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Thursday January 11

15:35
Microsoft, Signal add end-to-end encryption to Skype




Skype users will soon be able to message without fear of prying eyes as secure communications firm Signal has partnered with Microsoft to add new encryption capabilities to the service.

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15:33
Louis Vuitton is making a luggage tracker

A smartphone app and recent FCC filing strongly hints that Louis Vuitton has a new tech product on the way: A luggage tracker that pairs with particular bags sold by the fashion company. Sources tell Engadget that it will be the first such device to...

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15:19
In wake of Spectre & Meltdown, Intel CEO pens...

In response to the massive Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities exposed last week, Intel is reaffirming its commitment to security. The company’s CEO Brian Krzanich today published an open letter outlining Intel’s continued focus on security…

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15:00
The challenge of showcasing weed tech at CES

There was, as expected, a thin scent of weed in Roger Volodarsky's 28th-floor Mirage hotel suite as the Puffco CEO and founder demonstrated his latest product.

It was 11:30 PM the night before CES opened, and seven attendees gathered in the living r...

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14:58
Skype partnering w/ Signal for new ‘Private...

As first reported by ITPro, Skype is partnering with popular encrypted communication company Signal to bring end-to-end encryption to its service. The feature, called Private Conversations, will allow Skype users to have an “additional layer of security” for conversations…

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14:53
iPhone User’s Health Data Being Used in Murder...

Authorities searched through the Health app and were able to find activity data that correlate to the murder.


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14:50
Intel CEO issues 'security-first pledge'...




In an open letter released on Thursday, Intel chief Brian Krzanich outlined the company's response to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities while reassuring customers that his company views security as "an ongoing priority."

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14:49
Latest Deals: 2017 iMacs from $1,199; 15"...




Just in, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is slashing prices on Mid 2017 Macs with discounts ranging from $100 to $200 off popular models. Pick up an iMac for as low as $1,199 or opt for a 15" MacBook Pro for $2,199 with free expedited shipping. Apple's 13" Air is also $100 off -- all with no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, as well as 0% financing OAC.

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14:40
OnePlus weighs in on smartphone strategy and the...

OnePlus released two great smartphones in 2017, but the smartphone startup is facing more and better competition than ever before. That's great for you and me, but much trickier for a startup still trying to carve out a notable niche for itself. What...

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14:35
You can't talk about accessibility without...

Over the past few years, we've been seeing more and more products at CES meant to assist the elderly and disabled. In fact, last year was the first year we added an accessibility category to the official Best of CES awards -- and the finalists in tha...

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14:34
004: Pandora podcasts, Dropbox’s IPO, and Siri’s...

Welcome to 9to5Mac Daily, a new podcast bringing you the latest in Apple news and top 9to5Mac stories every Monday through Friday. Today we’ve got we’ve got Pandora’s podcast genome project, the iPhone as a key witness in a murder investigation, Dropbox going public, and Siri’s new sports skills.

9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/...

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14:25
The Moto Z's keyboard mod feels like an...

Motorola's first great Android phone had a physical keyboard, and when I stuck Livermorium's keyboard Moto Mod onto a Moto Z2 Play, waves of nostalgia started washing over me. After I started using the keyboard, though, I suddenly remembered why the...

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14:15
Apple’s Chinese iCloud Occupation, HomeKit Miss,...

In this TMO video podcast, Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit look at Apple’s Chinese iCloud occupation and what it says about Apple. They also think Apple is just plain missing the smarthome boat, judging by what we’re seeing at CES. John goes off on a tangent rant about parenting and Apple, and for the pop portion of the show, they talk about recent developments in The Curse of Oak Island. (WARNING NSFW: PROFANITY & RANTS)


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14:13
CES 2018: PEPCOM Digital Experience

Jeff Porten continues the trek through the CES pre-shows and finds more gadgetry (a 1 TB USB stick, an inexpensive USB-C hub) and technological innovations (a smartwatch that charges from body heat, a double-screen smartphone).

 

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14:10
Apple Health Data Is Being Used As Evidence In a...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since September for allegedly raping and murdering a student in Freiburg, and disposing of her body in a river. But many of the details of the trial have been hazy -- no one can agree on his real age, and most notably, there's a mysterious chunk of time missing from the geodata and surveillance video analysis of his whereabouts at the time of the crime. He refused to give authorities the passcode to his iPhone, but investigators hired a Munich company (which one is not publicly known) to gain access to his device, according to German news outlet Welt. They searched through Apple's Health app, which was added to all iPhones with the release of iOS 8 in 2014, and were able to gain more data about what he was doing that day. The app records how many steps he took and what kind of activity he was doing throughout that day. The app recorded a portion of his activity as "...

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14:03
Facebook signs two major music licensing deals this...

Facebook today has closed another major licensing deal, this time with Global Music Rights, giving the social media giant access to hits from Pharrell, Drake, and more. Facebook also signed a deal earlier this week with Sony/ATV, bolstering its content offerings.

more…

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13:55
Video: First look at the next-generation SimpliSafe...




AppleInsider was given a first look at SimpliSafe's refreshed home security system, guided by founder and CEO Chad Laurans, as well as its outdoor security camera and video doorbell arriving later this year.

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13:53
Good News from CES 2018: It’s Safe to Buy a 4K/UHD TV

LAS VEGAS – The technology of Ultra High Definition has finally reached a stable point in time, and TVs bought now won’t be obsolete any time soon.


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13:50
Intel pledges transparency after Spectre, Meltdown...

The last week or so has seen a lot of activity around Meltdown and Spectre, two CPU flaws in modern chips from the likes of AMD and Intel. Apple, Microsoft and Google have provided interim fixes for their respective hardware, but it will take much mo...

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13:35
Samsung talks PC strategy and its vision for a...

This week, Samsung showed off everything from new laptops to a massive microLED wall to a chattier kind of refrigerator. The message couldn't be any clearer: Samsung would like nothing more than to be the center of your digital world. To dig deeper i...

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13:31
Electrameccanica's Solo is a single-seat EV...

If you're looking for an electric vehicle but don't need the extra seats (or long delivery times) that a full-sized Tesla Model 3 demands, you could always take a shot with the Solo. This electric vehicle from Canadian startup ElectraMeccanica Vehicl...

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13:16
Tip of the Day: Handing off Phone Calls to Apple...

If you have an Apple Watch, you already know that incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will ring on your watch alongside your iPhone, so you can answer the call and talk on your wrist, Dick Tracy style. Switching the call back to your iPhone once you’ve answered it is straightforward enough as well — simply tap the green bar that appears at the top of the home screen to open the Phone app and transfer the call to there in one fell swoop.…

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13:16
Tip of the Day: Handing off Phone Calls to Apple...

If you have an Apple Watch, you already know that incoming phone calls and FaceTime calls will ring on your watch alongside your iPhone, so you can answer the call and talk on your wrist, Dick Tracy style. Switching the call back to your iPhone once you’ve answered it is straightforward enough as well — simply tap the green bar that appears at the top of the home screen to open the Phone app and transfer the call to there in one fell swoop.…

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13:13
155: iPhone SE 2 rumors, iOS parental controls...

This week Benjamin and Zac discuss Apple’s entry in the video consortium behind AV1, iPhone SE 2 rumors and our headphone jack predictions, the need for more robust parental controls on iOS, the future of Apple’s AirPort hardware and selling mesh routers, and Siri’s latest tricks.

9to5Mac Happy Hour is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneInGoogle Play Music, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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13:05
Scosche intros new iPhone-compatible MagicMount...




Accessory maker Scosche announced a series of car mounts this week, including the MagicMount Pro Charge line, supporting Qi wireless charging on the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

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13:02
Sennheiser packed its Ambeo 3D audio tech in a...

Sennheiser has been touting the merits of its Ambeo 3D audio for a few years now at CES, but in 2018, the company plans to make that spacial soundscape more accessible. The first speaker product to feature the tech will be the Ambeo 3D Soundbar and t...

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12:52
Apple World Today News Update: January 11, 2018

Today's podcast topics deal with history - the history of emoji on iPhones, the FBI's poor opinion of Apple's excellent encryption, and an IPO for a company that Steve Jobs once unsuccessfully tried to buy:

  • The designer of some of the first 500 emoji to be used on iPhones provides a ten-year retrospective on her work
  • An FBI forensic expert frustrated with Apple's encryption refers to the company as "jerks" and "evil geniuses"
  • Dropbox, the file-sharing powerhouse that Steve Jobs once referred to as a "feature, not a product", will be going public later this year

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

Text Version...

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12:46
Uber will pay New York drivers $3 million in class-...

It's hard to keep track of all of the lawsuits Uber's juggling these days, but there's about to be one less. The company has settled a suit brought against it by 2,421 New York drivers who claimed Uber paid them less than was contractually obligated...

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12:36
How an Apple intern and her mentor created Apple’s...

You’ve probably never heard of Angela Guzman, a former Apple intern and employee, but she’s likely influenced your life and how you communicate on a daily basis. For its tenth anniversary, Guzman has shared how she and her mentor designed Apple’s first emoji for iPhone back in 2008 in a Medium blog post.

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12:32
Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from...

Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones. The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM...

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12:15
Sony's plan for Xperia phones in 2018 includes...

It took Sony until 2018 to finally add fingerprint sensors to its Xperia phones, which is beyond fashionably late to the party. Now that that overdue feature is (thankfully) out of the way, the company needs to focus on how else it can catch up to it...

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12:04
FBI hacker says Apple are ‘Jerks’ and ‘Evil Geniuses...

At what point is it just Apple trying to protect its customers from nefarious forces that, sadly nowadays, include governments?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:02
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo is almost ready for...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo might be best known for its horrific crash in 2014, which killed one of its pilots, but the company has slowly been coming back from that setback. Now, the company announced that the reusable craft, called the VSS Unity...

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12:00
CES – Two New Kids Robots Offer Fun Coding Education

These fun robots will help teach your kids how to code.


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11:54
Apple's Health app provides key evidence in...




The iPhone's Health app is playing a vital role in a German trial, in which the suspect is accused of raping and murdering a 19-year-old female student in Freiburg.

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11:47
Kodak slaps its name on a sketchy bitcoin-mining...

Kodak's attempt to ride the cryptocurrency wave isn't limited to offering its own virtual coins. CES attendees have learned that Kodak has attached its name to a Spotlite-run bitcoin-mining business that will lease you a Kodak KashMiner computer for...

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11:44
Pandora wants to build the ‘podcast genome project’...

Pandora launched its Apple Music competitor last spring after acquiring Rdio, and now it sounds like building a massive podcast catalog is next on its radar. In an interview with Variety, Pandora Internet Radio CEO Roger Lynch says he wants to build the “podcast genome project” and help podcasters monetize shows easier.

more…

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11:31
Skype is adding an option for encrypted conversations

Soon, your chats on Skype can be just as secure as conversations on Signal, the service used by US Senators. Microsoft is integrating the open source Signal protocol, used by WhatsApp, Google, Facebook and Signal itself, into test versions of Skype a...

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11:20
CES – Elgato Releases Second Generation Eve Room...

The Eve Room is US$99.95 and will be available in March at Elgato, Amazon, and Apple.


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11:15
Lenovo's robust lineup of new devices sets the...

A standalone Google Daydream VR headset. One of the first Google Smart Displays. An eSIM-ready convertible. Those are just a few of the products Lenovo launched here at CES 2018, and the year's only just beginning. We spoke with the company's directo...

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11:00
Cubinote prints colorful sticky notes from your...

Even with all the reminder and to-do apps out there, plenty of people are still fond of physical sticky notes. And if you don't want to pick one over the other, there's a startup trying to bring the best of both worlds together. Cubinote is a Bluetoo...

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10:58
CES 2018: The fascinating world of strange knockoff...

Every year at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the world’s largest technology brands take over the city to show off some of the biggest and most impressive innovations that will shape the coming year. Walking the show floor feels like touring a monument to optimism – a vision of the future where everything is faster, easier, and more intelligent. Like the bright lights and musical sounds of Las Vegas itself, colossal, brightly decorated booths lure in passing visitors like a carnival.

Every circus has sideshows, though, and CES is no exception. Wander away from the noise and excitement of the main hallways, and you’ll find yourself in a gadget funhouse, where reality begins to distort and surprises lurk around every corner. Here awaits the world of unusual Apple accessories and product clones.

Step outside the big top and join me in a look at some of my favorite strange and copycat Apple gear at CES...

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10:57
Apple Begins Selling Linksys Mesh Routers Online and...

An Apple spokesperson said that the mesh routers are a good choice for people with larger homes.


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10:46
After a decade, Dropbox quietly files for a public...

Just a week after Spotify quietly filed to become a public company, it looks like another hot tech firm is doing the same. According to Bloomberg, Dropbox has just made its own filing to become an IPO in the US. The cloud-based file sharing company w...

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10:30
Review: Fiio F9 Pro In-Ear Headphones

This year, we've reviewed samples from most of Fiio's broad product offering — DACs, amplifiers, and dedicated audio players. The company has almost always had a small selection of in-ear monitors on offer as well, but those IEMs have never been what Fiio is really known for. That's about to change; Fiio has introduced a new line of IEMs — the F series — that show Fiio's commitment to becoming a real competitor in this space. Today we're looking at the top-of-the-line F9 Pro, a triple-driver hybrid IEM.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:30
ZTE shares its plans to keep experimenting with...

ZTE has had an interesting 2017. The crowdsourced eye-sensing phone it was planning didn't happen because of criticism about its proposed specs. Then the company released a dual-screen foldable phone via AT&T, which drew plenty of curiosity. ZTE...

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10:24
Apple makes fifth iOS 11.2.5 developer's beta...




Just days after the last release, Apple has made a new build of the iOS 11.2.5 beta available for developer testing.

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10:22
CES – Kano is the Most Fun You’ll Have building and...

LAS VEGAS – Kano makes computers and coding accessable to all ages with their built-it-yourself computer kits and easy to learn coding platform. They show Jeff Gamet their product lineup at CES 2018.


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10:12
Intel faces more class action suits over share price...




Intel's legal woes surrounding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its processors are increasing, with more legal firms filing class action suits against the chip company, this time on the behalf of its shareholders over the revelation of the flaws and the effect on the value of the company's shares.

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10:09
Apple releases fifth iOS 11.2.5 beta for iPhone and...

[Update: Public beta too.]

Apple has released a new beta version of iOS for developer testing. iOS 11.2.5 beta 5 is now available on the developer center and over-the-air. The new version comes just two days after beta 4, although today’s release appears limited to iOS only. We’ll update to the latest versions and note any changes below.

more…

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10:04
CES 2018 Xfinity’s Smart Home Strategy, Cool Product...

Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas to discuss Xfinity’s plan to make smart home tech more accessible to the average person, plus they share more cool products they’ve found.


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10:01
FBI forensic expert calls Apple 'evil genius...




FBI officials continue their attack on Apple's iPhone encryption, with the latest remarks against the company's moves coming from a senior forensics examiner -- and only one day after similar remarks were made by the FBI director.

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09:54
Apple running low on iPhone 6 Plus batteries,...




People wanting to swap out the battery on an iPhone 6 Plus may in some cases have to wait until March or later, owing to a shortage of replacement units.

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09:52
Korean consumer group considering criminal case...

A consumer group filing a civil suit against Apple on behalf of over 100 plaintiffs for damages related to a recent software update that slowed down older iPhone models are also considering preparing a criminal case, according to The Korea Herald.

“If we pursue a criminal case, the charges may include destruction of property caused by slowing down the phones, as well as fraud if (Apple) intentionally deceived users about the update,” said Yun Chul-min, a lawyer working with the consumer rights group Citizens United for Consumer Sovereignty, at a press conference Thursday.

CUCS was set to file a civil suit representing 122 plaintiffs Thursday, asking for 2.2 million won ($2,000) in damages per plaintiff. The sum includes 1.2 million won for costs related to replacing phones that slowed down as a result of Apple’s operating system update, and one million won in compensation for...

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09:46
FBI Agent Whines About iOS Encryption, Calling Apple...

By “evil genius stuff” he of course refers to mathematics. That’s what encryption is, just a bunch of fancy math.


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09:44
Health data being used as evidence in murder...

Health app data from an iPhone is being used as evidence in a rape and murder investigation in Germany, Motherboard reports. Details in the story also point to what may be the first known iPhone 6s lock screen bypass…

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09:41
Don’t expect that iPhone 6 Plus replacement battery...

According to MacRumors, Apple won’t have iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries in stock until late March to early April.

Apple says the replacement batteries are in short supply and won't be available for weeks in the U.S. and other regions, according to an internal document distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers this week and obtained by MacRumors. The doc quotes a shorter wait of "approximately two weeks" for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus battery replacements, and adds that batteries for all other models like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE are expected to be available "without extended delays" in most countries. 

Last month Apple published an apology letter to customers in regards to “Batterygate” for slowing...

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09:27
9to5Toys Last Call: 10.5-inch iPad Pro (refurb) $170...

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

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09:23
FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about...

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Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple's approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company "jerks" and an "evil genius" this week.

Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.

"At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?" FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a...

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09:23
The company that Steve Jobs called ‘a feature’ files...

News is just crossing the wire about Dropbox confidentially filing for its IPO, the same company that Steve Jobs once called “a feature, not a product.”

more…

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09:00
CES – Scosche Announces New Magic Mount Pro Line...

LAS VEGAS – At CES this week Scosche was showing off its new Magic Mount Pro CHARGE line of magnetic mounts for use in the car. The new Pro line includes four products: Window/Dash with a suction base, Vent for air vent mounting, Surface for setting on the console with Scosche’s StickGRIP mat, and CD, for mounting inside those CD player slots that we never use anymore. They all combine a neodymium magnetic mount and a 360-degree adjustable cradleless design with Qi charging to truly make for a seamless mounting-and-charging experience. Every product comes with two MagicPLATES to stick to your phone. Included and online templates guide you in placing the MagicPLATES to avoid interfering with the Qi charging coil inside your phone. All are available immediately.


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08:53
News: Scosche unveils new BoomBottle, Rhythm24, and...

Scosche has announced its 2018 product lineup, including an update to the company’s BoomBottle rugged portable speaker and Rhythm heart monitor and a new lineup of wireless charging and mounting solutions. BoomBottle MM is the company’s latest rugged waterproof speaker, building off the 2015 BoomBottle+, and features two six-watt speakers and two 40 millimeter passive radiators and is IP67 rated for dust and water protection. Additional…

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08:30
Honda teases 2019 Insight hybrid with optional Apple...




Honda on Thursday previewed the 2019 Insight, which will optionally support Apple's CarPlay interface for connected iPhones.

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08:25
Apple's iOS platform advantage in fixing bugs...




Apple is the only PC or smartphone vendor to have full control over the user experience it provides to its customers, thanks to its positioning as an integrated platform vendor. This is a key--often overlooked--advantage for the company that is driving customer satisfaction and trust as well as attracting serious attention from the enterprise at a time when Google's Android is doing neither one.

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08:03
Review: Marshall Stanmore AirPlay speaker delivers...

There are some brand looks you recognize at a glance, and Marshall is one of those. Black casing with rounded edges. Black speaker grille with gold surround. And, of course, the brandname in gold script across the front.

Marshall speakers and amps are as closely associated with rock bands as the electric guitar. From buskers on the street with a single unit to banks of speakers on the stage of big band concerts, it’s hard to picture the scene without that Marshall name.

So when the company offered a range of AirPlay speakers, it would have been impossible to resist trying one out …

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08:00
CES – Fibaro’s ‘The Button’ Controls HomeKit Scenes...

The device can be programmed for three separate actions: press once, press twice, and press-and-hold, each with a corresponding buzz to confirm a successful click.


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07:44
iMac Coupon Deals: Save $90 to $95 instantly on...




Readers this week can take advantage of bonus savings on every Mid 2017 27-inch iMac 5K with our exclusive promo code (on top of already reduced pricing). Save $90 to $95 off retail, along with free shipping, no tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ, and no interest financing for 12 months on approved credit.

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07:36
CES – Advanced S2000 Dynamic On-stage In-ear...

LAS VEGAS – Kickstarter darling Advanced Sound has just released a set of universal fit, dynamic driver earphones built for musicians to use as in-ear monitors for just US$24.99 per pair. The Advanced S2000 features a single 10mm dynamic in each earpiece, and they’re designed to loop the cable over the ear to stay in place on stage. The low price point is intentional: they know that musicians wind up getting their in-ear cables pulled or earphones crushed in a gig bag, and their thought is to make them inexpensive enough that one doesn’t worry about replacement costs. The sound? I haven’t tried them on stage, but I did try them in my hotel room and on the show floor. They have a great sound with a high-mid boost that actually matches what I prefer for on-stage. That lift gives vocals a little more presence, and...

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07:26
Apple Pay promotion brings up to 30% off sneakers...

Apple is today sending out emails for its latest Apple Pay promotion, this time advocating fitness with a partnership with the GOAT app and up to 30% off on the app’s “Get Fit” sneaker collection.

more…

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07:14
Zotac Amp Box & Amp Box Mini promise eGPU...




Zotac has announced the Amp Box and Amp Box Mini, two upcoming eGPU enclosures that, in combination with a compatible video card, should boost the graphics performance of Thunderbolt 3-equipped MacBooks.

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07:08
CarPlay-equipped Honda Insight Protoype hybrid...

Honda has announced that it plans to unveil its latest electrified vehicle next week at the North American International Auto Show. Honda says its all-new 2019 Insight Prototype hybrid will feature an 8-inch display that offers Apple CarPlay integration.

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07:02
Some international accounts alerted to Apple’s...

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Apple began notifying Chinese iCloud customers of the forthcoming handoff of its cloud service to the Chinese company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which will take over local operations starting February 28. However, TechCrunch reported that some non-Chinese iCloud accounts have been notified of this change. Some users with US-based billing addresses and connections to the US App Store received the notification email stating the physical...

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07:00
CES – Turn Your Regular Clothes into a Fitness...

LAS VEGAS – The Spire Health Tag attaches to your regular clothes, turning them into your personal health and fitness tracker. Jeff Gamet checks them out at CES 2018.


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06:28
Uber had secret program called ‘Ripley’ that would...

Uber is reported to have used remote shutdowns of computers to thwart police raids. It is said to have ‘routinely’ used the system more than 20 times between spring 2015 until late 2016, in places as far afield as Canada, Brussels and Hong Kong …

more…

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06:23
News: Zagg announces Rugged Book for iPad and iPad...

Zagg has released its latest iPad and iPad Pro keyboard case, the Rugged Book ($130), providing a protective case and keyboard combo designed for iPad road warriors. Joining the company’s Rugged Messenger released last summer, the new Rugged Book incorporates a wireless keyboard and detachable case that can be used in four different modes (book, keyboard, case, and video) along with an adjustable cradle hinge for multiple viewing angles and…

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06:20
Star Micronics displays Apple Certified AirPrint POS...

International POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics says its upcoming Star TSP654II AirPrint will be the first 80 and 58mm receipt and ticket POS printer on the market to be Apple AirPrint certified. Pricing and availability haven’t been announced. 

AirPrint provides mobile printing solutions for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac laptop users on any private network with the key objective to be able to wirelessly print via the customer’s network without installing specific printer drivers. With AirPrint support pre-installed on iOS devices, you can connect to and print from the required printer.

Star’s TSP654II boasts 300mm/second print speed, 203 dpi print output, and a compact footprint. The printer can be used in vertical or horizontal mode and includes a wall mount bracket in the box as standard. Available in charcoal black or ultra white casing, the printer matches the Star CB2002 cash drawer options while...

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06:11
∞ Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit auto-tuned into...

[VIDEO] Not exactly sure how this was done (I’ve been told this is doable in Pro-Tools), but I find it both awful and fascinating. Video embedded in main Loop post. [H/T @OneTrueJustin]

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06:11
Apple carries first-ever in-store, third-party Wi-Fi...




Apple is now selling Linksys' Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System in stores and online, signaling a break from a policy of only selling its own AirPort routers.

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06:03
10 Mac features you probably don’t use but should

Some of these are more obvious (tabbing between fields) than others, but worth a scan.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:00
Drive Genius 5: $39

We have a deal for you today on the venerable Mac utility Drive Genius 5. This software helps monitor and manage your storage device and its files with 19 different built-in utilities. It’s $39 through us, some 60% off.


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06:00
Apple files for a patent related to its upcoming...

Apple has filed for a patent dubbed “electronic device with wireless charging and battery heating.” It seems to involve its upcoming AirPower product, which is sometime this year.

The AirPower will be able to charge a Qi-compatible iPhone, an Apple Watch, and a pair of AirPods (in a special wireless charging case) at the same time regardless of where they're placed on the pad. AirPower hasn't been priced yet, but guesses have it costing anywhere from $150 - $200. 

Apple’s patent filing involves a wireless power transmitting device may transmit wireless power signals to a wireless power receiving electronic device (iPhones, Apple Watches, AirPods, etc.). The electronic device may have a coil that receives the transmitted wireless power signals and may have a power receiving circuit that rectifies the received wireless power signals to produce a corresponding direct-current voltage signal. 

The direct-current signal may be used to power circuitry in the...

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News: Daily Deal: Focus@Will, 1-Yr Premium...

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can get a one-year premium subscription to Focus@Will for only $19.99 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This scientifically-optimized music service is designed to help you reduce distractions and increase focus so that you can do your best work possible.Over 50 music channels of exclusively curated music have been designed specifically to help you focus, and timed work sessions help you develop a more sustainable…

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How to adjust the left/right audio balance for your...

Bottom line, use the audio slider in the iPhone and Watch App accessibility settings to change the left/right balance. Good tip from Steffen Reich on iDownloadBlog.

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05:42
British children’s watchdog wants parents to ban...

The UK’s children’s commissioner – responsible for advising on policy on children and young people – is calling on parents to ban their children from using Snapchat

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05:42
Apple putting pinch on worldwide OLED supply,...




Supply chain reports from China suggest that Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are looking at alternatives to OLED, as Apple grows the quantity of screens it needs for the iPhone.

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05:35
iPhone X: The annoyance of surprise screenshots

Jeremy Burge:

Why am I now always taking screenshots by accident? Two things:

The volume buttons are directly opposite the Lock button (aka “Sleep/Wake” button), and
The combination for screenshot has changed. On phones with a home button, the iOS combination has always been Lock and Home buttons but is now Lock and Volume Up on iPhone X (due to lack of home button)

Trying to hold the phone with a stable grip while pushing the lock button means my thumb is resting on the lock button, and my index finger is on the volume up button.

Design is hard.

The position/function of the external iPhone buttons has evolved over time, and with each new generation, it seems there’s some design compromise that emerges.

In this case, putting buttons on opposite sides of the device mean that pressing one will require an equal and opposite press on the opposing button. And for the iPhone X, this results in a screenshot.

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05:27
Apple servers briefly enabled signing of older iOS...




Apple's servers started to sign older versions of iOS for a number of hours on Wednesday night, an issue that gave iPhone and iPad owners a brief opportunity to downgrade iOS to an earlier release, with some hardware found to be downgradable to iOS 6.

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05:17
∞ From CES: Handheld iPhone video steady-cam

If you shoot a lot of video, take a look (embedded in the main Loop post) as this Osmo 2 rep walks through the features of this video stabilizer. It’s so tiny and light. And rock steady. It also has a power port so you can plug your phone in, if need be.

I love gear like this. Best of all, the previous version had a street price of about $159, and the Osmo 2 price will drop to $129. Shot by 9to5Mac at CES.

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05:15
Leading Chinese smartphone brands seeking...

Leading Chinese smartphone brands are said to be looking at alternatives to Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) screens, concerned that Apple may be monopolising available supplies for this year’s iPhones.

Three big Chinese brands are all said to be considering the use of screens backlit by mini LED panels …

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05:04
Apple orders epic drama “See” from Peaky Blinders...

Deadline:

In a competitive situation, Apple has landed the hot TV package See with a straight-to-series order. An epic, world-building drama set in the future, the project is written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).

And:

This marks the fourth scripted series order for Apple’s recently formed worldwide video programming division under Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg. See joins a morning-show drama, executive produced by and starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon; Amazing Stories, a reimagining of the anthology from Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller; and a Ronald D. Moore space drama. Additionally, the division just ordered its first docuseries, Home.

Here’s a question for you: How soon do you think it will be before Apple gets its first (non-technical) Golden Globes or Emmy nomination?

This year, Netflix got 20...

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05:00
CES – PopSockets Launches Car Vent Mount

LAS VEGAS – Popular iPhone grip and stand maker, PopSockets, has launched their next accessory: the PopSockets Car Vent Mount. Built to fit into the air vent of your car, this makes it super-simple for any one with a PopSocket on your phone to mount it on your car’s dashboard in one, easy motion. Pricing is US$9.99 and it will be available this week or early next from PopSockets.com or Amazon.


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FBI Calls Apple 'Jerks' and 'Evil...

troublemaker_23 shares a report from iTWire: A forensics expert from the FBI has lashed out at Apple, calling the company's security team a bunch of "jerks" and "evil geniuses" for making it more difficult to circumvent the encryption on its devices. Stephen Flatley told the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Wednesday that one example of the way that Apple had made it harder for him and his colleagues to break into the iPhone was by recently making the password guesses slower, with a change in hash iterations from 10,000 to 10,000,000. A report on the Motherboard website said Flatley explained that this change meant that the speed at which one could brute-force passwords went from 45 attempts a second to one every 18 seconds. "Your crack time just went from two days to two months," he was quoted as saying. "At what point is it just trying to one up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement? Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff," Flatley...

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04:30
Jamf Now makes it easy to set up, manage, protect...

By Aaron Lee

Jamf Now, a device management solution powered by JAMF Software, is a cloud-based solution that makes it easy for "regular people" to set up, manage and protect their Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

Jamf Now brings enterprise Apple management features to workgroups and small and medium sized businesses without the need of an IT guru. It's designed to make complex tasks including Apple device setup, security and management, simple and quick. Jamf Now features hands-free device configuration through the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP), as well as comprehensive device inventory features. 

With automated device enrollment, users can get up and running quickly, while businesses can ensure ongoing management and inventory insight into their Apple devices. Jamf Now lets businesses automatically install applications to all devices at once, saving time and manpower. Enrollment...

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04:23
PSA: How U.S. iCloud users can ensure their data isn...

While Apple yesterday warned Chinese customers that their data would be migrated to local servers managed by a government-owned company from the end of February, TechCrunch reports that some U.S. customers are also being caught up in the migration.

After talking to a number of users, we found that Apple has included iCloud accounts that were opened in the U.S., are paid for using U.S. dollars and/or are connected to U.S.-based App Store accounts in the data that will be handled by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) from February 28.

Apple’s terms & conditions for the transition provide an explanation for the apparent anomaly, while a support document...

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04:00
CES – Apple Couldn’t Fix its iPhone USB Cable, so...

LAS VEGAS – Apple’s Lightning to USB cables for the iPhone and iPad are notorious for fraying where the connectors and wires come together. Nite Eyz has a fix for that with their Cordcollar, and they show Jeff Gamet how it works in this video interview.


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04:00
What the iPhone, iPad, and iOS need in 2018

2017 was a pretty great year for iOS. A whole lot of my wish-list items for iPhone and iPad got checked off. And yet, like a kid who got a bike under the tree and still immediately begins assembling a birthday wish list, it’s my job as a columnist to immediately ask Apple what it’s done for iOS lately. Ungrateful, I know, but life goes on: Here’s what I hope to see from Apple in the world of iOS in 2018.

More iPhones

The iPhone X was the banner product of 2017, but it’s still just a first take on a whole new generation of iPhone hardware. In 2018 I’d like to see an upgrade to the iPhone X, sure—ideally retaining the iPhone X name, because who wants to buy the iPhone XI? But I’d also like to see an iPhone X Plus, with a huge OLED screen. Personally, the iPhone X...

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04:00
How to use apps in full screen or Split View in...

macOS High Sierra allows you to focus on apps in full screen or Split View mode (though some third party apps may not support these features). To use an app in full screen mode, in the top-left corner of the app window, click the green button, or press Control-Command-F.

In full screen, do any of the following:

  • Show and hide the menu bar: Move the pointer to or away from the top of the screen to access the app’s menus.
  • Show and hide the Dock: Move the pointer to or away from the bottom or side of the screen, depending on the Dock’s location.
  • Move between other apps in full screen: Swipe left or right on your trackpad or Magic Mouse. 

To stop using the app full screen, move the pointer to the top-left corner of the screen, then click the green button, or press Control-Command-F.

To use two apps in Split Screen mode, in the top-left corner of an app window, click and hold the green button, drag the window to the side you want...

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03:30
News from CES: January 11, 2018

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing in Las Vegas. There are too many announcements to list each one in a separate article, so here are some of today’s highlights:

Matias has released RGB-Backlit versions of its Wired Aluminum Keyboard for Mac and PC. With modern Apple-inspired styling, it’s available in Silver and Space Gray aluminum for Mac, and in Black Aluminum for PC.

Satechi has debuted its new Type-C 75W Multiport Travel Charger. The charger features four charging ports, including USB-C and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, compatible with the newest generation of iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro and MacBook, as well as, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Galaxy S8 and more.

IOGEAR has announced the expansion of its industry-leading portfolio of mobile connectivity products with the launch of the...

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03:15
Matias offers wired Mac keyboard following Apple’s...

Much to a number of users’ chagrin, Apple discontinued its wired keyboard last June, introducing a new version of the Magic Keyboard with a number pad to take its place. Where Apple left its market open, Matias has introduced a wired keyboard similar to Apple’s discontinued model with RGB backlighting.

Matias’ keyboards feature an extremely similar look and feel to Apple’s designs, the keys and materials all near-replicas of Apple’s keyboard. The only notable addition is a slider on the back that allows users to rotate through a variety of colors, and a function key that lets you adjust brightness by holding it down and pressing a number on the keypad.

Matias presently offers a white-and-silver model as well as a space gray version. For Windows users, there’s also an entirely black aluminum version with Windows function keys.

Not surprisingly, Matias sells both a wired and wireless version of its keyboards. The new RGB wired keyboard is available today for...

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03:00
FBI director Christopher Wray calls for weakened...

Because apparently several experts telling you something is mathematically impossible doesn’t mean a whole lot.

Newly minted FBI director Christopher Wray has renewed calls to weaken or bypass encryption. Wray, citing more than 7,700 locked devices that have proven inaccessible to the FBI, has stated that encryption can be weakened without putting users at risks.

Among the sources telling him this would be unlikely, if not impossible, include mathematicians, encryption experts, and even the U.S.’s own intelligence services. The mathematicians and encryption experts have stated that backdoors, if available, would be exploited by all. Wray’s comments pick up where previous FBI director James Comey left off.

General Michael Hayden, former Director of both the NSA and the CIA, as well as the former Director of National Intelligence, has led the intelligence services in opposing Wray’s point of view. Hayden has spoken publicly on the subject, going so far as to...

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