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Nissan will test its self-driving taxi service in...

Nissan wants to have its fully-automated ride service on the road in Japan by the early 2020s. The plan is to start with a "public field test" for the Easy Ride service in Yokohama. Nissan has partnered with technology company DeNa for the venture, a...

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Apple buys podcast search engine company

Apple is said to have bought Oakland’s audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company’s own podcast service.

It will be interesting to see what Apple does with this technology to help its service.

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Lyft expands its non-emergency medical...

Lyft has teamed up with Circulation to provide on-demand non-emergency medical transportation to over 1,000 healthcare facilities across the country. Circulation launched last year and it allows hospitals and other medical facilities to schedule one-...

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Check Out This Cool Invention that Could Help Robots...

Check out this crazy-cool invention called Inception Drive by Alexander Kernbaum of Stanford Research Institute (SRI), the same organization that developed Apple’s Siri. It’s an actuator, but one that uses a pulley-within-a-pulley to produce an infinitely-variable transmission. This technology could be used to make robots move more efficiently, and perhaps even make them safer. While Mr. Kernbaum’s focus is robotics, his invention could be applied to any number of uses where things move, and that’s just way cool. The IEEE Spectrum has more on the invention, including the video below. I love how Mr. Kernbaum is casually hanging out in a hallway with demo models of something that could change the way humanity’s machines move.


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What’s the Difference Between RSS Apps and News Apps?

Both news apps and RSS readers are useful tools to stay on top of the news you care about. Which type of app you choose depends on your needs.

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MarsEdit 4 now available with refreshed look,...

MarsEdit 4 initially launched in public beta back in June, and today the Mac blog publishing app is officially available on the Mac App Store. The latest version of MarsEdit for macOS touts a refreshed look, numerous improvements to WordPress publishing, a Safari app extension, and plenty more.


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Apple introduces install-based Search Ads Basic tier...

Apple on Tuesday launched a new advertising option to the App Store, Search Ads Basic, which both changes how developers pay and simplifies the sign-up process.

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Cinemark launches a monthly movie program to rival...

MoviePass, the $10-per-month movie theater subscription service, was so unexpectedly popular when it launched last August that the company struggled to meet demand. Its success hasn't gone unnoticed, especially by the competition. Theater chain Cinem...

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone X behind Galaxy S8 and...

Consumer Reports has performed a bevy of tests on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in conjunction with an assortment of other smartphones, and found the iPhone 8 series very slightly lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 -- with the iPhone X close behind the iPhone 8.

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Apple launches Search Ads Basic

Apple has launched Search Ads Basic, an App Store ad program designed to simplify the process to eliminate keywords and bids. According to the tech giant, advertisers can tell them your app and monthly budget. 

The company’s intelligent automation creates the ad and matches it to interested users. Search Ads Basic pricing is a cost-per-install model (CPI), so you only pay up to your maximum CPI. Apple recommends a maximum CPI based on what the company knows about your app and what similar apps are willing to pay to reach the same users.

Search Ads Basic uses the app name, subtitle, description, preview videos, and screenshots approved for your App Store product page to create your ad. If you change your App Store metadata, it can take up to 24 hours to be reflected in the ad preview within your account, and up to two hours for it to be reflected in...

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iPhone X charging speeds compared

With the addition of both fast charging and wireless charging to Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup, there are more ways than ever to charge your iPhone. Every method is different — some are faster and more expensive, while others are slower but more convenient.

Juli Clover did a good job with these tests.

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Google's expanded search snippets display even...

There are many times where you're not just searching the web for one thing -- you may want to learn everything there is to know about a movie, or look for other players on a sports team. Google wants to address that. It's trotting out a slew of sea...

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Changes to Apple’s ‘Search Ads’ bring more options...

Last year’s search ads changed the way Apple’s App Store functioned in a fundamental way by surfacing promoted (and sometimes irrelevant) apps into search results. With the latest update to the program, developers have a new way to pay for app promotion, the ability to pay for installs.


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Hyperloop One co-founder steps down amid sexual...

Silicon Valley's sexual harassment problem just keeps going. Forbes reports that Shervin Pishevar, founder of Sherpa Capital and Hyperloop (and an early Uber investor), is taking a leave of absence from both companies, just a few days after allegatio...

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Ai.Type Keyboard Replacement Leaks Data for 31...

Kromtech said the user data was exposed—rather than hacked—most likely by misconfiguration of a MongoDB database.

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You Can Get a Gift Card When You Recycle Apple...

You can recycle Apple Watches from Series 0, Series 1, and Series 2. Depending on the model, you can receive anywhere from US$50 to US$175.

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MarsEdit 4

Browser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be online just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not ideal for creating it. If you’re serious about writing for the web, you need a desktop blog editor. If you’re lucky enough to have a Mac, nothing is more powerful, or more elegant than MarsEdit.

I absolutely love MarsEdit. Every post I write on The Loop goes through this app and has for many years.

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Apple Pay Cash leverages Discover Network for new...

In order to bring the Apple Pay Cash debit card to life, Apple has partnered with credit card provider Discover, whose Discover Debit service powers the virtual tap-to-pay card for money transfers and in-store purchases.

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Emoji authorities get rid of the sad poop face

It's been a while since the Unicode Emoji Consortium released its sixth set of proposed emojis last June, with a follow up in August (which offered up a drunken face and unhappy poo, oddly enough). Now the consortium has given developers the first Em...

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VSCO X Review, Bringing Analog Film Presets to...

VSCO celebrates the act of photography as an art form, and there is a special subscription called VSCO X, that gives you exclusive tools to use.

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Android 8.1 starts rolling out to Nexus and Pixel...

As promised, Android 8.1 is ready to reach the masses. Google has started pushing the new mobile operating system to Nexus and Pixel devices, and expects to complete the rollout over the next week. Naturally, it's also posting the source code. The...

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Consumer Reports ranks iPhone 8/8 Plus over iPhone X...

Consumer Reports has published its 2017 iPhone comparison and in it the publication has somehow rated the iPhone X below the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s certainly no need to trade down if you’re an iPhone X owner. While there’s nothing wrong with either iPhone 8 model, CR points to differences in battery life and durability testing for its ranking that may not apply to real world usage.


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Dish CEO steps down to focus on wireless network...

Dish hasn't been shy about pursuing its wireless dreams over the years, and now that's leading to a shakeup of its core leadership. Longstanding CEO Charlie Ergen is stepping down from the top spot (though not as chairman) to "devote more attention"...

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MindNode 5 for Mac is a compelling new update to the...

The latest update to MindNode 5 for Mac and iOS brings small refinements, large features, and a redesign to the mind mapping stalwart. AppleInsider offers a closer look.

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AMD and Qualcomm join forces to power higher-end...

Qualcomm may have found a worthy ally in its quest to take on the PC market. After unveiling a new stable of Snapdragon 835-powered "Always Connected" PCs from HP and ASUS, the chip-maker revealed a surprise partner: AMD. The two companies are teamin...

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Rumor: iMac Pro to launch Dec. 18

A “handful” of enthusiasts of have taken to Twitter to report that Google, and now Wikipedia, are claiming Apple will unveil the iMac Pro on Monday, Dec. 18, according to The Apple Post.

Announced in June, the all-new iMac Pro — with its 27-inch Retina 5K display, next generation Intel Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics computation, up to 16GB of VRAM, up to 128GB of memory, built-in Ethernet, and support for one billion colors — is the most powerful Mac ever made. It comes in a new space gray enclosure.

The iMac Pro with the Vega GPU delivers up to 11 Teraflops of single-precision compute power for real-time 3D rendering and immersive, high frame rate VR. For half-precision computation, ideal for machine learning, the pro all-in-one delivers up to 22 Teraflops of performance.

The iMac Pro also supports up to 4TB of...

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HP Envy x2 hands-on: A Snapdragon-powered, always-on...

For its first "Always Connected" PC, HP made a pragmatic choice: It stuffed a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor into its latest Surface clone, the Envy x2. The result is compelling: A thin and light laptop with 20 hours of battery life, and built-in...

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HP and ASUS unveil Snapdragon-powered laptops

Since teasing us with a preview of what Windows on Snapdragon will look like at Computex this year, Qualcomm and its partners are ready to reveal actual devices. Today, at Qualcomm's second annual tech summit, we saw the HP Envy x2 and the ASUS NovaG...

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‘Consumer Reports’ ranks the iPhone 8/8 Plus higher...

As noted by MacRumors, Consumer Reports has posted its final iPhone X testing results, and, though listing it among the top 10 smartphones, ranks it below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

Consumer Reports says the iPhone X didn’t beat out the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus because of its poor performance on a durability test. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus better survived a tumble test for emulating real-world drops and fumbles of about 2.5 feet that can result in device damage, despite the fact that all three devices have glass bodies. 

“If not for the damage in that durability test, the iPhone X would have come in ahead of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus,” says Richard Fisco, head of smartphone testing at CR. The iPhone X is an innovative device with a fantastic camera and beautiful...

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GM thinks you'll buy stuff through your car...

As more cars roll off production lines with WiFi and LTE capabilities as standard, brands are falling over themselves to find ways to monetize this connectivity. Jaguar and Shell have partnered for in-car fuel payments, while BMW and Ford are bringin...

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Google is blocking YouTube on Amazon's Echo...

Google and Amazon have been battling a bit lately around the implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show. As of today, though, Google is putting its foot down and officially pulling support for YouTube on both the Echo Show and Amazon's Fire TV device...

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tvOS 11.2 Adds Sports to the TV App, Advanced...

tvOS 11.2 introduces some new features for sports watchers and a few welcome tweaks for the Apple TV 4K.


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Boom's supersonic jets get $10 million boost...

Boom's plan to revive supersonic passenger jets just got an important financial boost. The startup has revealed that Japan Airlines is investing $10 million, and that the carrier also has the option of buying up to 20 of the company's faster-than-so...

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Review: Bragi Dash Pro Wireless Earphones

In February 2016, we reviewed the Bragi Dash, one of the first — if not the first — "true wireless" headphones. It was an extremely ambitious product, though that ambition may have partly been its downfall — despite a long-delayed launch, Bragi seemed to have over-promised on features and, sadly, the Dash's core functionality was lacking. Despite the Dash's extremely thoughtful and sharp design, it was plagued by connection issues that were only partially addressed in future firmware updates. Bragi hasn't given up; instead, they're back with an upgraded version of the Dash — the Dash Pro — that promises better basic functionality and the introduction of many of the features that were part of its original vision for this product. Though the Dash Pro still isn't perfect, it has come a long way. {/exp:char_limit}

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GOOSE VPN 5-Year Subscription: $34

We have a deal on a five year subscription to GOOSE VPN. The service includes 59 servers around the world, plus simultaneous use on an unlimited number of devices. Platforms supported include Mac, iOS, Windows, and Android. It’s $39.99 through us, but we have a coupon code—GIFTSHOP15—that brings it down to $34.

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watchOS 4.2 released with Apple Pay Cash support

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for the Apple Watch. It adds support for Apple Pay Cash service, as well as other improvements and bug fixes.

You can install watchOS 4.2 via the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General --> Software Update. Your smartwatch needs to have at least 50% battery, be placed on a charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone. 

With Apple Pay Cash, Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. 

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The iPhone 8 goes up against the Samsung Galaxy S8...

Before you start throwing down cash for new phones like a Grinch post heart-expansion, watch our video to directly compare more factors than just name brand and price on two of the most popular phones. The iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are both les...

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The Big Apple Pay Cash How To Show – TMO Daily...

Kelly Guimont and Andrew Orr join Jeff Gamet to share tips and tricks on using Apple Pay Cash.

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watchOS 4.2 launches with Apple Pay Cash for Apple...

Apple on Tuesday launched watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch, giving users of the wearable, connected device the ability to send and receive money from the newly online Apple Pay Cash service.

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watchOS 4.2 Available with Apple Pay Cash Support

Now that Apple seems to have the kinks worked out from its Apple Pay Cash launch for iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2 is out and ready to install on your Apple Watch.

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watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch now available with Apple...

Apple has released watchOS 4.2 for Apple Watch. The latest software update is available for all Apple Watch models and includes support for Apple Pay Cash.


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External Link: iPhone X Reveals the Pros and Cons of...

The most radical interface change on the iPhone X is the disappearance of the familiar Home button, which frees up a lot of space for a larger display. But the loss of the Home button means that Apple had to replace its functions with a variety of new gestures. Raluca Budiu of the Nielsen Norman Group explores the interface challenges that gestures face, including discoverability, memorabilty, and swipe ambiguity. Although Budiu identifies some areas where Apple’s approach with the iPhone X stumbles, she praises the Home line as a reminder of the iPhone X’s new gestural needs. If you have or are getting an iPhone X, it’s worth reading this piece to understand how it changes the iPhone user experience.


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Representatives ask GAO to investigate FCC net...

It's not just senators calling for a review of the FCC's millions of fake anti-net neutrality comments. Representatives Elijah Cummings, Greg Meeks and Frank Pallone have sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking it to investigate...

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Pinterest makes it easy to share pins on Facebook...

Has it been while since you've chatted with a Messenger bot? If you use Pinterest religiously, you might be tempted pick up the habit again. The visual discovery social network has launched a Messenger bot and a chat extension that make it easier to...

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News: Apple acquires Pop Up Archive startup that...

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, a startup that specializes in technology that transcribes and organizes audio files to make them more searchable, Nieman Lab reports. The company is known for producing podcast search engine, which shut down on November 28 — possibly after being acquired by Apple. The deal comes on the heels of Apple announcing in-episode analytics for podcasts at some point after the release of iOS 11....

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George Lucas' student film, 'THX 1138,...

Gunpowder & Sky has announced that its Sci-Fi channel Dust will stream Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, the short USC film that helped kickstart George Lucas' career. The film is about a man trying to escape an oppressive society constantly mo...

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After a day of availability to users, Apple Pay Cash...

Apple has officially launched Apple Pay Cash -- a feature in iOS 11.2 that allows users to send and receive money from family and friends from within Messages.

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iPhone X review – a week in Italy

I’m not a huge fan of the actual photos taken – I’ve been to the places shot and the photos seem washed out, colour-wise, but that may be the photographer’s editing – but the detail in the shots is remarkable.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Bose QC25 NC Headphones $175,...

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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Spotify's latest playlist collects your top 100...

Spotify's data-driven and editorialized playlists are some of the biggest features that set it apart from its competitors. It being December means the streaming service is taking a look back at the year that was. Specifically, it's offering a look at...

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News: Apple wins trademark court battle against...

Apple has successfully prevented Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from getting an EU trademark on the name “Mi Pad,” arguing that’s too similar to Apple’s own iPad moniker, Reuters reports. In its decision, the EU’s General Court ruled, “The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of “Mi Pad”, is not sufficient to offset the…

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Consumer anticipation ahead of iPhone X dinged Apple...

New data suggests that Apple marketshare took a very slight hit in a three month period ending in October in the U.S., because users put off purchasing phones while waiting for the iPhone X.

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Gift Guide: Premium speakers and headphones for the...

If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves music, and listens to it all the time, there are few things that will bring more pleasure than a really high-quality speaker or pair of headphones.

Not only will they allow your lucky recipient to experience their music at a whole new level, but premium audio is also a gift that will last them a very long time.

Granted wireless standards can change, so we may no longer be living in a time when we can say a great speaker or pair of headphones will last a lifetime, but they remain something which will be appreciated for at least many years to come …


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Here are the new emoji likely coming to iOS next...

The Unicode Consortium has outlined all of the new emoji that are on the docket for 2018. This time around, new emoji include figures such as a teddy bear, mango, party face, and at long last, support for redheads…


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News: Anki’s Cozmo Code Lab update enhances...

Anki has expanded the capabilities of its Cozmo robot again in a new update to its Code Lab, adding a Constructor mode that includes six all-new minigames. The update gives Cozmo users acess to using ‘if’ statements, math operators, variables, function calls and more in their programs. Anki has increased the number and types of visual programming blocks available for use with Cosmo alongside the roll out of the vertically-oriented Constructor…

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Apple ranked second best-managed U.S. company in new...

Apple has ranked #2 among the top 250 best-managed U.S. companies as scored by the Drucker Institute. The result puts the iPhone maker just below Amazon and a few points above Google in the newly released ranking. The Wall Street Journal notes that this is the first ranking of U.S. companies based on the ideas of late business guru Peter Drucker:


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Deals: 13" MacBook Pro (256GB) for $1,299; 15...

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, Apple authorized resellers are launching cash discounts on popular MacBook Pro and iMac configurations. Save $200 on a 2016 13" MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage, or opt for the robust 15" Pro for as low as $2,179 (up to $200 off). Apple's current line of iMac desktops is also on sale with prices starting at just $999.

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Fitbit begins rolling out more apps & watchfaces...

In tandem with a software update, Fitbit on Tuesday announced the addition of over 60 apps and 100 watchfaces for the Ionic, its competitor to the Apple Watch.

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News: Daily Deal: SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the SKEYE Nano 2 FPV Drone for only $54.40 with the coupon code GIFTSHOP15. This shockingly agile and tiny flying machine allows you to perform cool airborne stunts like figure eights, banking turns, flips, and more, both indoors and out, and the HD, Wi-Fi controlled camera lets you record incredible real-time first-person video. Further, the on-board Wi-Fi means you can use your iPhone or iPad instead…

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News: Apple starts providing gift cards for Apple...

While Apple technically started accepting Apple Watch trade-ins last year, the company was just taking them for recycling without providing anything in return. Now the company has changed its recycling program to offer $50 to $175 on a gift card for the trades through a company named Brightstar, based on how functional it is and what model you have (size doesn’t seem to affect the payout at this point). Apple has also added new color options…

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Instagram updating profiles with new Stories...

Instagram today announced two new features and both of them have to do with the Stories. Stories are small video clips that stick around for 24 hours and then disappear to the aether. With the latest update though, you can store those memories forever.


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Apple acquires Pop Up Archive for its podcast tech

Apple has acquired Pop Up Archive, a startup that with tech that makes podcasts even searchable, reports NiemanLab. Its online platform is focused on building tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files.

Writing for NiemanLab, Nicholas Quah says this means Apple has acquired a technology dedicated to increasing the knowability and sortability of the hundreds of thousands of shows distributed through its Apple Podcast platform. This has widespread implications for the ecosystem. 

“Apple is believed to still drive somewhere between 50 to 70 percent of all available podcasts downloads, depending on who’s measuring — it’s near impossible to quantify this with any precision — and it’s further worth noting that this news comes months after Apple’s original announcement of in-episode analytics...

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News: Report: Apple manufacturer Quanta lands deal...

Apple manufacturing partner Quanta Computer has landed a $45 million deal to produce augmented reality displays that project information into the user’s field of vision, Bloomberg reports. Lumus designed the displays, but has granted Quanta the option to produce the product for other technology companies, Lumus Chief Executive Officer Ari Grobman said. “This means that the most expensive key enabling technology in the AR glasses teardown…

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This epic 4k film captures the beauty of lightning...

This footage is so amazing, I’m tempted to call it fake. But it’s not and it’s spectacular.

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TunesKit releases Audio Capture for '...

TunesKit Studio has introduced TunesKit Audio Capture for macOS and Windows. The tool allows you to capture any music files from your computer or the Internet automatically and losslessly. 

With TunesKit Audio Capture, you can record multiple audio tracks at the same time, edit and customize audio parameters such as the size, quality, and more. By default, it connects to many common apps like iTunes, QuickTime, Windows media player, and more. If an app you want to grab music from isn’t on the list, you can add them with a click.

TunesKit Audio Capture is on sale for a limited time for $19.95, or 60% off the regular price. A demo is available for download.

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Use Apple Pay Cash with a debit card to avoid a 3%...

If you're sending Apple Pay Cash to a friend through iMessage, Apple gives you the option to choose from all of your Apple Pay cards as a source of funds. To avoid unnecessary fees, you'll need to make sure you have a debit card authorized to send money.

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Lifeprint launches Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected...

Lifeprint has launched its new and larger 3x4.5-inch Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connected photo printer exclusively on and Apple retail stores across the world.

The printer and accompanying free app allows you to edit, print, and share photos and videos with family, friends, and fans all over the world. The app even allows you to “bring those experiences to life with augmented reality and watch as your videos come to life in your hands,” according to the folks at Lifeprint.

Additionally, the new Wifi capability allows users to print to their Lifeprint from anywhere in the world. Watch the video here to see how it works.

Lifeprint’s social network for real photos allows uses to share augmented reality images through a printer network to any Lifeprint printer in the world. Making sharing physical photographs across the globe with loved ones...

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Report: Apple acquired Pop Up Archive which makes...

9to5Mac Happy Hour on Apple Podcasts

Apple has reportedly acquired Pop Up Archive, a small Oakland-based company that builds tools for searching spoken audio including podcasts, according to Hot Pod (via Peter Kafka). Pop Up Archive, which makes a tool called, shut its services down last month without an explanation.


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Apple reportedly buys podcast search engine creator...

Apple is said to have bought Oakland's audio tool developer Pop Up Archive, known for the podcast search engine, in a move that could bolster the company's own podcast service.

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Apple Adds Unlocked iPhone X to Apple Store

You can finally buy an iPhone X unlocked and without a SIM card in the United States online and in Apple’s stores.

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Apple Pay available on Vindicia subscription billing...

Vindicia, which specializes in business-to-consumer digital services monetization, has announced that Vindicia CashBox now supports Apple Pay. CashBox is designed to streamline subscription and recurring payment services.

“Companies are adopting subscription models, and by supporting Apple Pay, we’re making it easier and more seamless for consumers to purchase their favorite subscription services,” says Vindicia CEO Kris Nagel. “Vindicia is committed to introducing new ways to leverage innovative solutions to deliver ever-more convenient and secure mobile payment options for our customers. With already millions using Apple Pay everyday, this integration enables us to offer next-generation payment solutions that meet their expectations and gives them an easier and safer way to pay.”

Apple Pay is currently available in 20 countries: Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia,...

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Apple begins selling unlocked & SIM-free iPhone...

SIM-free means, in part, that you won’t get a carrier SIM card. You’ll still need to get one. Keep that (to me, a tiny bit of a hassle) in mind.

UPDATE: From the comments:

You can get a SIM card for free from T-Mobile, and it takes seconds to install.

Meanwhile, that SIM-free iPhone—unlike the GSM models— is fully compatible with all networks including CDMA. More importantly, it has the Qualcomm chip, which means it will provide about 30% better wireless performance than Intel-equipped models in terms of data speeds, signal reception, voice quality, and battery life. And due to all of the above advantages, the SIM-free model will also provide a significantly higher resale value.

This is the iPhone variant everyone should buy.

Duly noted.


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News: Apple Pay Cash now operational in iOS 11.2

After this weekend’s release of iOS 11.2, users were left wondering why Apple Pay Cash was mentioned in the release notes but not actually operational. The release was the first ever to be sent during the weekend — seemingly in response to a December 2 date bug that was causing iPhones to crash — leading to speculation that Apple rushed it out the door to fix the bug before Apple Pay Cash was ready. Now non-beta users are finding the feature…

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iMac Pro launching December 18th, according to Google
  1. Take this with a grain of salt. Could simply be a parsing error on Google’s web crawling bot. But still.
  2. If you want the official word on the iMac Pro launch, here’s a link to Apple’s official iMac Pro notification page. Sign up and Apple will let you know when the iMac Pro launch is officially announced.

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Apple’s HomePod isn’t about Siri, but rather the...

Daniel Eran Dilger, AppleInsider:

Rather than being the phenomenal, exciting new product category launch that pundits love to praise, the Alexa-powered Echo is Amazon’s salvaged booby prize for failing in smartphones: a few million units sold at low margin, versus the tens of millions of smartphones other Android licensees have been able to sell (or the hundreds of millions of high-margin iPhones Apple has been selling each year).

Ouch. But I agree with the premise. The Echo is a highly successful pivot. If Amazon’s 2014 Fire phone had caught on, it’s not clear that they would have gone down the Echo path.

Echo and related Alexa-based smart speakers are really “smart mics” for listening to commands. Amazon’s retail background works to leverage this to take online orders from Alexa users, but its original goal in hardware was a mobile phone with a camera, display and mic all working together to identify potential products to sell, not just a simple voice...

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Apple wins block against European trademark for...

Apple on Tuesday won a years-long bid to stop Xiaomi from trademarking the name of its Mi Pad tablet in the European Union, which Apple argued was too similar to iPad.

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Apple magnetic stand invention would allow two iPads...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,839,147) for a magnetic stand with a removable tripod for the iPad. The stand is configured to rigidly hold a portion of the tablet in place, to shield the magnetic field from adversely affecting nearby devices susceptible to strong magnetic fields, and to allow two iPads to work together. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that tablets are increasing used in a wide variety of applications. The tech giant says “a number of manufacturers” have tried unsuccessfully to produce a way for conveniently mounting such a device. Not surprisingly, Apple thinks it can.

Apple’s invention would allow an iPad to be used by a photographer or videographer for reviewing photos or video as they’re taken. A wireless transmitter can send data between the camera and the tablet device via a Wi-Fi signal, Bluetooth protocol, or even through an alternative signal received by a wireless receiver attached to the tablet device. 

In this way a...

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Apple now offers unlocked iPhone X models in the US

Enlarge / The iPhone X's display, with rounded edges and the sensor housing—also called the notch. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Just over a month after the iPhone X debuted, Apple is now selling carrier-agnostic models of the iPhone X. US customers can place orders on Apple's website for SIM-free iPhone Xs, rather than ordering a device that's already married to a specific carrier.

Previously, the iPhone X could only be purchased on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon networks, but the unlocked option allows users to insert any SIM card they want. The iPhone X supports GSM and CDMA networks, so users can get on nearly any network they want with a SIM card.

The high price...

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iOS 11: How to Use Siri’s “Personal DJ” Feature

Got a subscription to Apple Music? Then if you’ve installed iOS 11, you can have Siri create personalized playlists for you using Apple’s so-called Personal DJ feature. We’ve got all the details in today’s Quick Tip!

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Apple intros Apple Watch recycling program, offering...

One more reason to upgrade your older Apple Watch.

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Can apps prevent teen depression? A large-scale...

Small-scale studies of smartphone apps that claim to improve mental health have yielded some positive results in teenagers, but these are only indicative. Only a large-scale clinical trial can provide the data needed by mental health professionals to determine the true value of such apps, and a $1.6M study aims to provide the answer …


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Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps,...

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

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Android Oreo: An iOS user’s review

Matt Birchler, in the introduction to a week long review of the Pixel 2 running Android Oreo:

I have been using the Google Pixel 2, which is the latest and greatest Android phone out there. I chose this phone for my experiment because I wanted to leave no room for my conclusions to be colored by a bad OEM skin on top of Android or by a lower quality phone as my comparisons to iOS should be as fair as possible. Since I wanted to review Oreo, a Pixel was my only option in October, and thankfully that Pixel has top of the like specs and the best Android camera out there. This is Android how Google intended it.

And, then, this TL;DR conclusion:

Android has grown up considerably over the last decade. It’s no longer a complete disaster of a user experience, and some elements have actually surpassed what Apple is doing with iOS. Notifications are much better than they are on iOS and Google Assistant is more accurate and more helpful than Siri. that said, there are a...

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Kantar: later iPhone X release hurts Apple’s...

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that in the three months ending in October, iOS share fell in key markets, “making clear the impact of the flagship iPhone X not being available to buy in the month of October.”

As Windows continued to drop in share, Android was able to gain 4.3 percentage points in the big five European markets, 8.2% in the U.S. and 7.5% in Japan, adds the research group. Urban China remained a bright spot for Apple, with its share edging up 0.5% in the latest three months to reach 17.4%.

“It was somewhat inevitable that Apple would see volume share fall once we had a full comparative month of sales taking into account the non-flagship iPhone 8 vs. the flagship iPhone 7 from 2016,” says Dominic Sunnebo, Global Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “This decrease is significant and puts pressure on the iPhone X to perform....

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Amazon public relations: Yes, Prime Video app still...

Josh Centers, TidBITS:

At this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple and Amazon finally announced that we would be able to watch Amazon video natively on the Apple TV by the end of the year.


But it’s December, and Amazon Prime Video for the Apple TV remains vaporware. Is it still due in 2017? Surprisingly, yes. Amazon public relations told me, “Thanks for checking in. Yes, you can expect the launch this year.”

This report jibes with last week’s report that the Apple TV app was being beta tested by Amazon employees.

[Via DF]


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Apple Watch now included in Apple’s Renew and...

Apple has updated its Renew and Recycling program for the Apple Watch. For qualifying devices, you can receive a gift card online or credit toward a purchase in the store. 

Apple will either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials. The tech giant has handled recycling of smart watches before, but this is the first time it’s offered gift cards. Gift cards are available for original Apple Watch models, Apple Watch Series 1 models, and Apple Watch Series 2 models, with Apple offering between $50 and $175 depending on device.

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Apple Watch Sports Bands, iPhone X silicon cases...

As noted by AppleInsider, Apple’s online store is offering Apple Watch Sport Bands and iPhone X silicone cases in new colors.

The former ($49) are now available in electric pink, midnight blue, black, seashell, dark olive, dark teal, spicy orange, pink sand and “Flash” yellow. The iPhone X silicon cases ($39) are now available in blue cobalt, rose red, ultra violet, spicy orange, cosmos blue, dark olive, white, pink sand, midnight blue, red, and Flash.

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Apple’s US smartphone market share dropped 8 points...

Market intelligence company Kantar said that iOS market share in the U.S. fell from 40.6% in the three months ending in October 2016 to 32.9% in the same quarter this year. Apple saw similar significant drops in other key markets, says the firm, as customers waited for the iPhone X to go on sale.

Kantar says that the drop was inevitable, but still puts pressure on Apple …


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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone X units

Apple is now selling SIM-free models of the iPhone X, so you can buy the smartphone and add a carrier at your convenience.

The SIM-free models come unlocked and without an installed SIM card. They’re available for both GSM and CDMA networks. Pricing for SIM-free iPhone X’s are the SIM version: 64GB for $999 and 256GB units for $1,149.

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Apple wins its ‘iPad vs Mi Pad’ trademark case...

The European Union General Court has ruled that Xiaomi, privately owned Chinese electronics and software company headquartered in Beijing, can’t trademark the name of its “Mi Pad” tablet (pictured) because the name is too similar to Apple’s iPad.

“The dissimilarity between the signs at issue, resulting from the presence of the additional letter ‘m’ at the beginning of ”Mi Pad“, is not sufficient to offset the high degree of visual and phonetic similarity between the two signs,” the Court said in a statement.

Xiaomi, world's fifth largest smartphone maker, filed its trademark application in 2014 and Apple filed a complaint that the Intellectual Property Office sided with last year. Now the EU’s second-highest court agrees. Xiaomi can still appeal the decision at the Court of Justice, the EU’s highest court.

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Innit app controls more than 100 connected ovens...

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for a real-life version of Star Trek’s replicators – where all we have to do is tell the unit what meal to make – we’re at least taking one small step in that direction.

‘Eating technology company’ Innit has announced an iOS app that can send cooking instructions direct from an iPhone app to more than 100 different models of Wi-Fi-enabled ovens from GE Appliances and Bosch …


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Apple wins partial court victory against Xiaomi’s...

Chinese brand Xiaomi created an entire business out of copying Apple, seen in everything from an iOS-like skin for Android through websites and product launches – but perhaps the most blatant example was an iPad mini clone it named the Mi Pad.

Xiaomi even applied for a trademark on the name, prompting legal action by Apple, and the Cupertino company has now scored a partial victory …


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LandingZone docking station makes life more...

If you’re a 12-inch MacBook owner like me, you realize that the lack of ports (as in only USB Type-C one) can be an inconvenience. LandingZone’s $229 docking station makes life more convenient, and can turn the tiny laptop into a moderately powered “desktop.”

It packs a plethora of ports: three USB 3.1 Type-C Ports (Data Only / No Video); two USB 3.1 Type-A Ports (Data Only); one USB 3.1 Type-A Port (Data and 1.5A High Speed Charging); one USB Type-C Passthrough Port; one HDMI port; and one Ethernet, facilitating connection of a large range of devices to the Mac laptop. There’s also a Micro SD Card Slot and a two-way audio port. Plus, an included Kensington Security Slot allows the use of a laptop lock to secure both the docking station and the MacBook.

The docking station allows you to connect a monitor, hard drives, printer, smart phone, headphones, speakers,...

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Taking selfies in Portrait Mode with the iPhone X

With the iPhone X you can shoot selfies in Portrait Mode. Portrait Mode is a software feature that uses the two lenses of the Apple smartphone to create the look and feel of an image shot with portrait settings on a camera with a telephoto lens.

With the iPhone X you can shoot selfies with a cool depth‑of‑field effect that keeps your face in sharp focus against an artfully blurred background. To do so, switch to the front-facing camera in the Camera app, then swipe to Portrait.

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Notable apps and app updates for Dec. 5, 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

DM Apps has released Jewel Block Puzzle King. In the free game, the player drops blocks to create and destroy lines of jewels both vertically and horizontally within the game matrix. The overall object of the game is to not have the screen fill up with blocks by strategically dropping blocks on the matrix.

watchOS Apps/Updates

Smoky Cat Software has announced Heart Graph 5.0. The app plots high resolution graphs of heart rate against time and allows comparison of those graphs and other workout statistics between...

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Apple releases tvOS 11.2 update, adds live sports,...

Only a few days after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth-gen Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K.

The most notable change is the addition of the Sports section to TV. The “Sports” tab joins the previous options of “Watch Now,” “Library,” “Store” and “Search.” It features quick links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred.

The new TV app feature list includes alerts for when a team is about to play, allowing users to begin streaming a game as soon as it starts. Supported leagues include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, college football, men’s college basketball and more.

Other changes include video display mode switching to match the frame rate and dynamic range of played content, and some user interface refinements.

The tvOS 11.2 update can be snagged either via automatic updates, or manually via the Settings app.

If you’ve tried the...

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Apple adds mid-2011 Mac mini to obsolete products...

As much of a workhorse the mid-2011 Mac mini is, Apple has just added it to its obsolete products list.

Mid-2011 models have officially been classified as vintage or obsolete as of November 30, 2017, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers.

As such, neither Apple nor Apple Authorized Service Providers will repair or service the 2011 Mac mini, which has now exceeded the five year limits since it was last manufactured, except where required by law. There is an exception for California and Turkey, where mid-2011 Mac mini owners can still obtain service and repairs for up to two additional years.

2011 Mac mini models were the first with a Thunderbolt port, and the first without an optical disc drive for CDs/DVDs.

Even though it’s been more than 1,100 days since Apple last refreshed the Mac mini, Apple CEO Tim Cook likewise said the Mac mini will be an “important part” of Apple’s product lineup going forward in a...

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Monday December 4

Comparison: iPhone X vs. iPhone 8 Plus camera quality

In this video, we take a closer look at the differences, and similarities, between the rear- and front-facing cameras included in Apple's iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

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Apple Maps adds public transit directions for Tampa...

Apple has activated public transit directions in Apple Maps for users in Tampa, Fla, granting access to timetables and routes covering local bus, train, and streetcar operations.

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Apple debuts new Apple Watch Sport Band and iPhone X...

Apple updated its online store on Monday with new color choices for popular accessories including Apple Watch Sport Bands and iPhone X silicone cases, offering users a more diverse selection of products ahead of the holiday shopping season.

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