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Tuesday April 25

09:02
Yet Another Report Pegs October, November for iPhone...

Another report saying the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November is out, and like those we’ve already seen it blames OLED displays for at least part of the problem.


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09:00
I smelled and hugged a tree in VR, because art

At the Tribeca VR arcade this year, there were displays ranging from the harrowing to the distracting, but few were as eye-catching as Treehugger:Wawona. It's an interactive art installation that had headset-wearing participants hugging and caressing...

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08:54
Apple retail announces new store design, "Today...

Apple Store Union Square, San Francisco, CA

Apple announced today that the top 100 Apple stores worldwide will be redesigned to include a "grove" of live trees, meeting spaces, and large, dominating video screens like that in the new Apple Union Square retail outlet in San Francisco. In addition, 495 locations that are properly equipped will add a new educational event series called "Today at Apple".

The store redesigns will include a name change for the Genius Bar, which will become the Genius Grove in an obvious paean to the trees in the stores. As for the Today at Apple series, it will include both presentations and hands-ons sessions that cover topics ranging from photography, art, design, and music to programming. 

The Today at Apple sessions will be led by a new type of retail store employee -- the Creative Pro. These employees are being hired for professional-level knowledge of the subjects they teach at the sessions. In some major cities, the sessions...

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08:47
Apple's first original series, Carpool Karaoke...

In a blow to Apple’s original content ambitions, the company has delayed the scheduled April premiere of Carpool Karaoke to later this year.

In a strange move, Apple postponed the launch party for the full-length show, its first foray into original content, twice before canceling it altogether. According to Reuters, a party originally scheduled for March was rescheduled for Monday, but that party too was postponed.

Apple didn’t say why the series, an extended version of James Corden’s segments on CBS’s The Late Late Show, was being pushed back. A CBS Television Studios spokesperson told Reuters that the company is “excited about our Carpool Karaoke for Apple Music and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year.”

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08:34
AWT TV Episode 5: Apple Watches, AR/VR, ecobee3 lite...

A screenshot from Luminos

Last night we live streamed episode 5 of AWT TV, and it was a good one. Featuring just Steve and Marty (Dennis is taking a much-needed vacation), the show celebrated the second birthday of another revolutionary Apple device -- the Apple Watch. 

During the show we talked about the Watch, its impact in both mobile payment and everyday life, and what the future could bring. One idea brought up by Steve is that an Apple Watch with built-in cellular (LTE) data capabilities could easily act as the "brains" for an Apple AR/VR headset. 

Steve spent about an hour yesterday installing an ecobee3 lite thermostat so he talks about how that went and about the device's new ability to use room sensors, while Marty did a fantastic demo of Luminos ($24.99). You have...

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08:28
News: Smart home device maker iDevices acquired by...

Smart home device maker iDevices has been acquired by Hubbell, a company that’s been around for more than 100 years. As with many such acquisitions, iDevices claims nothing will change with its day-to-day operations, pledging that, “We will continue to support and update our existing products and make new ones; all while utilizing the backing and expertise of Hubbell to accelerate our growth and leadership position in the IoT space.”…

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07:54
News: Apple delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ release to ‘...

Apple is delaying the release of its “Carpool Karaoke” adaptation for Apple Music, now saying only that “‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’ will premiere on Apple Music later this year,” Reuters reports. During the Code Media conference in February, Apple said the show would debut in April, but a launch party scheduled for March was postponed without explanation, and another rescheduled for this Monday was also scrapped.…

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07:51
Rumor of the day: iPhone 8 and "8 Plus"...

Up to this point, the iPhone rumor industry has been solid in sending out a stream of unvalidated statements saying that there will be two main iPhone models this year: an iPhone 7S that will be an iterative improvement on the existing iPhone 7, and a radically different iPhone called the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Edition, or iPhone Pro... Now a Chinese tech blog is saying that it received insider info from someone at Foxconn/Hon Hai that indicates that Apple would only be releasing the iPhone 8 and a "supersized" 8 Plus.

Rendering of an "iPhone 8" via KK Sneak Leaks

As with all rumors, this one needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt. First, Micgadget.com isn't exactly MacRumors...

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07:43
“Today at Apple”

Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level programs.

Sounds like an expanded version of what they used to do at the stores. I like it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:32
Google Photos 2.14 adds AirPlay functionality

Google Photos for iOS was updated yesterday with official AirPlay support, adding the capability to stream photos and videos to TVs through Apple TV. Google Photos version 2.14 finally brings support for AirPlay to the app, almost two years after it was first launched. Prior to this release, iOS device users who wanted to "beam" photos and video to their TVs could not use an Apple TV as an AirPlay receiver.

Google Photos is quite a powerful app, with frequent updates in the past two years adding features like content-aware filters, visual search, and video stabilization. It's a free download from the iOS App Store. 

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07:26
Songwriting podcast, well worth your while

Into the craft that is songwriting? Check out Song Exploder, a podcast that invites artists to explain their process.

My 2 cents, the best place to start is with the latest episode, where Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo talks through his approach to writing the song Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori.

The whole thing was fascinating, from the backstory of the song’s inspiration, to the mechanics Rivers uses to bring together chord structures. Lots to learn here.

Wannabe songwriter? Give it a listen.

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07:22
Apple to launch 'Today at Apple' retail...




Towards the end of May Apple plans to launch a new series of education sessions at its stores dubbed "Today at Apple," retail head Angela Ahrendts revealed on Tuesday. [Updated with official session details]

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07:18
'Carpool Karaoke' delayed until later in...

Apple's first attempt at original video content has been delayed again. "Carpool Karaoke," which is a spinoff of the namesake segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden, was first announced last July. Initially the show was to debut in March and was then pushed back to this month. Now the latest from Apple after postponing a launch party is that "Carpool Karaoke:The Series will premiere on Apple Music later this year."

Apple is partnering with CBS Television Studios on the series, and CBS released a similar statement yesterday saying "We're excited about our 'Carpool Karaoke' for Apple Music, and look forward to everyone seeing it later this year." Apple is also working on a game-style reality TV show called "Planet of the Apps" for release at an unspecified date. 

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07:16
News: Dutch court rules Apple can’t replace broken...

A Dutch judge has ruled that Apple can’t use refurbished iPads to replace broken ones covered by its AppleCare warranty, Tweakers reports. While Apple’s terms of service explicitly state that the company can use refurbished units as replacements, the judge ruled that Apple can only issue refurbished replacements to customers who initially purchased a refurbished unit. “If a plaintiff had purchased a refurbished or replacement iPad,…

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07:14
Apple Bumps April’s Carpool Karaoke Launch to Later...

Apple had planned on launching its Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple Music this month, but that’s been pushed out until some time later this year. This is the second delay for the show’s launch, and Apple isn’t offering up any explanation for the delayed debut.


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07:11
Apple Store expanding new ‘Today at Apple’...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, has appeared in a new video interview with CBS This Morning where she discussed her time at the company and new Apple Store initiatives. The major new Apple Store effort centered around customer engagement is called ‘Today at Apple’ and will launch at the end of next month.

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07:04
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune,...

Laura Hazard Owen, Neiman Lab:

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is at low and fact checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.

So what would happen if you combined professional journalism with fact checking by the people? On Monday evening, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launched Wikitribune, an independent site (not affiliated with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation) “that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together” in a combination that Wales hopes will combat fake news online — initially in English, then in other languages.

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07:00
First look: Rigiet iPhone camera gimbal is an...




Before its crowdfunding campaign kicked off on Tuesday, AppleInsider had the opportunity to go hands-on with Rigiet, a new iPhone-compatible camera gimbal offering super-smooth video recording at a budget price.

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06:56
∞ Apple mines NASA’s JPL for AR and autonomous car...

Two articles kind of collided for me. Apple grabbed talent from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs for both their car and augmented reality projects. Is there a connection? [Read more…]

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06:53
Production of Apple's 'iPhone 8' said...




Another supply chain source suggests that the "iPhone 8" supply in 2017 will be profoundly hamstrung has emerged, but for a different reason -- tight supplies of the the Samsung OLED screen.

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06:39
Uber sued for $5M over 'Hell' app used to...




Fresh off revelations of the ridesharing service's run-in with Apple, Uber is being sued for the use of an app called "Hell," which allegedly tracked drivers from the company's main U.S. rival Lyft.

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06:36
Apple delays release of first original series ‘...

Reuters:

A premiere party for “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled for March in Los Angeles was postponed without explanation days before it was to take place. This week, the company again postponed its launch party, which had been rescheduled for Monday.

To me, this is not original content that will make or break Apple’s approach to a cable cutting alternative. Perhaps they are pushing this back to somehow intersect with WWDC.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:36
News: Chinese blog claims Apple is only releasing...

Chinese blog Mic Gadget is saying that everyone else has Apple’s 2017 iPhone plans wrong, claiming that their “friends from Foxconn” shared news that the company is planning to release just two iPhone 8 models and no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus. The rumor is a fairly shaky one since the source has no track record of accurate leaks and the report seems based on news that “Foxconn will begin to receive the first deliveries of the material…

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06:26
Sling TV expands its Cloud DVR 'First Look...

Sling TV is adding more devices to its 'First Look' for the new Cloud DVR feature. Sling TV subscribers with an Apple TV can now try the beta service for $5 per month, which gets you 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage.

Cloud DVR first showed up as an invite-only beta last December on Roku devices and select Smart TVs. At the time our general impression was that it was a nice feature, but still a work in progress.

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06:06
Dutch judge rules Apple can't swap refurbished...




Another court ruling in the Netherlands mandates that when Apple needs to replace a broken iPhone or iPad, it must do so with a new unit, and not a refurbished one.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Instaread, Lifetime Subscription

For Tuesday’s iLounge Deal, you can pick up a lifetime subscription to Instaread for only $49.99 — that’s 90% off the regular price. This service lets you read books in minutes, with key takeaways and summaries of more than 560 New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers right on your iPhone, with twenty new books added every month. You get get insights and key points from each book in 15 minutes or less, and read on your iPhone or tablet,…

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06:00
The Elite Apple Accessories Giveaway: Enter Today!

Many of our regular readers have signed up to receive notification of deals and other information from our deal partner, StackCommerce, and Apple World Today. For those of you who haven't yet signed up, we have an incentive this week -- we're giving away a bundle of Apple accessories that you'll be proud to win. All you need to do is sign up to enter.

What's in the bundle? A pair of Apple AirPods for your listening pleasure. An Apple Classic Buckle Leather Strap for your Apple Watch. An Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro! 

These are all Apple products, and have a value of $577. Somebody has to win, and it could be you. ...

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05:53
Another report claims iPhone 8 may not go on sale to...

Whilst we still aren’t entirely sure what the iPhone 8 will look like, there have been a flurry of rumors in the last month that the device will not be launching to Apple’s normal annual schedule.

Today, Nikkei is the latest publication to claim that the iPhone 8 may not be in customer’s hands until late October or November. The report pinpoints the OLED panel, wireless charging components and new circuit boards as the reason for the production problems.

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05:49
Dutch court rules that Apple cannot supply ‘...

Following a previous Dutch court ruling that Apple cannot provide refurbished products as warranty replacements, a new ruling has outlawed ‘remanufactured’ units also. Apple must, the court found, supply brand new models exactly as it would to a paying customer …

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05:15
iOS Control Center “bug” discovered, may lead to...

This qualifies as a sort of odd bug, but it might be relevant.

The error, first spotted by Italian web site AmiciApple, this bug appears to work with iOS versions as recent as the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta and stems from odd settings within Control Center. While the chances of it happening are rare, they’re still possible.

To activate the bug, pull up Control Center, simultaneously select one option from the bottom bar (Alarm Clock, Calculator, or Camera), Night Shift, and AirDrop. You have to use three fingers to tap them all at once and it may take a few times to actually work.

Your iOS device will freeze for a few seconds, then it should automatically “re-spring” and everything will return to normal. In some cases, however, it doesn’t automatically re-spring and you’ll have to manually reboot your device completely.

As seen in the video below, it’s unlikely that you’ll accidentally trigger the error, but it’s still helpful to be aware of it.

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05:00
Rumor: Apple could be exploring space-based...

Apple may be getting involved in orbital communications satellites.

A recent report has stated that Apple poached two Google satellite executives to form a new hardware team within the company. The new hires, John Fenwick and Michael Trela, headed up Google’s spacecraft operations and satellite engineering, respectively.

The report noted that both Fenwick and Trela will report to Greg Duffy, the founder of Dropcam who was hired by Apple earlier this year. The trio is though to be working on a project to develop Apple’s own satellite program to beam broadband Internet access to assorted locations.

Apple has also recently entered a partnership with Boeing to launch more than 1,000 low-orbit satellites. The company has reportedly been involved in discussions with the aerospace firm about being either an investor or a partner in the project.

This could represent a new segment of business for Apple, as it’s estimated that competitor SpaceX could generate...

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05:00
Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying


The future is now, or at least it is coming soon. Today's technological developments are looking very much like what once was the domain of science fiction. Maybe we don't have domed cities and flying cars, but we do have buildings that reach to the heavens, and drones that soon could deliver our packages. Who needs a flying car when the self-driving car is just down the road? The media often notes the comparisons of technological advances to science fiction, and the go-to examples cited are often Star Trek, The Jetsons and various 1980s and 90s cyberpunk novels and similar dark fiction.

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04:59
Google Photos app finally lets you use AirPlay to...

If you use Google Photos on your iPhone and iPad (and you should), you can now use AirPlay to view selected photos on your Apple TV. Google quietly added the feature in an update to the app yesterday.

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04:32
Sketchiest of supply-chain reports suggests two...

A Chinese blog is making two of the sketchiest iPhone 8-related claims yet. First, it says that Apple will be releasing not one but two iPhone 8 models. Second, it suggests that there will be no iPhone 7S.

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04:01
Laptops & tablets may be banned from cabin...

A U.S. ban on carrying laptops and tablets in the cabin of inbound international flights may be extended to European countries, including the UK. Any electronic device larger than a phone would have to be placed in hold baggage.

The U.S. government currently applies the ban to flights from 10 airports, mostly Middle Eastern and North African. The measure was introduced last month, the Department of Homeland Security stating that it was in response to intelligence suggesting that terrorists planned to smuggle explosives inside consumer electronics items …

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02:50
1 Year Subscription to Instaread: $24.99

We have a deal on a 1-year subscription to Instaread. This service offers condensed digests of books on The New York Times Best Seller List. It’s half off through our deal, $24.99.


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Monday April 24

20:13
Apple Maps expands into Middle East with Traffic for...




Apple in a recent update to Maps activated Traffic data for two Middle Eastern countries, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, though it appears only major metropolitan areas are supported at this time.

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18:42
Apple delays release of Carpool Karaoke spin-off...

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke adaptation was originally slated to debut this month on Apple Music, but the company has apparently delayed that premiere. According to a report from Reuters, the release of Carpool Karaoke has been pushed until “later this year,” but without any specific reason.

more…

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18:17
Apple pushes 'Carpool Karaoke' launch back...




It appears Apple's first foray into original video content, "Carpool Karaoke," will not make its scheduled April debut, as the company on Monday again postponed a launch party initially slated for March.

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17:47
Google Photos now streams photos, video to Apple TV...




Google on Monday updated its Google Photos app for iOS with integrated AirPlay support, meaning users can stream photos and video to the big screen with Apple TV.

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17:14
Apple hires NASA AR/VR expert Jeff Norris to work on...




Apple has reportedly hired Dr. Jeff Norris, an augmented and virtual reality specialist who founded the Mission Operations Innovation Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to be part of a special projects team working to bring augmented reality to the masses.

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17:14
That Time Tim Cook Spanked Uber CEO Kalanick for...

You ever hear the one about Tim Cook bending Uber CEO Travis Kalanick over his knee and spanking him? It happened in 2015, but went unreported until Monday. The New York Times offered an account of Tim Cook threatening to pull Uber’s app from the App Store if it didn’t stop behaving like a spoiled bully on at least one front. And, according to the story, Mr. Kalanick cried uncle.


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16:42
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16:32
Apple Snags Another AR/VR Expert, this Time from NASA

Apple has hired another expert in the fields of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Bloomberg reported that Apple has hired Jeff Norris, an 18-year veteran of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


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16:10
Apple reportedly hires NASA veteran to join its...

As Apple continues to ramp up its focus on augmented reality, the company has recently hired a specialist from NASA for its efforts. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has hired Jeff Norris, a specialist in new technology at NASA…

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16:08
ABC affiliate deal makes it easier to livestream...

Disney has signed deals with more than 160 television stations that will finally enable them to stream their local content. Most of the affiliates will now use services like DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV to broadcast their own show...

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15:41
ecobee4 HomeKit Smart Thermostat Teased Ahead of May...

Smart thermostat maker ecobee is teasing its upcoming ecobee4, which is set to debut on May 3rd. The new model is rumored to include a built-in microphone and speaker with Amazon Alexa voice control built-in. ecobee4 will reportedly have a sleeker, yet familiar, design and the separate room sensors are said to be silver instead of white. The company also lowered the ecobee3 price ahead of next week’s announcement from US$249 to $199. That’s a pretty sweet deal for a full-features smart thermostat that’s also HomeKit compatible. If you want to follow along with ecobee’s announcements next Wednesday you’ll need to head over to the company’s Facebook page.


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15:40
Siri Could Access Federal Information One Day

The General Services Administration is launching a pilot program aimed at opening up access to federal information to third-party virtual assistants. Agencies include the departments of Energy, Homeland Security and Housing and Urban development. The purpose is to make it easier for American citizens to find governmental information they need.


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15:28
Judging Apple Watch’s Success

Mike Murphy, writing for Quartz, “Two Years After Its Launch, the Apple Watch Hasn’t Made a Difference at Apple”:

Apple’s biggest launch since the iPad in 2010, the Apple Watch was
expected to be a hit: Given the massive financial success of the
iPhone, it stood to reason that a companion device might be
something customers craved.

Not so much. Apple has never shared hard numbers on how many
wearables it has sold, and doesn’t even break out Watch sales in
its quarterly earnings report. Instead, the device is bundled into
Apple’s “Other products,” which the company says includes, “Apple
TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod and Apple-branded and
third-party accessories.”

These articles come out like clockwork every 3 months, as Apple’s earnings report draws near. Apple told us they...

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15:02
AWT News Update: April 24, 2017

We have a variety of Apple and industry related news for you today on the AWT News Update:

  • Sling TV announces Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV
  • Happy birthday, Apple Watch! It's the second birthday of the beloved timepiece, and we'll be discussing it tonight (6:30 PM PDT/9:30 PM EDT) on AWT TV.
  • Some of Apple's self-driving car software testers are rocket scientists...really!
  • A problem with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ has some users seeing red, and they probably won't be happy with the "fix"

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below. Note to Apple News readers: you’ll need to visit Apple World Today in order to listen to the podcast.

Text Version

This is Steve Sande for Apple World Today,...

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14:58
Google Photos for iOS beams images to your TV with...

Google has been improving its Photos app for a while now, adding features like automatic white balance, compensation for wobbly video, social photo editing tools and even improving Apple's own Live Photos. The one thing it's been missing, however, is...

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14:52
Apple releases fourth iOS 10.3.2 and macOS 10.12.5...

Earlier today, Apple released the fourth betas of macOS 10.12.5 and iOS 10.3.2 to developers. Now, the company has released the betas to public beta testers too, as it usually does following the initial release to developers…

more…

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14:38
Latest ‘bug’ causes iOS to crash when certain...

Every so often, weird bugs emerge in iOS that cause the operating to crash or restart when a certain string of actions are performed. Now, a new “bug” has emerged that causes iOS to freeze and re-spring, but don’t expect it to become a major problem or for Apple to even address it…

more…

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14:37
A Network Scanner Helps You Secure Your Wi-Fi Router

When you secure your Wi-Fi or wired router, a network scanner is an essential utility you should have on your Mac and iOS device. Jeff Butts has explored several options for letting you know what devices are connected to your network, and gives you an overview of what they can and cannot do.


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14:37
FCC may unveil softer net neutrality rules this week

Like it or not, the FCC may be close to divulging its plans for relaxing net neutrality rules. Recode contacts claim that Chairman Ajit Pai may talk about the softer regulation as soon as April 26th, when he speaks at a conservative group's event. Th...

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14:16
Stephens College is the first all-women's...

Last Thursday, Stephens College made history when it officially created the first varsity-level eSports team at an all-women's school. The program's 12-player squad will begin digitally competing in collegiate Overwatch leagues this fall.

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14:00
Apple Cuts Affiliate Commissions on Apps and In-App...

From a report on Mac Stories: Today, Apple announced that it is reducing the commissions it pays on apps and In-App Purchases from 7 percent to 2.5 percent effective May 1st. The iTunes Affiliate Program pays a commission from Apple's portion of the sale of apps and other media when a purchase is made with a link that contains the affiliate credentials of a member of the program. Anyone can join, but the Affiliate Program is used heavily by websites that cover media sold by Apple and app developers.


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13:54
Sling TV's Cloud DVR records your guilty...

Two weeks after Sling TV rolled out its Cloud DVR feature to Android and Roku users, the streaming service is now doing the same for people who own an Apple TV. "First Look," which was introduced last November, lets Sling TV subscribers get 50 hours...

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13:52
Western Digital G-Technology line gets Thunderbolt 3...

Rear view of G-Technology G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3

At the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Western Digital Corporation announced upgrades to the G-Technology product line targeted at creative professionals. The big news is the addition of Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C technologies to the product family to optimize the speed and performance of the G-Technology product lines.

G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt 3

The G-Drive for Thunderbolt 3 is now available at $699.95 for 10TB (12TB coming next quarter at $799.95) and less for smaller capacities. This drive has dual Thunderbolt 3 ports and a USB-C port that supports USB 3.1 Gen 1. Up to five of the devices can be daisy-chained in order to move HD videos or 4K footage to multiple drives with a single connection. The drive uses the HGST Ultrastar 7200RPM Enterprise-class hard drive mechanism. 

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13:45
Apple’s Next Mac Pro Will Require a Change in Design...

Apple’s design philosophy for consumer Macs has been that of simplicity, indeed minimalism. Approachable and beautiful. But even the 2008-2012 Mac Pro, designed in the Steve Jobs era, understood the needs of technical and creative professionals. Now that Apple has had time to digest what went wrong with the 2013 Mac Pro, it’s time, according to Marco Arment, to change the design thinking from that of “no!” to that of “yes!”  Versatility should rule. It’s all on page 2 of Friday’s Particle Debris.


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13:33
Unroll.me is sorry-not-sorry it sold email data to...

When the New York Times revealed that Apple had threatened to drop Uber's app over privacy guideline violations, there was a juicy tidbit tucked inside: Unroll.me's email management service had anonymized Lyft receipts and sold them to Uber to help i...

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13:25
Sling TV brings cloud DVR recording to Apple TV




Dish's internet-only TV service, Sling TV, has announced the availability of Cloud DVR support for the Apple TV, letting users record some (but not all) shows for later viewing.

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13:12
'Breath of the NES' is a retro 'Zelda...

While you wait for something else to play on your Switch (might I suggest looking into TumbleSeed?), you could kill some time with Breath of the NES. As the name suggests, the fan-project was inspired by Nintendo's 8-bit Breath of the Wild prototype...

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13:05
Apple Deals: 2017 iPad for $307 ($22 off); $240 off...




Shoppers this week can save $22 instantly on Apple's brand-new 32GB 9.7" iPad in Space Gray (Wi-Fi Only) with no tax collected outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a high-end 15" MacBook Pro (2.9GHz, 16GB, 1TB, 460) for $3,608 ($240 off). One unit is left of Apple's fully loaded 2015 12" MacBook in Gray for $1,299 with coupon.

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12:54
News: Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2,...

Apple has rolled out a fourth set of iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2 betas to registered developers. The iOS 10.3.2 beta 4 release notes list SiriKit, VPN, and Siri fixes, while tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 fixes an issue that caused the Apple TV to sometimes wake from sleep with an AirPlay error....

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12:51
TMO Background Mode Interview with The Verge Senior...

Lauren Goode is both a Senior Editor at The Verge and the co-host of the podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask. Lauren didn’t start out as a technical person. In high school, she was into competitive basketball and volleyball. But the seeds were evident as she became an expert with a camcorder. Her interest in basketball and English led her to Clark University. There, she developed her passion for writing and soon after she was working in media via cable TV. That’s where her passion for video technology flourished. Later, at the WSJ and AllThingsD Walt Mossberg was her mentor. Today, Lauren writes for The Verge, and we discussed her specialties: wearables, smartphones and apps, and laptop technology. Recently, she’s become involved with an interesting new series about cars, “Screen Drive,” that you’ll very much enjoy.


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12:51
Disney's projection tech turns actors'...

Disney is taking scary clown makeup to the next level. It's using a new projection system to transform the appearance of actors during live performances, tracking facial expressions and "painting" them with light, rather than physical makeup. Called...

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12:38
Apple cuts affiliate commissions on apps and in-app...

While the percentage remains at 7% for movies, music, and books, this does nothing but hurt small publishers, some of who rely on these revenues from Apple’s affiliate program. It means some sites may not be able to continue or will be forced to increase the number of affiliate links to make up the difference. Apple still takes their 30% from developers (affiliate revenues came out of Apple’s share), so this means Apple makes more money and users of affiliate links make significantly less.

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12:33
Apple slashes affiliate commission rate on apps from...




Apple on Monday alerted members of its link affiliate program to a sharp reduction in their take from apps and in-app purchases, down from 7 percent to just 2.5.

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12:30
Apple Hires Final Cut Virtual Reality Plugin Maker...

Apple sure is making it easy for us to believe they’re working on augmented reality, especially when the company hires someone like Tim Dashwood. He’s the guy behind the Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier 360VR Toolbox plugins for creating virtual reality video, and now he’s on Apple’s payroll.


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12:30
We lived through the history of evolution in VR with...

It's easy to criticize virtual reality for being isolating and a bit anti-social, but there's a lot of potential for connection with shared VR experiences. One good example is Life of Us, the latest entry from the VR studio Within and director Chris...

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12:24
Square reportedly acquihires controversial chat app...

Square has reportedly hired most of the staff behind the anonymous chat app Yik Yak, according to Bloomberg sources. The move is said to be a less than $3 million deal for engineers and leaves out the anonymous chat app’s CEO Tyler Droll.

more…

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12:16
Google automatically translates local reviews when...

We all use user-generated reviews to figure out what points of interest are worth checking out. If you're traveling in a country where you don't speak the language, however, the reviews you rely on are usually in the local tongue. Google has a new fe...

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11:59
Legendary car designer Fisker unveils his new luxury...

Henrik Fisker has already dropped a few hints about his EMotion luxury electric car, but you now know when you'll get to hear the rest. The automotive design legend has revealed that his namesake company will formally unveil the EMotion on August 17t...

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11:49
Apple reduces affiliate commissions for apps and in-...

Apple today sent out an email to all affiliates, those people who "advertise" apps and other content on websites or in apps in order to earn commissions on each sale. In the past, commissions for all types of content -- apps, music, movies, books and TV -- have been set at 7%. Now Apple has announced that the commission rate for app and in-app content sales will be dropping to 2.5% effective May 1, 2017.

Whether the change is designed to make more money for Apple or possibly lower Apple's "take" from apps in the App Store, it's going to affect organizations like Apple World Today that make a bit of money on every link to the App Store that results in a sale. 

Apple also announced that they're making it easier for people and organizations to become affiliate partners with a new Getting Started Guide

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11:41
DJI's first-person goggles look to the future...

The new DJI Goggles put you in the cockpit of a quadcopter, giving you a first-person, VR-like experience in the real world. The goggles have a couple of screens through which you can see whatever the drone's camera is pointing at. You can even contr...

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11:39
iPhone 8 rumor roundup

For a smartphone that's not even supposed to ship until at least September, the rumors about the  iPhone 8 (AKA iPhone Edition, iPhone X, iPhone Pro...) are certainly filling the blogosphere this morning. Here's a quick roundup of all we've heard in the past few days:

Touch ID will be embedded in the OLED display

Many of the rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 have recently been filled with breathless exclamations about how the device can't possibly ship on time and have Touch ID embedded in the OLED display. Some rumors have had the Touch ID sensor moving to the back of the device, while others think that Touch ID will disappear altogether on the new phone with an iris scanner and facial recognition taking its place. 

Now a dummy iPhone 8 allegedly obtained from a Foxconn facility shows no sign of the familiar Home button with integrated Touch ID fingerprint reader, pointing to "proof" that Apple engineers have indeed managed to get a...

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11:37
On its 2nd anniversary, Apple Watch settling into...




Originally pitched as a multitude of things, including an intimate communication tool and new frontier for mobile apps, the Apple Watch has been refined and simplified in the years since its debut, focusing on what Apple has determined to be the fledgling device's core strengths.

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11:29
iPhone 8 Delays, Apple’s Satellite Pros – TMO Daily...

Word on the street says the iPhone 8 won’t ship until October or November. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on potential iPhone 8 production issues, plus they dive into Apple’s satellite expert hires from Google.


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11:24
Letter Opener: Open Winmail.dat, MSG and XPS files

Letter Opener for macOS

Working together with Windows users shouldn’t be problematic at all. Still, some email messages can not be natively read by the Mac and are packed into Winmail.dat or MSG files that have to be extracted and displayed somehow. Letter Opener for macOS does that with a simple double-click!

Letter Opener for macOS Mail

The plugin to stop the Winmail.dat file flood for good.

If Winmail.dat files are a reoccurring problem, Letter Opener for macOS Mail is the solution. Installed into Mail it opens and displays the files directly inside Apples Mail application, so the user can forget about Winmail.dat files entirely.

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11:21
Kitty Hawk's Flyer isn't the flying car...

That flying car startup Google's Larry Page is backing? It's finally showing its hand... and the company's initial product is both more and less than what you might expect. Kitty Hawk's first publicly demonstrated vehicle, the Flyer, isn't so much th...

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11:17
You won’t need a pilot’s license to fly this flying...

BoingBoing:

If you live near a lake in the US, you’ll soon be able to zip across it in this Kitty Hawk Flyer. According to their site, the “ultralight aircraft,” which is financially backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, will be available by the end of 2017. You won’t need a registration or pilot’s license to fly it, and the Flyer only takes minutes to learn how to operate it.

I’d fly

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11:13
Samsung's fix for red-tinted Galaxy S8 screens...




With a growing number of complaints about a red-tinged screen in some owners with the Samsung Galaxy S8, the company is issuing a software patch allowing users expanded options for correcting the problem in software by placing the responsibility for color accuracy even more in user's hands.

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11:03
PSA: Instagram is down for many users today

A growing list of Instagram users have taken to Twitter and elsewhere online this afternoon to report an outage that has left most of the app’s functions and webpages online inaccessible. Instagram has yet to offer official details on the outage.

more…

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11:00
Xiaomi still isn't ready to sell phones in...

Whenever I write about a new Xiaomi product these days, the response is usually sour comments along the lines of, "Why bother telling us when these won't be coming to our side of the world?" I, too, get frustrated (as if the poor data connection in B...

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10:49
Staples is selling a color laser printer for $75

Printers aren’t the most exciting technology out there, but they’re like toothbrushes: Everybody needs one, even in 2017. And until Saturday—or supplies sell out—you can get a great deal on a Dell C17690nw color laser printer at Staples, which is offering it for $75. That’s a much better price than you’ll find elsewhere, as Dell lists this printer for $200 and Newegg has it for $150.

Even though this laser printer is color, don’t expect it to do a great job on photos. The appeal of a laser printer is that it creates sharp, crisp text with some basic visual elements. If you need a printer for photos, this device is not for you.

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10:48
Steel-Housing Lightning Cable in Black, Gold, Rose...

We have a deal  on Fuse Chicken’s Titan Lightning cable. Titan is wrapped in two layers of steel, and Fuse Chicken pitches Titan as, “The toughest cables on Earth.” We have a deal on a 1.5-meter (just under 5-feet) Titan cable in Black, Gold, or Rose Gold, for $29.99.


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10:44
Samsung's Galaxy S8 hits sales records despite...

As Samsung was readying the Galaxy S8, everyone wondered if the company would be able to recover from the disastrous, exploding Note 7. From a pure quality of hardware perspective, the S8 appears to be a home run -- as long as nothing unexpected happ...

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10:40
Apple seeds fourth developer betas of iOS 10.3.2,...




Apple on Monday seeded fourth betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 to developers, paving the way for Apple's next round of maintenance updates.

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10:39
Uber’s app fingerprinted iPhone hardware, breaking...

Enlarge / This is Tim Cook's unimpressed face. (credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Uber's misfortune continues. In a profile on CEO Travis Kalanick published yesterday, the New York Times says that the Uber CEO was called into Apple for a private meeting with CEO Tim Cook. Kalanick had directed Uber's developers to break Apple's App Store rules—he wanted the Uber app to collect unique hardware data about every iPhone it was installed on, something Apple's App Store rules doesn't allow. To obscure this from Apple's App Review team, Kalanick asked his...

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10:35
The iPhone Model's Impending Obsolescence


Smartphones are on their way out. VCRs gave way to DVD players, which in turn have given way to streaming services. Brick cellphones evolved into flip phones, which were swapped out for two-way pager phones and then wiped out by the iPhone model. Tape players gave way to the Walkman CD player, which gave way to the iPod, which also ended up in the iPhone model. I think we soon will see another big industry shift, but some key elements are missing, so I don't want anyone to think that your smartphone will be obsolete this year.

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10:30
Apple lowers affiliate commission rate from 7% to 2....

Apple today has sent out an email update to members of its affiliate program about launching improvements to the iTunes Affiliate Resource pages and also a change to the commission rates.

Apple is lowering affiliate payouts from apps and their in-app purchases to less than half of the original commission rate. For many, this means a negative impact to yet another revenue stream.

more…

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10:22
Amazon is trying to be your one-stop subscription...

Amazon's subscription offerings go beyond Kindle Unlimited, Prime and its various add-ons. The retailer has offered magazine subscriptions for awhile too, and now the company has set up Subscribe with Amazon. It's a hub that gives "subscription provi...

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10:03
Apple rolling out fourth macOS 10.12.5 beta for Mac

Apple is rolling out the fourth macOS 10.12.5 developer beta through the Mac App Store.

more…

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10:01
Apple releases watchOS 3.2.2 beta 4 for Apple Watch

Apple is rolling out the fourth watchOS 3.2.2 beta for developer testing on Apple Watch. The update likely includes bug fixes and security improvements ahead of a more feature-packed watchOS 4 announcement later this year.

more…

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10:00
Tag Heuer's 'modular' smartwatch isn...

Webster's dictionary may define "modular" as "constructed with standardized units," but in tech, that buzzword has a slightly different meaning. A modular device usually has swappable components that bring additional functionality. But Tag Heuer is g...

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09:59
Apple releases fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta

Apple has released the fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The version numbers also suggest we should only see under-the-hood bug fixes and security improvements in these releases when ready.

more…

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09:56
tvOS 10.2.1 beta 4 rolling out for Apple TV

Apple is rolling out the fourth tvOS 10.2.1 beta for developer testing on Apple TV. The update will likely focus on bug fixes and security improvements ahead of any new features potentially planned for tvOS 11 later this year.

more…

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09:55
Sling TV’s cloud DVR feature comes to Apple TV

Sling TV has slowly been expanding access to its cloud DVR feature starting with its Android and Roku apps. Now Sling TV is announcing that its Apple TV app is next to gain the cloud DVR feature.

more…

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09:53
How Uber ran afoul of Apple's privacy rules

In 2015, Uber almost got itself kicked out of the iOS App Store.

Apple CEO Tim Cook brought Uber CEO Travis Kalanick into the company’s Cupertino offices and laid down the law, the New York Times reported.

So what exactly did Uber do to land itself in hot water with Apple? The original NYT report initially said the company was tracking iPhones, but it has since been clarified to describe Uber’s actions as “identifying and tagging iPhones even after its app has been deleted and the devices erased.” The reason Uber did that, the company said, was to prevent phone thieves in China from creating Uber accounts and requesting rides before wiping the devices and doing so again and again.

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