day to take advantage of the sale, so be sure to get to the App Store ASAP to grab it.

The updated game has new enemies and gameplay mechanics, as well as a new mode called Remix 10. That new mode remixes and randomizes existing levels of the game so that you can get a fresh challenge each time you play. The update also added the ability to listen to your own music while playing Super Mario Run.

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07:46
Report: 3D sensor production struggles continue,...

Nikkei is repeating claims of iPhone X production delays first reported last month; suppliers are apparently still struggling with ramping up yields.

Today’s report specifically pinpoints the 3D sensor components, which Apple calls the TrueDepth camera system, as the bottleneck. The news comes as an independent analyst claims iPhone X production is now at 400K a week.

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07:35
Apple investigating automatic blood pressure...




A new patent application suggests that Apple may be looking into "intelligent blood pressure monitoring" with an alert triggered by parameters set by the user -- or by data collected by wearable sensors such as those found on the Apple Watch.

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