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Tuesday October 17

03:58
iPhone X yield rates improving, questionable claim...

Supply chain sources report that yield rates for iPhone X components have improved – including the 3D camera modules that were said to be limiting production volumes, initially very severely.

They go on to make a questionable claim that supply will have caught up with demand before the holidays …

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03:30
Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 17, 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

FreneticGamez has introduced Golf Maestro 1.0. In the free app, you play through the different golf courses with one touch control, unlock color, trails and other styles for your golf balls. You’ll face different kinds of challenges, play on grass, sand, in the middle of the night and even on some crazy adventure golf courses. The game consists of six courses with various numbers of holes in different locations.

macOS Apps/Updates

True North Software has released Station 1.4, an update of their multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for macOS. 

With nested folders, you can arrange items in...

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01:59
Strava for iPhone updated w/ redesigned feed and...

Strava today has released a new version of its iPhone app with an all-new social media activity feed. The company says it has redesigned its activity feed and added a new posts functionality that allows users to share and discover tips and tricks, tell stories, and more.

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Monday October 16

22:08
Greenpeace lauds Apple renewable energy efforts,...




Greenpeace on Monday released its latest "Guide to Greener Electronics" report for 2017, analyzing what steps, if any, 17 of the world's top consumer electronics companies are taking to reduce their impact on the environment. This year, Greenpeace awarded Apple a passable B- grade, touting renewable energy and climate change initiatives, while at the same time lambasting the company over its opposition to "right to repair" legislation.

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21:26
Greenpeace report praises Apple’s closed-loop supply...

Greenpeace today has released a new version of its Guide to Greener Electronics. This breakdown offers a look at how several tech companies, such as Apple, Amazon, and Google, are handling their environmental and renewable habits. The organization gives Apple an overall grade of B-…

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19:14
Three years after its last update, would you still...

It’s officially been three years to the day that Apple last updated its Mac mini. It was all the way back on October 16th, 2014 that Phil Schiller announced the last changes to Apple’s most affordable Mac tier, and since then it’s been nothing short of radio silence.

Despite the long wait, would you still be interested in a refreshed Mac mini?

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18:19
Full scale of Apple’s patent loss to VirnetX is now...

Enlarge / Apple's FaceTime has been found to infringe patents belonging to VirnetX, a public patent-holding company. (credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A patent-holding company called VirnetX has won a massive patent case against Apple, for the third time. Today, it became clear just how big the win was.

An order unsealed Friday (PDF) reveals that, not only did a federal judge award VirnetX the full $302 million jury verdict that it won last year, but the judge tacked on $41.3 million in enhanced damages and $96 million in costs,...

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17:16
What’s new in iOS 11.1 beta 3? Hands-on with changes...

Apple ushered in the third iOS 11.1 beta earlier today, and we’ve taken some time to discuss some of the new features and changes found in this latest developer beta release. Watch our video walkthrough for a brief look at a few of the noticeable differences between iOS 11.1 beta 2 and iOS 11.1 beta 3. more…

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17:09
Apple responds to US Senate request for more details...

Immediately after Apple unveiled Face ID last month, United States Senator Al Franken sent a letter to Tim Cook raising some concerns about security and privacy. A month later, and after publicly publishing a security white paper answering many of the questions, Apple has responded to Franken…

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16:41
Australia tackles revenge porn with a national...

Companies like Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook have in the past made attempts to help victims of revenge porn, but it's still a big problem as recent incidents have made very clear. Well the Australian government has been working on a way to...

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16:39
Apple considered a purchase of Crossover Health

Apple was in talks for months to buy Crossover Health, but those talks fell through, claims CNBC, quoting three “sources familiar with the matter.” The article says it’s not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch.

Assuming CNBC is correct, I’d bet that the tech giant was interested in the latter and not in starting its own line of clinics. After all, the company has expanded its initiatives into health with iOS and watchOS apps and technologies.

Pictured is the Crossover Health facility in Mountain View, California.

Apple’s Health app on iOS devices gathers the information you choose from your various health apps...

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16:24
Report: Apple entered deep acquisition talks w/...

Top image: Conan pokes fun at congressman’s iPhone/healthcare argument with mock ‘Apple Healthcare’ ad

According to a new report from CNBC, Apple entered “deep” talks with Crossover Health about an acquisition. The move comes as Apple continues its push into healthcare and Crossover Health is a startup that provides on-site medical care to a number of employers.

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16:19
Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK...

Quick Tips, Cool Stuff Found, High Sierra, and KRACK are the topics today, but that means you’re in for a real treat. The goal is for everyone to learn at least four (4!) new things, but today you’re guaranteed to learn a whole lot more. Download, press play, and enjoy!


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15:50
Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-...




As part of an intensifying focus on holistic health care and supporting products, Apple was recently in talks to buy health clinic start-up Crossover Health, and approached primary care group One Medical, though the discussions ultimately fell through.

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15:39
Marvel’s full ‘Black Panther’ trailer shows a...

Marvel dropped a teaser for its upcoming Black Panther film during the NBA Finals back in June, and our first look at the hero-king was glorious. Chadwick Boseman is electric and imposing as the monarch of the hidden, advanced African nation of Wakan...

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15:34
New survey shows CarPlay support becoming a ‘must...

Since its release three years ago, CarPlay has been gradually expanding with more car manufacturers signing on to support the feature every year. Now, a new report from Strategy Analytics offers a bit more information on consumer interest in CarPlay…

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15:20
Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $...

Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to...

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15:05
KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi exploit already fixed in iOS, macOS...

Apple has already patched the KRACK attack WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability in the developer and public betas for iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

Great news.

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15:03
Microsoft delays its 'Age of Empires'...

Were you planning your gaming calendar around Age of Empires: Definitive Edition's release on October 19th? You'll... need to find an alternative. Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the remastered real-time strategy collection at the last minute...

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14:53
Sen. Franken lauds Apple response detailing Face ID...




Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology's potential impact on consumer privacy. Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system's built-in security features.

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14:47
Apple Watch credited with helping detect lung blood...

Apple has long marketed the Apple Watch as a health device and today we’re seeing yet another instance of the device being put to good use. 28-year-old Apple Watch user James Green tweeted over the weekend that the “stupid lil wrist computer” saved his life.

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14:41
Honeywell will crowdfund a DIY home security system

In the tech world, Honeywell is a long-established (century-old!) brand known for its appliances and devices, which are just now getting hooked up to Google Home. But its next venture is usually a move made by less-resourced companies and startups. S...

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14:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.39, Live Home 3D 3.3, Coda 2.6.8, SoundSource 3.0.2, 1Password 6.8.3, Parallels Desktop 13.1, PopChar X 8.2, and ChronoSync 4.8.2.

 

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14:37
ExtraBITS for 16 October 2017

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has already patched the WPA2 KRACK vulnerability in its operating system betas and is offering free MacBook Pro battery repairs for select models if you’re willing to wait a month, iFixit’s CEO explains why repairs are good for the economy, and we have two articles about how some smartphone and social media pioneers are having second thoughts about their creations.

 

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14:34
AWT News Update: October 16, 2017

Andy Rubin, who shamelessly copied iOS, is being sued by a company owned by Tony Fadell for allegedly stealing trade secrets. Rubin is attempting -- badly -- to channel Steve Jobs in the Essential Phone rollout photo above.

Happy Monday! We have just a few stories for you today, but you'll find them all quite interesting...

  • Design a new home or a home improvement with BeLight Software's Live Home 3D, this week's AWT sponsor. 
  • iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Android co-creator Andy Rubin, saying that he stole trade secrets
  • Another manufacturer joins the HomeKit parade, with Sylvania adding a soft white LED smartbulb and an LED flex strip
  • Ireland gains Apple Maps transit instructions

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast...

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14:23
Facebook trying to find employees with national...

Facebook's next attempt at clearing its name from any future political entanglements is apparently hiring people with national security clearances, according to Bloomberg. "Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government...

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14:13
“While Apple is taking away buttons, we found a way...

So when we ran out of buttons to hide our software’s UI behind, it really forced us to use our imagination. Instead of squeezing UI in where it didn’t fit, we built a new button to conceal it: it’s called the Camera Button.

I didn’t even think this was possible.

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14:10
Wi-Fi Calling Not Working on Your New iPhone? It May...

If you update to a new iPhone and WiFi calling seems to stop working, there’s a good explanation for that: Your call settings may not have carried over from your previous phone.


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14:10
Google Photos can pick your pet out of a furry lineup

Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made...

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13:54
TMO Background Mode Encore Interview with TMO...

Kelly Guimont does TextExpander technical support for Smile Software. She’s also a podcaster and a TMO Contributor. And she joins the TMO Daily Observations (TDO) Podcast with me on most Wednesdays. On a recent TDO episode, Kelly revealed that she holds her iPhone in a very special way with one hand. Just how she operates the iPhone in that mode and how she manages her apps created a very interesting follow-up discussion in this podcast. Kelly also shared her thoughts on the latest iTunes, version 12.7., that eliminated app support. (Apple has since mildly reversed course.) Kelly and I really let loose here, so don’t miss the fun!


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13:53
Netflix could spend $8 billion on content next year

Once again, Netflix's quarterly earnings report (PDF) shows it's added even more customers (5 million in the US alone), and now boasts more than 115 million subscribers worldwide. The company is now five years into its "original content strategy" tha...

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13:51
The router makers that have patched KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi...

Some security-minded companies have already worked on fixes and are offering patches.

This is a list of companies that are offering a fix to the Wi-Fi issue we reported on this morning.

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13:47
Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature

Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt...

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13:45
Our Must Have Grocery Apps For Your Next Shopping...

There are plenty of grocery apps to choose from, and we’ve found some of the best. Whether you need to build a grocery list, or you’re trying to find the best deals, this selection of free apps can help you get started.


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13:42
Tony Fadell sues Andy Rubin for theft of trade...

Privately owned Keyssa Inc, backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell is suing Essential Products Inc, a smartphone startup founded by Andy Rubin, the co-creator of the Android mobile phone operating system, accusing it of theft of trade secrets in a lawsuit filed on Monday in U.S. federal court in San Francisco.

Andy Rubin basically stole iOS to create Android, so is it out of the realm to think he stole this technology from Fadell? Absolutely not. Especially since Rubin was in talks with Fadell’s company for 10 months.

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13:36
UPDATE: Apple has already patched KRACK Wi-Fi...

Image via Bluehost

This morning we ran a post about the KRACK vulnerability, which allows a malicious hacker to bypass WPA2 encryption on Wi-Fi networks and making a user's data easy to view. At the time, we hadn't heard how Apple was going to respond. Now word is out that Apple has already patched those vulnerabilities in beta versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS that should go live soon.

Apple website iMore's Rene Ritchie got the word direct from Apple (it must be nice to have access to the company instead of being ignored by them...) that the patches will be rolled out to consumers in the near future. 

It's unlikely that any firmware updates will be made to the company's AirPort Wi-Fi access points since fixing the problem on the client side ensures that hackers will not be able to use KRACK...

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13:30
Strategy Analytics: systems such as CarPlay are...

A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics, “Consumer Interest for In-Car Smartphone Mirroring is Almost Universal,” surveying consumers in the U.S., Western Europe and China, has found that an increasing number of consumers feel that smartphone mirroring systems such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Baidu CarLife will be a "must-have" when purchasing their next vehicle and moreover, are willing to pay for them at almost any reasonable price point.

Compatible with the iPhone 5 and later models, CarPlay provides a simplified way to use your iPhone interface on a car’s touch screen, giving users access to Siri voice controls, as well as Apple Maps, Apple Music, Phone, Messages, and a variety of third party apps.

Strategy Analytics found that once consumers have mirroring solutions, they are often used to the exclusion of embedded systems. Increasing interest in mirroring...

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13:20
Explore (most of) the solar system in Google Maps

Google first added the moon and Mars to Google Maps back in 2014 to commemorate the Curiosity rover's second year exploring the red planet. Sure, you couldn't zoom down to Street View level, but it's the closest many of us will get to the celestial b...

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13:16
Analyst: iPhone X could provide "strongest...

GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives tells clients that he iPhone X could provide the “strongest iPhone product cycle to date.”  He says the upgrade cycle will push “well into fiscal year18” due to the device’s supply chain issues.

However, the delay will still result in a “super cycle upgrade” that’s a “major growth catalyst” for the next year, according to Ives. The analyst forecasts that Apple will sell 265 million units in fiscal year 2018 compared to 231 million in fiscal year 2015, which was the peak iPhone 6 cycle. Ives initiates Apple at a price target of $190 to $200. 

Ordering will start on Oct. 27, and they’ll begin to ship Nov. 3. The iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB models with pricing starting at $999.

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13:08
Sylvania adds hub-less HomeKit LED Flex Strip and...

Sylvania has added two more products to its new hub-less Smart+ lineup, the LED Flex Strip along with an A19 LED Soft White bulb. The company has also announced that a smart plug will be available soon.

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13:06
Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the...

Outlook on computers can be overwhelming, to put it gently. The interface is loaded with buttons you probably aren't using, and it generally isn't as intuitive or fluid as the mobile and web versions. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this -- and it's pl...

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12:59
Apple Already Patched KRACK Hack in iOS, tvOS,...

Apple has already patched against the KRACK hack in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS. iMore publisher Rene Ritchie tweeted that Apple confirmed all four OSes have been patched against the threat. In a separate piece, the site noted that Apple’s AirPort base stations have also been patched against KRACK. The flaw, called Key Reinstallation attack (KRACK) takes advantage of a flaw in the WPA2 standard that lets an attacker decrypt the data flowing through the wireless network. As noted in TMO’s Daily Observations on...

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12:49
Waymo is training cops how to respond to autonomous...

There are a lot of hurdles to clear before autonomous cars can fully take over the roadways. Chief among them is training the police on how to react and handle a self-driving car error, as spotted by Recode. Currently, Waymo is working with local pol...

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12:47
First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple...




Logitech recently added HomeKit to the Wired version of the Circle 2, making it just one of a handful of security cameras to support Apple's smarthome platform.

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12:34
Watch This Video of Dubai Police Star Wars-Like...

Check out this video of the Hoversurf in action. It’s a promo video Hoversurf produced with the Dubai police department to show off the Star Wars-like hoverbikes being produced for the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. These things can travel at 70 kilometers per hour (43.5MPH), according to ABC, with a range of 6 clicks (3.7 miles) and flight time of 25 minutes. It’s intensely awesome, except for the part where it’s obviously difficult to control. And keep in mind that this video is a carefully edited promotional video produced under what are theoretically optimum conditions. But whatevs, because [hoverbike]!


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12:33
Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent...

VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a...

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12:23
Review: Tsumbay TS-BH05 Active Noise Cancelling...

For most music listening, I love to use my Apple AirPods as they’re light, unobtrusive, and give me pretty good sound quality. But when I’m in noisy situations, the AirPods aren’t that great because they don’t do a good job of blocking external noise and have no noise cancelling capability built in. Today I’m looking at the Tsumbay TS-BH05 Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphone (MSRP $109.99, available for $59.99 on Amazon), a reasonably-priced set of Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation.

Tsumbay TS-BH05 Headphone. Photo © 2017, Steven Sande

Design

The Tsumbay TS-BH05 uses an over-ear design with a soft pair of ear pads and a padded headband that can be adjusted to fit even a big head like mine. Weighing just .48 lbs (.22kg), they’re light enough to wear all day if you want to rock out for hours.

The headphone comes in a matte black finish that pretty...

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12:16
Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to...

Adobe Flash may be on its way out, but apparently, its goodbye tour is going to be marred by security issues just as the software has for most of its existence. Kaspersky Labs reports that a new Adobe Flash vulnerability was exploited by a group call...

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12:11
How to Take a Screenshot on iPhone X

The new key combination to take a screenshot on iPhone X should be fairly intuitive for most.


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12:10
News: Report: Vulnerability in WPA2 protocol could...

A published exploit reportedly discovered by researcher Mathy Vanhoef has found a weakness in the WPA2 protocol powering all modern protected Wi-Fi networks, claiming “Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBSD, MediaTek, Linksys, and others, are all affected by some variant of the attacks.” Despite that claim, Apple is listed as “Unknown” rather than “Affected” or “Not Affected” on the attached list of…

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12:01
Sylvania intros Apple HomeKit-compatible Soft White...




LEDVANCE's Sylvania brand on Monday announced two new Smart+ lights supporting HomeKit: the Soft White A19 bulb, and the Full Color Indoor Flex Strip.

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12:00
Microsoft's redesigned Xbox dashboard is now...

Microsoft's next big update to the Xbox dashboard is now ready for public consumption. The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customisation. The top-level section has four shortcuts (yo...

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11:47
Apple Quietly Puts Beddit Sleep Monitor to Rest

Whatever Apple has in store for the Beddit sleep monitoring system, it doesn’t look like maintaining the product is in the plans.


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11:41
Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that...

It's hard to get excited about an Android tablet in 2017. Samsung is still trying to take on the iPad with its premium Galaxy Tab S lineup, and there are countless slates from other companies that seem more obligatory than innovative. Mostly it boils...

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11:32
Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector...




AppleInsider has learned that Apple has rectified the "KRACK Attack" Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit in "recent" macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas -- but was unable to confirm that a patch is coming for the AirPort series of routers.

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11:31
One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to...

Mike Monteiro:

Twitter, which was conceived and built by a room of privileged white boys (some of them my friends!), never considered the possibility that they were building a bomb. To this day, Jack Dorsey doesn’t realize the size of the bomb he’s sitting on. Or if he does, he believes it’s metaphorical. It’s not. He is utterly unprepared for the burden he’s found himself responsible for.

Twitter would have you believe that it’s a beacon of free speech. Biz Stone would have you believe that inaction is principle. I would ask you to consider the voices that have been silenced. The voices that have disappeared from Twitter because of the hatred and the abuse. Those voices aren’t free. Those voices have been caged. Twitter has become an engine for further marginalizing the marginalized. A pretty hate machine.

Monteiro voices the frustration many of us have with Twitter and its seeming lack of direction and its inability to solved the problems that are so

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11:11
'Doom' arrives on Nintendo Switch November...

Turns out that you won't have to wait too long to raze some Hell on your Nintendo Switch. That's because Doom will be released this November 10th, only a few short weeks from now. How's it look? Based on the video below, good and it seems to play jus...

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11:08
iOS 11.1 DB3 Released with Fix for iPhone X...

iOS 11.1 DB3 has bug fixes and interface refinements, including a bug fix for Apple’s unreleased iPhone X.


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10:59
KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to...

Researchers have uncovered a Wi-Fi security flaw, dubbed KRACK, that affects nearly any device that uses Wi-Fi, whether or not the network is encrypted. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

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10:49
#MeToo becomes a rallying cry for survivors of...

Yesterday, a campaign geared towards demonstrating just how common sexual assault and harassment are began to spread on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the hashtag #MeToo, women began posting their own stories of harassment in response to...

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10:31
External Link: Apple Has Already Patched the WPA2...

Security professionals are fretting over the just-disclosed KRACK flaw, which renders all WPA2-protected Wi-Fi networks vulnerable to attack. Fortunately, MacRumors is reporting Apple told iMore’s Rene Ritchie that it has already plugged the vulnerability in the next betas of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Once Apple releases the current betas, likely in the next few days, those fixes will protect the data sent and received on devices running those operating systems, even if the Wi-Fi router itself remains vulnerable. The real concern with KRACK will come with older devices for which patches don’t become available.

 

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10:31
Apple issues third developer betas of iOS 11.1,...




Seemingly skipping macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 for now, Apple has issued new betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4,1 and tvOS 11.1 a week after the last revision.

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10:30
Review: RHA Dacamp L1 Portable DAC/Amp

One of the perks of writing headphone reviews is the chance we get to introduce readers to companies that make great audio gear they might otherwise never encounter. London-based RHA is one of those companies — already a favorite in the audiophile community, but small enough that you're not likely to see their stuff being used by your fellow commuters on a crowded train. Today we make the introduction with one of RHA's most interesting products — the Dacamp L1. Though it may strain the definition of "portable," it's one of the most versatile and feature-packed portable DAC/amps we've yet seen.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:30
A 747 'Supertanker' rains retardant on...

A converted Boeing 747-400 used to fight fires is a great example of old technology reborn with a new purpose. The aircraft, the largest passenger model in Boeing's jumbo lineup, first entered service with Japan Airlines in 1991. After being converte...

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10:23
Tesla fires hundreds of employees

The dismissals come at a crucial point for the company, which is pushing to increase vehicle production five-fold and reach a broader market with its new Model 3 sedan. The electric vehicle maker missed targets for producing the lower-cost sedan, manufacturing only 260 last quarter despite a wait list of more than 450,000 customers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:22
Report: T-Mobile and Sprint won’t sell off assets...

News today about the upcoming merger of T-Mobile and Sprint suggests that the two wireless providers won’t be selling any of their assets ahead of an announcement that could come as early as later this month.

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10:22
KRACK WPA2 Flaw Explained, Qualcomm’s Push for...

Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss the impact the KRACK WPA2 WiFi security threat will have on us, plus they look at Qualcomm’s push to ban iPhone manufacturing in China.


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10:19
Apple posts new developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS...

Apple has posted the third developer betas of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1.

All can be be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center — if you’re a registered developer, that is. Look for public versions of the betas to be available soon (I’d guess within the week).

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10:15
The encryption many major companies rely on has a...

Researchers at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic uncovered a major security vulnerability in RSA keys generated by Infineon Technologies-produced chips. These chips are used in products manufactured by Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Sams...

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10:11
Apple releases third iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS...

Apple has released the third iOS 11.1 beta for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11.1 beta includes the return of 3D Touch gestures for multitasking as well as hundreds of new emoji characters including “Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie” and plenty more. Apple has also released the third beta versions of watchOS 4.1 beta with Apple Music and Radio streaming as well as tvOS 11.1 beta.

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10:10
Space out with planets in Google Maps

Twenty years ago, the spacecraft Cassini launched from Cape Canaveral on a journey to uncover the secrets of Saturn and its many moons. During its mission, Cassini recorded and sent nearly half a million pictures back to Earth, allowing scientists to reconstruct these distant worlds in unprecedented detail. Now you can visit these places—along with many other planets and moons—in Google Maps right from your computer. For extra fun, try zooming out from the Earth until you’re in space!

Very cool.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:07
Drone footage shows nearly-completed Apple Park

Since the construction of Apple Park began, we've been following the progress thanks to well-done videos taken from drones flying over the facility. We probably won't see these for much longer, so it's always nice to see a new video coming in from Matthew Roberts:

This video shows just how far along all of the final landscaping is. You see that trees are still being installed around the facility, there are some small structures that are still being built, and sports facilities -- basketball and tennis courts -- are being constructed. But the main "spaceship" building is all nicely finished on the exterior, although interior finish work must be ongoing (there are a lot of Porta-Potties lined up at one point near the building...). 

I'm curious to know whether Apple will apply to have the air over Apple Park set aside as a "No Fly Zone", as the skies could quickly fill with drones of...

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Origin's NT-15 Quadro is a slim laptop with pro...

I'm obsessed with lightweight, discrete graphics laptops, especially models that excel at video editing and 3D. So when I first saw Origin's 4.3-pound NT-15 Quadro, equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor and NVIDIA professional-level Quadro...

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09:50
First iPhone X batch reportedly only contains 46,500...

Enlarge / Is there an emoji to describe frustration if these delays come true?

Reports detailing the first shipment of Apple's $999 iPhone X claim there will be even fewer devices to go around than originally expected. According to a Digitimes report that references news from the Chinese outlet Xinhuanet.com, Apple's manufacturer Foxconn recently began shipping the first round of iPhone Xs to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, but that first batch only included 46,500 devices.

The iPhone X's initial shipment is much lower than previous iPhone models, and some reports suggest the holdup...

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09:47
Amazon's selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect...

At $65 off and with wireless streaming capability built in, SanDisk's Connect Wireless Stick is a handy little device to have around.

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09:41
Tip: Convert physical Blu-ray and DVD discs to...




The expansion of Movies Anywhere to new studios and services has, in a roundabout way, enabled a new capability: You can now scan physical DVDs and Blu-rays that you own, and for a small fee convert them into authentic, legitimate iTunes Store purchases. AppleInsider explains how to do it.

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09:41
Telegram fined after refusing to provide user data...

Back in June, we reported on the struggles that messaging app Telegram was having with the Russian government. Russia asked Telegram to hand over confidential user data because it claimed terrorists have been using the service to plan attacks. Now, t...

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09:33
Analyst: the iPhone 7 is selling better than the...

KeyBanc analyst John Vinh tells clients that carrier store surveys show Apple’s iPhone 7 outsells the newer iPhone 8. He adds that store feedback indicates customers waiting to see the iPhone X before deciding on a new model. 

Modest iPhone 8 offers from carriers could also drive down device sales, according to the analyst. Finally, while iPhone 8 starts from $699 in the U.S., iPhone 7 is retailing from $549 after a recent price cut.

On the flip side, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has looked at data available since the release of the iPhone 8 models last month and says that sales of the iPhone 8 Plus have been "better than expected."

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09:32
News: Apple hit with nearly $440M judgment in...

After losing in its patent dispute trial with VirnetX, Apple has been hit with a $439.7 million judgment after a U.S. district court denied all of the company’s motions, TechCrunch reports. That figure is higher than the original $368.2 million ruling against Apple from the 2012 trial, but less than the $625 million figure in last year’s decision. On a separate track, all four of the patents in question — which have ties to Apple’s…

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09:29
WPA-2 Wi-Fi encryption has been hacked

Oh, great. The encryption method used to protect most wireless networks -- Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA-2) -- has been hacked, and it has the possibility of affecting all major computer platforms. KRACK (short for "Key Reinstallation Attack"  is the name of the flaw that has been exploited, and it makes it possible for those attacking a network to eavesdrop on any network traffic between an access point and a device.

At this point, Microsoft and Google have both acknowledged the issue, with Microsoft releasing an update today that should take care of the issue in its flagship Windows operating system, while Google's Pixel devices will receive an update next month. There's no word from Apple yet on whether or not the company knows if iOS and macOS are safe; we'll pass along any notification from Apple if and when it...

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09:18
Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over...




A series of motions by Apple in court challenging the validity of a ruling in favor of patent aggregator VirnetX have been denied, with Apple facing a $439.7 million dollar penalty -- but there are still appeals of judgements to be made, as well as the conclusion of a patent invalidation process which may wipe the slate clean.

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09:18
Supreme Court will hear challenge to Microsoft'...

Microsoft may have won its fight to protect overseas data from American search warrants, but it can't rest easy. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Department of Justice's petition to review the case, virtually guaranteeing that the case will s...

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09:01
Eddy Cue: Apple Pay in development for India

In an interview with Livemint published today, Apple senior executive Eddy Cue revealed that Apple Pay is in the works for India. Cue told Livemint that "We're working on it, but no date to announce at this point. We life to announce a date that we know is a 100 percent." 

Photo of Eddy Cue via Livemint

Cue brought up that Apple Pay has been quite difficult to scale globally, so it deals with one market at a time. For each launch, Apple must negotiate with local banks and card issuers and that's been problematic as Apple takes a small fee for each transaction. 

Apple really needs to pay attention to the India market, as it's second only to China in population....

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09:00
External Link: Apple Offering Free MacBook Pro...

If you own a mid-2012 or early-2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display that qualifies for battery service (check via  > About This Mac > System Report > Hardware > Power > Health Information), you can get it for free from Apple if you’re willing to wait a month. Apple has told Genius Bar employees and Apple Authorized Service Providers to offer a free battery repair if the customer is willing to wait until at least 15 November 2017. If you need a new battery sooner, you’ll have to pay standard out-of-warranty battery repair rates: $199 in the United States, £199 in the United Kingdom, $289 in Australia, and $259 in Canada.

 

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09:00
What is Intel Coffee Lake?

Intel's 8th-generation "Coffee Lake" CPUs are now on the market. These chips come with a modest bump in CPU frequency, but the big news is that Intel is finally adding 6-core processors to its mainstream i7 and i5 lines. More cores means these chips...

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08:58
News: Cue talks Apple plans to bring more Indian...

During a tour of India that included meeting with Bollywood stars and the announcement of new Mac labs at KM Music Conservatories, Apple SVP Eddy Cue said the company has a big interest in bringing more Indian music to Apple Music and introducing it to the outside world, The Economic Times of India reports. Apple has been pushing to enter India’s market on multiple fronts, and Cue said Apple is working with new and existing artists to make sure…

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iOS 11: How to Make New Notes from Your iPad Pro...

If you have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and want to quickly jot a note you don’t need to unlock your tablet first.


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08:53
Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Earphones

We have a deal on a pair of Treblab RF100 Magnetic HD Earphones. These devices offer passive noise cancelling by physically blocking out sound when they’re in your ears. The housing is magnetic, too, so that they stay together when not in use.


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08:52
iPhone X, pent up demand predicted to drive Apple...




An analyst has mixed feelings about the iPhone X pricing and release schedule, and believes that it may drive Apple's valuation to new heights -- but if it is not well accepted, then it will eat into the company's earnings for years to come.

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08:45
Owner of dozens of malls says they won’t be open on...

I think this is a great idea. We’ll all be madly shopping soon enough. Let Thanksgiving not be one of those days.

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08:41
External Link: iFixit CEO Explains Why Repairs Are...

iFixit has spent years compiling repair guides for all of Apple’s products, including the new iPhone 8, which iFixit flew to Australia to obtain in order to publish a guide before most of the rest of the world had woken up. iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens sat down with Adam Minter of Bloomberg for an interview in which he extolled the virtues of repair, including the creation of blue-collar jobs, sales of replacement parts, and reducing overload on the vendor. Wiens points out that Apple has 500 repair shops to service 1 billion iPhones. His best line in the article comes in response to Apple claiming it designs for durability, not repairability: “It seems a little bit detached from reality to say that we design products not to break that have glass on both sides and come out of your pocket 10 times per day.”

 

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08:38
Apple's Eddy Cue says Apple Pay coming to India...




Apple Pay is in development for India, senior Apple executive Eddy Cue revealed in an interview published on Monday -- though there's no indication of when it will go live.

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08:32
External Link: Early Facebook Employees Feeling...

Facebook is bigger than ever, but some former employees are despairing about its impact on the world. “Most of the early employees I know are totally overwhelmed by what this thing has become,” an early ex-Facebook employee told Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton. Speaking of Facebook’s potential impact on the 2016 election, one employee told Bilton, “I lay awake at night thinking about all the things we built in the early days and what we could have done to avoid the product being used this way.” Those close to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are afraid he’s losing touch with reality, becoming a “modern-day Howard Hughes.”

 

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08:30
Voice Assistants Will Be Difficult To Fire

mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa? A Google Assistant? A Siri? Choose wisely -- because once you pick one voice assistant, it'll be difficult to switch. As Scott Rosenberg writes at Backchannel, "If I want to switch assistants down the line, sure, I can just go out and buy another device. But that investment of time and personal data isn't so easy to replace... Right now, all these assistants behave like selfish employees who think they can protect their jobs by holding vital expertise or passwords close to their chests. Eventually , the data that runs the voice assistant business is going to have to be standardized."


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08:30
Can an iPad Pro replace your PC?

In 2016, Apple believed its professional-grade tablet, the iPad Pro, was ready for the big time. Phil Schiller even described the machine as "the ultimate PC replacement" when describing the product onstage. The company's own advertisements claimed t...

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08:15
Irvue for macOS

I’m a big fan of Unsplash and this desktop app lets you tap into their collection of gorgeous images.

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08:15
Microsoft already has a fix for that severe WiFi...

The "Krack Attack" WiFi encryption security flaw is more than a little frightening, but you should already be relatively safe if you're using a recent Windows PC. Microsoft has released a patch that fixes the vulnerability on all supported versions o...

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08:13
Deals: 128GB 9.7" iPad for $399 ($30 off); 2017...




Mid-October deals on iPads and MacBook Pros have just launched starting with 128GB 9.7" iPads for as low as $399. Apple's current 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is also on sale for $1,699 this week, while the high-end Late 2016 15" MacBook Pro with Radeon 455 graphics is $700 off with no tax outside NY and NJ.

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08:10
News: Qualcomm sues to stop Apple’s iPhone sales,...

In its latest attack on Apple in their ongoing legal back and forth, Qualcomm has asked China to ban the sale and production of iPhones, Bloomberg reports. Qualcomm filed the new suit in Beijing’s intellectual property court, once again claiming patent infringement on technology that controls the iPhone’s 3D Touch and power management capabilities, according to Christine Trimble, a company spokeswoman. “Apple employs technologies invented…

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